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New report: 85 countries ‘severely discriminate’ against the non-religious

Those are the top-line findings of the 2017 Freedom of Thought Report, published today by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).

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Melbourne Catholic archdiocese's inaction had 'catastrophic' consequences

The failure of senior figures within the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne, including the former archbishop Thomas Francis Little, to deal with serious allegations of child sexual abuse "demonstrates the catastrophic human consequences of inaction", a report from the child sex abuse royal commission has found.
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Archbishop condemns 'Militant Secularism'

Archbishop, Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, called on Australia's legal professionals to protect and defend religious freedom in an age of "militant secularism" during Monday's 'Red Mass' (Mass for judges to start the legal year).

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What does 'freedom of religion' really mean?

“Dishonesty should not be rewarded, yet a religious minority is flooding the Ruddock Review claiming their ‘freedom’ is denied,” says NSL ambassador and science communicator, Professor Paul Willis. Prof. Willis said it was “disingenuous at best” for church organisations to saturate this Religious Freedom Review with submissions based on fear, distortions, and claims not backed by evidence.


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Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Women's rights advocates say a controversial US legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom, is "exporting extreme ideologies worldwide" against sexual and reproductive rights.
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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Human Rights Day this year, the United Nations kicked off a year-long campaign in Paris to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018.
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Religious freedom review appointee has argued for limited sharia law in Australia

The Turnbull government has appointed an academic who has argued that recognising religious freedom should include acceptance of a limited form of sharia law to the Ruddock review.
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