by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
June 5 - 12, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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