Religion News Selection 48 (Nov 2 - 9)

  (08 November 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

November 2 - 9, 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

Former priest attempts to access complaint documents to sue alleged victim (Brisbane Times)
Nov 6 - A Queensland priest at the centre of a sexual assault investigation attempted to gain access to the police investigation against him, including the recorded interview with the alleged child victim, so he could appeal a decision made against him by the Catholic Church and sue the complainant.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Anglican priest shames climate change "hypocrites" after witnessing sinking Solomon Islands (ABC News)
Nov 6 - The Anglican Dean of Darwin, Keith Joseph, was living and working on the Solomon Islands when he realised the world was slowly drowning.

 

EDUCATION

Schools to lose student welfare officers under chaplaincy program (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 5 - Student welfare officer Prue Robertson never knows exactly what her day will entail.

Canberra home schooled numbers soar (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 9 - The number of Canberra children being educated at home has increased by more than 50 per cent in two years.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis pays tribute to Gough Whitlam (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 5 - The Pope has sent a special message of condolence to the family of Gough Whitlam, which was read at a memorial mass in Rome to honour the former prime minister.

Vatican staff given financial rulebook by Pope's Aussie hatchet man (The West Australian)
Nov 7 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis's drive to clean up the Vatican's finances has taken a significant step forward with the issuing of a financial management manual to Church officials.

Islam

Prince Charles’s plea to Muslim leaders: Please preach tolerance (news.com.au)
Nov 4 - PRINCE Charles has warned of a threat to Christians in the Middle East and urged the need for compassion between different faiths on Tuesday.

Malaysia transgenders win landmark court case (The West Australian)
Nov 8 - Putrajaya (Malaysia) (AFP) - Three Malaysian transgender women on Friday won their landmark bid to overturn an Islamic anti cross-dressing law in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

Religious Violence

Hostage's insight into terrorists' MO: brainwash Western children to take the jihad home (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 3 - They're not looking for foot soldiers.

Pakistan policeman hacks man to death for alleged blasphemy (ABC News)
Nov 7 - A Pakistani policeman has hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, police say.

Islamic State's momentum stalling (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 7 - Baghdad: The extremists of the Islamic State appeared unstoppable after their sudden blitz through Iraq this summer, with its battle-hardened fighters continually raising their black flag over newly conquered areas.

Other

America's greatest builder of Hindu temples (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 7 - In 1968, on a trip to his native India, Alagappa Alagappan dreamed that an ancient Hindu god told him to visit a medium.

 

ISLAM

Construction figure George Alex had links to Islamic State fighters  (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 3 - Sydney construction industry figure  George Alex  went on a shooting party with Australia's two most infamous Islamic State recruits  just weeks before they left the country to fight in Syria and Iraq, the ABC's Four Corners will reveal tonight.

Islamic State jihadist boasts of kindergarten terror squad, complains of eating cats and dogs (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 3 - A MELBOURNE jihadist is gloating about the Islamic State’s brainwashing of preschool age children.

Religious leader shot outside Islamic centre in Greenacre following threats (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 4 - A man who was shot outside an Islamic prayer centre in Sydney's west was targeted as he locked up the building following a night observing the holy ritual of Ashura, one of the most important holidays for Shiite Muslims, according to a community member.

Anonymous protesters plan to wear burqas to maintain anonymity at G20 (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 8 - ANARCHIST movement Anonymous plans to wear burqas during G20 protests in Brisbane to circumvent laws that ban non-religious face coverings during the event.

South Australian company bows to social media campaign and scraps its halal certification (Adelaide Now)
Nov 8 - A SOUTH Australian company has bowed to a social media campaign and scrapped its halal certification, costing it a contract with the Middle East’s biggest airline.

 

POLITICS

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis fronts Muslim community on ABC’s Q&A program (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 4 - FEDERAL Attorney-General George Brandis has told Australian Muslims they are “the victim” during Monday’s ABC Q&A episode amid a boycott from members of the Muslim community.

NT MP slams Kevin Andrews over marriage (The Mercury, Hobart)  
Nov 5 - THE Speaker of the Northern Territory parliament has labelled Kevin Andrews a "pooncy, pasty-faced person from some piss-ant place" over a speech the Abbott government minister made championing traditional marriage.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Religious zealots' abuse gay man Andy Stevens in Yackandandah shop (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 5 - A grandmother has stepped in to support a gay man being abused and harassed by two "religious zealots" in his own shop in Yackandandah.

Victorians' diversity shifts focus of campaigns to individual seats (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 9 - An election-night ritual for party leaders, whether triumphant or vanquished, is to declare that the things that unite us as a people are greater than those that divide us.

Science guys Bill Nye and Richard Dawkins touring Australia to lose friends and alienate people? (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 9 - It is a curious and slightly depressing fact that in America, talking about science means talking about God.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 48 (Nov 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 47 (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

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)

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)

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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)

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

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