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