The Secular Spotlight Blog

Talking Secularism in 2020

17 December 2020

In looking back on the past 12 months, the thing we’re most proud of is having put ‘secularism’ back on the lips of politicians.

Weekend Wrap for 13 December 2020

13 December 2020

Catch up on the latest secular news with the NSL’s Weekend Wrap for 13 December 2020.

Kyam Maher delivers speech on VAD

Labor’s Kyam Maher on the need for Voluntary Assisted Dying in SA

11 December 2020

In introducing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2020 to the SA Legislative Council, Maher spoke emotionally about the final days of his mum Viv as she succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2017.

Mornington Council Prayer Removed

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Removes Prayers

8 December 2020

Councillor Anthony Marsh’s motion to replace the prayer with a secular pledge for councillors to act in the best interests of the community has triumphed.

Anthony Marsh on Mornington Peninsula prayers

Decision Day for Mornington Peninsula Council Prayers

8 December 2020

At tonight’s Mornington Peninsula Shire meeting, Councillor Anthony Marsh will seek to remove “exclusionary” Christian prayers from the official proceedings of council meetings.

Weekend Wrap for 6 December 2020

6 December 2020

Catch up on the latest secular news with the NSL’s Weekend Wrap for 6 December 2020.

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 29 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 22 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.