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Christian prayer banned in UK cinemas

#1158 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 November 2015 In his Easter message, British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed the UK was still a Christian country. This week, a pre-Christmas advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer was banned from screening in British cinemas. The ad was to run before screenings of the new Star Wars film The … Continue reading

Archbishop punished for preaching

#1157 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 November 2015 As Australians, we live in a community where differences of opinion, belief, taste, and lifestyle are tolerated – within the bounds of the law. But when the law changes to outlaw freedom of speech, as happened recently in Tasmania, I’m left wondering what’s happening to this country. … Continue reading

U.S. attitude toward Jewish refugees in 1938

#1156 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 22 November 2015 A poll in July 1938 by Fortune magazine asked Americans what they thought of accepting political refugees, most of whom were Jewish. Two thirds of respondents (67.4 percent) said “We should try to keep them out.” One in five (18.2 per cent) said refugees should be … Continue reading

Prince Charles attends church in Perth

#1155 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 22 November 2015 Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined around 450 people for worship at St George’s Anglican Church in Perth last Sunday on the final day of their Australian tour. The Most Reverend Roger Herft AM, Archbishop of Perth, conducted the service. The British monarch has held the … Continue reading

One week on from Paris attacks

#1154 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 22 November 2015 One week on from the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend, killing 129 victims and injuring 352, and the repercussions continue to be felt around the world. And let’s not forget the terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed at least 43 people and wounded … Continue reading

Link between prosperity and secularisation

#1153 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 15 November 2015. Author and journalist Roy Williams presented the annual Smith Lecture in Sydney last week, examining reasons for the recent rise in secularisation. He said many Australians “have either no idea what the Christian religion is offering, or they have rejected what they mistakenly think it is … Continue reading

Religious belief and child morality

#1152 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 15 November 2015. Researchers from the University of Chicago claim belief in God makes children “less moral.” The research, based on a study of 1,151 kids from various countries who watched a video of bullying behaviour, led to claims that non-religious children were more altruistic, less judgmental and less severe on … Continue reading

Compromise deal reached on Christmas trading

#1151 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 15 November 2015 In line with an election promise by Premier Mike Baird, retailers throughout NSW will be free to open on Boxing Day this year after legislation passed the NSW Parliament on Wednesday with the help of Christian Democratic Party leader, the Reverend Fred Nile, who secured amendments … Continue reading

David Cook on same sex marriage

#1150 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 8 November 2015 Writing in the current issue of Presbyterian Pulse, Former Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College, the Reverend David Cook, confronted calls for the church to give up its principled opposition to the legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia. “Why should the church be involved … Continue reading

In God we (used to) trust

#1149 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 8 November 2015 The U.S.-based Pew Centre for Religion and Public Life released the results of an extensive survey this week, indicating a decline in the percentage of people who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly attend religious services. Researchers attributed the recent decrease in religious belief … Continue reading

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