by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
July 20 - 27, 2014
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.
A pub with God's cheer? (ABC
July 23 - There are suggestions the Anglican diocese of Bathurst's financial problems may open up new worshipping opportunities in locations such as pubs and houses in western New South Wales.
revamps training for religious instructors in schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - The main provider of the controversial Christian religious instruction in state schools has revealed plans to shake up training for instructors, with accredited courses offered through a private college.
MH17 tragedy was Allah’s
punishment for alcohol on planes, says Malaysian youth leader (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
July 23 - THERE is outrage in Malaysia today after a leader of the youth arm of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) called the MH17 disaster a punishment from God.
French court overturns
ruling ordering halal food in jail (The
July 23 - Lyon (AFP) - A French court on Tuesday cancelled a November ruling ordering a prison to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners, in the latest legal battle over an issue that has caused controversy in the secular republic.
Egypt court says 'devil
guided' Peter Greste (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 23 - Cairo: The Egyptian court that jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists says "the devil guided" the group to spread false news defaming the country.
Christian church celebrates 100 years (The West Australian)
July 26 - Manila (AFP) - A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations.
Australian preacher and
Islamic State supporter Musa Cerantonio arrives in Australia (ABC
July 23 - High-profile Australian preacher and supporter of the Islamic State Musa Cerantonio has arrived in Melbourne after being deported from the Philippines.
Are Aboriginal inmates
the next Muslim extremists? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - Australia's spy agency has been enlisted to help crack down on radicalisation in jails after revelations Aboriginal prisoners are converting to Islam and risk becoming extremists.
WA hate law 'a failure' (The West Australian)
July 24 - Police have confirmed that a Perth-based Islamic preacher will not be prosecuted for describing Jews and Christians as "filthy rapists", sparking calls for an urgent review of WA's race hate laws.
Muslim leader threatened
for warning against going to Syria and Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 27 - A Sydney Muslim leader has received a threat via a jihadist social-media account after warning young people not to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq.
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