Girl choked, raped and set on fire unlikely to ever work

Adrian Lowe June 21, 2011

A TEENAGE girl has been left disfigured after being suffocated, raped and set alight - and is unlikely to be able to work or drive, a court has heard.

The girl, 14, spent almost a year in hospital after the attack in her Caroline Springs home last May which began when she arranged with church youth leader Michael Tuano Hermogenes, 25, to meet her at her home and drink alcohol.

School claims bullying over religious education

THE Education Department has warned a Hawthorn primary school council not to survey parents about religious instruction because to do so would be "provocative".

The department's student well-being division, which enforces the law requiring schools to run "special religious instruction" where it is offered, last week tried to clamp down on debate at Hawthorn West Primary School.

It also sent schools in the eastern region a suggested statement for their newsletters, urging school councils not to seek parents' views on the subject.

Christian knaves and government fools

BARRY DUKE WONDERS WHY OZ IS OPENING SCHOOLS TO EVANGELICALS

If I had a euro for each time I am left gasping at the naivety and sheer stupidity of gov-ernment officials when it comes to religion, it would take a team of weightlifters to bundle my outsized piggy bank into a security van.

Take, for example, a row that has broken out in Australia over a Christian outfit which receives taxpayers' cash by the bucket-load to provide religious instruction to children via an extensive schools chaplaincy programme.

Christian knaves and government fools

BARRY DUKE WONDERS WHY OZ IS OPENING SCHOOLS TO EVANGELICALS

If I had a euro for each time I am left gasping at the naivety and sheer stupidity of gov-ernment officials when it comes to religion, it would take a team of weightlifters to bundle my outsized piggy bank into a security van.

Take, for example, a row that has broken out in Australia over a Christian outfit which receives taxpayers' cash by the bucket-load to provide religious instruction to children via an extensive schools chaplaincy programme.

Secularism in Australia: Christians are not being attacked, just their special expectations.

The issue of secularism does not seem to be very well understood. This is particularly obvious in current discussions about Special Religious Education (SRI), religious chaplains, and religious lobbying of the government. A common misunderstanding is that secularism is the quashing of spiritual and religious beliefs in favour of an atheistic, unsympathetic government; that religious organisations will be shut down and that their ideas will be shunned and no longer welcome in public debate.

For Christ's sake, think

VICTORIANS have nothing to fear from our Charter of Rights, despite what the Australian Christian Lobby would have you believe. They are wrong to oppose the expansion of the charter.

The charter was introduced by the previous Labor Government four years ago and is now under review by the Baillieu Government.

Same-Sex Marriage Leads to Polygamy, Incest

On June 11 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, has argued that allowing same-sex marriage will lead to an acceptance of polygamy and incest. Numerous letters in response have described Rev. Jensen's comments offensive and absurd. (Collection below)

Senator Marshall concerned school chaplain service "scary".

A LABOR Senator has expressed concern about the controversial school chaplaincy program, saying the idea of a chaplain sharing conservative views with a child struggling with their sexuality “scares” him.

Senate education committee chairman Gavin Marshall told an estimates hearing yesterday [2 June] that chaplain service provider Scripture Union held a “fairly harsh view” on homosexuality, which was “‘homosexuals will burn in hell’”.

Secularism and the Equal Opportunity Amendment

At the end of last year, the Baillieu government was unexpectedly elected. One of the most disturbing proposals to come forth from this new governments has been proposed alterations to the Equal Opportunity Act. For the Victorian Secular Lobby the most significant changes are exemptions to the Act for religious bodies and schools.

“No film” call by abortion clinics

By JULIA MEDEW HEALTH EDITOR

ABORTION clinics are calling for the state government to crack down on protesters who have started filming women as they enter and leave clinics.

Doctors who work at the East Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga clinics said protesters had been filming and photo-graphing patients in recent months while others continued their attempts to talk women out of terminations.

The protesters were also now taking babies and toddlers with them to protests.

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