Religion News Selection 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

  (17 October 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 11 - 18, 2015

A 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.

 

ABUSE

Salvation Army's Floyd Tidd talks about apology, compensation settlements and rebuilding trust (ABC News)
Oct 15 - The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has wrapped up in Adelaide after hearing harrowing accounts of abuse and cruelty at Salvation Army run children's homes.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies' call to arms over same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 12 - The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has issued a call to arms for true believers to oppose same-sex marriage even if they are confronted with hatred and ridicule over their views.

 

EDUCATION

How Muslim schools deal with radicalisation and Gen Y jihadists (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 - In Muslim schools, the terrorist organisation known as Islamic State isn't given any air time.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Cardinal says liberals and Islamists are 'Beasts of Apocalypse' (The West Australian)
Oct 14 - Vatican City (AFP) - A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin "Beasts of the Apocalypse" comparable to Nazism and communism.

Also: Rebel cardinals accuse Pope Francis of stacking (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 14 - Vatican: A gathering of world Catholic bishops has been thrown into confusion with the leak of a letter from conservative cardinals to Pope Francis bitterly complaining that the meeting is stacked against them.

Vatican gay sex, drug scandals: Pope issues apology (The Australian)
Oct 15 - Pope Francis has offered a surprise public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican, from gay sex to drug use.

Islam

Muslim woman ends anti-Islam protest by giving a protester a hug (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 16 - An anti-Islam protest being staged by a lone woman outside a mosque in the United States ended after members of the community came to engage her in a discussion about her views, and one Muslim woman walked over to give her a hug and invite her inside.

Religious Violence

Incidents of assault and violence against ‘witch children’ on the rise in Britain (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - IT’S hard to imagine anything more devastating than a parent turning on their own child.

Debate over status of cattle in India reignited after man bludgeoned to death (ABC News)
Oct 13 - A combination of politics and human tragedy has reignited debate over the status of cattle in India.

US warns of rise of Islamist extremism, anti-Semitism (The West Australian)
Oct 15 - Washington (AFP) - The United States released a bleak report on the state of religious freedom around the world Wednesday, decrying jihadist attacks on Middle East minorities and a rise in European anti-Semitism.

'It can't get any worse than being gay in Syria today' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 17 - The high-summer fields stretch towards the distant Mediterranean like a billowing patchwork quilt.

Teen ‘beaten to death’ for trying to leave his church (The Australian)
Oct 17 - A teenage boy’s parents beat him to death with an electrical cord after he said he wanted to leave their church, a court has heard.

Other

Living in a slum in the name of enlightenment (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 16 - Sertar, Garze: In the northern summer of 2001, thousands of Chinese security personnel, backed by an army of labourers armed with sledgehammers, massed at the entry of the Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute.

 

ISLAM

Muslim leaders in heated argument ahead of meeting with Mike Baird (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 12 - A heated argument between two Muslim leaders has highlighted community divisions ahead of a high-level meeting to discuss the radicalisation of young people.

Q&A: Muslim parents fear radicalisation paranoia (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 13 - Muslim parents are terrified their young sons will become unwitting victims of radicalisation "paranoia", an Islamic chaplain has revealed just hours after the federal government announced plans to target children as young as 14-years-old with new counter-terrorism laws.

Blair Cottrell, rising anti-Islam movement leader, wanted Hitler in the classroom (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 17 - A man who was briefly leader of Australia's most vocal anti-Islam street movement, the United Patriots Front, has a history online of supporting far-right causes, including wanting to hang a picture of Adolf Hitler in every Australian classroom.

 

JUDAISM

Extremist Israeli politician rejected by Sydney Jewish community (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 12 - The mother congregation of Australia's Jewish community has closed its doors to a visiting extremist Israeli politician who has publicly condemned homosexuals and dubbed Palestinians "bandits".

 

POLITICS

NSW Premier should have mentioned counter-terrorism changes at Sydney meeting, leaders say (ABC News)
Oct 13 - New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has been criticised for not mentioning tough new counter-terrorism laws at a meeting with Muslim community leaders held in Sydney, hours before the announcement.

Tolerance and understanding have their limits (Canberra Times)
Oct 17 – (Opinion: Editorial) The rhetoric of firmness, resolve and co-operation was gushing freely at the national meeting on Thursday convened by Malcolm Turnbull to canvass how violent extremism might be countered in Australia.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Journos ride out ISIS threat (The Australian)
Oct 12 – (Opinion: Sharri Markson ) Radical extremists have threatened some of News Corp’s most senior employees for their reporting on Islamic State.

Churches' fight against gay marriage gains momentum (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 17 - In the echo of church bells after Sunday service, over tea in living rooms adorned with the cross, and in the quiet, carpeted offices of the devout, whispers of a looming moral apocalypse are gaining strength.

'We don't look after people like you.' Transgender people refused medical care (Brisbane Times)
Oct 17 - Transgender people have been refused medical care, kicked out of their jobs and forced to undergo psychiatric and surgical procedures in a systematic violation of their human rights, new research has found.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 37 (Sept 27 – Oct 11)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 36 (Sept 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)

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

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

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