Religion News Selection 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

  (25 October 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 18 - 25, 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.

 

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Reclaim Australia expose backfires for Channel Seven (news.com.au)
Oct 19 - AN investigation aiming to expose and challenge the views of anti-Islam group Reclaim Australia has backfired for Channel Seven.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope, ending synod, excoriates bishops with 'closed hearts' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - Vatican City: Pope Francis, ending a contentious bishops' meeting on family issues, on Saturday excoriated immovable Church leaders who "bury their heads in the sand" and hide behind rigid doctrine while families suffer.

Islam

German anti-Islam Pegida protest swells, as refugee shelters burn (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 20 - Dresden: As the German anti-Islam movement Pegida staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, twelve people were injured in a fire at a building in Gudensberg accommodating mostly migrant workers from Bulgaria and Poland.

Religious Violence

Abu Shujaa: The man behind the rescue of Yazidi women and children kidnapped by Islamic State (ABC News)
Oct 19 - Osman Darwish Hassan, better known as Abu Shujaa, has the weary face and distracted demeanour of a very busy man.

Other

Scientists find you can reduce belief in God by directing magnetic energy into the brain (Brisbane Times)
Oct 19 - Scientists from the University of York have found a way to perform mind control.

Australian couple mobbed in India over Hindu deity leg tattoo (ABC News)
Oct 20 - An Australian couple have defended their right of expression after they were mobbed, harassed and unlawfully detained in India over the man's tattoo of a Hindu deity.

The 10 worst typos in the Bible (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 22 – (Opinion: David Shariatmadari) “The things that you’re liable to read in the Bible, it ain’t necessarily so”.

 

ISLAM

The impact of mass Muslim immigration in Europe will be felt in Australia (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 – (Opinion: Paul Sheehan) The arrival of about a million Muslim men in Europe during 2014 and 2015, most of them unaccompanied, most not refugees from Syria, and most of whom would have been classified as illegal immigrants until European border control was plunged into turmoil earlier this year, has set in train a political shock wave.

Founders of 'anti-Islamic' group Reclaim Australia make first television appearance  (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 - A television interview with the founders of Reclaim Australia, once a group on society's fringe, was followed by a fiery response on social media on Sunday.

"Muslims really aren't this 'other', nefarious group" (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - As the sun dips past its highest point in the sky, two thousand Muslims gather on the carpet beneath a high dome in Sydney's south-west.

 

JUDAISM

Netanyahu suggests grand mufti convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews (ABC News)
Oct 22 - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has provoked a Holocaust controversy, saying the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

 

POLITICS

Media ‘mocks’ Christian Right (The Australian)
Oct 19 - Liberal senator Eric Abetz has ­unleashed an attack on the media, arguing it is hostile to Christian politicians.

Geert Wilders almost drowned out by protesters at Perth media conference  (ABC News)
Oct 21 - A small but vocal group of protesters has almost drowned out controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders at a media conference in Perth to announce Senate candidates for the newly formed Australian Liberty Alliance.

Also: Is the Australian Liberty Alliance the next One Nation? (news.com.au)
Oct 25 - THE launch of an anti-Islam party in Australia has raised concerns about whether multiculturalism actually works.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Daniel Andrews backs diversity, but not for believers who shun same-sex parenting (Brisbane Times)
Oct 20 – (Opinion: Dan Flynn) Even if the Victorian government considers it right to allow same-sex adoption, it shouldn't force everyone to put its views into practice.

 

 

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

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)

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 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

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

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

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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An interesting new book has appeared: Prayers of a Secular World (Jordie Albiston & Kevin Brophy, eds). Worth a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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