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Peter and Lawrence at WCF Protest August 2014

Committee Member Peter Veitch & physicist Lawrence Krauss at the World Congress of Families Protest – August 2014

  • Hold a Vigil for Raif Badawi
  • New South Wales State Election Campaign March 2015
  • Queensland State Election Campaign January 2015
  • Victorian Election Campaign November 2014
  • Progressive Atheists Inc. Annual General Meeting – October 2014
  • ACCESS Ministries Protest:
    Keep Our Public Schools Secular – September 2014
  • World Congress of Families – August 2014
  • HALEA Youth Support Centre needs your assistance Make a donation TODAY
  • Stop National School Chaplaincy Program
  • Supporting Atheists Overseas

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Hold a Vigil for Raif Badawi

Call on the King of Saudi Arabia to release Raif Badawi
immediately and unconditionally

Vigils to be held each Friday for the 20 weeks at 9 am UTC / 9 pm AEST

Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian man who was arrested and charged in 2012 by his own government with insulting Islam through electronic channels; with setting up a website that undermines general security; with ridiculing Islamic religious figures; with going beyond the realm of obedience and finally for apostasy.

Read more on Wikipedia

His case has been in the news and has been taken to the UN.  The case of Raif Badawi has entered a new phase.  Raif was due to be flogged after Friday midday prayers each week for the 20 weeks (last day being Friday, May 22nd).  However, after the first flogging on Friday, 9th January, for medical reasons it appears that the flogging will not be weekly or even fortnightly.

The Saudi authorities have handed us and other human rights organisations around the world, a huge, unprecedented opportunity to put the human rights’ spotlight on Saudi Arabia.

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New South Wales State Election Campaign March 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015

In the latest election survey of NSW state election candidates Progressive
Atheists ask a total of 23 questions. Seven questions related to chaplaincy and
special religious instruction in government schools. Other questions related to
taxation, laws and practices that support religious privilege or stymie progress
due to religious beliefs, such as those that relate to abortion, marriage and
voluntary euthanasia.

The results of the survey were in line with previous results. The party that
seems to champion the removal of religious privilege the most were the Greens.
Minor parties and Labor were next. Unfortunately we didn’t get a large
response from Liberals, Nationals and some other minor parties. But we did
receive a substantial response from the Christian Democratic Party, lead by Rev
Fred Nile.

You can view the questions, tables showing results, the raw data and all written
comments from candidates on this page.

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Queensland State Election Campaign January 2015

Saturday, 31 January 2015

The Progressive Atheists conducted a 10 Question Survey of all candidates who stood in the Queensland State Election on 31 January 2015.

See the results here:  Queensland State Election Campaign – 2015

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Victorian Election Campaign November 2014

Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Progressive Atheists are currently conducting a 10 Question Survey of all candidates standing in the Victorian State Election on 29 November 2014.

Online Enrollments to Vote in the Victorian State Election are now closed.

Candidate information, electorate areas, links to policies and candidate answers to our 10 Question Survey will be published on our website as well as having downloadable A5 leaflets to distribute at your local polling booth.

Victorian State Election Campaign – 2014

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Progressive Atheists Inc. Annual General Meeting

Held Monday, 27 October 2014 at 7 pm
Trotters Restaurant – 400 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Melbourne

Progressive Atheists Inc. President – Alice Carr addressing members and guests at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 27 October 2014.

Progressive Atheists hosted a lively meeting with a shared meal before hand coupled with much discussion.  The President of Progressive Atheists Inc. Alice Carr, presented the attending members and guests with the Progressive Atheists Inc. Annual Report July 2013 to June 2014 providing a summary speech of that report covering events, campaigns and projects completed by the committee during the previous financial year.

Attending members voted for a new committee of 10 members for Term 2015.  Members also voted for changes to our associations’ model Rules that are as yet to be accepted by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

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ACCESS Ministries Protest:
Keep Our Public Schools Secular

On Thursday, 11 September we protested the promotion of religion in our public schools by Victorian SRI and Chaplaincy provider ACCESS Ministries

The ACCESS Ministries teacher handbook asks Special Religious Instructors to take advantage of the innocence of children to indoctrinate them into Christian beliefs.  SRI classes in Victoria inform 5 year old children that “God loves them”.

When SRI classes commence, children are segregated on the basis of religion, often the non-SRI children are placed at the back of the class within hear shot of the SRI class activities.   Children in schools that have SRI miss out on 20 hours of curriculum every year.

Protest Report | Religious Infiltration in Australian Schools | Education News

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World Congress of Families

Peter and Lawrence at WCF Protest August 2014

Progressive Atheists joined with Radical Women, Equal Love, The Block Party Against Hate, The Rainbow Army, The Council of Single Mothers and their Children, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss and many others, to protest the World Congress of Families at Catch the Fire Ministers in Hallam on Saturday, 30 August 2014.

Reports & Petitions | Related News Stories

Photo: Progressive Atheists Committee Member Peter Veitch and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss protesting the World Congress of Families August 2014

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HALEA Youth Support Centre needs your assistance Make a donation TODAY

The offices of HALEA, a Humanist organisation in Uganda, have been robbed.

HALEA are hoping to raise $7,000 from supporters around the world. Please consider making a donation towards the rebuilding of HALEA in Uganda. All donations that we receive will be forwarded directly to HALEA.

Read more & Donate

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Stop National School Chaplaincy Program

Ron Williams and his team won the ‘Stop the School Chaplains’ High Court Decision on the National School Chaplaincy Program funding

Queensland father Ron Williams went to the High Court twice, and historically he won twice (2012 & 2014), to stop the Federal Government funding the NSCP; the High Court judging the NSCP funding as illegal.

Read more on our NSCP Campaign page

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Supporting Atheists Overseas

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced two annual reports now focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people.

Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious was published to mark Human Rights Day, Monday 10 December.

Freedom of Thought 2013: A Global Report on the Rights, Legal Status, and Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists, and the Non-religious was created by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). The Lead Author is Matt Cherry, the Editor is Bob Churchill.

Please consider supporting the work of the IHEU. If you’re downloading the 2013 Freedom of Thought Report today, a $20 donation could help them review and improve the information on a country next year; or a $50 donation could provide support for a day of Humanist advocacy by their delegation at the United Nations.

Read more

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Progressive Atheists Inc.

Est. 10 Jan 2010
Reg: A0054119U

A progressive is someone who advocates progress, change, improvement or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain the status quo, especially regarding social and political issues.  An atheist is a person who lacks a belief in the existence of gods.*
A progressive atheist is an individual in whom these two ideas are combined.

The Progressive Atheists Inc. is a grass roots action group. We value justice, equality, diversity and human rights.  We want to strengthen secularism, protect democracy and prioritise evidence based reasoning.

*This is not a position of certainty that there are no gods; rather that we withhold judgement while it remains obvious that gods exist in the minds of believers, but apparently nowhere else.


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