Weekend Wrap for 7 November 2021

Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 7 November 2021, where you can catch up on the latest secular-related news from around the country.

At the National Level

Around the Country

Commentary and Analysis

Alastair Lawrie writes on why there must be a Senate Inquiry into the Religious Discrimination Bill. (alastairlawrie.net)

Meredith Doig, president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, writes that the not-so-secret agenda of conservative religious activists is unpopular among many Australians — including the religious mainstream. (Independent Australia)

Kristina Keneally writes on the appointment of Dominic Perrottet that "no-one ... is seriously trying to turn Australia into a theocracy where the rule of law is replaced by the rules of any one religion." (Catholic Weekly)

Mike Southon examines the notion that Labor's policies are anti-Christian, and suggests that Christians need to "get involved" again. (Eternity News)

Meredith Doig writes on a meeting between Attorney-General Michaelia Cash and a fundamentalist far-Right Christian lobby group working to import the Texas-style tactics to reduce women’s access to legal abortion services in Australia. (RSA)

Patrick Parkinson discusses the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Bill and asks how Christians should "respond to the Victorian government’s hostility to religious faith". (ABC)

Barney Zwartz writes on the current "trend in Australia towards politicising faith." (SMH)

Jasmine Yuen writes on the passing of the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021 in Victoria's Lower House. (ACL)

Read Alastair Lawrie's submission to the WA Law Reform Commission Review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. (alastairlawrie.net)

The debate is over, says Kylie Beach: most Australian Christians support action on climate change, even if it's costly. (Eternity News)

Christopher Schelin writes on the growth (or re-growth) of the "Spiritual but not Religious". (The Conversation)

Events and Advisories

Watch a reply of the Rationalist Society of Australia webinar featuring Rev. Dr Elenie Poulos and Professor Marion Maddox, "Unpacking the religious freedom agenda".

Sign up to the #DontDivideUs campaign currently being run by a group of pro-secular groups including the NSL, to act against the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill.

Minister for Human Rights, Tara Cheyne, is running a petition calling on the Australian government to restore the right of Territories to pass laws on VAD. She also recommends people email the Commonwealth Attorney-General with their views, at attorney@ag.gov.au.

Dying With Dignity NSW are petitioning the NSW Parliament to work together to deliver voluntary assisted dying laws.

Dying With Dignity NSW has a tool that makes it easy for people to contact their federal MPs and senators to request help in repealing the "Andrews Bill", the 1997 legislation which denies the Territories the right to pass legislation on Voluntary Assisted Dying.

The Human Rights for NSW alliance has launched a campaign calling for NSW to pass a Human Rights Act.

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