(NEWS.COM.AU) – DESPITE a scare campaign about Australia becoming a “Muslim country”, those ticking “no religion” in the Census has now overtaken the number of Catholics.
It’s the first time in Australia’s history the number of people who claim “no religion” has overtaken Catholics.

The latest Census drop showed those ticking “no religion” rose from 22.6 per cent to 29.6 per cent — nearly double the 16 per cent in 2001.

Meanwhile, those identifying as Catholic dropped from 25.3 per cent to 22.6 per cent.

The number of Christians in total still made up 51 per cent of the population, but this is much less than the 88 per cent in 1966 and 74 per cent in 1991.

Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported.

Islam grew from 2.2 per cent in 2011, overtaking Buddhism, which dropped from 2.5 per cent, to become the most popular non-Christian religion.

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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA) Chairman John Eibner issued the following statement following the ground-breaking June 22 The American Conservative exposé “How America Armed Terrorists in Syria” written by Gellhorn Prize award winning investigative journalist Gareth Porter:

“Gareth Porter’s “How America Armed Terrorists in Syria” is a wake-up call that must be answered by the Trump administration and Congress. It is no longer possible to pretend that U.S. policy under the past administration was not directly involved in arming the most violent jihadi terror groups operating in Syria. The al-Nusra Front – the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria – was among the jihadist beneficiaries of CIA programs to transfer weapon from Libya and the Balkans. These transfers took place with full knowledge of the violent nature of these groups, which among other outrages commit countless acts of murder, torture, plunder and forced conversions of Christians and other non-Sunni Muslims. In my many travels to Syria since 2013, I have met with a host of innocent victims of their acts of terror. Arming al-Qaeda and its jihadist collaborators also led to the emergence of ISIS, originally an al-Qaeda offshoot, thus increasing the terror threat to Americans inside our own country.

“It should not require an act of Congress to stop our tax money going to arm al-Qaeda and its collaborators. The While House could stop this practice immediately, if it had the will. While Porter’s article concerns activities taking place before the current administration took office, there is no guarantee the U.S. is not continuing “business as usual” with their local clients and terror-funding partners like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.

“In Riyadh last month, President Trump told representatives of more than 50 Muslim-majority countries that the funding and arming of terrorists must end. This sound initiative would gain hugely in force and credibility if the President would lead by example. He should give an unambiguous order to end this policy immediately. But there is growing concern that he will instead follow the example of his predecessor by ramping up covert support for al-Qaeda and other Sunni jihadists as boots on the ground against Shiite Iran and its regional interests.

“Porter begins and ends his expose with reference to the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” (SATA) introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Rand Paul. This bill would prohibit any U.S. assistance to al-Qaeda and ISIS, and any organization working directly with them. It would also prohibit U.S. military sales to countries that provide arms or financing to terrorists. Christian Solidarity International fully supports the principles and purposes of this legislation and calls on the Trump administration to cut off U.S. arms to jihadi terrorists, totally and permanently with out further delay.”

In his The American Conservative investigate report, Porter writes: “Gabbard’s “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” challenges for the first time in Congress a U.S. policy toward the conflict in the Syrian civil war that should have set off alarm bells long ago: in 2012-13 the Obama administration helped its Sunni allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar provide arms to Syrian and non-Syrian armed groups to force President Bashar al-Assad out of power. And in 2013 the administration began to provide arms to what the CIA judged to be “relatively moderate” anti-Assad groups—meaning they incorporated various degrees of Islamic extremism.

“The supporters of this arms-supply policy believe it is necessary as pushback against Iranian influence in Syria. But that argument skirts the real issue raised by the policy’s history. The Obama administration’s Syria policy effectively sold out the U.S. interest that was supposed to be the touchstone of the “Global War on Terrorism”—the eradication of al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates. The United States has instead subordinated that U.S. interest in counter-terrorism to the interests of its Sunni allies. In doing so it has helped create a new terrorist threat in the heart of the Middle East.”

