Religion News Selection 38 (Oct 8 - 15)

  (15 October 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 1 - 8, 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

Sydney Anglican Church to unveil comprehensive new domestic abuse policy (ABC News)
Oct 10 - The Anglican Diocese of Sydney is set to unveil a policy designed to root out violence in Anglican families and take aim at offenders in the hierarchy of the church by ensuring clergy and church staff who abuse their spouse are seriously disciplined.

Also: Anglican apology applauded, but what about attack on Julia Baird? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 15 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) You will recall all the bitter accusations made against the ABC and my sister-from-another-mister Julia Baird over the latter’s reports about women in the Christian church (of all denominations) who said their leaders were telling them to submit to domestic abuse in the name of God.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Perth’s Anglican ​​church offers ’heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 14 - The Perth diocese of the Anglican church has offered a “heartfelt apology” to Australia’s gay and lesbian community, saying the church was “deeply sorry for any harm we have done”.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES
Religious Violence

Raqqa: Islamic State fighters surrender as terrified residents flee (ABC News)
Oct 14 - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Islamic State (IS) was on the verge of defeat in Raqqa, as exhausted citizens fled the grips of the terrorist group.

Other

Anger as Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers’ fair (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 10 - A University of Oxford college banned Christian Union representatives from attending its freshers’ fair over concerns at the “potential for harm to freshers”.

Greece passes gender-change law opposed by Orthodox church (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 11 - Greece’s leftwing government has passed legislation enabling citizens to determine their gender identity amid fierce condemnation from the Orthodox church and accusations the law would “destroy human beings”.

 

ISLAM

A suburban hair salon, an anti-Muslim tirade and what it says about hate speech in Australia (ABC News)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Dennis Muller) Such hair as I have is cut from time to time by Mrs E, who runs a one-chair salon in my neighbourhood.

We have to stop normalising relentless Islamophobia in Australia (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 14 – (Opinion: Rabia Siddique) Terrorised, persecuted, stateless, homeless, and, until recently, without real international support – this is the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority community being forced out of Myanmar.

 

JUDAISM

The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 10 - A few years ago, I sat in the office of a rabbi in Perth discussing the state of the local Jewish community.

 

POLITICS

Pauline Hanson, please see Ali’s Wedding. It will be worth your while (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Osamah Sami) Don’t be alarmed: I’m a peaceful Osamah – and pretty much an assimilated one.

Abbott looks to Pell on energy policy (The Saturday Paper)
Oct 14 – (Opinion: Karen Middleton) On May 4, 2006, Cardinal George Pell gave a speech to the Legatus Summit in the southern American city of Naples, Florida.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Ipsos global poll: Two in three Australians think religion does more harm than good in the world (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 13 - A bigger share of Australians than respondents in most other countries think religion does more harm than good in the world, new polling has revealed.

Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 13 – (Opinion: Tania Penovic and Ronli Sifris) A 14-year-old girl, scared and vulnerable, realises that she is pregnant.

Stan Grant compares Indigenous cultural sites to the Sistine Chapel (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 13 - Stan Grant has compared Indigenous cultural heritage sites such as Lake Mungo to the Sistine Chapel and said the depth and breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art “punctures” the conception of Terra nullius.

Same Sex Marriage

Anglican Diocese of Sydney donates $1 million to oppose same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has donated $1 million to the "no" campaign which is lobbying Australians to oppose legalising same-sex marriage.

Also: Reverends in revolt over church’s $1 million donation to same-sex marriage ’no’ campaign (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Several Sydney clerics are in revolt over the Anglican Church’s decision to donate $1 million to the "no" campaign on same-sex marriage, declaring themselves shattered and disappointed.

Also: Anglican rector criticises $1m donation to no campaign from Sydney diocese (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 10 - An Anglican rector has penned a strongly worded letter criticising the decision of the Sydney diocese to donate $1m to the no campaign in Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage, saying it is akin to an earlier era when the church “sought to control political processes in concert with government”.

Also: Sydney Anglican Archbishop defends $1m donation to same-sex marriage No campaign (ABC News)
Oct 11 - One of Australia’s most senior Anglicans has defended his diocese’s decision to donate $1 million to the No campaign in the national postal survey on same-sex marriage.

Anglican Bishop of North West Australia threatens to ditch registering marriages if Yes prevails  (The West Australian)
Oct 12 - The conservative Anglican bishop of north-west WA is threatening to abandon registering marriages if the Yes vote prevails in the same-sex marriage survey and religious protections are weak.

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2017 – 38 (Oct 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 37 (Oct 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 36 (Sept 24 – Oct 1)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 35 (Sept 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 34 (Sept 10 - 17)

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