Category Archives: secularism

To Christopher Hitchens, from a young contrarian

Last week, my favourite recipient of cuddles asked for something to read that would sharpen her appreciation for masterful English writing. A single writer sprang immediately and irrepressibly to mind: Christopher Hitchens. Offhand, I let two books recommend themselves: the obligatory God is Not Great, the most politically and historically insightful of the Gnu Atheists’ [...]

SU QLD chaplain invites John Mackay to school. Here’s what he thinks about gay people.

Scripture Union Queensland’s CEO Tim Mander went on Hope Christian radio’s breakfast show the other day and reiterated his crazy claim that the National School Chaplaincy program has widespread support. Left unchallenged by the simpering hosts he sang his now familiar refrain ‘Chaplaincy in the community is well accepted’ (to the tune of ‘Ted Haggard [...]

National School Chaplaincy Program news

Great news on the National School Chaplaincy Program: Intervening State Governments supporting the Plaintiff’s (Ron Williams) contentions that a funding agreement between the Commonwealth and Scripture Union Queensland is beyond the executive power conferred on the Commonwealth… Western Australia July 1, 2011 New South Wales July 18, 2011 Victoria July 20, 2011 South Australia July [...]

Say NO to Chaplains: new campaign launched! #NSCP #StopNSCP

Since the introduction of the National School Chaplaincy Program by the Howard government, close to half a billion dollars has been spent on largely unqualified chaplains, while real pastoral care from professional counsellors is pitifully thin on the ground. Furthermore, the NSCP may be illegal. The constitution prohibits religious tests for public office, and yet [...]