by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
May 22 - 29, 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.
Hey, minister, leave
those texts alone (The Age,
May 27 - On Thursday, Victorian Education Minister James Merlino ordered the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) to review its text selection process for VCE English, literature, drama and theatre studies.
Desmond Tutu's daughter
has priest duties stripped away amid gay marriage outrage (ABC News)
May 26 - Desmond Tutu's daughter has been forced to give up her duties as a priest in South Africa's Anglican church after she married a woman.
Duterte blasts Catholic Church, labels it country's 'most hypocritical institution' (ABC News)
May 23 - The Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as the country's "most hypocritical institution" and says he is ready to take on senior Filipino bishops in a debate about their wrongdoings before he takes office next month.
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he will defy Church with three-child
policy (ABC News)
May 24 - Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy, putting him on a new collision course with bishops a day after he called them "sons of whores".
'No Muslims allowed':
how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar (The Guardian, Australia)
May 23 - At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”
Al-Azhar's Grand Imam
seeks to balance tradition and modernity (Seven News)
May 28 - Cairo (AFP) - Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who had a historic meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, has been on a mission to update Islamic thought while championing classical scholarship against jihadist ideologues.
Afghan Taliban appoint
new leader Haibatullah Akhunzada after Mullah Akhtar Mansour's death (ABC
May 25 - The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, a spokesman has said in a statement that gave the group's first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a US drone strike.
New Taliban leader's
daunting task: uniting group as officials seek peace (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - As he assumes his job as new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzadah faces contradictory expectations.
Isis may face Falluja
bloodbath, but new offensive shows power to spread terror (The Guardian, Australia)
May 28 - Islamic State is under pressure in two strongholds, the Iraqi town of Falluja and the countryside around its self-declared capital, Raqqa.
Pope Francis meets top
Egyptian cleric at Vatican, ending five-year freeze in relations (ABC
May 24 - Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, looking to heal Vatican relations with the influential centre of Sunni Muslim learning after dialogue was frozen five years ago.
Atheists don’t need
faith, any more than we need religion (The Guardian, Australia)
May 25 – (Opinion: Julian Baggini) Religion is on the decline, with nearly half of us in England and Wales – and more than half in Scotland – saying we have no religion.
Brexit would jeopardise
peace in Europe, warn religious leaders (The Guardian, Australia)
May 29 - Religious leaders from the UK’s main faith communities – including former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams – have joined forces to oppose Brexit, saying the EU is vital to preserving peace, fighting poverty and tackling the migration crisis.
Has anyone kept their
faith in Christianity? (The
May 29 - A new report says that those who identify as having “no religion” (“Nones”) outnumber Christians in England and Wales.
Why do women join
Islamic State? (ABC News)
May 28 – (Opinion: By Sara Mahmood) Why do women join the so-called Islamic State (IS)?
Barnett warning to
church MPs (The West Australian)
May 27 - Colin Barnett has revealed his concern over religious elements of the Liberal party getting involved in preselections, warning their careers would stall under him if it continued.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
fundamentalist Ken Ham built a $100 million ark (news.com.au)
May 23 - HE’S been described as evangelist, an inspiration, a creationist, a Christian apologetic, dangerous religious fanatic, a science-denier and the Australian Noah.
From the Archive…
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)