Religion News Selection 46 (Oct 19 - 26)

  (26 October 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 19 - 26, 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

Anglican Church acknowledges access to choir for pederast cleric (The Australian)
Oct 24 - THE head of Australia’s Anglican Church has acknowledged the “cover-up’’ of child sexual abuse in Queensland and Britain as it emerged a pedophile clergyman was still allowed access to choirboys after the first complaints were made to church officials.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Cat Stevens addresses critics on new album (The West Australian)
Oct 25 - Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, has decided it's time to tell his own story his own way - through music on a new album and in an autobiography.

 

EDUCATION

ANU academics withdraw from IS forum after member of Hizb ut-Tahrir invited to speak (Canberra Times)
Oct 22 - The Australian National University has defended a decision by several of its academics to withdraw from a public debate on terrorism after they found out a representative of radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir had also been invited to speak.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli accused of insulting religious schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 23 - The head of Christian Schools Australia has berated NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for insulting religious schools by suggesting some turn their back on needy students despite their wealth.

Victorian school fights to keep its welfare support worker secular, not religious (ABC News)
Oct 26 - A central Victorian school is taking on the Federal Government over its policy to fund religious chaplains in public schools.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI amid tumultuous synod (Brisbane Times)
Oct 20 - Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978 after shepherding the church through a period of internal reform amid an era of social and political change and growing challenges to the church's traditional teachings.

Pope Francis blasts life sentences as ‘hidden death penalty’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 24 - Pope Francis has branded life-long prison terms “a hidden death sentence” in an attack on “penal populism” that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture.

Islam

Thai revival of southern Jawi script points way to peace (The West Australian)
Oct 24 - Saiburi (Thailand) (AFP) - A high-pitched chorus pours out from a Muslim nursery school in Thailand's insurgency-battered south, as girls in crisp, white hijabs read aloud the curls and flourishes of a homegrown script virtually erased from public life.

Judaism

Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose detail of Palestinian state, poll shows (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 21 - A poll has found that 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders if it means withdrawing Israeli troops from the Jordan Valley.

Religious Violence

Iranians protest over acid attacks on women, apparently for not wearing veils (ABC News)
Oct 23 - Protesters in Iran have called for increased security after four women were injured in acid attacks reportedly linked to them not wearing veils.

Islamic State terrorists trade on heightened fears (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - Amid extravagant threats of damnation and enslavement, the call to arms for random attacks on non-believers by an Islamic State spokesman hit on the central objective behind its campaign of terrorism in the West.

IS fighter aged 15 says he was given a choice: join the militants or be beheaded (news.com.au)
Oct 25 - A 15-YEAR-OLD former IS fighter has revealed he was drugged and threatened with beheading if he did not join the militants.

 

ISLAM

Perth mosques, Islamic school vandalised in weekend attacks (ABC News)
Oct 20 - Two Perth mosques and an Islamic education centre have been vandalised in weekend attacks.

Burqas reveal more about men than women (Brisbane Times)
Oct 20 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Pascarl) Over the past few years I have bitten my tongue when statements about Islamic women wearing burqas and veils have cropped up in the press.

Sydney mother of three opens up about her choice to wear the niqab and life as a Muslim Australian (ABC News)
Oct 21 - With stories of young Australian radicals travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamic State militants, and our defence forces going back into Iraq to try and combat them, many Muslim Australians are facing increased incidents of abuse and sometimes even attack – particularly women wearing the veil.

Airline accused of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Oct 21 - A FORMER Qantas employee has accused the airline of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs.

Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir appears in Islamic State video threatening PM Tony Abbott (ABC News)
Oct 22 - A 17-year-old Australian fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group has appeared in a propaganda video in which he tells Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.

Also: He’s a stupid idiot, say Aussie jihadist Abdullah Elmir’s family (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Oct 22 - A SYDNEY teenage Islamic State jihadist who threatened Australia in a chilling video has been condemned by relatives.

Muslims open mosques to help remove barriers (Brisbane Times)
Oct 23 - "Why can't you look past my beliefs and just talk to me?" Narjis Saleh, a young Muslim woman, said recently after she was called a terrorist and spat on at a train station.

What it’s really like to be a Muslim in Melbourne (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 24 - FATIMA and Hussain’s home is tucked away in a quiet street in Melbourne western suburbs.

IS jihadists: One-way trip for West's wasters (Brisbane Times)
Oct 25 – (Opinion: Anson Cameron) Where are the limits of humour? Iran recently executed a man for saying Jonah didn't live in a whale.

Muslims intervene to stop youths joining foreign fighters (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - At least two more young Muslim men from south-west Sydney have been stopped from travelling overseas to join foreign fighters by eagle-eyed members of their own communities.

 

POLITICS

Burka segregation in Parliament is reversed by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop (ABC News)
Oct 20 - A move to force Muslim women who cover their faces to sit in a separate enclosed public gallery at Parliament House has been reversed.

Also: 'Burqa ban' headache for parliament after terrorist threat overreaction (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 21 – (Opinion: Lenore Taylor) It was like the morning after the big night before on Monday as federal parliament reviewed some of its more extreme agitated responses to the terrorist threat during the last sitting period in early October.

Lambie refuses to visit mosque (The West Australian)
Oct 22 - Outspoken Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has rejected a Liberal MP's invitation to visit a mosque because she is Australian and a Catholic.

Religion should not be used to divide, Bill Shorten tells Christians (The Australian)
Oct 25 - BILL Shorten has told the Australian Christian Lobby he is a Christian who believes in marriage equality.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Festive flock warned not to witness 'seedy' Melbourne (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 20 - Cleanliness really is next to godliness for Jehovah's Witnesses.

Religious leaders discuss terrorism (ABC News)
Oct 21 - The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle says he is worried Australia's diversity is under threat because of the current concerns about terrorism.

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 46 (Oct 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 45 (Oct 12 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 34 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 33 (Sept 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 32 (Aug 31 – Sept 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 31 (Aug 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

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)

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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)

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

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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)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

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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)

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Religion News Australia 2012 – 45 (Dec 9 - 15)

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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)

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