News From Around The World

Coalition’s marriage equality plebiscite is playing right into opponents’ hands

July 28, 2016 The Guardian: So far the Coalition’s policy has produced exactly what opponents to same-sex marriage want: delay, complication and splits.

British churches on terror alert following ISIS attack of elderly priest in France

July 27, 2016 Daily Mail: Police last night warned Britain’s Christians to be on alert amid fears they could be targeted by Islamic State jihadists.

Govt to recommend Nagasaki churches as World Heritage site

July 27, 2016 The Japan News: A Japanese council for cultural affairs endorsed on Monday Christian churches and related sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2018.

ISIS Says Its ‘Soldiers’ Attacked Church in France, Killing Priest

July 27, 2016 New York Times: Attendance was sparse at the 9 a.m. Mass on Tuesday at the Église St.-Étienne, a 17th-century church in a working-class town in Normandy. Many regular parishioners were on vacation; so was the parish priest.

Tim LaHaye, evangelical leader and ‘Left Behind’ co-author, dead at 90

July 26, 2016 Religion News Service: Tim LaHaye died at a hospital in the San Diego area after recently suffering a stroke, his ministry said.

Same-sex marriage: Premier Andrews tells Turnbull Victorians against plebiscite

July 25, 2016 The Age: Victorians do not want "a harmful public vote" on gay marriage, Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed in a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a free vote on equality.

China on Track to Have World’s Largest Christian Population, 200 Million Believers by 2030

July 25, 2016 Christian Post: Despite the increasing persecution of Christians in China, the Communist country is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030, according to Rodney Pennington who studies religious trends for OMF International.

Christian baker wants Supreme Court to hear gay wedding cake case

July 25, 2016 New York Daily News: A Colorado baker wants the Supreme Court to hear his case after a lower court ruled he could not cite his religious beliefs to refuse service to a same-sex couple looking to purchase a wedding cake.

Polls show evangelicals support Trump. But the term ‘evangelical’ has become meaningless

July 25, 2016 Washington Post: Take a cursory glance and all would seem to be well between evangelicals, Donald Trump and the GOP. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the huge evangelical Liberty University, gave a prime-time address Thursday, the grand finale of this week’s Republican National Convention. And a recent Pew Research poll showed that 78 percent of white “evangelicals” — and an overwhelming majority of evangelicals are white — plan to vote for Trump this fall.

Plebiscite ‘only way’ to resolve same-sex marriage issue, George Brandis says

July 24, 2016 ABC News: Attorney-General George Brandis has declared the "only way" the question of same-sex marriage will be resolved is through a plebiscite, as he urges political leaders not to play politics with the issue.

Brandis signals electorate-level reporting on same sex vote

July 24, 2016 Financial Review: Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed the outcome of the same sex marriage plebiscite will be presented by electorate, enabling conservative opponents to oppose the change in a subsequent parliamentary vote to meet the will of their constituents.

Compulsory vote on gay marriage question

July 24, 2016 SBS: Australians will all be invited to say "I do" on the question of same-sex marriage within a year.

NHS staff say they face a glass ceiling if they object to abortions

July 22, 2016 Daily Mail: Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs.

I don’t believe in ‘no religion’

July 22, 2016 The Spectator Australia: In the upcoming 2016 Australian Census, Australians will be given the option of ticking a box labelled ‘no religion’ when asked what their religious affiliation is.

Pokemon Go: Churches encouraged to welcome visiting players

July 21, 2016 BBC News: Anglican churches have been urged to welcome players of Pokemon Go who use their premises as Pokestops.

The Story After ‘Chariots of Fire’

July 21, 2016 New York Times: Thirty-five years ago, a low-budget film from Britain about two runners who represented the country in the 1924 Olympics became a worldwide hit and went on to win four Academy Awards, including best picture.

Anglican church ‘erred grievously’ in gay marriage vote, say northern bishops

July 21, 2016 CBC News: A group of bishops, including two from the Diocese of the Arctic, are "publicly dissenting" from the results of a vote to allow members of the Anglican Church of Canada to perform same-sex marriages.

Fears for gay marriage as plebiscite pushed back

July 20, 2016 FInancial Review: The Turnbull government is preparing to break its promise to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage before the end of the year, raising fears among advocates this will give conservatives more time to kill off the push.

‘Nice try.’ Wollongong church taps Poké craze

July 20, 2016 Illawarra Mercury: Waterbombed in Rhodes, held up at gunpoint in Tahmoor – the Pokemon Go crowd is not wanted everywhere.

Turkey: churches targeted during attempted coup

July 20, 2016 World Watch Monitor: Two churches in cities in eastern Turkey infamous as the sites of historic killings of Christians were vandalised during the attempted coup on 15 July, reports Middle East Concern.