CSI is an international Christian human rights organization, campaigning for religious liberty and human dignity, and assisting victims of religious persecution, victimized children and victims of catastrophe, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For more information on No Arms for Terrorists, please visit www.NA4T.org.

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(MOROCCO WORLD NEWS) –

Slavery, possibly one of the worst human horrors occurring on this earth at this time. In 2014, ISIS invaded the small town of Sinjar in Northern Iraq and began to carry out what has now been described as genocide against the Yezidi people. Thousands of young women and girls were dragged off to be sold as sex slaves in markets.  

Yezidi women who have returned from captivity have described a system of organized rape and sexual assault, sexual slavery and forced marriage. Guidelines for slavery have been established and they have repeatedly used a narrow and selective interpretation of the Quran to justify their barbarous acts of sexual violence.

According to Amnesty International, it is estimated that there are still as many as 3 800 girls being held as slaves by ISIS.

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(PHILSTAR) – MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military said on Monday that a priest held captive by Islamist militants in Marawi is still alive, as rescue operations continue to reduce the number of hostages trapped in the city to several hundreds.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Joint Task Force Marawi spokesperson, said that one of the hostages they rescued saw Catholic priest Teresito Suganob together with the other civilians held captive by Maute militants.

“May good news po tayo diyan. Buhay pa rin po si Father Chito [Suganob]. Ito po ay revelation ng isa nating na-rescue. Two days ago po, nakita po siya buhay at kasama po sa mga hostages,” Herrera told DZMM radio.

“We got information from evacuees rescued last Sunday from conflict-affected barangays that Father Chito is still alive but is a virtual captive. The information is being checked now,” Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. of the Western Mindanao Command also told The STAR by phone at past 6:00 a.m. Monday.

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(THE CATHOLIC REGISTER) – FATIMA, Portugal – Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai consecrated Lebanon and all the Middle East to Mary in Fatima, praying for peace and stability.

Thousands of faithful from the Middle East as well as Lebanese diaspora from around the world also made the pilgrimage for the “Lebanon Day in Fatima,” which began June 24 with the recitation of the rosary and a candlelit procession.

“We have come from Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the Holy Land, Egypt, the (Persian) Gulf countries and various countries of proliferation – particularly from Australia, Canada, the United States, Europe – to continue, from generation to generation, to honor our Blessed Virgin Mary,” Cardinal Rai said during his homily June 25. He concelebrated Mass with Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan and a delegation of bishops and priests.

“We have come to renew the dedication of Lebanon and the countries of the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to her wishes. This dedication is to repent, to stop wars and to consolidate peace,” Cardinal Rai said.

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(POLITICO) – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to let portions of President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order take effect, a partial victory for the White House that could come as a relief after a string of lower court defeats.

The court will hear arguments on the ban — which denied visas to citizens of six majority Muslim countries and paused admission of refugees from across the globe — and in the meantime, the justices limited the directive’s impact on foreigners with clear ties to individuals, businesses or organizations in the United States.

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(CHRISTIAN POST) – Over 1,620 people were killed in Islamic terror-linked bombings, shootings, and stabbings during this year’s Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to a tally by Breitbart News.

Breitbart published an extensive list of attacks that occurred around the world between May 27 and June 24. Most deaths reported from Syria’s civil war were excluded.

While subject to being updated, the tally found triple the number of casualties compared to last year’s Ramadan period, making it one of the deadliest Islamic holy months in modern history. There were 3,351 casualties, including 1,627 deaths, during this year’s Ramadan. Last year, the number of casualties was 1,150 (421 deaths and 729 injuries).

Breitbart noted that most of the victims were Muslims. The Islamic State terrorist group, active in Iraq and Syria as well as other cities around the world, was responsible for much of the deadly violence.

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(GATESTONE INSTITUTE) – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, of the “Ground Zero mosque”, once again wrote a deeply inaccurate article reprimanding Americans for their supposedly “right-wing caricature” of Islamic law, sharia, which he insists is not a threat to American law. In his recent article “The silly American fear of sharia law”, he denied that sharia is incompatible with US laws and the constitution. Oh, really?

