by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
November 29 – December 6, 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.
Sex abuse commission:
Melbourne Archdiocese failed to respond to paedophile priests (Brisbane Times)
Nov 30 - Vulnerable children were in danger of being targeted by paedophile priests because a "paralysis" plagued the Catholic Church's response to abuse allegations for decades, the royal commission has heard.
Fred Nile welcomes
Anglican Diocese paedophile probe (ABC News)
Nov 30 - Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has applauded probes into Newcastle's Anglican Diocese, amid allegations of several paedophile networks.
Testifying against child
sexual abuse at royal commission (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Dec 5 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) There is a sound you’ll hear often in these hearings.
Catholic Church saves
$62 million on sexual abuse claims (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 6 - The Catholic Church avoided paying up to $62 million in compensation to sexual abuse victims by creating the controversial Melbourne Response program, which capped payments at $50,000 for each victim.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Reg Mombassa's Jesus a
three-eyed man of the people for the Blake Prize (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 1 - He's been painting Jesus for around 20 years but he's still an unlikely religious artist.
School students in
Australia could soon be taught about Islam to combat radicalisation and
jihadists (Perth Now)
Dec 6 - SCHOOLS would teach kids about moderate Islam and Middle Eastern politics, under a plan to counter the messages of radical Muslim preachers who are inspiring a generation of homegrown jihadists.
‘Muslim-Free’ gun shop
owner claims legal victory (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 2 - Washington: A US federal judge has quashed a lawsuit filed by a Muslim advocacy organisation against a Florida gun shop owner who made headlines this year by declaring his business a "Muslim-Free Zone".
US Muslims feel backlash
after Paris and California attacks (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 5 - Washington: Rabia Chaudry kept her seven-year-old daughter home from her private Islamic school in Maryland on Thursday, fearing an anti-Muslim backlash from Wednesday's massacre nearly 4800 kilometres away in San Bernardino, California.
Isis wants an insane,
medieval race war – and we’ve decided to give them one (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 5 – (Opinion: Frankie Boyle) So we decided to stop children drowning on the beaches by killing them in their beds.
political solution or crushing occupation can defeat IS (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 6 – (Opinion: Thomas Friedman) When President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced he was setting up an airbase in the middle of Syria to take on Islamic State and bolster President Bashar al-Assad, more than a few analysts and politicians praised his forceful, game-changing, strategic brilliance, suggesting that Putin was crazy like a fox.
Community leaders unite
to open Orange's mosque (ABC News)
Dec 3 - Orange's Muslim community has been joined by religious and council leaders to open its first mosque.
finds no link between halal certification and terrorism and food prices
Dec 5 - TAKE a wander down any supermarket isle and you will find a range of products featuring those official-looking paid-for ticks of approval.
Attacks on Grand Mufti
are 'work of Hansonites', says Muslim moderate (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - A Sydney GP praised by Turnbull cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg as a key moderate Muslim voice has slammed attacks such as those by the minister on Australia's Grand Mufti as "doing the dirty work of the Hansonites".
Politicians should have
taken on the Grand Mufti with intelligent argument (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 3 – (Opinion: Julie Szego) Australian politicians are ill-equipped for the high-stakes battle of ideas that is needed if we are to When the Grand Mufti of Australia invited us to debate the "causative factors" behind the Paris terror attacks our political leaders should have risen to the challenge.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Comedy is a weapon and
the joke is on Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 – (Opinion: Clare Murphy) There was a change to your Christmas television programming you may have missed last year - SBS pulled a scheduled screening of Four Lions, a black comedy about four dim-witted, wannabe jihadists whose attempts to wage violent extremism are held back by their own ineptitude.
Christmas lobbying may
fall on deaf ears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 3 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) Religious groups seeking the release of asylum-seeker children and families in detention are realistic about their chances of success.
Academic and iconoclast
Barbara Thiering exemplified tumultuous 1960's ethos (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 4 – Historian, feminist and iconoclast Barbara Thiering once observed that, for a woman of her temperament, she had been born at a fortunate time in Australia.
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