A Must-Watch: How We Stop ISIS – By Waleed Aly On Australia’s TV Show The Project

Seriously folks, if the "believers vs non-believers" gets any traction? We all lose. Some great words by one of my favourite Australians (although I actually like his wife Susan Carland more; check her work out too). … [Read more...]

Perth International Arts Festival – First Impressions, Or Pride (In The City) And Prejudice (Of Heights)

Of course, with the Token Skeptic blog  hosted in the atheist-section of Patheos, you can expect me to go "ah, Dawkins, coming to Perth for the first time" - but here's a few things that might be of interest to anyone who is wondering about stretching their wings a little when it comes to events that can challenge their mindset, beyond yet another well-known-white-guy-atheist touring.I love me a good festival, which is pretty much why you can spot me running about, collecting tickets, s … [Read more...]

New Podcasts! AtheistAus #8 And Token Skeptic #209!


I'm up and about revoltingly early (well, that's not so unusual, but I'm not going on the radio today - however, if you do tune into the livestream of TEDxPerth or are attending the event, you can catch me doing some Q&A and a panel with some of the presenters!) - in order to get a pair of podcasts done for you this weekend:Firstly, over on the Atheist Foundation of Australia website, AtheistAus Podcast #8 is out! The two featured interviews: Can you help build the World's Largest … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – And Tony Ortega In Perth With The Unbreakable Miss Lovely

Tony and Bryan

Just a quick blogpost as I spent most of today working to get audio at the #WalkTogether rally (you can see most of what I did over on Instagram) - but I really want to write up some of what it was like hearing Tony Ortega in person after he completed his Unbreakable Miss Lovely tour here in my town.In fact - the newest podcast by the Token Skeptic features the interview (second one I've had the pleasure to do, the first was about Going Clear, the Scientology documentary) with Tony about the … [Read more...]

Australia’s 2016 Census Change – “No Religion” Now Up The Top For Ticking

Census 2016 Australia

Now out thanks to the Atheist Foundation of Australia: Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2016 (cat. no. 2008.0) released today...We have now released a publication which outlines the topics included, and procedures to be followed, for the Census.It can be found on the ABS website: www.abs.gov.au What is the news? A change to the form where you indicate your religion... or lack of religious affiliation: What's the difference?The last time that … [Read more...]

When Will Women Become Spatulas? (#TeamEqual Perth interviews)

rally photo KS

As recently posted on an atheist women's forum - can anyone help with explaining what's going on? Because I thought women were like sticky tape now?From The Age newspaper:Year 7 girls have been warned not to have multiple sex partners or risk becoming like overused sticky tape, in a Christian sex education program at a public Victorian high school. The students at Fairhills High School, in Knoxfield in Melbourne's outer east, were also told that a chemical released in fem … [Read more...]

Long Read On Richard Dawkins – Destroying, Disturbing Or Deserving?

If you hop over to the Guardian website, you'll find a very enjoyable read - and a thorough one on the career and much of the life of Professor Richard Dawkins: Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? by Sophie Elmhirst. Though he is used to receiving a steady flow of letters from fans of The God Delusion and new converts to atheism, he does not perceive himself as a figurehead. “I don’t need to say if I think of myself as a leader,” he said a few weeks later. “I simply need to say the boo … [Read more...]

AtheistAus Podcast – Now On SoundCloud And On iTunes

Atheist Australia

For those who haven't been following the fairly-new journey of the AtheistAus Podcast - the official podcast of the Atheist Foundation of Australia - it now has a new and proper home on SoundCloud and its own iTunes feed.The additional details and downloads can also be found on the official listing of the show at the Atheist Foundation of Australia's site. There's an RSS feed there too.Previously episodes were hosted within the Token Skeptic podcast (where they will soon be removed) - no … [Read more...]

Dr Taslima Nasrin – Emergency Fundraising For Her Safety

Dr Nasrin was one of the presenters at the 2010 Global Atheist Convention and I was fortunate enough to meet her there and hear of her story - her story, however, is a continuing one of persecution and death threats and with the recent horrors in countries such as Bangladesh, she has had to escape to the USA.CFI is fundraising to help her remain safe :Nasrin was recently named as one of the next targets for murder by Al Qaeda-linked extremists, prompting CFI to assist in transporting her … [Read more...]

Dreaming Too Loud With Geoffrey Robertson – Perth Review

Dreaming too Loud

Perth events! There's been a number recently, and this is my belated review of going to see Geoffrey Robertson, the man that Christopher Hitchens described as 'the greatest living Australian'. An absolutely fantastic, thought-provoking, both poignant and occasionally very funny show - and it was a pity that it was a one-night only event (which is true for other shows in the national tour too; I hope that it is filmed or broadcast in the future). The tour raises funds for the Public Interest A … [Read more...]

#ReclaimAustralia’s Twitter Account Goes Wild, Hilarity Ensues


It's not easy being Jeremy.Someone hands you the keys to the social media account of Reclaim Australia (ReclaimAus) on Twitter, on the morning of the Big National Rally!That's the same Big National Rally that the Atheist Foundation of Australia has responded to with A Cold Day In Hell for Reclaim Australia:  This is a protest coordinated by Christian groups. The “Rise Up Australia Party” is the political arm of the “Catch the Fire Ministries” known for their extreme and offe … [Read more...]