by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 26 – May 3, 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
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Paedophile priest David Edwin Rapson to be
sentenced for molesting young boys (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 - DAVID Edwin Rapson made a career out of destroying lives.
hears about financial failings within Anglican Diocese of Bathurst (ABC
Apr 28 - The management board of the debt-ridden Anglican Diocese of Bathurst in western New South Wales has admitted huge loans weren't properly examined before being approved.
The architectural legacy of WA's Roman
Catholic church (ABC News)
May 1 - The Roman Catholic church has had a strong presence in Western Australia since the 1840s, when it was established by a handful of European settlers.
Bill to allow schools to exclude children
on basis of faith progresses in Tasmania (ABC
May 1 - Legislation allowing religious schools to exclude children of a different faith has passed Tasmania's Lower House.
Discrimination will preserve religious
faith (The Mercury, Hobart)
May 3 – (Opinion: Archbishop Julian Porteous) THERE is debate in the Tasmanian community about changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act.
Labor's own in dark on private school deal (The Age, Melbourne)
May 3 - The Labor government's contentious guarantee of special funding to private schools blindsided the experts selected by the party to shape its education policy.
Church of England sells off $23 million of
investments in fossil fuel to help curb climate change (ABC
May 1 - One of the world's wealthiest religious institutions, the Church of England, says it has divested about $18 million in investments in thermal coal tar sands companies to promote a transition to a low-carbon economy.
Pope Francis meets UN chief ahead of key
environmental statement (ABC News)
Apr 28 - Pope Francis has met with United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for informal talks, just weeks before the Vatican is due to issue a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the worldwide debate on global warming.
Vatican gave out 1.5 million euros in
charity in 2014 (The West
May 1 - Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.
Does a long, black skirt flout France's
treasured secularity? (The West
Apr 30 - Paris (AFP) - Is a long, black skirt a "conspicuous" sign of Islam?
Anger as Algeria pores over new alcohol
measures (The West Australian)
May 2 - Algiers (AFP) - Alcohol has resurfaced as a hot-button issue in Algerian politics, with ultra-conservative Muslims angered by plans to liberalise sales in a country torn between respect for Islam and freedom of choice.
Nearly 300 women rescued from militant
stronghold, Nigeria army says not kidnapped Chibok girls (ABC
Apr 28 - Nigeria's military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army spokesman says the hostages were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.
Trial begins in case of mob lynching of
Afghan woman which sparked widespread protests (ABC
May 3 - Dozens of Afghan men including several policemen have faced trial on over the mob killing in Kabul of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran.
Yazidi captives killed by Islamic State
militants near Mosul (news.com.au)
May 3 - ISLAMIC State group militants have shot to death captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, a says.
Doctor in Islamic State video worked in
Queensland (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - A DOCTOR who appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video once worked in Queensland, at Mackay Base Hospital.
Medical Board of Australia takes action
over doctor's decision to join militant group (ABC
May 2 - The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is investigating West Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh, after he appeared in a propaganda video for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group urging other medical professionals to join him in Syria.
Mosque attacker 'likely acting alone' (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - It's thought one man is behind repeated arson attacks on a Toowoomba mosque.
ISIS Inc: Why the lure of this death cult
is in the marketing (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 – (Opinion: Paul Toohey) ONE of his first memories is seeing the planes crash into the Twin Towers.
Senior Rabbi Moshe Gutnick says anti-halal
campaign 'ignorant and prejudiced' (The
Apr 27 - One of Australia's most senior rabbis has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, saying the anti-halal campaign headed by the group Reclaim Australia and backed by some parliamentarians is an attack on religious freedom.
Government invests $1.6m in groups fighting
radicalism (The Australian)
May 2 - The federal government is handing out $1.6 million to community groups to steer vulnerable individuals away from ideologies of hate and violence.
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