by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 15 - 22, 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.
Australia's top rabbi
resigns after revelations at royal commission (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 16 - Australia's most senior rabbi has resigned days after revelations at a royal commission that he called the father of three child abuse victims a "lunatic".
Jewish community failed
over abuse (The Age,
Feb 21 - As Melbourne's Jewish congregations gather in synagogues for Saturday's Sabbath, many feel shattered and shamed by the grim truths exposed during hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
Pope appoints 20 new
cardinals, tells them to be humble, work for justice (ABC
Feb 15 - Pope Francis has appointed 20 new cardinals at a ceremony in the Vatican, including many from developing countries, telling them their high rank is a call to be humble and work for justice.
‘Transgender people are like nuclear weapons’ (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Feb 22 - POPE Francis has said he isn’t in a position to judge gay people. However that clearly doesn’t extend to the transgender community.
Fears grow in Denmark of
jails as radicalist breeding grounds (The West Australian)
Feb 19 - Copenhagen (AFP) - Something happened in prison to Omar El-Hussein, the 22-year-old identified by police as the gunman who killed two people in a weekend shooting spree in Copenhagen.
shootings, Norway's Muslims and Jews link up (The West Australian)
Feb 22 - Oslo (AFP) - Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free speech seminar.
Coalition fighting ISIL
to launch worldwide information assault (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 16 - The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State on the battlefields of Iraq is about to launch hostilities on a new front, with a coordinated, worldwide information assault.
ISIS: By our clicks we
give oxygen to terrorists (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 16 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) The barbarians of so-called Islamic State are succeeding in inspiring acts of deadly violence in a lengthening list of countries, including Western ones.
Obama was wrong: IS
extremists seek glory, not better jobs (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 20 – (Opinion: David Brooks) Extremism is a spiritual phenomenon, a desire for loftiness of spirit gone perverse.
attracted by violence, not Islam, says International Crisis Group head (The Age,
Feb 20 - Many of today's Islamist terrorists are not motivated by religious ideology but by the lure of joining a violent cause, says one of Europe's leading experts in international crisis management.
Beheading of Christians
in the Middle East long predates the invasion of Iraq (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 21 – (Opinion: Rupert Shortt) The beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by forces sympathetic to Islamic State over recent days is sadly not an isolated case.
Pakistan terror wave
sparks rare criticism of Saudi Arabia (The West Australian)
Feb 21 - Islamabad (AFP) - Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long enjoyed close relations, but Islamabad's new-found resolve for fighting the root causes of extremism has seen the Gulf state come in for rare criticism.
– it's sudden, secret and unexpected (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 15 - The slide into religious radicalisation takes just three to six months and usually happens in secret, Muslim youth workers have revealed.
Jewish security group
not fearful of Melbourne attacks (The
Feb 16 - A security team tasked with protecting the Jewish community does not fear religious violence in Melbourne, despite a deadly attack at a Danish synagogue.
Strathfield War Memorial
Synagogue heritage listing granted, but Jewish relics already removed (ABC
Feb 21 - One of western Sydney's last synagogues has been granted heritage protection, but the vote has come too late to save historic Jewish relics at the site.
Prime Minister Tony
Abbott accused of bullying Muslim leader Ibrahim Abu Muhammad (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 22 - Dozens of Muslim leaders and organisations around the country have hit out at the Prime Minister Tony Abbott for "bullying" the mufti of Australia and Islamic groups that criticise his government.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
When is kinky sex not
kinky sex? When it's Fifty Shades of Grey... (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 17 – (Opinion: Claire Bowen) I'm on the train and the person across from me is reading That Book; the religiously repressed treatise on misogyny packaged as a risqué rebellious romance with ropes.
banned from practising due to views on homosexual relationships (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 18 - A Catholic psychologist is now banned from practising until further notice because of his public statements opposed to homosexual relationships.
Sect leader Debra
Burslem convinced followers to give her millions (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Feb 22 - QUEENSLAND sect leader Debra Burslem told followers that God wanted her to have a new Mercedes and a luxury Spanish villa.
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