by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
August 7 - 14, 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.
Catholic Church housed
paedophiles on same inner-city property it rents out as function centre (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - The Catholic Church has housed a string of paedophile Christian Brothers on the same inner-city property it rents out as a family-friendly function centre.
ABUSE – Anglican Church
Newcastle lawyer did not
tell police about abuse allegations against priests, royal commission hears (ABC News)
Aug 8 - A Newcastle lawyer and Anglican Church official has said he did not go to police with allegations of abuse against priests because he was trying to protect the church.
Anglican church tried to
change rules to keep child sex abuse findings quiet – inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 11 - Attempts were made to change Anglican church rules so that findings of child sex abuse against priests were kept private, a whistleblower has told the royal commission.
School ‘has never had
gay child’ (The Australian)
Aug 8 - The principal of Al-Faisal college in Sydney’s west says the Islamic school has never had a child who was gay
Ukip's Lisa Duffy wants
to ban Muslim veil in public venues (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 8 - A Ukip leadership candidate is calling for a ban on Muslim women wearing a veil in public buildings, shopping centres and on buses and trains.
The perils of ‘flying
while Muslim’ (The Guardian,
Aug 9 - On March 26 this year, Hasan Aldewachi was on his way back from a science conference in Vienna, and looking forward to seeing his family.
volleyballer Doaa Elghobashy makes history at Rio Olympics (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 9 - As the two athletes leapt for the volleyball, they were divided by not only the net, but by the stark differences in their national uniforms.
Burka talk signals
German poll (The Australian)
Aug 11 - A proposal from Angela Merkel’s party to ban the burka in Germany can only mean an election is coming.
Uproar in France over
'burkini ban' at Cannes beaches (ABC News)
Aug 13 - Anti-racism organisations and human rights groups have vowed to overturn a "deeply worrying" ban on the wearing of burkinis — full-body swimsuits — on the beaches of Cannes.
Killing of Islamic State
leader by US drone confirmed by Pentagon (news.com.au)
Aug 13 - THE leader of Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike, the Pentagon says.
Human remains found
among burnt offerings at Greek mountain top altar to Zeus (news.com.au)
Aug 11 - ARCHAEOLOGISTS have made a sinister discovery at the top of a Greek mountain which might corroborate one of the darkest legends of antiquity.
Donald Trump says Barack
Obama is the ‘founder of ISIS’ (news.com.au)
Aug 11 - REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group.
Australia Post CEO Ahmed
Fahour on the rise of terrorism and hate speech (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 10 - Australians have a right to be fearful about the rise of terrorism, Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour says, but banning Muslim immigration is not the solution.
AFL offers Muslim-only
‘diversity’ positions (news.com.au)
Aug 11 - THE AFL is offering 10 “diversity trainee” positions worth $34,000 a year exclusively to Muslim youth as part of a Federal Government-funded program.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Andrew Denton lashes out
at 'subterranean Catholic force' blocking voluntary euthanasia laws (ABC
Aug 10 - Andrew Denton has lashed out at a "subterranean Catholic force" of politicians and businessman who he claims continue to thwart attempts to allow legally assisted voluntary euthanasia in Australia.
Religion must either
modernise or face obsolescence (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 13 – (Opinion: Dina Brawer ) In the United States the Democratic Party recently nominated Hillary Clinton as its presidential candidate.
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