by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
Oct 2 - 9, 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.
'It felt sincere':
Jewish child abuse survivor Manny Waks offered apology (ABC News)
Oct 3 - Australian child abuse survivor Manny Waks has received a formal apology from the Jewish centre he attended as a child, and says there are positive changes happening in the ultra-orthodox community.
When the Anglican church
can’t follow its own code (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Most Australians are as unsurprised by skullduggery in the church as by double-dealing in government.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
My Scientology Movie
review – Louis Theroux gets smart with the cult church (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 7 - The Church of Scientology is a deeply strange organisation and, appropriately enough, Louis Theroux has made a strange film about it.
multimillion-dollar surpluses of Australia's most overfunded private schools (Sydney Morning
Oct 8 - Some of Australia's wealthiest private schools are running multimillion-dollar surpluses with the help of excess taxpayer funding, prompting fresh calls for the Turnbull government to tackle inequalities in the education system.
NSW principal outrages
parents by using 'inappropriate, offensive' image during speech (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 9 - The principal of a NSW Catholic school has come under fire for using an "inappropriate and offensive" image during a speech to high school graduates and their families.
Desmond Tutu: I want
right to end my life through assisted dying (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 8 - Desmond Tutu has said he would like the option of ending his life through assisted dying as he called on politicians, lawmakers and religious leaders to take action on the issue.
Mike Pence backtracks on
Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 8 - The Trump campaign appeared to disavow one of its most provocative policy proposals on Thursday, as Governor Mike Pence of Indiana said explicitly that Donald Trump no longer wants to impose a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Christian lobby backs legal help for businesses refusing gay couples (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 5 - An organisation founded by the Australian Christian Lobby plans to bankroll legal cases for business owners who refuse to provide services to gay couples should marriage equality be legalised.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)