Religion News Selection 35 (Sept 17 - 24)

  (23 September 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

September 17 - 24, 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.

 

 

EDUCATION

Christian school discriminated against five-year-old Sikh boy, tribunal finds (ABC News)
Sept 19 - A Victorian tribunal has ruled a Christian school in Melbourne unlawfully discriminated against a young Sikh boy, when it refused to accept him as a student if he wore his traditional headwear.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

’They want a devout generation’: how education in Turkey is changing (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 20 - After 25 years of teaching, Ayşe Kazancı decided to retire early.

Religious Violence

Islamic State propaganda: the five countries where it’s most popular (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 20 - A new study released on Tuesday by the Policy Exchange thinktank based in London, whose reports often inform government policy in Britain, ranked the top consumers of propaganda produced by the Islamic State, by country of origin, as measured by clicks.

Torching of Rohingya villages continues in Myanmar despite denials (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 23 - Bangkok: New evidence shows that Rohingya Muslim villages continue to be torched in Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state, despite denials by the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Stateless Rohingyas pushed from Myanmar, but unwanted by Bangladesh (ABC News)
Sept 24 - The Muslim Rohingyas who have fled "textbook ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar to arrive in makeshift camps in Bangladesh are unwanted by both countries.

Other

We’re at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 20 - America is a Christian nation: this much has always been a political axiom, especially for conservatives.

Why religious belief isn’t a delusion – in psychological terms, at least (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 21 - If someone told you, in all seriousness, that they talk to invisible beings who control the universe, you’d probably back away slowly while nodding and smiling while desperately looking for the nearest exist or escape route.

 

ISLAM

Groom sentenced in Australian-first child bride case (ABC News)
Sept 21 - A man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for illegally marrying a 14-year-old bride in an Islamic wedding in Melbourne last year.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

For modern witches, the occult provides something the church can’t (ABC News)
Sept 20 - The orphan wizard is a character we’re all familiar with, thanks to the success of Harry Potter, but for Marque Caban it’s his own reality.

Big w removes Christmas references from festive tree products (news.com.au)
Sept 21 - DO they know it’s Christmas at Big W?

Same Sex Marriage

As an Orthodox rabbi I will be voting no but it is not a vote against love (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 17 – (Opinion: Moshe Gutnick) Our nation is being asked to vote on whether or not it wishes to change the definition of marriage.

Scott Morrison says he wants religious protections if ’yes’ wins (ABC News)  
Sept 17 - Scott Morrison has issued a warning shot that he will be “very forward leaning” in arguing for religious protections if the same-sex marriage postal survey returns a yes vote, as the Equality Campaign and GetUp insist that their campaign is on track.

Postal survey: gay Muslims shake off conservative image to back same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 18 - They are two communities that often find themselves exposed to vitriol and hate masquerading as respectful debate.

Religious protection causes rift in Coalition ahead of same-sex marriage survey (The Saturday Paper)
Sept 19 - There is disagreement among Coalition opponents of same-sex marriage over whether religious freedoms caused by changing the Marriage Act should be detailed up-front.

Same sex marriage supporters critical of Brisbane church billboard (news.com.au)    
Sept 19 - A BILLBOARD outside a Brisbane church has sparked outrage ahead of the same-sex marriage vote.

Why Christians should support same sex marriage (news.com.au)
Sept 19 – (Opinion: Dave Smith ) AS SOMEONE who believes in unity and community, the divisions between the various sections of the church have always bothered me deeply.

Where’s the biff? Free speech has won every round in the marriage equality debate (The Guardian, Australia)    
Sept 19 – (Opinion: David Marr) However they dress up their worries in the rhetoric of freedom, the great complaint of the naysayers is having to campaign at all.

NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey (ABC News)
Sept 21 - New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting "Yes" in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Marriage is a blessing between a man and woman and should remain that way (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 21 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen ) I intend to vote "no" in the postal plebiscite on the definition of marriage.

Lyle Shelton gets more media mentions than all three leading yes campaigners (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 22 - The Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton has been mentioned more times in the media than three leading yes campaigners combined despite the no campaign claiming it has being “silenced”, new analysis shows.

Religions are in no place to lecture us on SSM (Adelaide Now)
Sept 24 – (Opinion: David Penberthy)  IF you don’t like being told what to do, how to think, or how you should vote, Australia is a pretty excruciating place to be right now.

 

 


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