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We would all win if churches - and atheism - were taxed
20 Jul 2014

On 21 March 2014 the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, posted ‘We would all lose if churches were taxed’ in On Line Opinion.

As the title from this response implies, the way Lyle framed this issue missed the point about the desirability of government taxing, not just the churches, but atheist and other alternatives to religion, as well.

Understanding the French Ideal of Church-State Separation: “la laïcité”
17 Sep 2014

Separation of church and state should be the first separation of powers in a democracy, even before the separations between the executive, legislature and judiciary. Failure to do this has let churches become immensely wealthy by exploiting their centuries-old tax-exempt status as charities that "advance religion." However, it is hardly the role of a modern democracy to advocate any particular worldview, as France first asserted under the concept of la laïcité, or the secular state.

09 Apr 2015

Australian Christians are undermining the National Anthem against established protocols. New information from the Office of the Governor-General partly protects this behaviour and partly condemns it.

Two myths about secularism
03 Apr 2015

Secularism is not anti-religious. Nor does it prevent you from freely discussing religious topics in the public sphere.

The Objectification of Women
10 Nov 2016

Meg Wallace

Women are objectified, stereotyped and fantasised, in an image very much created by men. They have little power over their lives, particularly in non-Western nations. The UN is concerned to increase the ‘empowerment' of women’ So what does it do? It appoints the cartoon character Wonder Woman as an Honorary UN Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women.The author writes that this latest project by the UN to increase the 'empowerment' of women  will do little to make this happen.

Ten reasons why Separation of Church and State is good for religion
10 Oct 2014

Those who advocate state 'accommodation' of religion (state favoring of religious organisations) argue that what is called 'separation of church and state' (state impartiality towards religion) suppresses religious discussion and practice, and removes it completely from any influence in the public sphere. They argue that separation is bad for religion. Here are ten reasons why separation of ‘church’ and state is good for religion and other life-stance beliefs.

Summary of High Court Decision on School Chaplains
17 Sep 2014

The Australian High Court ruling of 20 June 2012 found the Commonwealth Government funding of school chaplains in government schools is unconstitutional.

Senate Report on the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014
09 Mar 2016

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recently reported on the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014 (the Bill),which was prepared by Senator Richard Di Natale of the Australian Greens.

See change
27 Nov 2014

Down load this paper on the Catholic Church at the United Nations. It discusses the the Holy See’s questionable denomination as a state, the process that led it to be accepted into the UN, and how it has used its status to impose its minority views on entire populations, Catholicand non-Catholic alike.

14 Dec 2016

(edited version)

There is no need to amend s.18C.  The Rationalist Associatin of NSW does not believe that ss18C and 18D impose unreasonable restrictions upon freedom of speech. As it stands, the law in practice has been shown to be an effective means of working towards the prevention and occurrence of racist speech.

Same-Sex Marriage was an early Christian Rite
06 Oct 2016

Meg Wallace

Early Christian rituals have been found for brotherhood unions between two men akin to 'marriage' ceremonies.

Sacred Hearts: From Archdeacon O’Donnell To Cardinal Pell
09 Mar 2016

  Cardinal Pell: is his heart in the right place?

  Max Wallace

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