by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
August 21 - 28, 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.
Former Brother 'made a
lifestyle' of preying on young students in Newcastle, Casino NSW (ABC
Aug 26 - A Sydney court has heard a former Catholic school teacher "made a lifestyle" of preying on young students for more than a decade.
paedophile back working with children at family's church (Brisbane Times)
Aug 26 - A former Jehovah's Witness elder recently convicted of child sex offences is back working with children from a Melbourne parish run by his father-in-law.
St Mary's Church saga
over sacked priest Peter Kennedy made into play for Brisbane Festival (ABC
Aug 26 - The saga of St Mary's Church and its former figurehead is the subject of a new stage show debuting as part of the Brisbane Festival.
Elite Anglican school
Kambala hits back after complaints about gay teachers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 26 - The school council at the exclusive Sydney Anglican girls' school Kambala has been applauded for publicly admonishing the views of two sets of parents who had complained that the employment of gay teachers was not "living up to our Christian values".
French police make woman
remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 - Photographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.
Burkini ban: Twitter
shares photos of nuns on beaches in hypocrisy protest (ABC News)
Aug 25 - Nuns frolicking on the beach have become the symbol of protest against a ban on women wearing body-covering burkini swimsuits in French towns.
All hail the burkini’s
blend of Islamic values and western lifestyle (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 25 – (Opinion: Rachel Woodlock) Men forcing women to remove their clothes is never going to look like freedom, equality, and encouraging “good morals”, no matter the justification.
Burkinis are back on the beach as ban is
lifted (Brisbane Times)
Aug 28 - Paris: A controversial ban on the burkini was overturned by France's highest administrative court on Friday, prompting a Right-wing backlash as mayors vowed to defy the ruling.
How Islamic State militants
recruit and coerce children (ABC News)
Aug 24 – (Opinion: Mia Bloom) This week the world once again witnessed the Islamic State group's use of at least one child bomber, perhaps two.
Forget ideology, liberal
democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 28 – (Review) The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become like gods,” Leach began.
I created the burkini to
give women freedom, not to take it away (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 – (Opinion: Aheda Zanetti) When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away.
Banning the burkini reinforces
a single story about Muslim women: they need saving (ABC News)
Aug 26 – (Opinion: Pina Sadar) The recent series of burkini bans in resorts across France was met with sensationalist global headlines about protecting national security and women's lives.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Bioethicist calls for a
ban on doctors' conscientious objection (Brisbane Times)
Aug 25 - Doctors working in the public system should be banned from refusing to perform certain procedures, such as abortions, because of their religious beliefs, a leading bioethicist will argue in Brisbane next week.
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