We do request at a minimum a couple dollar donation to cover the cost of the hall hire and any other costs we incur, we are not for profit and 100% of funds will go to operating the group.
This Months talk(s) will be:
Headline talk; Steve Marton
"A funny thing happened on the way to the mosque" -
Synopsis; This talk centres around Mohammed. It illustrates how he justified himself to his followers and then discusses the manipulation, promises and threats that he made to have his followers do his bidding.
Second talk; Aleks Zablotskii
"Islam and Totalitarianism" -
Synopsis; The talk explores the totalitarian tendencies that underlie some of the fundamental principles of Islam, and draws historical comparisons to other modern totalitarian regimes as a basis for valuing their practical application on society. It will also be argued that while racism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia are indeed a facet of the secular world that must be confronted at every instance, “Islamophobia” is an entirely irrational notion that permeates our discourse.
There will be an additional meetup posted for a pre talk dinner at a nearby restaurant, please RSVP to that meetup if you are going to that at least 2 days prior to allow for acurate numbers to be communicated to the restaurant.
Nearest station is Museum. If you cross the park keeping Liverpool street to your right and the war memorial to your left once you have crossed the park you will see the Hyde Park Plaza, to the left of that is Francis street, a short way down Francis is the Unitarian church, we will meet in either the Chapel or hall depending on numbers of attending and availability.
Once a month the meetup meets for a topical discussion with a special guest. Special guest in the past have been members of the meetup, who spoke on a topic of their choice, or experts from outside, speaking on a topic of the expertise. If you want to speak, or know somebody who would like to speak to us, please contact me (http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/members/11267158/), slots are either 1 hour or part there of to make up the hour.
We have the room booked all the way to 10pm so we can fit in more than one talk if need be, please contact me at least a month in advanced to book your talk so we can work out timings. The room should have a projector and other AV, but these are only available pending approval from the Unitarians so please adjust for this. We will also attempt to record these talks and put them up on our youtube channel pending time for editing and final speakers approval.