Religion News Australia 2015 - 37 (Sept 27 - Oct 11)

  (10 October 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

September 27 – October 11, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)




abuse / catholic church  / education / international stories / islam / judaism / politics





Victim Graham Rundle tells Salvation Army to do right thing by victims (ABC News)
Oct 6 - A victim of a Salvation Army paedophile has made an impassioned plea for change while giving evidence at an inquiry, asking the organisation to do the right thing by all victims.

SA government 'knew of sexual abuse' at Salvation Army boys' home from early 1940s (ABC News)
Oct 7 - The South Australian Government was aware of allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a Salvation Army-run boys' home from as early as the 1940s, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.



Tough time for Catholic Church, despite popularity of Pope Francis (Brisbane Times)
Oct 3 - The Pope is proving popular with the masses, but evidence his charisma is reinvigorating the Australian Catholic Church is harder to find.

More than 100 Catholic nuns to be honoured for 110 years of service in western Queensland town (ABC News)
Oct 9 - More than 100 Catholic nuns who have served in the outback Queensland town of Winton over the past 100 years will be acknowledged in a special tribute this weekend.



NSW school prayer audit completed amid concerns of extremist Islamic preaching (ABC News)
Oct 8 - An audit of prayer groups in New South Wales' public schools has now been completed and its results are being considered by the State Government, amid concerns of extremist Islamic preaching.

Also: School prayer ‘starts extremism’ (The Australian)
Oct 9 - Prayer groups and religious instruction in schools are a ‘doorway to extremism’, a government adviser has warned.

Most radicalised Australian teenagers attended public schools (Brisbane Times)
Oct 11 - Almost all of the school-aged jihadists and students who have been radicalised in Australia have come from state-run public schools and not religious schools.



Catholic Church

Vatican denies Pope Francis supports US anti-gay marriage clerk after secret meeting revealed (ABC News)
Oct 3 - The Vatican has denied Pope Francis's meeting with US county clerk Kim Davis signified support for her refusal to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples in the name of her faith.

Vatican sacks gay priest after he announces he has a partner (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 4 - Vatican City: The Vatican on Saturday sacked a gay priest after he came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of bishops where the Church's stance on homosexuality is expected to be discussed.

Pope Francis opens synod against backdrop of controversy over divisive issue of homosexuality (ABC News)
Oct 4 - Pope Francis has opened a gathering of bishops intended to review Catholic teaching on the family against a backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality.

Pope Francis: marriage is between men and women (Brisbane Times)
Oct 5 - Rome: Pope Francis defended marriage as "an indissoluble bond between a man and a woman" on Sunday as he opened a landmark Catholic synod on the family hours after the Vatican sacked a senior priest who came out as gay.

Priest phoned by frantic migrants is a Nobel favourite (Brisbane Times)
Oct 5 - Rome: A little-known priest is competing with Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize this week - and has even been given the pontiff's blessing.

Pope says Catholic Church 'not a museum' as gay issue overshadows synod (ABC News)
Oct 5 - Pope Francis says the Church is "not a museum" but a place for progress, as members of a key synod on the family began the first day of what promises to be a heated debate.

Catholic church should shun derogatory words on gay people, Vatican synod told (ABC News)
Oct 7 - Catholics should stop using condescending language such as "pity" toward homosexuals and find ways to welcome them as sons and daughters of the Church, bishops have told members of a synod in the Vatican.


British Prime Minister David Cameron urges Saudi Arabia not to crucify protester (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 5 - Manchester: British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Middle East ally Saudi Arabia on Sunday not to go ahead with the execution of a Shiite Muslim sentenced to death over his role in anti-government protests.

'Muslim Merkel' controversy as migrant relocations due to begin (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 7 - A German television network has been accused of racism after broadcasting a photoshopped image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a headscarf.

Religious Violence

Islamic State claims responsibility for second attack in Bangladesh (Brisbane Times)
Oct 4 - Dhaka:
  Islamic State has used its official Twitter account to claim responsibility for the shooting death of a Japanese man in Bangladesh on Saturday.

Islamic State in Bangladesh to target more foreigners after Japanese man's death (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 4 - Islamic State has vowed to attack more foreigners in Bangladesh after the assassination of a Japanese man only two days after Cricket Australia postponed Australia's tour of the south Asian country.

Militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, antiquities chief says (ABC News)
Oct 5 - Militants from the Islamic State group (IS) have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief says.

Ancient Palmyra arch destroyed, says Syrian activists (The Australian)
Oct 5 - Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s head of antiquities says.

Jihadi baby boom: Terrorists’ sick plan to bolster their ranks (
Oct 6 - THE Islamic State is making dead sure it will never run out of new recruits with its most morally corrupt strategy yet.

‘Oh what a feeling’: Islamic State’s Toyota fleet remains unexplained (
Oct 9 - HOW are Islamic State extremists getting their hands on so many Toyota four-wheel-drives?

Israel fears new intifada (The Australian)
Oct 9 - After weeks of violence in Jerusalem, politicians are debating whether a third intifada has already begun.

