Religion News Australia 2015 - 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

  (19 September 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

September 13 - 20, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / anglican church / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Church looks at Melbourne abuse scheme (The Australian)
Sept 15 - THE Melbourne archbishop will move to enhance the independence of the Catholic Church's process for handling abuse complaints in the archdiocese.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Bishop Harrower’s parting wish (The Mercury, Hobart)   
Sept 13 - THE Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, John Harrower, says he will remember Tasmania as a place of great hospitality and hopes it can do more to help refugees.

 

EDUCATION

Transgender students: the struggle to fit in at school (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 17 - Erik Ly spent a lot of time in high school trying not to look down.

Schools go back to basics (The Australian)
Sept 19 - Australia’s “Christian heritage’’ will be taught in schools in a slimmed-down national curriculum.

Chaplains tender to break dominance of Generate Ministries after Gayby Baby ban (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 20 - The NSW Education Department will seek to break the dominance of the controversial Generate Ministries on NSW school chaplaincy.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Why it was the world wide web that finally did for the Anglican communion (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 20 – (Opinion: Giles Fraser) In the end, it was probably Tim Berners-Lee that did for the Anglican communion.

Catholic Church

Vatican takes in first Syrian refugee family after Pope Francis' plea to Catholics (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 19 - Vatican City: Responding to a call from Pope Francis for every Church parish to house refugees, the Vatican City said on Friday it had taken in a family that had fled the war in Syria.

Pope Francis to make historical first US visit (ABC News)
Sept 19 - Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the United States this week where he is expected to be greeted with a rock star welcome, but while the progressive pontiff's popularity remains strong with political liberals, support is waning among American conservatives.

Pope Francis arrives in Havana to begin tour of Cuba, US (ABC News)
Sept 20 - Pope Francis has urged the United States and Cuba to pursue their nascent reconciliation as he arrived in Havana on the first leg of a high-profile trip that will also take him to America.

Pope Francis begins trip to Cuba and the United States (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 20 - Havana: Pope Francis begins a nine-day tour of Cuba and the United States today where he will see both the benefits and complexities of a fast-evolving detente between the old Cold War foes that he helped broker.

Also: Pope calls on Cuba and US to set global 'example of reconciliation' (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 20 - Pope Francis has begun a politically charged visit to Cuba and the United States with a call for the two former adversaries to continue down the path of rapprochement – one that the Argentine pontiff helped to pave – and set an “example of reconciliation” for the rest of the world.

Islam

Femen in topless protest of conservative Islamic event in France (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 15 - Two Femen protesters were arrested after baring their breasts at a controversial conference near Paris on the role of Muslim women.

Muslim boy arrested after school mistakes homemade clock for bomb wins invites  (ABC News)
Sept 17 - A 14-year-old Muslim schoolboy arrested in the United States after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb has won invitations to visit the White House, Google, NASA and Facebook, amid a surge of public support.

Religious Violence

Israeli police, Muslims clash at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound (ABC News)
Sept 14 - Muslims have clashed with Israeli police at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, the latest violence over access to the site sacred to both faiths.

Other

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis back at work, promises not to interfere with same-sex marriage licences (news.com.au)
Sept 15 - THE Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples is back at work and has promised not to stop her deputies from doing their jobs.

Clerk loses new appeal over gay marriage (The Australian)
Sept 18 - KENTUCKY County Clerk Kim Davis has lost another legal bid to delay issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, marking the latest in a mounting stack of rejected appeals.

Ahmed Mohamed is just one example of the bigotry American Muslims face (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 18 – (Opinion: Linda Sarsour) Parents like me send our children to school every weekday morning entrusting the adults there to educate them and to cultivate, encourage and promote innovation and creativity among them.

Donald Trump under fire for failure to rebut anti-Muslim backer (ABC News)
Sept 19 - Democratic presidential candidates have slammed Donald Trump for failing to challenge a questioner who wrongly claimed president Barack Obama is a Muslim and not a US citizen.

Also: Trump says he is 'not morally obligated to defend' Obama (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 20 - Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Saturday it was not his job to stand up for US President Barack Obama after a man at one of his campaign events said he was a Muslim and "not even an American."

