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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Comment: Struggle against Islamist ideology will last centuries

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 06 Oct 2014 | Online Opinion

    Combating Islamic State’s deadly global reach gets more urgent by the day.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Antisemitic abuse demands our leaders' condemnation

    Peter Kurti | 15 Aug 2014

    Antisemitism is a scourge fuelled by bigotry, malice and hatred. All political leaders must condemn it unequivocally if their ...

  4. Freedom to believe must mean freedom to practice

    Peter Kurti | 04 Jul 2014

    The right to religious liberty is not an absolute right and must always be balanced against other rights and freedoms enjoyed ...

  5. Truly dangerous ideas don't condemn girls to death

    Jeremy Sammut | 27 Jun 2014

    Using the Opera House to provide a platform for someone to justify and excuse murder is an intolerable violation of the basic ...

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