by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
November 1 - 8, 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.
Premier Mike Baird's $47
million package to fight violent extremism (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 3 - Specialist teams and trained counsellors will identify students at risk of radicalisation and help to counter violent extremism in schools as part of a $47 million package developed by the Baird government.
Lobby slams Safe Schools anti-bullying program (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 4 - "Homosexuality is not natural".
Vatican arrests senior
priest, laywoman suspected of leaking confidential documents (ABC News)
Nov 3 - The Vatican says two members of a commission that Pope Francis set up to study Church reforms have been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents to the media.
The truth of the
Vatileaks scandal is that there is no scandal (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 7 – (Opinion: Paul Vallely) Corrupt and secretive Vatican locks up whistleblower. First scandal of Pope Francis era. Good story, but the narrative is wrong.
UAE told UK: crack down
on Muslim Brotherhood or lose arms deals (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 7 - The United Arab Emirates threatened to block billion-pound arms deals with the UK, stop inward investment and cut intelligence cooperation if David Cameron did not act against the Muslim Brotherhood, the Guardian has learned.
Mormon church bars same-sex
couples and their children (Brisbane
Nov 7 - Children of same-sex couples will not be able to join the Mormon church until they turn 18 and only if they move out of their parents' homes, disavow all same-sex relationships and receive approval from the church's top leadership as part of a new policy adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
God has become a
political football in the presidential game (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 8 – (Opinion: Michael Cohen) There have been so many memorable moments in the race for the Republican presidential nomination so far, but one really sticks out.
Human Rights Commission
finds Muslims have 'limited protection' under Racial Discrimination Act (ABC News)
Nov 5 - Legal and ethnic affairs experts are calling on the Federal Government to investigate how to better protect Australia's Muslim community from discrimination.
objections 'an attack on freedom of religion' (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 6 - Objections to a proposed mosque in Bendigo amount to "an attack on freedom of religion", the Victorian Court of Appeal was told on Friday.
'crusader' at lead of United Patriots Front (Brisbane Times)
Nov 7 - A central figure in the anti-Islam street movement the United Patriots Front is a self-described "biblical crusader" with a long history of posting videos to social media in which he poses with semi-automatic weapons and threatens to take up arms against the Government and Muslims.
Tony Abbott was subject
of 'bigotry at its most shameful' over Christian beliefs, George Brandis says (ABC News)
Nov 5 - Former prime minister Tony Abbott was the subject of "bigotry at its most shameful" over his Catholic beliefs, Attorney-General George Brandis claims.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Myanmar needs more than
just democracy (Brisbane Times)
Nov 8 – (Opinion: Jamie Parker) As the sun rises today across Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of monks and nuns walk in single file, the eldest in the lead, carrying their alms bowls to receive food from lay-people.
From the Archive…
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)
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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.