by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
March 19 – April 2, 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.
Anglican Church used as ’safe haven’ to
sexually abuse children, royal commission hears (ABC
Mar 22 - Child abusers used the Anglican Church as a "safe haven" because their activities would not be monitored and they would be offered "cheap forgiveness", a royal commission has heard.
Jewish victims ’shunned after making
allegations’ (ABC News)
Mar 29 - Ultra-orthodox Jews believed it was a sin to report allegations of child sexual abuse to the police, and shunned those who did, a royal commission has heard.
Royal Commission hears how sex predators
groom and abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 29 - A child psychologist held back tears as she told a royal commission how her son was allegedly abused by a teacher at the private school she believed to be "nurturing and protective".
Survival and safety beyond the child abuse
royal commission (Brisbane Times)
Apr 1 – (Opinion: Editorial) The good work of the royal commission must be translated into good work in every family, community and institution across the nation.
Gay marriage campaigners bullying
Australians who are against it, Anglican Archbishop says (ABC
Apr 1 - Same-sex marriage advocates are bullying people into accepting a legislative change, despite a majority of Australians being against it, Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop Glen Davies says.
Cardinal George Pell accuses Senate of ’extraordinary
and unjust’ attack (The Guardian,
Mar 20 - Cardinal George Pell has accused the Senate of waging an “extraordinary and unjust” attack against him and interfering with due process.
School deradicalisation programs should
include study of different religions (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 30 - The NSW government has identified 19 schools with students "at risk" of being exposed to violent extremist influences.
Catholic school enrolments fall (The Australian)
Apr 1 - Catholic schools are in a year-on-year market share decline in all mainland states.
Muslim woman: ’Look beyond my attire’ (news.com.au)
Mar 25 - THE Muslim woman trolled for being pictured looking at her phone while walking past a victim of the Westminster terror attack has slammed those who criticised her.
West will ’lose’ if we outlaw Islam,
Britain’s Nigel Farage says (ABC
Mar 27 - Outspoken British politician Nigel Farage has distanced himself from controversial comments about Islam made by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
Mormon membership nears 16 million (news.com.au)
Apr 2 - Mormon church leaders say worldwide membership has reached 15.88 million.
Muslim women shrug off stereotypes about
oppression at Adelaide forum Passion Café (ABC
Mar 27 - "Do I look oppressed and voiceless to you?" This was the question asked by Muslim mother of two Suraya Sara at a forum in Adelaide as she recounted her experiences living in Australia.
Islamic State might form ’diaspora’
caliphate around the world, George Brandis warns (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - Attorney-General George Brandis has warned that the Islamic State group may scatter and form a "diaspora" caliphate around the world after its defeat in the Middle East.
Pauline Hanson says Islam is a disease
Australia needs to ’vaccinate’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - Pauline Hanson has compared Islam to a disease Australians need to vaccinate themselves against, a comment described by the Deputy Prime Minister as "bat poo crazy".
Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ’what
terrorists want’, says Turnbull
Mar 25 - The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim ban.
18C laws ’protect’ Muslim criminals (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 29 - A ONE Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws are protecting Muslim criminals, comparing restrictions on speech to “Stalinist repression”.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
I stood side-by-side with a Catholic priest
to overturn Queensland’s homophobic law (Brisbane Times)
Mar 22 – (Opinion: Tom Ballard ) It’s fair to say that Australian politics isn’t exactly a fount of good news at the moment.
Lent for millennials: Young Christians give
up wine, shame and social media (ABC
Mar 27 - You might have missed the news, but we’re currently in the middle of Lent — historically, one of the Christian calendar’s most important seasons.
God and the problem of sincere disbelief (ABC News)
Mar 30 – (Opinion: Michael Collett) It’s a cliche, really. The beginning of the end for my Christian faith was getting an unbelieving girlfriend in my late teens. But it’s not exactly as you might think.
Sincerity is not enough: the problem with
the problem of sincere disbelief (ABC
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Michael Collett’s thoughtful article "God and the problem of sincere disbelief" must have touched a nerve.
Why so many counter-terrorism laws if no
one can define terrorism? (Brisbane
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Irfan Yusuf ) What exactly is terrorism?
Burn marks add to hexafoil mystery of
Tasmania’s shamanic past (ABC
Apr 2 - Previously undocumented evil-averting rituals have been uncovered in a research project looking at the use of "magic" in 19th century Tasmania.
From the Archive…
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