by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 11 - 25, 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.
Uniting Church minister walks free (Brisbane
Dec 23 - A former Queensland Uniting Church minister who sexually abused a 12-year-old boy five decades ago will not spend any time behind bars after a judge agreed he had lived an "exemplary life".
When it comes to ordination, Pope Francis
is still a puppet of the church (The
Dec 12 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) There’s a deep struggle going on in the Catholic church when it comes to power and who exercises it.
Catholic Church criticises world’s tallest
Christmas tree (news.com.au)
Dec 25 - SRI Lanka unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record despite constructions delays and a shorter-than-planned finished product.
Jakarta Governor Ahok, godson to Muslims,
gives emotional defence at his blasphemy trial (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 13 - Jakarta: The embattled governor of Jakarta emotionally told his trial for blasphemy that his own godparents had been Muslims and it would not be possible for him to insult Islam.
Jakarta governor Ahok created 'disunity
among Muslims', say prosecutors (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 20 - Jakarta: Prosecutors have accused the Christian governor of Jakarta of being "self-righteous" and say it is not enough for him to claim that his intention was not to insult Islam.
Registry used to track Arabs and Muslims
dismantled by Obama administration (The
Dec 23 - The Obama administration is dismantling a discriminatory surveillance system that was used after 9/11 to keep tabs on Arabs and Muslims across the US, in a move that will make it more difficult for president-elect Donald Trump to achieve his goal of introducing a Muslim registry.
Pagan priest wins right to wear goat horns
in driver's licence photo (ABC News)
Dec 20 - An ordained Pagan priest in the US has finally received the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver's licence photo.
Man charged with assault after allegedly
throwing beer bottle at Muslim woman (ABC News)
Dec 22 - A Perth man has been charged after allegedly throwing a beer bottle at the head of a Muslim woman in the southern suburb of Beeliar.
The Islamic Centre in Melbourne linked to
Christmas terror plot (The Age,
Dec 25 - From their own social media posts, it is clear that several of the young Melbourne men accused of plotting a Christmas Day terror attack have spent time at a place called the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Coolaroo.
Melbourne terror target church draws huge
crowds (The Australian)
Dec 25 - Melbourne’s St Paul’s Cathedral overflowed with worshippers attending the midnight service two days after a Christmas Day terror plot was uncovered.
Extremist radicalised terrorism is a
statistically enduring anomaly (ABC News)
Dec 24 – (Opinion: C August Elliott) This week, a multi-agency policing operation spearheaded by Victoria Police and supported by the AFP and ASIO, successfully averted a terrorist attack against targets in Melbourne's CBD.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
A bloke called Barry and the Jesus bikes
parked around Melbourne (The Age,
Dec 14 - It's the case of Christ on a bike.
Australian Christian Lobby casts doubt on
police finding on van explosion (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 23 - The head of the Australian Christian Lobby is doubling down on his scepticism of the ACT police declaration that a van explosion outside the conservative group's Canberra headquarters was not politically motivated.
'Celebrate Christmas wholeheartedly':
Cathedral unshaken by terror plot (The
Dec 23 - St Paul's Cathedral will proceed with Christmas services despite being the target of a thwarted terror plot as the church's leader calls for peace and reconciliation.
You will benefit from prayer, even if you
don't believe (Sydney Morning
Dec 24 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Reflections on returning home from abroad at Christmas.
The unlikely man to lead the fight against
the rise of intolerance: Prince Charles (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 25 – (Opinion: Tim Dick) I hadn't picked Prince Charles as the leader of an establishment fight against the populist encouragement of religious intolerance, but if that's the fight he's leading, I'm following, republican or not.
Chrismukkah? I’ll light a candle to that (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 25 – (Opinion: Hadley Freeman) I might say my prayers in Hebrew instead of Latin but I want to eat chocolate Santas for 10 days straight, too, OK?
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