Media Watch Around The World

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New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

August 23, 2019 J Wire: New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism.

If China prevails in Hong Kong, religious freedom could be the first right to disappear

August 23, 2019 USA Today: Religious persecution is rampant in China, and Hong Kong residents are right to fear a similar fate. We should not underestimate this threat. The world is…

China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

August 23, 2019 Reuters: Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China’s legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday,…

Federal cabinet to consider religious freedoms

August 22, 2019 SBS: Religious groups could be protected from state anti-discrimination laws under a legislative proposal crafted by the federal Attorney-General. Christian Porter…

Plan to pass religion bill by year’s end

August 22, 2019 9News: Australia's proposed religious discrimination laws will act as a "shield" to protect people…

Churches want new laws to allow refusal to support euthanasia in aged care

August 22, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Christian leaders are "optimistic" new religious discrimination laws will ensure church-run aged care homes do not have to support people when they access…

Vocal NSW church leaders join anti-abortion campaigners

August 22, 2019 ABC News: Triumphant anti-abortion campaigners rallied outside the New South Wales Parliament last night, -boasting they have the people power to ensure legislation to decriminalise abortion in the state gets voted down.

Bishop delivers sermon from helter-skelter

August 22, 2019 BBC News: God would be "revelling" in the joy a "glorious" helter-skelter has brought to Norwich Cathedral, its bishop has told his congregation from its slide. The…

Scripture or ethics? High school students will be able to choose next year

August 22, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: High school students will have the option of attending ethics classes instead of scripture under a pilot program next year. Up to 20 NSW high schools will…

Warnings over surge in youth transgender cases

August 21, 2019 The Australian: Clinicians are calling for an ­urgent national inquiry into the safety and ethics of giving unproven hormone drug treatment to ever younger children who are confused about sex and gender.

NSW abortion bill ‘won’t pass this week’

August 20, 2019 Canberra Times: Activists are rallying at NSW parliament with the abortion bill being debated in the upper house. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has taken a veiled swipe at…

‘Choose Life’ written in sky over Sydney as Berejiklian delays abortion vote

August 20, 2019 ABC News: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made an 11th-hour decision to delay a vote in parliament on a bill that would decriminalise abortion, appearing to cave in to…

Opponents of abortion bill in last-ditch push for it to be delayed

August 20, 2019 : Opponents of the bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW will make a last-ditch push to delay the passing in the upper house, as they concede they have little…

NSW abortion bill imposes death penalty on the innocent

August 20, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: At the very least, the erroneously named Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill, which will be debated in the NSW upper house this week, is incompetent…

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

August 20, 2019 Religion News Service: Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded…

Government to debate new laws on religious discrimination

August 20, 2019 New Daily: Scott Morrison has told a closed-door meeting of religious leaders that the government is discussing how to provide greater protection against religious…

Another Pop-Culture Christian Loses His Faith

August 19, 2019 National Review: Songwriter Marty Sampson explains in a statement that doesn’t ring true, except in light of increasing pressure to bend to secular norms.…

Perrottet warns against gender selection

August 19, 2019 Sky News Australia: New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet says he will do everything in his power to ensure abortions based on gender selection do not occur in the state.

Evidence of Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem found in Mt Zion

August 19, 2019 News.com.au: Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was out for revenge. The King of Israel had betrayed him — for a second time. This time, he would not withhold his wrath. 2 Kings…

Coalition pressured to include protections for religious institutions in discrimination bill

August 16, 2019 The Guardian: The attorney general, Christian Porter, and the prime minister, Scott Morrison, who met with 21 leaders of Australia’s key religions to discuss the proposed…