The Sunshine Coast Atheists is a group of like-minded people who regularly meet up for food, drinks and discussion. The group is made up of atheists from diverse backgrounds but we do have a number of things in common. First, we recognize the importance of human rights and a secular society. Second, we want to see public policy based on evidence and reasoned thinking. Thirdly, we want to have a good time if at all possible….
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What we support …
- Separation of church and state
- Secular public education
- Ron Williams High Court Challenges (I and II) against Federal Funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program
- Freedom of speech and assembly
- Freedom of religion and freedom from religion
- Women’s equality and reproductive rights (we are pro-choice)
- Scientific literacy
- Critical thinking
- Human rights
- Action on climate change
- The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- Voluntary euthanasia legislation
- Scientific research and methodology
- Evidence-based policy-making
- Progressive theists who oppose religious fundamentalism
- Help and support for the victims of religious cults
- A change to how the Australian Bureau of Statistics phrases its question on religion
What we oppose …
- ‘As of right’ tax exemptions for religious organisations.
- The inclusion of ‘the advancement of religion’ as a legitimate (and tax deductible) ‘charitable’ activity.
- School chaplaincy
- Religious instruction in public schools (we do not call for all talk of religion to be expunged from the curriculum – there is a huge difference between religious instruction/indoctrination and being educated about the tenets of the world’s major religions and the impact (positive and negative) of those beliefs on world history, art, architecture, science, social reform etc.)
- Anti-discrimination exemptions for religious institutions and schools. Broadly speaking, religious institutions and schools should be subject to the same laws as every other Australian.
- Prayers in parliament or in public schools.
- Creationism – especially when taught as ‘science’ in the classroom.
- Clerical (or any other) abuse of children and subsequent cover-ups
- Racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia and any other excuses for negatively stereotyping groups of people according to race, colour, gender, sexual preference or religious belief.