Religion News Selection 43 (Nov 12 - 19)

  (18 November 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

November 12 - 19, 2017

A selection of religion news stories from Australia.

 

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 


Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).

 

If you’re after the unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

SBS to get people talking with a Muslim take on Big Brother (Brisbane Times)  
Nov 14 - A Muslim take on Big Brother will be one of the highlights of SBS’s line-up in 2018, as the broadcaster seeks fresh ways of fulfilling its charter obligation to "inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia’s multicultural society".

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Sins of omission – should Catholic confession always be confidential? (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 16 - There’s a story that is sometimes told, in refresher courses for priests who regularly take confession, that goes like this: when a well-known local criminal died, he was given a full Catholic funeral.

 

EDUCATION

Growing up as a gay Australian Lebanese kid in a no electorate was insufferable (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Antoun Issa) I gasped a heavy sigh of relief, as did many LGBT Australians, when the yes victory was confirmed on Wednesday.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Revealed: monk who abused children on ’crime free’ Caldey Island for decades (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 18 - Summer holidays on Caldey Island were seemingly idyllic.

Vatican says investigating alleged abuser who became priest (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 19 - Vatican City: The Vatican said on Saturday it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest.

Anglican Church

Boys should be free to wear tutus and tiaras, says Church of England (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 13 - Boys should be free to choose to wear a tutu, tiara or heels, and girls to wear toolbelts and superhero capes, the Church of England has said in new guidance issued to its schools.

Islam

Mattel reveals first hijab wearing Barbie doll (news.com.au)
Nov 14 - THE maker of the world famous Barbie doll has revealed plans to sell a doll modelled on an Olympic fencer in the US who competed while wearing a hijab.

Turkish marriage law a blow to women’s rights, say activists (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 14 - Activists and opposition politicians in Turkey have rounded on a law that allows Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages, describing it as a blow to women’s rights and secularism and part of an ongoing effort to impose religious values on a polarised society.

Other

Why is spirituality correlated with life satisfaction? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 13 – (Opinion: Daniel José Camacho) Spirituality enables people to see more within the world and within others. It’s no surprise that this leads to a greater sense of fulfillment.

Roy Moore fights for family values. Do those involve assaulting 14-year-olds? (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 14 – (Opinion: Arwa Mahdawi) Roy Moore is a man of God.

Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 16 - Pakistan has unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha as part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy.

Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 18 - An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”.

What happens when you fall in love across the religious divide? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 18 - When we – a Muslim and a Christian – fell in love, we didn’t think much about the differences in our religions.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Sticking up for the believers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 14 – (Opinion: Richard Glover) When exactly did Christians become such a derided and ridiculed minority in this country?

’The music of yoga’: Agnostics, Christians find spiritual benefits in kirtan’s Hindu chants (ABC News)
Nov 19 - In the 1990s, American musician Dave Stringer went to India for a pay cheque and came back with a calling.

Same Sex Marriage

Hanging on for dear life, hardliners change tack on same-sex marriage (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 13 – (Opinion: David Marr) The no forces are right not to despair.

Why religious exemptions on same-sex marriage are a backward step (ABC News)
Nov 13 - All states have anti-discrimination legislation that prevents businesses discriminating against people based on their sexuality, among other things.

Same-sex marriage bill would contain ’ample religious protections’, George Brandis says (ABC News)
Nov 14 - Senior Government ministers are moving to avoid another feud within the Coalition over same-sex marriage, nominating Liberal Dean Smith’s bill as "a good starting point", while promising "ample protections for religious freedoms".

Postal survey result shows the Yes and No sides agree on one major point: we all believe in marriage (ABC News)
Nov 15 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) We’ve just come through an unprecedented phase in Australian social and political history.

Same-sex marriage debate: Religious freedom is, and should be, limited (Sydney Morning Herald)   
Nov 15 – (Opinion: Michael Bachelard) The Jesus People consider themselves a religion; they follow an ascetic form of Christianity.

Minister’s own church a hitch to marrying same sex couples (Brisbane Times)  
Nov 16 - A fervently ’Yes’ vote clergyman wants to be the first in Melbourne to marry a same sex couple.

Religious protection fight looms over same-sex marriage bill (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 16 - The attorney general, George Brandis, has said he will move a new amendment to allow civil celebrants to reject same-sex weddings as the Coalition gears up for a legislative fight about extending religious protections beyond the cross-party bill.

We need amendments and it’s not just about bakers and florists (ABC News)
Nov 16 – (Opinion: Mark Fowler) The Australian people have decisively indicated their will on the question of marriage.

Religion protects pastors saying no to marrying same-sex couples, academic says (ABC News)
Nov 16 - While Australians nationwide have voted in support of allowing same-sex couples to wed, questions surrounding the freedom of celebrants to refuse to marry gay and lesbian couples have begun.

Same-sex marriage: Men of God hold no mortgage on the national soul (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 17 – (Opinion: Mark Kenny) Who knew that not discriminating against people would be so good for the soul?

Same-sex marriage survey: religious belief matched no vote most closely (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 17 - The same-sex marriage survey revealed a deep divide between Sydney’s western and eastern electorates.

Marriage quality: we need freedom from religion, not freedom of religion (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 18 – (Opinion: Crispin Hull) Just as the postal plebiscite has blown up in the faces of the conservatives who promoted it, let us hope that any subsequent rearguard sabotage attempt, under the guise of freedom of religion, does the same thing.

Same-sex marriage result was a defeat for only one type of Christianity  (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 18 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) It would be entirely wrong to see Australia’s decisive support for marriage equality as a defeat for Christianity.

Cory Bernardi attempts positive spin on lost campaign against same-sex marriage (The Guardian, Australia)  
Nov 18 - The campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia was an “extraordinary success” despite losing the national postal survey, the crossbench senator Cory Bernardi has said.

Margaret Court is not happy about the same-sex marriage postal survey outcome (news.com.au)
Nov 19 - TENNIS great Margaret Court is not happy at all about Yes prevailing in the same-sex marriage vote.

 


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Religion News Australia 2017 – 42 (Nov 5 - 12)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 40 (Oct 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 39 (Oct 15 - 22)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 36 (Sept 24 – Oct 1)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 35 (Sept 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 34 (Sept 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 33 (Sept 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 32 (Aug 27 – Sept 3)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 31 (Aug 20 - 27)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 29 (July 30 – Aug 6)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 28 (July 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 27 (July 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 26 (July 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 25 (July 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 24 (June 25 – July 2)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 20 (May 28 – June 4)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 14 (Apr 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 13 (Apr 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 12 (Mar 19 – Apr 2)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 11 (Mar 11 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 10 (Mar 5 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 5 (Jan 29 - Feb 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

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

Religion News Australia 2016 – 49 (Dec 25 - 31)

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Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)

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Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

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