by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 17 - 24, 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.
Neerkol orphanage probe
raises systemic abuse issues (Sydney
Apr 22 - Sadistic nuns at a notorious Queensland orphanage dished out abuse in a toxic environment that festered due in part to inadequate government scrutiny, supervision and training, a royal commission has found.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
When Waleed Aly met
Susan Carland (The Australian)
Apr 22 - Waleed Aly was 16 and living with his parents when Susan Carland, also 16 at the time, knocked on his door.
The horrifying religious
instruction classes planned for Qld schools (Brisbane Times)
Apr 21 - This semester's planned religious instruction classes ask 10-year-old's to act out a beheading.
Generate Ministries to
reap $4m from National School Chaplaincy scheme in 2016 (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 24 - Evangelical Christian groups continue to dominate funding granted in the National School Chaplaincy scheme, earning millions of dollars despite new rules imposed by the NSW education department.
Vatican’s suspension of
major PwC audit exposes internal rift (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 22 - The Vatican has suspended its first audit by a major accounting firm in a move that raises new questions about the Catholic church’s commitment to cleaning up its finances.
Swiss halt Muslim
family's citizenship process after refusal to shake hands (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 20 - Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers after the boys’ refusal to shake hands with their female teachers sparked a national debate over religious freedoms.
students don headscarves to promote tolerance. It didn't go that well (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 22 - "France got 99 problems -- But hijab ain't one," one poster held aloft by French student activists read Wednesday.
Islamic State could
steal Pakistan's nuclear weapons and make 'dirty bomb', defence analysts warn (ABC News)
Apr 21 - The mounting concern of an Islamic State presence in Pakistan has put the spotlight on the security of the country's nuclear arsenal.
killed in suspected Islamist attack (ABC News)
Apr 21 - Unidentified attackers hacked to death a university professor in Bangladesh, police said, adding that the assault bore the hallmarks of previous killings by Islamist militants of secular and atheist activists.
Governor rejects push to
recognise Bible as 'official state book of Tennessee' (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 18 - Los Angeles: The official rock of Tennessee is limestone.
Fortescue Metals Group
loses Peter Meurs to the Mormons (The
Apr 18 - It took something special to lure former Worley Parsons executive Peter Meurs away from the board of Fortescue Metals Group.
How my camera helped me
re-focus on my faith (The
Apr 22 – (Opinion: Jim Grover) One Friday afternoon in late summer of 2014, I walked into a church that I had never entered, even though it is just around the corner from my home of 17 years, in Clapham, south London.
Grand mufti sues News
Corp's Daily Telegraph for defamation (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 23 - The grand mufti of Australia is suing Sydney’s Daily Telegraph for defamation over two stories and a front page it ran in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks depicting him as the three “unwise” monkeys.
'embarrassed' after attending 'anti-muslim' meeting (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 23 - A federal MP who attended a protest meeting for a group linked to Reclaim Australia says he was "embarrassed and disappointed" that the event had an "anti muslim" agenda.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Divided Melbourne: when
the archbishop turned St Patrick's Day into propaganda (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 22 - Fourteen Australian recipients of the highest Commonwealth military honour, the Victoria Cross, are mounted on grey charges.
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