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Discrimination against Religious Groups

Jun 18, 2011

Increasingly religious groups are becoming the focus of new discrimination and persecution at the hands of the radical social engineers. Homosexual activists are especially targeting religious groups, stripping away their rights. This is happening all over the Western world.

While

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Refugees and “Discrimination”

Sep 11, 2015

With the Australian government now committed to taking 12,000 Syrian refugees, with an emphasis on persecuted Christians, a lot of really dumb reactions have been forthcoming. As usual, it mainly comes from the leftists and their allies, including the Muslim

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Big Brother Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Dec 11, 2012

You know things are getting bad when even hard-core leftists and civil libertarians join with conservatives in opposing draconian and anti-freedom of speech law proposals. I refer to the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 which has recently been

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On School Chaplains and Religious Freedom

Jun 20, 2012

A High Court ruling has declared that government funding of the school chaplaincy program is invalid according to the Australian constitution. This ruling raises many issues and many questions, and is a very important decision indeed.

One news report covers

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Discrimination and the Media

Jul 22, 2009

For all the hoopla about discrimination, the simple truth is everyone discriminates all the time. And that is just as true of the mainstream media, which so often crusades against what it considers to be the evils of discrimination. Every

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In Praise of Discrimination

Jun 23, 2009

Time was when a man could be praised for having discriminating tastes. It was a mark of being able to make fine differentiations. Discernment, judgment and careful evaluation also used to be regarded as virtues. But today of course the

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More Attacks on Religious Freedom

May 19, 2009

Throughout the Western world rights talk is being used to promote the agendas of activist minority groups, and to silence Christians from publically affirming their faith. This takes many forms: hate crimes legislation, equal opportunity laws, anti-discrimination legislation, and so

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Hate Crimes and the Religious Left

May 12, 2009

Christians know that in this world they will suffer persecution and tribulation. Jesus promised this would happen to all true followers of his. But one of the more ominous warnings that Jesus gave was that this persecution would often be

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Our Absurd Religious Vilification Laws

Dec 20, 2006

As I mentioned last week, the Victorian Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by two Christian pastors who had been taken through the wringer by our draconian and ridiculous vilification laws. Arguably one of the worst pieces of legislation

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Labor’s Anti-Christian Agenda

Nov 8, 2014

The Victorian election is coming up in just three weeks (November 29). Here I want to focus on just one aspect of what Labor plans to do if it is elected, something which should have all Christians quite concerned. I

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Christian Persecution – East and West

Jun 1, 2013

Christians are suffering more persecution around the world than those from any other religion. In very broad brush terms it can be stated that in the West the main culprits are secular left ideologies, and their various laws designed to

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Yet Another Ugly American

Dec 14, 2011

Hot on the heels of some ugly nonsense from the US President, the American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has demonstrated that she can be rather ugly as well, if not rather naive. She has just been involved in two

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The Tolerance Police Are At It Again

Oct 27, 2011

It’s a good thing the tolerance brigade are tolerant; just imagine if they were not tolerant! But I jest of course. The tragic truth is, there is a no more intolerant lot on earth than those who ramble on the

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Bolt, Principle, and Taking a Stand

Sep 28, 2011

There were two news items which certainly stood out today, albeit for differing reasons. Both generated a lot of publicity, although one was in many respects far more important than the other. But both had to do with standing up

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Faith Under Threat

Nov 19, 1998

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has just released its report, Article 18: Freedom of Religion and Belief. The report is the result of public comment made to a 1997 discussion paper called Free To Believe? At the time

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More AFL PC Madness

Aug 12, 2016

It is getting to the place where I almost need to do regular columns on the Australian Football League. It seems that on a weekly basis it is becoming more and more of a political activist body, pushing every lousy

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