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justinesaracen's Avatar Comment 1 by justinesaracen

A DVD of this is a wonderful idea, especially if there are both noteworthy speakers and a few good atheist comics. I bet Eddie Izzard would go in a heartbeat.

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 15:33:00 UTC | #437094

jel's Avatar Comment 2 by jel

I so wish I could attend. Will this become a regular event? will it always be "down under"?

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 17:16:00 UTC | #437126

DNR's Avatar Comment 3 by DNR

Go figure. The global atheist convention is being held at a place where the British used to send their criminals.

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:24:00 UTC | #437145

Lisa Bauer's Avatar Comment 4 by Lisa Bauer

I would have liked to go, except it's rather far and expensive! Nevertheless, I'm pleased to see there's enough interest to sell out an Australian atheist/skeptic/freethinker event. I suspect religion isn't nearly as "dead" an issue in Australia/New Zealand as they might hope, given things like PM Kevin Rudd's religious proclivities, Ray Comfort coming from NZ, increased activity from US Christian Evangelical groups, possible issues with Muslim immigrant integration, and so on. :-(

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:00:00 UTC | #437196

dazzjazz's Avatar Comment 5 by dazzjazz

I wonder if Hillsong church will protest.
Australia needs this - way too many faith schools here!

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:19:00 UTC | #437205

EvolvedDNA's Avatar Comment 6 by EvolvedDNA

And the ones who weren't deported turned to the church?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:38:00 UTC | #437268

retep57's Avatar Comment 7 by retep57

" The global atheist convention is being held at a place where the British used to send their criminals. "

your comment is about 200 years out of date, a pre darwinian level of "understanding" perhaps?

BTW DNR in some hospitals stands for -
Do Not Resuscitate - go figure.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:42:00 UTC | #437270

EvolvedDNA's Avatar Comment 8 by EvolvedDNA

This is great news of course. It is very refreshing to see groups of humans getting together to discuss things that are really important to humanity rather than the myths spouted each Sunday. Do you think god or jesus will show up to spoil it? although I imagine they are booked for the next Palin campaign! I expect they will see a few religious types wailing as usual outside though.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 01:45:00 UTC | #437299

mmurray's Avatar Comment 9 by mmurray

Go figure. The global atheist convention is being held at a place where the British used to send their criminals.

Go figure what ?

DNR apparently never makes more than one comment on a thread.

Go figure.


Mon, 01 Feb 2010 03:30:00 UTC | #437316

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 10 by Alternative Carpark

"The RISE of atheism" Not sure I like the sound of that.

Surely, surely, it should be "the FALL of religiosity".

Again, beware of making Atheism sound like just another belief system.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 04:41:00 UTC | #437341

DanDare's Avatar Comment 11 by DanDare

No, not the "the FALL of religiosity", the bypassing of religiosity. As its irrelevance is further highlighted it must eventually pass not with a bang but a wither.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 05:55:00 UTC | #437358

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 12 by Jos Gibbons

Let me get this straight: DNR only posts once per thread, i.e. does not discuss anything. He's clearly just interested in saying anything, ANYTHING bad about atheism/ts. This time, the best he could come up with is "Their convention is on the site of a former prison". Apart from proving there's nothing bad to say about the convention, he's also revealed himself as an appalling racist. (Oh, if only he ever commented twice he could reply to that accusation ...)

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:14:00 UTC | #437375

Dave Duncan's Avatar Comment 13 by Dave Duncan

I'm unable to make it to Melbourne for the convention which is a pity however I'll look forward to the DVD.
Does anyone know if Richard is scheduled to make an appearance in Sydney whilst in Australia? Hopefully so - but if not I'm sure we'll at least see him being interviewed by the national TV talk shows.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:42:00 UTC | #437399

Veronique's Avatar Comment 14 by Veronique

For all you people asking questions easily answered with a google try this:

Life is good

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 09:27:00 UTC | #437410

Roland_F's Avatar Comment 15 by Roland_F

If the event is completely sold out - why not change the venue £
Like a Pop event : fill a sports stadium and show that not only thew Pope's visit attracts a huge crowd.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:01:00 UTC | #437423

rod-the-farmer's Avatar Comment 16 by rod-the-farmer

One has to wonder if some of the ticket buyers are really religidiots. Some may attend merely to see & hear what goes on, while there may be a few who intend to disrupt the sessions. Serious questions from the dark side would be welcome, I feel sure. For this we hope there will be a camera trained on the audience, ready to focus in on any loony types should they cause a disturbance. Audience speakers should be ask to state their name and home town before addressing the panel. Too far for me, but best wishes to all involved.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:18:00 UTC | #437430

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 17 by Jos Gibbons

Comment #456949 by Dave Duncan

There's a week-long Oxford event in three weeks that neither RD nor Grayling was able to attend due to being in Australia, Syndney I think.

