Join Greens: Labor MP to gay marriage proponents

Michelle Grattan - The Age

SENIOR government backbencher John Murphy has said people in the Labor Party calling for the law to be changed to allow gay marriage should join the Greens.

Premier Colin Barnett makes web debut with PerthNow 

Anthony DeCeglie - PerthNow

WHO says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?Today, WA Premier Colin Barnett took a dive into cyberspace and appeared for his first ever live forum with an internet news website.

It was fitting that for his debut Mr Barnett chose PerthNow – WA’s leading news and entertainment website.


New York same-sex marriage law challenged in court

Nia Cheney - Christian Post

 NEW YORK – A Christian-based lobbying group, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, filed a lawsuit Monday in New York Supreme Court seeking to overturn the gay marriage law and nullify the hundreds of same-sex weddings that took place Sunday.

Ombudsman slams chaplaincy scheme 'uncertainty' 

Stephen Dziedzic - ABC News

The Commonwealth ombudsman has criticised parts of the Federal Government's controversial school chaplaincy program, saying the role of school chaplains is poorly defined and the Government has not provided adequate guidelines for schools taking part.

Report finds school chaplaincy program is mismanaged

730 Report

A report released today by the Commonwealth Ombudsmen has faulted the Federal Department of Education's management of the National School Chaplaincy program.


Perry sued over prayer event

Jaclyn E. Martin - World Mag

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been promoting Aug. 6 as a day of prayer and has been sued for doing so by a group of atheists and agnostics. The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the group on July 14, complaining that Perry is violating the establishment of religion according to the First Amendment.

Norway killer praised Australian conservatives

Jeremy Thompson - ABC News

Accused Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik praised four Australian conservative leaders - including former prime minister John Howard - in his 1,500-page manifesto.

Norway mass killer likely insane: lawyer

ABC News

The lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted to carrying out Friday's mass killings in Norway, says his client believes his killings were necessary to spark an anti-Muslim revolution in Europe.

Bitter souls hijack evil of madman

Andrew Bolt - The Daily Telegraph

HEAR that gloating sound, among the sobs for the 76 people murdered last week by Anders Behring Breivik? Hear that cackling among the moans?

Good News! Americans United for Separation of Church and State Admits the Phrase "Separation of Church and State" Not in Constitution

Kevin Theriot - Alliance Defense Fund

In a recent post on the Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s website, Charles C. Haynes, a scholar in First Amendment issues, was quoted as saying “that the actual words ‘separation of church and state’ aren’t in the Constitution.  But…the principle of separation clearly is.”

Privacy legislation could have a 'chilling effect' on freedom of speech

Chris Merritt - The Australian

UNLESS the federal government abandons or radically changes its plans for a new way of suing for privacy, publishers and broadcasters face years of legal uncertainty that will have a "chilling effect" on free speech, media lawyers have warned.

Atheists file lawsuit over Christian symbol to be placed permanently at WTC memorial

Daily Mail

An atheist organisation has filed a lawsuit to prevent the World Trade Center cross from going on display at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

Crisis talks bring African aid, food drops

The Australian

THE UN World Food Program planned to start airlifting food to Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya last night after an emergency meeting in Rome on the drought-stricken Horn of Africa region.