Media Watch Around The World

Social beliefs more important than politics: poll

November 14, 2017 CHOOSE: The positions of many Australian voters on the marriage equality debate are so strongly entrenched that they would trump their political allegiances in an election.

Church of England: Let little boys wear tiaras

November 14, 2017 Daily Mail: Boys as young as five should be able to wear tiaras at school without criticism, teachers in Church of England schools are to be told.

Same-sex marriage bill would contain ‘ample religious protections’, George Brandis says

November 14, 2017 ABC News: Senior Government ministers are moving to avoid another feud within the Coalition over same-sex marriage, nominating Liberal Dean Smith's bill as "a good starting point", while promising "ample protections for religious freedoms".

Conservatives to tackle PM on same-sex rights

November 14, 2017 The Australian: Malcolm Turnbull is facing ­demands from conservative ­Coalition MPs and the No campaign to provide ­acceptable ­religious and freedom-of-speech protections or be punished for supporting a same-sex marriage bill backed by Labor and the Greens.

Teacher suspended for praising pupil using wrong gender

November 14, 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.

Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack

November 13, 2017 Associated Press: Hundreds of people gathered in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church and killed more than two dozen people in the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

Robust bill on freedom a marriage made in heaven

November 13, 2017 The Australian: On the question of religious freedom and same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten both put it well.

Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry launches in the Illawarra

November 13, 2017 Illawarra Mercury: A PROGRAM providing low-cost grocery items to those in need has been launched in the Illawarra.

Conservative Libs to offer new gay marriage bill

November 13, 2017 The Australian: A conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill enshrining wide-reaching shield laws for celebrants, businesses, educators, charities and parents opposed to gay marriage will be taken to the Coalition partyroom in a looming showdown over freedom of speech and religious protections.

German parents can register babies as third gender, court rules

November 13, 2017 BBC News: Germany's top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a gender that is neither male nor female on birth certificates.

Germany’s Constitutional Court court paves way for third gender recognition

November 13, 2017 ABC News: Germany's highest court has ruled in favour of the introduction of a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or are born with an ambiguous sexual anatomy.

Same-sex marriage survey sees freedom for all lost in the post

November 13, 2017 The Australian: The overwhelming number of human beings that have ever lived never knew freedom. They were slaves to tribal leaders, feudal lords, emperors, kings or ideological dictators. Truly free societies have never rested on freedom in the abstract but on particular freedoms.

Almost half of Australians back right to refuse same-sex weddings – poll

November 13, 2017 The Guardian: Almost half of Australians believe service providers should have the right to refuse same-sex weddings on the basis of their religious views, a poll has found.

Three British missionaries freed by Nigerian kidnappers mourn colleague who died in captivity

November 11, 2017 UK Telegraph: Three British missionaries who were freed after a three-week long kidnapping ordeal in Nigeria were on Monday mourning the death of a fourth colleague who died in captivity.

Euthanasia bill: doctors gagged, says palliative care chief

November 10, 2017 The Australian: Public health doctors in Victoria feel unable to speak out against the state’s euthanasia laws ­because they are “not allowed” to criticise the government’s policy, the director of a Sydney palliative care unit says.

Online porn gives boys a ‘warped’ attitude towards women, bishop says 

November 10, 2017 UK Telegraph: Pornographic content online gives boys a "warped" attitude towards women, a Church of England bishop has said, as he told Facebook it could not "shrug its shoulders" about its content.

Here’s how porn is changing your brain

November 10, 2017 The Spectator Australia: The human brain is mind-bogglingly complex. It’s so complex that scientists acknowledge we’ll never fully comprehend how it works. One thing you can be sure of is that your brain is ‘neuroplastic’. That is, it is constantly changing in response to mental experiences – forming new neural connections throughout the entirety of your life.

Pence tells grieving town ‘Faith is stronger than evil’

November 10, 2017 Religion News Service: Vice President Mike Pence traveled to this rural stretch of Texas to offer prayers and words of comfort to a stricken community three days after a lone gunman killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday morning church service.

Same-sex marriage: More than 12 conservatives prepare alternative bill to protect religious freedoms

November 10, 2017 ABC News: More than a dozen members of the Coalition are preparing to support a same-sex marriage bill, but not the one the Prime Minister hopes to pass through Parliament.

WA Government seeks legal advice on religious schools’ right to discriminate

November 10, 2017 The West Australian: The State Government is seeking legal advice on whether religious schools should be stripped of the right to discriminate against teachers and students on the basis of their sexuality amid concerns that they may refuse to enrol children from same-sex families.