by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Aug 7 - 14, 2011
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Damage and misery: 14 years' jail for Christian Brother (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - Victims of a paedophile Christian Brother have hurled abuse at the 70-year-old as he was led away to begin a 14-year jail term for sex crimes committed over almost 20 years.
Determined Dolly calls her own tune (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - Don't get Dolly Parton started about end-of-the-world prognosticators.
Pilgrims flock to Penola for first feast day (ABC News)
Aug 8 - Hundreds of people have descended on the small town of Penola in South Australia's south-east to celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary MacKillop.
Blessed are the hungry and thirsty (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 8 – (Opinion: Baz Blakeney) WHEN our kids were at primary school, they were offered various forms of religious education, the three main options being Jewish, Catholic and Protestant.
Archbishop urges against prayer ban (The West Australian)
Aug 9 - Perth Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey believes children should be allowed to recite the Lord's Prayer in State schools because it is a part of Australian culture.
Aug 13 – (Opinion: Emma Jane) MANY citizens of NSW don't agree with Fred Nile's bold assessment of himself as a modern Socrates.
Does a belief in God hold back students? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 14 – (Opinion: Brian Rosner) The history of ideas reveals that education in the Western world has prospered, not in spite of, but precisely because of its Judeo-Christian foundations.
National School Chaplaincy Program
High Court challenge for school chaplains (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Aug 9 - THE school chaplaincy program is unconstitutional because it imposes a religious test on officers funded by the commonwealth, the High Court has been told.
Aug 10 - The High Court has been told that under the Constitution, the Federal Government did not have the power to set up the National School Chaplaincy Program.
It's time to dispel the myths about school chaplains (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 10 – (Opinion: Tim Mander) The school chaplaincy program has become the subject of dire pronouncements of "religion being forced on our schools" and now a High Court challenge that began this week.
Aug 11 - The High Court has reserved its decision on whether the National School Chaplaincy Program is legal.
Chaplain ruling may affect autism program (The West Australian)
Aug 11 - A High Court challenge against the national school chaplaincy program could torpedo a scheme that helps autistic children, the court has heard.
US polygamist sentenced to life in prison (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 10 - The leader of a Texas polygamist sect that saw more than 450 of its children seized in a police raid was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for his 'spiritual marriage' to two young girls.
Lobsang Sangay sworn in as new Tibetan leader (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - LOBSANG Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, has taken office as head of the Tibetan government in exile, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese ''colonialism''.
Panchen Lama faces foreigner ban on China visit (The Australian)
Aug 12 - CHINA is barring foreign visitors from staying in a county in north-western China and stepping up security ahead of an expected visit to a monastery by the government-appointed Panchen Lama.
Vatican to display Martin Luther's excommunication ruling (The West Australian)
Aug 11 - VATICAN CITY (AFP) - The Vatican will display the papal ruling to excommunicate Germany's Martin Luther dated January 3, 1521 in an exhibition of hundreds of priceless documents from its secret archives from February 2011.
Bollywood's Bachchan blasts caste film ban (The West Australian)
Aug 12 - MUMBAI (AFP) - Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday blasted a decision by three state governments to ban the release of his new film, which tackles the controversial issue of caste quotas.
Record Hindu pilgrimage to Kashmir shrine (The West Australian)
Aug 14 - SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - An annual pilgrimage to a Hindu cave shrine in restive Indian Kashmir came to an end Saturday with more than 600,000 pilgrims -- a record number -- having made the Himalayan trek, officials said.
Judge rules inmate has no right to matzoh (The West Australian)
Aug 13 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled that a Jewish inmate in a New York jail does not have a constitutionally protected right to matzoh and grape juice.
Republican offers his prayers for right votes (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 8 - HOUSTON: Standing on a stage surrounded by thousands of fellow Christians, the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, called on Jesus to bless and guide the nation's military and political leaders and "those who cannot see the light in the midst of all the darkness".
Something weird about this campaign (The Australian)
Aug 12 - JUST what is the meaning of weird?
Afghan president asks clerics to campaign against turban bombs (The West Australian)
Aug 9 - KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked the country's religious elders to use their influence to sway Islamist insurgents not to use turbans to hide suicide bombs in a bid to halt the deadly new tactic before it becomes more widespread.
Religious violence, abuse growing - study (The Australian)
Aug 10 - RELIGIOUS-linked violence and abuse rose around the world between 2006 and 2009, with Christians and Muslims the most common targets, according to a private US study released yesterday.
Training halts as launchers lose faith in dogma (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 7 - To the officers burdened with the ultimate responsibility of launching America's nuclear missiles it was known as the ''Jesus loves nukes'' lesson.
A holy bunch of hedonists (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 – (Travel) Expecting military checkpoints and religious fanaticism, Andrew Taylor instead discovers a land where culture, nightlife and the beach often take precedence over piety and politics.
'Keep coming out', urges Malaysia's gay pastor (The West Australian)
Aug 9 - HONG KONG (AFP) - Malaysia's only openly gay pastor is urging homosexuals in the mainly Muslim country to "keep coming out" to help battle homophobia, as he gets set to tie the knot with his American partner.
Starbucks boss cancels church speech after anti-gay petition (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 12 - Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz cancelled an appearance at one of the most prominent megachurches in America after an online petition condemned the congregation as anti-gay - a charge the church denies.
Australia must fight calls for sharia law (The Australian)
Aug 12 – (Opinion: Maryam Namazie) ATTENTION has again been focused on sharia law in Australia since the flogging of a convert in Sydney for drinking alcohol.
'No religion' belongs to the unspoken for (ABC News)
Aug 9 – (Opinion: Michael Collett) When I attempt the fraught task of putting self to paper this census, I'll be muttering an aimless prayer before reluctantly crossing 'no religion'.
Mixed views on Wong's baby news (Canberra Times)
Aug 10 - The Reverend Nile yesterday criticised Senator Wong for making a public statement about her partner's pregnancy.
Preachers praise Rundle Mall ruling (ABC News)
Aug 11 - The Adelaide City Council has lost a legal battle to prevent preaching in Rundle Mall.
Aug 12 – (Opinion: Susie O'Brien) IT IS never right to smack kids.
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