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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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The Pope in Greece, a reopened "cold case" murder in Israel, and how Christianity shaped Menzies' liberalism

The Pope's dramatic visit to the Greek island of Lesbos; why police in Israel have reopened two "cold case" murders from over three decades ago; and a new book delves deeply into Menzies' Christian faith.


The divided heart of modern France, and debate over Australia's religious discrimination laws

A recent law in France imposes heavy conditions on places of worship, religious funding, and even food. And the federal government’s proposed religious discrimination law has ignited a huge debate over how much freedom faith-based institutions should have to promote their beliefs and doctrine.


Muslim leaders join the push for religious discrimination laws, fighting modern slavery, and China's law bans criticism of communist heroes

MP Rebekha Sharkie has introduced a bill to ban the importation of goods made overseas by forced labour; why Muslim leaders are joining the push for the religious discrimination bill; and China's new law makes it a crime to criticise the country's communist heroes.


Why the Chinese government is renovating mosques, plus has COVID-19 killed liberalism?

At the 700-year-old Dongguan mosque in Xining, China, the dome and minarets have come down. But could this remodelling be part of a broader campaign to suppress minority cultures? Plus, a new book by Adrian Pabst looks at whether the COVID-19 pandemic has killed liberalism.


Why Christians are fleeing their ancient homeland and West Papua's priests call for urgent ceasefire

Across the Middle East, millions of Christians have fled their ancient homelands — and will probably never return. Renowned journalist Janine di Giovanni documents their plight in a new book. And almost 6,000 people fleeing violence in Indonesia’s West Papua region have taken shelter in local churches. Now, Catholic priests in the region are calling for an urgent ceasefire.


The loss of liberal values and a new anti-slavery app for religious leaders

For the past two decades, from Beirut to Kabul and onto Hong Kong, the people have built vibrant, liberal societies. But they've also lived with the threat of powerful forces overwhelming them. And later, we find out about a new app designed to allow for the speedy reporting of slavery and forced labour in Africa.


Attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, defining anti-Semitism, plus climate change and culture wars

Images posted on Facebook are alleged to have incited a rampage in Bangladesh targeting the Hindu minority; why the definition of anti-Semitism has divided even the Jewish community; and moving beyond climate change as a culture war issue.


How the war in Ethiopia puts the holy city of Lalibela in danger, new research on religious restrictions, plus debate over new euthanasia bill

There are fears that the war in Ethiopia could wreak damage on the ancient holy city of Lalibela, a new report looks at countries where governments restrict religious practice, plus a bill to legalise euthanasia or voluntary assisted dying is due this week in NSW parliament and religious leaders are divided over the issue.


Analysis of the historic Catholic Plenary, plus the forgotten victim of 9/11

Australian Catholics are meeting this week for a historic summit — the first of its kind in over 80 years — designed to overcome decades of crises. Plus, a moving story about the almost forgotten victim of the 9/11 tragedy.


A historic Catholic summit, a former Royal Commissioner on changes in church structure, plus the ethics of mandatory vaccines for workers

For ten of thousands of Australian Catholics, it's make or break time for the church, as a historic summit involving clerics and representatives from local parishes begins over the weekend; a former Royal Commissioner says the church must seize this chance to confront the secrecy and power that enabled the child sexual abuse scandal. Plus, can mandatory vaccinations for workers be introduced in an ethical way?


Should the international community recognise the Taliban's rule?, plus the ethics of warfare

The Taliban continues to impose a harsh religious law on Afghanistan, now refusing to allow teenage girls back to school and urging women to stay in their homes. The militant group are now in charge of a sovereign state — but should the international community recognise the regime? Plus, there are laws to protect human rights during war, but do they actually create wars without end?


Should 'no jab no entry' apply to places of worship?, Immigration and the German elections, plus our obsession with achievement

Pubs, theatres, and sporting events may demand proof of vaccination before patrons can enter — but should the same rule apply to places of worship? And has right-wing populism waned in the upcoming German elections? Plus, Justine Toh explores "workism," meritocracies, and our obsession with achievements in a new book.


20 Years On: 9/11 with Stan Grant, Harvard Professor Jocelyne Cesari and artist Abdul Abdullah

Award-winning journalist Stan Grant takes us through the world on September 10, 2001. After the collapse of the World Trade Centre on 9/11 what fractures appeared across the Islamic world, and how did the terrorist attack turbo-charge nationalism in Europe and the U.S.? Then we hear from artist Abdul Abdullah on how the events of 9/11 shaped his identity as a Muslim in Australia.


The Afghans yet to leave their country, Could a Kurdish-style solution work?, plus the protests roiling in Palestine

The Taliban now control Afghanistan, but what happens to those who are yet to leave? The U.N. is predicting that half a million Afghans could try to flee, could one possible answer be a Kurdish-style solution? Plus, why is the Palestinian West Bank is still roiling with protests?


Increasing Australia's refugee intake, inside the Taliban's religious schools, and policing in a pandemic

A group of Australian Christian leaders are calling for the Prime Minister to increase Australia’s intake of refugees from Afghanistan; we find out where the Taliban leaders and fighters learnt their harsh brand of Islam from; and a renowned human rights lawyer explains what happens when you give police free reign in a pandemic.


Does a moderate Taliban exist?, Could the Islamic world reign in the Taliban?, plus fundamental freedoms and COVID-19

The Taliban has sealed control of Afghanistan, which raises the obvious question — will it again impose its harsh religious law on the people? And could moderate leaders in the wider Muslim world use their power to tame the extremists? Then later in the program, we hear from one of the world’s leading human rights scholars on the fundamental freedoms we’ve sacrificed in our response to COVID-19.


The future of the Hillsong empire after charges against founder Brian Houston, and a daring escape from Manus Island

High-profile Pentecostal pastor Brian Houston has been charged with allegedly concealing information about child abuse committed by his late father in the 1970s. The news raises fresh questions about the future of his global Hillsong megachurch. Also, we hear the true story of the only refugee to ever escape from Manus Island. Rohingya man Jaivet Ealom details his audacious flight in the new book Escape from Manus.


The PM opens up about his faith and how religiously conservative politicians are losing in a liberal culture

Religious conservatives have won national power in Australia, so why has the culture slipped away from them? Also, a new book by Greg Sheridan contains a revealing interview with Scott Morrison, where the PM opens up about his faith.


Australian business and the slave trade, lockdowns and lifespans, and a new era of risk

A survey of 150 top companies has found serious lapses in the way corporations comply with Australia’s national anti-slavery law. And, we know the toll from COVID. But what could be the unexpected cost of our response? You will also find out how the pandemic has calmed violence in some of the world’s trouble-spots.