Religion News Australia 2015 - 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

  (25 October 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

October 18 - 25, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Bishop calls for reflection after priest's death (ABC News)
Oct 20 - A suspected paedophile Anglican priest has been found dead in his Hunter home while awaiting a hearing into child sex abuse allegations.

Former Geelong Grammar master Robert Bugg tells inquiry he cannot recall abuse claims (Brisbane Times)
Oct 22 - A former campus master from elite Victorian school Geelong Grammar told a royal commission he had no recollection of being notified about sexual abuse allegations involving a staff member and a teenage boy.

Dozens of former Scotch College students report abuse (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 22 - The prestigious Scotch College has received 69 reports of historical abuse since reaching out to victims in May.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Reclaim Australia expose backfires for Channel Seven (news.com.au)
Oct 19 - AN investigation aiming to expose and challenge the views of anti-Islam group Reclaim Australia has backfired for Channel Seven.

Taking the mickey out of terrorism (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - Beirut: Imagine this for a moment – two Islamic State recruits are keeping guard on a remote outpost in Iraq when a spaceship lands and two aliens get out.

 

EDUCATION

Islamic College of South Australia announces Lynda MacLeod as acting principal (ABC News)
Oct 21 - The Islamic College of South Australia has appointed a new acting principal who says she wants to bring stability to the school.

Also: Sacked Islamic College chairman agrees not to 'interfere' with school's running as he fights dismissal (ABC News)
Oct 23 - Sacked Islamic College of South Australia chairman Farouk Khan's fight to be reinstated will go to trial in the Supreme Court next month.

Turnbull may answer the prayers of school chaplaincy critics (Brisbane Times)
Oct 22 – (Opinion: Madonna King) Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministerial in-tray will be building with the expectation of those who believed Tony Abbott, and the government he led, had lost its way.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Therese of Lisieux, become first husband and wife saints (ABC News)
Oct 19 - The parents of French saint Therese of Lisieux, dubbed the Little Flower, have been canonised — the first time a married couple have shared the honour.

Pope, ending synod, excoriates bishops with 'closed hearts' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - Vatican City: Pope Francis, ending a contentious bishops' meeting on family issues, on Saturday excoriated immovable Church leaders who "bury their heads in the sand" and hide behind rigid doctrine while families suffer.

Also: Pope ‘defeated’ over divorce (The Australian)
Oct 25 - FRANCIS X. ROCCA Bishops have withheld support for Francis’ pathway for divorced Catholics to receive Communion.

Islam

German anti-Islam Pegida protest swells, as refugee shelters burn (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 20 - Dresden: As the German anti-Islam movement Pegida staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, twelve people were injured in a fire at a building in Gudensberg accommodating mostly migrant workers from Bulgaria and Poland.

Marine Le Pen accuses French government of persecution over Nazi remarks (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 21 - Lyon: Far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen has accused the French government of persecution after going on trial for comparing Muslim street prayers to the Nazi Occupation of France.

Religious Violence

Abu Shujaa: The man behind the rescue of Yazidi women and children kidnapped by Islamic State (ABC News)
Oct 19 - Osman Darwish Hassan, better known as Abu Shujaa, has the weary face and distracted demeanour of a very busy man.

Hardline Indonesian Muslims call for closure of Christian churches in Aceh (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 19 - Aceh Singkil: Hardline Muslims in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province on Sunday demanded the local government close 10 Christian churches, just days after a mob burnt down a church, leaving one person dead and several injured.

Also: Churches condemned and torn down in Indonesia's Aceh following religious violence (ABC News)
Oct 20 - Authorities in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province have begun tearing down several Christian churches after hardline Muslims demanded their closure citing a lack of building permits and religious violence.

US kills top al-Qaeda commander in Syria: Pentagon (news.com.au)
Oct 19 - THE leader of a group of al-Qaeda veterans which Washington calls the Khorasan Group has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Scary fact behind about the latest Islamic State photo (news.com.au)
Oct 22 - NEW photos released by the Islamic State this week has underlined a scary fact: that the terrorist group is churning out scores of junior jihadists thanks to intensive training camps.

Jordanian-Palestinian father films young daughter say ‘I want to stab a Jew’  (news.com.au)
Oct 22 - A PALESTINE supporter has filmed his young daughter brandishing a kitchen knife longer than her torso as she declares “I want to stab a Jew”.

Shocking video on social media of PNG women apparently tortured over allegations of sorcery (ABC News)
Oct 23 - A video showing a number of Papua New Guinean women apparently being tortured over suspicion of practising sorcery has appeared on social media.

At least 37 dead, more than 100 wounded in Nigeria mosque bombings (ABC News)
Oct 24 - Two bomb blasts have ripped through mosques in Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 100, officials and medics say.

