Media Watch Around The World

German churches warn of increasing oppression of Christians worldwide

December 16, 2017 DWelle: German church leaders on Friday warned that religious freedom is under threat across the world, and that Christian presence in areas of the Middle East are at…

Anglican Church says culture has changed - 9News

December 15, 2017 AAP: Anglican Church says culture has changed - 9News News 9Honey Finance Sport TV Celebrity Fashion & Beauty Homes Diet & Fitness Recipes Travel Viral News…

The elephant in the hearing room of the child abuse royal commission

December 15, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: The final sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse was packed to overflowing Thursday and ended with a standing…

Evangelicals and Domestic Violence: Are Christian Men More Abusive?

December 15, 2017 Christianity Today: A s a sociologist who studies family and marriage trends, I predict that in the coming years, we’ll see a growing wave of mainstream media and academic stories…

The conclusion of the royal commission can’t mark the end of courage

December 15, 2017 ABC News: Opinion Today marks the end of a significant event in Australia's history — The Royal Commission in to Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Through…

‘I feel dangerously angry ... but I’m OK’

December 15, 2017 ABC Online: They are a 'Message to Australia' — the words of those who gave their stories as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual…

RC Sproul Dies at 78

December 15, 2017 Christian Post: (Screenshot: YouTube/Ligonier Ministries) Reformed theologian and Ligonier Ministries founder Robert Charles Sproul speaking at a 2014 conference. Influential…

Labor Party in Tasmania proposes removing pokies from pubs and clubs

December 14, 2017 ABC News: The Tasmania Opposition's bold move towards pokie-free communities could set a national precedent, according to one man who has long campaigned against them.

Syria: Homs Christians return to rebuild homes and lives

December 13, 2017 World Watch Monitor: Maha (left) and her family say they are “so happy” to be back home. (Photo: World Watch Monitor) Syrians who fled the city of Homs five years ago are slowly…

Metro is being a Scrooge this Christmas

December 12, 2017 Washington Post: Step aside Ebenezer, there’s a new Scrooge in town. This Advent, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., was forced to sue the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority after the agency rejected the archdiocese’s Christmas ad for Metro trains and buses. Last Friday, the district court ruled against the archdiocese.

What’s going to change in Australia with same-sex marriage?

December 12, 2017 The Spectator Australia: In the space of just a few decades, homosexuality has gone from being a criminal offence to a psychological disorder, to an acceptable way of life, to today,…

Christmas celebrations fuel huge public demand for new carols

December 12, 2017 The Guardian: Roxanna Panufnik’s new carol will be heard at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time.Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer As many as 300 new…

Welcome to the new sectarianism

December 12, 2017 The Australian: Same-sex marriage: MPs’ ‘no’ to liberty ushers in new sectarianism Today’s debate on religious freedom has not arisen in a vacuum. Amendments to Dean Smith’s…

Teacher suspended for praising pupil using wrong gender | Daily Mail Online | Daily Mail Online

December 11, 2017 Daily Mail: A teacher has been suspended and could face the sack after he ‘accidentally’ called a transgender pupil a ‘girl’ in class when the student identifies as a boy.

Ruddock review next big battle for gay community, LGBTIQ council chair says

December 11, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: An inquiry into Australia's religious freedom protections spearheaded by former Howard government minister Phillip Ruddock will be the new battleground for the…

New study probes impact of ‘female-focused’ gambling ads

December 11, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: A new wave of Australian gambling advertising prominently featuring women and promoting betting odds on popular TV shows like The Bachelorette could be changing…

High-density living: the rise of Sydney’s ‘vertical families’

December 11, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: Sydney's traditional stand-alone homes will be outnumbered by apartments, townhouses and terrace houses within seven years, according to new research. Over the…

Churches feeling vulnerable over same sex loopholes

December 11, 2017 The Australian: Religious leaders in Sydney’s west and southwest — ground zero for No voters in the same-sex marriage debate — have rejected claims that religious protection provisions are adequate and say they have serious concerns for the future as secular lobby groups ramp up their attacks.

Diocese defends Mohammed birthday party

December 10, 2017 Premier Radio: A celebration for the birthday of Islam's founder Mohammed did not break church law, Anglican leaders have told Premier.

When smartphones come to church, you know nowhere is safe

December 10, 2017 Mashable: I've attended church with my family for my entire life, but I've noticed a stark change in the last few visits to our non-denominational Christian congregation:…