by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
November 15 - 22, 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.
Newcastle MP urges Royal
Commission to 'shine light' on disturbing allegations (ABC News)
Nov 20 - There has been shock and disbelief in the wake of an ABC investigation that has revealed alleged Anglican clergy abuse had links to powerful sectors of the Hunter's community.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Artist Bill Flowers
questions nature of snakes and blasphemy (ABC News)
Nov 20 - The work of Bill Flowers is often unsettling for those who are afraid of snakes and his latest exhibition might also be unsettling for some Christians.
Pope Francis works on
children's book (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 19 - Titled Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World, the book consists of the pontiff"s personal responses to 30 hand-written letters and drawings from children ages six to 13.
‘Muslims must do more’ (The Australian)
Nov 17 - President Obama has criticised Muslims for not doing enough to stamp out extremism in their communities.
Muslim Americans shocked by Trump and Carson quotes (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 21 - Prominent Muslim Americans have reacted with anger and dismay to the incendiary remarks of Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race who called for a database of all Muslims in the country to be set up, in order to track their movements.
Al-Murabitoun: Who are
the terrorist group claiming responsibility for Mali hotel attack? (ABC
Nov 21 - African Jihadist group Al-Murabitoun has claimed responsibility for an attack in Mali's capital Bamako, in which more than 100 hostages were held by gunmen at a luxury hotel.
Life inside the
so-called Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 21 - In Raqqa, the besieged capital of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate, the fear of being bombed, of being arrested or executed, are compounded by the indignities of daily life.
Can Islamic State
terrorists be defeated? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 22 - What will victory over Islamic State look like? How will we know when the terrorists are finally defeated?
Religious Violence – Paris attacks
A death cult has
declared war on the West (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Janet Daley) Whatever this is, it is not a clash of civilisations.
Paris attacks: how
Brussels has become a jihadi hotbed (The Australian)
Nov 16 - Prosecutors have disclosed a growing Belgian connection to the Paris attacks as Premier Charles Michel conceded that a Brussels neighbourhood is a “gigantic problem” given its past links to international terrorism.
Anonymous declares ‘war’
on ISIS, vows cyberattacks following Paris attacks (news.com.au)
Nov 17 - FRENCH hackers from the activist group Anonymous have declared “war” on Islamic State after the Paris attacks.
The ‘other’ hacking
groups working to bring down Islamic State (news.com.au)
Nov 18 - ANONYMOUS might be gaining support for launching cyber-attacks against Islamic State, but it not the first collective of hackers to have the terrorist organisation in its cross hairs.
Police raid halts terror
unit that was 'ready to strike' again, says prosecutor (ABC News)
Nov 19 - Police raids in Saint-Denis eliminated a "terrorist team planning new attacks", chief Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a media conference in the French capital.
Charlie Hebdo on Paris
attacks: 'They have weapons. F--- them. We have champagne!' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 19 - When extremists affiliated with al-Qaeda stormed the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in January, not many outside of France were familiar with the publication.
Mass resignations from
Mormon church to protest same-sex policy (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 - Austin: About 1500 Latter-day Saints have submitted letters of resignation from the Mormon Church to protest a new policy barring children of married same-sex couples from being baptised until they are adults, movement organisers said on Sunday.
Spaghetti Monster church
member wins right to wear colander in US licence photo (ABC News)
Nov 19 - An American woman who identifies as a member of a parody religion has won the right to wear a colander in her driver's licence photo.
The victimology myth
about Muslims in Australia sells the country short (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Paul Sheehan) Australia has a remarkably good record of racial tolerance for a nation of almost 24 million with an ethnically diverse population.
Tactics not working:
Grand Mufti (The Australian)
Nov 16 - George Brandis warns against alienating Islamic communities as Grand Mufti says strategies to combat terrorism are failing.
The Project's Waleed Aly
praised for unity message in the wake of Paris attacks (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 17 - The Project's Waleed Aly has launched an impassioned plea for unity following the Paris terror attacks, saying that divisive actions of hate will serve only to help Islamic State.
The Islamic men feeding
Sydney’s homeless (news.com.au)
Nov 17 - DARKNESS has descended over Sydney’s Central Station as a sound system kicks in to gear unleashing Islamic prayers all through the park.
distances itself from Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed’s comments (Adelaide
Nov 17 - AUSTRALIAN Muslims have distanced themselves from Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed after he suggested the Paris terror attacks were caused partly by racism and Islamophobia.
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull welcomes Grand Mufti's new statement on Paris attacks (ABC
Nov 19 - The Grand Mufti of Australia has defended his remarks on the Paris attacks, but warns condemning the Islamic State terrorist group is not enough to tackle the issue.
for Islam is the love that dare not speak its name (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 19 – (Opinion: Jeff Sparrow) This week, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph published a cover portraying the African-born Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed as a monkey: a predictable manifestation of the Islamophobia unleashed since the atrocities in Paris.
Five things Australia's
grand mufti may or may not have said about the Paris attacks (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 19 - They say 93% of communication is non-verbal.
Did the US and the West create
Islamic State? (news.com.au)
Nov 21 - AS THE threat of Islamic extremism looms ever larger in the wake of Islamic State’s terrorist attacks in Paris, conversation has now turned to how exactly we got here.
Majority of Australians
have commendably refused to vilify Muslims in wake of Paris horror (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 22 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) In the wake of the horror in Paris, Australia could have gone two ways: turn to each other, or on each other.
Sydney man Diaa Mohamed
launches new political group with sights set on Senate seats (ABC News)
Nov 17 - A political party representing Australian Muslims has been launched, with its sights set on winning a Senate seat at the next election.
Government set to focus
Syrian refugee program on Christians in wake of Paris attacks (ABC
Nov 19 - In the wake of the attacks in Paris, Federal Cabinet Minister Scott Morrison says he expects Christians will be the focus of the Australian government's Syrian refugee program.
Syrian refugees to be
from 'all religions' (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Nov 21 - Australia's intake of 12,000 Syrian refugees will include people from all affected communities, the federal government says.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
View from the Street:
God damn it, we need to be kind (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Andrew P Street) In 1965 the US author Kurt Vonnegut Jr published his fifth novel, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater, in which the titular character wanted to give the following advice to newborns: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth…There's only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you've got to be kind."
After the Paris attacks:
How to confront this Islamo-Fascist plague (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Bruce Hearn Mackinnon) Enough is enough.
Paris attacks: France's
home-grown terrorists product of poverty and prejudice (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Herve Maurin ) France is again the target of barbaric acts of terror.
plays into Islamic State hands: academic (ABC News)
Nov 19 - An online surveillance expert has backed up a warning by The Project's host Waleed Aly that ostracising Muslims in the wake of the Paris attacks will only play into the hands of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Church fear over Syria
refugees (The Australian)
Nov 21 - Christian leaders fear being blocked from recommending persecuted people to be part of the Australian intake.
Same-sex marriage: When
did dissent become discrimination? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 22 – (Opinion: Chris Berg) The politics of gay marriage have shifted radically in a very short space of time.
Knowing oneself makes
religions superfluous (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 22 – (Opinion: Mark Dowling) Travelling recently from Detroit to Chicago by train I spotted a freight wagon with the words painted in large letters "GOD HATES US ALL".
Scouts to ditch pledge
to God, Queen and Australia to become ‘more inclusive’ (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Nov 22 - SCOUTS are set to dump the word “God” in its traditional promise amid claims the religious reference was making non-Christian members “uncomfortable” while turning others away from joining.
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