Sean Faircloth in Australia!
If you happened to miss Sean Faircloth in Australia, check the links below to catch up.
|On Planet America, ABC TV|
|With AC Grayling, Fr Frank Brennan and Hon. Pru Goward at the Sydney Opera House|
|Natasha Mitchell interviews Sean on Radio National's Life Matters|
|Interviewed by Adam Ford for the Rationalist Society of Australia|
|At Melbourne University speaking on "Countering Religious Extremism: Australia and Abroad"|
|On Triple J Hack Program|
|On 3RRR Melbourne Independent Radio|
|On Jon Faine's Conversation Hour|
|Interviewed by New Zealand Radio's Kim Hill|
|Wheeler Centre for Books and Ideas - video yet to be posted!|
|Radio Live New Zealand|
|Chris Lynch talks to Sean Faircloth on Radio ZB in New Zealand|
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Reclaiming a Secular Australia!
Announcing the Australian tour of Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation.
The RSA is proud to announce that Sean Faircloth, author of "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Rights is harming us all, and what we can do about it!" will be coming to Australia in March 2013. He will be appearing in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and also in New Zealand.
In Perth, the WA Humanists will be hosting Sean, and in New Zealand he will be the guest of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists.
The RSA is delighted to work with sibling organisations in arranging this important and timely tour. Other free-thought groups supporting the tour include the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, the Progressive Atheists, the Victorian Skeptics, the Humanist Society of Victoria and the University of Melbourne Secular Society.
Sean's tour will focus on why and how Australian freethinkers should be pushing back actively against religious fundamentalists' inroads into government, and defending our proud secular heritage.
The tour will also help launch the Rationalist Society's 10 Point Plan to Reclaim a Secular Australia, developed by a coalition of freethought groups: see here.
"Church and State: Can We Untangle Religion and Politics?"Sean will be speaking at the Sydney Opera House at 4pm on Sunday 24 March 2013. Joining him on stage to address the controversial line between "Church and State" will be AC Grayling (who doesn't love Anthony Grayling!), Catholic priest and human rights lawyer Father Frank Brennan SJ and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Women.
Tickets are now on sale, so don't miss this extraordinary line up. Standard tickets $35-$45 plus $8.50 transaction booking fee.
On Thursday 21 March, from 5.30pm, there will be a public panel discussion on "Religion and Politics: Advancing Secularism" at Macquarie University. Apart from Sean, the panel will feature Australian philosopher Russell Blackford, author and secularist Max Wallace, social commentator Jane Caro, and member of the NSW Legislative Council John Kaye. Stephen Mutch, Honorary Fellow in the Dept of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University and former parliamentarian, will chair the discussion. Check here for tickets and here for further information.
Following Sydney, Sean will be appearing at The Spot downstairs (198 Berkeley St, Carlton, the new Business and Economics building in University Square, south of Grattan St) at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 March to discuss "Countering Religious Extremism: Australia and Abroad".
Tickets are now on sale, with early bird prices ($25 for the general public, and $12 for students and healthcard holders) throughout February.
And then, in a coup for regional Australia, Sean will be travelling to Central Victoria and speaking at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute on Wednesday 27 March.
Tickets are on sale here, with discounts available for members of the Central Victorian Atheists and Freethinkers and the RSA.
Back in Melbourne, Sean will be appearing at a Wheeler Centre Lunchbox / Soapbox at 12.45pm on Thursday 28 March (176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne). Sean will then be available to sign copies of his book "Attack of the Theocrats", sponsored by the wonderful Embiggen Books.Check here for more details of this event at the Wheeler Centre.
In Western Australia, Sean will be at the University of Western Australia on Tuesday 2 April, discussing the meaning of secularism, lessons from the US and what a genuinely secular Australia might look like. Issues such as government funding of chaplains, special religious instruction, marriage equality and end-of-life decision-making are all part of this agenda.
Check here to book tickets.
Sean will also be visiting New Zealand on the way back home, with events planned for:
- Auckland on Saturday 6 April
- Napier on Sunday 7 April
- Christchurch on Tuesday 9 April and
- Wellington on Friday 12 April.
For more background info
- Watch Sean talk about his book "Attack of the Theocrats" here.
- Check out AC Grayling's website here.
- Visit Pru Goward's website here. And read her views on the power of the churches opposing equal marriage here.
- Watch Fr Frank Brennan discuss the Royal Commission into Child Abuse here; his views about mandatory reporting here; and an associated petition here.
- Join the "Sean Faircloth in Australia and New Zealand" Facebook Group for more background discussion leading up to the Tour.