Religion News Selection 46 (Nov 27 - Dec4)

  (04 December 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

November 27 – December 4, 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.

 

 

ABUSE

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.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Gay panic laws Queensland: Father Paul Kelly on why he kept up the fight (Brisbane Times)
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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

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 Guardian, Australia)
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.

Religious Violence

Taliban ​facing financial crisis as civilian deaths deter donors (The Guardian, Australia)
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.

 

ISLAM

Woman cannot give evidence in a niqab, Australian court rules (The Guardian, Australia)
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.

 

POLITICS

Family First, conservative Christians join the Victorian Liberals (The Age, Melbourne)
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 Age, Melbourne)
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.

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 46 (Nov 27 - Dec 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 45 (Nov 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 44 (Nov 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 43 (Nov 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 42 (Oct 30 - Nov 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 41 (Oct 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 40 (Oct 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 39 (Oct 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 38 (Oct 2 - 9)

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)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 25 (June 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 24 (June 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 23 (June 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 22 (May 29 – June 5)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 21 (May 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 20 (May 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 19 (May 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 18 (May 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 17 (Apr 24 – May 1)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 16 (Apr 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 15 (Apr 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 14 (Apr 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 13 (Mar 27 – Apr 3)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 12 (Mar 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 11 (Mar 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 10 (Mar 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 9 (Feb 28 – Mar 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 8 (Feb 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 7 (Feb 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 6 (Feb 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 5 (Jan 31 – Feb 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 4 (Jan 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 3 (Jan 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 2 (Jan 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 1 (Dec 27 – Jan 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 48 (Dec 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 47 (Dec 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 46 (Dec 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 45 (Nov 29 – Dec 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 44 (Nov 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 43 (Nov 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 42 (Nov 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 41 (Nov 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 40 (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 37 (Sept 27 – Oct 11)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 36 (Sept 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

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

 

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