by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 4 - 11, 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.
Royal Commission reveals more than 80
church offenders preyed on Hunter children (Brisbane Times)
Dec 6 - More than 80 Catholic and Anglican Church priests and other representatives – including women - are alleged to have committed child sex crimes against Hunter children over decades, newly released data analysis and evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed.
Has the bell tolled for priests who run
schools? (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - Has the bell tolled for priests who run Catholic schools?
Tens of thousands rally calling for
tolerance after Ahok blasphemy protests (ABC News)
Dec 5 - Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in the centre of the capital Jakarta, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city's minority Christian Governor.
Meet a Muslim: Canberrans urged to break
down barriers (ABC News)
Dec 6 - In a bid to remove stigma from the religion and its followers, Canberrans are being encouraged to "meet a Muslim" and ask anything they've been wondering about Islam.
Germany's Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban
'wherever legally possible' (ABC News)
Dec 7 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a partial ban on face-covering veils, and stressed her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's migrant influx.
Which countries have banned the burka? (ABC News)
Dec 7 - As Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for a partial ban on the face-covering burka, Germany is set to join a list of countries that have restricted women from wearing the Islamic dress in public places.
Geert Wilders convicted of inciting discrimination (news.com.au)
Dec 10 - DUTCH anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders was found guilty Friday of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans, a conviction he immediately slammed as a “shameful” attack on free speech and an attempt to “neutralise” him.
Islamic State fighters recapture ancient
Syrian city of Palmyra, nine months after being expelled (ABC News)
Dec 11 - Islamic State militants have recaptured most of the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria following a surprise assault, according to a monitoring group and rebels.
Hospital chaplain loses same-sex wedding
discrimination appeal (The
Dec 8 - A Church of England hospital chaplain has lost his claim that he was discriminated against when his licence to work was withdrawn after he married his same-sex partner, in a case that gay rights campaigners hoped would force the church to change its stance.
Malta outlaws 'gay conversion' therapy in a
first in Europe (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 9 - New York: The Mediterranean island nation of Malta has become the first European country to criminalise therapeutic methods that purport to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Time magazine didn't give Trump devil
horns. God did (The Guardian,
Dec 9 – (Opinion: Jonathan Jones) Time magazine denies doing it on purpose, yet the sign is there.
Daily Life 2016 Woman of the Year: Mariam
Veiszadeh (Sydney Morning
Dec 5 - When Mariam Veiszadeh took the wrong, slower bus route to work one morning in February, she innocently tweeted how she turned her bad start to the day into a positive: time to gaze out of the bus window and reflect.
Islamic State recruiter's wife Moutia
Elzahed may be first charged under disrespectful behaviour laws (ABC News)
Dec 9 - A Muslim woman who refused to stand for a judge is potentially facing criminal charges in New South Wales.
Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to
raise funds for anti-Islam group (The
Dec 9 - Controversial conservative politicians Cory Bernardi and George Christensen have agreed to help an anti-Islam organisation raise funds to defend a defamation case brought by a halal certifier.
Muslim wives’ benefits slammed (The Australian)
Dec 11 - Cory Bernardi says Centrelink benefits for multiple wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Why I won't be supporting the Salvation
Army this Christmas (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 7 – (Opinion: Andrew P Street) Here's a tip, charities: maybe wait a few weeks after the high profile suicide of a bullied gay child before you start talking about how school anti-bullying programmes are oh-so-discriminatory.
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