Media Watch Around The World

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.

Church leaders debate same sex marriage

August 14, 2017 ABC News: A new group - led by both the Catholic and Anglican churches in Sydney- has launched a campaign to stop same-sex marriage so that all Australian voices are heard.

Church leaders debate same sex marriage

August 14, 2017 ABC News: A new group - led by both the Catholic and Anglican churches in Sydney- has launched a campaign to stop same-sex marriage so that all Australian voices are heard.

Same-sex marriage: Church warns of ‘same-sex coercion’ for schools

August 14, 2017 The Australian: The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney has launched an attack on the push to legalise same-sex marriage, warning that a failure to protect religious freedoms will ­expose many Australians and faith-based institutions to the risk of “harassment and coercion”.

High Court challenges to same-sex marriage survey a 50-50 prospect: Mark Dreyfus

August 14, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: High Court challenges to the same-sex marriage postal survey have a 50-50 chance of success, according to Labor's legal affairs spokesman, Mark Dreyfus.

Same-sex marriage debate is breeding bullies who censor opposing opinions

August 14, 2017 Daily Telegraph: PARENTS have seen this kind of stuff before. They’ve seen a toddler screaming and howling because they want a lolly or a turn with a toy.

Changing the Marriage Act could change the country

August 14, 2017 The Australian: Before Australians start voting in the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite next month — assuming the High Court allows it to proceed — the Turnbull government has a vast amount of work to do.

Australia might be losing its religion, but the world isn’t

August 14, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: During my lifetime, the share of Australians without a religious affiliation has gone from one in 100 to about one in three.

Modern slavery and trafficking ‘in every UK town and city’

August 14, 2017 BBC News: Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is "far more prevalent than previously thought," the National Crime Agency has said.

Miranda Devine: The No campaign has a big battle ahead

August 13, 2017 Daily Telegraph: HAVING flown out of Australia on the day news broke of an ISIS plot to bomb an Etihad plane, and watched an impressive display of Chinese military might on Hong Kong TV, amid escalating nuclear threats by North Korea, it was surreal to come home to a nation consumed with virtue signalling on same-sex marriage.

North Korea releases Canadian pastor sentenced to life in prison

August 11, 2017 Religion News Service: North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who was convicted of attempting to undermine the regime of Kim Jong Un.

Christmas card OK, but don’t mention Jesus

August 11, 2017 The Australian: Queensland schoolchildren will be permitted to hand out Christmas cards in the playground without fear of disciplinary action, but inviting school friends to church-run events would likely be discouraged, under the state’s latest religious instruction advice.