Excavations at Pacopampa reveal two ‘Serpent Jaguar’ priest burials (news.com.au)
Sept 20 - AN intact 2700-year-old tomb has been unearthed in Peru, containing the mysterious remains of two ‘Serpent Jaguar’ priests and their symbols of power.

 

ISLAM

Woman from arranged for genital mutilation procedures on daughters, court told (ABC News)
Sept 14 - A woman from Sydney’s Dawoodi Bohra community arranged for genital mutilation procedures on two of her daughters, the New South Wales Supreme Court has heard.

Also: Ex-midwife touched genitals of young girl with forceps, court hears (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 15 - A former midwife from the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community touched the exposed genitals of a young girl with a pair of forceps but it was nothing more than a religious ceremony, the NSW Supreme Court has heard.

Also: Girl imagined she was 'a princess in a garden' as she underwent FGM (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 15 - A girl who allegedly underwent female genital mutilation in Australia imagined she was a princess in a garden as the procedure happened, a court has heard.

Bendigo councillors leave meeting under police escort after anti-mosque protest erupts (ABC News)
Sept 17 - Police were called in to escort Bendigo councillors from their regular meeting after anti-mosque protesters began chanting and hurling abuse at them from the public gallery.

Also: Bendigo Muslim community undeterred by ongoing protests to mosque plans (ABC News)
Sept 17 - The Muslim community in Bendigo is determined to go ahead with plans for a mosque despite ongoing protests by some locals who last night forced a council meeting to an abrupt end.

Place of worship ban among tough restrictions on former terror suspect teen Harun Causevic (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 17 - A teenage former terror suspect who had charges against him dropped for lack of evidence has been hit with a highly restrictive control order that restricts him to worshipping in one mosque only, and wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Sydney pilgrim Caleb Strik joins the Haj millions (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 20 - For many Muslims, completing the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but Australian construction manager Caleb Strik is in the middle of his third trip.

Pilgrimages are at the heart of major religions (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 20 – (Opinion: Zohra Aly) Australian nurse Nelley Youssef is immersed in a sea of millions of white-robed pilgrims doing the tawaf of the Kaaba, the black cuboid structure at the heart of Masjid Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudia Arabia.

 

POLITICS

After Abbott: anti-Islam right-wingers confused about who to vote for (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 15 - Australia’s radical, anti-Islam right-wing has reacted with horror to Tony Abbott’s ousting by Malcolm Turnbull, threatening an exodus to minor parties and more “boots on the ground” in protest.

Clive Palmer attends barbecue event held by far-right anti-Islam group (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 18 - Clive Palmer has attended a Queensland meeting of a far-right anti-Islam group that in turn boasted of “mixing and talking with people who can make change in this country”.

Scott Morrison: 1. Ray Hadley: 0. And God? We're still not sure what He thinks (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 18 – (Opinion: Neil McMahon) When Scott Morrison - the Social Services Minister and soon-to-be-treasurer, or Traitor Treasurer in the parlance of Ray Hadley - turned up literally armed with a hard-hat for his post-coup encounter with the Sydney radio shock-jock and Tony Abbott loyalist on Friday, many were expecting fireworks.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Documentary aims to challenge stereotypes, start conversations about religion in Sydney’s west (ABC News)
Sept 15 - A large-scale film project has launched today across western Sydney exploring the personal and daily practices of various people of faith.

Christian refugees are fine, Muslims aren't. In a post-racist world, of course that's not racist (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 15 – (Opinion: Yassir Morsi) Is not our current debate about the extent of our “compassion” towards refugees precisely what we ought to expect from a “post-racial” Australia?

Exclusive Brethren leader Bruce Hales says man 'in torment' should kill himself (Brisbane Times)
Sept 19 - The Australian man who leads the Exclusive Brethren has said a mentally tormented young member of his flock would be better to "get a shot of poison" and "finish yourself off" than talk to members of his own family.

Wayside Chapel's Graham Long fell from grace but rose again (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 19 - A bawdy visual joke probably wasn't what the 500 suits from the finance sector expected from a speech by  Graham Long, the chief executive and pastor of the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross.

 

 


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Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)

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