Religion News Selection 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

  (24 August 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

August 17 - 24, 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

Royal commission: Catholic Church urged to show 'moral compass'  (ABC News)
Aug 18 - The Catholic Church is being urged to show its "moral compass" as an inquiry resumes in Melbourne into alleged child sexual abuse by priests.

When the abused come to the royal commission, they don’t swear on the Bible (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 18 – It’s a telling detail: when the abused come to the witness box of the royal commission, they affirm.

Church's investigator grilled on independence (Brisbane Times)
Aug 20 - The Catholic Church's independent commissioner was unable to explain how he received confidential information from a victim of serial paedophile priest Kevin O'Donnell or why it was passed on to the church's lawyers in an apparent breach of confidentiality.

Cardinal George Pell backs Vatican over dealings with abuse victims (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 21 - CARDINAL George Pell last night backed the Vatican over victims of sexual abuse saying it was unreasonable for the Royal Commission to request papal documents regarding every case of abusive clergy.

Pell compares priests to truckers as victims given apologies (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 22 - Cardinal George Pell has strongly defended the so-called Melbourne Response as Australia's first comprehensive redress scheme for victims of clerical sexual abuse at the royal commission.

Top Vatican figure in row over child abuse comments (The West Australian)
Aug 22 - Sydney (AFP) - Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire Friday after drawing an analogy between the church's response to child abuse and a trucking company.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

James Boyce on original sin: why we’re too bad to be true (The Australian)
Aug 23 – (Review)  WHEN Isabella in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is told her brother’s fornication means his life is forfeit, she flies back, “Why, all the souls that were forfeit once”.

Peter Cousens aims for faith-based market with anti-slavery film Freedom (Brisbane Times)
Aug 23 - While Hollywood wrings its hands in despair over piracy and dwindling audiences, one area of the business is booming: faith-based films.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis says legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq (ABC News)
Aug 19 - Pope Francis says the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to act.

Islam

Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil (The West Australian)
Aug 21 - LONDON (Reuters) - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand - and she started to wear a headscarf.

Egyptian cleric says men are allowed to spy on women in the shower (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 22 - Men can spy on women in the shower, an extremist cleric has argued in Egypt, prompting outrage from other Islamic scholars.

Religious Violence

Why Britain tops US as terror breeding ground: Muslims less integrated in Europe (The Australian)
Aug 23 - AMERIC ANS responded to the killing of James Foley with horror, outrage and confusion — and perhaps none more so than the country’s Muslims.

Religious Violence – Islamic State

Why a beheading? A look at Islamic State's tactic (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 – (Opinion: Adam Taylor) Washington: On Wednesday, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Islamic State militants that appeared to show something terrible: The execution of an American journalist, James Foley, who had been missing in Syria since November 2012.

British Muslims urge cooperation in hunt for militant with London accent who killed US journalist (ABC News)
Aug 22 - Muslim leaders in Britain have called on their communities to help establish the identity of the black-clad man who murdered US journalist James Foley.

James Foley beheading baits America to intervene (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 22 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly) "Without these videos and photos and firsthand experience, you can't really tell the world how bad it might be."

Other

Right-wing extremists can't break the love of a Muslim man and Jewish woman in Israel (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 19 - Jerusalem: Sunday brought a different kind of pre-wedding jitters for one Israeli couple.

BKS Iyengar, yoga guru who brought practice to the West, dies aged 95 (ABC News)
Aug 20 - The yoga guru who helped take the ancient Indian spiritual practice to the rest of the world has died.

 

ISLAM

Disengaged parents blamed for ‘angry young Muslim men’ becoming extremists (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Aug 17 - IT can happen to any family — a rebel teenager trying to find a meaning in life.

Three young Sydney Muslims talk about why they and other Aussies convert to Islam (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Aug 18 - THREE 28-year-olds. All raised in Christian homes. All Australians.

There is nothing Islamic about a beheading: Muslims v extremists (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 20 - Curtin University research fellow Anne Aly says there are a lot of misconceptions about people who follow Islam.

Muslim leaders call for uprising against anti-terrorism laws (news.com.au)
Aug 21 - SENIOR Muslim figures from across the nation last night ­called for an uprising against the government’s $600 million counterterrorism measures.

ASIO boss says government is fighting terrorism, not Islam (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 22 - Australia's top spy has launched an impassioned appeal to the nation's half a million Muslims not to mistake the Abbott government's counterterrorism push as "fighting Islam".

Religious leaders reject negativity directed at Australian Muslims (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 22 - Religious leaders of multiple faiths gathered at Lakemba Mosque on Friday to express solidarity with Islam and reject what they called a "barrage of negativity" directed at Australian Muslims.

Why Muslim youth fall prey to extremism (The Australian)
Aug 23 – (Opinion)  THE very act of practising as a religious Muslim, for those who have grown up in the West, begins as an oppositional stance.

Terrifying legacy emerges from success of Operation Pendennis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 24 - Almost a decade after their arrest, much of the most comprehensive terrorism cell in Australian history continues to menace the country with the same messages of violence and anti-Western hate, which are being spread either by cell members or some of their close relatives.

 

POLITICS

Tony Abbott reaches out to Islamic leaders through meetings (The Australian)
Aug 18 - ISLAMIC leaders will be urged to back the government’s new ­counter-terrorism laws in meetings with Tony Abbott this week to hear their concerns over measures such as imposing criminal penalties on visitors to war zones.

Also: Muslim groups reject new terror laws (Brisbane Times)
Aug 20 - Leading members of the Muslim community have dismissed planned new terror laws, saying they are a response to a trumped-up threat.

Also: Muslim community leaders 'petty' to boycott talks: Tony Abbott (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Muslim community leaders who "foolishly boycotted" talks with the government in Sydney and Melbourne this week for being "self-evidently petty".

Also: Prime Minister Tony Abbott goes to bat in recruiting Muslims for Team Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 23 - For 22 years, Kadijie El-Ahmad has sold ladies' wear from her store on Lakemba's main thoroughfare, Haldon Street.

Fred Nile draws link between abortion and breast cancer (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 - Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile says women should reconsider having abortions "if the price of the decision is breast cancer", repeating discredited views that have angered women and health groups.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

SA court releases religious protester Amy Bradshaw without conviction (news.com.au)
Aug 21 - A PROTESTER has been spared a trespassing conviction after a magistrate asked her to explain her opposition to the Federal Government’s asylum seeker policies “in 25 words or less”.

Church of Almighty God or Eastern Lightning in Australia (news.com.au)
Aug 21 - A BRUTAL cult branded “evil” by the Chinese government is operating in Australia.

Bishops unite against ‘demonic’ Islamists (The Australian)
Aug 22 - CHURCH leaders have called on Australians to stop turning a blind eye to the butchery of Christians, as well as Muslims and other groups, by radicals from Islamic State.

God is with us, unfortunately (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 24 – (Opinion: Sam de Brito) Is there any point being an atheist when believers of God are prepared to kill you in His name?

Sexting: it all comes back to religion (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 24 – (Opinion: Amy Gray) Ian Botham has learned the hard way that 'viral' is the last word you want attached to your penis.

 


 

 

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