Religion News Selection 40 (Oct 25 - Nov 1)

  (01 November 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 25 – November 1, 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

Labor to set up fund for victims of church abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
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".

 

EDUCATION

Morrison chastises 'do-gooders' who let Muslim children not sing anthem (The Guardian, Australia)
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.

Also: Religious schools vilifying people based on sexual identity is nothing new (Brisbane Times)
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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

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.

Islam

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.

Judaism

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.

Religious Violence

'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 Times)
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Shubhajit Bhowmik) In once-secular Bangladesh, to write about religion is to risk death from Islamists.

Other

What ancient Egypt tells us about a world without religious conflict (The Guardian, Australia)
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.

 

ISLAM

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 Times)
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.

 

POLITICS

Greens abortion exclusion zone plan to pass Legislative Assembly (Brisbane Times)
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.

Also: #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.

Also: 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 Herald)  
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 Times)
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Neil Jeyasingam) Halloween is a children's holiday that celebrates death.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 40 (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

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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