Religion News Selection 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

  (15 February 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 9 - 16, 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

 

Imam charged over child ‘wedding’ (The Australian)

Feb 11 - A Muslim cleric has been charged with allegedly performing an Islamic wedding ceremony for a child bride and an adult man.

 

Also: 61yo man charged over alleged marriage of 12yo daughter in Hunter region (ABC News)

Feb 12 - A man accused of consenting to the marriage of his 12-year-old daughter in an illegal ceremony in the Hunter region has been remanded in custody.

 

Shame of our child brides (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)

Feb 12 - A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was forced into an Islamic marriage with a western Sydney drug gang member who raped and beat her and later physically abused their daughter.

 

Salvation Army hearing prompts spike in correspondence to royal commission into child sex abuse (ABC News)

Feb 16 - The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has experienced a massive spike in calls, letters and emails since the most recent public hearing was held into the Salvation Army.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Private school security guards are provided by the taxpayer (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Feb 16 - Taxpayer-funded security guards will be deployed at Jewish and Islamic schools across the country as part of an $18 million federal government program to beef up security at religious schools.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Anglican Church

 

Church of England rejects gay marriage blessings (The Australian)

Feb 16 - BISHOPS in the Church of England have issued new guidance warning clergy they should not bless couples in same-sex marriages, after the idea was recommended in an internal report last year.

 

Islam

 

Leena Suleiman reveals what happened when she covered up her hijab (news.com.au)

Feb 13 - IT TOOK a while for Leena Suleiman to realise people were suddenly noticing her more.

 

Saudi Valentines defy the love police (The West Australian)

Feb 14 - Riyadh (AFP) - Red roses lurk hidden in flower shop back rooms and heart-shaped chocolates are sold under the counter, but Saudis still manage to buy Valentine's gifts and defy the religious police.

 

Gaza pagan treasure holds promise for Islamic rulers (The West Australian)

Feb 15 - Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The discovery in Gaza of a life-size bronze statue of a naked ancient Greek god has presented the Palestinian territory's Islamist rulers with a dilemma: should there be a cover-up?

 

Mass Valentine wedding in Malaysia despite Muslim anger (The West Australian)

Feb 15 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysian Islamic authorities took their annual swipe at Valentine's Day Friday, calling it a threat to Muslim values, but 138 couples took part in a mass wedding to mark the date.

 

Religious Violence

 

As violence grows, Iraq faces threat of disintegration (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Feb 16 - All hell was to break loose - or maybe not - in the restive Iraqi city of Falluja on Friday.

 

Other

 

Penguin defends pulping book on Hindus in India after row (The West Australian)

Feb 14 - New Delhi (AFP) - Publisher Penguin Friday blamed India's "intolerant" laws for its decision to pull and pulp a book on Hinduism in the country that sparked a furious free speech row.

 

Belgium extends euthanasia law to give ill children of any age right to die (The Australian)

Feb 15 - TWELVE years after legalising euthanasia for adults, Belgium's parliament extended the right to die to terminally ill children of any age, despite opposition from the church and some pediatricians.

 

 

ISLAM

 

Hezbollah website has local links (The Australian)

Feb 12 - SUPPORTERS of Islamic militant group Hezbollah are operating a well-resourced English language website in Australia, sparking fears it is attempting to radicalise younger Arab-Australians.

 

Also: Hezbollah site denies terrorism (The Australian)

Feb 13 - THE creator of the Australian-based pro-Hezbollah Electronic Resistance website does not support a two-state solution in the Middle East and describes the Oslo and Camp David Arab-Israeli accords as “a lie” but denies the site incites violence and promotes terrorism.

 

 

POLITICS

 

Greens push to dump Lord's Prayer from Federal Parliament (ABC News)

Feb 13 - A proposal to have a minute of silent reflection instead of reciting a Christian prayer in Federal Parliament is being introduced in the Senate today.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

Take note: this chemist disapproves of contraceptives (The Age, Melbourne)

Feb 13 - Pharmacy chain Soul Pattinson has cut ties with a chemist who came under fire for asking customers to shop elsewhere if they use the pill for birth control, with the Prime Minister describing the chemist’s behaviour as ‘‘highly unusual’’.

 

Also: Soul Pattinson pharmacy chain dumps devout Catholic chemist in furore over pill (The Age, Melbourne)

Feb 15 - Pharmacy chain Soul Pattinson has dumped a chemist who came under fire for asking customers to shop elsewhere if they use the contraceptive pill for birth control.

 

Tribunal to hear church discrimination claims (ABC News)

Feb 13 - The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will hear evidence today from a north-west Victorian woman who argues she was denied full access to her local Greek parish at Mildura.

 

So, who are the smartest scientists? (The Australian)

Feb 14 - SOCIAL science professors at elite institutions are more likely to be religious and politically extreme than their counterparts in the natural sciences, argues a new paper.

 

Unholy row as neighbours complain that noisy churches are ... taking the peace (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)

Feb 16 - A RELIGIOUS racket in the suburbs is disturbing the peace as a balance is sought between a right to worship and the Sunday sleep in.

 

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

 

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)

 

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

 

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

 

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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)

 

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

 

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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)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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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