Religion News Australia 2017 - 1 (Jan 1 - 8)

  (15 January 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

January 1 - 8, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

arts & entertainment / catholic church  / education / international stories / islam / politics

 

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Book of Mormon preview tickets to go on sale for $20 each (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 7 - In a move that will delight some and may annoy others who have forked out up to $278 for a platinum seat, producers of the smash-hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have announced they will sell all tickets to a January 17 show for just $20 each.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Dumped just before Christmas: Sydney mum takes on Catholic Church in unfair dismissal case (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 8 - Rox Subramany was a struggling Sydney mother and proud Catholic Church employee whose lifelong commitment to her faith had never wavered.

 

EDUCATION

Malek Fahd Islamic school future in doubt after tribunal decision to cut federal government funding (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 5 - One of Sydney’s largest private schools looks set to close after a tribunal upheld a federal government decision to revoke its funding over concerns it was operating for profit.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES
Catholic Church

Pope declares ’zero tolerance’ for sexual abuse in Catholic church (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 3 - Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of “zero tolerance” for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for “a sin that shames us”.

Islam

Jakarta governor contender Anies Baswedan under fire for meeting Islamic hardliners (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Jakarta: A rival of the embattled Jakarta governor in next month’s gubernatorial elections has met an Islamic hardliner group notorious for attacks on minority groups, raising critics’ fears that it will give greater legitimacy to political extremists in Indonesia.

Photos of Ilhan Omar being sworn in to Congress prove just how important diversity is (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 7 - In the face of looming anxieties surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration, it’s easy to forget that important steps forward are still being made in 2017.

Fighting intolerance a challenge for Indonesia’s moderate Muslims (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 8 - Jakarta: Permadi Arya became famous – or infamous, depending on how you look at it – for his satirical YouTube videos lampooning extremism.

Religious Violence

Top Philippine militant who pledged allegiance to Islamic State killed in firefight (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 6 - A top Philippine militant who pledged allegiance to Islamic State has been killed in the group’s latest setback in its attempts to sow terror across south-east Asia.

Turkish police raids detain more suspects in connection to Istanbul nightclub attack (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 6 - Istanbul: The man who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day is probably an ethnic Uighur and Turkish security services now know where he might be hiding, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on Thursday.

Also: Hiding, playing dead: survivors speak of Istanbul club horror (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 6 - Istanbul: The survivors huddled atop a giant industrial freezer in terrified silence as the Islamic State gunman entered the nightclub kitchen.

The Isis campaign against Iraq’s Shia Muslims is not politics. It’s genocide (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 6 – (Opinion: Ranj Alaaldin) Until the west acknowledges the true nature of the jihadis’ atrocities, good governance and stability in the region will always be out of reach.

Islamic State claims Baghdad car bomb attack that killed at least 13 people, injured 50 (ABC News)  
Jan 8 - A car bomb blast has killed at least 13 people and injured 50 others at a vegetable market in eastern Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

Other

Shakers down to two as sect of celibate wood turners loses its ’spiritual centre’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 5 - New York; She arrived at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine, in 1937 as a 10-year-old, and brought a measure of mischief to the regimented life there: She drew other girls into tiny rebellions, like snatching a pail of maple sugar candy from a workshop, and even spit in one of her caregivers’ teacups after being punished for passing notes with a friend.

Crucifixion is horribly violent – we must confront its reality head on (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 6 – (Opinion: Jonathan Jones) Glasgow University is giving theology students what the Daily Mail calls “trigger warnings” about potentially upsetting images of the crucifixion.

BBC sparks outrage after airing controversial ’Real Housewives of ISIS’ skit (Brisbane Times)  
Jan 7 - The UK’s BBC has come under fire from viewers after airing a comedy skit titled ’Real Housewives of ISIS’ that featured women in hijabs modelling suicide vests and celebrating beheadings.

Buddhist monk sets himself on fire in South Korea over ’comfort women’ deal (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 8 - A South Korean Buddhist monk was left in critical condition after setting himself on fire in Seoul to protest against the country’s settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves.

 

ISLAM

Burkinis and belonging: ’It’s this feeling the beach and hijab don’t mix’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 3 – (Opinion: Randa Abdel-Fattah) When I was 13, I started wearing hijab.

Mysterious anti-Islam society steps out of the shadows for its big moment (news.com.au) 
Jan 6 - SECRETIVE anti-Islam group Q Society is stepping out of the shadows and embracing the limelight as it claims a groundswell of support for its controversial aims.

 

POLITICS

Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to attend dinner for anti-Islam group (Brisbane Times)  
Jan 3 - Two of the Coalition’s leading conservatives have been named as "special guests" at $150-per-head dinner being held by anti-Islamic group, the Q Society of Australia.

Also: Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to speak at $150-a-head dinner for anti-Islam group (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 3 - Conservative Liberal party members George Christensen and Cory Bernardi will be drawcard speakers at a $150-a-head dinner next month to help raise funds for an anti-Islam organisation to defend a defamation case brought by a halal certifier.

 

 


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