religion

religion September 2, 2017

Welcome to the ‘No’ case

Led by established and co-ordinated conservative voices, the ‘No’ case breaks down into three key arguments, under which sits the backbeat of homophobia.

religion August 26, 2017

How the religious right stall climate action

While most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics.

religion July 29, 2017

In court with Cardinal George Pell

As Cardinal George Pell faces the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on historic sexual abuse charges, he confronts a system unmoved by his status.

religion August 5, 2017

The assisted dying campaign in Victoria

As the Victorian government makes the case for assisted dying legislation, a strategic campaign from social conservatives and religious groups hopes to torpedo the proposed amendments.

religion July 22, 2017

How the church is splitting the Liberal Party

Just as BA Santamaria’s forces once split the Labor Party, hardline Catholics are again threatening to divide politics – this time on the conservative side.

religion July 8, 2017

The people defending Cardinal George Pell

The criminal charges brought against George Pell have seen his defenders come to the fore.

south and central asia May 13, 2017

Deradicalising Indonesian terrorists

Amir Abdillah helped kill and maim dozens of people but the now-free convicted terrorist says he’s done waging holy war. With many fellow jihadists being released from jail, the spotlight is on efforts to deradicalise them.

religion March 18, 2017

Exclusive: How the church forced me to relive my abuse

Having testified at the royal commission and for a police investigation, a victim of abuse endures another cycle of doubt from the church.

religion November 5, 2016

George Pell evidence rejected in royal commission counsel submissions

Newly published counsel to the child abuse royal commission rejects Cardinal George Pell’s evidence regarding known church abusers.

religion August 13, 2016

Who audits the Big Four auditors?

While some thought the suspension of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ audit of the Vatican a blow for church transparency, it is the Big Four accounting firms themselves that remain hypocritically inscrutable.

religion July 2, 2016

The Australian Christian Lobby’s bid for influence

The Australian Christian Lobby has a high profile as a religious organisation seeking to influence government policy, but are its claims of intolerance and censorship a sign it realises it is out of step with a secular society?