Religion News Australia 2017 - 45 (Nov 26 - Dec 3)

  (02 December 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

November 26 – December 3, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

abuse / arts & entertainment / education / international stories / islam / judaism / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Philip Wilson: Adelaide Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has trial delayed (ABC News)
Nov 28 - Australia’s most senior Catholic Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has had his trial delayed because of medical issues.

Also: Sick bishop misses trial (The Australian)
Nov 29 - Philip Wilson says he will not resign as Archbishop of Adelaide despite failing to appear at the first day of his trial.

Also: Adelaide Catholic Archbishop will not resign after Alzheimer’s diagnosis halts court case (ABC News)
Nov 29 - The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson will not resign in the wake of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, brought to light at a court hearing relating to child sexual abuse he allegedly covered up.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Giant Chinese Buddha comes to National Gallery of Victoria (ABC News)
Nov 29 - At 16 metres long with a head that weighs more than a tonne, erecting this piece of art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was a massive undertaking.

 

EDUCATION

Brindabella Christian College board sacks principal, warns of devil’s actions (Canberra Times)
Nov 30 - The board of Brindabella Christian College has suddenly sacked the school’s principal and warned parents "the devil has his sights on Christian education" as the federal government prepares to legislate for same-sex marriage.

Fury as 85 school staff read they had been sacked in newspaper (Brisbane Times)
Nov 30 - Dozens of people rallied outside a Uniting Church office in Brisbane after more than half the staff at a Townsville Indigenous school were given the sack.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Former pupils tell inquiry of sexual abuse by priests at Ampleforth College (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 30 - Priests at a leading Roman Catholic school abused boys as young as six, including beatings and sexual assaults, the national inquiry into child abuse has heard.

60 years of child sex abuse (The Australian)
Dec 1 - Police have uncovered more than 150 sexual assaults in a small religious community in Norway

Sogyal Rinpoche and the abuse accusations rocking the Buddhist world (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 2 - On a late September evening this year, a group of leading Australian business figures gathered in a Sydney boardroom to discuss a series of allegations that had scandalised the Buddhist world, and shaken their own to the core.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis urges respect for human rights in Myanmar, avoids ’Rohingya’ row (ABC News)
Nov 29 - Pope Francis has urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic group and its identity".

Also: Pope’s gentle touch in Myanmar (The Australian)
Nov 29 - The architect of Myanmar’s military crackdown on Rohingya says he denied discrimination in a ’courtesy call’ with Pope Francis

Islam

Israeli health minister Yaakov Litzman resigns in protest over railway work on the Sabbath (ABC News)
Nov 27 - Israel’s health minister has resigned, saying he opposed continued maintenance work on the country’s railways on the Sabbath, when all labour is strictly prohibited by Jewish law.

For love or terror? Indian woman in court for right to keep Muslim husband (Brisbane Times)
Nov 28 - Delhi: A young Indian woman who has been fighting for the right to be a Muslim and live with her Muslim husband told the Indian Supreme Court she desired two things: "I want my freedom" and "I want to be with my husband".

Muslim kids spoonfed misogyny (The Australian)
Nov 28 - Library books urging women to be submissive to their husbands and never refuse sex are among a dossier of material inspectors have found in Islamic schools.

Donald Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos from far-right British party (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 30 - London: US President Donald Trump posted anti-Islam videos on Twitter on Wednesday that had originally been posted by a leader of a far-right British party convicted earlier this month of abusing a Muslim woman.

Also: President Trump slammed for retweeting videos by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen (news.com.au)
Nov 30 - DONALD Trump has been accused of “spreading hate” after he retweeted unverified anti-Muslim videos from a fringe far-right UK political leader.

Also: Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos to ’elevate the conversation’, White House claims (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 1 - The White House has claimed that Donald Trump was trying to “elevate the conversation” by sharing anti-Muslim videos from a British far right group.

Muslim population in some EU countries could triple, says report (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 30 - The Muslim population in some European countries could triple by 2050 while it will barely change in others, according to new projections released by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre.

Canadian judge suspends part of face veil ban (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 3 - Toronto: A Canadian judge on Friday suspended part of a Quebec law banning people from wearing full-face veils when giving or receiving public services, handing a provisional victory to civil liberties groups who argued that the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against Muslim women.

Judaism

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis call for boycott of Jewish arts centre over LGBT support (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 3 - A group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis have called on their congregations to boycott a Jewish cultural centre in London because it held a gay-themed week of events and provides a meeting space for gay Jewish parents.

Religious Violence

Extremists will no longer ’tarnish our beautiful religion’: Saudi Prince (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 27 - Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s assertive crown prince on Sunday opened the first high-level meeting of a kingdom-led alliance of Muslim nations against terrorism, vowing that extremists would no longer "tarnish our beautiful religion."

