Religion News Australia 2018 - 8 (Feb 25 - Mar 4)

  (03 March 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

February 25 – March 4, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

Please note: the next Religion News roundup will be posted on March 25, 2018.

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Church wants worshippers, schools to pay sin tax (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Feb 26 - THE Uniting Church in Queensland has put forward a plan for congregations to pay a levy and schools to increase fees to compensate child sex abuse victims.

Pell allegations face early test (The Australian)
Feb 26 - One of Cardinal Pell’s alleged victims is dead, was charged with trafficking heroin and denied being abused, a court has heard.

Also: George Pell: Prosecutors withdraw one historical charge against Cardinal (ABC News)
Mar 2 - Prosecutors have withdrawn a historical sexual offence charge against Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell.

The videos that show alleged Melbourne child sex abuser living ’normal, healthy’ life in Israel (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 2 - An Israeli private investigator has shared videos with the Guardian he says show alleged child sex abuser Malka Leifer living a “normal, healthy” life despite being declared unfit to be extradited to Australia.

Child sex abuse survivor: ’It hurt a lot, I bled’ (news.com.au)
Mar 3 - WHEN Russell Clark shoved a needle in his arm and injected heroin into his veins it worked “like medicine”.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Mormons are coming and you are definitely going to hear about it (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 3 - Have you heard of the All-American prophet? The blond-haired, blue-eyed voice of god?

Dicey Topics: comedian Shaun Micallef on sex, religion and politics (Brisbane Times)
Mar 3 - Each week, Benjamin Law asks public figures to discuss the subjects we’re told to keep private.

 

EDUCATION

NSW public school students placed in scripture classes against parents’ wishes (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 2 - Parents at a NSW public school say they have been left "horrified" after students were repeatedly placed in scripture classes against their parents’ wishes and told they needed to have an interview with a deputy principal before they could attend non-scripture classes.

Tying turbans to unravel the mystery around Sikh culture (ABC News)
Mar 4 - A program seeking to remove the mystery around turbans is also helping answer curious students’ questions, while beginning a conversation around Sikh culture.

Liberal MPs lobbying to increase controversial school chaplains program by 25 per cent (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 4 - A push is on within the federal government to renew, and significantly boost, the "absolutely essential" school chaplaincy program in this year’s budget.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Line must be drawn on Islam (The Australian) 
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Melanie Phillips) By challenging the spread of Islamic law, the Archbishop of Canterbury is finally fighting for Christian values.

Catholic Church

Stop exploiting nuns for cheap labour, Vatican magazine urges (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 3 - Vatican City: A Vatican magazine has denounced widespread exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labour in the Roman Catholic Church, saying the male hierarchy should stop treating them like lowly servants.

Islam

Iran’s new avant-garde mosque angers religious hardliners (ABC News)
Feb 26 - A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran’s capital has infuriated hardliners, who see it as part of a creeping secular onslaught on the Islamic republic.

Muslims are seen as a threat in the US – but the Florida shooter wasn’t. Why? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Trita Parsi) Last week’s horrific school shooting reminded us that Donald Trump has made America less safe.

Turkey’s president tells 6-year-old girl she’d get honours if martyred (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 26 - Istanbul: Turkey’s president has exhorted Turks to support their soldiers in Syria. But a televised scene showing a traumatised 6-year-old cadet girl, who wept as he proclaimed she would be honored if killed in combat, is not coming off well.

Religious Violence

Nigeria says 110 schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack (ABC News)
Feb 26 - More than 100 girls remain unaccounted for following an attack on a school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Yobe by suspected members of Boko Haram, the country’s Information Ministry has said.

Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining Isis (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 26 - An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

Indonesia: Christians flogged in public for playing banned children’s game (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 28 - Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in conservative Aceh province Tuesday for playing a children’s entertainment game seen as violating Islamic law.

Kabul car bomb blast injured two Australians, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says (ABC News)
Mar 3 - Two Australian security contractors were injured when a car bomb was detonated near their vehicles in the Afghan capital, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed.

Abu Bakar Bashir: House arrest to be considered for Bali bombings ’ideological leader’ (ABC News)
Mar 3 - Indonesian police and security ministers will consider whether to grant house arrest or even clemency to Abu Bakar Bashir — the Muslim cleric regarded as the ideological leader of the Bali bombers.

UK teen gets life in jail over plot to attack Justin Bieber concert (Brisbane Times)
Mar 3 - London: An Islamic State-inspired British terrorist arrested hours before he intended to commit mass murder in a vehicle attack in Wales has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 11 years.

German Taliban chief captured (The Australian)
Mar 4 - Afghan troops have captured a German man thought to be a senior commander of the Taliban’s infamous Red Unit.

Other

US churchgoers celebrate their weapons as ’rods of iron’  (ABC News)
Mar 1 - Hundreds of couples toting AR-15 rifles packed a Unification church in Pennsylvania on Wednesday (local time) to have their marriages blessed and their weapons celebrated as "rods of iron" that could have saved lives in a recent Florida school shooting.

Co-star shares bizarre Leah Remini Scientology story (news.com.au)
Mar 2 - LEAH Remini’s mission to take down the Church of Scientology has been a long, tumultuous journey.

Murdered Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak buried as thousands march in his honour (ABC News)
Mar 4 - Slovaks have paid a final farewell to Jan Kuciak, an investigative journalist who was shot dead with his fiancee, with the archbishop declaring that everyone in the nation now wanted to know about Italian mafia influence thanks to Kuciak’s reporting.

 

ISLAM

Raban Alou gives Islamic State salute as he is sentenced to 44 years for role in Cheng murder (ABC News)
Mar 1 - The man who supplied the gun used to shoot police accountant Curtis Cheng dead in 2015 has given an Islamic State salute after being sentenced to 44 years in prison.

 

JUDAISM

Chained Women: The Jewish wives being held hostage in abusive marriages (ABC News)
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Hayley Gleeson) Sara* had one wish when she finally made the decision to leave her husband after years of escalating abuse: that the divorce process would go smoothly.

From Bar Mitzvahs to Mardi Gras: A Jewish life in gender-bending drag (ABC News)
Mar 3 - This time last year, Jewish psychotherapist and Bar Mitzvah teacher Kim Gotlieb was preparing to strut down Oxford Street in a pair of towering heels.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Journalist interviewed religious leaders of all faiths (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 1 - Whenever they came, Pope John Paul II stepping onto the tarmac at Sydney, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, the Reverend Ian Paisley - Alan Gill was waiting for them. And they always got excellent treatment from a man who knew his subject and was committed to it.

Christians reclaim mardi gras (The Australian)
Mar 2 - A rival to Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will aim to emphasise its Christian origins, with a dancing army of 10,000.

Holi has Indian families stockpiling colours ahead of second Brisbane festival (ABC News)
Mar 3 - A rainbow fog will once again descend on Brisbane when the city’s Indian community celebrates its second annual Holi Festival of Colours.

Ignorant secularists in the dark (The Australian)
Mar 3 – (Opinion: Angela Shanahan) We cannot decode western culture without the Bible and some knowledge of religion.

Faith: Thanks to all the great women we never hear about (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 3 – (Opinion: By Gemma DiBari) Who comes to mind when you think of great women?

What’s it really like being a Mormon missionary? (ABC News)
Mar 4 - Sister Wolfgram can only see her family twice a year via Skype: on Mother’s Day, and at Christmas.

 

 


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