by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 15 - 22, 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.
Talents placed at the service of mercy (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 19 – (Obituary) Sister Janette ("Jan") Gray’s first book, Neither Escaping Nor Exploiting Sex: Women’s Celibacy (1995), emerged from her Masters in Theology for the Melbourne College of Divinity and became a bestseller.
I’m a slacker Muslim. But Donald Trump has
us atheists nervous (The Guardian,
Jan 17 – (Opinion: Sohaila Abdulali) On a recent return to New York after a short trip to India, I waltzed through immigration with my nice blue US passport.
East Java’s villagers hunt witches to put
an end to nightmares and sickness (Sydney
Jan 21 - In a small village, deep in the lush green district of Probolinggo in East Java, a 53-year-old farmer’s wife was haunted by dreams of a monkey.
Muslim cleric accused of performing forced
marriage of child bride sacked (The
Jan 16 - A Melbourne Muslim cleric accused of performing the forced marriage of a child bride has been sacked.
Australia Day billboard featuring girls in
hijabs taken down after advertiser receives threats (ABC News)
Jan 17 - A billboard promoting Australia Day celebrations that featured two girls in hijabs has been taken down from a site in Melbourne after threats and abuse were directed at the advertising company.
More than $100,000 raised to reinstate
Australia Day billboard with Muslim girls, but not all are happy (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 19 - It took just a matter of hours for a crowdfunding project launched on Wednesday to reach $100,000, surpassing its original goal of $50,000 to fund a campaign for racial and religious tolerance.
Anglos playing the identity card (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 20 – (Opinion: Irfan Yusuf ) The other night my plane landed safely at Singapore’s Changi airport, all thanks to Xerxes, the Singaporean pilot of Parsi background.
For a nation that thinks it’s so easy-going,
we’re pretty uptight (The Age,
Jan 22 – (Opinion: Wendy Squires ) The Aussie tourists strolled into the Balinese temple looking like they were dressed for a session in a tanning salon.
Pastor Danny Nalliah’s church faces tax
bill after charity status revoked (The
Jan 17 - The church headed by controversial Victorian pastor Daniel "Danny" Nalliah has been stripped of its charity status, and could face a retrospective tax bill, after its congregation was asked to make election donations to an anti-Islamic political party he also leads.
Queensland Speaker Peter Wellington backs
burqa ban (Brisbane Times)
Jan 18 - The independent Speaker of Queensland’s parliament says One Nation should pursue a new bill to ban the burqa from government buildings, banks and schools.
Burqa ban not the answer to solving
problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri (Brisbane Times)
Jan 18 - Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says.
Burka ban: Almost no women in Perth wear
garment, Imam says (ABC News)
Jan 19 - The West Australian Premier’s comments on burkas — including that they were not part of Australian culture and he would prefer they were not worn — are medieval and unfounded, as almost no Muslim women wear the garment in the state, a senior Muslim leader says.
’I think it’s great’: Peter Dutton
praises Australia Day billboard featuring Muslim girls (Brisbane Times)
Jan 20 - Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has praised an Australia Day billboard featuring two Muslim Australian girls in hijabs, and backed the wearing of Islamic dress in public.
Foot in mouth for Hanson (The Australian)
Jan 21 - The One Nation leader linked the Melbourne car-attack tragedy to Islamic radicalism.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Volley hits back at Australian Christian
Lobby’s ’homophobic’ response to ad campaign (news.com.au)
Jan 18 - SHOE brand Volley has hit back at the Australian Christian Lobby’s “homophobic” response to its new ad campaign, which features male models embracing in their underwear.
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