Religion News Australia 2018 - 14 (Apr 29 - May 6)

  (06 May 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

April 29 -  May 6, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Decision day has arrived for George Pell, as magistrate weighs options (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 30 - His has been a path no other Australian Catholic has taken, all the way to the powerful inner workings of the Vatican, until he became the church’s most senior leader in modern times to be charged with sexual assault offences.

Also: From the Vatican to William Street: George Pell’s next journey is across the street (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 1 - It takes seconds to walk across William Street to get from Melbourne Magistrates Court to Victoria’s County Court.

Also: Cardinal George Pell pleads not guilty after being committed to stand trial (ABC News)
May 2 - Cardinal George Pell has been committed to stand trial on multiple historical sexual offences but the most serious of the charges have been struck out.

Also: The trials of Pell (The Saturday Paper)
May 5 – (Opinion: Editorial) In her thorough, thoughtful way, Magistrate Belinda Wallington moved through the charges and struck out those about which she wasn’t satisfied.

Mormons asked children invasive questions about sex (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 5 - Australian children as young as 12 are being asked explicit questions about their sexual thoughts and whether they masturbate, as adult male religious figures in the Mormon church use one-on-one interviews to test children’s sexual "purity".

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

How Do We Look/ Eye of Faith review: Mary Beard on art, religion and beauty (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 3 - Mary Beard’s study is a dialogue with Kenneth Clark’s 1969 TV series Civilisation - both critique and homage.

 

EDUCATION

Catholic battle ’electoral poison’ (The Australian)
May 4 - Cabinet ministers urge the PM to resolve the funding war with Catholic schools, warning the issue was hurting the Coalition.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Judaism

Large fireball caught on video at London Jewish festival (ABC News)
May 3 - Ten people suffered minor injuries following a large fire during a Jewish celebration in north London.

Israeli leaders reject apology by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for remarks on Jews (ABC News)
May 5 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has offered an apology after he was accused of anti-Semitism for suggesting that historic persecution of European Jews has been caused by their conduct, not by their religion.

Religious Violence

Facebook helped foment anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka. What now? (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 6 – (Opinion: Amalini De Sayrah) “Kill all Muslims, do not spare even an infant, they are dogs,” a Facebook status, white Sinhalese text against a fuchsia background, screamed on 7 March 2018.

Other

A transgender paradox in the Philippines (Sydney Morning Herald)  
April 30 - Maria Respondo:  Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids.

Christians in Jerusalem’s Old City ’under threat’ from settlers (The Guardian, Australia)  
April 30 - Christians in Jerusalem’s Old City say their presence at the geographical heart of their faith is under threat from intimidation and aggressive property acquisition by hardline Jewish settlers.

Gay marriage cake: bakers ’forced to act against their beliefs’ (The Guardian, Australia) 
May 1 - The Christian owners of a Belfast bakery who refused to make a cake promoting gay marriage are being forced to act against their consciences and religious beliefs, the supreme court has been told.

You can find utopia in India – if you’re willing to close your eyes (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 5 – (Opinion: Ian Jack) The adjective “sleepy” is still sometimes applied to Pondicherry, the former French colony on the south-east coast of India, but of course this is nonsense.

 

ISLAM

Sydney Muslim woman challenges $250,000 legal bill over niqab ruling (Sydney Morning Herald)  
April 30 - A Sydney Muslim woman who lost her terrorism raid lawsuit suffered a miscarriage of justice as she was not allowed to give evidence with her face covered, an appeal court has been told.

Wife of IS recruiter found guilty of not standing for Sydney judge (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 5 - The wife of a terrorist recruiter has been convicted of disrespectful behaviour after refusing to stand for a judge in a Sydney court.

Also: ISIS rec homeruiter’s wife Moutiaa El-Zahed found guilty of refusing to stand for judge (ABC News)
May 5 - The wife of a convicted Islamic State recruiter gave the terrorist organisation’s salute as she left court in Sydney after being found guilty of refusing to stand for a judge.

 

POLITICS

Anti-abortion protesters face jail time under new ’safe access’ bill (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 1 - The move to give NSW women the right to access abortion clinics free from harassment has received a significant boost, with Labor and National MPs agreeing to co-sponsor legislation to establish exclusion zones around clinics.

Malcolm Turnbull openly defied by Victorian Liberals amid claims of a power struggle (ABC News)
May 4 - Victorian Liberals are openly defying the Prime Minister’s call for them to quickly settle on candidates for the next election. The delay in picking candidates is said by some to be due to a power struggle between the religious right and more moderate Liberals.

Mormon influence rising in Liberal party (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 6 - A doctor and senior Mormon who blames ungodly love for HIV, as well as a prominent campaigner against the Safe Schools program, have been elected to positions in the Victorian Liberal Party.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Sydney burial plots in high demand as critical shortage of cemetery space looms (ABC News)
May 1 - Religious communities are calling on the New South Wales Government to urgently find and allocate more burial plots with the lack of space reaching a critical situation.

’Treatments’ as torture: gay conversion therapy’s deep roots in Australia (ABC News)
May 3 – (Opinion: Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett) Less than six months after Australia voted to legalise same-sex marriage, the topic of gay conversion "therapy" reared its head in Victoria.

Folau has no regrets but says he won’t hold grudges against anyone (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 3 - Israel Folau says he does not regret saying god’s plan for gay people is “hell” but made it clear he won’t hold grudges against anyone as he prepares for his return to rugby.

Encounter made me realise I was wrong to oppose Safe Schools (The Age, Melbourne)
May 3 – (Opinion: Catherine McGregor) In one of the most powerful, lyrical and beautiful speeches that he ever delivered, president John F. Kennedy paid posthumous tribute to the quintessential American poet Robert Frost, at Amherst College in October 1963.

 

 


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