Religion News Selection 23 (June 5 - 12)

  (11 June 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 5 - 12, 2016

A 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.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Scots College asks church for advice on 'homosexual agenda' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 6 - Sydney's most expensive private school has asked the Presbyterian Church for advice on what it describes as the "homosexual agenda", in the event that a same-sex couple wanted to enrol their child at the school.

Religious instruction in state schools 'soliciting' children to Christian faith (Brisbane Times)
June 7 - Education Queensland will review religious instruction materials being used in state schools, after one school found a popular program which taught children "every single person has sinned and rejected God and deserves to be punished" may be "soliciting" students to Christianity, in contradiction of departmental policy.

Also: Parents should worry about religious education materials (Brisbane Times)
June 8 – (Opinion: Hugh Harris ) Windsor State School has banned the Connect Religious Instruction (RI) classes following a review by the principal.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Desmond Tutu's daughter: 'painful' to give up ministry after marrying woman (The Guardian, Australia)
June 10 - For someone who is in love and recently married, a wedge of “very odd pain” is lodged in Mpho Tutu van Furth’s heart.

Catholic Church

Cardinal George Pell to tender resignation to Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 8 - Australia's most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell will tender his resignation to Pope Francis on Wednesday.

Islam

China restricts Ramadan fasting in Muslim region (Seven News)
June 6 - Beijing (AFP) - Chinese officials have restricted civil servants, students and children in a mainly Muslim region from fasting during Ramadan, government websites said as the holy month began on Monday.

Public humiliation after Friday prayers in Aceh as sinners receive the cane for moral offences (ABC News)
June 11 - The remote and beautiful Indonesian province of Aceh should be a tourist hotspot, but instead it is isolating itself by enforcing an increasingly rigid interpretation of Islamic law.

Dutch woman jailed for reporting her rape in Qatar (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 12 - Dubai: A Dutch woman who told Qatari police she had been drugged and raped in March has been in government detention ever since on unclear charges, a lawyer said on Saturday.

Other

How the campaign started to 'Save Sarah' from a Texas ministry (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 10 - Austin: Sarah, a 17-year-old US girl, who, extended family members claim, was sent to a "gay conversion" boarding school as punishment for taking her girlfriend to a prom, has reportedly been released.

 

ISLAM

Anti-Muslim sentiment strong and widespread in Australian army, study shows (The Guardian, Australia)
June 9 - Anti-Muslim sentiment is “strong” and “probably quite widespread” among Australian defence force members and was higher among those who had undergone cultural sensitivity training, according to research commissioned by the army.

 

POLITICS

Sex Party’s ‘war’ on Catholics (The Australian)
June 10 - Australian Sex Party seeks funding for a campaign ad aimed at the church.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Faith in the spotlight as Australians tipped to lose their religion (news.com.au)
June 6 - A PUSH for Australians to mark “no religion” in the 2016 Census could see Christianity overtaken as the most popular “religion” and change the way government policy is made and projects funded in Australia.

Bid to ban street preachers from Brisbane rejected (Brisbane Times)
June 7 - Brisbane City Council has come down on the side of free speech by rejecting a call to ban street preachers from proselytising in the CBD.

Mardi Gras: religion panel warned ADF against uniformed members taking part (The Guardian, Australia)
June 10 - The religious advisory committee to the Australian defence force (ADF) wrote to the chief of the military in 2014 saying it was “deeply concerned” that defence force members were being allowed to march in uniform in Sydney’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, internal defence documents reveal.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 23 (June 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 22 (May 29 – June 5)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 21 (May 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 20 (May 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 19 (May 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 18 (May 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 17 (Apr 24 – May 1)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 16 (Apr 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 15 (Apr 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 14 (Apr 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 13 (Mar 27 – Apr 3)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 12 (Mar 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 11 (Mar 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 10 (Mar 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 9 (Feb 28 – Mar 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 8 (Feb 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 7 (Feb 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 6 (Feb 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 5 (Jan 31 – Feb 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 4 (Jan 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 3 (Jan 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 2 (Jan 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 1 (Dec 27 – Jan 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 48 (Dec 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 47 (Dec 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 46 (Dec 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 45 (Nov 29 – Dec 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 44 (Nov 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 43 (Nov 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 42 (Nov 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 41 (Nov 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 40 (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 37 (Sept 27 – Oct 11)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 36 (Sept 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

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