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faith no more: why young australians are rejecting religion

This feature is part of a special five-part series on religion happening all week across SBS News. Growing up in Pakistan, Sabeena Mozaffar was raised to be a devout Muslim.She always had doubts about her faith, but didn't feel comfortable enough to share them until she moved to Sydney for university. READ MORENow she is an atheist."Just asking: 'If God is responsible for all the positive in the world, is he not also responsible for all the negative?' My parents would often react very aggressively because they were scared I would leave the faith," the 23-year-old told SBS News."When I finally realised that, yes I am an atheist, I did feel this relief. I also felt this anger because I had wasted 21 years of my life believing a concept that I just realised was false and I never had any say i

census data: inside the melbourne suburb leading the ‘no religion’ surge

Melbourne's North Fitzroy is at the forefront of Australia's trend towards 'no religion' according to the latest Census. The share of Australians who reported they had “no religion” in the Census jumped to 30 per cent in 2016 from 22 per cent in 2011.But North Fitzroy has long been ahead of this particular trend.A decade ago, the non-religious represented more than a third of the local population. Five years ago, that figure had grown to 47 per cent.According to the 2016 Census data just released, the proportion of residents in the terrace-lined village surrounding Edinburgh Gardens and Brunswick Street who responded with "no religion" was more than 54 per cent - the highest rate in the nation.Local councillor Misha Coleman said the high number of “no religion” responses may just have been

census data: inside the melbourne suburb leading the ‘no religion’ surge

Melbourne's North Fitzroy is at the forefront of Australia's trend towards 'no religion' according to the latest Census. The share of Australians who reported they had “no religion” in the Census jumped to 30 per cent in 2016 from 22 per cent in 2011.But North Fitzroy has long been ahead of this particular trend.A decade ago, the non-religious represented more than a third of the local population. Five years ago, that figure had grown to 47 per cent.According to the 2016 Census data just released, the proportion of residents in the terrace-lined village surrounding Edinburgh Gardens and Brunswick Street who responded with "no religion" was more than 54 per cent - the highest rate in the nation.Local councillor Misha Coleman said the high number of “no religion” responses may just have been

australians feel religion doing more bad than good, according to poll

Australians are among the most likely in the world to believe that religion does more harm than good. That's the finding from an international survey of 17,400 people in 23 countries which found Australians to be among the most sceptical in the world about the benefits of religion.Belgians were the most likely to think religion does more harm than good (68 per cent), with Australians, Germans and Spaniards closely behind on 63 per cent, the Ipsos Global advisor survey released on Thursday showed.More newsEnglish language test for international students 'essential': Birmingham The Turnbull government will next year roll out changes to the way international students are trained in English language.'Racism's the only thing he's fantastic for': Eminem slams Trump in car park freestyle Eminem h

why we should debate religion and politics more, not less

IDEASLankford is a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma; Dr. Moore is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.We are told that one should avoid discussing two things at the dinner table: religion and politics. Clearly they have never eaten at our dinner tables. Religion and politics can be polarizing, precisely because they deal with important matters that are deeply personal and close to our passions. But these discussions do not have to be polarizing or combative. Intolerance of another person’s faith is a personal choice, not a legal requirement.We are also told that we “should not mix religion and politics.” Again, this saying has a powerful truth: that when religion is used for political purposes, it empties religion of its eternal meaning and be

no law provides change of woman's religion after marriage: sc

The Supreme Court today said the law does not sanction the concept of a woman's religion getting merged with her husband's faith after an inter-religion marriage.A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was dealing a legal question whether a Parsi woman loses her religious identity if she marries a man from a different religion.The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, asked senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, representing the 'Valsad Parsi Trust', to take instruction and appraise it on December 14 as to whether it can allow Goolrokh M Gupta, a Parsi woman who had married a Hindu, to attend the last rites of her parents.Gupta has challenged the customary law, upheld by the Gujarat High Court in 2010, that a P

the rise of hinduism in australia, will it continue?

Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia, largely brought about by migration. But what will the new Census reveal? Reverend Albert Lange was disillusioned by Christianity before he converted to Hinduism. In 1979 he became Bhakta Dasa.“I was an atheist before I found my truth in the Hare Krishna movement,” he said.Mr Dasa is now the national communications director for International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON Australia.He's one of the many Australians who find themselves drawn to the 5000-year old religion of Hinduism.Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia - and is expected to have continued in the years since, according to both the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Hindu Council of Au

the rise of hinduism in australia, will it continue?

Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia, largely brought about by migration. But what will the new Census reveal? Reverend Albert Lange was disillusioned by Christianity before he converted to Hinduism. In 1979 he became Bhakta Dasa.“I was an atheist before I found my truth in the Hare Krishna movement,” he said.Mr Dasa is now the national communications director for International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON Australia.He's one of the many Australians who find themselves drawn to the 5000-year old religion of Hinduism.Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia - and is expected to have continued in the years since, according to both the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Hindu Council of Au

the rise of hinduism in australia, will it continue?

Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia, largely brought about by migration. But what will the new Census reveal? Reverend Albert Lange was disillusioned by Christianity before he converted to Hinduism. In 1979 he became Bhakta Dasa.“I was an atheist before I found my truth in the Hare Krishna movement,” he said.Mr Dasa is now the national communications director for International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON Australia.He's one of the many Australians who find themselves drawn to the 5000-year old religion of Hinduism.Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia - and is expected to have continued in the years since, according to both the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Hindu Council of Au

the rise of hinduism in australia, will it continue?

Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia, largely brought about by migration. But what will the new Census reveal? Reverend Albert Lange was disillusioned by Christianity before he converted to Hinduism. In 1979 he became Bhakta Dasa.“I was an atheist before I found my truth in the Hare Krishna movement,” he said.Mr Dasa is now the national communications director for International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON Australia.He's one of the many Australians who find themselves drawn to the 5000-year old religion of Hinduism.Hinduism emerged in the 2011 Census as the fastest-growing religion in Australia - and is expected to have continued in the years since, according to both the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Hindu Council of Au

cracks widen among factions seeking separate religion tag to lingayats

Cracks appeared to have widened between the two major factions fighting for the cause of a separate religion tag to the dominant Lingayat faith in Karnataka."There is a conspiracy to sabotage the movement for separate religion status to Lingayat faith," Lingayat Mahasabha Vedike general secretary Shivanand Jamdar alleged.On Friday, another group All India VeerashaivaMahasabha had issued a statement claiming the backing of the highly respected Siddaganga mutt pontiff centenarian Shivakumar Swamiji.The Mahasabha demanded that the separate religion be knownas Veerashaiva Lingayat but the Lingayat Mahasabha Vedike said it should be Basava Dharma, since the Lingayat faith revolves around the preaching of 12th century AD social reformer Basaveshwara.Shivakumar Swamiji of the influential Siddagan

majority of british people say they have no religion

For the first time in Britain's history, more than half of the population does not identify as religious, leading to fresh calls for the Government to cut public spending for the church.See related Theresa May slams National Trust over 'airbrushing' of EasterAccording to a recent survey of 2,942 adults by the National Centre for Social Research, last year 53% of people described themselves as having "no religion". Among young people aged 18-25 the proportion was even higher, at 71%.Overall just 47% of people say they have a faith, down from 69% when the British social attitudes survey was first conducted in 1983.The news has prompted "fresh calls for the Government to cut the amount of public money going to the church and reduce its influence in society," says The Independent.But the Bisho

quiet faith is about the ways religion can underpin civic life

Williams' history with verbatim theatre goes back to 2004; he was a member of the now-defunct company Version 1.0 which brought shows to Canberra.For Quiet Faith, he interviewed 20 Australian Christians across a range of ages (from their 20s to their 70s), denominations (Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostalist) and occupations — including medicine, social work and music — who were progressive and activist on issues such as asylum seekers and the environment.Quiet Faith had its first production in 2014 and Williams said his interviews and the resulting material reflected concerns that were uppermost in the minds of people leading up to that time, such as the Love Makes A Way refugee advocacy movement. Had he been working on it last year, marriage equality might have been prominent.Mah

action against terrorism not against any religion: pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said action against terrorism and radicalisation is not against any religion but aimed at countering a mindset that leads the young to inflict atrocities on innocents.Complete welfare and inclusive development are possible only when Muslim youths have a Quran in one hand and computer in the other, the prime minister added in his speech at a conference on 'Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding & Moderation', where Jordan's Abdullah II bin Al Hussein delivered a special address.The action against terrorism and radicalisation is not against religion. It is against the mindset that misleads our youth to inflict atrocities against innocents," he said.Those who perpetrate crimes against humanity, the prime minister added, do not realise that they undermine

rambhapuri seers warns of waging religious war

Rambhapuri Mutt seer Prasanna Renuka Veerasomeshwar Shivacharya Swami on Monday warned of waging a religious war if the Congress government recommended granting of minority religion status to Lingayats.Speaking to reporters he said: "We've clarified our stand that Veerashaiva and Lingayat are one and the same. Members of the expert panel, headed by retired high court judge H N Nagamohan Das, have identified with Lingayat faith. About 95 % of the people have rejected the proposal to accord the status of independent religion to Lingayat faith.""There is a greater responsibility on the shoulder of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The Congress party will surely suffer in the forthcoming Assembly elections if it accepts the recommendations of the expert panel. Siddaramaiah shouldn't yield to the pr

world science festival brisbane 2017 live blog: day five

Some of the world's brightest minds came together at the Griffith Conservatorium on Saturday night to uncover whether science and faith can truly coexist together in the modern world. The panel of five scientists and persons of faith each brought their knowledge and experience to the table in what was a truly peaceful debate.Philosopher Anthony Grayling said he believed religion poses a problem to scientific advancement through examples such as anti-vaccination, opposition to stem cell research, and opposition to reproductive medicine."Just for 24 hours, say that Fred created the universe instead of God and you suddenly start to realise that it doesn't mean anything at all…it's just a way of stopping the conversation," he said.Astrophysicist and astronomer Kenneth Freeman is a practising A

the message in the census: end australia's christian bias

To those advocating for a more secular Australia, Tuesday's release of the 2016 census results is hardly a revelation: the rising number of Australians ticking the "No religion" box is in line with trends worldwide, including in New Zealand and the UK, and corresponds to the inclusion of a fairer question format in the last census (in response to "What is the person's religion?", the "No religion" box appeared atop the list of possible answers, instead of below all religions, include the "Other" option).Although the results may not be surprising, they are significant: 29.6 per cent of Australians identify as non-religious, outnumbering Catholicism, which dropped to 22.6 per cent, and thus becoming the single largest affiliation. The percentage of nonreligious jumped to as high as 37.8 per

