Roundup: Asylum seekers, reason and credibility, climate science, blasphemy, rivers, Pi, Palestine
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds has expressed concern about Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen’s announcement that between 5,000 and 7,000 refugees will be put on bridging visas under the ‘no advantage principle’.
The “No” vote constitutes a real crisis in representational structures in the Synod, as well as a noted new tension between Church and State.
Shooting the messenger.
Several recent incidents have drawn international attention to laws and policies prohibiting blasphemy – remarks or actions considered to be contemptuous of God or the divine.
No broad-based international agreement on sharing rivers currently exists, even though much of the world depends on water from rivers that flow through more than one nation. But that may be about to change, as two separate global river treaties are close to being approved.
A story to ‘make you believe in God’.
The Israeli seizure and occupation of Palestinian land, and the denial of a Palestinian state, is the root cause of the on-going conflict and the current flare up in Gaza.
The Church of England needs a reality check about the way it is perceived and the way it operates, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.