by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
June 12 - 19, 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.
Tony McCorkell reveals
secrets of the wealthy Christian sect Exclusive Brethren (Brisbane Times)
June 18 - Known for its obsession with privacy and its silencing tactics, the Exclusive Brethren has managed to avoid any scrutiny over alleged child sex abuse. Until now.
Catholic orders take
their lead from the pope and divest from fossil fuels (The Guardian, Australia)
June 16 - Four Australian Catholic organisations have announced they are completely divesting from coal, oil and gas in what they say is the first joint Catholic divestment anywhere in the world.
Dutch tourist who
claimed she was raped in Qatar sentenced for extramarital sex (news.com.au)
June 14 - A DUTCH tourist who claimed she was raped after her drink was spiked at a high-end hotel bar in Qatar has been convicted for having sex outside of marriage.
‘Bad hijab’ selfies
cause drought (The Australian)
June 14 - Iranian women who pose in photos without their headscarf are being blamed for causing the nation’s rivers to run dry.
Religious Violence – Orlando Shooting
Islam's pathological obsession with sex (The Age, Melbourne)
June 16 – (Opinion: Julie Szego) Omar Mateen's emphatically brutal attack at an Orlando gay venue lends itself to multiple readings, depending on your politics and world view.
Orlando shooting: Donald
Trump 'hateful, awful' in wake of massacre, Louis Theroux says
June 17 - British documentary maker Louis Theroux has accused Donald Trump of sowing fear and playing to xenophobia after the US presidential hopeful reiterated his call for a ban on Muslims after the Orlando massacre.
thoughts and prayers from hypocrites do nothing to help (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 14 – (Opinion: John Birmingham) The enemy of my enemy is my friend, as the old saying would have it. Unless they're gay, in which case… awkward!
Bendigo mosque appeal request
thrown out by High Court (ABC News)
June 15 - A request to hear an appeal by opponents of Bendigo's first mosque has been thrown out by the High Court.
Gay rights may be the
best weapon in the fight against Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 17 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Maley) It's only a hunch. But I am pretty sure that if you did up a Venn diagram of those who hate gay people and those who hate Muslims, there would be such significant cross-over it would resemble a near-eclipse.
Muslim homophobia in
spotlight after gay nightclub massacre (ABC News)
June 18 - The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando by a radicalised man who proclaimed to follow Islam has prompted strong reaction from several religious leaders, and brought the issue of homophobia within Muslim communities into the spotlight.
Bill Shorten warns
against Donald Trump's 'demonising' of all Muslims through immigration ban (Sydney Morning
June 14 - Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has taken Donald Trump to task over the presumptive Republican candidate's claims the Orlando shooting shows he was right to call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Malcolm Turnbull regrets
hosting homophobic Islamic cleric Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman at Kirribilli (ABC News)
June 17 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has criticised Islamic cleric Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman over his comments on homosexuality.
Malcolm Turnbull urges
unity with Muslims in face of attacks (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 17 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appealed for unity as "one Australian family" in the face of terror attacks such as the Orlando massacre, telling a Ramadan gathering at Kirribilli House that the broader Muslim community should not be blamed for the acts of minority extremists.
Liberal donors the
Exclusive Brethren deny being anti-gay. Here's proof they are (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 19 - The Exclusive Brethren church has denied that it is "resolutely anti-gay", even though it mistreats its gay members, and has launched numerous political campaigns against the rights of LGBTI people starting over a decade ago.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Scientologist ethos used
to train NSG financial planners to sell life insurance (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 14 - A Melbourne-based financial planning group targeted by the regulator in a landmark court case used the teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as part of its staff training, a former employee has claimed.
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