Unfamiliar Faith

Jenna Lyle, Christian Today, Oct 4, 2010, reports on a study that shows that Generation Y is largely unfamiliar with formal religion. The results of the Study are published in a new book, The Faith of Generation Y.

For article: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christianity.is.a.faded.memory.for.most.young.people/26831.htm

For book: http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/product.asp?id=2395594

Share
POSTED 17 Oct 2010
TOPICS

Taxing Bill

A report has been released September 7, 2010 by the Federal Parliamentary Economics Legislation Committee into an inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010. The report supports the notion, put forward in senator Nick Xenophon’s private bill, that all non-for-profit organisations must prove that they provide a ‘public benefit’ in order to maintain exemption from income tax. The committee also recommended that the Attorney General should report to the committee on international methods used to monitor and control unacceptable cult-like organisations.

For report: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_benefit_test_10/report/index.htm

Share
POSTED 17 Sep 2010
TOPICS  • 

Religious Demographics

A survey by Gallup in 2009 found that religion plays a greater role in the daily lives of people in poor countries than those living in wealthy countries. The survey looked at 114 countries.

For more: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/religion.more.important.to.people.in.poor.countries.than.rich.surveys.reveal/26613.htm

Share
POSTED 6 Sep 2010
TOPICS

Tuvalu Religious Restrictions

Tuvalu’s elders and chiefs are to be given the power to decide which church groups will worship in their local area. Tuvalu PM Apisai Ielemia tabled the Tuvalu Religious Organisations Restrictions Bill in Parliament last month in parliament. The bill is aimed at preserving cultural existence from new churches.

Share
POSTED 6 Sep 2010
TOPICS  • 

Western Civilisation

The Institute of Public Affairs has developed the “Foundations of Western Civilisation Program.” This program will consider civil society, liberal democracy, religious freedom, individual rights and free inquiry. A brief about the program states: “Unfortunately there is now a widely-held view that religious perspectives on current political, social and policy issues are not legitimate. Instead, many commentators believe that the only valid perspective in public debate is a secular and rationalist one. By deliberately excluding religious perspectives, Australian policy discourse is narrow and unrepresentative.”

For an IPA article on this issue by Alan Anderson titled “Rendering unto God’ see: http://ipa.org.au/publications/1786/rendering-unto-god

Share
POSTED 28 Aug 2010
TOPICS  • 

Taxing Bill

In the Federal Parliament, senator Nick Xenophon has introduced a private bill called the Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010. Saltshakers reports in their June Journal that the Bill will force all religious groups or charities that currently receive an exemption from income tax to prove that they provide a ‘public benefit’ in order to retain this tax status. The Parliamentary Economics Legislation Committee is now holding an inquiry on the Bill and will report by August 31, 2010.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to the committee asking that the current status for tax exemptions remain. So far 70 submissions have been received.

For more on the inquiry, to read the bill visit: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_benefit_test_10/index.htm

Send submissions to:

Senate Economics Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100, Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600

Or email it to economics.sen@aph.gov.au

Share
POSTED 26 Jul 2010
TOPICS  • 

Religious Taxes

In the Federal Parliament, senator Nick Xenophon has introduced a private bill called the Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010. Saltshakers reports in their June Journal that the Bill will force all religious groups or charities that currently receive an exemption from income tax to prove that they provide a ‘public benefit’ in order to retain this tax status. The Parliamentary Economics Legislation Committee is now holding an inquiry on the Bill and will report by August 31, 2010.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to the committee asking that the current status for tax exemptions remain. So far 70 submissions have been received.

For more on the inquiry, to read the bill visit: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_benefit_test_10/index.htm

Send submissions to:

Senate Economics Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100, Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600

Or email it to economics.sen@aph.gov.au

Share
POSTED 29 Jun 2010
TOPICS  • 

Abbott’s Beliefs

Speaking on Four Corners, ABC TV, March 15, Tony Abbott said religious convictions won’t unduly influence his political moves, his decisions will always be “publicly justifiable” and he won’t let private beliefs override “normal” considerations.

For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=20042

Share
POSTED 19 Mar 2010
TOPICS  •   • 

UN Resolution

The UN General Assembly passed the Defamation of Religion Resolution for the fifth year in a row on Friday. A campaign against the resolution was fought by Open Doors. Open Doors says the Islamic-sponsored resolution threatens freedom of speech, especially for minority Christians. Despite the resolution being passed many countries changed their vote as a result of Open Doors campaigning so that it was passed with a smaller majority. Open Doors ran the “Free to Believe” petition, which was also in previous Gleanings. This petition against the resolution was signed by 4957 people.

For more: http://www.opendoorsusa.org/UserFiles/File/ProgressMadeAfterUNVote.pdf

Share
POSTED 11 Jan 2010
TOPICS

New Viewpoint

The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a new policy magazine called Viewpoint.  In this edition they have a debate on the science of climate change, as well as articles about freedom of religion, classification, girls and violence, homelessness, refugees, baby safe havens and making poverty your business.

For more and to subscribe: http://www.viewpointmagazine.com.au/

Share
POSTED 27 Nov 2009
TOPICS  •   •