News From Around The World

Anglican bishop urges leaders to talk

May 5, 2016 Courier Mail: A Victorian Anglican bishop wants the governor-general to broker a meeting between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to work out a humane solution to the offshore detention of asylum seekers.

Safe Schools ­anti-bullying ruling ‘forcing us to go private’

May 5, 2016 The Australian: A Victorian father has pulled his daughter out of a state school after the Andrews government’s decision to make the Safe Schools ­anti-bullying program a mandatory part of the curriculum.

Religious freedom under threat worldwide

May 4, 2016 Washington Times: Citing the Islamic State’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, rising bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing’s campaign against churches in China, a new U.S. government report said Monday that attacks on religious freedom have grown measurably around the world over the past year.

2015 Saw A Decrease In Religious Freedom Around The World

May 4, 2016 NPR: The global refugee crisis, political strife and economic dislocation all contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom in 2015 and an increase in "societal intolerance," according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Humanists push for a National Day of Reason

May 4, 2016 Religion News Service: Not all Americans pray. So the American Humanist Association, among the largest national advocacy groups of nonbelievers and other secularists, wants the first Thursday in May to be recognized by Congress as a National Day of Reason.

Sydney Uni backflips on threat to deregister evangelical Christian group over faith declaration

May 3, 2016 Daily Telegraph: The University of Sydney union has backflipped on its controversial threat to deregister the Sydney University Evangelical Union over its requirement that members declare a faith in Jesus Christ.

The BBC should commission a Christian version of Woman’s Hour

May 3, 2016 The Spectator: In his new book God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, Rupert Shortt notes that religion is in some ways taken more seriously now than a decade or two ago. But huge habits of ignorance and condescension remain: ‘When secular humanists attack Christianity, they often fail to realise that it is the gospels which provide unseen elements in their own outlook.’

North Korea sent agents to kill Christian pastor, activists say

May 3, 2016 United Press International: North Korean agents are responsible for the "murder" of a Christian pastor who assisted North Korean defectors in China, activists in Seoul said Monday.

Bid to impose heritage protection on Bankstown church to prevent “imminent” demolition fails

May 3, 2016 DailyTelegraph: A BID to block the potential redevelopment of a historic church in Bankstown’s CBD has failed.

Fires around Orthodox Easter torch 3 churches in 3 cities

May 3, 2016 CBS News: Investigators in three cities are looking into large fires at Orthodox churches that occurred around the religion's Easter celebrations and caused widespread damage.

Orthodox churches burn on holiest day

May 3, 2016 SBS: Three Orthodox churches have gone up in flames within 24 hours, two on the holiest day of the church's calendar.

USU backtracks on threat to deregister EU

May 2, 2016 Honi Soit: The Evangelical Union (EU) will not be deregistered, with the University of Sydney Union (USU) deciding at its April Board meeting to amend clubs and societies (C&S) regulations to allow faith-based declarations as a condition of membership.

Church of England uses trendy Post-it notes in new service celebrating godparents

May 2, 2016 Daily Mail: The Church of England has been accused of ‘dumbing down’ after drawing up a new service in which worshippers use Post-it notes, clap like football fans and move their fingers like ‘twinkling stars’.

Algerian churches still fighting for freedom of worship

May 2, 2016 World Watch Monitor: Churches in Algeria are facing intimidation and harassment, despite constitutional provisions guaranteeing freedom of worship in the country.

Vietnam’s Religion Law ‘created to repress, control’

April 29, 2016 World Watch Monitor: Vietnam’s new “Law on Belief and Religion,” scheduled to come into effect this year, will add another layer of governmental repression and control to an already pressurised Church, says Vo Tran Nhat, Executive Secretary of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights.

The Spirituality of Snoopy Creator Charles Schulz

April 29, 2016 The Atlantic: How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work.

Hong Kong Christians march on mainland liaison office to protest religious oppression

April 29, 2016 South China Morning Post: More than 50 Christians braved the Hong Kong rain yesterday to protest outside Beijing’s liaison office, urging mainland Chinese authorities to respect religious freedom.

Ancient sticky notes shift secular scholars closer to evangelicals on Bible’s age

April 28, 2016 Christianity Today: To-do lists written on pottery shards 2,600 years ago are causing some secular scholars to think the Bible was written years earlier than previously thought.

Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear gay wedding cake case

April 27, 2016 Washington Times: The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday refused to review Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Craig, a case featuring a religious wedding cake baker who was punished for declining to service a same-sex wedding celebration.

Christian leaders seek clarification of Aceh Islamic law

April 27, 2016 Herald Malaysia: Protestant leaders in Aceh met with Indonesian human rights officials April 22 over the inconsistent implementation of Islamic law in the province, which the church leaders say has restricted religious freedom.