Imam Rauf tries to blame sharia’s amputation and stoning on Biblical Law:

“Sharia is not about amputations and stoning. These extreme punishments carry over from earlier, biblical law” and “Within the history of Islam, they have rarely occurred. What Islamic law does prescribe are the same do’s [sic] and don’ts of the Ten Commandments.”

Imam Rauf’s article is, to say the least, misleading — especially regarding the Ten Commandments. Sharia is not only incompatible with Western legal system but is the direct opposite of Western values; it has violated all ten of the Ten Commandments.

Islam was created 600 years after Christianity not to affirm the Bible, but to discredit it; not to co-exist with “the people of the book” — Jews and Christians — but to replace them. It is hard to read Islamic law books without concluding that Islamic values are essentially “a rebellion against the Ten Commandments.”

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(WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD) – Two years after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, they still can’t get a courthouse wedding in Waco.

Only one Waco-based justice of the peace has been doing any civil weddings since the high court decided Obergefell vs. Hodges on July 26, 2015, and she said she will only do a wedding between a man and a woman.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley said she initially chose not to do weddings at all after the Supreme Court decision, as did some other JPs in the county, including her colleague, Precinct 1 Place 2 Judge Pete Peterson.

But Hensley changed her mind in September, and has done about 70 opposite-sex weddings since then, mostly at the courthouse during business hours.

“My conscience was bothering me because so many people were calling and wanting a wedding,” she said.

She said that as a “Bible-believing” Christian, her conscience also prohibits her from doing same-sex weddings, and she thinks she is entitled to a “religious exemption.” She said that on a couple of occasions, her office has told same-sex couples that the judge was not available and gave them a list of locals who would officiate a same-sex wedding, including ministers and Precinct 3 JP David Pareya, who is based in West.

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(JTA) — A parade in Chicago celebrating the lesbian community banned three Jewish women carrying Jewish Pride flags.

Organizers of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March told the women that the rainbow flags with a white Star of David in the center would be a trigger to people they found offensive.

A Dyke March collective member told the Windy City Times that the women were told to leave because the flags “made people feel unsafe,” and that the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian.”

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NEW YORK, June 22, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League President Bill Donohue comments on a new Pew Research Center poll on religion:

On June 20, Pew Research Center released the findings of a new poll on President Trump’s job performance. It found that 39 percent of the public approves of his performance in office, while 55 percent disapproves. But among those who attend church weekly or more the respective figures are 48 percent and 45 percent. This suggests that it is secularists who are driving down his approval ratings.

Among white non-Hispanic evangelical Protestants, Trump wins the approval of 74 percent; 20 percent disapprove. Among white non-Hispanic Catholics, he wins the support of 52 percent; 42 percent disapprove.

Overall, 48 percent of Protestants approve of the president’s performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Among Catholics, the figures are 38 percent and 56 percent. The drop-off in support overall is clearly due to the Hispanic input. Here’s more proof.

White non-Hispanics, independent of religious affiliation, approve of Trump’s handling of the job by a margin of 50 percent to 44 percent. But among Hispanics, the figures are 20 percent and 72 percent, respectively.

Trump’s lack of support among Hispanics is well known, but more controversial is his support among the faithful. To take a line from President Bill Clinton, he feels their pain.

Two weeks ago, President Trump told religious Americans that the “bitter voices” of elites are responsible for the “hatred” and “prejudice” toward religion. Saying the faithful are “under siege,” he vowed to “put a stop to the attacks on religion,” pledging to “end discrimination against people of faith.”

This is a welcome change from the Obama years where the executive branch used its powers to challenge the autonomy of churches and religious non-profits. The faithful are taking note, redounding to the favor of President Trump.

With regard to the role of religion, two conclusions seem plain. One, religious Americans like the president. Two, secularists don’t like him. A third conclusion, based on other data, is also warranted: militant secular activists are the “bitter voices” of hatred and prejudice against the faithful.

This is one more reason why the culture war is not going away, and why practicing Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Mormons, and Muslims must stand up to the bullies who are leading the attacks against them.

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