Religion News Selection 37 (Sept 25 - Oct 2)

  (01 October 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

September 25 – Oct 2, 2016

A 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.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

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.

Islam

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 that drew immediate criticism from Amnesty International.

Judaism

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.

Religious Violence

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.

Other

Christian frontrunner 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.

 

ISLAM

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 Herald)  
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.

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.

 

POLITICS

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.

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 Herald)  
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".

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

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.

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.

Australian exorcist 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.”

 

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 37 (Sept 25 – Oct 2)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 36 (Sept 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 35 (Sept 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 34 (Aug 28 – Sept 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 33 (Aug 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 32 (Aug 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 31 (Aug 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 30 (Aug 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 29 (July 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 28 (July 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 27 (July 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 26 (June 26 – July 10)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

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