Religion is helping the spread of AIDS

Michael Kirby - The Punch

In 2010 Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa declared that the time had come, particularly for Africans, to stop the “wave of hate” and to stand up “against wrong”.

He was referring to the wrong to “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people” who are “part of the African family” and who “are living in fear.”

This news from Africa would be bad enough. But the same fear extends far beyond that continent.

In for the long haul

Michelle Grattan - SMH

Turnbull, Hockey, carbon tax. The Coalition may be ahead in the polls, but Tony Abbott knows there are problems he must resolve in the lead-up to the next election.

Xenophon urges police to act on online betting

Asher Moses - The Age

The anti-gambling campaigner Nick Xenophon has chastised the Australian Federal Police for dragging its feet on enforcing laws which prohibit online casino sites from accepting bets from Australians.

Vic tries equal opportunity bill again

Melissa Jenkins - The Age AAP

The Victorian government this week will make a second attempt to pass its equal opportunity bill, after an absent minister scuttled its first bid.

Modern feminism: politics and rights not spectacle

Jacinda Woodhead and Stephanie Convery - The Drum

SlutWalk began in Toronto as a response to a specific act: the comments by a police officer that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to avoid being raped.

Opus Dei shapes as a challenge for Tony Abbott

Christian Kerr - The Australian

FACTIONAL forces linked to the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei are making an unprecedented push for power in Liberal veteran Philip Ruddock's safe northern Sydney seat of Berowra.

Garnaut wants three bodies to oversee tax

Julian Drape - The Australian

CLIMATE change adviser Ross Garnaut wants three independent bodies set up to oversee Labor's proposed carbon tax and ensure big business doesn't end up running the show.

The media makes us do it: Dines and the pornography debate

Jennifer Wilson - Online Opinion

For a professor of sociology, Dines is curiously coy in conversation about the thirty years of studies she claims prove the devastating long-term effects of pornography on the sexual development of young boys, who, she also claims, start viewing so-called Gonzo porn (which Dines describes as hard core, brutally body punishing and degrading sex) from the age of 11. As a result of this exposure, boys go on to have “ruined lives,” and to ruin the lives of the girls with whom they attempt to form sexual relationships with their aggressive demands for “hate” sex.

Senate vote likely to be close on gay marriage

Joseph Spector - Democrat and Chronicle

ALBANY — A small group of undecided state senators could determine whether same-sex marriage will become legal in New York, a survey by Gannett's Albany Bureau found.

Carbon 'cop' to break political deadlock over tax

Sid Maher - The Australian

JULIA Gillard's climate change negotiators are working on developing an independent committee to set Australia's emissions reduction levels to break the biggest deadlock to a deal between Labor and the Greens on the carbon tax.

Why the Muslim billboards are good for Jesus

Joshua Maule - Eternity

John Bales spent 13 years in Pakistan as a Christian missionary and currently leads a church in a densely Muslim area in south western Sydney. Joshua Maule asked him about the "Jesus: a prophet of Islam" billboards, one of which was vandalised yesterday.