Census No Religion – An Australian Campaign For The Truth #censusnoreligion

Well, it's been a while since I've blogged... and here's something to blog about.From the site censusnoreligion.org.au: Many people in Australia are born into religion but no longer practice or hold the same beliefs.On the 2016 census, the opportunity to choose ‘No religion’ is now at the top of the list, giving people the chance to consider their answer first.Accurate census data helps policy makers & political leaders make all sorts of planning and funding decisions. So if you … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin’s New Charity Song – About Cardinal George Pell

For those outside of Australia, you might not be aware about the issues surrounding Cardinal Pell and why many in this country wish for him to return from Rome.George Pell AC is an Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the inaugural and current Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy for about two years now. His heart condition and resulting ill health was judged serious enough to prevent air travel from Italy to Australia to appear before the Royal Commission into … [Read more...]

Shelley Segal – White Wine in the Sun (Tim Minchin Cover)

It's one of those songs that guarantees people phoning/emailing the radio station to tell me they're in tears, but happy ones. Here you go and seasonal greetings to you all! … [Read more...]

Billy on the Street: Escape From Scientology!!!

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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

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

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)

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...]


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