by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 29 – February 5, 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.
Child sex abuse set to cost Perth Anglican
diocese more than $1m over three years (Perth Now)
Jan 29 - CHILD sex abuse is expected to cost the Anglican diocese of Perth more than $1 million over just three years.
Every Catholic archbishop to give evidence
next week (ABC News)
Feb 3 - Every Catholic archbishop in the country is to be called to give evidence at next week’s royal commission hearings in Sydney into child sexual abuse.
Australian Catholic Church warns
congregation ahead of final ’grim’ royal commission hearing (ABC
Feb 4 - Catholic Church leaders throughout Australia are warning church-goers and school parents about the release of data on Monday at the child sex abuse royal commission, describing it as an "horrific portrait of appalling abuse".
Catholic use of confession to be
scrutinised by child abuse royal commission (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 5 - Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the child sexual abuse royal commission as it again turns its focus to widespread offending in the Catholic Church in Australia this week.
Focus on Church a waste of time (The Australian)
Feb 5 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Almost all institutions mishandled child sexual abuse allegations until recently.
Nun receives death threats for suggesting
Mary was not a virgin (The
Feb 3 - A nun in Spain who says she received death threats for suggesting that Mary probably had sex with her husband, Joseph, has apologised for any offence caused but accused her critics of deliberately misunderstanding her point.
Queer Muslim women from the south: ’We
exist and we’re fierce’ (The
Feb 4 - It’s been especially challenging to be a Muslim this past week.
Steve Bannon’s Islamophobic film script just
one example of anti-Muslim views (The
Feb 4 - The emergence this week of a script for an Islamophobic film written a decade ago by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has drawn new attention to Bannon’s past statements about Islam, and to his view that “the Judeo-Christian west” is engaged in a “global war” against “jihadist Islamic fascism”.
Quebec mosque attack: Canadian Muslims
point to anti-immigrant ’trash radio’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 1 - Quebec: They call it "radio poubelle," or trash radio.
Jewish community centers in US receive
nearly 50 bomb threats in 2017 so far (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 4 - Nearly 50 bomb threats have been received by Jewish community organizations in the US since the start of the year, in a climate of rising antisemitism nationwide.
Johnson Amendment: Trump wants religion and
politics to mix (Brisbane Times)
Feb 3 - Washington: US President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to "totally destroy" a measure that bars houses of worship from endorsing political candidates, and eager Capitol Hill conservatives are ready to fight for him.
Halal snack pack named people’s choice
word of 2016 by Macquarie Dictionary (Brisbane Times)
Feb 1 - There were queues at kebab stands as its popularity skyrocketed, a HSP appreciation society was formed, and the greasy treat made its mark on Australian politics on election night when Labor senator Sam Dastyari offered to take Pauline Hanson out for a halal bite.
World Hijab Day: Women show solidarity with
Muslims by covering their heads (ABC News)
Feb 2 - Women around the world have been sharing pictures of themselves wearing a hijab in support of Muslim women on World Hijab Day on February 1.
Systematic racism, dehumanisation and
Islamophobia (The Saturday Paper)
Feb 4 – (Opinion: Roj Amedi) The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic.
I broke bread with Malcolm Turnbull. Now he’s
breaking my heart (The Guardian,
Feb 3 – (Opinion: Yassmin Abdel-Magied) Malcolm Turnbull is breaking my heart.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
’I was suicidal every day’: Gay
conversion Australia’s secret shame (news.com.au)
Feb 2 - SURVIVORS of gay conversion therapy say a new watchdog for dodgy health practitioners doesn’t go far enough, and the practice is still alive and well in Australia.
Bid to raise $1 million for giant Christian
cross in Central Australia (ABC
Feb 2 - The Christian organisation behind plans to build a giant illuminated cross atop a hill in remote Central Australia wants to raise a further $1 million for the project.
From the Archive…
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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)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)