by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
October 11 - 18, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Salvation Army's Floyd
Tidd talks about apology, compensation settlements and rebuilding trust (ABC News)
Oct 15 - The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has wrapped up in Adelaide after hearing harrowing accounts of abuse and cruelty at Salvation Army run children's homes.
Anglican priest sexually abused children, giving them alcohol and drugs (ABC News)
Oct 18 - The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has revealed a now dead priest, who once worked across the Hunter region, was a paedophile.
Archbishop Glenn Davies' call to arms over same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 12 - The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has issued a call to arms for true believers to oppose same-sex marriage even if they are confronted with hatred and ridicule over their views.
mansion Bishopscourt on the market again (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 18 - The Anglican Church’s high price expectations for its historic neo-Gothic mansion Bishopscourt may have thwarted its sale prospects for the past two years, but it is hoped that is about to change.
'Homeland is racist':
artists sneak subversive graffiti on to TV show (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 15 - Three graffiti artists hired to add authenticity to refugee camp scenes in this week’s episode of Homeland have said they instead used their artwork to accuse the TV programme of racism.
Stolen Buddha still
posing at NGA (The Australian)
Oct 16 - Michaela Boland An 1800-year-old sandstone Buddha that had been stolen and furnished with bogus papers is still languishing in Canberra.
touring Mid West (The West
Oct 17 - Australian country rock gospel singer Steve Grace will tour the Mid West with a series of free performances from this weekend.
Adelaide board sacking motives questioned by Independent Education Union (ABC News)
Oct 14 - The Independent Education Union is questioning the motives for the dismissal of the Islamic College of South Australia's board after months of protest from some parents about how the school is being run.
How Muslim schools deal
with radicalisation and Gen Y jihadists (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 - In Muslim schools, the terrorist organisation known as Islamic State isn't given any air time.
Cardinal says liberals and
Islamists are 'Beasts of Apocalypse' (The West Australian)
Oct 14 - Vatican City (AFP) - A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin "Beasts of the Apocalypse" comparable to Nazism and communism.
Also: Rebel cardinals accuse Pope
Francis of stacking (Sydney
Oct 14 - Vatican: A gathering of world Catholic bishops has been thrown into confusion with the leak of a letter from conservative cardinals to Pope Francis bitterly complaining that the meeting is stacked against them.
Also: Cardinals warn of church
Oct 14 - Civil war has erupted in the Catholic Church, with 13 cardinals warning the Pope that the church may collapse.
Vatican gay sex, drug
scandals: Pope issues apology (The Australian)
Oct 15 - Pope Francis has offered a surprise public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican, from gay sex to drug use.
Polish parliament now home to
vial of John Paul II's blood (The West Australian)
Oct 17 - Warsaw (AFP) - A vial containing pope John Paul II's blood was installed Friday in the Polish parliament's chapel for the veneration of devout Catholic lawmakers.
Muslim woman ends anti-Islam
protest by giving a protester a hug (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 16 - An anti-Islam protest being staged by a lone woman outside a mosque in the United States ended after members of the community came to engage her in a discussion about her views, and one Muslim woman walked over to give her a hug and invite her inside.
'Unclear' if terrorist group
leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in air strike, Iraq says (ABC News)
Oct 12 - Eight senior figures from Islamic State have been killed in an air strike in western Iraq, but the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, local residents and hospital sources say.
Islamic State could gain from
Turkish peace rally bombing (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - THE Ankara’s deadly attack that killed 95 people and was described as Turkey’s deadliest in years, threatens to inflame the nation’s ethnic tensions.
Incidents of assault and
violence against ‘witch children’ on the rise in Britain (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - IT’S hard to imagine anything more devastating than a parent turning on their own child.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi probably not in targeted convoy, Iraqi officials say (ABC News)
Oct 13 - Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was probably not in a convoy hit by air strikes near the Syrian border, senior Iraqi security officials say.
What if Islamic State's Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 13 - Beirut: With the fate of the reclusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi still unknown, new information has emerged about the secretive terrorist group's finances.
Debate over status of cattle
in India reignited after man bludgeoned to death (ABC News)
Oct 13 - A combination of politics and human tragedy has reignited debate over the status of cattle in India.
US warns of rise of Islamist
extremism, anti-Semitism (The West Australian)
Oct 15 - Washington (AFP) - The United States released a bleak report on the state of religious freedom around the world Wednesday, decrying jihadist attacks on Middle East minorities and a rise in European anti-Semitism.
Iran, Hezbollah join Russian jets and Syrian army in attack on
Islamic State (Sydney
Oct 16 - Beirut: Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah and Iranian fighters launched an offensive south of Aleppo on Friday, expanding their counter-attack against rebels across western Syria with support from Russian air strikes.
British mum who took five kids
to live with ISIS in Syria: ‘It just was not my cup of tea’ (news.com.au)
Oct 16 - A BRITISH mother who travelled to Syria with her five young children to live among ISIS fighters described the experience as “not my cup of tea.”
'It can't get any worse than
being gay in Syria today' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 17 - The high-summer fields stretch towards the distant Mediterranean like a billowing patchwork quilt.
