The Secular Spotlight Blog

Paul Mercurio on Mornington Council prayers

Paul Mercurio takes up fight against council’s prayer

2 December 2020

As a newly elected councillor to the Mornington Peninsula Shire, actor Paul Mercurio is taking a stand against the Council’s prayer ritual.

Weekend Wrap for 29 November 2020

29 November 2020

Catch up on the latest secular news with the NSL’s Weekend Wrap for 15 November 2020.

Kaye Gartner, Shoalhaven Council, and a test on religious freedom

Prayers issue a test for ‘real value of religious freedom’

26 November 2020

Councillor Kaye Gartner from Shoalhaven City Council, barred from reciting a Buddhist prayer at a council meeting, says they now face a test on the “real value of religious freedom”.

Is Labor turning its back on secularism?

Is Labor turning its back on secularism?

25 November 2020

With loss of the religious vote supposedly a factor in their 2019 election loss, Labor is updating its policy platform to placate pro-religious groups.

Weekend Wrap for 22 November 2020

Weekend Wrap for 22 November 2020

22 November 2020

Catch up on the latest secular news with the NSL’s Weekend Wrap for 15 November 2020.

Abigail Boyd in NSW parliament prayers push

Abigail Boyd MLC on removing NSW parliamentary prayers

19 November 2020

In the upper house of the New South Wales parliament last week, Greens MP Abigail Boyd made a plea for the Lord’s Prayer to be replaced with something more inclusive and representative of all people.

Peter Monk, NSL

My View: Peter Monk

17 November 2020

In this ‘My View’ opinion piece on our ‘Secular Spotlight’ blog, National Secular Lobby president Peter Monk writes that, with widespread support to VAD, even among most people of faith, the re-elected Premier must keep her promise.

Weekend Wrap for 15 November 2020

Weekend Wrap for 15 November 2020

15 November 2020

Catch up on the latest secular news with the NSL’s Weekend Wrap for 15 November 2020.

Defence Census reveals growth in non-religious demographic

New figures reveal rapid growth of non-religious military demographic

12 November 2020

In a census of permanent ADF personnel taken in 2019 and released by the Department of Defence today, 56% of personnel identified as not having a religion.

Abigail Boyd MLC in NSW prayer push

Push to remove prayer from NSW parliament thwarted

12 November 2020

Greens MP Abigail Boyd has today spearheaded an effort to remove the Lord’s Prayer from the proceedings of the Legislative Council in the New South Wales parliament.

Christian prayers mandated at Shoalhaven City Council

10 November 2020

Councillors and residents of minority faiths or non-religious beliefs are being forced to observe Christian-only prayers as part of official meetings at Shoalhaven City Council after a recent spat broke out on the issue.

Weekend Wrap for 8 November 2020

8 November 2020

Catch up on the latest secular news with the NSL’s Weekend Wrap for 8 November 2020.