Comment #456950 by Veronique

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Mon, 01 Feb 2010 13:43:00 UTC | #437516

Veronique's Avatar Comment 18 by Veronique

Hahahahahahaha Jos Good one!!

I didn't know about that site.

Thank you

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:20:00 UTC | #437561

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 19 by Jos Gibbons

Comment #457115 by Veronique

Glad to pass on what I in turn learnt from someone else on this site (although by their using it on someone else, rather than using it on me or suggesting it to me). Well, what goes around comes around.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:24:00 UTC | #437562

Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Comment 20 by Dr. Strangegod

Jos and Veronique - Okay, now that is funny.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 20:10:00 UTC | #437653

Laurie Fraser's Avatar Comment 21 by Laurie Fraser

One of the really great things about living in Australia is that almost nobody gives a toss about religion. Sure, we have our loonies and charlatans, but they are in the tiny minority. And, for DNR's benefit, one of the principal reasons for this ambivalence is precisely that we were established as a penal settlement for those who had suffered at the hands of the righteous British upper-class. So we've always had a natural, cultural scepticism when it comes to the institutions of Britain. And that includes its dopey religion.

Alas, I can't go. I've had a diving holiday in the South Pacific booked for some time, and when the Atheist Convention came up, I had to have a good hard think about which journey I would make. Took me about two nano-seconds. Sorry, Richard. :)

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 06:20:00 UTC | #437779

EvolutionRevolution's Avatar Comment 22 by EvolutionRevolution

I actually intended on buying tickets next week but now after hearing this news im saddened that i cannot attend, i would be travelling from sydney NSW to see richard dawkins on the sunday.

If anyone knows anyone selling sunday-day tickets privately or through eBay please let me know.

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 12:29:00 UTC | #437827

retep57's Avatar Comment 23 by retep57

article quote and link below , cheers peter aka retep57
Arghh this gets up my nose! $2 millions dollars for superstitious rubbish ( world religion get together and $ZERO for reason/ thinking AAI 2010
shows where the governments loyalties / priorities ly (lie) grrrrr

Oh, my God - atheist convention sells out
February 2, 2010
The Global Atheist Convention will feature the world's best-known atheist, Richard Dawkins.

The Global Atheist Convention will feature the world's best-known atheist, Richard Dawkins. Photo: Nick Moir

AN ATHEIST convention in Melbourne has sold out six weeks before it opens despite no aid from any level of government, organisers said yesterday.

Convention organiser and Atheist Foundation of Australia president David Nicholls said the state government had ''stabbed the people of Victoria in the back'' by not helping, forcing organisers to hire smaller venues.

The Global Atheist Convention, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 12-14, features a stellar line-up of presenters, including the world's best-known atheist, Richard Dawkins.

''We think this is a turning point for secularism in Australia, and it will be looked at by the rest of the world,'' Mr Nicholls said. ''We will see it happening more through the free planet, and our aim is to make the whole planet free.''

He said more than 2500 tickets had been sold, about half to Victorians and the rest to interstate and international visitors.

But he said that only the last day, with Richard Dawkins, would be in the 2500-seat auditorium. Because organisers ''could not afford to gamble'', they had hired smaller auditoriums for the first two days.

''We were very annoyed that all three tiers of government refused to assist us,'' Mr Nicholls said.

He said Canberra bureaucrats said such funding was not part of the portfolio responsibility of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd or his deputy, Julia Gillard, and provided no other advice.

The Victorian Government raised hopes, then suddenly told him ''the event has been secured, so you're not getting the money'', he said.

The Parliament of the World's Religions, held in Melbourne in December, received $2 million from the federal government and the state government.

Mr Nicholls said if the organisers had been able to afford a bigger venue and advertising, many more people might have been able to attend.

Other speakers include philosophers Peter Singer and A.C. Grayling, American commentator P.Z. Myers, former evangelist Dan Barker and broadcasters Phillip Adams and Robyn Williams.

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:35:00 UTC | #438022