by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
January 24 - 31, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Convicted paedophiles to
give evidence at church youth group hearings in Tasmania (ABC News)
Jan 28 - A Tasmanian sexual abuse survivor who started a victims advocacy group said a member of the clergy took a special interest in him and cultivated a father-figure relationship before beginning to abuse him.
Turnbull government to
start negotiations on national child abuse redress scheme (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 29 - The Turnbull government has agreed to lead a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors but has not committed to contributing any shortfall funding for institutions that cannot pay compensation.
blamed for 1980s abuse (news.com.au)
Jan 31 - A victim of child sexual abuse has blamed the now-Brisbane Anglican archbishop for putting him in bed with the perpetrating priest.
The Blessing review:
Adrian Caesar's love story across the religious divide (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 31 – (Review) The Blessing is a humanist melodrama and love story, by Adrian Caesar, winner of the 2000 Victorian Premier's Award for Non-Fiction for his book about Antarctica, The White.
Cheaters never prosper:
it's essential to our society (The
Jan 26 – (Opinion: Leslie Cannold) Cheaters never prosper, or so the proverb goes.
Pope asks Protestants
for forgiveness for persecution (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 26 - Rome: Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution by Catholics as the Vatican announced on Monday he would visit Sweden this year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Pakistani clerics block
'un-Islamic' child marriage bill (Yahoo
Jan 31 - Islamabad (AFP) - Pakistani lawmakers have withdrawn a proposal to impose harsher penalties on those who arrange child marriages after it was scuttled by a religious body who branded it "blasphemous" and against Islam, sources told AFP Friday.
Muslim woman sues
Associated Press over photo taken of her in hijab (news.com.au)
Jan 25 - A MUSLIM woman from New York is suing the Associated Press over a photograph that was taken of her wearing a hijab — because the unauthorised image was later included in a controversial opinion article about headscarves.
Muslim group in Indonesia told: convert or be expelled (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 26 - Jakarta: A minority Muslim group has been ordered to convert to Sunni Islam or be expelled from Bangka island, off the coast of Sumatra, in the latest religious crackdown in Indonesia.
Banned Indonesian group
Gafatar says its aim is food security, not separatism (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 27 - Jakarta: The former leader of a group labelled a "deviant sect" in Indonesia claims its sole priority was to create food security to help Indonesia survive a global food crisis.
Rights groups rap treatment
of Indonesian sect members (Yahoo
Jan 31 - Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia has relocated more than 1,500 members of a controversial sect from their village "for their own safety", an official said Wednesday, but rights groups described their treatment as religious persecution.
Indonesia cracks down on
'deviant sect' Gafatar after village burned down by mob (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 25 - Kalimantan, Indonesia: A so-called "deviant sect" living in a remote farming community are besieged by a mob who burn their settlement to the ground.
Malaysia arrests 7
Islamic State-linked militants (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 25 - Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police say seven members of an Islamic State cell have been arrested in a three-day operation across the south-east Asian country.
Islamic State supporters
in Malaysia pledge revenge for arrests (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 25 - Bangkok: The south-east Asian wing of Islamic State has threatened revenge for the arrests of a growing number of its militants in Malaysia, prompting a further tightening of security in the Muslim-majority nation.
Jack Letts joins IS: The
boy next door who became Jihadi Jack (news.com.au)
Jan 25 - HE was the typical boy next door with the whole world at his feet.
Life behind the veil (The Australian)
Jan 25 - When 16-year-old Zahra al-Azzo was murdered by her brother for being raped, her family threw a party.
Paris group in past
atrocities (The Australian)
Jan 25 - New video shows Paris attackers committed violent acts in IS-controlled territory while plotting the November slaughter.
Islamic State militants
planning for 'large-scale' attacks on Europe, police agency Europol says (ABC News)
Jan 26 - The Islamic State group has honed the ability to launch global attacks and is set to focus more on Europe following the Paris massacre, the chief of EU police agency Europol says.
Feats of piercing on
display as Hindus celebrate Thaipusam in Malaysia (ABC News)
Jan 24 - More than a million Hindus in Malaysia have celebrated the colourful Thaipusam festival, crowding temples to display their devotion with wince-inducing body piercing and offerings to the deity Murugan.
