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The Global Atheist Conventions - Held in 2010 and 2012
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Syrian Refugee Crisis and Religion

The Government's announcement that it will permanently resettle an additional 12,000 Syrian refugees is welcomed by the Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA). We support helping displaced and desperate people as much as possible.

However, religion (or the lack of it) should not be a deciding factor in helping those in need.

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Hey Everyone! Back in action - and here's our new FAQ! Send in your questions! http://atheistfoundation.org.au/faq/

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The 2012 Global Atheist Convention iPhone Application has been released.

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Jim Jefferies will be performing on the Friday night of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention.

Australian born, US-based Jim Jefferies is a world-class headliner who doesn’t pull any punches, making audiences roar with laughter at the kind of material many comedians would never pull off. Jim’s got the goods that enable him to charm and challenge a crowd in equal measures.

Jim’s breakthrough was in 2005 at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, when his storming performance in The Nasty Show made audiences, critics and fellow comics take note: it was followed by rave reviews and the need to put Jim further up the bill – more established comics were having trouble following him! Of course Jim’s return to that festival – a week-long run in 2007 – was completely sold out. By the time Jim made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2009 with Hellbound, he had the HBO special I Swear To God under his belt. He has since followed that up with Alcoholocaust.

Able to deliver ‘family friendly’ material when required, Jim is as hilarious on television as he is on stage. His credits including appearances on Comedy Cuts, If.ComEddies (ITV), Heaven and Earth, Never Mind theBuzzcocks, (BBC), The History of Offensive Humour (Channel 4), Comedy Blue, The World Stands Up and Edinburgh and Beyond (Paramount Comedy Channel).

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Mikey Robins will MC the Friday night of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention

Starting out in cabaret as part of Newcastle’s Castanet Club, Mikey Robins made the transition to radio and television to become one of Australia’s best-loved, intelligent and in-demand entertainers on the strength of clever observations, quick one-liners and brilliant, biting banter.

Mikey spent seven years behind the microphone as the host of Triple J’s national breakfast show before becoming a team leader and audience favourite on high rating Good News Week and its various franchises.

On radio, Mikey’s also worked for Triple M and Vega, while his other television appearances include The Jesters, You Have Been Watching and regular guest spots on Sunrise, Spicks and Specks and The Fat.

Mikey’s also devised and hosted a series of documentaries about Australians and their favourite pubs for Channel 10 – leading to episodes being filmed overseas – and fronted shows for the Foxtel network, including Campaign and Hollywood Head To Head.

Mikey’s co-authored the books Three Beers and a Chinese Meal (with Helen Razor) and Big Man’s World (with Tony Squires and The Sandman) and written columns for The Daily Telegraph, GQ and Men’s Style.

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While the godless may vary in the degree to which they view religion as a pernicious force in the lives of individuals, the hackles of unbelievers are almost unanimously raised when the issue of the influence of religious beliefs on political decision-making comes up. The fascinating, complex, and often frustrating interaction of sacred and secular factions in the political arena is a subject that demands discussion, and the Atheist Foundation of Australia is proud to present a unique opportunity to watch a panel of intelligent and well-informed speakers contribute their two cents worth to the public debate.

Addressing the subject of the intersection of politics and religion, our distinguished panelists include Australian Sex Party leader Fiona Patten ; author, academic and political commentator Marion Maddox; journalist, author and blogger Dick Gross; and Victorian Greens MP Colleen Hartland. Moderated by radio presenter Derek Guille, it is sure to be a thought-provoking experience, a highlight of the convention programme, and yet another very good reason to be at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention in April.
Check out their profiles via the speaker page on the GAC site

http://atheistconvention.org.au/speakers

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In the lead-up to the Global Atheist Convention, taking place in Melbourne in April this year, we're running a series of blog posts by participating speakers. Today we hear from Lawrence Krauss - American theoretical physicist and author of the upcoming book A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing.

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Ben Elton is appearing at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention
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