Media Watch Around The World

Acquitted of blasphemy and living in fear

December 10, 2018 BBC News: Saima - not her real name- still hasn't recovered from her four years in solitary confinement in a small Pakistani prison cell. "Even now I feel like I am in…

Egypt’s silent epidemic of kidnapped Christian girls

December 10, 2018 Jerusalem Post: Egypt’s Christian community faces dangers that most other…

Nebraska principal reportedly bans candy canes, says ‘J shape’ stands for Jesus

December 10, 2018 Fox News: Nebraska school bans candy canes for 'J' shape Principal bans candy canes claiming the 'J' shape stands for 'Jesus.' An elementary school principal in Nebraska…

Landmines cleared from Jesus’ baptism site, ending 50-year shutdown

December 10, 2018 Haaretz: Three monasteries at Jesus' baptism site in the West Bank are accessible for the first time in 50 years after the site was cleared of mines. The British Halo…

Labor risks voter whirlwind with attack on faith-based schools

December 7, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald: Monday’s shock delay in the Senate of the Labor-sponsored Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill has capped off an…

The long, painful wait for abuse survivors to see redress

December 7, 2018 ABC News: Child sexual abuse survivor Geoff Meyers died before seeing a cent through the National Redress Scheme, as figures reveal only 1 per cent of people have…

Time for reality on religion

December 6, 2018 The Australian: The national parliament was deadlocked yesterday on the issue of the age — how to protect ­religious freedom in schools and worship with the need to protect gay children from discrimination.

Labor at odds on gay students

December 6, 2018 The Australian: Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have failed to secure a deal to protect gay school students from discrimination after clashing over how best to preserve the…

‘Heartbroken’: Scott Morrison promises conscience vote on LGBTI students

December 6, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald: Prime Minister Scott Morrison will allow an urgent conscience vote on a law to strip religious schools of the right to expel gay students, after the Coalition…

Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ in which he rejected religion auctioned for $3m

December 6, 2018 The Independent: A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein rejecting religion has been auctioned for almost $3m (£2.3m). The “God letter” was written in 1954 in Einstein’s native…

American’s Death Revives Evangelical Debate Over Extreme Missionary Work

December 5, 2018 New York Times: John Allen Chau Chau was killed while trying to convert a remote Indian Ocean tribe to Christianity.

Deal to protect gay students close

December 5, 2018 The Australian: Schools could be prevented from expelling children based on their gender or sexual identity by week’s end, after the government and Labor left open the possibility of reaching a deal to drive through legislation to protect gay students.

Prince Charles calls for coexistence in speech on persecuted Christians

December 5, 2018 The Guardian: The Prince of Wales addresses the service at Westminster Abbey in London to celebrate the contribution of Christians in the Middle East.

Pengelley steps down as dean of St George’s

December 5, 2018 : The Anglican Dean of Perth has announced his resignation from the high-profile position, saying he no longer feels it is his calling. The Very Rev. Richard…

Coalition’s amendments to protect religious schools: Porter

December 4, 2018 Sky News Australia: Attorney-General Christian Porter says a bill to protect gay students ‘could be passed today’ if Labor agreed to a series of amendments to its legislation.

Religious schools and Christianity are under attack

December 4, 2018 Daily Telegraph: Attorney-General Christian Porter says a bill to protect gay students ‘could be passed today’ if Labor agreed to a series of amendments to its legislation.

Veganism may get same legal protections in UK as religion

December 4, 2018 CNN: An angry dispute between an animal welfare charity and its former employee will be the first case in Britain to decide whether ethical veganism is…

Christianity crackdown: Fury as students banned from discussing religion

December 4, 2018 Daily Express: Authorities in China have implemented laws prohibiting teachers and students from discussing religion or promoting their faith, a persecution watchdog has…

Coalition delays vote on gay student bill

December 3, 2018 Nine News: Senators will not vote on a Labor bill to remove the right of religious schools to discriminate against gay students after the coalition government won support…

Bible Breakthrough: Archaeologists believe more Dead Sea Scrolls exist

December 3, 2018 Daily Express: Archaeologists are exploring newly-discovered caves near Qumran, in the West Bank, that may hold more Dead Sea Scrolls – a find that will rewrite the history…