Teen ‘beaten to death’ for
trying to leave his church (The Australian)
Oct 17 - A teenage boy’s parents beat him to death with an electrical cord after he said he wanted to leave their church, a court has heard.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for
unity in divided Rakhine (The West Australian)
Oct 17 - Thandwe (Myanmar) (AFP) - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity in volatile Rakhine state on Saturday in an impassioned election rally, tackling head-on bitter religious divisions between Buddhists and Muslims that have shaken the former junta-run nation.
Palestinians torch Jewish
shrine, new protests erupt (The West Australian)
Oct 17 - Palestinians torched a site revered by Jews in the West Bank in an incident that threatened to further inflame two weeks of deadly unrest, as fresh protests erupted Friday.
Former Isis hostage says
‘Jihadi John’ made him dance the tango (news.com.au)
Oct 18 - A FORMER Isis hostage has described how infamous executioner “Jihadi John” would force him to dance as part of regimen of torture and humiliation.
I’m the new Jesus, Katie
Hopkins tells church conference (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 14 - The controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has told a church conference that she is the new Jesus, giving voice to the voiceless and “leading the way” against the intolerance of the liberal left.
Living in a slum in the name
of enlightenment (Sydney
Oct 16 - Sertar, Garze: In the northern summer of 2001, thousands of Chinese security personnel, backed by an army of labourers armed with sledgehammers, massed at the entry of the Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute.
Brotherhood missing from
ballots as Egypt readies to vote (The West Australian)
Oct 17 - Cairo (AFP) - One party -- the banned Muslim Brotherhood -- will be conspicuously absent from ballot papers Sunday when Egypt's voters head to the polls for long-delayed parliamentary elections.
Muslim leaders in heated
argument ahead of meeting with Mike Baird (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 12 - A heated argument between two Muslim leaders has highlighted community divisions ahead of a high-level meeting to discuss the radicalisation of young people.
Q&A: Muslim parents fear
radicalisation paranoia (Sydney
Oct 13 - Muslim parents are terrified their young sons will become unwitting victims of radicalisation "paranoia", an Islamic chaplain has revealed just hours after the federal government announced plans to target children as young as 14-years-old with new counter-terrorism laws.
Muslim group infighting linked
to TV show House of Cards (news.com.au)
Oct 14 - WANT to be a Muslim leader in Australia? Watch House of Cards.
Shock as 12-year-old on
Australian terror radar (The
Oct 15 - Sydney (AFP) - Australian police revealed Thursday a 12-year-old is on the radar of counter-terrorism authorities as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged closer cooperation with Muslim leaders at national security talks to tackle the growing extremist threat.
Twitter reaction highlights
the case for a new conversation on Islam (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 15 - If Monique Toohey needed proof of the point she was making when she met a group of Labor MPs on Wednesday, it came within seconds of Tanya Plibersek tweeting a picture of the encounter.
Two Sydney men to be charged
in relation to Parramatta shooting (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 15 - Two men are in the process of being charged in relation to the murder of Curtis Cheng outside Parramatta police station earlier this month.
United Patriots Front:
Anti-Islam group leader Shermon Burgess quits over mocking by other patriots (ABC News)
Oct 16 - The leader of anti-Islam group, the United Patriots Front (UPF), has quit his position after claiming he was mocked by other "patriots" on video.
Blair Cottrell, rising
anti-Islam movement leader, wanted Hitler in the classroom (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 17 - A man who was briefly leader of Australia's most vocal anti-Islam street movement, the United Patriots Front, has a history online of supporting far-right causes, including wanting to hang a picture of Adolf Hitler in every Australian classroom.
Extremist Israeli politician
rejected by Sydney Jewish community (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 12 - The mother congregation of Australia's Jewish community has closed its doors to a visiting extremist Israeli politician who has publicly condemned homosexuals and dubbed Palestinians "bandits".
Also: Fresh condemnation for
"proud homophobe" speaking in synagogues (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 13 - Australia's major Jewish organisations have launched a stinging attack on extremist Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin, who is visiting Australia to raise funds for a new political party.
NSW Premier should have
mentioned counter-terrorism changes at Sydney meeting, leaders say (ABC News)
Oct 13 - New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has been criticised for not mentioning tough new counter-terrorism laws at a meeting with Muslim community leaders held in Sydney, hours before the announcement.
Mike Baird's terrorism
law-and-order push sends a confused message (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 17 – (Opinion: Sean Nicholls) Mike Baird's main message after the killing of police accountant Curtis Cheng in Parramatta by radicalised teenager Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was that the entire Australian community should "come together" in response.
Tolerance and understanding
have their limits (Canberra Times)
Oct 17 – (Opinion: Editorial) The rhetoric of firmness, resolve and co-operation was gushing freely at the national meeting on Thursday convened by Malcolm Turnbull to canvass how violent extremism might be countered in Australia.
Journos ride out ISIS threat (The Australian)
Oct 12 – (Opinion: Sharri Markson ) Radical extremists have threatened some of News Corp’s most senior employees for their reporting on Islamic State.
Churches' fight against gay
marriage gains momentum (Sydney
Oct 17 - In the echo of church bells after Sunday service, over tea in living rooms adorned with the cross, and in the quiet, carpeted offices of the devout, whispers of a looming moral apocalypse are gaining strength.
'We don't look after people like you.' Transgender people refused
medical care (Brisbane
Oct 17 - Transgender people have been refused medical care, kicked out of their jobs and forced to undergo psychiatric and surgical procedures in a systematic violation of their human rights, new research has found.
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