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. What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas

    David Kilcullen | 10 Feb 2015 | Occasional Papers

    This volume brings together two presentations and the introductions from an event hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies... Read More...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Our churches have fallen in love with climate change

    Peter Kurti | 15 May 2015 | The Spectator

    The sharp, carbon-edged truth is that the churches are keen to adopt climate change as a cause to help them connect with ... Read More

  2. It’s time to face up to the Muslim fault line

    Peter Kurti | 21 Apr 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    We were given a stark reminder on the weekend that our nation faces a growing threat to its security, when Victorian police ... Read More

  3. Paying lip service to the Holocaust

    Peter Kurti | 21 Feb 2015 | The Spectator

    Founded in October 1945, the United Nations may think its mission was shaped by the horrors of Auschwitz, but it did not ... Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Abbas no angel

    Peter Kurti | 22 May 2015

    Leaders customarily exchange gifts when they meet formally. So it would have been odd had Pope Francis and Palestinian President ...

  2. Anti-Semitism is much older than Israel

    Peter Kurti | 06 Mar 2015

    ‘Harry Potter’ star Miriam Margolyes has form. Noted for her vehement anti-Israel views, the Jewish actress didn’t ...

  3. 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?...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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....

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