Holy Not-God, I’m On The Front Of The Local Newspaper Website Too…

I thought I’d just be on page 11 of The West.

Actually, I didn’t think I’d be on page 11 of The West, I thought they’d leave my photo out and I’d be a small quote elsewhere around page 18 or further on, at best.

But I’m on the website too! Look! “More Have No Faith”:

A quarter of West Australians declared themselves as having no religious faith in the 2011 census as Australia’s dominant Christian churches continued to lose proportional support to non- believers and other religions.

For the first time, the percentage of people who said they had no religion, which includes atheists, agnostics, humanists and rationalists, overtook those who nominated as Anglicans and Catholics in WA.

I did hope that they would mention the Atheist Foundation of Australia, as I attributed them for the increased publicity and awareness of atheism across the country, after the billboard campaign they did for the No Religion tick-box, and the Global Atheist Conventions. Hmph. Oh, and I threw in references to the Freethought Student Alliance and pop-culture trends like Tim Minchin and other commedians and ABC’s popular show Q&A, featuring secularist Australians like Leslie Cannold.

Still, can’t complain. I got to stand in the rain for a photo!

Opening the website of the newspaper, this is what hit me:


Okay, I have let the dishes and the laundry collect since doing my last exam yesterday and I still have work to get done. Congratulations, “No Religion” people everywhere – we’re standing up and being counted!

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • julian

    Congratulations. This is definitely success to be proud of.

  • http://skeptics.org.nz Jim Cheetham

    That was rain?? It looked like orbs to me … magical floating fairy orbs of happiness …

  • Cuttlefish

    Orbs! You are clearly attracting all sorts of spirit entities!

  • Suido

    Great news in WA!

    Alas, Qld is backsliding on gay marriage and surrogate parental rights under the newly elected Coalition government.

    I like the title because a) it emphasises the lack of faith, avoiding the ‘belief in atheism’ pothole, and b) can be played with…

    Have faith no more!
    No more have faith.
    More have faith? No.

  • articulett

    Great photo– Congratulations! My do you attract those spirit entities.

  • http://givingnottaking.wordpress.com/ andrew

    Don’t think you should have to do ‘home duties’ after appearing on a front page, it’s not fair.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Life doesn’t stop just because I’m in the paper – as Tim Finn said, “before sucess chopping wood, after success chopping wood”. Besides, it was the Atheist Foundation of Australia who did all the hard work running the campaign to get a million additional people tick the box for “no religion”! They were kind enough to suggest me as a good quote-source. Lucky me!

      • http://givingnottaking.wordpress.com/ andrew

        I like the Tim Finn quote and I will raise you a Gary Player quote “The harder you work, the luckier you get” Keep up the good work you do, well done.

  • Timid Atheist

    Love the picture. Glad to see you’re helping promote atheism and skepticism in your part of the world. I’ll have to save this to read the links later. Always nice to read about what’s going on elsewhere. I try to remember the US isn’t the only place in the world and your blog is a good reminder of that.