Islamic State closes in on Syrian city of Aleppo (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Beirut:  Islamic State fighters have seized villages close to the northern city of Aleppo from rival insurgents, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite an intensifying Russian air-and-sea campaign that Moscow says has targeted the militant group.

Three bombs planted by Boko Haram Islamic group in Baga Sola, Chad (
Oct 11 - AT least five suicide bombers have killed 36 people and wounded 52 more in a village that is home to thousands of Nigerians who have fled Islamic extremist violence in the Central African Republic of Chad.


British prime minister David Cameron vows to shut down Islamic schools that teach hate (ABC News)
Oct 8 - British prime minister David Cameron says he will introduce inspections for Islamic schools and will shut down those that teach hate.

Leader of Christian group adjusts incorrect doomsday prediction: 'Soon' (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 9 - The leader of a Christian group who claimed that the world would end on Wednesday has admitted his prediction was “incorrect”.



Global terror 'family' Baqiya a growing concern for security (Brisbane Times)
Oct 3 - Manchester: The English teenage terrorist sentenced to life for plotting an attack on a Melbourne Anzac Day parade was not a "one-off", a leading expert on ISIS foreign fighters has warned.

If we treat people as outsiders, they become outsiders (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 4 – (Opinion: Joseph Wakim) Anti-Muslim vitriol plays into the hands of radicalisation recruiters.

Confronting the problem with Islamic orthodoxy (Brisbane Times)
Oct 4 – (Opinion: Ebrahim Moosa) It was once a robust intellectual tradition. Today it is in serious need of a makeover.

Anti-Islamic group stage fake beheading in Bendigo to protest against mosque development (ABC News)
Oct 5 - Anti-Islamic campaigners have staged a mock beheading outside the Bendigo council offices in protest against plans for the city's first mosque.

Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz calls for Muslim parents to protect kids from radicalisation (ABC News)
Oct 7 - The daughter of African-American civil rights leader Malcolm X says parents need to take more responsibility to make sure young people stay away from radical messages.

Mosque protest fears kill festival (The Australian)
Oct 8 - Anti-mosque protesters have sparked the abandonment of a major food and wine festival.

Australia Post's Ahmed Fahour calls for work traineeships to counter lure of extremism (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - The head of Australia Post has called on business and government to offer work traineeships to young Muslims as way of countering the lure of extremism.

Crime families linked to IS, Jabar (The Australian)
Oct 9 - JENNINE KHALIK, MARK SCHLIEBS A member of an organised crime family linked to those arrested in Sydney’s terror raids has been killed in the Middle East after being lured there by IS.

Anti-mosque protesters face off with counter activists (ABC News)
Oct 10 - Rival rallies have been held in the central Victorian city of Bendigo by groups for and against the construction of a local mosque.

Also: Bendigo mosque protests: Anti-racism demonstrators face off with nationalists (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - A massive police operation has prevented Saturday's demonstrations in Bendigo from descending into the same ugly scenes that marred other recent anti-Islam rallies and counter demonstrations in Melbourne.

Also: Clashes at Bendigo mosque rally as police try to keep protesters apart (
Oct 11 - POLICE have largely kept apart opposing protesters in Bendigo this afternoon but isolated clashes did occur.

Also: Four arrests at mosque protests (The Australian)
Oct 11 - Four people have been arrested as hundreds of police worked to control tensions at an anti-mosque protest in Bendigo.

Tasmanian anti-Islam rally flops (The Australian)
Oct 10 - AN anti-Islam rally in Hobart fizzled in the face of opposition from rival pro-diversity supporters who outnumbered the protesters five to one.

Parramatta shooting

Teen gunman Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar's alleged links to extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (Brisbane Times)
Oct 4 - A teen gunman who shot and killed a police employee on Friday did so after he heard a lecture by the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, Seven News has reported.

Government calls on families to form frontline against teenage terrorism (ABC News)
Oct 5 - The Federal Government is reaching out to Muslim community leaders in the aftermath a deadly shooting by a 15-year-old boy in Sydney.

Parramatta shooting: police leave empty-handed after executing search warrant at mosque (Brisbane Times)
Oct 5 - Police executed a search warrant at Parramatta Mosque on Saturday night as part of their investigations into the fatal shooting on Friday of a civilian police employee by a 15-year-old gunman.

Extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir linked to Parramatta police shooting, refuse to condemn shooting (
Oct 5 - THEY are the extremist group former prime minister Tony Abbott dubbed “hate preachers” as he pledged to have them banned.

Teen killer ‘turned’ at city mosque (The Australian)
Oct 5 - The 15-year-old who shot dead a police employee is believed to have been radicalised through worshippers at a Sydney mosque.

Student from same school as Parramatta shooting gunman charged over alleged Facebook threat (ABC News)
Oct 6 - A student from the same Sydney school as the teenager who fatally shot a police accountant last week has been charged after allegedly threatening a police station on his Facebook page.

