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"No Religion" Is Now Australia's Number One Religion

"No Religion" Is Now Australia's Number One Religion

You gotta love that the headline is what it is yet this sentence is in the article:

Christianity is still the most common religion

Yes, I understand in the survey Christianity was broken down into denominations but still...

Catholic - 22.6%, Anglican - 13.3%, Other Christian - 16.3%, total Christian - 52.1%.

Also Islam - 2.6%, Buddhism - 2.4%, Hindu - 1.9%, a few others ... total non-Christian but religious - 8.2%.

No region - 30.1%.

So I'd say it's not really the biggest religion, Christianity is still bigger, though I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of Christians are not particularly devout. The rapid growth in "no religion" isn't just people changing what they believe, but also how they identify (people who were baptized or went to Sunday school 20 years ago might have previously identified as Christian, and now don't). The Royal Commission into child abuse by religious institutions might have been a factor here.

Its not a survey per se. Its the official census.

No religion was one of the options along with the various religions.

The headline is actually a direct reflection of the question asked. What is your religon? Answer. No religion.

The sooner this happens planet wide, the better for all of us.

Under Trump, a majority of Canadians dislike the U.S. for the first time in at least 35 years.

Under Trump, a majority of Canadians dislike the U.S. for the first time in at least 35 years.

I still think you guys are swell, hope to one day visit.

It's low key astounding how good this bot is at this

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 87%. (I'm a bot)

A major Pew Research survey released on Monday found that just 43 per cent of Canadians hold a favourable view of the U.S., with 51 per cent holding an unfavourable view.

In the 1980s and 1990s, during the tenures of Republican Ronald Reagan and Democrat Bill Clinton, Environics found more than 78 per cent of Canadians favourable to the U.S. In lower-quality polls in the early 1940s and early 1960s, more than 30 per cent of Canadians said they wanted Canada to join the U.S.Canada, of course, also has a long tradition of anti-Americanism.

Ninety-two per cent think he is arrogant, 78 per cent think he is intolerant, 72 per cent think he is dangerous, Pew found.

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As a Canadian, you know what really bums me out about this Trump presidency? We signed a FREE TRADE DEAL with you. In free-trade deals, each country is allowed to trade freely to its strengths without using its subsidies and tariffs as an advantage.

When we signed this deal, many Canadian businesses had to close over night, or be swallowed up by their much wealthier competitors downs south. This we were told, was how the cookie crumbles, that what we were inefficient in, we would be out competed in. Free Trade is free trade after all.

So here we are, more competitive and more efficient in softwood lumber. We are Canada, the land of the great white north, with many pine and spruce forests. OF course we will have this advantage over you.... and guess what... when we find ONE industry out of a THOUSAND that can hold its own against you guys, you president TRUMP cries foul and says it is unfair.

Over fucking lumber, of course we have more lumber... the most obvious advantage, and we are not allowed to use it without you guys smacking baseless tariffs against our imports. Unfucking real... we can't have one victory to the thousands of losses we get when a mouse sleeps next to an elephant.

I still like you Americans, but I think you president Trump is a low life that does not know how FREE-TRADE is supposed to work and his supposed fair deals, are just con man bullshit. As you can see in TrumpCare for yourselves.

Police officer killed after hugging suicide bomber to save "countless lives" in Iraq mosque

Police officer killed after hugging suicide bomber to save "countless lives" in Iraq mosque

The word martyr has been so polluted lately, but if any action merits this term it's this. Sacrificing oneself to save others. Not sacrificing oneself to kill others, but save!

Ed. Thank you for the gold stranger.

This photo of the policeman is going around twitter.

https://twitter.com/iraqi_day/status/879324517763514368/photo/1

Edit: I really like the love that people are showing for this good man. Im sure he would have appreciated it. I'm very happy that he is getting the attention his heroic act deserved, yet sad that he had to die. This story really inspired me and I'm glad I shared it. Unfortunately the website keeps going down it appears, so for those who wanted to read the article, I think I saw some other people post archives and other sources in the comments. Eid Mubarak!

That's how it should be, remember him, and let the terrorist be forgotten.

This is an excellent point.

The police officer is a genuine martyr; the bomber is just an explosive cunt.

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Donald Trump: Obama didn't punish Russia for election meddling because he 'colluded'

Donald Trump: Obama didn't punish Russia for election meddling because he 'colluded'
Donald Trump: Obama didn't punish Russia for election meddling because he 'colluded'

Please correct me if I'm wrong but up until Obamas name was dragged into this wasn't Trump saying all this Russia stuff was just made up by the DNC and MSM?

It's becoming the Narcissist's Prayer:

That didn't happen. <---Russia thing was here

And if it did, it wasn't that bad. <---Appears to be taking this route by watering down the word "collusion" and some far right-wing narratives floating around about how, if it happened, we should be thanking Russia for saving us from Hillary.

And if it was, that's not a big deal.

And if it is, that's not my fault.

And if it was, I didn't mean it.

And if I did...

You deserved it.

If "The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling." then why is it not a "real story" that President Trump is doing NOTHING after being informed about Russian meddling?

And here's trump, doing nothing about Russia

China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution | a community where all buildings are entirely covered in nearly a million plants of over 100 species, as well as 40,000 trees,

China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution | a community where all buildings are entirely covered in nearly a million plants of over 100 species, as well as 40,000 trees,
China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution | a community where all buil...

