Komen Foundation Backs Down And Apologises To Planned Parenthood

From NPR: Komen Foundation Now Says It Will Continue Grants To Planned Parenthood: The Susan G. Komen Foundation just announced it will be providing grants to Planned Parenthood for that organization to use in basic screening and educating women about breast cancer. ...In the statement from CEO Nancy Brinker, Komen also says "we want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives." Thanks to Ben Radford and Ju … [Read more...]

Further Unmissable Atheist Events In Melbourne – Alom Shaha With John Safran

The last update was here - and here's more details about an event being run in conjunction with Embiggen Books!Alom Shaha: The Young Atheists Handbook - In conversation with John Safran.The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM - 7:15PM, Monday, 27 February 2012. Alom Shaha is a British–Bangladeshi film-maker, science writer and unabashed atheist. In The Young Atheist’s Handbook, he argues that regardless of the strictness of the traditions you are raised in, it’s possible to live a compassionate, fulfi … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview With Alain de Botton – On Religion For Atheists

There's been a recent spate of blogposts here on Freethought blogs (some in verse, by The Digital Cuttlefish - The Grandest One Of All and An Atheist Monument? Or, On Herding Cats), which address the claim that Alain de Botton has been proposing an "atheist monument" or "temples for atheists".Today I got a response to my questions to the author - he will be touring Australia in February:There's a growing number of books that bring a greater understanding (or at least awareness) of atheism to … [Read more...]

Marvelous Martina Responds To Margaret Court

In response to Margaret Court's earlier op-ed - Don't deny us same-sex marriage laws, says Martina Navratilova: ...People (the straight ones) often ask: Why are people gay? I say, well, why are people straight? There is no straight answer here, so to speak. Human sexuality is multi-faceted, complex and quite fluid; genes play a part as well. How much? Who knows? But that's not really the point anyway.Perhaps of the many things you said in your opposition to granting same-sex marriage rights … [Read more...]

On The Ledge – A Panel Discussion On Atheism At Dragon*Con 2011

Moderated by Derek Colanduo - features JREF's D.J. Grothe, NCSE executive director Eugenie Scott, Margaret Downey of The Freethought Society, and Barbara Drescher. It focuses on the "definition of skepticism as well as the missions and scopes of the organisations promoting skepticism, secularism, and atheism" - which is taken from Barbara's review of the entire convention which features over at Skeptrack at Dragon*Con 2011. … [Read more...]

An Atheist Australia Day

Thanks to Protium for this find. … [Read more...]

Atheists, Secularists, Skeptics And Feminists! Upcoming Australian Book Events You MUST Catch – Melbourne And Perth

I have to tell you. Some brilliant, unmissable events are coming up next month and it's going to go like this:MELBOURNETuesday, 2 February, ‎6.30pm: Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State -  BOOK LAUNCH. RSVP essential places limited and seats already half gone! Head to http://embiggenbooks.com/blog/?p=1278Also in Melbourne will be Alom Shaha, at the Wheeler Centre on the 27th February - more details at the Embiggen Books blog and at the Wheeler Centre site. … [Read more...]

…But What If You’re A Gay Vampire? A Response To Margaret Court

Mike Stuchbery has a response to the complete and utterly offensive dingbattery that has erupted from Australian Margaret Court, the former No 1 Women’s Tennis Player and pastor of the Victory Life Centre in Perth (I'd like to apologise for the content my town is now producing in this regard and hope that it doesn't get passed on, like some kind of gay vampirism. Especially if it's accompanied by bad Goth music. Or Christian rock music. Actually, I'd like to see a gay vampire Christian rock conce … [Read more...]

The Intersection Of Religion And Politics – A Panel At #AtheistCon!

Just when you think it can't get any better! New Speakers for Panel on Religion & Politics:Addressing the subject of the intersection of politics and religion, our distinguished panelists will include Fiona Patten,  leader of the Australian Sex Party;  Marion Maddox, author, academic and political commentator; Dick Gross, journalist, author and atheist blogger for the National Times; and Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens MLC. Moderated by ABC Radio veteran Derek Guille.Do move quick and … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Interview With Rhys Morgan

From a forthcoming episode of the Token Skeptic Podcast (if you're not familiar with the show, try episode #60 - the best of) - an interview with Rhys Morgan. In related news, Maryam Namazie, via One Law for All, is calling for a rally in defence of free expression and the right to criticise religion on 11 February 2012 in central London from 2-4pm. "We are also calling for simultaneous events and acts in defence of free expression on 11 February in countries world-wide." See more details at  … [Read more...]

Infographic: The War On Women 2011

From Pro-Choice America: The numbers don't lie: anti-choice politicians in Washington, D.C. and the states attacked a woman’s right to choose with a vengeance in 2011. What's worse, these very same politicians are ready to resume the attacks here in Washington, D.C. and in state legislatures across the country. … [Read more...]


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