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‘Trojan horse’: Greens’ warning on rebooted religion bill

A long-awaited religious discrimination report will finally hit parliament this week but the Greens are worried the debate will get ugly as the Albanese government prepares to unveil Labor’s own Religious Discrimination Bill. The federal government will table the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of anti-discrimination laws and religious exemptions for faith schools on Thursday. …

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The Project’s grovelling apology after Reuben Kaye’s Jesus joke

The Project has issued a grovelling apology after comedian Reuben Kaye’s dirty joke about Jesus during a live interview sparked backlash. The queer comedian and cabaret performer went on the Network 10 show discussing the hate he receives for his sexuality and his drag, particularly from the religious crowd. “I think it’s hilarious when someone …

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Queer Citipointe Christian College students on ABC’s Australian Story

They lived a life in secret, full of shame. They were 12, 14, and 15 year-old queer students at the evangelical Citipointe Christian College in Brisbane, who had been repeatedly told that homosexuality was sinful and socially destructive. Felicity Myers (pictured above) graduated from the school two years ago. But on her first day as …

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Religious Freedom: Turkish popstar Gülşen arrested over joke

Turkish popstar Gülşen, a prominent LGBT ally, is languishing in an Istanbul prison cell after her arrest for some onstage banter with a band member which offended bigots. As though more evidence was needed that religious freedom is generally code for religious dictatorship. Following her first hits in 1996, Gülşen went on to become a …

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Lesbian student flees Florida school’s LGBTQIA+ ban

A mother of a lesbian student at Florida’s Grace Christian School has withdrawn her daughter from the school. The mother said her daughter no longer felt safe after learning of the school’s blatant LGBTQIA+ ban. News of the school policy comes after the introduction of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. Similar to contentious contract at …

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Scott Morrison, Religious Freedom PM & Minister for Everything

During his lamentable tenure as Australian PM, Scott Morrison echoed far-right strongmen around the world. A cynical embrace of religion, the demonisation of LGBTQIA+ communities, and inept governance combined with an unrelenting reliance on spin and deflection. Australia’s Religious Freedom PM and Minister for Everything. We could call the former PM Trumpian, Putin-lite, Bolsanaro-mild, Son …

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Yee hah! Allegations of Hillsong cowboy culture

The lawyer for a whistleblower bringing a Fair Work action against the megachurch alleges a Hillsong cowboy culture. Papers lodged in the Federal Court reveal the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) began an investigation into church finances in March. In hindsight, the once mighty Hillsong reached the peak of its influence in 2019. That …

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Hillsong Hallelujah! Sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll

The revelations about Hillsong just keep coming. This week, in a leaked letter, a senior church manager suggested board members consider resigning and a former insider described the church’s ‘sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll’ ethos. Plus, a former senior member alleged Brian Houston knew of his father’s child sexual abuse years before he admits. In January, …

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Remarkable timing: Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed

Hillsong founder Brian Houston quit his church the day before the release of the 3-part Discovery Plus docuseries Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed. Discovery Plus announced the air date a month ago. Watch the trailer for Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed below. Hillsong History Brian Houston’s father Frank Houston became superintendent of the New Zealand Assemblies of …

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Raise your voice now to stop the Religious Privilege Bill

The infamous Citipointe College contract banning gay and trans kids has thrown a hand grenade into the national debate about Scott Morrison’s Religious Privilege Bill. Fill out the Just.Equal election survey and let’s Kill the Bill! Rodney Croome is a board member of Just.Equal Australia. Suddenly, millions of Australians can see what kind of bigotry …

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