Also: Police probe teen gunman's school connections and group spreading Islamic State ideology (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 6 - The teenage killer responsible for gunning down a police employee in Parramatta turned "distant" in the weeks prior to the shooting but was still diligently attending voluntary lunchtime prayer sessions that are now the subject of a state government audit.

Cheng murder: Supporters of Farhad Jabar praise terrorist’s actions (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Oct 6 - SUPPORTERS of teen terrorist Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar have taken to social media to back the heinous streetside murder at Parramatta in Sydney’s west.

Five arrested in western Sydney over terrorist attack outside police HQ (ABC News)
Oct 7 - Three of five males arrested this morning over last week's fatal terrorist attack at Parramatta police headquarters were targeted in Australia's biggest counter-terrorism raids a year ago.

Counter-terrorism raids in Sydney after fatal Parramatta shooting (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 7 - Five males were arrested early on Wednesday in a series of counter-terrorism raids across Sydney's west and north that police say are linked to the fatal shooting outside NSW Police's Parramatta headquarters last week.

'Why don't you do something useful': Man's spray before terror raid (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 7 - Three of the four homes raided by counter-terrorism police on Wednesday morning were also targeted in sweeping pre-dawn raids in September 2014.

Three of four males arrested in counter-terrorism raids released without charge (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - Three of four males arrested during a series of dawn raids across Sydney on Wednesday have been released without charge, as NSW Police continue to investigate last week's execution outside its Parramatta headquarters.

Parramatta shooting: Farhad Jabar was recruited by western Sydney extremists, police say (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - High school student Farhad Jabar was recruited by a group of western Sydney extremists to carry out a terrorist attack because they thought they were under too much surveillance to do it themselves, police believe.

Deadly mix of rebellion, religion (The Australian)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Cameron Stewart) Ever since Farhad Jabar shot Curtis Cheng, a phoney debate has emerged about if it was an act of rebellion or religion.

How I saw Farhad Jabar change a week before he became a killer (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 8 - In his last weeks, Farhad Jabar started skipping school.

Your theory about violent extremism doesn't help us understand why a teenager would kill (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Anne Aly) It’s time to stop and consider what we mean by radicalisation, how we talk about it and what we actually know.

Parramatta shooting: three men arrested in Sydney raids were listed on terrorism control orders (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 8 - A number of people detained in raids on Wednesday were listed as “prohibited” contacts on the control order of a suspect in a separate counter-terrorism investigation, NSW police have confirmed, amid questions over why 15-year-old Farhad Jabar was not on the radar of counter-terrorism police.

'If you don't like Australia, leave', Muslim leader to tell worshippers (ABC News)
Oct 9 - The chairman of a Sydney mosque is expected to tell worshippers that "if you don't like Australia, leave" during his first sermon since a teenage extremist who attended the mosque shot dead a man outside NSW Police headquarters.

Protesters gather at Parramatta Mosque week after worshipper shot dead police employee  (ABC News)
Oct 9 - A group of Muslim supporters has outnumbered protesters calling for Parramatta Mosque to be closed down, a week after a 15-year-old worshipper fatally shot a police employee a few blocks away.

Parramatta shooting: the last minutes before Farhad Jabar commits murder (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - Dressed in a tracksuit and alone, Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar arrived at Parramatta Mosque, knelt on the floor and began to pray.

Muslim community split in response to violence committed in name of Islam (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 10 - Swarthy bearded men or women in headscarves are a rare sight on Australian television.



Extremist right-wing Israeli politician to visit synagogues (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - Extremist right-wing Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin, who once called himself a "proud homophobe" and branded Palestinians a "gang of bandits", is speaking in Melbourne Chabad synagogues this weekend.



Malcolm Turnbull poised to end improper influence of religion on government (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 27 – (Opinion: Andrew Masterson) Perhaps now, with a changing of the guard in the government, the place of religion will subside.

Islamic leader Ahmad Malas calls on Malcolm Turnbull to restart relationship with Australian Muslims (ABC News)
Oct 2 - An Islamic community leader is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reset the Federal Government's relationship with Australia's Muslims.

Geert Wilders' visa delay 'an assault on freedom of speech', says new anti-Islam (ABC News)
Oct 5 - It appears controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders' visa to Australia has stalled, meaning he may be unable to launch a new Australian anti-Islam party later this month.

Malcolm Turnbull's approach to combating extremism praised by Muslim leader (ABC News)
Oct 5 - A prominent Muslim community leader says the Federal Government's efforts to combat extremism and radicalisation in Australia are a "quantum leap" from its previous approach.

Bill Shorten defends record on public schools, after private school comments (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 6 - Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has defended his record as a supporter of public education after saying Sunday penalty rates should be maintained so low-income families can afford private schooling.

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders granted a visa for Australia (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 9 - Far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, will be allowed to speak in Australia for the second time in his controversial career, after being granted a visa.

NSW Liberal Women's Council vice-president Patricia Shields resigns over anti-Islam posts (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 11 - It might be one of the most short-lived promotions in NSW political history.




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