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Will We Get Some Decent Legislation?

As we start the third month of 2020, let’s hope we can see some decent legislation soon protecting religious freedom. We have laws which outlaw sex, racial and disability discrimination so it only makes sense that people’s freedom of belief should also be protected. I know there is a balance involved between the rights of … Continue reading

No Time To Not Be Praying

If your New Year’s resolution was to pray more – don’t stop now! There are certainly many things to pray about as we near the end of the second month of the year. We are thankful for some good rain in parts of the country, but the risk of fires still remains. In Canberra, the … Continue reading

Christmas Reflections: Did Christmas just make a Comeback?

Has Christmas made a comeback? I have asked this question before … has ‘Happy Holidays’ been replaced again by the actual mention of Christmas? It’s been on TV, and schools were generally allowed to mention the word. Well, maybe not so much about the ‘reason for the season’, but there does seem to be an … Continue reading

Christmas Reflections: Die Hard Traditions

There are a couple of Christmas traditions that I have seen people observing lately that I think deserve to be more widely known. The first is the tradition of reading the entire Christmas narrative from its source – the Bible. I know people who, every year, read through the parts of the book of Luke, … Continue reading

Folau Case Settled, But Not Religious Freedom Laws

Now that the Israel Folau issue has been settled – a few things need to be noted. Firstly – under the agreement, Rugby Australia acknowledged and apologised for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus. Secondly – Israel Folau said he did not “intend to harm or offend” anyone with the post on Instagram. … Continue reading

Bible App has Astonishing Reach

One of the stories carried in the media in the past weeks was the enormous success of the Bible app called You Version. I use it extensively, both on my phone and on my home speaker where I listen to the bible. Turns out – so do a lot of people around the world. Users … Continue reading

Christmas Songs too Religious for a Joyless Word

Now that we are into December, I hope that this year we will not see any stories about banning Christmas carols. Since it is the start of the media silly season, silly stories like that seem to abound. There was one story from California this week, where a 13-year-old student was stopped from choosing Joy … Continue reading

Government Showing Signs of Listening

People of faith, like me, appreciate the fact that Scott Morrison and his government have allowed more time to get the new religious discrimination laws right. Considering the number of complex issues involved, they are something that shouldn’t be rushed. Of particular concern was the fact that under the draft laws as they stood – … Continue reading

Younger Generation Lead Way For Supporting Religious Freedom

Much has been said about the youngest generations, the Millenials and Gen Z, and their apparent lack of faith. I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Those generations may have their weaknesses, but don’t the other generations as well. After all, we haven’t left them a spotless record or, in many ways, a very good example … Continue reading

Long Road Ahead Supporting Fire Victims

I was speaking recently to some people helping bushfire victims in northern New South Wales. They were part of the Anglicare disaster recovery response, which helps in the immediate aftermath of fires, floods and the like. Several religious organisations like the salvos help in this effort and they do a valuable job in meeting people … Continue reading