Religion News Selection 36 (Oct 14 - 21)

  (20 October 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 14 - 21, 2018

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.

 

 

ABUSE

Peter Hollingworth's pension could be stripped as federal crossbenches push for legal changes (ABC News)
Oct 17 - Federal crossbenchers are pushing for legal changes that could strip former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth of millions of dollars in public benefits over his mishandling of sex abuse complaints in the Anglican church.

Domestic abuse survivors within Anglican Church to receive financial assistance  (ABC News)
Oct 20 - Women in the Anglican Church in Sydney who have been physically, emotionally and sexually abused by their priest husbands will, for the first time, be able to apply for substantial financial assistance following the establishment of a new fund dedicated to supporting clergy spouses escaping domestic violence.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Sydney Anglicans set to ban gay weddings and pro-LGBTI advocacy on church property (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 19 - The Sydney Anglican diocese is set to ban same-sex weddings from any Anglican church or building, and prohibit its properties from being used to promote homosexuality or "transgender ideology".

Also: Sydney Anglican bid to ban gay 'advocacy' on church property condemned (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 20 - Christian gay rights advocates say a new policy from the Sydney Anglican diocese that will ban same-sex weddings in churches and school halls and clamp down on the freedom of priests to support LGBTI rights goes against “core teachings” of the Bible.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

'Pope Francis has questions to answer': America's Catholics in crisis over abuse scandals (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 20 - A few weeks after the devastating extent of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania was laid bare in a 900-page grand jury report, Father Michael Stumpf was approached by one of his parishioners.

Islam

One man’s (very polite) fight against media Islamophobia (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 18 - For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic – and always scrupulously courteous – campaign against the endless errors and distortions in news about British Muslims.

Religious Violence

Right-wing protesters attack women and block them from entering one of India's most sacred sites (ABC News)
Oct 18 - Right-wing Hindu groups have attacked women and prevented them from entering an Indian hill temple in defiance of India's top court, which says a centuries-long ban at the holy site is illegal.

Other

Cursed: witches are planning a public hexing of Brett Kavanaugh (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 16 - A coven of witches will gather in an occult bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday to place a hex on supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Stephen Hawking just dismissed the existence of a god from beyond the grave  (news.com.au)
Oct 17 - STEPHEN Hawking has spoken from beyond the grave. There is no God, he says.

 

ISLAM

Adelaide Fashion Festival showcase aims to redesign perception of Islamic fashion (ABC News)
Oct 20 - Students from Indonesia and Australia have collaborated on a unique showcase for the Adelaide Fashion Festival — a collection of modest garments they hope will redesign the industry's perception of Islamic fashion.

 

JUDAISM

Jewish community leader rejects Kevin Rudd claims (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 19 - Prominent Jewish community leader Mark Leibler has accused former prime minister Kevin Rudd of making false claims and peddling "far-fetched conspiracy theories" about the pro-Israel lobby in his new book.

 

POLITICS

Huge majority of Australians oppose laws banning gay students and teachers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 15 - Australian voters have strongly rejected laws to allow religious schools to discriminate against gay students and teachers, in a widening political storm over special exemptions to be challenged in Parliament this week.

Also: The startling fact about Morrison, Shorten and the schools' gay ban (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 15 – (Opinion: Sean Kelly) Here’s something I hate. A politician gets a question. They’re being asked because it’s top of mind, it’s a big story, everyone wants to know – but the politician says, “I just don’t think the Australian people are interested in that.”

Also: Freedom of Religion policy-making debacle (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 18 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) The freedom of religion and anti-discrimination political developments over the past 10 days are a disappointing way to make policies wherever one stands on the best outcomes.

Also: Labor senators want schools' 'ethos' preserved in LGBT discrimination law (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 18 - Labor has signalled that fixing the law to prevent discrimination against LGBT teachers may be accompanied by changes to allow religious schools to preserve their “ethos” and prevent contradiction of church doctrines.

Jerusalem embassy move a 'sensible' proposal, says Scott Morrison (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 16 - Scott Morrison has flagged moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, copying Donald Trump’s controversial proposal, in a shift that appears timed to coincide with the Wentworth byelection.

Also: 'Unprincipled and craven': Morrison's Israel pitch plumbs new depths of stupid (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 16 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) To betray the national interest to chase a few votes is irresponsible.

Also: Shifting the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a big, cynical mistake (ABC News)
Oct 18 – (Opinion: Tony Walker) In the Gospel of Matthew 26:15, it took 30 pieces of silver for Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus.

Also: Moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem makes sense (ABC News)
Oct 18 – (Opinion: Ran Porat) Apparently looking to garner the support of Jewish constituents behind the Liberal candidate, David Sharma, in the upcoming critical Wentworth by-election on October 20, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will consider moving the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Also: What Australian embassy move would really mean (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 18 – (Opinion: Izzat Abdulhadi) As the dust storm around Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Jerusalem comments begins to abate, we ought to focus less on whether it was a short-sighted and cynical gambit to win Wentworth and more on the claims that he, candidate Dave Sharma and other proponents of the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital have been making.

 

 RELIGION & SOCIETY

Gay conversion therapy is happening in secret in Australia, report finds (ABC News)
Oct 15 - After he had gay sex for the first time, church leaders asked Benson to renounce Baal (an Old Testament god of the Phoenicians) and exorcise the spirit of sodomy.

What would Jesus do? According to this ad: donate his organs (news.com.au)
Oct 16 - THE director of a controversial new ad promoting organ donation is hoping to spark renewed discussion around organ registration in Australia.

It's not just about sacking gay teachers, the church has a long list of sinners it wants to punish (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 16 – (Opinion: David Marr) This is not just a fight over gay teachers.

 

 


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