by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 18 - 25, 2015
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.
Religious instruction has no place in the
education state (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 15 – (Opinion: Meredith Doig) The promise from new Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is welcome and timely.
Pope Francis says Catholics do not need to
breed 'like rabbits'; defends Church's stance (ABC
Jan 20 - Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed "like rabbits", defending the Church's stance on artificial contraception and appealing to the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to practise responsible parenting.
Malaysia rejects Church paper's last bid to
use 'Allah' (The West Australian)
Jan 22 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia's highest court on Wednesday rejected a final bid by the country's Catholic newspaper for the right to use the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God, in a case that has aggravated religious tensions.
US academics offer to share Saudi blogger
Raif Badawi's lashes (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 23 - London: Seven American academics have volunteered to "take" the 1000-lash sentence imposed by the Saudi government on a prominent liberal blogger.
Anti-Charlie Hebdo protests erupt across
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indian Kashmir (ABC
Jan 24 - Tens of thousands of people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir have taken to the streets for southern Asia's biggest protests yet against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.
French president Francois Hollande defends
freedom of speech amid worldwide protests (ABC News)
Jan 18 - French president Francois Hollande says anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in other countries do not understand France's attachment to freedom of speech.
Charlie Hebdo: 10 killed, 45 churches
torched in Niger; Chechnya rally draws 1 million, Russia says (ABC
Jan 20 - Forty-five churches were torched over the weekend in Niger's capital during deadly protests over the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, police say.
Not condemning anti-Semitism only fuels
extremism (ABC News)
Jan 21 – (Opinion: Glen Falkenstein) Failure to condemn attacks and ongoing hatred as anti-Semitic will only make France's Jews more fearful and accelerate the decline of the largest Jewish population in Western Europe, writes Glen Falkenstein.
Jews, Muslims, Christians tackle religious
violence at Davos (The West
Jan 22 - Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) - What do a rabbi, an archbishop, a top Islamic academic and former British prime minister Tony Blair have in common?
Charlie Hebdo Pakistan protests: ‘Let
blasphemers be hanged’ (news.com.au)
Jan 23 - THOUSANDS of people have marched through Pakistan’s largest city in the country’s biggest protest yet against French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
US officials thank Australia for helping
kill 6000 Islamic State fighters including half its commanders (news.com.au)
Jan 23 - IN TOWNS, desert camps and cyber space, Islamic State will be wiped-out, a core coalition of nations vowed yesterday as they revealed half the terror group’s top command have been killed.
The Muslim women recruiting friends and
social media followers to create a Caliphate and wage war (news.com.au)
Jan 25 - THE trend was first noted by the British intelligence services in September last year.
Myanmar monk who called UN envoy a whore
'could hurt Buddhism' (ABC News)
Jan 22 - A Myanmar Buddhist monk who called a UN human rights envoy a "whore" has violated his monastic code and could damage his religion, another prominent monk says, but he is unlikely to face censure.
Baker refuses anti-gay bible cake order (news.com.au)
Jan 23 - A US woman is facing a discrimination suit after refusing to write homophobic words on a bible-shaped cake she made for a customer.
What should we call Islamic State: DAISH or
IS? (Sydney Morning
Jan 18 – (Opinion: Amin Saikal) Prime Minister Tony Abbott and many other national and community leaders have contended that it is important to use the term DAISH when we identify the territorial and political entity that has been declared as "Islamic State", or Khilafat, on large swaths of war-torn Syria and Iraq territories since June 2014
Darwin's Muslim leaders and NT police
discuss hijab harassment and racism (ABC News)
Jan 20 - Darwin's Islamic community has gathered to address concerns about the harassment of women in religious dress in the Northern Territory.
Young Australian Iraqis say self-styled
preachers are radicalising youth (ABC News)
Jan 20 - Australia's Iraqi community has partly blamed self-styled preachers for radicalising young Muslims who head overseas to join militant fighters.
Halal Facebook post prompts online backlash
towards WA café (ABC News)
Jan 20 - A popular Malaysian cafe in Western Australia's South West is at the centre of a vicious online campaign over its use of halal certified meat.
Australian jihadists Khaled Sharrouf and
Mohamed Elomar enslaved and raped us, say Yazidi women (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 22 - Australian jihadists Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar have been accused of enslaving and raping women from the Yazidi religious minority in northern Iraq.
Australian Muslim groups condemn Islamic
State's 'barbaric' use of Yazidi slaves (ABC
Jan 22 - Australian Muslim groups have condemned the use of slaves, calling it barbaric and completely out of line with Islam.
Police investigate after man attempted to
ignite fire to blow up Toowoomba mosque (ABC
Jan 24 - Queensland police are trying to enhance security camera footage of a man who attempted to burn down a mosque in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
We all have our inner fascist: why it's
important to have the right to offend (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 21 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Let's be clear. You do not have a right not to be offended.
Is nothing sacred anymore? (ABC
Jan 23 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Westerners may be shocked and bemused at the fuss a few cartoons of the Prophet can cause, but it's not like the West is devoid of the idea that some things are sacred, writes Michael Jensen.
Should we have prayer rooms at work? (Sydney Morning
Jan 23 – (Opinion: James Adonis ) Prayer rooms at Australian airports: tick. Prayer rooms at Australian shopping centres: tick. Prayer rooms at Australian universities: tick, tick and tick again.
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