Should The Government Ban Islam?

A Conservative Southern Baptist Responds.

Should the government ban the building of Islamic Mosques? Should it severely restrict the freedom of Muslims to gather together peacefully? In light of the many terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam, some people would want the government to restrict Muslim freedoms. But how should we think about this question as Christians? What […]

The Articulate Gay Atheist Defending Religious Freedom

Dave Rubin Explains Why He's No Longer "Progressive"

You don’t expect a Gay Atheist to Defend Religious Freedom. But political commentator Dave Rubin does exactly that. In this short video, he explains why he no longer considers himself progressive. And in doing so, he nails the case for religious freedom (from 2.00mins to 3.00mins).   Enjoy. Do You Agree With Dave Rubin’s Assessment? Leave a […]

Religious Freedom In A Secular World

Should Christians care about Religious Freedom? Or should we just let pressure and persecution come our way? In this talk, I address these questions, along with the following: Why our Gay Atheist friends benefit from religious freedom; Why the Bible is supportive of religious freedom; What it looks like to defend religious freedom. Listen below: […]

Is Australia Becoming An Atheist Theocracy?

Why Religion is Being Forced to the Margins of Society.

I spent the first four years of my life in an Atheist Theocracy. Of course, nobody called it that. But that’s what it was. Like any theocracy, there was only one acceptable view of ‘ultimate reality’ –  of life, meaning, the universe.  In that case, it was Atheism. If you practiced any other religion in public, […]

Beware The Dangers Of…Religious Freedom? – Part 2

Should Christians Defend Religious Freedom?

Who would have thought religious freedom would become an election issue? Both the Greens and Labor have questioned aspects of religious freedom. And it’s made some Christians nervous. So what should Christians think? Should we defend religious freedom? In last week’s post, I outlined the view of fellow Christian blogger Nathan Campbell. He didn’t think […]

Beware The Dangers Of…Religious Freedom? – Part 1

Should Christians Defend Religious Freedom?

Confession time: I find Australian history boring. Especially when compared to my homeland (i.e. Hungary’s) history…give me Mongol invasions; epic battles against the Ottoman Turks; and being over-run by the Soviet army – that’s what I call interesting! Not surprisingly, Hungarian history is full of trauma: the rich tapestry of my homeland’s history is coloured red with the […]

Dodging the “Exile” Bullet At Sydney Uni – For Now

A Basic Freedom is Upheld: But For How Long?

Common sense won the day at Sydney University this week. After earlier threatening to exile (i.e. de-register) religious clubs who required their leaders and members to be, well, religious, the Sydney University Student-Union came to see reason:  ‘After long and thoughtful consultation with our religious communities on campus, the University of Sydney Union Board of Directors […]

How Free Societies Commit Suicide.

The Internal Threats That Undermine Freedom.

In my first year as a university chaplain I was almost kicked off campus. A gay-rights activist had it in for me, and for the Christian students I worked with. This gentleman didn’t like the fact we held to the Bible’s teachings (including on topics such as sexuality). And the University authorities supported him, meaning I had to […]

9 Things You Should Know About Religious Freedom In Australia

Last Friday I attended  a conference on ‘Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World’, jointly hosted by the think-tank Freedom For Faith, and the University of Newcastle Law School (kudos to Associate Professor Neil Foster for organising it). The speakers included people from a variety of backgrounds, including the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, former Anglican Archbishop of […]

The Things You Need To Know About Your Inner Nazi.

Dear Elizabeth, Thankyou for your recent article that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, entitled We all have our inner fascist: why it’s important to have the right to offend. It was a very thought-provoking read, and one which I was half tempted to frame and put on my wall: at least while reading the […]