Media Watch Around The World

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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.

Anglican leader warns church could split

December 3, 2002 : The new Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted he may not be able to prevent a permanent split in the Anglican Church and has blamed his evangelical opponents for tarnishing the church's image. On the eve of his confirmation at London's St Paul's Cathedral today, Archbishop Rowan Williams is said to have privately described as "poisonous" the persistent attacks on him over his liberal stance on homosexuality.

New Archbishop of Canterbury inflames Anglican debate

December 3, 2002 : The appointment of Dr Rowan Williams as the new Archbishop of Canterbury is already inflaming deep divisions within the Anglican Church here in Australia.

Archbishop’s tough task ahead

December 3, 2002 : Dr Williams takes over legally as Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday - but doesn't assume full role until his enthronement in February. He faces a tough task holding together his squabbling community of Anglicans.

Williams confirmed as Archbishop

December 3, 2002 : Dr Rowan Williams has officially become the Archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral in London.

Ingham to delay same-sex blessings

December 3, 2002 : Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster says that he will delay same-sex blessings in his diocese “as a gesture of goodwill” toward eight dissident parishes until a process of mediation has begun

Religion takes a back seat in the sleigh ride that is Christmas consumerism

December 2, 2002 : Has Christianity become cowardly? How else can we explain the puzzling tendency to deliberately cut the Christ out of Christmas, Sydney's Anglican archbishop, Peter Jensen, asked his philanthropic audience at an Anglicare dinner last week.

Cape Town Christian media professionals unite at fellowship group launch

December 2, 2002 : Christians working in the media in Cape Town launched a fellowship organisation on Tuesday 12 November, in what signals a new beginning in cooperation and ministry amongst the media in the 'Mother City' of South Africa.

A practical guide to suicide

December 2, 2002 : These are the people deemed by the Australian Medical Association to be "fragile and vulnerable" who are "about to be exploited" by the euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke. On a hot sunny morning in Townsville yesterday, they were attending the kind of workshop that has caused the AMA to try several times without success to have Dr Nitschke deregistered as a physician.

Christian reactionaries leading a new crusade

December 2, 2002 : While understandably obsessed with the medieval barbarism coming out of Islamic fundamentalist sects, the secular West appears oblivious to the powerful impact that Islamic fundamentalism is having on Christianity, and the rise of fundamentalist Christianity itself.

What Would Jesus Drive?... Again - Campaign Borders on Religious Blackmail

December 2, 2002 : Much has been written, opined and preached about what Jesus would have driven. Some have offered that Jesus might have walked, ridden a bike or taken a bus. Others suggest a donkey.

Outrage grows over Italian doctor’s cloned baby claim

December 2, 2002 : Italian medical figures reacted in shock and disgust last week to the announcement by controversial fertility expert Dr Severino Antinori, that the world's first cloned baby will be born within weeks

IRA may end its war with Britain

December 2, 2002 : The IRA is edging towards an historic declaration that its war with Britain is over, sources close to the Northern Ireland peace process have disclosed. IRA is edging towards an historic declaration that its war with Britain is over, sources close to the Northern Ireland peace process have disclosed.

Archbishop attacks Church pomp

December 2, 2002 : The new Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has criticised the pomp and circumstance of the church he now heads.

Archbishop fears split over female bishops

December 1, 2002 : The new archbishop of Canterbury says the Church of England must start thinking seriously about coping with a split if women are permitted to become bishops.

Hardgrave joins Santa debate

December 1, 2002 : Federal Multicultural Affairs Minister Gary Hardgrave today urged department stores to incorporate nativity scenes into their Christmas window decorations to keep Christ involved in the celebration.

Don’t take Christ out of Christmas: minister

December 1, 2002 : Federal Multicultural Affairs Minister Gary Hardgrave has urged department stores to incorporate nativity scenes in their Christmas window decorations to keep Christ involved in the celebration, echoing the sentiments of Prime Minister John Howard, who has also slammed political correctness.

Quitting Hinduism - ‘Untouchables’ find new dignity in Christian faith

November 30, 2002 : India's over 250 million Dalits are Hinduism's "untouchables," relegated by the high-caste Brahmans to an almost permanent underclass status. The caste system, though illegal in India, remains in force socially. Dalits are not allowed to enter upper-caste houses, fields, or temples. They cannot draw water from village wells or wear shoes while passing upper-caste areas. They remain landless and poor.