That's a really fantastic initiative and the fact that its under construction already is impressive.

Hopefully it will deliver and set a precedent, cause China needs to fix its air pollution badly

How do they maintain it so roots don't break through concrete and damage buildings?

It can also be seen as a continuation of Chinese culture, historical accounts of China like Ibn Battuta's describe how Chinese cities were filled with potted plants/flowers so there's a good foundation for this project's success.

I think the Chinese understand that coal power generation is the biggest source of their air pollution and this problem has an easy fix: switch to Natural Gas for baseload power w ample Renewables on top.

Probably by the species they select to plant.

London is converting street lights into electric vehicle charging points

London is converting street lights into electric vehicle charging points
London is converting street lights into electric vehicle charging points

This is a pretty cool concept. As someone who has an electric car with a less than desirable range (2013 Nissan leaf, 70-80 mile range,) this would make my car more useful for more than just going to/from work.

Renault isn't a brand available in North America anyway if that's where they are from.

If you wanted a city car with a longer range, why didn't you buy the Renault Zoe with the 41kW-h battery? It has a range of over 400km.

Edit: I'm stupid, the 41kW-h option has only been around since 2016.

Along with Peugeot, Opel, Seat, and Dacia, in case you were wondering.

Germany warns Erdogan's bodyguards to stay away from Hamburg G20

Germany warns Erdogan's bodyguards to stay away from Hamburg G20
Germany warns Erdogan's bodyguards to stay away from Hamburg G20

Good. What these people did should not be forgotten, it was a foreign attack on U.S. soil since they operated for their government. Germany does not want to repeat that and be forced to retaliate

I'm not sure how many of you heard about this, but the relationship between Germany and Turkey has gone real sour over the last months. This is on account of Turkey not allowing MPs to visit the German military there who are supporting NATO in Syria. Germany is actually pulling their men out and moving them (to Lebanon IIRC... EDIT: Jordan, thx /u/catkoala).

ADDIT: What is also probably not common knowledge outside of Germany is that a relatively similar incident to what happened in Washington took place in Germany 50 years ago, when the Shah of Iran's bodyguards started beating up protesters and the police protecting the bodyguards. However, the situation escalated much further, and in the wake of the demonstrations, the student leader protester Benno Ohnesorg was killed, which had a huge impact on the Germans' stance on authority in general. Here's an article about it.

Ethnic Turk (in UK) Here.

It is just hard to believe that they are NATO member.

It's a historical thing. We've been a secular democracy and part of the beta version of the UN (league of nations), and we've been part of the UN since the foundation.

Until recently we've also been aligned with western values and secularity.

EDIT : And we've been part of NATO since the first enlargement of it in 1952, 3~ years after its foundation. I assume due to our proximity to Russia and control over the Aegean sea.

I mean they are politically unstable.

Not really. We've had the same leader for 14 years, it's almost as if he's got an iron grip on the country and won't let go.

In the past, we've had coups that were to stop an overtly religious government from imposing its will on the public.

Edit 2 : try to read between the lines.

I wanna see them getting propped up against their cars and patted down by SWAT teams again, like what happened in the Netherlands.

Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Banned Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul

Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Banned Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul
Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Banned Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul

The remnants of the democracy that once existed in turkey are now dying.

"Parade to go despite ban"

Hey cool good for them

scrolls down two links

"Police fire on parade"

Fuck.

Islam has existed in Turkey for a long time, often simultaneously with democracy. You know what hasn't existed simultaneously with democracy? Erdogan.

I still find it wonderful that these people did these things knowing something like this could happen.

Liberal Berlin mosque to stay open despite fatwa from Egypt - Seyran Ateş’s Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque allows men and women to pray together and rejects burqa and niqab

Liberal Berlin mosque to stay open despite fatwa from Egypt - Seyran Ateş’s Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosq...

They are painting a huge target on their roof -- more power to 'em though. I hope it doesn't end in tragedy.

As a Muslim, this feels so wrong but I cannot say what is wrong. As I think about it, I see nothing wrong with it. Maybe that's how reform should feel.

It is very difficult, they're risking their lives, but nothing worth fighting for was ever easy, and they need our support and protection. This step forward, despite nearly unanimous opposition from the Muslim world, including our communities in the west, is extremely necessary.

This is the kind of reform Islam needs. Hopefully it is the start of a trend.

Prince Harry 'wanted out' of Royal Family:..the prince - who is fifth in line to the throne - said being in the Army was "the best escape I've ever had".

Prince Harry 'wanted out' of Royal Family:..the prince - who is fifth in line to the throne - said being in the Army was "the best escape I've ever had".
Prince Harry 'wanted out' of Royal Family:..the prince - who is fifth in line to the throne - sai...

If you're like me -American and confused- the British order of succession is: 1. Prince Charles 2. Prince William 3. Prince George 4. Princess Charlotte 5. Prince Harry

And this line and order to the throne started only because King Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936 since he wanted to marry 'Wallis Simpson, an American who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second.' Edward Vlll was succeeded by his younger brother, George VI - the father of the reigning Queen Elizabeth ll.

More here and here

It's the same reason Scar had to scare Simba away from the Pridelands before he could be king.

His mother was harassed to the point of being killed in a car accident while chased by the press. He now has to deal with those same organisations on a daily basis I expect it takes a toll.

Try one of these subthreads