News From Around The World
August 31, 2015 Forbes: At first look, I thought the new Deily.org site was aimed at the same market as Patheos, the popular platform for readers of all faiths and none to engage in discussion about religion and society.
August 31, 2015 The Australian: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called on more European nations to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq to end the fighting that is driving the growing mass of refugees besieging their borders.
August 31, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's $55 million operation to resettle hundreds of refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia appears to have collapsed in a diplomatic embarrassment for the Abbott Government.
August 28, 2015 UK Telegraph: Yarl's Wood has been called a 'place of national concern' in a report by the prison watchdog. In the third of an ongoing series, Radhika Sanghani hears from a woman who was detained there whilst pregnant.
August 28, 2015 Associated Press: A Roman Catholic priest who also is a public school teacher has asked officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.
August 28, 2015 The Australian: Changing the way Australians are asked about their religion in next year’s census could see the number of people reporting as atheists jump by more than 10 per cent, a leading demographer says.
August 28, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: Next year's census has a very subtle edit that may completely change the way Australia sees itself and have drastic consequences for the way government money is spent on welfare and education.
August 28, 2015 Sky News: With Julia Gillard now joining the ranks of same-sex marriage supporters, Labor leader Bill Shorten says enough is enough and politicians need to get out of people's bedrooms.
August 28, 2015 CHOOSE: Human rights lawyer and church activists understood to be among people detained after Communist party campaign to take down religious symbols.
August 28, 2015 Religion News Service: The Southern Baptist Convention will cut as many as 800 employees from its overseas missions agency to make up for significant shortfalls in revenue, officials announced.
August 28, 2015 3AW Melbourne: Australia's Human Rights Commissioner says he has no issue with the NSW government "banning" an Australian documentary that has created all sorts of controversy from the classroom.
August 27, 2015 ABC Online: The Victorian Government will no longer allow special religious education—known elsewhere in Australia as scripture—to be taught during lesson time in the state’s public primary schools.
August 27, 2015 Daily Mail: Why get married? Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, took a properly scientific view of the pros and cons of marriage and jotted down his thoughts.
August 27, 2015 World Watch Monitor: The final draft of a new constitution was tabled in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly on 22 August amid protests by Hindu nationalists on the streets. They oppose the idea of secularism, which in the South Asian context simply means pluralism and equal treatment of all religions.
August 27, 2015 ABC Online: Former prime minister Julia Gillard reveals she has changed her mind about same-sex marriage and now supports it, but says Tony Abbott should allow a conscience vote within his party rather than take the issue to a plebiscite or referendum.\
August 26, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has banned a Sydney school from screening a film about children with gay parents during school hours.
August 26, 2015 Nine MSN: Public pressure appears to have forced a Sydney girls' high school to screen a documentary on gay parenting after school hours, instead of during scheduled lesson time.
August 26, 2015 Washington Post: A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class.
August 26, 2015 ABC News: The Federal Government is facing a new legal challenge to its policy of offshore processing. Lawyers acting for more than 150 asylum seekers will argue that Australia doesn't have the legal power to fund or facilitate detention centres on foreign soil. The High Court has agreed to hear the matter in October.
August 25, 2015 Quadrant Online: Listen to its advocates and the prohibition of same-sex marriage is a gross injustice perpetrated against a large and oppressed minority. Look at census data, from both here and overseas, and a rather different picture emerges: a crusade owing more to fashion than fact.