by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
March 22 - 29, 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.
Catholic Church says
rejection of national compensation and support scheme surprising (ABC
Mar 27 - The Federal Government's rejection of a proposal for a national compensation and support scheme for victims of child sexual abuse is surprising, the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief says.
Ashram could wind up
amid sex abuse allegations (The
Mar 29 - A Melbourne ashram is closing and could be wound up amid allegations its members were sexually and physically abused there.
apologises for derogatory comments about Jill Meagher (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 29 - A Catholic Church official has apologised after a priest told parishioners that had murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher's faith been stronger, she would have been "home in bed" and not walking down a street on the night she was brutally raped and killed.
Catholic schools’ dubious funding pleas fall on willing ears at
election time (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 – (Opinion: Ross Gittins) Catholic schools’ superior bargaining power tends to spread gains to other religious and independent schools.
Muslim Tory candidate Afzal Amin suspended amid accusations
of faking anti-mosque protest (ABC News)
Mar 23 - Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has suspended a Muslim candidate in a key seat following allegations he plotted with the far right English Defence League (EDL) to stir up racial tension to help win votes in May’s election.
Kabul police officers suspended over lynching of woman ‘falsely’
accused of burning Koran (ABC News)
Mar 25 - Afghanistan’s interior ministry has fired the spokesman for Kabul’s police chief for Facebook comments that seemed to try to justify the mob killing of a 27-year-old woman falsely accused of burning a Koran.
Also: Outcry over brutal lynching of woman in Kabul (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - Kabul: Hundreds of Afghans marched in the capital to protest the lynching of a 27-year-old woman in central Kabul last week, while a prominent Afghan police official was sacked on Tuesday for his actions after the killing.
Most senior Australian in al Qaeda speaks about Islamic
State and why men go to Syria (news.com.au)
Mar 25 - AUSTRALIA’S highest ranking member of al-Qaeda has spoken about the trend of young Australians travelling to Syria to fight and the unrest between competing terror regimes and Islamic State.
The Church of
Scientology has taken to the internet to refute damning accusations (news.com.au)
Mar 24 - AFTER winning an Academy Award for his controversial documentary about torture and interrogation techniques in US war on terror, Alex Gibney has a new target in his sights.
Apple's Cook joins tech
CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law (The West Australian)
Mar 28 - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people.
Terror fight can't be
won with laws alone (The West
Mar 27 - A leading Muslim community figure is worried millions of dollars earmarked to prevent the radicalisation of young Australians is not hitting the mark.
Not all media is 'evil':
Vic Muslim (news.com.au)
Mar 29 - AN Australian sheikh has urged Muslims to remember that "not everyone in the media is bad" the next time they read a story they feel is unfair.
Latrobe councillor Christine Sindt asked to remove
anti-Islam Facebook posts (ABC News)
Mar 23 - The Latrobe City Council in south-east Victoria is investigating whether a councillor has breached its code of conduct by using social media to campaign against Islam and immigration.
before parliament (news.com.au)
Mar 24 - FEDERAL parliament has been petitioned to ban Islam and crack down on halal certification.
needed so meat producers can grow exports, says federal MP Bruce Scott (ABC
Mar 26 - Federal Liberal National Party Bruce Scott says that if Australia is to capitalise on jobs and exports in the rural sector, it needs to ensure its food is halal certified.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Catholic crusader Peter
Westmore blesses daughter's gay marriage in New Zealand (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 - The head of the leading Catholic-based lobby group campaigning against same-sex marriage in Australia has attended and blessed his daughter's wedding to another woman in New Zealand.
Palm Sunday plea: Start
the soul-searching and stop turning back the boats (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 29 – (Opinion: Tim Winton) Palm Sunday commemorates the day an itinerant prophet spoke truth to power.
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