Religion News Australia 2017 - 39 (Oct 15 - 22)

  (21 October 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

15 - 22 October, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

international stories / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis is changing his church on the death penalty. What next? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 17 – (Opinion: Joanna Moorhead) Pope Francis has condemned the death penalty many times during the almost five years of his papacy: but this week, he made an even more significant move when he signalled that he would change church teaching to make it inadmissible.

Islam

Quebec passes controversial law obliging citizens to uncover faces (ABC News)
Oct 20 - The Canadian province of Quebec has passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women.

Judaism

Neo-Nazi reveals his homosexuality and Jewish heritage (news.com.au)
Oct 18 - A NEO-NAZI revealed he is gay and has Jewish heritage as he renounced his ties to the far-right groups after four decades of involvement.

Religious Violence

Raqqa ’liberated from Islamic State’ in sign of jihadists’ collapsing fortunes (ABC News)
Oct 17 - Witnesses say US-backed militias have raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium, as a four-month battle to take Islamic State’s Syrian capital came to an end.

Also: Syria war: Raqqa free, devastated and empty (ABC News)
Oct 20 - The Islamic State group has now lost its last stronghold in Raqqa, once the de-facto capital of its so called caliphate.

Also: Escape from Raqqa: how my three-year ordeal in the Isis stronghold ended (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 20 - We had gathered as usual in one of the Raqqa houses for a dinner that consisted of a pot of bulgur cooked on firewood, olives and old bread.

Also: Raqqa: Drone footage reveals extent of devastation in Syrian city (ABC News)
Oct 21 - Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State (IS) group and thousands of bombs dropped by the US-led coalition.

Also: Forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria say there will be no mercy for foreigners who joined  (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 22 - THE forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: kill them on the battlefield.

Also: Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 22 - For a group with such spectacular ambitions, Islamic State’s last stand took place in surroundings of almost shocking banality: a hospital and sports stadium in Raqqa, the Syrian town that was the political capital of its self-styled caliphate.

Marawi: Rodrigo Duterte declares Philippines city liberated of Islamic State influence (ABC News)
Oct 17 - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State (IS) militants, although a military spokesman said 20-30 rebels were still fighting it out and were holding about 20 hostages.

Why Marawi’s 300,000-odd refugees don’t blame Islamic State for drawn-out conflict (ABC News)
Oct 18 - Islamic extremism in South-East Asia has not died with Isnilon Hapilon, the so-called Islamic State (IS) "emir" in the region who was shot dead in Marawi this week.

’Calculated’ food shortages driving driving exodus from Myanmar, rights group says (ABC News)
Oct 18 - A human rights organisation says the Myanmar army and Government are deliberately starving Rohingya Muslims to force them to flee to Bangladesh.

Taliban kill at least 43 Afghan troops as they storm base in Kandahar province, officials say (ABC News)
Oct 20 - The Taliban have stormed a military base in the south of Afghanistan, killing at least 43 troops, the Defence Ministry says, with the militants saying they had killed 60.

Other

Donald Trump mocks Mike Pence: ’He wants to hang all gay people’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 17 - During a discussion about LGBT rights, US President Donald Trump joked his vice president wanted to "hang all gay people".

PNG’s new Speaker to restore ’evil’ carvings at Parliament House (ABC News)
Oct 19 - Papua New Guinea’s new Speaker has said priceless carvings that were damaged and removed from Parliament House by his predecessor to cleanse evil spirits will be restored.

Mystery over Christ’s orb in $100m Leonardo da Vinci painting (The Guardian, Australia) 
Oct 19 - A new biography of Leonardo da Vinci has raised “a puzzling anomaly” in a rediscovered painting that is estimated to fetch $100m (£75m) at auction next month.

Freedom not to choose is a faith worth believing in (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 22 – (Opinion: David Mitchell) “We are exceptional. It’s important to know that we are different,” former British Museum director Neil MacGregor said about Britain last week.

 

POLITICS

If Pope Francis is a Catholic, what is Tony Abbott? (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 – (Opinion: Jenna Price) For those of us who are religious, there are some aspects of our religion that make it difficult to remain true to its values.

Tony Abbott needs to go back to Bible class if he quotes it on climate change (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 20 – (Opinion: Geoff Thompson) For a former seminary student Tony Abbott is not a very good interpreter of the Bible.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Those on brink of bankruptcy spend more on gambling, Salvation Army says (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 17 - People on the brink of bankruptcy are spending considerably more on gambling, a phenomenon the Salvation Army has linked to the proliferation of online betting companies.

Who’s doing the pontificating? (The Australian)
Oct 19 – (Opinion: The Mocker)  We live in strange days when a non-Christian feminist invokes a papal encyclical to warn of climate change.

Same Sex Marriage

Archbishop slammed for telling Government to ’stay out of the bedroom’ (news.com.au)
Oct 18 - AUSTRALIANS have turned on a Catholic archbishop after he suggested the government should “keep out of the friendship business and out of the bedroom” in a sermon opposing same-sex marriage.

Abbott takes No campaign to US (The Australian)
Oct 19 - The former PM will address a Christian organisation that has previously called for the recriminalisation of homosexuality.

As a Muslim, I’m proud to support marriage equality (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 19 – (Opinion: Mehreen Faruqi) I know that discussions about marriage equality can challenge people’s personal views.

Aussie Muslim Miss World contender Esma Voloder says yes to gay marriage (news.com.au)
Oct 20 - OUR unconventional Miss World contender has declared her support for same- sex marriage as she prepares for the prestigious pageant.

The Church’s child abuse record doesn’t disqualify it from opposing same-sex marriage (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 21 – (Opinion: Kevin Donnelly ) Author Anna Krien’s recent condemnation of the church’s apparent hypocrisy (The Age, 17/10) in arguing that heterosexual marriage is best for children while being guilty of failing to address historical child abuse appears convincing.

Marriage equality opponents call for broad right to discriminate (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 21 - The no campaign in the marriage law postal survey has pushed for broad exemptions to discrimination law to allow service providers to refuse any weddings that send “a message with which they disagree”.

In the same-sex marriage vote, the bishops have soft-pedalled on sin (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 22 – (Opinion: David Marr) Where is George Pell when the no case needs him?

 

 


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