by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
August 1 - 7, 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.
Pope Francis 'doubts' sexual abuse case
against Cardinal George Pell (ABC News)
Aug 1 - Pope Francis says there are "doubts" over the case being made against Vatican finance chief George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, for alleged child abuse.
ABUSE – Anglican Church
Royal commission hears of harrowing
evidence of rape in Newcastle Anglican Diocese (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 3 - More than 30 years of child sexual abuse by clergy and lay members of various Anglican parishes have been laid bare on the opening day of the royal commission's two-week hearing into the Anglican diocese of Newcastle.
Priest tells royal commission of the cost
of speaking out against Peter Rushton (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 3 - An Anglican priest who spoke out against serial paedophile priest Peter Rushton told the royal commission on Wednesday the process had taken a huge toll on him.
How long can the cognitive dissonance
between my faith and the Catholic church last? (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) A Facebook reminder from 2008 popped up in my husband’s newsfeed last week.
Pope Francis says it is 'not right' to
identify Islam with violence (The
Aug 1 - Pope Francis has said it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.
Pope complains schools are telling children
they can choose their gender (The
Aug 3 - Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice.
Donald Trump digs a hole for himself with
attacks on Muslim hero's parents (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 1 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington, DC: Not only is Donald Trump callous in his treatment of those who have fought in America's wars, he's also ignorant of the wars and the ways of a world in which as a US president he'd be, as it were, calling the shots.
#CanYouHearUsNow: Muslim women call out
Donald Trump over Khan remarks (ABC News)
Aug 2 - Muslim women are hitting back at Donald Trump's suggestion the mother of a slain soldier was not "allowed" to speak at a rally, flooding Twitter with the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow and asking the Republican presidential candidate: "Do I look oppressed to you?"
#MenInHijab: Iranian men don headscarf to
challenge strict veil law (ABC News)
Aug 2 - Iranian men are sharing photos of themselves wearing the hijab on social media to show solidarity with a campaign protesting the country's compulsory veil law.
Malaysian Islamic leaders say no to Pokemon
Go (The West Australian)
Aug 6 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Islamic leaders in Kuala Lumpur said Friday that Muslims should avoid playing Pokemon Go because the popular mobile game was harmful and could "lead to gambling".
Why do Democrats keep snubbing atheists? We
help drive the party (The
Aug 2 – (Opinion: Adam Lee) You’d never guess, from the public face the Democratic party presents, that atheists are a loyal and increasingly important constituency.
Gun owners who made video of Grand Mufti
effigy being shot face calls for ban (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 4 - A group of Australian gun enthusiasts backed by gun distributors, who filmed violent videos of what appears to be an effigy of the Grand Mufti being shot and incinerated, and Greens party slogans being fired at, face calls to have their gun licences revoked.
Malcolm Turnbull says Islamic State losing
its myth of invincibility (The
Aug 7 - Malcolm Turnbull has declared Islamic State is being rolled back, losing territory, lives and its myth of invincibility.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
On census night, don't discount your
religious identity (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 2 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen ) The Atheist Foundation of Australia is sponsoring a campaign to increase the numbers of people ticking "no religion" in the census on August 9.
Unholy war over Census question on religion (news.com.au)
Aug 5 - AUSTRALIANS are being warned not to mark “no religion” on the Census survey over fears we could become a “Muslim country”.
Australian Census: Count the Jedis we must (Brisbane Times)
Aug 6 – (Opinion: John Birmingham) "Listen to humourless atheists a Jedi does not. Worse than the sith are they. Yes, hmmm."
Gay, celibate and Christian: US evangelical
in Melbourne for same-sex talks (The
Aug 6 - Wesley Hill takes the view that if you're gay and Christian, you have two choices: monogamous heterosexual marriage, or a life of celibacy.
From the Archive…
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