The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may seem to be a joke, but it highlights some real contradictions in secular societies.
We must acknowledge that shifting historically vulnerable groups away from the margins means making room in spaces where these groups have not traditionally been welcomed.
Around 14% of Australians identify as spiritual. It is time they were given the same rights as those belonging to organised religions.
Religious freedom in Australia can be a source of division with examples of respect for and of government interference with that freedom.
In the early 19th century Catholics were persecuted for refusing to participate in Protestant Bible reading in schools. In many schools, those opting out of Bible classes are harassed, even today.