Tag Archives: secularism

The Religious Education Dilemma, Again

We just got a notice from my daughter’s state school yesterday inviting us to choose which religious education class we’d like to enrol her in. There were a multitude of choices: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Ba’hai, Buddhist and Hindu (an accurate reflection the nature of her school, I think). Finally, there was the choice to ‘opt […]

Review of ‘Freedom of Religion & The Secular State’

On 2 February 2012, I attended the launch of Russell Blackford’s new book, Freedom of Religion and the Secular State. I’ve finished the book so I thought I’d write a brief review as well as some comments on the visible move to secularism in one of my areas of study, trusts law. Blackford’s central thesis […]

‘The Destroyer of Worlds’

Many Westerners know one passage from the Hindu scriptures, even if they do not know its provenance: physicist Robert Oppenheimer‘s statement — in response to the first successful nuclear test — that ‘now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’. The source, of course, is the Bhagavad Gita, and the speaker is Krishna, who — […]

Going Burq-o

[Now cross-posted at Online Opinion – 21/5/10] There’s been a lively discussion at Larvatus Prodeo about the possibility that the French will ban the burqa. Of course, this follows on the heels of Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s suggestion that the burqa should be banned in Australia. Bernardi suggested that the burqa was not only a […]