Category Archives: skeptical activism

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 [...]

70 billion people Say NO To Chaplains!*

Ron Williams’s High Court Challenge to the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) seems to have gone pretty well. My friend Chrys Stevenson has been in Canberra to witness the case and has worked hard to sum up the details in a readable fashion. No easy task, but she’s done admirably. Please thank her. Meanwhile it [...]

“That makes sense, Alf”: Meryl Dorey launches a new #StopAVN catchphrase

Alf Awka: I see plenty of problems with Human Gene patenting. Here is a scenario that I have been recently pondering on….say for example a vaccine is injected into a child and its hidden agenda is to change the genetic code of that child in a specific way? and this specific Gene change is patented [...]

Meryl Dorey, the Truth about Gardasil and those dastardly #StopAVN Twitter hackers

Yesterday there was a big ol’ tizzy in anti-vaccination camps. The deceitfully named Australian Vaccination Network’s Meryl Dorey has a Twitter account. This account had been sending dodgy Direct Messages, leading to a lot of complaints. Meryl didn’t waste any time pole-vaulting to a conclusion: Meryl Dorey, posting as the Australian Vaccination Network: It looks [...]

Power Balance Australia bust: reason wins, no thanks to Priceline

Last year, I wrote about Power Balance wristbands, Priceline Pharmacy and Small World Social. The pharmacy was selling the thoroughly debunked stupidity indicators at checkout counters, and the Small World ‘social media experts’ they employed sent critics private Facebook messages when we tried to fix this Last week, we got some good news. After a [...]

First Australian #Skepticamp has arrived!

It’s today! Get the full event details for Skepticamp Sydney 2011, and top tips for Skepticamp presenters from my recent posts, but here’s the tl;dr: Venue: Building 2, UTS Sydney Time: 10.30 am – 6.00 pm Map to Skepticamp at Building 2, UTS, Sydney The hashtag is #Skepticamp Below is a live view of Skepticamp-related [...]

Countdown to #Skepticamp Australia: Top tips for speakers and participants

With Skepticamp Sydney rapidly approaching, I thought it would be nice to gather some advice as we launch this boat together. Some of us have taken part in BarCamps and similar events, and some of us will be doing this for the very first time. With this in mind, I’ve contacted some friends and acquaintances [...]

Countdown to #Skepticamp Australia

The very first Skepticamp Australia event is this Saturday: Skepticamp Sydney 2011! What is Skepticamp? Skepticamp is an unconference, where the attendees are also the presenters! It’s a free event (even the food is free!), and everyone who comes is invited to contribute a short presentation. It’s open, collaborative and fun! Based on the very [...]

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 [...]

#StopAVN: The Doreyan Fallacy

This is how I imagine Meryl Dorey might respond to the recently published study comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Surprise surprise, the only difference was in the vastly differing rates of vaccine-preventable diseases in the two groups. And yet I have lost count of the number of times Meryl Dorey has leapt on individual instances [...]