Religion News Selection 18 (May 25 - June 1)

  (01 June 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

May 25 – June 1, 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.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Religious film Son of God flops in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 28 - Cinema distributor Mike Vile has learnt the difference between religious devotion in the US and Australia.

Resident demands apartment's 'racist, sacrilegious' mural be painted over (The Age, Melbourne)
May 30 - As loading bays go, there can't be many more colourful, vibrant or intriguing than the one at The Quays, a new apartment development in Docklands.

 

EDUCATION

Schools to lose secular welfare staff under Christian chaplaincy drive (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 29 - The group that provides chaplains and Christian religious instruction to Victorian schools expects a surge in demand after the federal government revealed plans to remove the option for schools to hire a non-religious welfare worker.

Victorian Department of Education to overhaul religious education after Access Ministries breach (ABC News)
May 30 - The way religion is taught in Victorian primary schools will be overhauled after a report found that volunteers from the state's key provider Access Ministries breached its guidelines.

Allocating $245.3m for school chaplains at odds with Budget cuts (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 1 – (Opinion: Mike Bruce) AS FISCAL damnation rains down on the nation and we are all set to burn in the fires of financial purgatory, salvation will come, apparently, in the form of school chaplains.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Pope Francis to hold first meeting with sex abuse victims, says abuse is 'like a satanic Mass' (ABC News)
May 27 - Pope Francis says he will have his first meeting with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican early next month, and that he would show zero tolerance for anyone in the Catholic Church who abused children.

Catholic Church

Pope backs Palestinian State in unscripted stop at wall (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 26 - Standing beneath an Israeli watchtower, the separation wall looming over him, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics reached out and touched the metres-high concrete barrier that has become a symbol of repression to Palestinians throughout their divided state.

Judaism

On Jerusalem Day Netanyahu vows never to divide the city (The West Australian)
May 29 - Jerusalem (AFP) - Tens of thousands of religious Jews waving Israeli flags marched into mainly Arab east Jerusalem Wednesday as the country celebrated the anniversary of its capture in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Religious Violence

Sudanese woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam to be 'freed within days', official says (ABC News)
June 1 - A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy will be "freed within days", a foreign ministry official said, after her case triggered an international outcry.

Other

Myanmar government releases draft bill to restrict religious conversion (ABC News)
May 30 - Myanmar's government has proposed legislation that will require those wishing to change religion to register and obtain approval from the government.

 

ISLAM

Brotherhood Boxn: Gym for young Muslim men in Greenacre under threat of closure  (ABC News)
May 25 - A boxing gym, established after the Cronulla riots in Sydney in 2005, has been offering young Muslim men a positive alternative through a unique mix of sport and religion.

Council decides against consultation meeting with mosque opponents (ABC News)
May 30 - The Bendigo council has confirmed it will not be holding a consultation meeting with people who have objected to plans for a mosque in the city.

New documentary addresses misunderstandings about Muslims (ABC News)
May 31 - A new documentary that addresses cultural misunderstandings about Muslims will be shown to high school students in South Australia.

 

JUDAISM

New top rabbi brings openess to the table (The Age, Melbourne)
May 26 - By the time the sun sets on Monday, the man sitting at this gleaming walnut dining table in St Kilda East will be the most prominent face in Australian Judaism.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Australian Ken Ham to unveil a dinosaur fossil that proves humans lived alongside dinosaurs (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 24 - THE Australian man building a Noah’s ark in America has defied his critics again, unveiling a dinosaur fossil named “Ebenezer” he says proves humans lived alongside dinosaurs.

Africa's jihadist groups the new threat, says Australia's counter-terrorism ambassador (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 26 - Australia's new counterterrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-Bin Laden era, as global terrorism continues to evolve and morph.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

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)

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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