Media Watch Around The World

Pro-lifers score apology from abortion advocate in Facebook defamation case

June 6, 2017 The Border Mail: PRO-lifers Roland and Anna von Marburg have received an unreserved apology and $180,000 from retired Wodonga obstetrician Pieter Mourik.

Colander-wearing man claims Driver’s license fight a matter of religious freedom

June 6, 2017 USA Today: After years of trying and getting turned away, an Arizona man has finally received his official state driver's license bearing a photo of him wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head.

Tim Farron again refuses to say whether homosexuality is a sin

June 5, 2017 The Guardian: Lib Dem leader defends record on LGBT rights, but says ‘I’ve already answered that’ when asked repeatedly by radio caller.

A bad dose of Christian bashing

June 5, 2017 Daily Mail: Channel 4 has won much modish praise for screening the laughable anti-Christian fantasy The Handmaid’s Tale, starring a gloriously sulky and smug Elisabeth Moss.

Facebook post on gay marriage gets farmer barred from market, lawsuit says

June 2, 2017 Fox News: A Michigan farmer, barred from selling at an open-air market in a nearby city after refusing to let a gay couple get married on his property, is suing the city.

Religious liberty battle still rages over gay marriage, forcing Supreme Court to weigh in

June 2, 2017 USA Today: It's been nearly two years since the Supreme Court said gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. What it didn't say was whether bakers, florists, printers and photographers could be forced to participate.

Anglicans insist sex offenders sign pledge

June 2, 2017 The West Australian: Perth’s Anglican Church has revealed known sex offenders are being asked to sign “worshipping agreements” if they want to attend parish services under strict supervision arrangements.

ISIS Flag Flies in Asia’s Most Christian Country

June 2, 2017 Christianity Today: The violence, instability, and Christian persecution that ISIS has brought to the Middle East is making its way to a besieged island in the Philippines.

Family break-up raises homelessness risk, and critical period is longer for boys

June 1, 2017 The Conversation: Australia is going through a well-documented housing affordability crisis. Single parents are especially vulnerable to rising housing costs, as they rely on a single income to provide a decent home for the family.

Fears that Coptic Christians facing deportation to Egypt will face Islamic State

June 1, 2017 ABC News: The Federal Government has been told that if it deports a group of Coptic Christians to Egypt they will face attacks and potential murder by so-called Islamic State.

Coptic Christians facing deportation get reprieve from government

June 1, 2017 SBS: Coptic Christian asylum seekers in Australia facing deportation will have their cases reviewed after pressure on the federal government and recent Islamic State attacks in Egypt.

Prosecutor in Youhanabad lynching case found guilty of trying to convert 42 Christians

June 1, 2017 World Watch Monitor: The Pakistani prosecutor who allegedly offered to release Christians in the Youhanabad lynching trial if they converted to Islam has been found guilty of proselytising, reports Dawn.

Liberal MP Tim Wilson blames failure to pass same-sex marriage for ‘silliness’ over Margaret Court c

May 31, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: Liberal MP Tim Wilson has blamed his colleagues' unwillingness to act on same-sex marriage for the "national silliness" that has erupted over tennis legend Margaret Court's boycott of Qantas.

Robot priest unveiled in Germany to mark 500 years since Reformation

May 31, 2017 The Guardian: Five hundred years after revolutionary printing presses spread news of Martin Luther’s radical call for church reform across Europe, technology is again challenging religious tradition in the small German town of Wittenberg.

Transgender rights bill threatens ‘female-born’ women’s spaces, activists say

May 30, 2017 CBC News: Two feminists are warning the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee that passing the federal transgender rights bill could threaten the existence of exclusively "female-born" women's spaces, like rape crisis centres, a controversial argument that has ignited a debate over who should call themselves a woman.

‘The greatest of greats’: Margaret Court’s name should remain on arena, says PM

May 30, 2017 The Guardian: Malcolm Turnbull says former player’s tennis achievements should still be recognised despite her boycott of Qantas over airline’s support of gay marriage.

Bullies rally against Margaret Court’s views on same-sex marriage

May 29, 2017 I COULD be talked into backing same-sex marriage. But never while we’ve got the kind of bullies attacking Margaret Court.

Margaret Court is allowed to boycott Qantas over same sex marriage issues

May 29, 2017 Daily Telegraph: THE rainbow fascists are at it again. This time they’re trying to erase tennis great Margaret Court from the sport’s history because she dared to express a view on marriage contrary to Qantas’ gay activist CEO Alan Joyce.

Margaret Court Arena name change called for after star’s Qantas boycott over gay marriage support

May 29, 2017 ABC News: Martina Navratilova has joined calls for Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne to be renamed after the tennis champion said she would no longer fly with Qantas because of the airline's stance on same-sex marriage.

Church of England to vote on baptism for transgender people

May 29, 2017 CHOOSE: The Church of England is to vote on creating an official ‘baptism-style’ service to celebrate when transgender Christians change sex.