Media Watch Around The World

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Tony Abbott calls NSW abortion laws ‘effectively infanticide on demand’

September 16, 2019 ABC News: Former prime minister Tony Abbott has told an anti-abortion rally in Sydney that the proposed bill to decriminalise abortion is "effectively infanticide on…

Thousands flood Hyde Park for anti-abortion rally

September 16, 2019 Nine News: Thousands have rallied in Sydney's Hyde Park against proposed changes to NSW abortion laws.

Mom who refused to abort baby with medical needs welcomes daughter: ‘I was terrified of losing her’

September 13, 2019 Fox News: After suffering several miscarriages, Kiera Meldrum, 20, was delighted to learn she was pregnant again in July 2018.

Jarrid Wilson: US pastor who ran suicide outreach group takes own life

September 13, 2019 The Guardian: Jarrid Wilson, who founded a Christian suicide outreach group in Southern California, has taken his own life.Photograph: AP Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California…

New Zealand floats controversial plan to stop ‘avalanche of pornography’

September 13, 2019 NewsHub: The Government is considering sweeping changes to rules governing pornography, saying everything is on the table.

Religious schools should be allowed to deny the ‘new’ gender identity of students, expert says

September 12, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Religious schools should be free to not accept the “new” gender identity of a child who wants to transition, a family law expert who has worked as a federal…

Anglican blessing of same-sex marriage of two priests delayed by legal challenge in ecclesiastical court

September 11, 2019 ABC News: A significant move by the Anglican Church to bless the marriage of two gay priests at a ceremony in north-east Victoria this week has been postponed due to a legal challenge.

For anxious young adults, religion can be a wellness tool, says new study

September 11, 2019 Religion News Service: Lieryn Barnett sometimes is so depressed, all she wants to do is sleep, she said. Other times, she’s so full of energy, she’ll be up in the middle of…

Justin Welby prostrates himself in apology for British massacre at Amritsar

September 11, 2019 UK Telegraph: The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, lies on the ground at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial.Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images The archbishop of…

Jacqui Lambie says she sees no case for religious discrimination bill

September 10, 2019 The Guardian: Jacqui Lambie has said she sees no case for the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill as Tasmanians already enjoy religious freedom and don’t want their discrimination laws changed.

Israeli archaeologists may have found Emmaus, where Jesus appeared after crucifixion

September 10, 2019 Haaretz: Archaeologists have uncovered the massive walls of a 2,200-year-old Hellenistic fortification that may have been built by the Seleucid general who defeated Judah the Maccabee, the famed Jewish leader at the center of the Hanukkah story.

Anglican congregation driven from property by Episcopal Church opens new sanctuary

September 9, 2019 Christian Post: A large theologically conservative congregation that broke away from The Episcopal Church will open its new sanctuary seven years after losing its original property in a lengthy legal battle with the mainline denomination.

Religious freedom laws won’t shield all cases

September 9, 2019 The Australian: A Christian rehabilitation centre for women would not be shielded from a discrimination claim for turning away a biological male who identified as female under the government’s draft laws upholding religious freedom.

Hundreds of clergy facing hardship despite vast C of E wealth

September 9, 2019 The Guardian: Hundreds of clergy are in financial hardship, with some resorting to…

Motion to condemn abortion bill voted down at NSW Liberal State Council meeting

September 9, 2019 ABC News: New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged party unity at the New South Wales Liberal State Council meeting, in the face of dissent over the bill to…

‘We didn’t get it right’: Labor frontbencher says party must engage with religious voters

September 9, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Labor frontbencher Michelle Rowland concedes her party "didn't get it right" with religious voters at the recent federal election and the ALP's plans to…

Transgender Australians can change the sex on their birth certificates from today

September 6, 2019 Daily Mail: Transgender Australians can change the sex on their birth certificates from TODAY First Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates…

Finnish politician under ‘hate crime investigation’ for sharing Bible verse on Facebook

September 6, 2019 Fox News: HELSINKI Police Department has announced it has opened pre-trial investigations into the controversial statements of two additional Members of the Finnish Parliament.

Israeli researchers find mosaic with Christian miracle scenes

September 6, 2019 Jerusalem Post: Colorful mosaic scenes, including a basket with loaves of bread, a…

Religious discrimination bill could legalise race hate speech, Law Council warns

September 5, 2019 The Guardian: President of the Law Council of Australia, Arthur Moses, spoke about the religious discrimination bill at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday and…