Media Watch Around The World

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Church of Atheism might worship science, but it is not a religion, court decides

December 6, 2019 National Post: A self-styled “church of atheism” has been denied charity tax status after the Federal Court of Appeal agreed with the Minister of National Revenue that it is…

Assisted dying set to be legalised in WA after laws pass upper house

December 6, 2019 SBS: Voluntary assisted dying is set to be legalised in Western Australia after the government's legislation passed the upper house. Legislative Council MPs on…

YouVersion names most popular Bible verse of 2019

December 5, 2019 Yahoo: Bible App celebrates 400 million unique installs and continued increase in global engagement.

Visiting Brush from the Bush

December 5, 2019 Singelton Argus: CHRISTMAS DINNER: Noel Boyce pays tribute to guest speaker Reverend Ted Brush (Bush Church Australia) on Friday night at the Singleton Anglican Parish dinner.…

Army says faith-based group can no longer put Bible verses on dog tags after complaint

December 5, 2019 Fox News: Army says faith-based group can no longer put Bible verses on dog tags after complaint. Shields of Strength, a faith-based business that prints Bible verses on…

How the Trump Cabinet’s Bible Teacher Became a Shadow Diplomat

December 5, 2019 New York Times: Ralph Drollinger, who has spent much of the last three years teaching the Gospel to President Trump’s cabinet, dresses like a man of the world.

St Michael’s milestone

December 5, 2019 Illawarra Mercury: St Michael's Anglican Cathedral, 160th anniversary, Rev Sandy Grant St Michael's Anglican Church site was established through the support of Charles Throsby…

‘Vindicated’: Israel Folau speaks out after Rugby Australia settlement

December 5, 2019 Yahoo.com: Israel Folau has posted a video to YouTube in the hours after reaching a settlement with Rugby Australia over his unfair dismissal claim, saying he has been…

Rugby Australia and Israel Folau reach settlement, both apologise ‘for any hurt or harm caused’

December 5, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Rugby Australia has avoided a costly and potentially embarrassing legal trial after reaching a settlement agreement with sacked Wallaby Israel Folau. After 14…

Israel Folau calls for new religious laws

December 5, 2019 9 News: A "vindicated" Israel Folau wants new religious freedom laws after Rugby Australia apologised to him as they reached a confidential…

With Bible in hand, Scott Morrison salutes hostage Timothy Weeks’s victory of faith

December 5, 2019 The Australian: With a Bible the Prime Minister had just handed him sitting on his lap, freed Taliban hostage Timothy Weeks told Scott Morrison his faith had given him strength to survive more than three years in shackled captivity.

Israel Folau settles with Rugby Australia in legal fight over anti-gay comments

December 4, 2019 News.com.au: Israel Folau and Rugby Australia have finally resolved their explosive legal dispute after the parties agreed to a confidential settlement.

‘They won’t receive that support’: School chaplains losing hours concerned kids will be left worse off

December 4, 2019 ABC News: Katie Pratt spends 22 hours a week working as a chaplain at a primary school in Canberra. "I love coming alongside people and being a support for them," she…

Sunday Church Attack Kills 14 in Burkina Faso

December 3, 2019 Christianity Today: The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso has confirmed that 14 people were killed in an attack on a Protestant church in the country’s east.…

Hungary Government Scheme Sparks Marriage Boom. Will Babies Follow?

December 3, 2019 New York Times: A new Hungarian government scheme to promote marriage and childbirth with subsidized loans has already helped produce a boom in weddings, though it…

Australians respect religion despite ‘divisive’ effect, says poll

December 3, 2019 The Australian: Almost 80 per cent of Australians believe respecting religion is “important in a multicultural society”, with a new poll showing more than one in two backed faith-based perspectives being permitted in public debate “even when others find them offensive”.

Korean murdered in southeast Turkey for mobile phone

December 2, 2019 World Watch Monitor: Criminal investigations into the stabbing to death of a Korean Christian last…

Religious discrimination bill: faith-based groups and equality advocates welcome delay

December 2, 2019 The Guardian: Scott Morrison says the decision to revise religious freedom laws will allow further engagement opportunities for concerned parties.Photograph: Mike Bowers/The…

Struck twice by terror, this London cathedral looks to God for answers

December 2, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: On the stone pavement outside Southwark Cathedral, a modest flower arrangement sits below a printed message of hope for those who have come here seeking…

‘Timely reminder of God’s word’: Folau clarifies bushfire comments

December 2, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Israel Folau says his controversial comments that the bushfire crisis was a sign of "God's judgment" in response to the legalisation of same-sex marriage were…