An Australian judge has suggested that legalized abortion and the availability of contraceptives may strip away the stigma surrounding incest and lead to its legality one day.
Judge Garry Neilson argued that incest is still a crime only "to prevent chromosomal abnormalities" in any potential pregnancies, "but even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion," as reported by The Sydney Morning-Herald.
Neilson, who sits on the district court in New South Wales, made his comments while presiding over a case of a brother accused of raping his younger sister. The defendant had pleaded guilty to raping his 10-year-old sister in the 1970s. The two were also accused of having sex in 1981 when she was 18 and he 26, a charge to which the brother has pled not guilty. more >>
Pastor Creflo Dollar of World Changers International Church has joined the list of megchurches using satellite technology to spread the Gospel and expand their ministries globally, by planting a new congregation on Australia's Gold Coast, his ministry's first-ever international plant.
While the megachurch pastor already has a presence in Australia through his Creflo Dollar Ministries, the church is the premiere World Changers fellowship, or satellite church to launch in the Asia-Pacific country. Just two months after Dollar revealed his plans for the new congregation, World Changers Church International Gold Coast officially launched on Sunday, June 22.
Dollar does not minister at the church in person, but instead his sermons are streamed live from World Changers Church International's New York City campus during Gold Coast worship services. Live broadcasts or high-definition videos have been long employed by U.S. churches with multi-campuses in the United States and abroad as a means of unifying congregations. more >>
Several liberal media organizations are reporting the results of a new same-sex parenting study which suggests that gay parents do a better job of raising children than the general population. There are four imporant points to understand about that study, however.
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The highest court in India has ruled on Monday that Shariah law cannot be legally forced on citizens who do not wish to have the system applied to them.(Photo: Mukesh Gupta/Reuters)Muslims offer prayers before having their Iftar (fast-breaking) meal during the holy month of Ramadan at a madrasa or religious school on the outskirts of Jammu.
Judge C. K. Prasad, who sits on the country's Supreme Court, explained that Shariah Law system is not legally binding in India. more >>
Felixia Yeap, who was Malaysia's first and only Playboy Bunny until recently, has announced her conversion to Islam, and said she considered Christianity and Buddhism earlier, "but my heart never felt close to God. My heart never felt touched."
"The best example I am trying to set; is to be a Muslim, a Chinese and a Malaysian," Yeap, who is of Chinese origin, tweeted Sunday.
Yeap, 28, announced her conversion on her birthday on Friday, writing on her Facebook page: "I hope everyone will pray that I will be steadfast and committed in my new journey. Only Allah can repay all those who prayed for my new life." more >>
Zhang Shaojie, a prominent church leader from central China, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for gathering crowds to "disturb public order." A U.S. campaign group has said that the decision constitutes religious persecution and the Chinese government's attempt to hold back the growth of Christianity.
"This case shows the Chinese government continues to cover up religious persecution with fabricated criminal charges against an innocent church leader," said Bob Fu, the head of China Aid, according to The Telegraph.
Liu Weiguo, a rights lawyer who has worked with the pastor in the past, said that he was shocked at the severity of the sentence. more >>