Religion News Selection 2 (Jan 26 - Feb 2)

  (01 February 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

January 26 – February 2, 2014

A selection of religion news stories from Australia.

 

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 


Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).

 

If you’re after the unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.

 

ABUSE

 

Boys' carers at Salvation Army home, 'they were cruel bastards' (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Jan 30 - Some boys knew it as ''the cage'', others ''the lock-up'' - a small cell with iron bars built into the door.

 

Also: Salvos 'tricked man into waiver' (The Australian)

Jan 30 - A QUEENSLAND man raped and locked in a cage for weeks at a time by a Salvation Army officer was subsequently told to sign documents waiving his right to sue, despite the organisation knowing he could not read.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Archbishop Philip Wilson asks Premier Jay Weatherill to cut controversial Come Heckle Christ show (Adelaide Now)  

Feb 2 - THE head of South Australia's Catholic Church has asked Premier Jay Weatherill to cancel a "blasphemous" Adelaide Fringe show that encourages the audience to "heckle Jesus Christ".

 

Gold and the Incas exhibition puts wrought magic on display (The Australian)

Feb 1 - THREE great centres of civilisation arose in the Neolithic Age across the Eurasian land mass - in the Near East, in the west of India and in China - and in due course these Mediterranean, South Asian and East Asian civilisations came to dominate the world, converting those peoples who had not reached the same level of development on their own, and influencing each other in ways that continue to unfold today.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Public outrage over Al Amanah College Islamic school expansion at Liverpool (The Australian)

Jan 30 - A CROWDED western Sydney Islamic school is using public parks for play activities after building a hall and toilet block on playgrounds without council approval.

 

Author David Gillespie challenges the notion that paying big bucks for elite private schools guarantees a better education (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)  

Feb 2 – THEY are elite, boast enviable student academic results, expansive facilities and immaculate grounds and represent the hopes and aspirations of parents around the country.

 

Also: Private schools aren't a drain on the system (The Australian)

Feb 2 – (Opinion: Adam Creighton) AUSTRALIA'S perennial "school wars" erupted again this week when the Productivity Commission confirmed the inexorable trend towards non-government schools.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Catholic Church

 

Is Holy Blood the Holy Grail of the black market? (news.com.au)  

Jan 31 - SATANISTS? Extremists? The deepest, darkest of black markets?

 

Also: Thieves throw away relic with Pope John Paul II's blood (The Age, Melbourne)

Jan 31 - Rome: Thieves accused of stealing a religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II's blood threw it away thinking it worthless, Italian media said, reporting the police had detained three people.

 

Women protest in madrid, Spain against a government plan to restrict access to abortion (news.com.au)

Feb 2 - THOUSANDS of pro-choice campaigners converged in Spain to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.

 

Islam

 

'Allah' rings out in Malaysian churches despite ban (The West Australian)

Jan 26 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysian churches defiantly continued to use the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God in Sunday services despite the Muslim-majority country's leader saying they must obey rules against it.

 

Brunei's new penal code violates human rights: ICJ (ABC News)

Jan 31 - The International Commission of Jurists says Brunei's new penal code, which includes death by stoning for adulterers, would violate human rights.

 

 

ISLAM

 

Next generation of jihadi family joins Syrian war (The Australian)

Jan 28 - WITH an arm rested on a ute-mounted heavy machine-gun while the flag of al-Qa'ida offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham waves next to him, Australian man Mohammed Ayub smiles wildly and poses for a battlefront photo in Syria.

 

Al-Qaeda terrorist threat to Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Feb 2 - Al-Qaeda-linked groups that are enticing dozens of Australians to join the bloody conflict in Syria have begun setting up camps to train foreign fighters to launch terrorist attacks when they return home.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

Qld attorney-general could vet billboards (The Australian)

Jan 31 - QUEENSLAND'S attorney-general could become the moral arbiter of roadside billboards if advertisers post sexually explicit images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 8 (Feb 17 - 24)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 6 (Feb 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 47 (Dec 23 - 30)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 46 (Dec 15 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 45 (Dec 9 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 44 (Dec 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 43 (Nov 25 – Dec 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 42 (Nov 18 - 25)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 41 (Nov 11 - 18)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 40 (Nov 4 - 11)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 39 (Oct 28 – Nov 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 38 (Oct 21 - 28)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 37 (Oct 14 - 21)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 36 (Oct 7 - 14)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 35 (Oct 1 - 7)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 34 (Sept 23 - 30)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 33 (Sept 17 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 32 (Sept 9 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 31 (Sept 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 30 (Aug 26 – Sept 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 29 (Aug 19 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 28 (Aug 12 - 19)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 27 (Aug 5 - 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 26 (July 29 – Aug 5)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 25 (July 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 24 (July 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 23 (July 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 22 (June 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 21 (May 27 – June 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 20 (May 20 - 27)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 19 (May 13 - 20)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 18 (May 6 - 13)


Religion News Australia 2012 – 17 (Apr 29 – May 6)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 16 (Apr 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 15 (Apr 8 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 14 (Apr 1 - 8)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 13 (Mar 25 – Apr 1)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 12 (Mar 18 - 25)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 11 (Mar 11 - 18)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 10 (Mar 4 - 11)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 5)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 1 (Dec 25 – Jan 8)

 

 

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