Religion News Australia 2016 - 20 (May 15 - 22)

  (21 May 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

May 15 - 22, 2016

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Abuse inquiry fails fairness test (The Australian)
May 22 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Experience suggests the cards are stacked against George Pell and his supporters.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Keeping faith with Islamic art (The Australian)
May 22 – (Opinion: Miriam Cosic) Western museums are not only preserving Islamic art, they’re using it to build bridges in terrorism’s wake.

 

EDUCATION

Melbourne mother angry girl can't wear pants as part of school uniform (The Age, Melbourne)
May 16 - Grade 1 student Asha Cariss loves everything about her school – except one thing.

Also: Melbourne girl, six, wins right to wear trousers as part of school uniform (The Guardian, Australia)
May 16 - A six-year-old girl won the right to wear trousers after her Melbourne Catholic school initially refused her permission.

Daniel Andrews says he won't take advice 'from bigots' on Safe Schools (The Guardian, Australia)
May 16 - Victoria won’t take advice from bigots about changing the Safe Schools anti-bullying program so it no longer includes controversial information on gender and sexuality issues, its premier says.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Pope rules out early resignation for French cardinal in paedophilia storm (The West Australian)
May 17 - Paris (AFP) - Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest, the French newspaper La Croix reported on Tuesday.

Head of Catholic Church in Guam accused of sexual abuse (ABC News)
May 19 - The head of the Catholic Church in Guam has been forced to publicly defend himself from accusations of sexual abuse, describing the allegation as part of an ongoing "malicious" attack.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 17 - Rome: Pope Francis criticised Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous political cultures, according to an interview published on Monday.

Islam

Azealia Banks apologizes for racist rant about Zayn Malik (The Guardian, Australia)
May 16 - Azealia Banks has apologised for a stream of racist and Islamophobic invective against former One Direction member Zayn Malik that led Twitter to suspend her.

‘Is Bangladesh turning fundamentalist?’ – and other questions I no longer wish to answer (The Guardian, Australia)
May 17 – (Opinion: Tahmima Anam) Bangladesh is not the story of a secular country that has turned to radicalism: it is the story of a country that has, against all odds, survived, even flourished

French festivals ditch Eagles of Death Metal over singer's comments (The Guardian, Australia)
May 21 - Two French festivals on Friday cancelled shows by Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose 13 November show in Paris turned into a bloodbath, after the frontman made remarks critical of Muslims.

Religious Violence

Jean-Christophe Rufin outlines lasting impact of Charlie Hebdo attack (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 17 - The lasting legacy of the Charlie Hebdo attack is that French humourists are now wearing bulletproof vests under their clothes, the ABC's Q&A heard on Monday.

Kidnapped Chibok girl rescued in Nigeria: reports (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 18 - A Nigerian schoolgirl who was among a mass hostage-taking by Islamist militants more than two years ago has been found, marking the first of the more than 200 captives to be recovered since shortly after the abduction.

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour believed killed in US airstrike (ABC News)
May 22 - Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been targeted and "likely killed" in a US drone strike in a remote area of Pakistan along the Afghan border, a US official says.

Other

Myanmar religious tolerance activists face police action (Seven News)
May 17 - Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar police said Monday that they have begun legal action against five protesters over a weekend rally intended to promote religious tolerance.

US Supreme Court refers contraception coverage case to lower courts (Seven News)
May 17 - Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts should decide how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.

Gambling ad banned for mocking Christ's crucifixion (The Guardian, Australia)
May 18 - A gambling ad featuring a hand nailed to a piece of wood that ran over Easter has been banned for mocking the crucifixion of Jesus and the Christian religion.

Church of Scotland takes historic decision in favour of gay clergy marriages (ABC News)
May 22 - The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages, following years of deliberation.

Fundamentalist’s ark makes waves (The West Australian)
May 22 - Ken Ham walks slowly through the wooden belly of his $100 million obsession.

 

ISLAM

 'Tinnie terror' accused to be extradited over alleged plot to join ISIS (Brisbane Times)
May 16 - Five men charged with terror-related offences over their alleged plan to leave Australia in a fishing boat and join Islamic State in Syria will be extradited from Cairns to Melbourne.

