by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
October 25 – November 1, 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.
Labor to set up fund for victims of church
abuse (Sydney Morning
Oct 26 - Sixty-thousand Australian victims of child sexual and other abuses at the hands of churches will be able to seek financial compensation under a future Labor government with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten set to announce Labor's support for a new "national redress scheme".
Morrison chastises 'do-gooders' who let
Muslim children not sing anthem (The
Oct 28 - Scott Morrison has lashed out at staff at a Victorian primary school who helped young students leave a school assembly before the national anthem was sung, calling them “do-gooders” who should win “muppet of the year” awards.
Gay man's daughter not welcome at Mandurah
Christian school (WAToday.com.au)
Oct 29 - A Mandurah private school, which receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding every year, has told the father of a seven-year-old girl she would not have been welcome had it known her parents were gay.
Religious schools vilifying people based on
sexual identity is nothing new (Brisbane
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Fr Chris Bedding) There is only one remarkable thing about the behavior of staff at Foundation Christian School in Mandurah – it became public.
Pope Francis warns bishops against turning
people away who do not fit 'scheduled faith' (ABC News)
Oct 27 - Pope Francis has warned Catholic bishops against turning away from people who do not fit their "scheduled faith", a day after a divisive synod on the Church's attitude to sex, love and marriage ended in stalemate.
Pope denounces clergy whose tongues lashed
slain Salvadoran bishop Romero (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 31 - Vatican City: Pope Francis has criticised conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.
A war of ideas: An atheist and a Muslim on
the future of Islam and reforming religion (ABC News)
Oct 30 - Muslims around the world have been called on to rise to the challenge of religious reform in a debate between a prominent atheist and a Muslim activist.
Baby dies in West Bank tear gas incident as
Benjamin Netanyahu withdraws Holocaust statement (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 31 - An eight-month-old Palestinian boy has died after choking on tear gas fired by the Israeli army near his West Bank home as Israeli Prime Minister retracted his claim a Palestinian cleric had inspired the Holocaust.
'Dehumanisation and stigmatisation' of
Rohingya Muslims based on Nazi Germany: report (Brisbane Times)
Oct 29 - Bangkok: Nazi ideology and Islam-phobia are being used to stoke hatred of more than one million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rahkine state, according to the findings of an 18-month investigation.
Islamic State's latest attack on Palmyra is
a picture of the end of civilisation (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Jonathan Jones) It is, in a monstrous way, the picture of the year.
Bangladesh: where the Islamists' sword is
mightier than the pen (Brisbane
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Shubhajit Bhowmik) In once-secular Bangladesh, to write about religion is to risk death from Islamists.
What ancient Egypt tells us about a world
without religious conflict (The Guardian,
Oct 30 - High above the atrium of the British Museum, in the Hotung Gallery that curves around the dome of the old Reading Room, you can – for the next four months – walk through 1,200 years of Egypt’s history: from Alexander’s conquest in 331BC to Salah al-Din’s takeover in AD1171.
Muslim woman told to leave a Noosa RSL for
wearing hijab (Brisbane Times)
Oct 27 - After a successful start to a national badminton competition, Hijran and her teammates thought a meal out together would be a nice way to celebrate.
It's not up to Muslims and other
marginalised groups to prove they are human (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) Last month, Buzzfeed released a video with the intention of smashing Muslim stereotypes. I'm Muslim, But I'm Not… featured a bevy of young Americans assuring viewers of such things as, "I'm Muslim but I'm not angry" and "I'm Muslim but I'm not a terrorist".
Sydney more hostile to Muslims, but Australia
embraces multiculturalism: survey (Brisbane
Oct 29 - Melbourne is by far the most tolerant major Australian city towards Muslims, with Sydney most likely to be hostile.
Public welcomed inside Melbourne mosque to
quash Islam misconceptions (ABC News)
Oct 30 - Mosques across Australia will host an open day this weekend, in an effort to demystify and destigmatise the meeting places for Muslims.
Show us the cash: mosque leader (The Australian)
Oct 30 - The head of a mosque where a teen spent time before a fatal shooting has criticised a lack of government action since.
Muslim groups meet to discuss 'unjustified'
counter-terrorism intervention (ABC News)
Nov 1 - A conference organised by the hardline Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir is underway for Muslim groups to discuss what they say has been unjustified Government intervention within their community to deal with terrorism.
Greens abortion exclusion zone plan to pass
Legislative Assembly (Brisbane
Oct 28 - Canberra is set to see protest exclusion zones established around abortion clinics, as Labor moves to support a Greens plan on Thursday.
Tony Abbott did Australia proud in UK
speech on refugees, Cory Bernardi says (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 28 - Tony Abbott did Australia proud during a major speech in London, in which he urged European leaders to ignore a core tenet of the Bible to enact tougher border protection measures, the Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi has said.
#TheToneCommandments: The internet’s not
done with Tony Abbott (news.com.au)
Oct 28 - WHEN the internet senses a screw-up, it can be terrifyingly quick to react.
Catholic priests slam Tony Abbott's
anti-immigration Margaret Thatcher Lecture (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 29 - Two of Australia's leading Catholic priests say they are "appalled, ashamed and offended" that former prime minister Tony Abbott would cite the Bible on the world stage to argue for anti-immigration measures.
What politics needs now (Brisbane Times)
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Judith Ireland) In Australia, we're not quite sure what to do with religion in politics.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
The modern-day Sabbath: whenever you have
time (Sydney Morning
Oct 23 - Sydney could go the way of "infidel France" and plummet into moral and religious decline if the Art Gallery of NSW was allowed to open on Sundays, we were warned 133 years ago.
All Saints Church in Sydney forces
cancellation of Dying with Dignity talk (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 27 - A Sydney church has forced the last-minute cancellation of a talk advocating that terminally ill people should have the right to euthanasia.
Halloween is good for children because it
puts death in perspective (Brisbane
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Neil Jeyasingam) Halloween is a children's holiday that celebrates death.
From the Archive…
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)
An interesting new book has appeared: Prayers of a Secular World (Jordie Albiston & Kevin Brophy, eds). Worth a look.