Islam Is On The Rise, Christianity Is Decreasing In Australia: Religious Freedom In The World – 2014 Report

Whereas Christianity is decreasing, Islam is on the rise in Australia. The Islamic leaders in the country believe their community in Australia has risen to more than double the official figure of 330,000, according to the Religious Freedom In The World -2014 Report.

Citing a separate report from Berkley Centre at Georgetown University, the report noted a significant decrease in religious adherence of Australians, to Christianity in particular. In 1901, 97 percent of the Australians upheld Christianity. When 2006 came, the percentage decreased to only 64 percent of the population upholding Christian beliefs and teachings, 6 percent declared other religion affiliations and 18 percent refused to associate themselves with any religious affiliation. By 2011, only 40 percent remained Christians.

The report notes of incidents in the past showing how religious freedom in Australia had deteriorated. It said the amendment in June 2013 of the Sex Discrimination Act prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity showed intolerance for religious freedom. The amendment was cited as an example under the section titled Discrimination against Christians.

Under the same section, the report also noted an October 2013 pro-life march in Melbourne that ended in violence. The report alleged that pro-abortionists violently assaulted the pro-life people. Citing a news article from Lifesitenews.com, the report said one pro-life advocate was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked, while another was belted in the head and pelted with eggs. The police were reportedly unresponsive to the commotion. Later that same day, Sky News downplayed the incident saying no one has been charged with assault and no police interventions were needed.

The report also highlights the increase in anti-semitic incidents in the country. In data obtained by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, there was 21 percent increase in anti-semitic incidents between 2012 to 2013. The Kantor Centre for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry said 657 incidents of racist violence against Jewish Australians and Jewish community buildings between Oct 1, 2012 and Sept 30, 2013.

On a global level, Religious Freedom In The World – 2014 Report said religious freedom had deteriorated in 55 out of the 196 countries analysed for the report. The report claims that across the world, Christians remain the most persecuted religious minority. In comparison, the report said Muslim countries predominate among states with the most serious violations of religious freedom.

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11 thoughts on “Islam Is On The Rise, Christianity Is Decreasing In Australia: Religious Freedom In The World – 2014 Report

    • I mock such a title as both pro-life and pro-choice are BOTH pro-humanity worldviews. Pro-life focuses on a specific, clearly tangible aspect of life (the life of the conceived embryo/baby), while pro-choice looks to the effects on humanity to everyone – which is difficult to fully comprehend.

      As someone who has studied Christianity, a focus on outlawing abortion by followers of Jesus seems quite hypocritical. I don’t recall any focus by Jesus on forcing others to do anything, but instead on connecting with and teaching those who were troubled in their ways so that they could discontinue such ways.

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    • I guess I could say I’m largely a pro-lifer, but I do not believe everyone should be, so I am also pro-choice! Not fence sitting, just that circumstances need weighing.

      I do believe the pro-lifers are more adamant in their stance than the pro-choicers, and so are more likely to have been the aggressors, than the report shows, so I’m not surprised no charges were laid.

      Jason, I feel you’re right about the attitude of Jesus.

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      • “I do believe the pro-lifers are more adamant in their stance than the pro-choicers, and so are more likely to have been the aggressors, than the report shows”,

        That’s rather offensive Strewth. Where’s your evidence?

        I have known many beautiful people of faith who have given their lives for this cause and they are NOT like you describe them.

        Public mugging on the streets of Melbourne
        OCTOBER 14, 2013 11:45 PM

        “The March for the Babies took place in Melbourne on Saturday the 12th of October. The annual event commemorates the passage of Victoria’s draconian abortion laws in 2008.

        This year approximately 3000 people took part in the march from the Treasury Gardens to Parliament House where, traditionally, guest speakers address the gathering.

        This year the march was interrupted violently by a small bunch of protesters who seemed deliberately intent on creating as much disruption and mayhem as possible. Seemingly oblivious to the presence of children in the marcher’s midst, the feral disruptors hurtled vile abuse and bore slogans that cannot be repeated in this journal.

