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Breaking the silence on abortion and unplanned pregnancy

Breaking the silence on abortion and unplanned pregnancy

Despite being unlawful in most states and territories, abortions are common and a fact of life for many women, writes Jane Caro.

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Freedom to lampoon religion and religious figures is still a criminal offence in most states and territories. Should it be? At a debate in Sydney last night, the strong feeling was no.

Religion v feminism: which has done more for humanity?

Religion v feminism: which has done more for humanity?

Religion may bring eternal happiness -- but has feminism done more good for humankind than all the gods put together? In this book excerpt, a comparison of the two and why feminism is more derided than religion.

We’re all 37-year-old Australian-born Catholic women

We’re all 37-year-old Australian-born Catholic women

Meet the average Australian. She's 37, has a religion, and her parents were born here. The ABS has crunched the numbers on the 2011 census to introduce us to Ms Average.

‘No aliens living inside us’: Scientology educates the media

‘No aliens living inside us’: Scientology educates the media

A media guide released by the Church of Scientology is aimed at dispelling myths around the religion -- turns out they're not descended from aliens, but they do teach English to African migrants.

Come in Spinner: tale of two Catholic clerics, 50 years apart

Come in Spinner: tale of two Catholic clerics, 50 years apart

While George Pell generates plenty of controversy, so far he has yet to meet the levels of Archibishop Daniel Mannix -- the subject of a new biography. There are some interesting parallels with the current crop of Catholics, writes Noel Turnbull.

An atheist in church: in propaganda, you can’t beat God

An atheist in church: in propaganda, you can’t beat God

Is it egotistical to want top billing at one's own funeral? Faced with the onslaught of propaganda in stained glass and frescos -- not to mention the sermon -- consider it lucky if you get mentioned at all.

Christians won’t vote for atheist leaders: research

Christians won’t vote for atheist leaders: research

It’s politics, for God’s sake, but how much does politicians' religiosity actually sway the Christian voter bloc? Researcher Grant Power investigates.

‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

It's difficult to say how common the illegal practice of female genital mutilation is in Australia -- but depending how you define it, it may be more widespread than many realise.