by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 1 - 8, 2017
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.
Dumped just before Christmas: Sydney mum
takes on Catholic Church in unfair dismissal case (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 8 - Rox Subramany was a struggling Sydney mother and proud Catholic Church employee whose lifelong commitment to her faith had never wavered.
Malek Fahd Islamic school future in doubt
after tribunal decision to cut federal government funding (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 5 - One of Sydney’s largest private schools looks set to close after a tribunal upheld a federal government decision to revoke its funding over concerns it was operating for profit.
Pope declares ’zero tolerance’ for sexual
abuse in Catholic church (The
Jan 3 - Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of “zero tolerance” for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for “a sin that shames us”.
Photos of Ilhan Omar being sworn in to
Congress prove just how important diversity is (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 7 - In the face of looming anxieties surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration, it’s easy to forget that important steps forward are still being made in 2017.
Fighting intolerance a challenge for
Indonesia’s moderate Muslims (Sydney
Jan 8 - Jakarta: Permadi Arya became famous – or infamous, depending on how you look at it – for his satirical YouTube videos lampooning extremism.
The Isis campaign against Iraq’s Shia
Muslims is not politics. It’s genocide (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 6 – (Opinion: Ranj Alaaldin) Until the west acknowledges the true nature of the jihadis’ atrocities, good governance and stability in the region will always be out of reach.
Shakers down to two as sect of celibate
wood turners loses its ’spiritual centre’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 5 - New York; She arrived at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine, in 1937 as a 10-year-old, and brought a measure of mischief to the regimented life there: She drew other girls into tiny rebellions, like snatching a pail of maple sugar candy from a workshop, and even spit in one of her caregivers’ teacups after being punished for passing notes with a friend.
Crucifixion is horribly violent – we must
confront its reality head on (The
Jan 6 – (Opinion: Jonathan Jones) Glasgow University is giving theology students what the Daily Mail calls “trigger warnings” about potentially upsetting images of the crucifixion.
Burkinis and belonging: ’It’s this
feeling the beach and hijab don’t mix’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 3 – (Opinion: Randa Abdel-Fattah) When I was 13, I started wearing hijab.
Mysterious anti-Islam society steps out of
the shadows for its big moment (news.com.au)
Jan 6 - SECRETIVE anti-Islam group Q Society is stepping out of the shadows and embracing the limelight as it claims a groundswell of support for its controversial aims.
Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to
attend dinner for anti-Islam group (Brisbane
Jan 3 - Two of the Coalition’s leading conservatives have been named as "special guests" at $150-per-head dinner being held by anti-Islamic group, the Q Society of Australia.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2017 – 1 (Jan 1 - 8)
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)
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