        Sad to say, these obnoxious people were effectively aided by the Victorian Police who stood by and watched as pro-life banners and even individual pro-life marchers were attacked repeatedly – even physically.

        From the LifeSiteNews Report:

        ‘American pro-life activist Bryan Kemper says he is bruised and sore, but recovering, after a mob of pro-abortion counter-protesters attacked him and his team of pro-life activists during the March for the Babies in Melbourne, Australia. Kemper, the founder of Prolife Stand True Ministries, told LifeSiteNews.com today that he was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked. Several other members of his team were also roughed up.

        Pro-life Victoria Member of Parliament Bernie Finn also told the press that he was “belted in the head” and pelted with eggs, and that fellow pro-life MP Andrew Elsbury was thrown to the ground and stomped on. “What we saw today was literally a public mugging on the streets of Melbourne and Victoria Police let it happen,” Finn fumed. “We had people being assaulted, being kicked, being stomped on and they sat back and watched.”

        Trouble began brewing even before the march began, said Kemper. When the pro-life activists tried to begin the march, they were blocked by the mob of about 200 pro-abortion protesters. “So we all sat in protest and started praying,” he said. “Then the police let them start attacking us.”

        After this the pro-lifers tried to begin marching again, but the counter-protesters pushed back, preventing them from doing so. The standoff continued for over an hour, before the pro-lifers decided to change their route.

        But that was when things started to get really ugly.

        “As we got to the stage the pro-aborts took over our stage and starting stealing banners and signs,” said Kemper. “That is when I was knocked to the ground and kicked and stepped on. Eventually we got our stage back and finished but many of our people were assaulted. But we never gave up and I gave my speech. The police were useless.” Kemper said.

        Kemper sent out an emergency appeal on Facebook during the event, pleading for prayer. “Near riot situation we are being attacked as we march. Prayers please. Very bad. I’ve been hit many times already,” he said. “They are surrounding us. Police won’t arrest them. I am in front protecting our people. This is the craziest thing ever. Over a thousand. This is scary.”

        Despite the violence on the part of the pro-abortion protesters, no arrests were made. A spokeswoman for the police downplayed the seriousness of the day’s events in remarks to Sky News. “’No one has been charged with assault and no matters have been brought to the attention of police,’ she said.”

        http://againstthetide.org.au/category/abortion/

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      • There are good points on both sides of the issue, and negative points as well. People need to stop being stubborn about it and weigh these issues and find a reasonable balance that suits both sides.

        I doubt there are many people out there that actually wish more people would have abortions. I can’t imagine many people would even enjoy going through an abortion.

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      • Certainly not meant to be offensive Monica, I know they are beautiful people. What I badly expressed is that their passion for the cause makes SOME of them react very strongly, whereas I don’t see so great a passion generally in pro-choicers.

        Apologies if I have offended anyone. It’s just my view, my opinion, only. I have no evidence.

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    • jasonjshaw
      I can’t imagine many people would even enjoy going through an abortion. :- this should read :-
      I can’t imagine a woman would willingly get pregnant for the purpose of going through an abortion.

      However :-
      I can imagine many people would even enjoy going through the process of adding server stress to a person already under pressure about an abortion as if it was a fun ride

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    • “serious violations of religious freedom
      serious violations of personal freedom

      Which one is the most important?”

      No contest. Personal freedom which does not harm others should ALWAYS trump religious freedom, which is based on no good evidence at all, on nothing that can be demonstrated to be true.

      If you want easily-refuted irrational beliefs to trump or trample the rights of others then you should show WHY your beliefs deserve such special treatment, when those of other religions and beliefs may be diametrically opposed.

      If you quote parts of the Bible as “good’ or “moral” teachings and ignore others, then you are simply choosing your bits based on your own moral code (clearly not depending on the Bible), or your own personal dislikes which everyone has, especially when it comes to things like sexuality.

      A concept like “the sanctity of life” is meaningless when used to insist on lengthening the torture of a person facing nothing but torment and degradation for months or years, when a simple dose of a chemical or gas could allow them the peaceful death they cry for.

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