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The religious freedom debate isn't a debate at all

The religious freedom debate isn't a debate at all

The religious right are in full cry, but where are the opposing voices? The age-old taboo of not questioning religion has been reasserted.

Christian political parties now face a major choice

Christian political parties now face a major choice

In this changed political climate, the Christian Democratic Party can only hope to succeed by greatly expanding its appeal to non-Christians.

Does Labor have a problem with religious voters?

Does Labor have a problem with religious voters?

Senior Labor figures are worried they're losing religious voters. While conclusive evidence is scarce, it's definitely a space to watch.

Father Rod Bower feels the call for politics

Father Rod Bower feels the call for politics

Bower made Gosford Anglican Church famous for its provocative and insistent messages on refugees, LGBT rights and more. Can that radical voice now disrupt the political establishment?

Burning buildings and blind faith

Burning buildings and blind faith

A burning building is a chance for rebirth. A West entirely blind to its own insoluble faith is a chance only for death.

The last lesson from my old teacher, George Pell

The last lesson from my old teacher, George Pell

One of George Pell's former pupils reflects on the gut feelings he once brushed aside.

Conservatives' defence of Pell alienates them from their base

Conservatives' defence of Pell alienates them from their base

The right commentariat, to their own detriment, have decided to go down swinging with Pell.

Cases of clerical abuse sweep Asia

Cases of clerical abuse sweep Asia

In Asia, the culture of denial and silence around sexual abuse by clergy members is finally starting to break.

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy

History has taught us that churches have been able to move dramatically on social issues. Eradicating gay conversion therapy will take pressure and a lot of faith.

Religious freedom report is a culture war disaster

Religious freedom report is a culture war disaster

The report, which was delayed for six months, has now had exactly the opposite effect of that intended.