by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
November 27 – December 4, 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.
Jehovah's Witnesses condemned for using
2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse (ABC News)
Nov 29 - Jehovah's Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Sex abuse victims treated as 'outcasts':
Royal Commission report on Jewish groups (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 29 - Members of Australia's close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community were discouraged from reporting child sexual abuse because they feared being cast out, a royal commission has found.
Also: Rabbis call for heads to roll at Yeshivah in
wake of child sex abuse scandals (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - Australia's most powerful coalition of rabbis has for first time called for heads to roll at Yeshivah institutions, after damning findings in the royal commission exposed that child abuse was ignored and enabled by its leaders.
Gay panic laws Queensland: Father Paul
Kelly on why he kept up the fight (Brisbane
Dec 4 - When a man was bashed and died in his Maryborough church grounds in 2008, Catholic priest Father Paul Kelly could not simply stand by.
Indonesians join thousands of soldiers,
police at interfaith rallies (ABC News)
Nov 30 - Thousands of Indonesians have joined nationwide interfaith rallies organised by the military in an attempt to demonstrate national unity as religious and racial tensions divide the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Trump's Islamophobic rhetoric means a
public health crisis for Muslims (The
Dec 1 – (Opinion: Hina Tai and Winn Periyasamy) Sarah Zaffar was stopped at a red light near Huntington Beach, California – a predominantly pro-Trump town – when a truck pulled up beside her.
Taliban facing financial crisis as
civilian deaths deter donors (The
Nov 29 - The Afghan Taliban are facing a cash crisis with donors unwilling to bankroll an insurgency whose victims are increasingly civilians rather than foreign troops, according to several members of the movement.
'This barbaric group of people want to
destroy everything' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 3 - Khaled al-Asaad was brought to the main square in a black van and beheaded before a small crowd.
Woman cannot give evidence in a niqab,
Australian court rules (The
Dec 1 - An Australian judge has declined a request from a Muslim woman to wear a niqab while giving evidence in a damages claim against police where she alleges that officers assaulted her during a raid on her home.
Glenn Murcutt on mosque without minarets,
and architecture designed to transform (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 2 - Glenn Murcutt looks robust but decidedly pale, the result of a week in bed due to a rare bout of ill health.
Family First, conservative Christians join
the Victorian Liberals (The Age,
Dec 3 - Conservative Turnbull government MPs are recruiting members of hardline micro parties such as Family First and the Australian Christians, in a move described as a "horrifying" lurch to the right that could thwart the Liberals chances at the next Victorian election.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
This guy got a Victorian driver's licence
with a pasta strainer on his head (The
Nov 30 - The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is one step closer to legitimacy in Victoria after a man was issued with a driver's licence showing him wearing a colander on his head.
Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier
Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons (ABC News)
Nov 30 - Melbourne's Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government's decision to house teenagers in the "harshest of adult prison settings".
Anti-slavery groups, religious leaders pen
open letter to PM urging action on modern slavery (ABC News)
Dec 2 - A coalition of anti-slavery groups and religious leaders have written to the Prime Minister, urging him to pass laws to stamp out slavery in Australia.
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