Religious organisations have freedom under Australian law to practise their own doctrines and marriage rituals.
Even if secular law changes to allow same-sex couples to marry, churches are protected by religious freedom to choose who they will - or will not - marry.
As the marriage equality debate heats up, some Christian groups are depicting themselves as potential victims of discrimination.
In the marriage equality debate, those who once fought against protections for religious freedom are suddenly all for it.
Faith is accommodated In Australia, but there is piecemeal protection for religious freedom.
Religious freedom in Australia can be a source of division with examples of respect for and of government interference with that freedom.
Can services be refused to same-sex couples?
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There are three very different kinds of liberty. When people talk about religious liberty, what kind of liberty they might mean?
Children from the Rainbow-Hill Christian school at former South African President Nelson Mandela house in June 2013.
A civil society organisation, OGOD, wants South Africa's public schools to stop calling themselves Christian and to outlaw their religious practices.
Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Judge Gorsuch was raised Catholic and later became an Episcopalian. An expert on Church-State issues says don't read too much into religion as an indicator of judicial philosophy.
The EU ruling could increase discrimination at work.
For many Muslim women, wearing the headscarf is an act of piety and a way of being. Forcing them to remove it can have devastating consequences.
Wearing a headscarf to work may become harder in some professions.
After Brexit, the UK could become a more attractive place for Muslim women than the rest of the EU.
First Baptist Church Pastor John Crowder leads an open-air Sunday service four days after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, near Waco, Texas, on April 21, 2013.
The Johnson Amendment requires houses of worship to stay away from politics to receive tax exemptions. Yet, their leaders can speak out in a variety of ways that could reflect their religious views.
Lyndon Johnson, who was friends with evangelist Billy Graham, wasn’t targeting religious groups when he pushed his eponymous amendment in 1954.
President Trump recently repeated his pledge to eliminate the 63-year-old law, which bans charities from engaging in political activities, at the National Prayer Breakfast.
A new megachurch movement is drawing crowds on the basis of belief in nonbelief.
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Distrust of the irreligious has been commonplace in the American political discourse from the founding.
In the US and Ireland there have been headline court cases of bakers refusing to make cakes for same-sex weddings.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
The car that was set ablaze outside Perth’s Thornlie Mosque. Offensive graffiti was also scrawled on a wall nearby.
Legislating against racial and religious vilification is highly fraught, as the ongoing debate around Section 18C has demonstrated, and unlikely to become less so any time soon.
A step in the right direction.
Religious leaders have done little to help combat institutionalised homophobia – and some have flat-out encouraged it.
A photograph from The Sabbat Cycle’s Austin stop, where a screening of ‘The Witch’ was held, followed by a satanic ritual.
The Satantic Temple
What, exactly, are the political goals of The Satanic Temple, which formed in 2013? A religion professor attended a recent satanic ritual to find out.
A mob burnt down a compound of a religious cult in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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Why and how do new religious movements emerge? And how can Indonesia protect religious freedom amid hostility towards unorthodox religious groups?
A protester outside the US Supreme Court of Appeal objects to gay marriage. An incident at a Cape Town university has raised issues of religious freedom.
The furore around freedom of sexual orientation vs religious freedom at a South African university should lead to deeper thinking about Christianity's historical role in promoting liberalism.
Apple and its CEO Tim Cook urged Indiana and its governor to “think different.”
The corporate backlash shouldn’t be a surprise. Companies have increasingly played a more active role on social issues.
Anger has quickly spread after the murders in Paris.
France has been the target of several attacks perpetrated by so-called Muslim fundamentalists over the past few years, but the shooting of editors and cartoonists at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie…
The Indonesian government is drafting a bill to protect religious minorities in a move to improve the country’s poor record in religious freedom.
Indonesia, having grappled with problems of religious intolerance and violence, seems to be making efforts to improve religious freedom. Indonesia’s religious affairs minister, Lukman Syaifuddin, is drafting…