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Discussions With Those Of Faith

  • Mar 15, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Throughout 2011 and 2012 Brisbane Atheists has been active in engaging Operation 513 - a Young-Earth Creationist Fundamentalist Christian street preaching organisation with chapters in Canberra, Sydney and Hobart as well as the United Kingdom - on a weekly basis for the purpose of both responding to their anti-scientific, irrational and illogical tirades as well as to promote science, logic, reason and positive Atheism in a public forum.

Our goal is to encourage serious discussion and healthy debate both with the preacher themselves as well as with fringe members of Operation 513, our intention being to present the general public passing by with an opportunity to also speak with and question the theistic beliefs of Operation 513 but to also hear and speak with us regarding our Atheistic viewpoint; the disbelief in theistic assertions relating to the existance of god / gods due to no good evidence.


We are not there to provoke rude arguments, incite violence or heckle; though voices may be raised and the topics discussed be of a sensitive nature that may be deemed potentially offensive to us, we must insist upon the members of Brisbane Atheists remaining civil, courteous and refrain from using blatantly offensive language at all times.  Feel free to blaspheme however (it's a victimless crime afterall).  We have developed an understanding and an almost mutual respect with most members of Operation513 and we would like this to continue on into 2013.

Please note: This Meetup should be considered a form of 'Atheistic activism' and might not be suitable for all our members; attendance is in no way, shape or form a prerequisite to membership with Brisbane Atheists and is not representative of the ultimate goal of this Meetup Group which serves as an outlet for those of us who identify as Atheist, Agnostic, etc. to meet and interact with others in a variety of fun, sociable and intellectually stimulating ways.

We do however encourage interested members to come and join us for a drink on Saturday nights at 08:00pm and if comfortable to please come along and listen or join in the debates.  

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  • Janelle

    Hi Alan, I agree with you to a point. I think religion is crap but I do like ideas of compassion and I think 'forgive them they know not what they do' is a great practice. Meditation is also great. I think the world would be a better place if we took the good out of religion and left the crap behind. I don't understand, for instance, why people want to be followers of anything. Ideas don't belong to anyone, they are there for the taking.

    March 16, 2014

  • ALAN W.

    Hi, I am atheistic. Suspicion started in my 2nd. year @ Uni. Look, between you and me, we know, from science, that religion is both ridiculous, yet explainable. Comfortable, but only from a psychological point of view, for those who need it, for a multitude of reasons. We live. We die. End of story. As that applies to ALL OF US, what's the point of attempting to get religeous people to think differently?? Bit of an up-hill battle, don't you think? At the end of the day, what's the point?
    Wouldn't it be better for us Atheists to just sit back, be objective, enjoy life, without trying to penetrate the brains of religeous people? They, in my opinion, are so entrenched in their way of thinking, that, to deprive them of their God, Lord, Allah, Buddah, whatever, would do them psychological harm. If they are happy in their Alice in Wonderland world, why not just let them have a happy life?

    Comments on this will be appreciated.

    Alan West

    March 7, 2014

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