ozatheist on February 26th, 2008

A few weeks ago Hemant posted about a German children’s book, which he termed “the god delusion for kids“. A couple of days ago he posted that the book is now available in English for free. The pictures can be viewed separately here. The book tells the story of how piglet and hedgehog find a [...]

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ozatheist on February 24th, 2008

From the Kansas City Star comes an excellent article praising atheists. With headings like: Atheists are well-behaved.Atheists make good neighbors.Atheists will not infringe upon your life uninvited. You know you are in for some good reading.  I particularly liked the ending statement: Right-wing Christianity shook the atheist community out of its complacency with its relentless [...]

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ozatheist on February 23rd, 2008

Plonka is spreading the page 123 meme. Seeing as he thanked me nicely for putting him on to Windows Live Writer (review shortly), I thought I’d do his tag. Rules 1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).2. Open to page 123.3. Go down to the 5th sentence.4. Type in the [...]

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ozatheist on February 20th, 2008

Got an interesting email today regarding my submission to the ABS for changes to the religion question in Census 2011. This is the full text of the message: Dear Census Client Mr Brian Pink, the Australian Statistician, recently highlighted to the government that the ABS budget situation for 2008-09 and beyond involved insufficient funds to [...]

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ozatheist on February 15th, 2008

I knew this was coming when I read Thinkers’ Podium blog recently. When you frequent each other’s blogs and see one of them start a meme, you just know eventually you’ll get tagged. So, not surprisingly, I’ve been tagged by AV at Five Public Opinions with the “Give three reasons why you Blog” meme. I’m [...]

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ozatheist on February 14th, 2008

Well, that was a big day in Australia’s history yesterday. The Australian Government finally apologised to the indigenous community for the Stolen Generations. I’m sure there are going to be lots of news sites, blogs and forums discussing this, and from responses I’ve already seen, it’s going to be a hot topic for a while.  [...]

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ozatheist on February 13th, 2008

As discussed the other day, on my Christianity – a declining population blog, the last census showed 18% to 30% of the Australian population were non-religious. I discussed how there were problems with the wording of the current census question which could result in a higher percentage of religious people than there actually are. Today [...]

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ozatheist on February 12th, 2008

Happy Darwin Day all. What is Darwin Day? From the official Darwin Day Celebration website: Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who [...]

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ozatheist on February 11th, 2008

The SMH has been headlining the weekend news with stories of taxpayers over funding private schools to the tune of $2b (yes, that is two Billion dollars). As if that isn’t bad enough, it turns out that some of this money is going to schools which teach Creationism and/or Intelligent Design! Sean the Blogonaut has [...]

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ozatheist on February 8th, 2008

A century ago nearly everyone in Australia was Christian, today only 64% are. We know this thanks to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which yesterday released the Year Book 2008, based on 2006 census figures. Today the Sydney Morning Herald had an article on this which highlighted the increase in the percentage of people [...]

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