by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
September 27 – October 11, 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.
Tough time for Catholic
Church, despite popularity of Pope Francis (Brisbane Times)
Oct 3 - The Pope is proving popular with the masses, but evidence his charisma is reinvigorating the Australian Catholic Church is harder to find.
School prayer ‘starts
extremism’ (The Australian)
Oct 9 - Prayer groups and religious instruction in schools are a ‘doorway to extremism’, a government adviser has warned.
Australian teenagers attended public schools (Brisbane Times)
Oct 11 - Almost all of the school-aged jihadists and students who have been radicalised in Australia have come from state-run public schools and not religious schools.
Vatican sacks gay priest
after he announces he has a partner (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 4 - Vatican City: The Vatican on Saturday sacked a gay priest after he came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of bishops where the Church's stance on homosexuality is expected to be discussed.
Pope Francis: marriage
is between men and women (Brisbane
Oct 5 - Rome: Pope Francis defended marriage as "an indissoluble bond between a man and a woman" on Sunday as he opened a landmark Catholic synod on the family hours after the Vatican sacked a senior priest who came out as gay.
Pope says Catholic
Church 'not a museum' as gay issue overshadows synod (ABC News)
Oct 5 - Pope Francis says the Church is "not a museum" but a place for progress, as members of a key synod on the family began the first day of what promises to be a heated debate.
Catholic church should
shun derogatory words on gay people, Vatican synod told (ABC News)
Oct 7 - Catholics should stop using condescending language such as "pity" toward homosexuals and find ways to welcome them as sons and daughters of the Church, bishops have told members of a synod in the Vatican.
British prime minister
David Cameron vows to shut down Islamic schools that teach hate (ABC
Oct 8 - British prime minister David Cameron says he will introduce inspections for Islamic schools and will shut down those that teach hate.
Leader of Christian
group adjusts incorrect doomsday prediction: 'Soon' (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 9 - The leader of a Christian group who claimed that the world would end on Wednesday has admitted his prediction was “incorrect”.
If we treat people as
outsiders, they become outsiders (Sydney
Oct 4 – (Opinion: Joseph Wakim) Anti-Muslim vitriol plays into the hands of radicalisation recruiters.
Confronting the problem
with Islamic orthodoxy (Brisbane
Oct 4 – (Opinion: Ebrahim Moosa) It was once a robust intellectual tradition. Today it is in serious need of a makeover.
Anti-Islamic group stage
fake beheading in Bendigo to protest against mosque development (ABC
Oct 5 - Anti-Islamic campaigners have staged a mock beheading outside the Bendigo council offices in protest against plans for the city's first mosque.
Malcolm X's daughter
Ilyasah Shabazz calls for Muslim parents to protect kids from radicalisation (ABC News)
Oct 7 - The daughter of African-American civil rights leader Malcolm X says parents need to take more responsibility to make sure young people stay away from radical messages.
Mosque protest fears
kill festival (The Australian)
Oct 8 - Anti-mosque protesters have sparked the abandonment of a major food and wine festival.
Australia Post's Ahmed
Fahour calls for work traineeships to counter lure of extremism (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - The head of Australia Post has called on business and government to offer work traineeships to young Muslims as way of countering the lure of extremism.
rally flops (The Australian)
Oct 10 - AN anti-Islam rally in Hobart fizzled in the face of opposition from rival pro-diversity supporters who outnumbered the protesters five to one.
Government calls on
families to form frontline against teenage terrorism (ABC News)
Oct 5 - The Federal Government is reaching out to Muslim community leaders in the aftermath a deadly shooting by a 15-year-old boy in Sydney.
Teen killer ‘turned’ at
city mosque (The Australian)
Oct 5 - The 15-year-old who shot dead a police employee is believed to have been radicalised through worshippers at a Sydney mosque.
Deadly mix of rebellion,
religion (The Australian)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Cameron Stewart) Ever since Farhad Jabar shot Curtis Cheng, a phoney debate has emerged about if it was an act of rebellion or religion.
How I saw Farhad Jabar
change a week before he became a killer (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 8 - In his last weeks, Farhad Jabar started skipping school.
Your theory about
violent extremism doesn't help us understand why a teenager would kill (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Anne Aly) It’s time to stop and consider what we mean by radicalisation, how we talk about it and what we actually know.
'If you don't like
Australia, leave', Muslim leader to tell worshippers (ABC News)
Oct 9 - The chairman of a Sydney mosque is expected to tell worshippers that "if you don't like Australia, leave" during his first sermon since a teenage extremist who attended the mosque shot dead a man outside NSW Police headquarters.
Muslim community split
in response to violence committed in name of Islam (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 10 - Swarthy bearded men or women in headscarves are a rare sight on Australian television.
Israeli politician to visit synagogues (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - Extremist right-wing Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin, who once called himself a "proud homophobe" and branded Palestinians a "gang of bandits", is speaking in Melbourne Chabad synagogues this weekend.
Malcolm Turnbull poised
to end improper influence of religion on government (The Age,
Sept 27 – (Opinion: Andrew Masterson) Perhaps now, with a changing of the guard in the government, the place of religion will subside.
Islamic leader Ahmad
Malas calls on Malcolm Turnbull to restart relationship with Australian Muslims (ABC News)
Oct 2 - An Islamic community leader is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reset the Federal Government's relationship with Australia's Muslims.
approach to combating extremism praised by Muslim leader (ABC News)
Oct 5 - A prominent Muslim community leader says the Federal Government's efforts to combat extremism and radicalisation in Australia are a "quantum leap" from its previous approach.
politician Geert Wilders granted a visa for Australia (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 9 - Far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, will be allowed to speak in Australia for the second time in his controversial career, after being granted a visa.
NSW Liberal Women's
Council vice-president Patricia Shields resigns over anti-Islam posts (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 11 - It might be one of the most short-lived promotions in NSW political history.
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