by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 22 - 29, 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.
Australia’s largest Islamic school Malek
Fahd to reopen amid funding uncertainty (ABC News)
Jan 27 - Australia’s largest Islamic school, Malek Fahd in Sydney’s south west, will reopen its doors next week, despite the ongoing legal battles over losing $19 million worth of federal funding.
Ethics classes in NSW primary schools
growing despite barriers to enrolment (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 29 - Grandmothers have emerged as the unlikely saviours of ethics classes in NSW primary schools, which are proving resilient despite the introduction of politically charged barriers to enrolment last year.
The Catholic church’s old guard faces a
mortal threat. It’s called Pope Francis (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 27 – (Opinion: Joanna Moorhead) “Pope in condom row”, say the headlines. In fact, this row has nothing much to do with condoms.
Donald Trump’s Muslim ban excludes
countries in which he has business ties (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 29 - Donald Trump holds it in his heart, but he manufactures it too, masking state-sanctioned religious persecution as a national security endeavour – all to stoke the "us and them" hysteria that drove his election campaign.
Federal judge stays deportations under
Trump Muslim country travel ban (The
Jan 29 - A federal judge has granted a stay on deportations for people who arrived in the US with valid visas but were detained on entry, following President Donald Trump’s executive order to halt travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
No mention of Jews in White House’s
Holocaust Remembrance Day tribute (The
Jan 28 - The White House raised eyebrows on Friday when it issued a statement to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, that did not mention Jews, Judaism or antisemitism.
In India, low-caste Dalits put dignity
before livelihood, by leaving cows where they die (ABC News)
Jan 28 - On a highway in Gujarat, western India, two of India’s revered cattle lie dead.
Australia Day billboard with girls in
hijabs prompts online call to ’bomb’ Canberra theatre (ABC News)
Jan 25 - The Canberra Theatre Centre has been forced to delete social media posts about an Australia Day advertisement featuring two Muslim girls after it was threatened with extreme violence.
Qantas offers refunds to Australians affected
by Trump’s ’Muslim ban’ (Sydney
Jan 29 - Qantas is offering refunds to any passengers travelling from Australia to the United States who are affected by a new entry ban.
The anti-Muslim rally by far-right group
Reclaim Australia was a fizzer (news.com.au)
Jan 29 - THE anti-Muslim rally by far-right group Reclaim Australia in Sydney has been a fizzer, with more police and media turning up than protesters.
Pauline Hanson asks why there is no march
for Islamic women (news.com.au)
Jan 23 - PAULINE Hanson first ranted online about Australian women who went to anti-Trump marches.
Right to refuse gay weddings protects
against other discrimination, inquiry told (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 25 - The government’s marriage equality bill specifies that ministers of religion would be able to refuse same-sex weddings because otherwise it risks creating a right to refuse weddings based on disability or race, the attorney general’s department has revealed.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Senate committee urged to ensure civil
celebrants won’t refuse services to same-sex couples (ABC News)
Jan 23 - A Senate committee has been urged to ensure civil celebrants cannot refuse services to same-sex couples due to religious or conscientious objections.
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