News From Around The World

Religious persecution against Christians is on the rise worldwide

June 29, 2016 The Charlotte Observer: Christians are the most persecuted of any religious group around the world, facing harassment in 108 countries.

John Howard calls for laws to protect those ‘tangentially affected’ by same-sex marriage

June 28, 2016 The Guardian: John Howard has called for conscientious objectors to same-sex marriage to be given legal protection, drawing attention to the prospect the Coalition could legislate to allow people to refuse to provide goods and services to gay weddings.

Polyamorous relationships may be the future of love

June 28, 2016 BBC News: As a child Franklin Veaux recalls hearing his school teacher read a story about a princess who had a tantalising dilemma. Two male suitors had been wooing her and she had to choose between them. Franklin wondered why she could not choose both.

Is Donald Trump now a born-again Christian?

June 27, 2016 Religion News Service: Donald Trump has described himself as “Presbyterian and Protestant,” a “Sunday church person” and a collector of Bibles.

President Kenyatta commends Archbishop Wabukala for his leadership

June 27, 2016 The Star, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended outgoing Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala for his great and wise leadership which has ensured peace and harmony among Christians and Kenyans.

Catholic U Prof: There Is Really ‘No Expectation’ of Fidelity in Gay Marriages

June 27, 2016 Christian Post: Catholic University of America professor Paul Sullins said Friday that there is "no expectation" of sexual faithfulness in many gay marriages, noting that studies have shown only a small minority of gay marriages are truly monogamous.

Southern Baptists are going to need a bigger tent

June 27, 2016 Religion News Service: The Southern Baptist Convention was so famously insular for so long that it earned its own joke about members believing they’re the only ones in heaven.

Anglican leader in Iraq suspended in ISIS funding inquiry

June 24, 2016 Religion News Service: The Rev. Andrew White, acclaimed as the Anglican “Vicar of Baghdad” for his outreach among Iraqi Christians, has been suspended with pay and his British charity placed under official investigation over allegations that money used to redeem sex slaves ended up in the hands of the Islamic State.

Hollywood aims for Christian market, too

June 24, 2016 USA Today: Hollywood is more than holding up its end of the growing Christian entertainment complex.

Election 2016: Gay marriage vote could be delayed 3 years

June 24, 2016 Australian Financial Review: Predictions of even more independent senators after the July 2 election has raised the possibility a same-sex marriage plebiscite may not even pass in the next term of government.

Survey: White evangelicals say US no longer a Christian nation

June 24, 2016 Religion News Service: The United States is not a Christian country anymore.

‘My body was a political stalemate’: NSW has the abortion law debate it has been avoiding for 100 ye

June 23, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald: Anna Groth vividly remembers the doctor's morbid joke as he waved away the unease she felt about the pain in her abdomen and handed her the abortion drugs.

Everyone stays mum on future of quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral

June 23, 2016 Christchurch Press: Government ministers, campaigners and Anglican leaders are staying silent on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral, months after an announcement on the quake-damaged building was expected.

The same sex marriage plebiscite

June 22, 2016 ABC News: The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made it clear that if his government is re-elected on Saturday week, he hopes to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage before the end of the year.

Workers will enter the Holy Rock, the ‘tomb of Jesus’, for the first time in 200 years

June 22, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald: Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won't be a simple patch-and-paint job.

Trump Tells Evangelicas to Disobey Bible: Don’t Pray for All Political Leaders

June 22, 2016 Christian Post: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump instructed evangelical leaders on Tuesday to disobey the biblical command to pray for all political leaders because that would be politically correct.

Trump to top evangelicals: ‘I’m so on your side, I’m a tremendous believer’

June 22, 2016 Religion News Service: Donald Trump began his crucial meeting with nearly 1,000 Christian conservatives on Tuesday (June 21) by telling them that he is a “tremendous believer” and that rather than praying for all the nation’s leaders they should “pray to get everybody out to vote for one specific person.”

Mark Latham: How did Bill Shorten get himself in such a tangle?

June 21, 2016 Daily Telegraph: For many voters, one of the surprises of the election campaign has been discovering Bill Shorten’s lowly opinion of the Australian people. We have heard a lot from the ­Opposition Leader in the past six weeks — and much of it has belittled the character of our regional and suburban communities.

Church of England aims to agree to disagree over homosexuality

June 21, 2016 The Guardian: At next month’s General Synod, the Church of England will try a new approach to avoiding a disastrous formal schism over homosexuality. After two days of discussing legislative matters in open session and once all outsiders have left, the 550 representatives from around the world will break into groups of 20 for three days of intensive and personal discussions about sexuality.

Don’t call girls girls, advise gender neutral headmistresses 

June 21, 2016 UK Telegraph: Whatever would Miss Jean Brodie have made of it? Teachers at girls’ schools should consider addressing their charges simply as “pupils” or “students” rather than girls, to be more inclusive to transgender children, leading headmistresses have suggested.