by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 30 – September 6, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Head rabbi at Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre
resigns over handling of sex abuse (ABC
Sept 2 - The head rabbi of Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre has announced he is stepping down, after months of pressure to resign over his handling of child sex abuse.
Geelong Grammar chaplain tried to hypnotise
students before sexually assaulting them (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 2 - A chaplain at one of the country's most prestigious private schools tried to hypnotise students before sexually assaulting them, a victim told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
The truth behind the Gayby Baby ban (Sydney Morning
Sept 2 - The Presbyterian minister who led an attack on the screening of a film about children with gay parents at a Sydney high school had his scripture classes at the school dramatically slashed last year, documents seen by Fairfax Media have revealed.
Government urged to remove LGBTI
discrimination in schools (The
Sept 2 - Transgender students would be able to attend same-sex religious schools and wear the uniform of their choice, and gay and lesbian teachers would be allowed to work at religious schools, under changes mooted to Victorian discrimination laws.
Queensland Catholic teachers to stop work (Brisbane Times)
Sept 4 - Thousands of Queensland's Catholic school teachers are planning to stop work for two days this month in support of better pay and conditions.
Pope Francis asks Catholic priests to
pardon women who have undergone abortion (ABC
Sept 2 - Pope Francis has announced all priests will have the discretion to forgive women who have had an abortion during the forthcoming Jubilee year, which is traditionally associated with forgiveness.
Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician
for new eyeglasses (The West
Sept 4 - ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician's shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them.
Koran find queries Islam history (The Australian)
Aug 31 - A copy of the Koran that may predate the Prophet Mohammad could rewrite the early history of Islam, scholars believe.
Islamic State militants damage Palmyra's
historic Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (ABC
Aug 31 - The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of the ancient Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra, a group monitoring the conflict says.
No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who
sent out 15 suicide bombers (The
Aug 31 - For almost a year Abu Abdullah was the most wanted man in Baghdad.
Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest
of us Christians a bad name (The
Aug 31 - Ever since Jesus himself announced that his followers should be “salt and light” (think: flavor and enlightenment) in the world and the apostle Paul held his own in debates with first century intellectuals and Greek philosophers, the Christian church has always held a mandate to positively influence society at large.
Onward Christian soldiers: War Room
triumphs at the box office (The
Sept 1 - It’s official: Hollywood has fallen for God, and God, or at least mammon, appears to reciprocate the affection.
Clerk Kim Davis jailed for refusing to
issue marriage licences for gay couples (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 4 - Ashland: A county clerk in Kentucky was held in contempt of court and jailed on Thursday for failing to issue marriage licences to gay couples in defiance of the US Supreme Court.
Kentucky clerk's office ends ban on
same-sex marriage licences (ABC
Sept 6 - Deputies of a county clerk in rural America have issued marriage licences to four gay couples after she defied a federal judge's orders for months because of her Christian views.
Christian politicians won’t say it, but the
Bible is clear: let the refugees in, every last one (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 6 – (Opinion: Giles Fraser) Thousands more, says David Cameron now, grudgingly conceding to popular pressure.
BBC takes on Church of Scientology in new
film (Adelaide Now)
Sept 6 - WHAT happens when the BBC takes on The Church of Scientology?
10 children in programs to stop them
fighting for extremist Islamic groups, AFP Commissioner says (ABC
Aug 31 - Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has confirmed there are around ten school aged children involved in community programs to stop them going overseas to fight for extremist Islamic groups.
Muslim leaders could have talked down Lindt
Cafe siege gunman, inquest hears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 3 - A prominent member of Sydney's Muslim community says the Lindt Cafe siege "may have had a different outcome" had he or the imam of Lakemba Mosque been able to talk to gunman Man Haron Monis as the incident unfolded.
Jewish leader criticises Tony Abbott for
comparing Nazis and Islamic State (ABC
Sept 3 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised by a Jewish representative over his comments comparing the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group to the Nazis.
Canning byelection: Andrew Hastie slams
questions on family religion (WAToday.com.au)
Sept 4 - Liberal candidate for the Canning byelection Andrew Hastie has slammed the media for targeting his family about their religious beliefs.
Tony Abbott taking request to bomb IS
targets in Syria 'very seriously' (ABC
Sept 6 - The Federal Government appears almost certain to next week authorise air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Victorian Government confirms support for
abortion clinic buffer zone laws (ABC
Sept 1 - The establishment of buffer zones to keep protesters away from Victorian abortion clinics looks certain to become law, after the State Government confirmed it will support the move.
'Hell exists and it's on Nauru': Priest
angers Transfield over asylum seeker church signs (Brisbane Times)
Sept 3 - Transfield chairwoman Diane Smith-Gander has asked to meet with Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson about the priest who won't stop talking about Jesus, morals and asylum seekers.
I’m one of the people you would prefer to
see dead (Adelaide Now)
Sept 4 – (Opinion: Dilvin Yasa) At the very least you’re almost certainly frightened by the idea of me.
Anti-Islamic State fighter Ashley Dyball
reportedly travels to Europe (Brisbane
Sept 6 - It appears Brisbane man Ashley Dyball has no problems travelling to Europe, but if he decided to return to Australia he'd likely be thrown in prison.
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