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Can any religion be wrong?
03 Apr 2015

There is no such thing as the religious 'truth', as there are so many different versions, no one can be right – or wrong.

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.

Hunter Child Sexual Abuse Special Commission of Inquiry
19 Sep 2014

Speech by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrel on Catholic Church lack of action in response to child sexual abuse by clergy in the Hunter Valley region. NSW Hansard, Legislative Assembly, 17 June 2014 Page: 29645.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Asset-rich churches should pay fair tax
17 Sep 2014

When religion is considered to be a charity, even if it engages in no charitable works, it is exempt from most, if not all, taxes. Of course we do not deny that truly charitable works should be tax-exempt but we question the legitimacy of the advancement of religion as a form of charity in itself.

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.

Chaplaincy – The Political Construction of Freedom of Belief
03 Apr 2015

Children need the political construction of secular schooling, where those of all faiths and none can mix in a non-discriminatory, non-judgmental environment. This is their human right to freedom of Belief.

Reason Demands State Separation from Religion or Belief
10 Apr 2014

Reason tells us that equal opportunity to experience the maximum feasible freedom of Belief through political secularism is impossible without state-Belief separation.

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.

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