Media Watch Around The World

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‘Our equivalent of King Tut’: New details unearthed about Britain’s oldest Christian royal burial site

May 12, 2019 ABC Online: An underground chamber discovered accidentally by road workers appears to be the site of the earliest Christian royal burial ever found in Britain,…

Asia Bibi’s Cell Now Holds Another Christian Woman on Death Row for Blasphemy

May 12, 2019 Christianity Today: N ow that Asia Bibi has finally left Pakistan and been reunited with her family in Canada, her prison cell has a new resident: yet another Christian woman…

Christian leaders write to politicians to demand they protect religious freedom

May 12, 2019 Daily Mail: Christian leaders have written to Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten demanding they protect religious freedom after both claimed the Israel Folau controversy was a matter of workplace law.

Religious Freedom an election issue

May 12, 2019 SBS: Bishop Michael Stead talks to SBS about religious freedom and the Israel Folau case.

Israel Folau speaks to his church

May 12, 2019 SBS: Israel Folau has spoken of his battle with the Rugby Union over a social media post.

Resist encroaching censorship

May 12, 2019 The Australian: It is curious, Michael Sexton wrote on Thursday, that “one of the world’s best footballers is lost to the sport because of his citing of a biblical text’’. A week from the election, religious groups, for good reason, are pressing Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten about whether individuals should be required to “leave your religious self at home when you come to work”.

Workplace laws ‘a test of faith’

May 12, 2019 The Australian: Christian leaders have warned that workplace codes of conduct could force Australians to leave their faith “at home”, after Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison hid behind employment law in their comments on rugby union star ­Israel Folau.

A conservative Christian group is pushing Bible classes in public schools nationwide — and it’s working

May 10, 2019 Washington Post: Barren County High School students listen as their teacher, Todd Steenbergen, describes the premise to a skit they are improvising for 'The Bible and its…

Chinese officials warn Christianity is ‘enormous harm’ to society

May 10, 2019 Fox News: Communist Party members in a central Chinese province were told Christianity is harmful to their country during a recent seminar.

Christian lobby targets key conservative seats in test of US-style campaign activism

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Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, says friend - Religion News Service

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‘Removing religion’ from our public life

May 10, 2019 The Australian: The backlash against rugby union star Israel Folau’s social media post claiming homosexuals, adulterers, drunks and others would go to hell has been criticised as “the first step to eradicating religion entirely from public life”.

Asia Bibi begins new life in Canada – but her ordeal may not be over

May 9, 2019 The Guardian: Asia Bibi’s move to Canada may involve a new identity.

Ten years after fake blasphemy charge, Pakistani Asia Bibi reunited with family

May 9, 2019 World Watch Monitor: Asia Bibi’s daughter Eicham was 9 when she saw her mum badly beaten and in front of a mob charged with “blasphemy” against the Prophet Muhammad. For over 9…

‘I stand with Israel Folau’: Mark Latham delivers fiery maiden speech

May 9, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: One Nation MP Mark Latham has thrown his support behind controversial rugby star Israel Folau, saying he will use his time in NSW Parliament to push for the protection of religious freedom.

Bill Shorten says Israel Folau ‘shouldn’t suffer an employment penalty’ for views

May 9, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: The controversy over Rugby Australia's response to Israel Folau posting anti-LGBT social media posts has crossed over into the election campaign – and the beleaguered Wallabies player might be surprised to learn he has some sympathy from the Opposition Leader.

Dreyfus warns schools legal protection will go

May 9, 2019 The Australian: Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus has told faith-based educators a Shorten government would remove key legal protections for religious freedoms, fuelling concerns schools will find it more difficult to insist teachers agree to uphold their core values.

Boko Haram kidnaps pastor, churchgoers on their way to deliver aid

May 8, 2019 Christian Post: Suspected members of Boko Haram have reportedly kidnapped a pastor, a Christian relief worker and members of Living Faith Church while on their way to deliver relief supplies and evangelize in the northeast Borno State.

Alan Jones fumes over Israel Folau’s guilty verdict

May 8, 2019 News.com.au: That message came after Jones said the “Orwellian treatment” of the rugby icon, combined with various recent attacks on politicians, painted a grim picture of the state of Australia.

‘Pastor’s Pastor’ Warren Wiersbe, prolific Bible commentator and teacher, dies at 89

May 8, 2019 Christianity Today: Bible teacher, pastor, and preacher Warren Wiersbe died Thursday at age 89, leaving an impressive legacy of teaching, preaching, and mentoring countless pastors. Through his lessons, broadcasted sermons, and over 150 books, he resourced the church to better read and explain the Bible.