Religion News Australia 2018 - 37 (Oct 21 - 28)

  (27 October 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

October 21 - 28, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Child sexual abuse survivor, 96, recalls orphanage trauma ahead of national apology (ABC News)
Oct 21 - Katie was six years old when she arrived at the orphanage run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

Abused clergy wife's message to the church: I'm still struggling to survive (ABC News)
Oct 22 – (Opinion)  A year ago, several women walked into the annual Synod of the Sydney Anglican Diocese, shuffled through the rows of the public gallery in Pitt Street's Wesley Theatre, and sat down nervously.

Disciplinary action abandoned as Newcastle bishop criticised by royal commission dies (ABC News)
Oct 25 - Disciplinary proceedings against a former Anglican bishop in New South Wales have been discontinued in the wake of his death.

Former Canberra Marist teacher David Kisun found guilty of sex offences (ABC News)
Oct 26 - Former Canberra Marist teacher David Kisun has been found guilty of indecent assault against two of his students in the 1980s.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Even a theology student would struggle with An Interview With God (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 24 – (Review)  Paul Asher, a young journalist (Brenton Thwaites) returns to New York from assignment in Afghanistan.

 

EDUCATION

Andrew Barr to start to close discrimination loophole next week (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 24 - ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will move to strip religious schools of the legal right to reject gay teachers, reforms he says will go further than the Morrison government promise to better protect gay students.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 28 - An invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a eucharist service in an Oxford church on Sunday has triggered complaints from traditionalists.

Catholic Church

Pope gives his blessing to faith-based Pokemon Go (Brisbane Times)
Oct 25 - London: A mobile phone game similar to Pokémon Go has been launched to encourage young Catholics to learn more about their faith and go to church.

Islam

France's ban on full-face Islamic veils violates human rights, UN panel says (ABC News)
Oct 24 - The UN Human Rights Committee says France's ban on the niqab, the full-face Islamic veil, is a violation of human rights and has called on it to review the legislation.

Religious Violence

'Dripping with poison of antisemitism': the demonization of George Soros (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 26 - As investigators seek answers in the case of mail bombs sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and others, there will be no shortage of evidence regarding the first target, the billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting leaves several dead, official says (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 28 - Pittsburgh: A gunman yelling, “All Jews must die” stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday services, killing at least 11 people and wounding six others, including four police officers, before he was arrested.

Also: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect arrested after fatal attack on worshippers and police (ABC News)
Oct 28 - A gunman yelling "all Jews must die" has stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday sabbath services and shot worshipers, killing at least 11 people and injuring six more.

Also: What we know about suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 28 - Pittsburgh: Law enforcement officials identified Robert D. Bowers, 46, as the suspect in the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Also: Trump condemns ‘evil anti-semitic attack’ (The Australian)
Oct 28 - The suspected gunman responsible for a 20-minute rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue shouted “all Jews must die” as he killed 11 people.

Also: Pittsburgh shooting: suspect railed against Jews and Muslims on site used by 'alt-right' (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 28 - The alleged gunman who reportedly shouted “all Jews must die” before opening fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday appears to have regularly posted antisemitic conspiracy theories on an extremist social media site, including accusing Jewish people of trying to bring “evil” Muslims into the United States.

Also: The ADL warned of antisemitic harassment. Then Pittsburgh happened (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 28 – (Opinion: Cas Mudde) On Saturday morning, I woke up to an article about a new report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which concludes that “far-right extremists have ramped up an intimidating wave of anti-Semitic harassment against Jewish journalists, political candidates and others ahead of next month’s US midterm elections”.

918 dead in jungle: ‘How I survived the Jonestown massacre’ (news.com.au)
Oct 28 - JUST hours before they started murdering the babies, Leslie Wagner-Wilson strapped her three-year-old son to her back and ran into the jungle.

Other

Buddhist extremism: Meet the violent followers of a religion widely known for its pacifism (ABC News)
Oct 21 - Myanmar's "Buddhist Bin Laden" has made a return to public life, appearing at a rally in support of the military generals condemned globally for a brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority Rohingya.

Bible Museum admits five of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake after questions surrounding authenticity (ABC News)
Oct 22 - When Washington DC's $US500 million Museum of the Bible held its grand opening in November 2017, attended by Vice-President Mike Pence, there were questions even then about the authenticity of its centrepiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls.

Rights groups push for yes vote in Irish blasphemy referendum (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 25 - Irish voters will decide on Friday whether to remove a clause in the country’s constitution that makes blasphemy a criminal act.

Also: Ireland to remove crime of blasphemy and to re-elect president, exit polls show (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 27 - Ireland has voted to remove the crime of blasphemy from its constitution by a significant majority, according to exit polls.

Also: Ireland votes to oust ‘medieval’ blasphemy law (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 28 - Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a “medieval” ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly supported a referendum to remove the offence from the constitution.

Magick 'saved my life': the former death row inmate turned warlock (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 28 - Damien Echols’ religious beliefs once got him jailed for a murder he probably didn’t commit – now he’s free, and wants to teach others.

 

ISLAM

Sinead O'Connor has converted to Islam, changed her name (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 27 - Singer Sinead O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and changed her name.

Regional mosque throws its doors open and shows women what it's like to wear a hijab (ABC News)
Oct 28 - The hijab has courted courted plenty of controversy, and now Muslim women in Queensland are harnessing people's interest in the headscarf to start conversations within their community.

 

POLITICS

Government fails to meet deadline on laws to end discrimination against LGBTI students (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed to meet his own deadline on the introduction of "urgent" laws to remove religious schools' right to discriminate against LGBTI students.

Also: Coalition MPs angry about being kept in the dark on 'gay students' law (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - A stoush is brewing in the Coalition over plans to strip religious schools of the right to discriminate against LGBTI students, with conservative MPs angry about being kept in the dark on the changes.

Also: Talks on LGBTI students broke down over plans to allow 'indirect discrimination' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delayed the introduction of "urgent" laws to remove religious schools' right to expel LGBTI students, after talks broke down with Labor over plans to allow for "indirect discrimination".

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Minority in a minority: Life as a bisexual Sufi, fighting prejudice from all sides (ABC News)
Oct 25 - Rida Khan is a Sufi Muslim and a bisexual — and she wants to shatter some misconceptions.

Don’t let secularists expel religion (The Australian)
Oct 28 – (Opinion: John Anderson) When mere spats turn to hate, we face a civic crisis.

Israel Folau makes surprising admission about controversy caused by anti-gay comments (news.com.au)
Oct 28 - WALLABIES star Israel Folau has opened up about the furore his controversial views on gay marriage caused earlier this year, making the shock admission he “really enjoyed” the debate.

 


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