Discussions With Those Of Faith

  • November 3, 2012 · 8:00 PM
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Throughout 2011 and 2012 several members of Brisbane Atheists have been active in engaging Operation513 - a young earth Christian fundamentalist street preaching organisation with chapters in the UK, Canberra and Sydney - on a weekly basis for the purpose of promoting 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 the supporting members of Operation 513 with the intention being to present the general public passing by with an opportunity to also question the theistic beliefs of Operation 513 as well as to question our disbelief in theistic assertions relating to the existance of god / gods shared by members of our group. 

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 on both sides, we must insist upon interested members of Brisbane Atheists remaining civil, courteous and refrain from using offensive language at all times.  We have developed an understanding and mutual respect with most members of Operation513 and we would like this to continue on into 2013.

Please note that this Meetup could be considered a form of 'Atheistic activism' and might not be suitable for everyone; 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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  • Benjamin E.

    My first time, I hope to engage more in future.

    November 5, 2012

  • Dave M.

    Was a great night meeting with new members for drinks beforehand. Lots of different backgrounds and experiences, lots of new opinions, thoughts and disbeliefs.

    In all honesty, this probably wasn't my best night engaging 'Those With Faith'. Got talking with a rather aggressive drunk Catholic named Jim who after trying to 'buddy up' to him as a former Catholic, sort of got trapped into having to apologise to him for daring to engage in any further conversations, either with the preacher themselves or supporting members on the sidelines.

    Interestingly, he was probably the most ignorant theist I've ever met (and I think Simon will agree with me on this one). He gladly admitted he had never read the bible and yet supported it 110%. He also pointed out that he 'doesn't give a fuck' about truth because he has faith to which I called a stop to any further dialogue.

    Cont. in the discussion boards.

    November 4, 2012

  • Matthew F.

    See tou then

    November 3, 2012

  • Simon D.

    Good-day Boys

    See you all at Jimmy’s at 8 pm my number is[masked]

    November 3, 2012

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