Religion News Australia 2013 - 33 (Aug 30 - Sept 6)

  (05 September 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

August 30 – September 6, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Head rabbi at Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre resigns over handling of sex abuse (ABC News)
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.

 

EDUCATION

The truth behind the Gayby Baby ban (Sydney Morning Herald)  
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 Age, Melbourne)
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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis asks Catholic priests to pardon women who have undergone abortion (ABC News)
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 Australian)
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.

Islam

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.

Religious Violence

Islamic State militants damage Palmyra's historic Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (ABC News)
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 Guardian, Australia)
Aug 31 - For almost a year Abu Abdullah was the most wanted man in Baghdad.

Other

Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest of us Christians a bad name (The Guardian, Australia)
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 Guardian, Australia)
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.

Also: Kentucky clerk's office ends ban on same-sex marriage licences (ABC News)
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?

 

ISLAM

10 children in programs to stop them fighting for extremist Islamic groups, AFP Commissioner says (ABC News)
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.

 

POLITICS

Jewish leader criticises Tony Abbott for comparing Nazis and Islamic State (ABC News)
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 News)
Sept 6 - The Federal Government appears almost certain to next week authorise air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Victorian Government confirms support for abortion clinic buffer zone laws (ABC News)
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 Times)
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.

 

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 22 (June 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 21 (June 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 20 (May 31 – June 7)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 19 (May 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 18 (May 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 17 (May 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 16 (May 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 15 (Apr 26 – May 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 14 (Apr 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 13 (Apr 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 12 (Apr 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 11 (Mar 29 – Apr 5)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 10 (Mar 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 9 (Mar 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 8 (Mar 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 7 (Mar 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 6 (Feb 22 – Mar 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 5 (Feb 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 4 (Feb 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 3 (Feb 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 2 (Jan 25 – Feb 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 1 (Jan 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 55 (Dec 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 54 (Dec 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 53 (Dec 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 52 (Nov 30 – Dec 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 51 (Nov 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 50 (Nov 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 49 (Nov 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 48 (Nov 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 47 (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 46 (Oct 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 45 (Oct 12 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Oct 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 33 (Sept 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 32 (Aug 31 – Sept 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 31 (Aug 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 8 (Feb 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 6 (Feb 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

 

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