Religion News Selection 19 (May 21 - 28)

  (28 May 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

May 21 - 28, 2017

A 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.

 

 

ABUSE

Decision on Cardinal George Pell abuse charges ‘imminent’, police chief says (The Age, Melbourne)
May 26 - Sex crimes detectives are poised to make a decision about whether or not charges will be laid against Cardinal George Pell.

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster dies (The Age, Melbourne)
May 27 - Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

How Catholic education sector diverts funding from low-income schools to wealthy schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 23 - Catholic education authorities are short-changing needy schools by up to $1.5 million a year to help keep fees low at schools in wealthy areas in Sydney and Melbourne, government data reveals.

 

EDUCATION

Muslim school stripped of $45m (The Australian)
May 23 - More than $45m has allegedly been stripped since 2000 from nation’s largest Islamic school by peak Muslim body.

Catholic kids barred from casual clothes day unless parents oppose Gonski moves (The Age, Melbourne)
May 26 - A Catholic school in Melbourne’s south east has threatened to bar students from a casual clothes day unless their parents sign letters opposing the Turnbull government’s school funding changes.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope looks glum after Vatican meeting with Donald Trump (The Guardian, Australia)
May 25 - Pope Francis once said that Christians must have “cheerful faces and eyes full of joy”.

Islam

Fears of gay sex ban (The Australian)
May 23 - Indonesian LGBTI advocates fear the country is on the brink of criminalising gay sex.

A rollercoaster ride’: how Trump’s Muslim travel ban has affected lives (The Guardian, Australia)
May 25 - On 27 January, Donald Trump banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to the US for 90 days. He also suspended refugee admissions for 120 days.

Ramadan: Controversy in Pakistan over increased penalties for fast-breakers (ABC News)  
May 27 - Critics say a bill currently before Pakistan’s Parliament to increase fines for eating and drinking in public during Ramadan, alongside jail terms of up to three months, is evidence of increasing intolerance in the country.

Lady Justice statue in Bangladesh is removed after Islamist objections (The Guardian, Australia)
May 27 - A statue of Lady Justice has been removed from the supreme court building in the Bangladeshi capital after objections from Islamist groups.

Sharia in Aceh (The Saturday Paper)
May 27 – (Opinion: Martin Goettske) There’s an ear-piercing screech as the loudspeakers mounted on the green jeep are turned on.

Religious Violence

Manchester Arena attack: A scene of childish happiness turned into carnage (Brisbane Times)
May 24 - Ariana Grande had just finished the final song of her sell-out concert, and excited children clutching giant pink balloons or wearing kitten ears - Grande’s trademark - were filing out of the Manchester Arena with parents eager to get them home to bed.

Also: Manchester terrorist wanted ‘maximum carnage’, British PM says (news.com.au)
May 24 - THE suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured 59 more at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a university dropout who may have made secret trips to Syria to train for the attack.

Also: How Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was radicalised by his links to Libya (The Guardian, Australia)
May 28 - “Whoever played with his mind, as he saw the kids coming out [of the arena] – all the happy faces – he should have changed his mind.”

How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism? (The Guardian, Australia)
May 28 – (Opinion: Kenan Malik) Were I 20 today, would I be attracted to Islamism or desire to become a soldier of Islamic State?

Two men receive 83 lashes for gay sex in Indonesian province of Aceh (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 24 - Banda Aceh: The crowd roared as two men in their early 20s - one muttering through clenched teeth - received 83 lashes each outside a mosque in the Indonesian province of Aceh for the crime of gay sex.

At least 21 killed as Isis-linked militants rampage through Philippines city (The Guardian, Australia)
May 25 - Militants linked to Islamic State swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Roman Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of Isis, regional authorities have said.

Other

Who better to lecture Muslims than Islam expert Donald Trump? (The Guardian, Australia)
May 22 – (Opinion: David Shariatmadari) If there’s anything consistent about the Trump White House so far, it’s that people get appointed to positions for which they are totally unsuited.

 

ISLAM

Proposed Islamic hub draws cross chamber accusations among Brisbane councillors (Brisbane Times)
May 24 - An Islamic school’s plans to create a master planned hub in Brisbane’s south west has sparked fiery debate, including accusations of ‘ acial undertones’, between the city’s leaders.

Our public discourse is weakened by one-trick contrarians (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 24 – (Opinion: Alex McKinnon ) Earlier this week, the ABC’s Media Watch turned its attention to Mohammad Tawhidi, a self-described "imam of peace" who has built a significant media profile thanks to his strange stances on issues affecting Australian Muslims.

Muslim leaders clash in fiery debate on Sunrise (news.com.au)
May 25 - TWO prominent Australian Muslim leaders have clashed live on air during a fiery debate about extremism and Islam.

Manchester bombing was a hate crime against women and girls (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 26 – (Opinion: Anne Summers) It’s grim to have to say this but the facts seem inexorably to lead to the conclusion that the Manchester bombing was a hate crime against women.

 

POLITICS

When worlds collide: Pauline Hanson’s reality check (Brisbane Times)
May 27 – (Opinion: Mark Kenny) It is no revelation that an increasingly unabashed discourse of racism, nativist superiority and religious intolerance floats on ignorance.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Casey Dellacqua responds on Twitter to Margaret Court’s anti-gay marriage stance (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 26 - Australian player Casey Dellacqua is fed up with Margaret Court’s anti-gay marriage stance after her family was targeted for criticism by the tennis great.

Also: Tennis great accuses gay community of ‘ullying’ over Margaret Court Arena name change (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 - Tennis great Margaret Court has hit back against calls to rebadge the stadium named in her honour, accusing the gay community of bullying, while appearing to attack the Safe Schools program.

Also: Margaret Court controversy grows as her very own arena comes out for ‘inclusion’ (Brisbane Times)
May 27 - The arena named after tennis great Margaret Court has taken to Twitter to distance itself – or at least its management – from her incendiary stance on same-sex marriage.

 

 


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Religion News Australia 2017 – 18 (May 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 17 (May 7 - 14)

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