Bangladeshi Shiite shrine bombed on climax of holy month leaving one dead, dozens injured (ABC News)
Oct 24 - At least one person was killed and nearly 80 wounded in a bomb attack on the main Shiite shrine in the Bangladeshi capital as thousands gathered for the annual Ashura procession, police say.

One killed as suspected Boko Haram female suicide bombers strike in Nigeria (ABC News)
Oct 25 - Female suicide bombers have blown themselves up in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing one other person and injuring several others.

Other

Sunken church, Temple of Santiago, emerges from Mexican reservoir (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 19 - Mexico City: Leonel Mendoza fishes every day in a reservoir surrounded by forest and mountains in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas

Scientists find you can reduce belief in God by directing magnetic energy into the brain (Brisbane Times)
Oct 19 - Scientists from the University of York have found a way to perform mind control.

Australian couple mobbed in India over Hindu deity leg tattoo (ABC News)
Oct 20 - An Australian couple have defended their right of expression after they were mobbed, harassed and unlawfully detained in India over the man's tattoo of a Hindu deity.

White House welcomes Muslim teen Ahmed Mohamed, falsely accused of making bomb (ABC News)
Oct 20 - The Muslim teenager who was detained when his teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb has visited the White House, after a receiving a very public invite from president Barack Obama.

Singapore church leaders convicted of fraud over pastor's wife's failed $50m music career (ABC News)
Oct 25 - Six religious leaders in Singapore who used $50 million in church funds in a failed bid to turn the pastor's glamorous wife into a global pop star have been convicted of fraud.

The 10 worst typos in the Bible (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 22 – (Opinion: David Shariatmadari) “The things that you’re liable to read in the Bible, it ain’t necessarily so”.

 

ISLAM

The impact of mass Muslim immigration in Europe will be felt in Australia (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 – (Opinion: Paul Sheehan) The arrival of about a million Muslim men in Europe during 2014 and 2015, most of them unaccompanied, most not refugees from Syria, and most of whom would have been classified as illegal immigrants until European border control was plunged into turmoil earlier this year, has set in train a political shock wave.

Founders of 'anti-Islamic' group Reclaim Australia make first television appearance  (Brisbane Times)
Oct 18 - A television interview with the founders of Reclaim Australia, once a group on society's fringe, was followed by a fiery response on social media on Sunday.

Teen tells inside story of Australia's most-watched Islamic State group (ABC News)
Oct 20 - Three years ago Hamza was a 16-year-old with a world of problems.

Anti-Islam 'patriots' set their sights on Cronulla, where it all began (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 22 - A controversial "memorial" planned to mark the anniversary of the infamous Cronulla riots has sparked fears of a repeat of violent clashes that plagued the beachside suburb a decade ago.

Calls to repair historical mosque as mayor flags assessment strategy (ABC News)
Oct 23 - The Broken Hill Historical Society says the city's heritage mosque is in desperate need of repair.

"Muslims really aren't this 'other', nefarious group" (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 25 - As the sun dips past its highest point in the sky, two thousand Muslims gather on the carpet beneath a high dome in Sydney's south-west.

 

JUDAISM

Netanyahu suggests grand mufti convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews (ABC News)
Oct 22 - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has provoked a Holocaust controversy, saying the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

 

POLITICS

Media ‘mocks’ Christian Right (The Australian)
Oct 19 - Liberal senator Eric Abetz has ­unleashed an attack on the media, arguing it is hostile to Christian politicians.

Controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders in Perth to launch anti-Islam party (ABC News)
Oct 20 - Controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders was expected to launch the anti-Islam Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) political party in Perth at a secret location today.

Also: Geert Wilders almost drowned out by protesters at Perth media conference  (ABC News)
Oct 21 - A small but vocal group of protesters has almost drowned out controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders at a media conference in Perth to announce Senate candidates for the newly formed Australian Liberty Alliance.

Also: Is the Australian Liberty Alliance the next One Nation? (news.com.au)
Oct 25 - THE launch of an anti-Islam party in Australia has raised concerns about whether multiculturalism actually works.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

From ice to Christ: former bikie's friendship with Bali Nine's Andrew Chan (ABC News)
Oct 20 - It is probably not surprising that Matthew Krariuk became close friends with Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan in the months before Chan's execution.

Daniel Andrews backs diversity, but not for believers who shun same-sex parenting (Brisbane Times)
Oct 20 – (Opinion: Dan Flynn) Even if the Victorian government considers it right to allow same-sex adoption, it shouldn't force everyone to put its views into practice.

Secrets of 190-year-old Launceston church; snapshot of city's early life (ABC News)
Oct 25 - New secrets about one of Launceston's oldest buildings have been uncovered in time for its 190th birthday.

Public space for religion cramped (The Australian)
Oct 25 – (Opinion: Angela Shanahan ) Misuse of the anti-discrimination law is blocking our basic right of free speech.

 

 


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