by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 24 - 31, 2016
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.
Convicted paedophiles to
give evidence at church youth group hearings in Tasmania (ABC News)
Jan 28 - A Tasmanian sexual abuse survivor who started a victims advocacy group said a member of the clergy took a special interest in him and cultivated a father-figure relationship before beginning to abuse him.
Turnbull government to
start negotiations on national child abuse redress scheme (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 29 - The Turnbull government has agreed to lead a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors but has not committed to contributing any shortfall funding for institutions that cannot pay compensation.
blamed for 1980s abuse (news.com.au)
Jan 31 - A victim of child sexual abuse has blamed the now-Brisbane Anglican archbishop for putting him in bed with the perpetrating priest.
Cheaters never prosper:
it's essential to our society (The
Jan 26 – (Opinion: Leslie Cannold) Cheaters never prosper, or so the proverb goes.
Pope asks Protestants
for forgiveness for persecution (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 26 - Rome: Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution by Catholics as the Vatican announced on Monday he would visit Sweden this year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Pakistani clerics block
'un-Islamic' child marriage bill (Yahoo
Jan 31 - Islamabad (AFP) - Pakistani lawmakers have withdrawn a proposal to impose harsher penalties on those who arrange child marriages after it was scuttled by a religious body who branded it "blasphemous" and against Islam, sources told AFP Friday.
Muslim woman sues
Associated Press over photo taken of her in hijab (news.com.au)
Jan 25 - A MUSLIM woman from New York is suing the Associated Press over a photograph that was taken of her wearing a hijab — because the unauthorised image was later included in a controversial opinion article about headscarves.
Muslim group in Indonesia told: convert or be expelled (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 26 - Jakarta: A minority Muslim group has been ordered to convert to Sunni Islam or be expelled from Bangka island, off the coast of Sumatra, in the latest religious crackdown in Indonesia.
Rights groups rap treatment
of Indonesian sect members (Yahoo
Jan 31 - Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia has relocated more than 1,500 members of a controversial sect from their village "for their own safety", an official said Wednesday, but rights groups described their treatment as religious persecution.
Jack Letts joins IS: The
boy next door who became Jihadi Jack (news.com.au)
Jan 25 - HE was the typical boy next door with the whole world at his feet.
Donald Trump goes to church
in Iowa … and gets a lesson in humility (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 25 - Donald Trump has been given a lesson in Christian values, humility and kindness during a service in an Iowa church just two weeks before primary voting begins in the race for US president.
Thailand's 'Luk Thep'
doll fad causes mixed reactions amongst local businesses (ABC News)
Jan 30 - A new craze in Thailand involving life-like 'angel dolls' supposed to bring good fortune to their owners is being embraced by some businesses, while others have questioned the psychological effects of the fad.
Catholic Italy mobilises
as conservatives mount last stand against same-sex unions (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 31 - It has been 2,000 years since Romans gathered at the Circus Maximus to watch chariots roar around the racetrack, but a new battle was brought to the ancient site on Saturday .
Iowa's evangelicals take
spotlight in presidential race Yahoo
Jan 31 - Fenton, Iowa (United States) (AFP) - That Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for US president, should have taken the trouble to travel to tiny Fenton, with its 263 inhabitants and two churches, speaks volumes about the evangelical vote -- particularly in Iowa, where the presidential primary process begins Monday.
Syria returnee Mehmet Biber
warns of homegrown attacks (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 31 - A Sydney man who has returned from the battlefield in Syria has warned of more attacks like the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng and says he would voluntarily leave again if the government handed his passport back.
Waleed Aly on
multiculturalism, identity and leaders flirting with the dark side (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 29 - Waleed Aly, co-host of Channel Ten's The Project and lecturer in politics at Monash University, is Australia's highest-profile Muslim.
Inside the Alliance
Defending Freedom, the 'gay-hate' group hosting Tony Abbott (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 26 - The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative religious group that Tony Abbott is to address in the United States this week, has become prominent in the religious right movement for its work seeking to criminalise sodomy internationally and roll back anti-discrimination laws in America.
Tony Abbott and the
right to dissent from the new morality (ABC The Drum)
Jan 31 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Ironically, the reaction to Tony Abbott's decision to speak to the Alliance Defending Freedom proves that group right when it claims that our religious freedoms are under threat as never before
Kevin Andrews angers
party whip with 'prayer breakfast' reason for Washington visit (The Age,
Jan 29 - Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has infuriated his party's chief whip by requesting an absence from Parliament to attend a Washington "prayer breakfast" only then to use the time to deliver a speech to a major conservative think-tank.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Kris Guglielmucci’s wife
Lisa attends Victory Church service after he was killed by lightning (Adelaide Now)
Jan 24 - EMBRACING the teenagers her husband had lovingly mentored, the grieving wife of a church pastor killed in a lightning strike made a brave appearance among his congregation yesterday.
Australian of the Year
David Morrison says religious discrimination 'without a doubt' alive and well (ABC News)
Jan 26 - Australian of the Year David Morrison says religious discrimination is "without a doubt" alive and well, pointing to the Islamic community as the subject of particularly unfair commentary and calling for Australians to understand the challenges they face.
Time for Australia to
ban Taliban terrorists (The Age,
Jan 29 – (Opinion: William Maley and David Savage) On January 20, 2016, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck at a bus in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing seven passengers and wounding more than 20 other people.
Political correctness –
a great term to dismiss issues that become too hard or inconvenient (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 29 – (Opinion: Judith Ireland) It would appear that we are in the grip of an epidemic.
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