by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
June 26 – July 10, 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.
instruction says vampires fake but Bible is fact (Brisbane Times)
June 27 – (Opinion: Hugh Harris ) "These books are about vampires", begins the Connect religious instruction lesson for seven to nine year old children, introducing the well-known Twilight series of vampire novels, well known for their blend of eroticism and horror.
instruction gives parents freedom (Brisbane
June 30 – (Opinion: Paul Clark ) A couple of articles have appeared in the media recently somewhat critical of religious instruction in Queensland state schools.
Exclusive Brethren MET
school gets record funding (The
July 5 - An exclusive private school run by an "extremist cult" that warns children to stay away from the outside world and bans its graduates from physically attending university receives more in government funding per student than up to a third of the state's public schools.
Federal Labor calls for investigation into funding of 'extremist cult' schools (Brisbane Times)
July 8 - Labor has demanded the federal government examine the amount of taxpayer funding being handed over to a group of extremist Christian schools after Fairfax Media revealed they were receiving record levels of public money despite benefiting from millions of dollars in tax-free private donations.
C of E hardliners to
boycott synod talks on same-sex relationships (The Guardian, Australia)
July 10 - A handful of hardline conservatives in the Church of England are expected to boycott two days of private discussions on same-sex relationships at the General Synod in York.
Pope Francis says gays
deserve Church apology (news.com.au)
June 27 - POPE Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalised, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.
Pope Francis clips
Cardinal George Pell’s wings (news.com.au)
July 9 - POPE Francis has again clipped the wings of his finance tsar Cardinal George Pell by effectively removing many of the administrative functions of the Vatican’s key financial office from his department.
Aziz Ansari in New York
Times essay: Donald Trump 'makes me afraid for my family' (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 27 - After Omar Mateen shot 49 people at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, actor Aziz Ansari called his parents, who are Muslim, and begged his mother not to "go anywhere near a mosque" out of fear of reprisals.
Elie Wiesel, Nobel
laureate, Holocaust survivor dies, Yad Vashem Holocaust centre says (ABC
July 3 - Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, renowned writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust centre says.
fresh wave of terror as fear keeps secular campaigners underground (ABC
July 7 - A steel hatch slides open, and a guard eyes reporter and crew carefully.
College firebombing prompts call for WA religious vilification legislation (ABC News)
June 29 - A firebombing outside a mosque and Islamic school in Perth has sparked renewed calls for dedicated religious vilification legislation in Western Australia.
Andrew Bolt says he has
moved children out of family home after death threats (The Guardian, Australia)
July 8 - Andrew Bolt says his children have had to be moved out of the family home after receiving death threats from a supporter of Islamic State.
I follow Shari'ah. This
is what it really means to me (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 9 – (Opinion: Asiya Rodrigo) Last week, a story broke out about a Syrian refugee living in Germany who discovered 150,000 Euros hidden in a wardrobe given to him by a charity.
Christianity is a
choice. Being gay is not (The
June 27 – (Opinion: Karen Brooks) If there’s one word I never thought would be used to describe Treasurer, Scott Morrison, it’s “victim”.
John Howard calls for
laws to protect those 'tangentially affected' by same-sex marriage (The Guardian, Australia)
June 27 - John Howard has called for conscientious objectors to same-sex marriage to be given legal protection, drawing attention to the prospect the Coalition could legislate to allow people to refuse to provide goods and services to gay weddings.
Muslim leader calls out
rise of far-right politics as crowds mark end of Ramadan at Lakemba (ABC
July 6 - A senior Muslim leader has called out the growth of Islamophobia and far-right hate groups in Australia at a gathering of thousands of Muslims at Lakemba Mosque, in Sydney's south-west, to mark the end of Ramadan.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
A country boy's story
about coming out: self-harm, suicide and Safe Schools (The Guardian, Australia)
July 9 – (Opinion: Jay Carmichael) I didn’t even know what “gay” was until I was harassed for having it.
‘She started weeping, it
was beautiful’: Inside the Hillsong conference (news.com.au)
July 9 - TENS of thousands of fashionable young people wearing denim jackets, caps and thick-framed glasses are pouring into Sydney’s Olympic Park.
From the Archive…
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)
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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)