Pope Francis By SIMON COPLAND When Pope Francis was installed earlier this year many were hoping for a shift in the church’s tone towards homosexuality. It seems like we may have got our wish. In a wide-ranging interview over the weekend, Francis, it was reported, reached out to homosexuals. He said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" The Pope has quickly received praise for his comments. Reverand James Martin commented that ''Pope Francis's brief comment on gays... more
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Simon Copland works and studies in science communication at ANU. He has strong interest in political movements, with a particular focus on the environment and queer movement. He is the political editor of ACT queer magazine FUSE. He is a member of the Greens and a US politics nerd. Follow him on Twitter @simoncopland.
Howard Sattler and the Prime Minister. By SIMON COPLAND Howard Sattler’s interview with the Prime Minister last night has highlighted the role and negative impact sexist and homophobic stereotypes still play in our society today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahMgg4c07qE&w=560&h=315 A lot of the reaction of the interview has been to once again point out the extreme disrespect with which our Prime Minister is treated. As Mamamia said last night “Of all the rude... more
Simon Copland by SIMON COPLAND It's time to stop the trolls. That’s what we’re being told by the Daily Telegraph who yesterday started the #stopthetrolls campaign. On the face of it, this idea has the potential to do a lot of good. Trying to stop online abuse is a good thing (no judgements on the methods here). Yet, as the media focus on the trolling of some, why do we ignore or even accept the constant abuse and bullying of others that occurs every day? The campaign is calling on Twitter to stop allowing people... more