To find the extremism behind the Egypt terror attack, start with anti-Sufi preachers (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 28 – (Opinion: HA Hellyer) On Friday, more than 300 Muslim worshippers were murdered, and scores more injured, by extremist Islamists in Egypt.

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak dies after drinking ’poison’ during trial in The Hague (ABC News)
Nov 30 - The wartime commander of Bosnian Croat forces, Slobodan Praljak, has died after he drank a liquid he said was poison seconds after UN judges turned down his appeal against a 20-year sentence for war crimes against Bosnian Muslims, a court spokesman confirms.

Gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan, killing 12 (ABC News)
Dec 2 - Islamist militants have stormed a government complex in northwest Pakistan, killing 12 people and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials have said.

Other

The gay Nazi with Jewish heritage and the man with an Australian connection who helped him (ABC News)
Nov 29 - Much of Kevin Wilshaw’s life has been defined by a belief in white supremacy.

Researchers date discovery of Jesus Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem to Roman era (ABC News)
Dec 1 - Mortar under a slab at the heart of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates to the era of Roman Emperor Constantine, confirming historical accounts of the discovery of the place where Christians believe Jesus was entombed, researchers say.

PNG sets up taskforce to investigate brutal torture of young girl accused of sorcery (ABC News)
Dec 1 - The torture of a six-year-old girl whose mother was accused of practising sorcery will be investigated by a special police taskforce, the Papua New Guinea Government says.

How Meghan Markle might bring the royals closer to Christ the King (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 1 – (Opinion: Giles Fraser) Last Sunday was the Christian feast day of Christ the King. Or to give it its full, fancy title: the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Liberalism has eaten itself – it isn’t very liberal any more (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 3 – (Opinion: Tim Farron) When a liberal turns out to be an evangelical Christian, people are surprised or confused.

 

ISLAM

Werribee man charged with terrorism offences over alleged Federation Square massacre plot (ABC News)
Nov 28 - A man has faced court charged with terrorism offences after allegedly trying to get a gun and plotting to "shoot as many people as he could" on New Year’s Eve.

Also:  Quiet man allegedly planned mass shooting (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 28 - Ali Khalif Shire Ali is a quiet young man, part of a beautiful family, with a father who tirelessly drove a taxi so that he and his brothers and sister could get a private education and move from their commission house.

 

POLITICS

One Nation senator condemned for warning schoolchildren may become Islamist terrorists (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 2 - A One Nation senator is writing to school principals warning them their children risk turning into “terror-endorsing Islamists” whose religion compels them to kill westerners.

Same-sex marriage

’We’re entitled to be heard’: The Labor senators voting ’no’ to same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 28 - At least three Labor senators will vote against the legalisation of same-sex marriage, but have backed down over religious exemptions to allow the bill a smooth passage through the Parliament.

Labor: No conscience vote (The Australian)
Nov 28 - Labor MPs who are opposed to same-sex marriage will not get a conscience vote on enshrining further religious protections.

Same-sex marriage passes historic hurdle as Labor moves to veto religious freedoms (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 29 - The legalisation of same-sex marriage has moved a step closer after the Senate effectively passed a same-sex marriage bill for the first time in Australian history on Tuesday.

Coalition to test Labor again over same-sex marriage as bill heads to lower house
Nov 30 - Coalition MPs will look to test Labor once again over religious freedom when the same-sex marriage bill goes to the House of Representatives next week, after passing the Senate in a historic vote on Wednesday.

Malcolm Turnbull backflips on religious protections in same-sex marriage bill (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 30 - Malcolm Turnbull has revealed he will support at least two amendments to the Senate’s same-sex marriage bill to guarantee that charities will not be affected and to allow civil celebrants to refuse to solemnise weddings.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Religious liberty key to diversity (The Australian)
Nov 28 – (Opinion: Peter Kurti) Beware of anti-discrimination legislation that eradicates differences in our society.

An industry in need to help: marriage slides to an all-time low (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 28 - Same-sex marriage could be just the boost the industry needs.

Church leaders in last-ditch pushback against same-sex marriage bill (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 1 - Australia’s most senior churchmen, including the Anglican and Catholic archbishops of Sydney, have made a list-ditch plea to political leaders to salvage religious exemptions in the same-sex marriage bill.

The art of missing out, or how to beat ’FOMO’ (ABC News)
Dec 2 – (Opinion: Simon Smart) Tim Winton reckons surfing saved his life.

The Brisbane nun who defied Sir Joh’s government to help AIDS sufferers (Brisbane Times)
Dec 3 - Queensland was gripped by fear in the 1980s following the outbreak of HIV, so much so that then-premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson refused to curb the spread of the virus among Indigenous Australians because he believed it was "a punishment from God".

 

 


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