Religion News Selection 27 (July 27 - Aug 3)

  (02 August 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

July 27 – August 3, 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

MIFF 2014 review: Stations of the Cross (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 30 – (Review)  A stern yet loving German film about a 14-year-old girl determined to work her way to sancitity through suffering.

A movie miracle: how Hollywood found religion (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 1 - Big news from the box office: some people released some Christian-themed movies that weren’t completely terrible.

 

EDUCATION

Victoria bans religious groups from running prayer groups in state schools (ABC News)
July 31 - Victoria has banned religious organisations from running prayer groups, handing out Bibles and delivering other unauthorised information sessions in state schools during school hours.

Also: Playing games with religion in schools (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Editorial) The ancient book of Ecclesiastes teaches that there is a time and a place for everything.

Why religion deserves a place in our schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 31 – (Opinion: Julie Szego) At a time when a style of bureaucratic non-speak prevails in our education system, the head of the federal government’s national curriculum review, Kevin Donnelly, is refreshingly plain-speaking.

It's churlish to deny faith base of charitable works (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Rowan Foster) It would be hard to find a greater contrast than that between the lives of two men whose obituaries appeared in The Age recently.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc urges women not to laugh in public (ABC News)  
July 31 - Turkish women have posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter to protest comments by the country's deputy prime minister, who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values".

Religious Violence

Mob in Pakistan kills woman, two girls over ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post (ABC News)
July 28 - A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood, killing a woman and her two granddaughters after a sect member was accused of a blasphemous posting on Facebook.

The beautiful, historic shrines that Islamists try to destroy (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 29 - News emerged last week that among their various outrages, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had destroyed the Tomb of Jonah in the city of Mosul, a biblical site holy to Christians and Muslims alike, which the jihadists ''turned to dust'', according to an Iraqi official.

Religious strife forces millions from their homes: report (The Australian)
July 29 - CONFLICTS and repression around the world in 2013 triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, according to a US report.

Other

Ebola fears grow as experts say epidemic could spread to US, Europe and Asia remain on alert (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
July 31 - AS the outbreak of the deadly west African Ebola disease worsens, a doctor treating infected patients has revealed many are refusing treatment over its links to witchcraft and sorcery.

UN envoy acknowledges progress but calls on Vietnam to widen religious freedoms (ABC News)
July 31 - The UN envoy for religious freedom has called on Vietnam to grant all religious communities the right to operate outside the officially established channels for religious practice.

 

ISLAM

Kalgoorlie-Boulder council approves mosque during fiery meeting (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 29 - The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder approved the construction of a mosque in the inland city during a heated council meeting on Monday night, passing the motion six votes to four.

Ramadan: empty belly, nourished soul (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 29 - It was the quiet, but persistent ache in my kidneys that suggested going without food or drink during daylight hours for a month during Ramadan might not have been such a flash idea.

Jihadi Khaled Sharrouf says he would have launched attack in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 1 - A Sydney jihadi wanted on terrorism offences has issued an extraordinary statement, threatening a terrorist attack on Australian soil and claiming he would have carried out one, had he not left for the battlefields in Syria and Iraq last year.

 

JUDAISM

Jewish Board of Deputies accuses Fairfax of racism over Gaza cartoon (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 1 - The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies has accused the Sydney Morning Herald of racial vilification and demanded an apology for publishing what they say is an offensive cartoon of an old man observing the conflict in Gaza.

True confessions of a very bad Jewish boy (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 2 - Being a bad Jew is hard work, it’s exhausting.

 

POLITICS

Morrison accused of 'state sanctioned child abuse' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 30 - A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.

Coalition pushes to boost spy agencies' powers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 31 - Jihadists returning from fighting alongside terrorists overseas are committed to trying to strike on home soil and Attorney-General George Brandis says its ''delusional'' to think otherwise.

Scott Morrison at odds with Christian boast (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) In a week where Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been accused by no less than the Australian churches of “state sanctioned child abuse . . .” for what is happening to refugee children under our care – self-harm is at epidemic levels…

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Christian Assemblies International: Former members detail abuse  (ABC News)
July 29 - A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to NSW-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).

Christians protest at treatment in the Middle East (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 2 - More than 5000 people took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday in a peaceful protest to raise awareness about the plight of Christians being persecuted and killed in the Middle East.

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

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)

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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