Also: Five men accused of tinnie terror plan face life in jail (news.com.au)
May 16 - A CAIRNS magistrate has approved the extradition of all five men accused of trying to travel by boat to Indonesia so they could join Islamic State in Syria.

Also: ‘Fighting fund’ set up for IS suspects (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 17 - ISLAMIC radicals in Melbourne and Sydney have established a fighting fund to help with the legal fees for five men who attempted to flee to Syria via boat.

Should Muslims be expected to condemn Islamic extremists? (ABC News)
May 17 - There was no place for political spin, talk of the budget or predictions about the upcoming election on Monday night's Q&A — instead the themes of religion and social inequality dominated the program.

Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Q&A: the West must stop seeing Muslims only as victims (The Guardian, Australia)
May 17 - It is becoming increasingly difficult to criticise Islam and Muslims in western countries such as Australia, the Somali-born author and human rights campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali has said, because “we only see them [Muslims] through this prism of victims and victimisation”.

Teen charged over terrorism plot was investigated for preaching extremism in playground (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 17 - An 18-year-old arrested for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack in Sydney left a high school last year after being investigated for allegedly preaching extremism in the playground.

Also: Tamim Khaja, 18, charged with planning terrorist attack over seven-day period (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 19 - A Sydney teenager accused of plotting an "imminent" terrorist shooting in Sydney had allegedly scoped out the Parramatta court complex, Garden Island Navy Base and the Victoria Barracks in the past week.

Three convicted of female genital mutilation should go to jail, court told (The Guardian, Australia)
May 20 - Three followers of a Shia Muslim sect convicted in Sydney of female genital mutilation offences should receive jail time rather than home detention in order to deter others, a court has heard.

Why actor Tyler De Nawi changed his name from Mustafa, and why he wishes he hadn't needed to (The Age, Melbourne)
May 21 – (Opinion: Tyler De Nawi) My name is Tyler De Nawi, though you might know me better as Mustafa, the actor Waleed Aly referred to in his Gold Logie acceptance speech to illustrate the lingering barriers to diversity on Australian TV screens.

Worker sacked for ‘ISIS’ posts (The Australian)
May 21 - An airport worker sacked for social media posts considered supportive of Islamic State is taking his case to Fair Work.

 

POLITICS

Catholic Bishops intervene in election over same-sex marriage (Brisbane Times)
May 16 - Australia's most senior Catholic bishops have intervened in the federal election, warning Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten not to undermine traditional marriage.

Greens promise to end religious exemptions to Sex Discrimination Act (The Guardian, Australia)
May 17 - The Greens have promised to remove religious exemptions to federal anti-discrimination law and increase funding to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

First stage of planned massive Tasmanian Buddhist temple unveiled (ABC News)
May 15 - Six giant Chinese statues have been unveiled in Tasmania, as the first stage of what could one day be the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.

Refugees flock to Christianity (The Australian)
May 16 - A growing number of refugees from countries such as Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq are changing their faith.

Who is burning Geelong's churches? (ABC News)
May 18 - An early morning fire at Geelong's main mosque was the fifth at a place of worship in the city since last October, with the targeted buildings housing a variety of different religious denominations.

Lyle Shelton from The Australian Christian Lobby responds to questions on marriage equality (Brisbane Times)
May 20 - What is the Australian Christian Lobby's opposition to same-sex marriage based on?

David van Gend from The Australian Marriage Forum responds to questions on marriage equality (Brisbane Times)
May 20 - What is Australian Marriage Forum's opposition to same-sex marriage based on?

Beyond Belief: Why Australians don't go to church, but call upon God in times of crisis (ABC News)
May 22 - Most Australians claim they believe in God or some kind of "higher power" and yet fewer than one in 10 of us attend church every week.

Marriage equality: Safe Schools attacks part of the plan to kill same-sex marriage (The Age, Melbourne)
May 22 – (Opinion: Jill Stark) The homosexual revolution is coming.

 

 


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