Religion News Selection

January 16 – 23, 2022

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Former UK minister says she was fired due to her ‘Muslimness’; Chief Whip rejects claim (ABC News)
Jan 23 – A British politician’s claim that she was sacked from a ministerial job partly because of her Muslim faith should be properly investigated if she makes a formal complaint, according to the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Religious Violence

Woman sentenced to death in Pakistan over ‘blasphemous’ WhatsApp activity (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 20 – A court in Pakistan has sentenced a woman to death over allegedly blasphemous messages sent over WhatsApp and Facebook.


Thich Nhat Hanh, who brought mindfulness to the West, approached death in that same spirit (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 22 – Thich Nhat Hanh, the monk who popularised mindfulness in the West, died in the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam, on Friday.


Teachers sacked for being gay warn religious discrimination bill will empower similar dismissals (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 22 – Two gay educators have spoken out about being sacked for their sexuality, warning an inquiry the religious discrimination bill will make it easier for such dismissals.

Prayer and Pushback event gives a taste of the fearmongering to come  (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 22 – Scott Morrison has so little love for the scrutiny of parliament that his government scheduled as few as 10 sitting days before the May election.


An almighty row: ‘They told us we had to separate’ (The Australian)
Jan 17 – A bishop’s hardline views on gays has triggered a parish uprising in defence of a regional NSW church organist and his retired public servant husband.