Religion and Civil Society

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The Centre for Independent Studies’ Religion and Civil Society program investigates the implications of a liberal understanding of freedom for religion in civil society.

We seek to analyse the extent and nature of religion as a form of social capital in the public sphere.

Anti-Semitism and religious hatred in Australia have been recent topics of research, along with broader questions as to the meaning and value of religion in Australia.

Publications

  1. A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience

    Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 16 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations in Australia, is putting... Read More...

  2. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

  3. Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent... Read More...

  4. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

  5. In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

    Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Yes, Paris atrocity was about religion

    Peter Kurti | 09 Jan 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    Let’s get one thing clear: if you offend Islamist extremists, they will set out to silence you. Kill you, if necessary.  ... Read More

  2. Qantas fights religious freedom battle

    Peter Kurti | 06 Nov 2014 | Australasian Muslim Times

    Qantas isn’t just facing a commercial battle over business seats. It’s also facing a legal battle over religious freedom ... Read More

  3. Secular prejudice and the survival of religious freedom

    Peter Kurti | 01 Nov 2014 | Quadrant

    In a recent speech on religious liberty delivered at the Law School of the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, the Attorney-General, ... Read More

  4. No surprise that Pope endorses science

    Helen Andrews | 31 Oct 2014 | Catholic Weekly

    Surprise at the Pope’s mention of the Big Bang Theory is especially galling since the man who first developed the theory, ... Read More

  5. Environmental journey to a fiery destination

    Peter Kurti | 29 Oct 2014

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unfortunately the Anglican Church of Australia seems to have set ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. For and against - but standing for what?

    Peter Kurti | 16 Jan 2015

    Amid the placards and pencils borne by the multitude in Paris, which principles were they professing to defend?...

  2. Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

    | 19 Dec 2014

    With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the ...

  3. Cuts being used as convenient pretext at ABC

    Peter Kurti | 05 Dec 2014

    Placing religious programming in the cross-hairs of the ABC’s fiscal razor gang is too cute by half....

  4. Road to hellish environmental concern

    Peter Kurti | 31 Oct 2014

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unfortunately the Anglican Church of Australia seems to have set ...

  5. The Prime Minister might be a feminist

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 03 Oct 2014

    The Prime Minister has attracted some ire previously by calling himself a feminist. This week he once again proved he either ...

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