by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
March 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,
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Knox Grammar: Lisa
Wilkinson 'appalled' by removal of ribbons (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 3 - Today show host Lisa Wilkinson says she is appalled that purple ribbons tied to the gates of Knox Grammar School, to show solidarity with sexual abuse victims, have been removed.
Ex-principal 'sorry' for
sex abuse at elite Australian school (The West Australian)
Mar 3 - Sydney (AFP) - A former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge.
Former Knox headmaster
Ian Paterson changes story at royal commission (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 6 - Former Knox Grammar School headmaster Ian Paterson recanted previous testimony given to a royal commission in which he admitted to misleading a police officer and hindering her investigation into child abuse allegations involving six teachers at the school.
Inside the Knox Grammar's
sexual abuse scandal (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) How one man’s blindness allowed a generation of sexual abuse at Sydney’s Knox Grammar.
Jewish leaders vow to
undergo renewal following royal commission into child sexual abuse (ABC
Mar 8 - Australia's Jewish community is undergoing a period of renewal following damaging revelations that emerged at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Martin Place gunman Man
Monis believed Sunrise 'insulted' Muslims and 'instructed terrorists' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 7 - Martin Place siege gunman Man Haron Monis complained to the media watchdog that Channel Seven's Sunrise program broadcast interviews which "insulted Muslims" and instructed terrorists on how best to carry out an attack.
Anti-terror CCTV and
security guards set for more than 50 schools (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Mar 2 - MORE than 50 schools at risk of a terrorist attack around the country will be given security guards and closed-circuit TV systems amid heightened national security fears.
Afghan men march through
Kabul streets wearing burkas to highlight women's rights (ABC
Mar 6 - A group of Afghan men have marched through the capital Kabul in burkas to draw attention to women's rights.
Saudi king aims for new
Sunni bloc vs. Iran and Islamic State (The West Australian)
Mar 6 - RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is pushing for Sunni Muslim Middle East countries to set aside differences over political Islam and focus on what it sees as more urgent threats from Iran and Islamic State.
'The threat exists':
Vatican on alert for Islamic State attack, says security chief (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 3 - Rome: The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview.
Destruction of ancient
Assyrian city Nimrud by bulldozer condemned by UN, US (ABC
Mar 7 - Condemnation has poured in of the Islamic State (IS) group's bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadists' latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures that the UN termed a "war crime".
Promises of love, jobs
for foreign recruits in IS 'utopia' (The West Australian)
Mar 7 - It has become known for horrific images of beheadings and torture, but the Islamic State group is trying to lure foreign recruits to its "caliphate" with promises of adventure, homes, jobs -- even love.
The truth about Islamic
State: what it is, where it is going, how we can fight it (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) In the light of late afternoon on a beach in Libya, the black-clad assassins of the so-called Islamic State are at work – they behead 21 Egyptian Christians and the barbarity is captured with all the high-tech wizardry of an MTV clip.
Boko Haram pledges
allegiance to IS after carnage in Maiduguri (The West Australian)
Mar 8 - Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in an audio message published online on Saturday, after three bombs wreaked havoc in northeast Nigeria, killing 58 and wounding scores.
Indian state bans beef,
introduces jail time up to five years for possession (ABC
Mar 4 - India's western state of Maharashtra has introduced a ban on beef products, with possession incurring a jail term of up to five years.
Caitlin Stasey on love,
her oppressive catholic education and her sexuality (news.com.au)
Mar 6 - CAITLIN Stasey has opened up about the difficulty she experienced growing up as a lesbian while attending a Catholic school, saying the shame she felt made her turn to self-harm.
The irrational fear that
drives underage marriage (Brisbane
Mar 3 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) Last week, 19-year-old Muslim-Australian man Mustafa Abdel-Ghany was charged with "marrying a person of non-marriageable age."
Groom of 12yo 'child
bride' in NSW jailed for at least seven and a half years (ABC
Mar 6 - A man who married a 12-year-old girl in an Islamic ceremony in New South Wales has been jailed for at least seven and a half years.
Two teenage brothers
arrested while trying to leave Australia to fight with ISIS were ‘saved’ (news.com.au)
Mar 8 - TONY Abbott has urged young Australians being lured by the terror group ISIS to “block your ears” following revelations two Sydney teenagers were arrested trying to fly to the Middle East to fight with the terror group.
labelled "local hero" after promoting Harmony Day event (ABC
Mar 8 - The New South Wales Minister for Communities has labelled a Newcastle university student a 'local hero' for promoting a Harmony Day event to counter a rally against the rise of Islam.
marriage laws to be tightened (Daily
Mar 8 - ROGUE clerics and men who “marry’’ children under the age of 16 will face longer jail terms under new laws to ban child brides and forced marriage in Australia.
school terrorism protection necessary: spokesman (Brisbane Times)
Mar 2 - A spokesman for a Queensland school for Jewish students that has received extra federal funding for terrorism protection says growing anti-Semitism in Australia makes the funding necessary.
Baird, Foley at
Australian Christian Lobby forum deliver a welcome circuit breaker (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 6 – (Opinion: Sean Nicholls) If you want to get a better idea of what really make opposition leader Luke Foley tick, look up a 19th century document called Rerum Novarum.
Criminalising those who
fight against IS (The Saturday
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Max Opray) The government is threatening to jail Australians who join the fight against Islamic State.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Doctrine of headship a
distortion of the gospel message of mutual love and respect (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) The church should be a haven from domestic violence but power imbalances remain for many worshippers badly affected by abusive relationships.
Abuse inside Christian
marriages – a personal story (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 2 – (Opinion: Isabella Young*) Ten years ago I was in the middle of a situation that an anti-domestic expert called "intimate partner terrorism" on Q&A this week.
For Christians who
missed the memo: the Bible abhors all domestic abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 4 – (Opinion: Sandy Grant) I'm thankful for the many in our community from Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, to the Sydney Morning Herald's 'shine a light' campaign who are speaking out on domestic violence.
anti-marriage equality ad debuts on Mardi Gras night (Brisbane Times)
Mar 8 - An anti-marriage equality advertisement aired to coincide with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been criticised as an ill-informed "fear-mongering" campaign.
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