Category: Cross

A rigorous examination of the role of religion in our society. Inspired by the movement to tax the church and eliminate its priviledged position as the preferred provider of outsourced welfare and driven by the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse, The Cross deals with the complex issues of spirtuality, meaning and belief as a mechanism of the state.

Church and State collude to worship money

Geoff Ebbs /25 February, 2018

From The Cage – 6th September 2016 We have had quite a few stories about the role of money in the news recently. This week it was the Universal Basic Income in Finland. Last week it was the attempt to eliminate cash in Sweden and the tactical undermining of the US dollar by Russia and Continue Reading →

Unholy wealth is only the beginning

Unholy wealth is only the beginning

Geoff Ebbs /15 February, 2018

The Age special investigation by Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders and Chris Vedelago into Catholic Inc has unleashed a storm of controversy about the stinginess of the Church in response to child sex abuse victims. It is a valuable piece of research that justifiably triggers strong emotions in the largely irreligious Australian population. The image of Continue Reading →

Child Abuse Commission

Are the righteous nastier?

Geoff Ebbs /8 January, 2018

It is tempting to think that faith in a higher being leads naturally to a sense of righteousness as a precursor of cruelty. Watching Salvation Army welfare workers begrudgingly dole out food vouchers to women imported as mail-order brides and then dumped might lead one to make this connection. Observing Catholic family counsellors pressure women Continue Reading →

Criminal Gangs

Criminal Gangs

Geoff Ebbs /8 January, 2018

Why pay billions of taxpayer dollars to christian welfare groups when they have been exposed as Criminal Gangs. Not only has the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse identified the repeat offending of those organisations, it has shown that they abused their political influence and closed ranks to protect their members from prosecution. Continue Reading →

The Cross

Religious tax-exemption protects the state

Geoff Ebbs /15 December, 2017

From Nic Forster There are good reasons why we don’t tax religions: 1. They would mostly claim charitable status anyway 2. It opens up the possibility of a government making discriminatory or punitive anti-religious policies 3. As tax-paying institutions, they would earn the right to engage in politics 4. It undermines the separation of church Continue Reading →