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Bushfires: the blame game heats up

BY ALEC SMART With catastrophic firestorms still raging across eastern Australia and now threatening South Australia, tragically incinerating almost 600 homes, destroying over 1.5 million hectares of bush, cremating thousands of animals and birds - including whole colonies of endangered koalas - and killing six people, the blame-game for responsibility has gone into overdrive. And […]

Religious rites and wrongs

By ALEC SMART Christians and Muslims united in a rare show of solidarity as religious rights campaigners picketed KIIS 1065 FM Radio Station on Monday 23 September. Angry protestors targeted the KIIS FM North Ryde studios after controversial ‘shock-jock’ DJ Kyle Sandilands made ‘blasphemous’ comments live on the Kyle and Jackie O Show the previous […]

Religious freedom: sword or shield?

By ALLISON HORE Is freedom of religion under threat in Australia? Christian lobby groups and conservative media commentators seem to believe it is. Whilst protections already exist for people of faith under sections of the Constitution, federal anti-discrimination laws, state-based human rights acts and anti-discrimination laws, our Pentecostal Christian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, thinks it’s […]

Free speech fails Folau

By Michael Hitch The Israel Folau and Rugby Australia battle rages on as the Fair Work commission continues to hear Folau’s case, with concerns from legal experts that Rugby Australia is fighting an up-hill battle involving religious discrimination, freedom of speech and contract law. From a Tongan family, Folau’s professional sporting career included two years […]

THE NAKED CITY – BECAUSE THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO

Amidst the controversy that still simmers over footballer Israel Folau’s fire and brimstone Instagram post, one important aspect remains relatively undiscussed. Champions of free speech Alan Jones and Mark Latham have leapt to Folau’s defence with libertarian flair but what about another long-running issue – the misinterpretation or selective interpretation of the Bible itself. Folau […]

NAKED CITY – GOD HATES SIGNS AND BIGOTS!

Winston Churchill is credited with the saying “If you are going through hell - keep going” and the quote might well apply to Australian Rugby’s Israel Folau. After his post on Instagram saying that homosexuals need to repent or they will go to hell, he is going through a hell of his own with community […]