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Education Religious Freedom

Catholic education concerned over proposed discrimination reforms

The National Catholic Education Commission is unhappy with the proposed reforms outlined by the Australian Law Reform Commission in its inquiry into religious educational institutions and anti-discrimination laws.

Religious Freedom

Rise in anti-Semitic incidents ‘tip of iceberg’

The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Australia has jumped by more than 40 per cent in the past two years, with almost 300 cases of verbal abuse or assault reported between 2021 and 2022. Source: The Australian. 

Religious Freedom

Christian couple wins religious discrimination battle against foster agency

Perth couple Byron and Keira Hordyk hope that their five-year religious discrimination battle against a foster care agency will give hope to all Christians who strive to live by and promote basic Christian beliefs and values. Source: Catholic Weekly.

Coronavirus Religious Freedom

Force used on religious groups violating COVID-19 worship restriction

A new Pew Research Centre analysis finds that nearly a quarter of 198 countries and territories analysed used police and government force on religious groups who disobeyed COVID-19 worship restrictions. Source: The Christian Post.

Religious Freedom

Asia Bibi appeals for protection for Pakistan’s blasphemy victims 

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic woman who escaped death for alleged blasphemy and now lives in Canada, has appealed for the protection of victims of blasphemy laws in her country. Source: UCA News.

Persecution Religious Freedom

Night of the Witnesses honours Christianity’s modern-day martyrs

Australia’s capital has joined a select list of cities that have hosted Night of the Witnesses, an Aid to the Church in Need initiative that honours Christianity’s modern-day martyrs and those persecuted because of their faith. Source: Catholic Voice.

Interfaith Religious Freedom

Religious freedom debate ‘should aim to unite, not divide’ 

Discussions about religious freedom in Australia should aim to unite the nation rather than divide it, guests at the Australian Catholic University’s sixth Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast have heard.

Religious Freedom

Northern Territory Parliament passes anti-discrimination bill

After hours of fierce debate and despite a strong backlash from religious groups, the Northern Territory Parliament has passed a suite of amendments to anti-discrimination laws. Source: ABC News.

Politics Religious Freedom

NT chief says anti-discrimination bill ‘strikes a balance’

Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles says her Government’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill aims to strike a balance between providing exemptions and removing the right to discriminate. Source: NT News.