Religion News Austrealia 2018 - 11 (Apr 1 - 7)

  (06 April 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

April 1 - 7, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

Please note: the next Religion News roundup will appear on April 22

 

 

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

 

 

ABUSE

Paedophiles to be punished with strengthened sentencing and new laws in changes slated for NSW (ABC News)
Apr 3 - Repeat child sex abusers will face a possible life in jail as NSW overhauls paedophile punishment legislation, but the Premier sidestepped introducing state laws to break the seal of confession.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Two Sisters review: Asne Seierstad’s documentary of family, religion and war (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 6 – (Review)  For most of us – statistics suggest it – religious faith is a mystery.

Director Garth Davis finds religion (The Saturday Paper)
Apr 7 - Distant biblical human figures trek steep hills wearing cotton, hemp, wool and linen garments hand-embroidered by Palestinian craftswomen.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Former Indonesian president’s daughter sorry after blasphemy outrage over poem (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 4 - Jakarta: The daughter of Indonesia’s former president Sukarno has apologised to all Indonesian Muslims after she was accused of reading a poem that blasphemed and insulted Islam.

Target of Islam’s dirty war (The Australian)
Apr 7 - Sukmawati Sukarnoputri is proof the influence of hardline Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim nation is growing.

Judaism

The shame of antisemitism on the left has a long, malign history (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 2 – (Opinion: Philip Spencer) So, we’re back to the “Jewish Question”?

Saudi prince says Israelis have a right to homeland (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 4 - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has said he believes Israelis have a right to a homeland alongside Palestinians.

Religious Violence

Islamic State claims deadly attack on Christians (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 3 - Quetta, Pakistan: The militant group Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for killing four members of a Christian family in southwestern Pakistan.

Israeli troops kill seven and wound 200 Palestinians as Gaza border protests resume: medics (ABC News)
Apr 7 - Israeli troops have shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian medical officials say, raising the death toll to 27 in the week-long disturbances.

The plight of Rohingya women (The Saturday Paper)
Apr 7 – (Opinion: Imran Mohammad) I write this as a Rohingya man, a refugee, looking at an unacknowledged reality in the upheaval of my people.

Other

Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 2 – (Opinion: Julian Baggini) Many years ago, I had to recount the life of Jesus to a young Taiwanese student who knew nothing about Christianity.

China insists selecting Catholic bishops no breach of religious rights (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 3 - Beijing: Restricting the Vatican’s control over the appointment of bishops in China does not infringe on believers’ religious freedom, a Chinese official said on Tuesday, amid historic negotiations between Beijing and the Holy See aimed at healing divisions.

Rwanda closes thousands of churches and dozens of mosques in bid for more control (ABC News)
Apr 5 - Rwanda’s Government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers.

Bibles pulled from China’s online bookstores as Beijing releases white paper on religious policy (ABC News)
Apr 5 - Bibles have reportedly been pulled from sale through online bookstores across China, sparking confusion and outrage from frustrated Chinese-Christians on social media amid a tenuous split between the Vatican and Beijing.

Virginity testing: A white bedsheet, a bride’s wedding night humiliation (ABC News)
Apr 6 - Priyanka Tamaychekar’s marriage hasn’t been arranged yet, but already the 26-year-old is dreading her wedding night.

Ghost marriages: A 3,000-year-old tradition of wedding the dead is still thriving in rural China (ABC News)
Apr 7 - In 2010, two years after Li Long died of leukaemia in a local hospital in China’s central Henan province, his mother finally found him a bride — Li Xiuying from the neighbouring village, who was hours away from dying of cancer.

Prince Philip Movement: Prince Charles to visit Vanuatu, where his father has a special past (ABC News)
Apr 7 - Prince Charles will be visiting Vanuatu today as part of his trip to Australia for the Commonwealth Games, but unfortunately it might not be the British prince that some of the islanders had been hoping for.

 

ISLAM

Port Pirie mosque campaign aims to unite SA’s outback Muslim community (ABC News)
Apr 6 - A South Australian Islamic association is hoping to establish a new mosque in the outback region that was the site of Australia’s first place of Muslim worship.

 

POLITICS

What would Jesus do about tax and government spending? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 1 – (Opinion: Ross Gittins) It’s Easter, so let me ask you an odd question: have you noticed how arguments about governments’ intervention in the economy – should they, or shouldn’t they – often rely on an appeal to Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan?

Nats leader has no regrets over pairing ploy (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 2 - Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh says he has no regrets over the controversial decision to recall two Liberal MPs to Parliament’s upper house on Friday morning, after they asked to be excused on religious grounds.

Also: Guy’s big gamble - does the end really justify the means? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 3 - It’s long been suspected that many a politician will do whatever it takes to get what they want and that in politics the ends justify the means.

Also: ’Means were justified’: Matthew Guy defends breaking of pair deal (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 3 - Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says his party’s Good Friday double-cross was justified because the result reflected the will of the Parliament.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Holy relics in ’miraculous’ condition after pre-Easter blaze damages Adelaide church (ABC News)
Apr 3 - Holy relics stored in the altar of the St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church appear to have escaped unscathed after fire tore through the Glenelg North building in Adelaide.

Plan to sell Hagley Uniting Church cemetery upsets Tasmanian locals (ABC News)
Apr 3 - Stephen Badcock has lived near the Hagley Uniting Church and its attached cemetery in northern Tasmania his entire life.

How the message of Martin Luther King’s ’dream’ got lost (ABC News)
Apr 4 – (Opinion: Stan Grant) Martin Luther King Jnr cast an enormous shadow in my childhood. It was a presence that outlived his death — indeed his assassination added potency to his leadership of a black struggle that mirrored our own.

Blogger ordered to remove ’hate speech’ against member of small religious order (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 4 - A NSW-based blogger has been ordered to take down material from his site that described a small and mysterious religious order as a "satanic paedophile cult".

Sports advocacy group slams Folau’s ’appalling homophobic comments’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 5 - Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and NSW Waratahs boss Andrew Hore will meet with Israel Folau to discuss his conduct on social media after he wrote a comment on Instagram that both organisations say they are taking "seriously".

Also: Heaven and hell: the dilemma Israel Folau presents Rugby Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 6 – (Opinion: Georgina Robinson) In the post-ball tampering world, Australian sports fans and the media are freshly, if temporarily, circumspect.

Also: Hooper defends Folau’s right to his opinion over homophobic comment (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 6 - Michael Hooper says Israel Folau is entitled to his opinion and feels the Waratahs and Wallabies star’s controversial comment about gay people on Instagram won’t cause team disharmony moving forward.

Also: Qantas’ threat at Folau gay slur (The Australian)
Apr 6 - The national airline is considering pulling sponsorship of the Wallabies over Israel Folau’s views on homosexuality.

Also: Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments ’very disappointing’, Qantas says (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 6 - Qantas has expressed its disappointment to Rugby Australia after the star player Israel Folau made homophobic comments on his personal Instagram account saying gay people were destined for “hell”.

Also: Folau’s comments are an anathema to the greatest of rugby’s values (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 7 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Which brings us to Israel Folau’s comment on what will happen to gays?

Site of former federal government IT provider sold for $3.81 million (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 5 - The former site of a federal IT service provider in Canberra’s south has been sold for $3.81 million to a local church group.

 


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