Christians set to become a minority in Australia

EASTER Sunday may be one of the most important Christian celebrations, but for many Australians it will just be about chocolate.

According to Northern Star, the proportion of Australians who identify as Christian is falling fast, down over 8% points in the last two years.

And if the current trend was to continue, Christians will soon be in the minority in Australia, the latest research from Roy Morgan shows.

In late 2011, Christians outnumbered the non-religious by more than two to one with  60.9% of Australians  (11.4 million) identifying as Christian compared with 29.2% (5.5 million) who said they had no religious affiliation.

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The history of education, religion and the state in Australia

Last week, the High Court ruled against the current funding model of the federal government’s controversial school chaplaincy program. It's just the latest episode in a debate over education, religion and the state that goes back to the colonial era, writes Keri Phillips.

There are two strands to the dispute over education, religion and funding. The first concerns the government funding of private schools, almost all of which are run by or affiliated with religious organisations. The second concerns the place of religious instruction in public schools. Both have been the subject of referenda and legal challenges. The relationship between religion, education and the state has been controversial since the states began introducing compulsory public schooling in the second half of the 19th century. Until then, schools had been largely run by the churches and paid for by the government.

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Australian-Ukrainian leaders slam church swastika graffiti

Australia's Ukrainian community has hit out at vandals who sprayed swastikas on the walls of a Ukrainian Catholic church in Sydney.

According to EIN News, the symbols and hate messages were sprayed on the walls of the church in the western Sydney suburb of Lidcombe on Friday night, drawing condemnation from community leaders and politicians.

The chairman of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, Stefan Romaniw, told Fairfax Media Sunday the vandals were "extremist" and that "what's happened in Sydney is inexcusable".

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Australian prime minister “Tony Abbott” spends millions to push God in schools

The prime minister has allocated $226 million for more chaplains, all while slashing his country's education budget

According to Salon website, the Australian government’s slash and burn approach to fiscal management doesn’t appear to have stretched to the God Squad.

The right-wing conservatives have so far announced cuts to aged care, education, the environment, science and hospitals, plus introduced controversial new fees for doctor’s visits.

Yet Prime Minister Tony Abbott — a staunch Catholic who opposes gay marriage and once described abortion as “the easy way out” — has somehow managed to find $226 million for a school chaplaincy service designed to support the “emotional and spiritual wellbeing” of students. That’s like the US government allocating about $2.2 billion, relative to the size of the economy.

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Access Ministries uses taxpayer money to threaten parents over religious teaching

By Konrad Marshall

 A powerful Christian organisation has threatened a small grassroots parent group with legal action for posting its religious curriculum book online.

The main provider of religious instruction in state schools, Access Ministries, this week warned activists from Fairness in Religion in Schools (FIRIS) to remove a copy of its teaching materials from their website. 

Access Ministries, which delivers "Christian Religious Education" to around 90,000 Victorian primary students, contacted FIRIS after learning that a digital copy of its "Launch Red 1" teacher book was available for download.

For more details please check The Age Victoria



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