Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated By Malcolm Knox Audiobook


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  • Duration: 6 hours, 50 minutes
  • Writer: Malcolm Knox
  • Publisher: November 2020
  • Narrators: Laurence Brewer
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Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated By Malcolm Knox Audiobook

From the marriage equality debate to the COVID-19 lockdown, ‘free speech’ has become the new battleground in Australian society. What does the furore over one footballer’s social media postings reveal about how it got that way?

For a period in 2019, a tweet from rugby player Israel Folau became the biggest story in the nation. His urging of homosexuals to ‘repent’ or face damnation cost him his job and divided the country. Churches and politicians, employers and labour lawyers, sponsors and shock jocks, even people who had never heard of Folau – everyone had an opinion about his right to express his view, and many shouted it from the digital rooftop.

Now that the dust has settled, the real question emerges. When celebrities, and sportspeople in particular, are regularly ‘rehabilitated’ after incidents involving drink, drugs and domestic violence, why was it religious belief that got someone fired?

In this powerful and insightful work, triple Walkley Award-winning journalist Malcolm Knox explores how freedom of expression has become our national faultline. Truth is Trouble explores the rise of the religious right and its political consequences; the ‘right to be a bigot’ versus ‘cancel culture’; the changing nature of our rights at work and the separation between public and private lives; and above all, the incendiary power of social media. And by interrogating his own experience, Knox offers a convincing and heartfelt argument for the virtues of uncertainty and an open mind.

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A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community By Adam Russell Taylor Audiobook


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  • Duration: 10 hours, 1 minutes
  • Writer: Adam Russell Taylor
  • Publisher: October 2021
  • Narrators: Terrence Kidd
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A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community By Adam Russell Taylor Audiobook

America is at a pivotal crossroads. The soul of our nation is at stake and in peril. A new public narrative is needed to unite Americans around common values and to counter the increasing discord and acrimony in our politics and culture. The moral vision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s beloved community, which animated and galvanized the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, provides a hopeful way forward.

In A More Perfect Union, Adam Russell Taylor reimagines a contemporary version of the beloved community that will inspire and unite Americans across generations, geographic and class divides, racial and gender differences, faith traditions, and ideological leanings. In the beloved community, neither privilege nor punishment is tied to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status, and everyone is able to realize their full potential and thrive. Building the beloved community requires living out a series of commitments, such as true equality, radical welcome, transformational interdependence, E Pluribus Unum (‘out of many, one’), environmental stewardship, nonviolence, and economic equity. By building the beloved community we unify the country around a shared moral vision that transcends ideology and partisanship, enabling our nation to live up to its best ideals and realize a more perfect union.

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