SA's Morality debate....

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Brian (July 08, 2010, 18:07:47 PM):
I'm not sure but I'll ask him.
Brian (July 16, 2010, 09:57:06 AM):
e-mailed George Claassen and here's his reply: Brian, dink jy regtig die president, wat vandag 'n nasionale biddag uitgeroep het om dankie te sê vir die sukses van die sokkerbeker, sal na ons spul ateïste luister? Ek sal gaan kyk na die skeptic-debat. Lande waar ateïsme en agnostisisme die sterkste staan, het die laagste misdaadsyfer. Jy hoef nie in 'n god te glo om moreel te wees nie!
Hermes (July 16, 2010, 11:48:52 AM):
I don't really know how this moral rejuvenation thing is supposed to work. Is there a committee making recommendations? If so, we should aim to get representation on it from within government. There are probably many atheists in Parliament.
Brian (July 23, 2010, 08:24:34 AM):
Somewhat dated but here's an article on the US atheists:
Atheists Hail Historic Meeting with Obama Administration
Opinion by American Atheists
(February 26, 2010) in Religion / Religion in Society
Led by the Secular Coalition for America, representatives from leading Atheist, Freethought, Humanist and other non-believer organizations met earlier today with White House officials in an historic gathering.
Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, praised the Obama Administration for "giving us our rightful seat at the table in the discussion over public policy."
"Over 13% of the population is considered 'non-religious,' and this includes millions of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rationalists, and other citizens," said Buckner. "We are committed to the separation of church and state and to equality for non-believers in the political arena. Religious speakers must not continue to be given special privileges."Representatives from American Atheists included: Dr. Buckner; AA Vice President and National Spokesperson Dave Silverman; Vice President and Military Director Kathleen Johnson; Indra Zuno, AA general member, translator, and writer; Ellen Birch, Chair of the American Atheists Life Membership Committee and systems engineer; and Camille A. Brewer, AA general member, political/freethought activist and art expert.
As part of the official briefing, American Atheists Vice President and Military Director Kathleen Johnson told White House representatives: "I have witnessed firsthand how service members who are openly non-theist have been harassed by their commanders, leaders, and peers, and have been disrespected by their subordinates for failing to hold certain religious beliefs."
Johnson called for the Obama Administration to "demonstrate its commitment to improving the climate for non-theists by ensuring nominees to key senior leadership positions answer hard questions intended to identify if they hold views detrimental to non-theists and if so, that such views be considered a disqualification for that officer.
Johnson also called for those holding non-theist convictions to enjoy the status of "a protected class throughout the Armed Services on par with the protections afforded to women, minorities, and those belonging to minority faith groups."
Brian (July 27, 2010, 08:46:17 AM):
If you want to see a video from Australia's Q&A program where Dawkins and various religious and political types debated secular/religious issues, visit the Q&A site (panel discussions) or search iTunes for Q&A (qanda) for a episode titled, God, Science & Sanity


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