Media Watch Around The World

Religious freedom at risk in same-sex shift

August 22, 2017 The Australian: The myopic failure of parliament to confront the need for broad ­religious-freedom guarantees in association with same-sex marriage laws has produced the inevitable — strong warnings that one right will be won at the erosion of other rights.

Same-sex marriage proposals don’t protect religious freedom

August 22, 2017 Financial Review: It may come as a surprise to Australians to learn that there is very little legal protection for freedom of religion and belief in this nation. This is the evidence that has been given by legal and constitutional experts to the Human Rights Sub-Committee inquiry into Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Death memoirs are so hot right now - why?

August 21, 2017 The Age: When the English writer Jenny Diski was returning home after her diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, she said to her husband, the poet Ian Patterson, "Well, I suppose I'm going to write a cancer diary… Another f…ing cancer diary." What more could there be to say that hadn't been said already? Would she find the line between depressing and banal?

Same-sex marriage must protect religious freedom: Newspoll

August 21, 2017 The Australian: Australians want federal parliament to guarantee religious freedom as part of the debate over same-sex marriage, with concerns strongest among Labor voters, ­according to a special Newspoll.

Churches on staff who wed same-sex partners

August 21, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised, in a dramatic move led by the country's most senior Catholic.

Judge dismisses Northern Ireland same-sex marriage cases

August 21, 2017 BBC News: The High Court has dismissed two cases challenging Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage.

Why we should have a same-sex marriage plebiscite, and why I’ll vote no: Zed Seselja

August 18, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: In the 2016 election the Coalition took to the Australian people a clear commitment to give them their say on the question of whether or not to change the Marriage Act to allow same sex marriage. We are honouring that promise.

Ethnic angst on same-sex marriage vows

August 18, 2017 The Australian: Islamic and ethnic groups are sounding warnings about the consequences of same-sex marriage in Australia, questioning whether parents will retain the freedom to promote the traditional definition of marriage to their children.

Marriage leads to children - gay marriage leads to surrogacy

August 18, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: A TV show called The New Normal will have its premiere on NBC in the US soon. It's about a gay couple and the single mother they engage to have their baby.

This is why I’ll be voting ‘no’ to same-sex marriage

August 18, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: There's no doubt that central to the concept of family is a definition of marriage involving a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation. With only minor exceptions over some hundreds of years and across all the major religions, this is how marriage has been, and continues to be, defined.

Abbott appalled at Safe Schools stealth

August 18, 2017 The Australian: Tony Abbott has taken a fresh shot at what he dubs the radical left, saying he is “appalled’’ NSW ­education authorities tried to re­introduce Safe Schools “by the back door’’.

Kim Jong-un ‘no longer seen as God’ as worshipping North Koreans ‘place their faith elsewhere’

August 17, 2017 UK Telegraph: The North Korean regime continues to persecute anyone practising religion within its borders, according to a new US government study, although reports from within the country suggest that more people are turning to religion.

Gay activist Jaden Duong did bomb ‘research’ before ACL hit

August 17, 2017 The Australian: The man accused of driving a burning van laden with gas ­bottles into the Australian ­Christian Lobby headquarters was a gay activist who disliked the group because of its “position on sexuality” and had searched ­online how to make plastic ­explosives and a pressure-cooker bomb.

Minister acts after Safe Schools makes a return in NSW

August 17, 2017 The Australian: Education bureaucrats tried to sneak Safe Schools back on to the NSW curriculum despite a ban on the controversial sexual and gender diversity program.

Paedophile victim’s suicide amplifies call for action against Philip Newell

August 17, 2017 ABC News: A Tasmanian survivor of clergy abuse is demanding answers after his friend, a fellow victim, suicided before disciplinary action was taken against a senior Anglican Church figure.

Same-sex marriage is more complex than the Yes campaign admits

August 17, 2017 ABC News: The forthcoming postal vote on same-sex marriage is the plebiscite we had to have. The issue has become toxic for the Coalition.

Competing Rights in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

August 16, 2017 ABC Online: I wish that I could support same-sex marriage and I have "moral regret" that I can't. When we feel ethically bound to take a position that we know will cause hurt to others, we should - and I do - regret the hurt that causes.

Tony Abbott: Why I will say no to same-sex marriage

August 15, 2017 The Australian: Same-sex marriage is a tough issue. It divides families; it splits political parties; often enough, it tears at individuals, too.

Australia church abuse: Priests ‘must report’ confessions

August 15, 2017 BBC News: Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended.

Same-sex marriage: Coalition for Marriage joins No campaign, says it is voice for silent majority

August 15, 2017 ABC News: A new organisation campaigning for No in the same-sex marriage plebiscite has launched, but one religious leader says they do not represent the views of all modern Christians.