by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 20 - 27, 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.
Sisters of Nazareth
accused of impeding historic sex abuse investigation (ABC News)
Dec 23 - A religious order in Melbourne has been accused of impeding an investigation into historic sex abuse at a former children's home.
Father John Walshe
apologises for acting contrary to his vows but denies abuse allegations (ABC News)
Dec 24 - A Melbourne priest accused of sexual abuse has apologised to his parish for "any hurt or disappointment" his behaviour caused following revelations a church investigation found his conduct inconsistent with his duties.
Islamic College of South
Australia funding reinstated as Commonwealth investigation continues (ABC
Dec 22 - Commonwealth funding to the Islamic College of South Australia has been reinstated after a short suspension due to conflicting board responses to an investigation.
Muslims hold prayer
meeting outside Trump Tower in protest over 'racist' remarks (ABC News)
Dec 21 - Some 200 protesters gathered outside Donald Trump's New York City headquarters on Sunday, accusing the presidential hopeful of "fascism" and "racism" following his call for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States.
Islamic airline takes
off (The Australian)
Dec 23 - Malaysia’s Rayani Air is the country’s first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules.
Baghdad holds Christmas
celebrations out of respect for Iraq's persecuted Christian community (ABC
Dec 24 - With Christmas falling this year a day after Prophet Mohammad's birthday, the city of Baghdad is holding Christmas celebrations in a sign of brotherhood with Iraq's hard-pressed Christian community.
condemned (The Australian)
Dec 24 - A growing crackdown on Christmas in Muslim countries could see those celebrating in public imprisoned for five years.
The British Muslim
family's refused entry reveals America's hypocrisy (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 24 – (Opinion: Ali Gharib) The Mahmood family’s ordeal at Gatwick airport in London, where the Disneyland-bound group of 11 UK citizens was pulled out of the boarding line by American officials and had their tickets cancelled, speaks to more than just the apparent institutional prejudices of the American government’s security measures.
Israeli PM condemns
video of Jewish extremists celebrating toddler's death (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 25 - Senior Israeli politicians and religious figures have condemned an incendiary video showing a hall packed full of Jewish extremist teenagers cheering the death of a Palestinian toddler murdered in an anti-Palestinian hate crime earlier this year.
Christians face elimination
by Isis in Middle East, says archbishop (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 25 - An Islamic State “apocalypse” has left Christianity facing elimination in the very region where the faith was born two millennia ago, according to the archbishop of Canterbury.
IHS maps Islamic State’s
territorial losses over 2015 (news.com.au)
Dec 27 - IT wasn’t exactly a bumper year for Islamic State.
Victorian woman charged
over comments about Islam on Facebook (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 23 - A Victorian woman has been charged with serious religious vilification after posting comments about Islam on Facebook.
candidate claims she is being discriminated against by bosses (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 23 - A Senate candidate running on an anti-Muslim, anti-immigration platform says she is being discriminated against by her public service bosses over her contentious political views.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
blasphemous (The Australian)
Dec 23 – (Opinion: Paul Monk) In a secular Western democracy, religion should not be spared from criticism.
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