Current Forums

You are all to be congratulated in limiting the COVID-19 corona virus.  Here in Australia, we have done better than most in facing this major crisis that has spread throughout the world.  We need to continue our diligence as lockdowns are gradually eased because, as Peter Doherty (Nobel Prize for Medicine 1996) recently said, with proper measures we can hope to avoid a resurgence in the virus and limit the virus to local spotfires.  The lockdowns and widespread loss of employment affected many in our community and while there have been important mechanisms of support for those affected by the crisis, many have been left out.  We can play our part by providing physical, mental and spiritual support to our families, neighbours and friends as many of the effects of this crisis will continue for some time to come.

We are all feeling isolated, but we must keep in contact with each other whether by phone or skype or just over the back fence, giving each other the support that will allow us to get through this together. Many people are in need locally nationally and internationally: the parable of the Good Samaritan has never more appropriate, we need to see the needs of our “neighbours” where ever they are and do our part in either meeting their needs directly or helping to see that their needs are met.  God bless everyone as we stick together helping one another at this time of need.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, face-to-face Forums have been suspended. However, we will still have contributions by those that would have given forums.

The 2021 theme for the CES forums continues 2020’s “Values and Voices in the Public Sphere”. The first forum will be Political Propaganda, Freedom of Communication and Truth on Social Media with speaker Professor Seumas Miller on 10 February at 7.30pm.

Under “Past Forums”, there is also a contribution from Kasy Chambers, CEO of Anglicare: “COVID-19, An opportunity to reshape Australian society and its values”

For details of previous forums and related materials, please visit our Past Forums page.

Associated Activities

  • Upcoming Events from the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture <read more>

Political Propaganda, Freedom of Communication and Truth on Social Media

By | Current Forums

Speaker Professor Seumas Miller, Respondent Toni Hassan, Chair Professor Stephen Pickard.

Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, are used by billions and have enabled the moral right to communication to be exercised on a vast scale. But there has also been an exponential increase in the spread of fake news, hate speech and propaganda, notably from former President Trump, leading to a violent attack by his supporters on the US Congress. A host of difficult practical ethical problems have arisen, e.g. Who is to decide what is fake news and what is fact or what is hate speech or what the limits of religious freedom of communication are – the tech giants themselves?

10 February, 2021 at 7.30pm at the Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton.

Register via Eventbrite.

 

Download the forum flyer