by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
September 25 – October 2, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former Catholic priest
charged over child sex abuse in New South Wales (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 30 - A former Catholic priest has been charged over child sexual assaults between 1999 and 2006 which took place in Leichhardt and Kempsey, NSW.
Folklore and order:
Hannah Kent dives into an Irish world of faith and fantasy (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 26 - While researching for her debut novel, Burial Rites, Hannah Kent came across a peculiar newspaper article.
My Scientology Movie:
Louis Theroux's exposé is the most damning yet (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 30 - Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie pulls off the neat trick of finding a revelatory approach to a topic that’s been well covered of late: the Church of Scientology.
Kicking the habit: two
former nuns married in civil ceremony in Italy (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 29 - Federica and Isabel’s love story was not that unusual, apart from one detail.
Pope Francis' mass in
Georgia meets largely empty stadium as Orthodox delegation stays away (ABC
Oct 2 - Pope Francis has said Mass for an unusually small crowd of just a few thousand Catholics in Georgia, a celebration that was further dampened with a delegation from the Orthodox Church staying away.
Thousands of Saudis sign
petition to end male guardianship of women (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 27 - Thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition calling for the government to abolish the country’s guardianship system, which prevents women from engaging in fundamental tasks without the permission of a male relative.
Bulgaria the latest
European country to ban the burqa and niqab in public places (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 1 - Sofia: Bulgaria's parliament on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public in a move tha drew immediate criticism from Amnesty International.
Temple toilet: Israel
archaeologists find taboo latrine at 'holy of holies' ancient Jewish shrine (ABC News)
Sept 29 - Israeli archaeologists have discovered a stone toilet while excavating a Jewish shrine at an ancient city gate, evidence that a biblical king tried to stamp out worship there.
Jordanian writer Nahed
Hattar facing charge of 'insulting Islam' shot dead by assassin (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 26 - Amman: A Jordanian Christian writer and journalist who was facing blasphemy charges was shot dead outside a courthouse in the country's capital on the weekend.
massacre: Dylann Roof jury selection underway in federal death penalty case (Sydney Morning
Sept 27 - Charleston, South Carolina: The first of some 3000 potential jurors in the Dylann Roof death penalty trial began reporting Monday to the US District courthouse in downtown Charleston.
ICC sentences Islamic
militant to nine years over Timbuktu destruction (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 27 - An Islamic militant who helped destroy the fabled shrines of Timbuktu has been sentenced to nine years in prison in a landmark case before the international criminal court.
Dresden mosque and
congress centre hit by two bomb blasts (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 27 - Police suspect a far-right motive after two improvised explosive devices detonated outside a mosque and congress centre in Dresden just before and after 10pm on Monday.
bombings kill at least 17 in Baghdad, officials say (ABC News)
Sept 28 - Bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group have hit shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 17 people, security and medical officials say.
for Jakarta governor makes waves in Indonesia (ABC News)
Sept 27 - That Jakarta — the capital of the largest Muslim nation in the world — could elect a Christian as its governor is so unthinkable to some they're going to great lengths to try and stop it.
Police face struggle to
jail jihadis (The Australian)
Sept 26 - Dozens of returning Islamic State terrorists will never see the inside of a courtroom due to a lack of evidence.
One in two favour Muslim
immigration ban? Beware the survey panel given an all-or-nothing choice (ABC News)
Sept 27 – (Opinion: Andrew Markus) An Essential Report poll finding that 49 per cent of Australians want to ban Muslim immigration received extensive media coverage last week.
New national snapshot
finds 60 per cent of Australians concerned if a relative married a Muslim (Sydney Morning
Sept 27 - Sixty per cent of all Australians say they would be concerned if a relative married a Muslim, according to a new university research project tracking attitudes to Islam.
Bendigo mosque design
takes it cues from many references (ABC News)
Sept 27 - A tiny mosque in the outback of Australia built in the 1800s and the founder of Bendigo have all played a part in the design of Bendigo's mosque.
The word ‘Muslim’
belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 29 – (Opinion: Yassir Morsi) I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree.
George Christensen on
poverty, priesthood and a flirtation with One Nation (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 26 - A few weeks shy of George Christensen’s 20th birthday, having let his National party membership lapse and getting “itchy feet thinking about One Nation”, he voted for Pauline Hanson’s party in the 1998 Queensland election.
Cory Bernardi urges
government to adopt 'delicate, nuanced' versions of One Nation policy (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 27 - Maverick Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has called on the government to support similar positions to One Nation in order to reconnect with voters concerned about Muslim immigration and declining industries.
Conservative MPs need to
stand up to bigotry (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 30 – (Opinion: Irfan Yusuf ) Cory Bernardi has been spending time at the United Nations HQ in New York on secondment.
Recruitment drive in
churches divides Victorian Liberals (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 27 - Conservative church groups are being targeted in a Liberal Party membership recruitment drive that is dividing the Victorian branch, with senior figures concerned the party could lurch to the hard right.
Pauline Hanson and
Donald Trump live in a fantasy world when it comes to Muslim immigration (Sydney Morning
Sept 30 – (Opinion: Crispin Hull) Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson both fail the tests of logic and history when they call for bans on Muslim immigration because of its "threat" to the American/Australian way of life.
Turnbull MP Stuart
Robert's close ties to anti-gay African church (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 2 - Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert has close ties to an African church that supports harsh anti-gay laws and is run by a preacher described as "one of the most homophobic people in the world".
Opposition to marriage
equality is the last stand against changes to the family (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 27 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) On Sunday night I interviewed Lyle Shelton, head of the Australian Christian Lobby, on Sky News about same-sex marriage.
Why we baptised our baby
despite almost never going to church (Brisbane Times)
Sept 28 – (Opinion: Katherine Feeney ) Are we frauds?
Warren Entsch rejects
conservatives' call for 'right to refuse' gay weddings (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 29 - Liberal MP Warren Entsch has called for exemptions to discrimination law for same-sex marriage to be “as narrow as possible”, rejecting calls by conservatives to allow businesses the “right to refuse” gay weddings.
Former prisoners bake
biscuits for school children in western Victoria in a quest for redemption (ABC News)
Sept 30 - In a tiny church kitchen in rural Victoria, a group of former prisoners is busily producing jam drop biscuits for primary school children.
Religions should lose
their tax-exempt status (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 1 – (Opinion: Garry Linnell) Extract from The Modern Testament (Australian edition, 2016) And so it came to pass that in the Year of our Lord, 1921, the American astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered the galaxies were flying apart.
specialist Lizzy Rose has a temple in her home where she performs the rituals (news.com.au)
Oct 2 - “DEMONS don’t care about who you are, or where you come from.”
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