More gender wars

More gender wars

More gender wars By Greg Spearritt In 2004, the International Olympic Committee instigated a policy of accepting transgender athletes into Olympic competition. In 2021, non-binary soccer player Quinn, a Canadian, became the first non-cisgendered athlete to achieve a...
Hellish humans

Hellish humans

Hellish humans By Greg Spearritt “There is a heaven and there is a hell,” declared Hillsong founder Brian Houston in 2020. “They’re very real places. And I have no doubt… that demon forces from the pit of hell have been arraigned against the earth and are behind this...
Ethics in politics

Ethics in politics

Ethics in politics By Greg Spearritt Politics, it is said, is the art of compromise. It’s a balancing act, though: when do you stick to your principles – assuming you have some – and when do you sacrifice them to achieve results? A more fundamental question applies,...
Embracing the abyss

Embracing the abyss

Embracing the abyss By Greg Spearritt ‘The meaning of life’, it turns out, is a phrase with a history. It was first published in 1799, in Friedrich Schlegel’s novel Lucinde, by all accounts a steamy book for its time celebrating an adulterous affair. Schlegel’s own...
Bolstering bigotry?

Bolstering bigotry?

Bolstering bigotry? By Greg Spearritt Many (thankfully, not all) churches, mosques and faith-based schools are unsafe spaces for vulnerable LGBTIQA+ and disabled people. Religion-based discrimination reaches beyond those settings, however. Some years ago I asked the...