by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 8 - 15, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Grammar School wants to create future leaders and fast bowlers (ABC
May 10 - The community behind Australia's first Sikh school have three objectives — academic excellence, spiritual education and getting the next generation of Indian fast bowlers into state and national cricket teams.
president-elect to 'apologise to Pope for son of a whore remark' (ABC
May 12 - Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is planning to visit the Vatican to make a personal apology to the Pope for calling him a "son of a whore", his spokesman says.
Pope Francis to look at
opening door to female deacons in Church (ABC News)
May 13 - Pope Francis says he will set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy in his latest potentially historic opening on a vexed issue for the Church.
Sadiq Khan: I don't want
exemption from 'ignorant' Trump's Muslim ban (The Guardian, Australia)
May 10 - Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London, has rebuffed Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could be an exception to Trump’s proposed policy to ban all Muslims from travelling to the United States.
UK police apologise for
Muslim phrase 'Allahu akbar' used in terrorism training exercise (ABC
May 11 - British police have apologised after officers shouted the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar!" during a terror training exercise in a shopping centre in northern England.
Iranian pilgrims to miss
hajj after negotiations with Saudi Arabia fail (ABC News)
May 12 - Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following the severing of ties, its culture minister said.
Iran halts participation
in annual hajj pilgrimage as relations with Saudi sour (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 13 - Iran announced on Thursday it will suspend its participation in the annual hajj, the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia that is a religious duty for all Muslims, in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two Middle Eastern heavyweights.
Abu Wahid: Islamic State
'military emir' killed in US-led air strike in Iraq (ABC News)
May 10 - The Pentagon says a key Islamic State leader in Iraq has been killed in a US-led air strike.
Average Joes fill out
kill lists (The Australian)
May 12 - Islamic State has begun distributing increasingly long “kill lists” of ordinary Americans.
Scientology leader David
Miscavige ‘hooked on power’, says his father (news.com.au)
May 10 - THE father of Scientology’s leader claims his son is “hooked on power” who lives a lavish lifestyle while many of his followers are mired in poverty.
Scientology once tried
to sponsor professional motorsport, but failed in a big way (news.com.au)
May 12 - DURING the mid-1980s, cable television in America became a hub for motor racing.
Hotline blab: the latest
way to police Muslim identity, from the inside and out (The Guardian, Australia)
May 10 - The attorney general’s department, tasked with “countering violent extremism”, often comes up with ideas that objectively seem sound, but in the context of growing and rampant Islamophobia, are actually rather daft.
Islamic preacher Musa
Cerantonio among five arrested over alleged plan to join Islamic State (ABC
May 10 - Notorious Islamic preacher Musa Cerantonio is among five men arrested in far north Queensland over an alleged plan to take a boat to Indonesia and join the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
Five suspected tinny jihadis could have made
it to Syria: George Brandis (Brisbane
May 12 - The five suspected jihadis arrested in Cairns could well have made the treacherous sea voyage to Indonesia so they could join ISIS to fight in the Middle East, Australian Attorney-General George Brandis said on Thursday.
Five charged over
'tinnie terror plot' face life sentence (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 15 - Five Melbourne men who allegedly planned to take a tinnie to Indonesia to join Islamic state have been charged with terrorist offences.
NSW man loses fight to
register 'McKosher' trademark for Jewish Scottish restaurant (ABC News)
May 12 - A New South Wales' man has lost his fight against fast-food giant McDonalds to register the trademark 'McKosher'.
Religion will play a
role in 2016 federal election (The
May 11 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) It is common for religion to play a role in Australian election campaigns so the expectation should be that it will do so again.
What role will religion
play in the upcoming election? (ABC News)
May 15 – (ABC Religion & Ethics Report) Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten both identify as Catholic, but compared to previous party leaders they've been quiet on the topic of religion.
How my patients changed
my mind about abortion (news.com.au)
May 13 – (Opinion: Brad McKay ) I ALWAYS recommend contraception for my patients, but accidents happen and they occasionally request a referral to the abortion clinic nearby.
Wallabies and Waratahs
star Israel Folau says playing on Sunday is an expression of his faith (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 14 - Devout Christian Israel Folau says while he admires the decision of Canterbury star William Hopoate to stand down from playing rugby league on Sundays due to his religious beliefs, he won't be asking the Australian Rugby Union to grant permission for him to follow suit.
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