Media Watch Around The World

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Senate debate on embryos to close

December 5, 2002 : Impatience finally triumphed over conscience in the Senate yesterday when the Federal Government obliged its members to vote en bloc to enforce urgency in the protracted debate on the controversial human embryo research legislation. Having previously championed the privilege of a conscience vote extended to Coalition senators, the Government yesterday prevailed on its members and the Democrats to close the debate by 12.45pm today.

Christianity More Democratic – Straight To The Point

December 5, 2002 : Over the years, I have noticed a marked similarity between Christianity and democracy. They both advocate a degree of freedom which is not reciprocated by their competitors. In a Christian country, other religions are usually free to carry on their worship.

Bono issues blunt message for Christians

December 5, 2002 : Christ's example is being demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy, which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here. If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't, it will be irrelevant." When the 42-year-old lead singer of the Irish band U2 talks about "the church," he's counting himself among its members.

Israel a cauldron of conflict

December 5, 2002 : Several followers of major religions hold views of the end times in which the current state of Israel plays a key role.

Archbishop Carnley welcomes change in policy on asylum seekers

December 4, 2002 : The head of the Anglican Church In Australia, The Most Reverend Dr Peter Carnley AO, has welcomed the Federal Government’s change of policy on the detention of asylum seekers.

News Presenter Praises Christmas: “Christ, the Savior, has Come” a Message for Everyone

December 4, 2002 : Berlin, December 3 (idea) - Peter Hahne, one of the Germany's best-known television journalists, has encouraged his audience to concentrate on the biblical Christmas message. "The light of the Holy Night outshines everything else - there is no greater story than the story of Bethlehem."

Hate is hate is hate

December 4, 2002 : Last week in Nigeria, for instance, Muslims destroyed churches and beat and murdered Christians. Yet in many of the press accounts, there was no mention of who started the violence (Muslims), and who the victims were (Christians). A Washington Times report on the inequality of reporting regarding Christian victims of crime and violence.

Honorary druid takes over Anglican church - Reuters

December 4, 2002 : Rowan Williams, controversial defender of gays and promoter of women bishops, has officially become the new archbishop of Canterbury. He is now the spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.

Character is wholly writ in his own hand: SMH (Spike)

December 4, 2002 : After London's The Times had a handwriting expert analyse the new Archbishop of Canterbury's signature we decided it was such a good idea, we'd steal it. Yesterday Spike enlisted the services of Mike Posford of Mid Coast Graphology to have a look at the monikers of Australia's big three men of the cloth. After many minutes of consideration, Posford managed to come up with an analysis of the signatures of Governor-General Peter Hollingworth, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell and Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen.

Prime Minister should withdraw comments - Bishop of Grafton

December 4, 2002 : "The Prime Minister should immediately rescind his ill-conceived and dangerous comments which seek to legitimate attacks on other nations. For a conservative politician who has spent half his life refusing to make hypothetical statements, it is astonishing that he should have allowed himself to make these statements.

Anglicans risk split on homosexuality

December 4, 2002 : The Anglican Church of Australia, and the worldwide Anglican Communion, show signs of being in free-fall on the subject of homosexuality. With the appointment of Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury, the question has been brought to a head yet again, with some conservative Evangelicals even demanding the new Archbishop stand down even before he is enthroned in February. (An editorial in The Australian - scroll down)

Williams looks at church separation

December 3, 2002 : The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has ordered an independent blueprint for a possible separation of the Church of England from the state, according to a London newspaper.

Advent Pageant Takes Christmas Story to Campsie

December 3, 2002 : On Friday, November 29, the Christmas Story came to Campsie. An inner western suburb of Sydney, 12km from the CBD, Campsie experienced its first Advent Pageant as local school students, teachers, businesses and personnel from Fusion, in association with Schools in Harmony, presented an enactment of the Christmas Story.

Bishop again condemns sexual abuse

December 3, 2002 : The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend John Harrower, has again spoken out against sexual abuse in the Anglican Church. Bishop Harrower was responding to media coverage surrounding the Brisbane Anglican Diocese's independent inquiry which is presently underway.

Church hopes Gandalf casts religious spell

December 3, 2002 : Four Calgary congregations belonging to the Christian Reformed Church wrapped up the second of two sermons Sunday focusing on the blockbuster movie The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and its message as it relates to Christianity.

Experts Question Authenticity of Bone Box for `Brother of Jesus’

December 3, 2002 : Skeptics in growing number are weighing in with doubts about the authenticity of the inscription on a burial box that may have contained the bones of James, a brother of Jesus, and so could be the earliest surviving archaeological link to Jesus Christ.

Economic downturn forces charity to shed staff

December 3, 2002 : The stockmarket downturn has forced Anglicare to shed more than 1 per cent of its staff and shut the door on at least five ministry and community programs.

It’s time for a God of small things

December 3, 2002 : Religion is not our foe. Extremists are, whether Muslim, Christian or atheist, writes Jennifer Sinclair, for The Age.

Headmaster who stole Christmas

December 3, 2002 : To Blacktown's Tyndale Christian School's headmaster, the story of Santa Claus is "pretend". "We tell the students that Santa Claus is a great story, that it's a part of the Australian mythology . . . but that's all it is, it's a good story," he told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

Erasing Christmas

December 3, 2002 : When I read that as many as 50 childcare centres and kindergartens across the nation had banned nativity scenes and Christmas festivities, including Santa Claus, in the name of cultural sensitivities, I wondered what planet these cultural guardians inhabit.