Victorian Government drags feet on funding atheists, bends over backwards for religions

As some of you rabble may be aware, next year sees the "Rise Of Atheism" convention in Melbourne, Australia. This is a global-level convention featuring the likes of Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers as speakers, and is expected to see thousands of non-believers descend on Melbourne in a godless frenzy of spending and debauchery*.

The AFA, not unexpectedly, has applied to the Victorian Government for funding assistance, and seeing as this event will be bringing a significant amount of dollars to Melbourne, some response was expected.

Nothing so far but the chirping of crickets

Meanwhile, Melbourne is hosting something called "The World Parliament Of Religions", which the Victorian Government immediately fuinded to the tune of several million dollars.

Situation normal, then.

Well, we're not happy about it, as you may expect, and a call has gone out to heathens everywhere to apply some grassroots pressure to Spring Street and get something moving on this. First port of call, the Facebook group.

And if that doesn't work, maybe we can get the 1806 Cocktail Bar to fund us, based on the amount of money I'll be spending there

*may only apply to the subset of non-believers directly surrounding, oh, let's say... ME

The AVN gets unexpected results

The Australian Anti Vaccination Network put an interesting poll up on their site last night. They asked (in a somewhat naive manner):

Will you be getting the swine flu (AH1N1 2009) vaccine?

With the options

  • Yes
  • No
  • I already have
  • I'm not sure, I need to do more research first
I'm sure you can guess how this turned out once Twitter was alerted to the poll's existence?

My spies tell me that Meryl and her cronies had no idea how it was done until earlier today when someone from the AVN finally talked to someone with half a clue about the internets. Even then, I suspect they were wrong. When I stopped checking last night, several thousand twitter -bound skeptics had seen the link, many had shared it. 

Meryl, if we'd crashed it properly, your antivax bloc would have been even more insignificant.

We did't even have to try underhand tactics.

Meryl loses the game again. LOL.
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