Media Watch Around The World

Worcester Cathedral blessing for asparagus crop criticised as ‘absurd’ by Anglicans

April 26, 2017 UK Telegraph: Asparagus is so venerated in Worcester that it has been blessed in a special ceremony in the city's cathedral.

Tim Farron says he doesn’t believe gay sex is a sin

April 26, 2017 The Guardian: The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has confirmed that he does not believe gay sex to be a sin, saying that while he had no wish to “pontificate on theological matters”, he also did not want people to misunderstand his religious beliefs.

Financial crisis hits Anglican cathedrals as running costs soar

April 26, 2017 The Express: A new working group has warned as many as half of England's hard-up Anglican cathedrals are in jeopardy because of the cash crisis.

Tim Farron: I don’t think gay sex is a sin

April 26, 2017 BBC News: Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says he does not believe gay sex is a sin, following questions about his views on the subject.

Churches in Melbourne’s ‘bible belt’ refuse to support Muslims

April 24, 2017 The Age: Michael Boss, a Christian man from the City of Casey in Melbourne's expansive south-east, had what he thought was a good idea. He would ask all 105 local Christian churches – Casey is Melbourne's new bible belt – to pledge "friendship" with Muslims to help stop "the growing problem of Islamophobia".

Churchgoer Gove slams Farron for hiding behind his faith

April 24, 2017 Daily Mail: Michael Gove today slammed Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron's refusal to confirm he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

Sexualising school kids

April 24, 2017 The Spectator Australia: An extremely disturbing arsenal of social engineering schemes has been lined up against Victorian children and their parents in the triad of Safe Schools (SS), Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RR) and the Doctor’s in Secondary Schools (DISS) programs. Scratch beneath the surface of these three sweet-sounding initiatives and you will find Kinsey-esque child sexualisation, unproven sociological gender theories being presented as fact, and unsupervised GP appointments being conducted behind parents’ backs on school grounds, during school hours. Both NSW and Tasmania have now axed Safe Schools due to its highly inappropriate content and will replace it with genuine anti-bullying programs. But Premier Daniel Andrews has dug his heels in and even supports these schemes being carried out in schools against the express wishes of parents.

Islamic leader calls for prompt execution of Asia Bibi

April 21, 2017 World Watch Monitor: A Muslim cleric in Pakistan has renewed calls for the hanging of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who has spent seven years on death row, having been convicted of committing blasphemy.

‘Absolute disgrace’: Tim Farron under fire for refusing to answer when asked if being gay is a sin

April 20, 2017 UK Telegraph: The leader of the Liberal Democrats has been branded a "bigot" and "absolute disgrace" for evading a question on whether he thought being gay was a sin.

Christianity needs to be respected: Abbott

April 20, 2017 Sky News: Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told Sky News we need to respect Christianity as it is the 'inspiration' to our civilization.

Kirk in landmark apology over ‘long history’ of gay discrimination

April 19, 2017 Herald Scotland: GAY people will receive a formal apology from The Church of Scotland following its long "history of discrimination" under plans that signal another seismic softening of Kirk policy towards homosexuals.

Our politicians are more devout than ever – so it’s time we started taking their faith seriously

April 19, 2017 UK Telegraph: We don’t do God. Everyone knows that. Even though Alistair Campbell’s oft-quoted aphorism was never intended to be some secular edict from on high – he was actually just closing down an interview with Tony Blair rather than making a statement of principle – it has become one. Plural, secular, Western politics is, or should be, a God-free zone.

Give nursery children lessons about same-sex relationships

April 19, 2017 Daily Mail: Nurseries should teach toddlers about same-sex relationships and transgender lifestyles to reduce hate crime, say teachers.

Social worker criticised after saying christening a baby would ‘hinder chance of adoption’

April 19, 2017 UK Telegraph: A social worker advised a couple not to christen their son because it would make it harder to get the baby adopted.

Safe Schools program ditched in NSW, to be replaced by wider anti-bullying plan

April 18, 2017 ABC News: Former prime minister Tony Abbott has commended the NSW Government's decision to ditch the controversial Safe Schools program, designed to educate students about sexual and gender diversity.

New progressive morality rapidly taking over from Christian beliefs

April 18, 2017 The Australian: As Christians celebrate Easter under threat and persecution in many countries, Christian tradi­tion faces erosion in Australia from an array of forces — the ­failure of its churches and clerics, the march of secularism and the rise of an alternative progressive morality.

May gives Easter address as pope condemns global violence

April 18, 2017 The Guardian: PM urges unity, Jeremy Corbyn calls for social justice and the archbishop of Canterbury speaks of ‘restoration and hope’.

Schools told they should give transgender pupils a cake to celebrate their transition

April 18, 2017 CHOOSE: Schools have been told they should give transgender pupils a cake to celebrate their “transition”, as experts warn that teachers must be trained to deal with an “explosion” of students who no longer identity with their sex.

Australians celebrate Easter Sunday

April 18, 2017 News.com.au: Australians have celebrated Easter Sunday with chocolate eggs, church services and shows across the country.

Easter Sunday: Millions attend church as leaders spread celebration messages

April 15, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: It's one of the most popular days on the church calendar, and it comes with one simple message: celebrate life.