Religion News Selection 21 (June 15 - 22)

  (22 June 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 15 - 22, 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.

 

EDUCATION

Chaplaincy in schools

Commonwealth funding of school chaplaincy program struck down in High Court (ABC News)
June 19 - The High Court has upheld a challenge to the National School Chaplaincy Program, ruling the law used to maintain Commonwealth funding for chaplains is unconstitutional.

Chaplain funds might go through states: PM (The West Australian)
June 20 - Money for the controversial school chaplaincy program could be directed through the states, as the federal government tries to overcome a High Court ruling against it.

Chaplaincy program has no place in state schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 21 – (Opinion: Marion Maddox) If you are unhappy with an aspect of your child's public schooling, you can raise it with the teacher, or complain to the principal.

Showdown looms over chaplains in schools (The Age, Melbourne)
June 21 - The federal government faces a showdown with some states over whether to allow schools to appoint secular welfare workers instead of chaplains in the wake of the High Court decision invalidating the existing funding agreement.

Push to divert chaplain cash to school councillors (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 21 - THE  High Court decision against the school chaplaincy program could enable its funding to be used for trained counsellors or for students with disabilities, say Tasmanian teacher and parent groups.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis says don't legalise drugs (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - Pontiff says attempts to legalise recreational drugs are legally questionable and 'fail to produce the desired effects'.

Religious Violence

Religious Violence - ISIS in Iraq

West must not let ISIS’ terror threaten the Middle East (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 19 – (Opinion: Editorial) A CITIZEN in Baghdad summarised the terror that is being felt by the millions of people in the Iraq capital when he told a US journalist this week: “You don’t know who is with you, and who is against you.”

Iraq's highest Shia cleric adds to pressure on Maliki over Isis insurgency (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - Iraq's highest Shia authority, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called for the quick formation of a new and "effective" government in a move that piles more pressure on the country's embattled leader, Nouri al-Maliki.

Other

Thailand sets up hotline for people to report fake or misbehaving monks (news.com.au)
June 19 - MISBEHAVING monks are to face censure as Thai religious authorities launch a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist bad boys.

Gay marriage: top US Presbyterian council approves same-sex weddings (The Guardian, Australia)
June 20 - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian church in the US has voted by a large margin to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman".

Narendra Modi's Hindi-only-tweets order stirs fears of India language shift (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - Narendra Modi's landslide victory in the Indian general election last month marked a turning point in the country's politics – but it has also resulted in a radical change in the country's language of power.

 

ISLAM

Also: Bendigo mosque: Council approves construction despite fiery public meeting (ABC News)
June 19 - The Bendigo Council has approved plans for the city's first mosque, despite fierce opposition from some locals who claim the council has failed to protect them from terrorists.

Also: Fear and loathing in Bendigo over multi-million dollar mosque (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - A $3 million mosque has been approved in East Bendigo amid fury from a group of residents who demanded to know what “safety measures” had been taken to prevent a terrorist attack in the regional centre.

Also: There is little to like on the ugly side of mosque protest (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 19 – (Opinion: Susie O’Brien) LIKE most of you, I have been sickened by so-called honour killings, female genital mutilation, forced under-age marriages and rapes of women in Muslim countries.

Also: Local anger not enough to deny Muslims a place of worship (Perth Now)
June 21 - A LEADER of Bendigo’s muslim population doesn’t fear for his safety despite intense opposition against plans to build a mosque in the central Victorian city.

Freed terrorists from cell led by Abdul Nacer Benbrika could still be a threat (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 20 - CONVICTED terrorists from a radical Muslim group jailed for planning to bomb the MCG could still pose a threat, according to intelligence sources.

Australian militants Abu Yahya ash Shami and Abu Nour al-Iraqi identified in ISIS recruitment video (ABC News)
June 21 - Two men identifying themselves as Australians have featured in a recruitment video released by insurgents waging war in Iraq and Syria urging others to join the fight.

Counter-terrorism agencies warn of hidden danger of radicals who use Islam as a cloak for extremism (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
June 21 - TO OUTSIDERS, Sydney’s Islamic pavement-preaching movement is a harmless way to sell the religion.

 

POLITICS

'No discussions' between Liberals, Danny Nalliah's Rise Up Australia party, Matthew Guy says (ABC News)
June 19 - A Victorian Government Minister has rejected claims the Liberal Party has been in preference deal talks with the leader of the Rise Up Australia party.

Julie Bishop ‘clarifies’ stand on Jerusalem name, but sanctions threat remains (The Australian)
June 19 - ISLAMIC nations have been reassured the Abbott government’s policy on East Jerusalem hasn’t changed, but the prospect of the Middle East slapping trade sanctions on Australia is still on the table.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Man who wore colander on his head says it is part of religion (The Australian)
June 20 - AN Adelaide man who had his gun licence photo taken with a colander on his head says it is significant to his religion — the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — and he should not have had to undertake a psychological test.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

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)

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

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

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

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