News From Around The World

Street preacher continues right to preach fight over Launceston by-laws

August 24, 2016 ABC News: A Christian street preacher who created controversy in Adelaide has moved his fight to Tasmania and claims to have achieved some success in the Federal Court on his right to preach in malls.

Update close on plan for gutted church

August 24, 2016 Western Advocate: TWO-and-a-half years to the day since historic St Barnabas’ Anglican Church was set on fire, Father James Hodson says an announcement on the site’s future is imminent.

Porn increases the risk in divorce in married couples by double

August 24, 2016 Daily Mail: Married couples who watch pornography almost double their risk of divorce, researchers said yesterday.

Franklin Graham Thanks God for Kim Davis’ ‘Religious Freedom’ Victory in Gay Marriage Case

August 24, 2016 Christian Post: Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham is celebrating a "victory for religious freedom" after a federal judge dismissed three lawsuits against Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who refused to sign her name to marriage licenses for gay couples.

Safe Schools: Australian Chinese community petition against anti-bullying program lodged in NSW

August 23, 2016 ABC News: A petition against the Safe Schools program with more than 17,000 signatures from the Australian Chinese community has been tabled in the New South Wales Parliament.

US judge rules to halt transgender policy

August 23, 2016 A US judge has granted a nationwide injunction sought by a group of 13 states led by Texas seeking to block Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice.

Turnbull government to delay same-sex marriage plebiscite until February

August 22, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald: The Turnbull government will push back the date of the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite until February 2017, breaking a flagship pledge.

Marriage plebiscite this year ‘not practical’

August 22, 2016 Sky News: A plebiscite on same-sex marriage this year is 'not practical' according to the Australian Electoral Commission, a senior government minister says.

2016 gay marriage plebiscite in doubt

August 21, 2016 SBS: It's unlikely Australians will be asked this year to vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage, but the Turnbull government won't publicly confirm a February plebiscite.

2000-year-old rural synagogue in Galilee may be similar to sites where Jesus taught

August 19, 2016 Daily Mail: An unusual rural ancient synagogue that dates back to shortly after the time of Jesus has been unearthed in Galilee.

‘Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ’ is not an occupation, according to Ireland’s High Court

August 19, 2016 National Post: In a recent case in Ireland’s High Court, a judge has ruled that “Disciple of Jesus” does not count as a job.

Nigerian Christians return to rebuild lives in communities liberated from Boko Haram

August 18, 2016 World Watch Monitor: Nigerian Christians displaced by Boko Haram are beginning to return home.

Clergy speak on consecrating gay unions

August 18, 2016 Illawarra Mercury: Wollongong Uniting Church minister Reverend Rex Graham supports same-sex marriage but says other churches should not be forced to marry couples if it goes against their conscience.

US Lutherans approve document recognizing agreement with Catholic Church

August 17, 2016 Religion News Service: Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church.

This is not about bigotry or homophobia. This is about fact

August 17, 2016 Adelaide Advertiser: That’s right kids, your daddy might actually be a lady who needs surgery to affirm this “reality”.

‘My New Daddy’: Research trial teaches 5yo school kids about sex change

August 17, 2016 Ten News: Transgender issues including transition, sexual reassignment surgery and cross-dressing have been taught to five and six-year-old school kids during ‘story-time sessions,’ as part of an Australian research trial used to push for gender-inclusiveness and diversity education into primary curriculum.

Andrew Bolt demands answers from ‘rude’ anti-Islam church protester Nick Folkes

August 16, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald: Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has branded the leader of an anti-Islam protest "extremely rude" and demanded an explanation for why he and a group of others donned Arabic-style dress and walked into a Gosford church on Sunday, interrupting its service.

Kids, 5, in sex-change stories uni research trial

August 16, 2016 The Australian: Children as young as five have been used for storytime sessions featuring books with transgender characters, introducing concepts ranging from cross-dressing to gender reassignment surgery, as part of a university study being used to advocate for the expansion of the Safe Schools program into primary schools.

Anti-Muslim hate speech ‘fuels extremism’, experts say

August 16, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald: The Baird government's refusal to legislate against anti-Muslim hate speech is "playing into the hands" of terrorist groups such as Islamic State, as well as extreme right-wing groups, Muslim community leaders and counter-terrorism experts have warned.

Olympic marathon runner feted in Kenya for her faith and endurance

August 16, 2016 Religion News Service: After striking gold at the Rio Olympics, marathon runner Jemima Sumgong underlined how her faith had helped her win the 26.2-mile run.