News round-up: July 15
MP to uphold religious freedom
Earlier this week, a newly elected Liberal MP in Victoria stated that maintaining both the freedom of speech and freedom of religion is “imperative to an open and free democracy”. Tim Wilson was the former Human Rights Commissioner and has previously spoken publicly about threats in Australia to what can be expressed by Christians (and other religions), in accordance with their belief system.
Give refugees a room … at your place
A group of Christian friends in Sydney was talking about what they could do to help refugees and asylum seekers. They thought they might be able to extend hospitality to these vulnerable and dispossessed people … and “Enough Room” was born. Enough Room is a website that allows you to list any spare room(s) you have and then connects you with agencies able to place refugees – at your place.
US shootings prompt “white” churches to speak up
Christian Headlines reports that the tragic and disturbing recent trend of African-American men being shot by police officers has stirred Christian denominations and communities which are predominantly white. “There is a sense of a need to re-engage on a deeper level, if the communities that we are leading reflect the Gospel values that we say we have,” said Rev. Gradye Parsons, the former leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Cage fighting and Christ?
Fighting the good fight is part of the Christian faith (1 Timothy 6:12). But a movie about a Christian hardcore cage-fighter? The Fight Within is a new American movie set within the hard-hitting world of Mixed Martial Arts. MMA is a massive spectator sport around the world and involves men and women going at each other, caged inside a ring of wire. “Faith films tend to draw faith audiences. This movie should also engage people with no sense of faith because inner struggle is universal,” said Faith Within screenwriter Jim Davis, ahead of the movie’s August 12 release in the USA.