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The Religion and Ethics Report, where religion and ethics meet news and current affairs in Australia and around the world.

The Religion and Ethics Report, where religion and ethics meet news and current affairs in Australia and around the world.


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The Religion and Ethics Report, where religion and ethics meet news and current affairs in Australia and around the world.




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Tackling inequality on budget day

The Federal Budget will be delivered next week. What can we expect on issues like inequality, homelessness and unemployment? And when should governments use trade bans to help persecuted minorities like the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province?


Police ethics and the fall-out from the guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder trial

After a guilty verdict for the policeman who murdered African American George Floyd, we explore if police respond differently to suspects from minority ethnic and religious groups? Also, will Australia follow Joe Biden and recognise the first genocide of a bloody century? And, Australia has many prime ministers with a religious faith. So why has this speech by Scott Morrison been, apparently, such a shock to the system?


The pilgrims, a religious festival, and the pandemic

India is in the grip of another wave of COVID-19. One of the reasons for this outbreak is a major Hindu festival called the Kumbh Mela. And, Afghanistan has been America’s longest war. But is its decision to leave the country a guarantee of peace? Also, we uncover one of the lost stories of ANZAC – a real Private Ryan who fought and bled to end World War I.


Is Northern Ireland headed for a new era of violence – with religion at its heart?

How much of the latest outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland is driven by enduring religious divisions? And the women of Iran have been the force behind reform. But are sanctions strangling the best chance for change? Also, how did the religious beliefs of the late Prince Philip influence his passion for environmentalism? And, a tribe in Tanna, Vanuatu, are mourning the death of their deity Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.


Brother vs brother in the Kingdom of Jordan

In a serious dispute for global politics, deep division has emerged in the ruling family of Jordan. We look at the rift between King Abdullah and his half-brother, Prince Hamzah. Also, is Australia's sex industry caught up in human trafficking? And is Australia a neo-pagan society?


Bishops calling on Biden to be denied Easter Communion over his abortion views

President Joe Biden is heading for a clash this Easter with America’s Catholic bishops. Also, a nun working in the West Bank and Egypt during the worst of the COVID crisis, has been recognised with one of the most prestigious accolades in the US – a Woman of Courage Award. And how the hit musical Hamilton could be a parable for the Easter story.


Tanzania celebrates first female Muslim president

A Muslim woman has become leader of Tanzania. Samia Suluhu Hassan joins a growing list of Muslim women who have become president or prime minister. But how significant is her rise in particular? And, how Israel’s top spy became an agitator for peace with Palestinians. Also, Harry, Meghan and the culture of confessional TV


How pornography is radicalising Australian boys

According to a women’s empowerment group, programmes to educate young men about sexual consent will fail unless the government addresses the corrosive effects of pornography. And, earlier this week, the government of Sri Lanka announced that it was looking at banning the full-face covering worn by some Muslim women. It’s also moving to shut down hundreds of Muslim schools. So what exactly has the government proposed? Also, a new generation of drones is about to drop mini bombs in the...


A royal wedding and a private marriage - could the Archbishop have broken his own church law?

Meghan Markle revealed this week that she and Prince Harry had a secret private wedding three days before their globally telecast ceremony. Both ceremonies were performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Could the Archbishop have broken his own church law? And, Australia’s imams urge Muslims to get vaccinated. Also, has religion become a lever for the Chinese government in its quest for foreign influence?


The Pope’s historic visit to Iraq and has President Joe Biden failed his first test on human rights?

Is the blood of a political dissident the price of doing business in Saudi Arabia? And as Pope Francis prepares to leave for an historic visit to Iraq, we will speak to a bishop, forced to flee the Islamic State group for refuge in Australia.


How does religion motivate Novak Djokovic?

There is only one title that counts for Novak Djokovic - his Serbian Orthodox faith. We also look at how Iraq is preparing for the Pope's historic visit. And, Lebanon’s Hezbollah is a Middle East powerhouse. But could COVID tame the party of God ?


Crown Resorts and the dirty business of gambling

The fallout continues for the Crown corporation, after an enquiry in New South Wales found the company was not fit to run a gambling casino in Sydney. As the enquiry exposed, gambling is almost always a dirty business. So why do governments permit such ethically problematic enterprises? And, almost a year after it was declared a pandemic - has COVID-19 exposed a gap in values between Eastern and Western nations? Also, a look at a controversial new book that examines the case of Cardinal...


The new president, the Pope, and the US Catholic Church

The mysterious online figure called QAnon helped stoke insurrection in the US capital. Is it also a quasi- religion? And why is the fate of Joe Biden intertwined so tightly with the fate of Pope Francis?


How did the Israel Folau case reshape politics?

It was a tweet that stoked a culture war. How did the Israel Folau case reshape politics? And, the army has staged yet another coup in Myanmar this week - but the opposition from Buddhist monks is much weaker. So what has broken them as a force in Burmese society? Also, how has COVID affected religious belief in wealthy countries?


The role of faith leaders in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine

The need to bring faith leaders into the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, especially in the developing world where mosques, temples and churches remain major centres of gathering and information for communities. And, new president Joe Biden wants national unity? But will it be another American lost cause? We also remember the late Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.


Politics, Christianity, and loving your neighbour

Today we discuss the ups and downs of a relationship - but it’s not a story of friends and lovers or parents and children – but it’s almost as old. We explore the relationship between Christianity and democracy.


Human rights, neoliberalism, and the morals of the market

In her new book, Australianphilosopher Jessica Whyte uncoversthe place of human rightsin neoliberal attempts todevelop a moral framework fora market society.


Kim Ghattas on Iran, Saudi Arabia and Islam in the Middle East

A special full-length interview with Kim Ghattas of the BBC and The Financial Times about her new book Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unravelled Culture, Religion and Collective Memory in the Middle East.


Jesus, Donald Trump and John Wayne

US Republicans have been celebrating a president loved by evangelicals. But Donald Trump had a Hollywood predecessor, John Wayne who was adored even more by the Christian right.


The religious socialists

Author Gary Dorrien discusses his new book on the religious roots of social democracy. He describes how 19th and early 20th century Christians in Europe, Britain and the US laid the foundation of the ideology that would dominate western politics for 40 years after WWII - and why it's making a comeback.