'not many people know about sikhs': spotlight on australia's growing community

SBS World News takes a look at a community that has almost doubled in the last five years according to the latest census data released in June this year. Sikhism originated in India about 500 years ago.Today, there are 25 million believers worldwide, including 126,000 in Australia according to the latest census figures, making it the fifth largest religion in the country after Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.The monotheistic religion's main tenets centre around equality and service to the community.Origins and beliefsThe 'Sikh' religion, which in Punjabi means 'disciple', was founded by Guru Nanak in the 15th century in India’s northwest.He was the first of 10 gurus who established the faith's foundations with scriptures and regulations for Sikhs to follow.The religion's sacred

chinese christians face new crackdown

The Chinese government has launched a new campaign against religion, warning the estimated 85 million Communist Party members they will be punished if they continue to practise their beliefs.Wang Zuoan, director of the state administration for religious affairs, said that religion undermined communism and called faith a "red line for all members". "Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey party rules and stick to the party's faith...they are not allowed to seek value and belief in religion," he said.China's first communist leader, Mao Zedong, tried to destroy religion and the party has long since promoted atheism while hounding the faithful, yet Wang's undefined threat of "punishment" seem "unduly severe for modern China" says The Times.It appears to be part of "an increasingly

census 2016: 'no religion' submissions rise as christianity slides

Nearly a third of Australians say they have no religion, according to the latest census figures released on Tuesday, while a smaller proportion of people own their home outright. More Australians are losing their religion, and for many home ownership is just a dream.But that's only part of the picture from last year's census.The first batch of data, published on Tuesday, showed Australians are getting older, more are living alone and there's a growing number of same-sex couples.The country's population has doubled to an estimated 24.4 million in 50 years, with nearly two million people added since the last census in 2011.Census numbers finally outThe changing face of migration shifts from Europe to AsiaAustralia now has a higher proportion of migrants than the United States and Britain and

census 2016: 'no religion' submissions rise as christianity slides

Nearly a third of Australians say they have no religion, according to the latest census figures released on Tuesday, while a smaller proportion of people own their home outright. More Australians are losing their religion, and for many home ownership is just a dream.But that's only part of the picture from last year's census.The first batch of data, published on Tuesday, showed Australians are getting older, more are living alone and there's a growing number of same-sex couples.The country's population has doubled to an estimated 24.4 million in 50 years, with nearly two million people added since the last census in 2011.Census numbers finally outThe changing face of migration shifts from Europe to AsiaAustralia now has a higher proportion of migrants than the United States and Britain and

census 2016: 'no religion' submissions rise as christianity slides

Nearly a third of Australians say they have no religion, according to the latest census figures released on Tuesday, while a smaller proportion of people own their home outright. More Australians are losing their religion, and for many home ownership is just a dream.But that's only part of the picture from last year's census.The first batch of data, published on Tuesday, showed Australians are getting older, more are living alone and there's a growing number of same-sex couples.The country's population has doubled to an estimated 24.4 million in 50 years, with nearly two million people added since the last census in 2011.Census numbers finally outThe changing face of migration shifts from Europe to AsiaAustralia now has a higher proportion of migrants than the United States and Britain and

census 2016: 'no religion' submissions rise as christianity slides

Nearly a third of Australians say they have no religion, according to the latest census figures released on Tuesday, while a smaller proportion of people own their home outright. More Australians are losing their religion, and for many home ownership is just a dream.But that's only part of the picture from last year's census.The first batch of data, published on Tuesday, showed Australians are getting older, more are living alone and there's a growing number of same-sex couples.The country's population has doubled to an estimated 24.4 million in 50 years, with nearly two million people added since the last census in 2011.Census numbers finally outThe changing face of migration shifts from Europe to AsiaAustralia now has a higher proportion of migrants than the United States and Britain and

don't discriminate against women for marrying outside faith: sc

The Supreme Court on Thursday said a woman cannot be discriminated against on her right to practise religion singularly for marrying a man outside her faith.A five-judge Constitution bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said a woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him. She retains her religious identity when she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act.The court said the Special Marriage Act, 1954 gives the women a right of choice and nobody can take away the religious identity.The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, made these observations as senior advocate Indira Jasing, appearing for Goolrakh M Gupta contended that Mumbai-based Valsad Parsi Trust's decision to d

hillary wants to preach

Religion is playing a big role in Clinton’s post-election tour. What does she have to gain from sharing her faith now?

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