by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
July 17 - 24, 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.
Paedophile ring inside Newcastle Anglican
Church exposed by whistleblowers (ABC News)
July 21 - The Anglican Church of Newcastle buried complaints about sex abusers, including reports of a senior priest who was part of a paedophile ring that involved priests and lay people.
Perth Archbishop 'knew' about 'child abuse
king pin' priest, insider claims (WAToday.com.au)
July 22 - The Anglican Bishop of Perth, Roger Herft, did not report a child abuse complaint he received against a priest labelled the "king pin" of a paedophile ring to police, according to an Anglican Church insider.
Terrorist attacks in Europe: This is how
dangerous it has become (news.com.au)
July 22 - DOZENS of attacks, thousands of arrests and a seemingly endless cycle of death and destruction.
Sonia Kruger's Muslim comments:
Stereotyping breeds hate, race discrimination commissioner says (ABC
July 18 - Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner has urged people to speak out against comments like those made by TV personality Sonia Kruger suggesting Australia's borders should be closed to Muslims.
Sonia Kruger's migration comments highlight
'uncomfortable' reality for Australian Muslims: academic (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 18 - Controversial comments calling for a halt to Muslim migration to Australia are just the "tip of the iceberg" and will become more common unless they are denounced by the government, according to leading academics.
I'm sorry about Sonia Kruger's stupid,
inflammatory comments (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 18 – (Opinion: Andrew P. Street) As we know, the most useful and responsible thing to do whenever somebody makes a stupid, inflammatory statement is to look to the ethnicity, nationality and/or religion of the perpetrator and then ask "where oh where are the Community Leaders condemning this dangerous rhetoric?"
Five facts to fight Sonia Kruger’s fear of
July 18 – (Opinion: Jamila Rizvi ) SONIA Kruger is scared.
Today Extra response to Sonia Kruger's
Muslim controversy typifies mess (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 – (Opinion: Michael Lallo ) Perhaps you missed it. The final nail in the coffin of progressive "debate" in Australia.
'Sonia Kruger is not evil': Waleed Aly
defends Today Extra host, calls to stop 'cycle of outrage' (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - Waleed Aly has spoken out in defence of Sonia Kruger saying she isn't "evil" and admitting he shares something in common with the Today Extra host – fear for Australia's future.
Sonia Kruger is a ‘liability’ for the
brands she represents and several deals now hang in the balance (news.com.au)
July 21 - BESIEGED television star Sonia Kruger is at risk of losing lucrative endorsement deals over her controversial comments about Muslims.
Would Pauline Hanson ban a young, Muslim
Sam Dastyari from Australia? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - (Opinion: Neil McMahon) In television terms, Monday ended much as it had begun.
Pauline Hanson’s claims on Islam, broken
July 19 – (Opinion: Emma Reynolds ) ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson received a battering from fellow panellists and the audience on the ABC’s Q&A last night.
Pauline Hanson should ask Sam Dastyari’s
family what it’s like to live in fear (news.com.au)
July 19 – (Opinion: Malcolm Farr ) HEY Pauline Hanson, if you want to know what it’s really like to live in fear, ask that bloke who sat next to you last night.
The most troubling thing about Pauline
Hanson's view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter (The Guardian, Australia)
July 19 – (Opinion: Susan Carland) The most troubling aspect of the current debate about Muslims in Australia is that facts are irrelevant.
Like Sam Dastyari, I am a non-practicing
Muslim. Why is that hard to accept? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) In another quality chapter of the national embarrassment that passes for our public discourse, Monday night's Q&A was devoted almost entirely to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's fear and loathing of Islam.
Why the ‘Islam is not a race!’ argument
doesn’t stack up (news.com.au)
July 21 – (Opinion: Gavin Fernando ) I’VE copped Islamophobic abuse in the past.
How Muslim Australians are being terrorised
every single day (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 – (Opinion: Jenna Price) Here we all are rushing to work.
If I could peel back my brown skin, you'd
see the Aussie bogan on the inside (The
July 22 – (Opinion: Rana Hussain) Lately, throughout the many nauseatingly similar conversations about Muslims and terrorism and immigration, I’ve been hearing commentators on all sides of the debate talk about whether Muslims are “welcome” or not.
Australia once banned Catholics from mass
and vilified the Irish. Haven't we learned anything? (The Guardian, Australia)
July 22 – (Opinion: Nick Earls) I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and might never be selected for one of those comprehensive “special clearance procedures” again.
Jacqui Lambie wants Senate inquiry into
radicalisation of Australian Muslims (ABC News)
July 20 - Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie has proposed a Senate inquiry into the radicalisation of Muslims in Australia.
Barnaby Joyce rejects Pauline Hanson's call
for ban on Muslims, says every religion has 'ratbags' (ABC News)
July 21 - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has rejected the policies of senator-elect Pauline Hanson and the One Nation party, after a Coalition backbencher suggested banning Muslim immigration from areas considered hotspots of "violent extremism".
George Christensen's hasty Islam slurs over
Merrylands attack help no one (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 – (Opinion: David Wroe) This is what Duncan Lewis, the head of ASIO, told Fairfax Media late last year about Islamist extremism's connection to the broader faith: "This is not about the religion other than the fact that it is being hijacked by ne'er-do-wells."
Pauline Hanson won’t identify Muslims in
One Nation because it could ‘put them in danger’ (news.com.au)
July 22 - PAULINE Hanson says there are Muslim members in One Nation, but she won’t name them publicly for fear of endangering their lives.
Religious freedom must be protected in
Australia (Sydney Morning
July 23 – (Opinion: Graham Perrett ) At Eid Down Under earlier this month I had some halal lamb and cevapi and they tasted exactly like Australia.
Brandis says Hanson's views on Islam are
'unhelpful, wrong' (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - One Nation senator-elect Pauline Hanson's views on Islam and immigration are "unhelpful" and "wrong" and must be defeated with reasoned debate and discussion, a senior government minister says.
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