1. Order the 2012 Global Atheist Convention DVD

    The 2012 Global Atheist Convention, A Celebration of Reason, brought together a line-up of atheism’s brightest stars. Inspired by the success of the Atheist Foundation of Australia’s first convention in 2010, and attracting twice the numbers, the 2012 convention was a joyous and momentous event, and a feast of what some of the world’s finest thinkers have to offer. A triumph of humanism, reason and secular values, the 2012 Global Atheist Convention will be remembered as a landmark moment in the history of atheism in Australia and beyond. If you were unlucky enough to miss it, or just want to revisit the moment, this DVD contains presentations from the 2012 Global Atheist Convention.

    Click here to order

  2. Order The Australian Atheist Magazine

    The Atheist Foundation of Australia has produced a 56-page, full-colour issue of The Australian Atheist magazine devoted entirely to the 2012 Global Atheist Convention.

    It is full of insights from various perspectives accompanied by magnificent photos of the event.

    If ever there was a way to relive this exciting and one-off experience, this is it.

    If you would like to purchase a copy of the magazine it is available for $20.00 (inc p&h.)

    Please make payments via Direct Deposit to:
    Atheist Foundation of Australia
    Commonwealth Bank
    BSB 065503
    Account Number 10120389

    Please include your name and ‘TAA’ in the reference field.

    Email your name and postal address to taa@atheistfoundation.org.au

    If you prefer to pay by cheque/money order send to
    Atheist Foundation of Australia
    PMB 6
    SA 5573


  3. Your chance to own a piece of atheist history

    Signed by the entire line-up of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, these A2 sized posters are now available to bid for on eBay, with all proceeds going to three very worthy causes. Please bid generously for your chance to own an amazing piece of atheist memorabilia.

    About the causes:

    High Court Challenge to the constitutional legitimacy of the NSCP

    To date, nearly half a billion taxpayers’ dollars have been committed to fund the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). This program puts largely unqualified, religious practitioners into our secular public schools at a time when the ratio of students to qualified counsellors is pitifully low. The Australian Psychology Society says there is ‘clear evidence that school chaplains are engaging in duties for which they are not qualified’ and that this amounts to ‘dangerous professional behaviour’. In 2009, frustrated parent Mr Ron Williams sought advice regarding a possible High Court challenge to the constitutional legality of the Commonwealth providing treasury funds to the National School Chaplaincy Programme. In February 2010, Horowitz & Bilinsky accepted the case. A trust account has been established to assist with the costs and disbursements associated with the High Court proceedings.

    Kasese Humanist Primary School

    Kasese Humanist Primary School is a secular school offering Nursery and Primary education to young people aged between 4 and 13 in the communities around Kasese Municipality in Uganda. The school is the first of its kind in the district and in Uganda for its set up on humanist values and ethics offering basic subjects as stipulated by the Uganda Primary school Curriculum and in addition subjects like Humanist studies. In all subjects taught at school, much emphasis is put on application of scientific & humanist principles in an effort to realise a potential all round pupil ready to be innovative, creative & skilled to do certain things at an early age.

    Atheist Foundation of Australia

    The Atheist Foundation of Australia is the largest, most active secular organisation in Australia, and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. It has organised 2 highly successful Global Atheist Conventions in 2010 and 2012, and ran the ‘Mark No Religion’ campaign during the 2011 Australian Census.

  4. West’s liberals fail to help, says Hirsi Ali – The Age

    by Barney Zwartz
    16th April, 2012
    via The Age

    WESTERN liberals, crippled by political correctness, guilt and a romanticised view of Islam, are leaving atheists and Christians bereft in the ”Arab winter”, human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali says.

    Ms Hirsi Ali, no stranger to controversy, told an audience of several thousand at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, that it was Christians and conservatives who led the way in defending free speech and rights. ”Why is it that secular liberals in the West fail to help? Are they so insecure about the morals they live by and by which they raise their children?”

    She said elections following the overthrow of dictators had produced Islamist governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, with Islamists also gaining power in Libya and Yemen. ”The plight of Christians is going to be dire. They are killed, their churches destroyed, the women are raped. This is also the plight of Muslim minority sects.”
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  5. The atheist jamboree – National Times

    by Dick Gross
    April 16th, 2012
    via National Times

    The Global Atheist Convention has been run and won and the results were reasonably splendid. Considered to be one of the largest congregations of atheists in the world, it was in a sense a seminal moment.

    The place was packed to the gunwales, with 4000 paying $400 to attend. The overwhelming impression was the youth of the audience. Battalions of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed twentysomethings crowded the place, queueing breathlessly for the signatures of the new deities.
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  6. Editorial: Value in the questions for believers and atheists alike – The Sunday Age

    15th April, 2012
    via The Age

    It is a mark of our civility that we are free to believe in God – or not.

    IT IS not the place of this newspaper to adjudicate on the existence of God. That is a question beyond the remit of even the most ambitious investigative reporting. We can, however, endorse with a clear conscience the presence in Melbourne of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, which opened on Friday night.

    This is not, as some might have it, because it furthers a perceived secular agenda of this organisation. Nor is it that the convention will tip some tourist dollars into the state’s coffers (although we note approvingly that it comes at considerably less cost to the taxpayer than the formula one grand prix). No, the major benefit of this ”Celebration of Reason” is the injection of intellectual capital it has provided.
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  7. Ex-pastor’s helping hand for colleagues losing faith – The Age

    by Barney Zwartz
    15th April, 2012
    via The Age

    JERRY deWitt ”came out” a few months ago. It cost him his job, and nearly his house, but he could not be happier because he feels he has regained his integrity.

    DeWitt was a Christian minister who stopped believing, and could not abide the hypocrisy in the pulpit. His story emerged at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne yesterday through his friend and fellow former pastor, Dan Barker, founder of an online support group for clergy who have lost their faith.
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  8. Krauss: Join the real world and show faith in reasoned debate – SMH

    by Lawrence Krauss
    14th April, 2012
    via Sydney Morning Herald

    This weekend’s Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, one of the largest such gatherings in the world, has raised more than a few eyebrows. The first question that arises is this: how can one seriously bring people together simply to celebrate not believing in something? The answer is equally simple. The convention will instead celebrate something positive: reason.

    Too often, especially in my own country, the United States, public policy is based on ideology, preconception or money – anything but what it should be based on, namely empirical evidence. Promoting such evidence-based decision-making is vital to the health of democracies, which can function effectively only with an informed electorate and legislators.
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  9. They still believe in each other – The Age

    Danny and Shelley Segal, father and daughter, still share their music if not their religious beliefs. Photo: Angela Wylie

    By Barney Zwartz
    14th April, 2012
    via The Age

    TONIGHT, Danny Segal is going to want to pinch himself to be sure it’s real. There he will be – a traditionalist, believing Jew – on stage at the Global Atheist Convention with his singer daughter Shelley, a new pin-up girl for the international atheist movement.

    Danny, president of the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, plays the violin and has his own klezmer (Jewish music) and dance band. Shelley, 25, has just returned from singing to 25,000 people at the Reason Rally in Washington, and will visit the US at least twice more this year for big atheism conventions.
    On Monday, the day after the Melbourne convention ends, the singer-songwriter is launching what she believes is the world’s first specifically atheist CD, titled An Atheist Album. All her own songs, they depict her journey to non-belief.
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