FAQ

How do I join?

Just show up to any event! It costs $5 to join for the year, or $3 to sign up for six months if you join in semester two. Membership is open to all those who share our club aims, both students and non-students. To see what events are coming up, subscribe to our mailing list, join our Facebook group, or check out our news page.

Are you an atheist club?

No. We welcome membership from any student, religious or otherwise, who subscribes to the aims of the club. Most (but not all) of our members doubt or disbelieve God’s existence, but it is openness to reason, doubt, and open discussion that defines the Secular Society, not belief or disbelief in God.

Are you anti-Christian or anti-religious?

No. The Secular Society believes in religious liberty, the right of citizens to believe they please, however this right does not extend to the right to impose those views on other people. We also believe in secularism, meaning a separation of religion from government. Public policy decisions should be made on the basis of reason, evidence, and the public benefit, not on the basis of religious dogma. No laws should privilege one religious faith (or non-faith) over another.

What sort of events do you hold?

We hold a variety of events, including lectures, discussions, panels, pub nights, and screenings. Have a look at our event archive for more information.

Are you a political club?

No. The Secular Society is not affiliated with any particular party or figure. There are classical liberals, fiscal conservatives, civil libertarians, socialists, social democrats, and more who support our aims: promoting and defending reason, science, secular ethics and freedom of inquiry on campus. The only political opinions the club holds are is secularism (separation of church and state), and the importance of using reason and evidence in policy decisions.

Does the Secular Society ally itself with other organizations?

The Secular Society collaborates with many outside organizations that have overlapping interests and goals. Such organisations include The Rationalist Society of Australia, The Humanist Society of Victoria, The Melbourne Atheists, The Secular Party of Australia, Secular Student Alliance, The Young Australian Skeptics, The Victorian Skeptics and The Center for Inquiry.

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