Frances E Loeber
below is a revision of a pamphlet
titled The Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc and is taken
from the AFA web-site.
WHAT IS THE
FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA INC?
foundation of Australia Inc is a group of concerned people who collect
and distribute factual information, presenting a considered alternative
to the religious doctrines of our culture.
began in 1970, in South Australia. It is directly descended from a rich
culture of free-thinking groups which have survived through the
centuries in various forms appropriate to the times.
We consider that
dependence on religion limits the growth of a human being both
personally and socially and can inhibit their intellectual development.
Members of the Foundation present secular views on topical issues,
making these ideas more accessible to the public.
Topics such as
religious indoctrination in State schools, uncritical religious bias in
the media, and proper respect for the rights of non-believers are among
publishes a quarterly magazine and at least eight newsletters per year,
holds regular monthly meetings, and holds at least two social
gatherings each year.
Why have an
organisation for atheists?
There are many
people prepared to say "Yes, I'm an atheist". Then they will add: "But
what’s the point of joining a group?"
Foundation is a purposeful organization providing opportunities for
members to express their views, compare ideas, and to act on issues of
concern as an organized group.
Foundation there is a diversity of opinion, and differences in our
approach the issues which confront us. We also share some very
important things in common – these are expressed in our statement of The
Philosophy of the Foundation.
OF THE ATHEIST FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA
Foundation of Australia recognises scientific method as the only
rational means toward understanding reality. To question and critically
examine all ideas, testing them in the light of facts, leads to the
discovery of truth.
As there is no
scientific evidence for supernatural phenomena, atheists reject belief
in 'God', gods and other supernatural beings. The universe, the world
in which we live, and the evolution of life, are entirely natural
or mind can exist without the process of living matter to sustain it.
This life, here and now, is the only one we have. All that remains
after a person dies is the memory of their life and deeds in the minds
of those who live.
superstition and prejudice along with the irrational fears they cause.
We recognise the complexity and interdependence of life on this planet.
As rational and ethical beings we accept the challenge of making a
creative and responsible contribution to life.
AIMS OF THE
ATHEIST FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA
Our aims are …
To encourage and
to provide a means of expression for informed free-thought on
philosophical and social issues.
To safeguard the
rights of all non-religious people.
To serve as a
focal point for the fellowship of non-religious people.
reliable information in place of superstition and to offer the
methodology of reason in place of faith so as to enable people to take
responsibility for the fullest development of their potential as human
We ought not to
act on faith, for faith is assuming a certain belief without reference
to its probability.
That the world
is in bad shape is undeniable but there is not the faintest history to
suppose that Christianity offers a way out.
The appeal to
faith solves nothing and explains nothing; it diverts attention from
the crucial issue of truth.
George H Smith
what an old mistake says to a new truth.
R G Ingersoll
Once a doctrine,
however irrational, has gained power in a society, millions of people
will believe in it rather than feel ostracised and isolated.
believed that faith should dominate - Galileo believed that truth
resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and
the children of ignorance and they do not long survive their mother.
happiness, the only fulfìllment, the only total living, is right
here and right now.
against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are
oppressed by all religions.
Faith is not a
function of stupidity but a frequent cause of it.
through the Cross is worse than damnation, because of the terrible
burden it imposes upon humanity, because of the effect it has on the
human soul, fettering and paralyzing it with the weight of the burden
exacted through the death of Christ.
For me religion
is serious business – a farago of authoritarian nonsense, misogyny and
humble pie, the eternal enemy of human happiness and freedom.
Why do women
remain second class citizens? Why is there a religion-fostered war
against women's rights? Because the Bible is a handbook for the
subjugation of women.
The being cannot
be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of
It is impossible
to exaggerate the evil work theology has done in the world.
Lydia Maria Child
is weakened if it is tied up with dogmas that will not bear examination.
Free thought has
always been the best friend woman had.
Susan W Wixon
Of all human
beings a woman should spurn the Bible first.
Helen H Gardener
There was a time
when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages.
We would be
1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science
back by its coat tails and burning our best minds at the stake.
believe in a divine creator, trying to live their lives in obedience to
his supposed wishes and in expectation of a supposed eternal reward,
are victims of the greatest confidence trick of all time.
turned the clock of general progress back a thousand years, it turned
back the clock two thousand years for woman.