by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 9 - 16, 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.
Gerald Ridsdale pleads guilty to 20 more
child-abuse charges (The Age,
Apr 13 - One of Australia’s worst child-sex offender priests, Gerald Ridsdale, has pleaded guilty to a string of new abuse charges against 11 children.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
A gentle word on the state of Australian
debate and freedom of speech (ABC
Apr 10 – (Opinion: Peter McEvoy) "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1. My father wrote those words above his signature in my autograph book when I was a kid.
This Easter, it’s the Catholic Church that
needs redemption (The Guardian,
Apr 12 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) It’s Holy Week, the most sacred time in the Catholic liturgical calendar.
Religious education in NSW schools ’inappropriate’
but government vows support (The
Apr 12 - The New South Wales government has agreed to better scrutinise religious groups teaching scripture in state-run schools, after a review found isolated examples of inappropriate teaching material, including negative passages about abortion.
Outcry as Utah judge calls Mormon bishop
who raped girl a ’good man’ (The
Apr 15 - Complaints are pouring against a Utah judge who called a former Mormon bishop convicted of rape an “extraordinary, good man” who did something wrong, a Utah judicial oversight organization said on Friday.
Pope to visit mafia snitches (The Australian)
Apr 14 - Pope Francis will wash the feet of former mafiosi members during a visit to a notorious prison in Rome.
The White House forgets the Holocaust
(again) (The Guardian,
Apr 12 – (Opinion: Timothy Snyder) In a press conference on Tuesday, Sean Spicer claimed before an incredulous room of journalists that Hitler did not use chemical agents to kill people during the Second World War.
Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why
are they persecuted? (ABC News)
Apr 10 - Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s 95 million people.
It’s time to acknowledge the war on
Christianity (Brisbane Times)
Apr 11 – (Opinion: Tim Stanley ) We live in an age of martyrs.
Gay couple beaten, detained by Indonesian
vigilantes likely to face trial under sharia law (ABC
Apr 10 - A video recording of Indonesian vigilantes detaining two young gay men captures them kicking, slapping and insulting the pair, shortly before they are turned over to the province’s religious police.
Who are the new jihadis? (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 14 – (Opinion: Olivier Roy) Biographies of ’homegrown’ European terrorists show they are violent nihilists who adopt Islam, rather than religious fundamentalists who turn to violence
Britain’s Tesco supermarket chain
criticised for Good Friday ad (news.com.au)
Apr 15 - A UK supermarket chain has been accused of cashing in on Good Friday and being “extraordinarily ignorant” of the day’s true meaning.
What is the historical evidence that Jesus
Christ lived and died? (The
Apr 15 – (Opinion: Simon Gathercole) How confident can we be that Jesus Christ actually lived?
Five stubborn misconceptions about Jesus
and the cross (Sydney Morning
Apr 16 - Christians worldwide are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus in Good Friday worship services, followed by celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Shame on those who preach intolerance in
the name of Christianity (The
Apr 16 – (Opinion: Catherine Pepinster) It is chocolate time for French children this morning, thanks to les cloches volantes – the flying bells.
Video of Islamic group saying being hit by
men a ’beautiful blessing’ teaches abuse: Michaelia Cash (ABC
Apr 13 - Minister for Women Michaelia Cash has accused a controversial Islamic group of encouraging violence against women.
’No man should strike his wife’ (The Australian)
Apr 13 - Labor MP Ed Husic, the first Muslim MP, condemns a video which advocates Muslim men hit their wives in a “managed way”
Waleed Aly slams ’absolutely atrocious’
views on domestic violence of some Muslims (news.com.au)
Apr 14 - THE Project host Waleed Aly says it is “infuriating” views exist within the Muslim community — even if they were largely radical groups — that men are allowed to beat their wives.
Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir video is alarming –
and based on misconception (The
Apr 15 – (Opinion: Joumanah El Matrah) When it comes to experiences of violence, Muslim women are one of the most analysed and debated groups in the Australian public space.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
We rush to condemn Islamophobia. What about
anti-Christian attacks? (Daily
Apr 9 – (Opinion: Miranda Devine) WHILE we constantly are lectured about Islamophobic violence, despite little evidence of its existence, there is official silence about its flip side: religiously motivated attacks on Christians.
Shalom House says hardline approach at
Australia’s ’strictest’ drug rehab centre delivers results (ABC
Apr 10 - When you step inside Shalom House as a new resident, be prepared to not only hand over your cigarettes, phone and car keys, but your entire life.
Easter brings a time to practice silence,
count our blessings and think of those less fortunate (ABC
Apr 14 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) Forget eggs. Eat them, enjoy them, whatever.
Christians are not the victims in the
marriage equality debate (Brisbane
Apr 14 – (Opinion: Peter Catt ) A few years ago I had cause to caution a member of staff over bullying behaviour towards a colleague.
Jesus was on the side of the poor and
exploited. Christian politicians should remember that (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 14 – (Opinion: Brad Chilcott) In the church I grew up in it was culturally assumed that Christians would vote Liberal.
God save us all from the dangers of this
intense religious fervour (The
Apr 14 – (Opinion: Giles Fraser) Last Sunday, as the blood of Egyptian Christians was being wiped from the church floor, tens of thousand of us were walking down from the Mount of Olives, following as much as possible the footsteps of Jesus on his final entry into Jerusalem.
Churches demand Manus Island asylum seekers
be evacuated (The Guardian,
Apr 16 - Churches and refugee advocates are calling for asylum seekers on Manus Island to be evacuated to Australia after shots were fired when local men tried to storm the facility.
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