by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
Oct 9 - 16, 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.
Anglican priest providing a safe haven for
the LGBTI community in Perth (ABC News)
Oct 8 - Father Peter Manuel is unusual in the Christian clergy; he is prepared to speak out against the plebiscite and in favour of same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage: Anglican Church leaders
accuse Sydney Archbishop of silencing supporters (ABC News)
Oct 13 - In the wake of the likely failure of the plebiscite bill, a group of 68 priests and church leaders across Australia have signed a petition urging the Archbishop of Sydney to allow "free and open debate" about same-sex marriage within his church.
Gay marriage trend may collapse like
communism, claims Anglican Church in leaked document (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 13 - The Anglican Church has likened support for legalising same-sex marriage to communism, and claimed its negative social "costs" will match those seen after the introduction of the 1975 no-fault divorce laws that it says created "widespread adultery and divorce."
Asia Bibi blasphemy appeal adjourned in
Pakistan as judge pulls out (The
Oct 13 - The long-awaited final appeal of a Christian woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws has been adjourned after a judge said he could not hear the case.
Mona Siddiqui: Islam in the West is not a
simple issue (ABC News)
Oct 13 - Most Muslims living in Britain and Australia are neither enemies of Western civilisation nor blameless victims of Islamophobia, a leading public intellectual says.
Sydney Cycling Sisters: Muslim women get on
their bikes to 'eliminate fear' (ABC News)
Oct 14 - A few years ago Cindy Rahal was sitting in a shopping centre with her sister and a friend when a man approached her yelling: "There are so many f***ing Muslims around."
Casey Council mosque decision draws protest
and hostility in Melbourne's south east (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 15 - Local council elections have traditionally revolved around the three Rs: rates, roads and rubbish.
Malcolm Turnbull calls out racial and
religious discrimination after recent poll on Muslims (ABC News)
Oct 10 - The nation's political leaders have called out racial and religious discrimination as a new poll shows that one third of Australians believe Muslim Australians should be subjected to more scrutiny than other religious groups.
Australian Christian Lobby thanks 'helpful'
Bill Shorten for same-sex marriage plebiscite veto (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 12 - The Australian Christian Lobby has thanked Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for playing a "helpful" and "important" role in its plan to stop same-sex marriage, after Labor committed to blocking the Turnbull government's proposed plebiscite.
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