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.For more background info