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Updated: Australian Rules Football club CEO quits after one day in the job over church links

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Updated: 10.30am, 6th October, 2022Melbourne, AustraliaReuters Andrew Thorburn resigned as chief executive of Australian Football League club Essendon a day after his appointment following an immediate backlash over his links to a church that expressed opposition to homosexuality and abortion. Thorburn, chairman of the Christian ‘City on a Hill’ church, quit his Essendon role on […]

Majority of Australians support freedom of religion, new poll shows

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Sydney, Australia Almost two thirds of Australians support people’s legal right to choose and express their religious faith, a new poll shows. The survey also found a majority say health professionals and organisations of faith should not be forced to perform services which contravene their religious beliefs, while 60 per cent say religious schools should […]

Australian churches, Christian organisations launch campaign to resettle 20,000 Afghans

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Sydney, Australia Mainstream Australian churches and Christian organisations have launched a campaign for the “just and compassionate commitment” to resettle 20,000 refugees fleeing from the Taliban in Afghanistan. In a significant sign of unity, the denominations and organisations have joined together in support of the ‘Christians United for Afghanistan‘ campaign, which is lobbying the Federal […]

In Australia, Israel Folau case set for trial in early 2020

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Melbourne, AustraliaReuters Israel Folau’s unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February, 2020, if no settlement is reached beforehand. Fundamentalist Christian Folau is fighting the termination of his four-year contract in May after he posted a meme on social media that said hell awaited “drunks, […]

Israel Folau says to head to court after conciliation hearing fails

Sydney, Australia Reuters Sacked Australia fullback Israel Folau is set to take his legal fight against Rugby Australia to court after emerging “very disappointed” from a failed conciliation hearing at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney on Friday. Folau and his legal team met with RA in the first formal step of his unfair dismissal […]