by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 25 – February 1, 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.
Jewish sex abuse victims
pressured not to assist police, secret tapes and emails reveal (Brisbane Times)
Jan 28 - Members of Australia's Orthodox Jewish community who assist police investigating alleged child sexual abuse have been pressured to stay silent, secret tape recordings and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal.
I'm a Catholic feminist,
and my church needs me more than ever (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 28 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) I recall standing in my grandmother’s kitchen with her yellow Bakelite phone to my ear, waiting on hold for a talkback radio program.
Spurred by pope, Spanish
Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse (The West Australian)
Jan 30 - Madrid (AFP) - Spain's Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis.
uncovered in Vatican last year (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 1 - The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide paedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday.
Mumbai police arrest
editor for publishing Charlie Hebdo cover (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 30 - Mumbai: Police have arrested the editor of an Urdu-language newspaper for reprinting an anti-Islam cartoon from satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Sajida al-Rishawi: The woman of terror Islamic State want
Jan 27 - SHE is the would-be suicide bomber on death row, convicted of taking part in a deadly terror attack which killed dozens of people.
ISIS women recruits:
What life is really like (news.com.au)
Jan 30 - HOUSEWORK, death and hipster husband ambitions.
Iraqi artist aims kick
at Islamic State jihadists (The
Jan 30 - Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group militant glares at Baghdad residents with bulging eyes and bared teeth, but neither kidnapping nor death are imminent, because this jihadist is made from a shoe.
Gospel of Mark ‘found in
Egpytian death mask’ sparks controversy (news.com.au)
Jan 26 - THE oldest known fragment of a Christian gospel may have been found glued inside an Egyptian mummy’s mask.
Amazing picture shows
200-year-old mummified monk found meditating in Mongolia (news.com.au)
Jan 29 - THESE are the amazingly intact remains of a monk meditating that have lain undiscovered in Mongolia since sometime in the 1800s.
Finding out how much of
Jesus was true (Brisbane Times)
Jan 29 – (Opinion: Laurie Goodstein) Marcus Borg, a scholar was who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity with his lectures and books about Jesus as a historical figure.
Bringing science and
religion together (Brisbane Times)
Jan 29 – (Obituary) Charles Townes earned the unusual distinction of winning both the Nobel Prize for Physics, for his work on the theory and application of the maser (the forerunner of the laser), and the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
Hipster churches in
Silicon Valley: evangelicalism's unlikely new home (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 30 – (Opinion: Annie Gaus) Like many San Franciscans, overpriced coffee is a considerable portion of my weekly budget.
Attempted arson of
Toowoomba mosque could have been catastrophic, police say (ABC
Jan 25 - Detectives investigating the attempted arson of a mosque at Toowoomba west of Brisbane say the fire could have been catastrophic had it taken hold.
Muslim leaders need
'keyboard warriors' to help fight Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 28 - A leading member of Sydney's Lebanese community, Belmore GP Dr Jamal Rifi, says Islamic State is winning the propaganda war and that a cohort of cyber-savvy " keyboard warriors" may be needed to push back against IS's slick online recruitment campaigns.
Rivett mosque resolution
is an example to us all (Brisbane
Jan 31 – (Opinion: Editorial) Planning disputes around mosques have a long, ugly history in the ACT and they never end well.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
encourages parents to join fake church (Brisbane Times)
Jan 28 - A controversial anti-vaccination group is encouraging people to sign up to a fake church because it may help them bypass Australia's emerging "no jab, no play" childcare laws.
Church leaders given
spent convictions after children in detention protest at Julie Bishop's
electorate (ABC News)
Jan 28 - Church leaders charged with trespass after a sit-in protest at the electorate office of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have been given spent convictions.
Hate speech should be
shouted down (Brisbane Times)
Jan 30 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) Here's a startling poll: one in eight Britons think Jews talk about the Holocaust to get sympathy, while one in four believe Jewish people "chase money more than others".
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