by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 1 - 8, 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 'code of silence'
at Yeshivah centres under spotlight at inquiry (ABC
Feb 2 - Child abuse victims and their families have been abused and ostracised by people within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community for breaking the Chabad code of silence, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Pirate Church: S***storm (The West Australian)
Feb 3 – (Review) Local comedians Chris Bedding and Werzel Montague have hit on a winning formula with Pirate Church.
Pope orders bishops to
co-operate with sex abuse commission (Brisbane Times)
Feb 6 - Vatican City: Pope Francis has ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to co-operate as a matter of priority with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics, even if it unearths new scandals.
It is acceptable to smack badly behaved children, says Pope
Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 - Rome: Pope Francis believes it is fine for parents to smack their children as punishment for bad behaviour.
Vatican opens barber
shop for homeless (news.com.au)
Feb 7 - THE Vatican says it has finished renovations on public restrooms just off St Peter's Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city's neediest.
hope for a safer future under Widodo (The West Australian)
Feb 5 - Jakarta (Indonesia) (AFP) - Indonesian Ahmadis are no strangers to persecution, with attacks and discrimination rife, but leader Iskandar Gumay hopes better days are ahead for the minority Muslim sect under new President Joko Widodo.
For fearful Jews, 'magic
kippa' blends into hair (The West
Feb 5 - Rehovot (Israel) (AFP) - At his unisex hairdresser's shop in central Israel, Shalom Koresh carefully clips to a boy's head his latest business innovation -- a discreet skullcap for Jews fearful of anti-Semitic attacks.
Top Muslim body calls
for 'killing, crucifixion' of IS militants (The West Australian)
Feb 4 - Cairo (AFP) - Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning, expressed outrage at the Islamic State group for burning to death a captive Jordanian pilot, saying its militants deserve to be killed or crucified.
‘ISIS is fighting
Islamic values’ (The Australian)
Feb 6 - AMMAN: Iraq last night lifted the curfew in Baghdad in a tentative sign of the military tide turning against Islamic State, as Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed yesterday to wage a “harsh” war against the Sunni extremists who burned a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage.
How to be a female jihadist:
Islamic State publishes a guide for women who want to join (Brisbane Times)
Feb 6 - London: Girls may marry at nine, the "most pure" will be wed by 16 or 17 and all women should consider motherhood the purpose of their existence, according to a manifesto attributed to an all-female branch of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
Number of Charlie Hebdo
subscribers up 20-fold after attacks (The West Australian)
Feb 4 - Paris (AFP) - The number of subscribers to Charlie Hebdo, which was hit by a deadly jihadist attack last month, has risen from 10,000 before the assault to more than 200,000, the magazine's co-manager said Tuesday.
mummy may still be ‘alive’ according to Buddhist academic (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 6 - A MUMMIFIED monk found in the lotus position last month is “not dead” but is in “very deep meditation”, some academics have claimed.
Love Commandos helping Indian
couples escape prejudice (The
Feb 8 - New Delhi (AFP) - Vandna left everything behind when she fled her parents' home in India to be with the man she loved, giving up family, friends and the studies she hoped would help her become a teacher.
'Might as well bloody
join ISIS lol': Zaky Mallah says jobless Muslims joining Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 - Unemployment is the biggest threat to radicalisation in Australia, senior Muslim leaders have warned, and bored teens are joining terror group Islamic State simply to have something to do.
What this ad tells us
about the state of racism today (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) The advertisement itself is not especially groundbreaking.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
calls for Australia to reconsider ban on donor DNA (ABC
Feb 4 - Australian authorities have been urged to rethink their position on the use of donor DNA after Britain became the first country in the world to allow babies to be created from the DNA of three people.
‘Have you escaped
religion? We have!’ The billboard that will make Christians cross (news.com.au)
Feb 6 - A PROVOCATIVE billboard that is likely to ruffle the feathers of religious Australians has been erected on one of our busiest motorways.
leaders' plea for Indonesia death row pair (ABC
Feb 8 - Sydney (AFP) - Senior religious leaders in Australia Sunday called on Indonesia to show mercy to two men on death row in Bali, as Indonesia's top diplomat in the country said their executions would go ahead.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2015 – 3 (Feb 1 - 8)