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Stunning Moment of Forgiveness

There was a stunning moment of forgiveness last week in a courtroom in the United States. Most people in Australia would be unaware of the case but it is worth googling the news reports. Former police officer Amber Guyger shot and killed a black man, named Botham Jean-when she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment. She … Continue reading

Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Scientific Journals

The old saying used to be “don’t believe everything you read in the papers”. Let me now extend that to “don’t believe everything you read in the scientific journals”. What research studies say is often taken as gospel truth by media outlets and reported as such. But I have seen several examples of such findings … Continue reading

Blaffling Concerns for Religious Freedom

In the next week, we will hear a lot in the news about religious freedom. The government has been taking submissions on the draft of its religious discrimination bill – and so there will be a string of these submissions made public. The government could do worse than looking to a recent court ruling in … Continue reading

Trump, China, and Religious Freedom

It is interesting to hear the news this week that the United States has pledged to uphold religious freedom around the world. Or at least in the parts of the world it can influence. President Trump announced new initiatives as part of a global call for protecting religious freedom at the United Nations General Assembly. … Continue reading

Are the Nationals Tone Deaf

There have been a couple of instances lately of politicians being tone deaf to people of faith. The ALP may be in the process of learning its lesson after the disastrous showing in the Federal Election-but I think there are some lessons at state level too. The Nationals seem intent on ignoring people of faith … Continue reading

Still No Ban for Sex-Selection

It is hard to believe that it took two attempts before the New South Wales Parliament would pass measures to stop sex-selection abortions – but that is what they have done. The first resolution was to take strong action to ban this abortion right up until birth bill being used for sex-selection. The MPs had … Continue reading

Listening key to restoring faithful’s faith

Parties on the left of politics are starting to wake up to what has been happening for quite a while now. They have been losing touch with people of faith. Now, to be fair – you could say they have deliberately alienated people of faith but whatever the cause, they now realise it is hurting … Continue reading

Peter Singer defends Folau

The Israel Folau case dominated the news all week and it was interesting to see how his support picked up through the week. First was the pulling down of the fundraising website – under the guise of inclusiveness but really as one newspaper put it – it was inclusive exclusion. It seems you can fundraise … Continue reading

Tolkien’s life – Disney style

There is a new movie coming out and it is supposed to chronicle the life of the man who wrote Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien. He is a fascinating subject for a movie – an extremely talented writer – veteran of the First World War and one of a group of outstanding Oxford scholars … Continue reading

The future of freedom

As we rake over the coals and the counting after yesterday’s election, the thoughts of many people now turn to the future of freedom. Specifically, freedom of speech, conscience and belief. In the last days of the campaign an opinion poll emerged showing just how much Australians care about the issue. The YouGov poll – … Continue reading