by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
October 18 - 25, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Oct 22 – (Opinion: David Shariatmadari) “The things that you’re liable to read in the Bible, it ain’t necessarily so”.
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.
'anti-Islamic' group Reclaim Australia make first television appearance (Brisbane
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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An interesting new book has appeared: Prayers of a Secular World (Jordie Albiston & Kevin Brophy, eds). Worth a look.