Donald Trump goes to church
in Iowa … and gets a lesson in humility (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 25 - Donald Trump has been given a lesson in Christian values, humility and kindness during a service in an Iowa church just two weeks before primary voting begins in the race for US president.
Thailand's 'Luk Thep'
doll fad causes mixed reactions amongst local businesses (ABC News)
Jan 30 - A new craze in Thailand involving life-like 'angel dolls' supposed to bring good fortune to their owners is being embraced by some businesses, while others have questioned the psychological effects of the fad.
Catholic Italy mobilises
as conservatives mount last stand against same-sex unions (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 31 - It has been 2,000 years since Romans gathered at the Circus Maximus to watch chariots roar around the racetrack, but a new battle was brought to the ancient site on Saturday .
Iowa's evangelicals take
spotlight in presidential race Yahoo
Jan 31 - Fenton, Iowa (United States) (AFP) - That Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for US president, should have taken the trouble to travel to tiny Fenton, with its 263 inhabitants and two churches, speaks volumes about the evangelical vote -- particularly in Iowa, where the presidential primary process begins Monday.
search Melbourne homes linked to Australian man seen in propaganda video (ABC News)
Jan 28 - Counter-terrorism police have searched two homes linked to Mohomed Unais Mohomed Ameen, an Australian man who appeared in a propaganda video for the so-called Islamic State's health service in Syria.
Teenager Sevdet Besim
allegedly planned to target police with explosive kangaroo (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 28 - A Melbourne teenager allegedly discussed packing a kangaroo with explosives, painting it with an Islamic State symbol and setting it loose on police officers.
Syria returnee Mehmet Biber
warns of homegrown attacks (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 31 - A Sydney man who has returned from the battlefield in Syria has warned of more attacks like the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng and says he would voluntarily leave again if the government handed his passport back.
Waleed Aly on
multiculturalism, identity and leaders flirting with the dark side (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 29 - Waleed Aly, co-host of Channel Ten's The Project and lecturer in politics at Monash University, is Australia's highest-profile Muslim.
Tony Abbott jets to US
to address abortion and gay-marriage opponents Alliance Defending Freedom (Sydney Morning
Jan 25 - Fresh from giving new hope to disaffected conservative Liberals by staying in federal politics, Tony Abbott will fly to the United States on Tuesday to gee-up one of the religious right's most reactionary bodies, the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Inside the Alliance
Defending Freedom, the 'gay-hate' group hosting Tony Abbott (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 26 - The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative religious group that Tony Abbott is to address in the United States this week, has become prominent in the religious right movement for its work seeking to criminalise sodomy internationally and roll back anti-discrimination laws in America.
Tony Abbott and the
right to dissent from the new morality (ABC The Drum)
Jan 31 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Ironically, the reaction to Tony Abbott's decision to speak to the Alliance Defending Freedom proves that group right when it claims that our religious freedoms are under threat as never before
Muslim terror expert to
contest Lib seat (The Australian)
Jan 28 - Labor has sprung a major surprise by recruiting Anne Aly to stand against Liberal MP Luke Simpkins.
Kevin Andrews angers
party whip with 'prayer breakfast' reason for Washington visit (The Age,
Jan 29 - Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has infuriated his party's chief whip by requesting an absence from Parliament to attend a Washington "prayer breakfast" only then to use the time to deliver a speech to a major conservative think-tank.
Kris Guglielmucci’s wife
Lisa attends Victory Church service after he was killed by lightning (Adelaide Now)
Jan 24 - EMBRACING the teenagers her husband had lovingly mentored, the grieving wife of a church pastor killed in a lightning strike made a brave appearance among his congregation yesterday.
Australian of the Year
David Morrison says religious discrimination 'without a doubt' alive and well (ABC News)
Jan 26 - Australian of the Year David Morrison says religious discrimination is "without a doubt" alive and well, pointing to the Islamic community as the subject of particularly unfair commentary and calling for Australians to understand the challenges they face.
Time for Australia to
ban Taliban terrorists (The Age,
Jan 29 – (Opinion: William Maley and David Savage) On January 20, 2016, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck at a bus in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing seven passengers and wounding more than 20 other people.
Political correctness –
a great term to dismiss issues that become too hard or inconvenient (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 29 – (Opinion: Judith Ireland) It would appear that we are in the grip of an epidemic.
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