Posts in ‘Religion’

Putting the sword to religious relativism

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It appears the AFP may have overplayed its hand when referring to a sword seized in recent raids. But the sword also demonstrates that those who claim all religions are essentially the same, have also overplayed their hands as well, and that to ignore the essence of a religion when analysing religious violence is a […]

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Living with the hypocrites – showing on SBS

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Imagine my surprise to see Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett starring in the first instalment of SBS’s Living with the Enemy. These are the two gay activists who tried to put On Line Opinion out of business four years ago costing us tens of thousands of dollars, editor Susan Prior her job, and now me my […]

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Let’s rub out bigotry (and Catherine Deveny) Bill

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. According to Bill “…bigotry has no place […]

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Slippery slopes of Church and State

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

One of the most frequent objections I heard to Peter Hollingworth’s appointment as Governor-General was that it was a breach of the doctrine of separation of powers. This was a nonsense argument as he was appointed in his secular persona, not as a priest, but many intelligent people made it. It was also a self-serving […]

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Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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The caravan moves on

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I’ve been following the St Mary’s saga with detached interest. Having once been to a mass there I found the service powerful, but I’ve been fascinated that Peter Kennedy thought that he could stay there as a Catholic priest at the same time as he defied and criticised the church. So when Mark Bahnisch suggested […]

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Madonna and Child in the mind’s eye

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I was playing with my son and looking at Google Earth. We went from discussing how Vikings navigated the inland waterways in Russia all the way from the Baltic to the Black Sea, to Mercator projections, and twisting and turning the globe. So, low and behold, what did I find lurking under the summer Arctic […]

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Christianity as a protector of the secular society

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

That Christianity, and Judaism, demand a secular, or at least dualist society where church and state are separate, was the theme of Father Robert Sirico at the CIS’s Acton Lecture last night. (The CIS doesn’t have a transcript or speech notes up, but you can get a flavour of his speech from this op-ed in […]

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I do not like thee, Cardinal Pell

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

I do not like thee, Cardinal Pell The reason why, you know full well. And please believe the words I tell: If there were one, you’d rot in hell. Snap, snap! Time for all those leaders of the church, of all denominations, to call for the removal of this odious man. Haven’t we all heard […]

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Bring out your dead

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Here’s another reason I could never be a Roman Catholic. A press release from the World Youth Day Sydney, the religious extravaganza being staged by the Catholic Church in July this year, alerted me to the fact that Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati would be attending. The charismatic Blessed Pier Giorgio is revered for his social […]

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