It's long been an open secret that educators and politicians turn a blind eye to proselytising in faith classes.
What is up for grabs in all drama is how characters negotiate what Stanley Hauerwas has called 'the grain of the universe'.
The newer science of epigenetics raises important questions about long-held biological beliefs about inherited deficiencies.
So the state would get to decide if a Jewish school can refuse to hire a Muslim maths teacher (and vice versa) and whether a Christina church can refuse to hire a Buddhist as a youth leader or pastoral care worker.
My particular focus in this essay is on how writers of the gospels use the imagery of the end of the world to interpret the death of Jesus.
According to this traditional understanding of the human being, homosexuality does not define the essential dimension – which is the soul or conscience – of any person.
For the many Australians who once identified as Christians but have 'lapsed' in their churchgoing, the Census provides a chance for honest reassessment and mature reflection.
Take the family out of the picture and 'having sex' (that graceless construction) is reduced to the pleasure principle and details relating to 'good sex'.
This is why every extremist group who fights for a deviant goal adds the word Islam to their name to seek legitimacy and to use it as a trap to drag the whole world into their agenda of denigrating Islam and Muslims by default.
The ABS's 'no religion' category on the Census is parallel to labelling a fruit cake as a no-cake for public display and use.
Tolerance is in the expanding list of pieties, but dissent is never mentioned. We no longer have debates. Instead, we are exhorted to engage in 'conversation'.
It is notable that natural science could not and did not arise from pantheistic cultures.