by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 22 - 29, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Richard 'Tommy' Campion
vows to continue helping other abuse victims seek justice (ABC News)
May 28 - He was brutally abused at the Church of England North Coast Children's Home for 14 years, fought for justice for a decade, and now Richard 'Tommy' Campion finally feels as though his personal battle has ended.
Hey, minister, leave
those texts alone (The Age,
May 27 - On Thursday, Victorian Education Minister James Merlino ordered the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) to review its text selection process for VCE English, literature, drama and theatre studies.
Desmond Tutu's daughter
leaves clergy after marrying female partner (The Guardian, Australia)
May 24 - The daughter of one of the world’s best-known Christian leaders has given up the priesthood following marriage to her female partner.
Desmond Tutu's daughter
has priest duties stripped away amid gay marriage outrage (ABC News)
May 26 - Desmond Tutu's daughter has been forced to give up her duties as a priest in South Africa's Anglican church after she married a woman.
Duterte calls Catholic bishops 'sons of whores' (The Guardian, Australia)
May 23 - The Philippines president-elect accused the Catholic church on Sunday of hypocrisy, saying the bishops who had condemned him during his campaign had been asking favours from the government.
Duterte blasts Catholic Church, labels it country's 'most hypocritical institution' (ABC News)
May 23 - The Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as the country's "most hypocritical institution" and says he is ready to take on senior Filipino bishops in a debate about their wrongdoings before he takes office next month.
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he will defy Church with three-child
policy (ABC News)
May 24 - Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy, putting him on a new collision course with bishops a day after he called them "sons of whores".
'No Muslims allowed':
how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar (The Guardian, Australia)
May 23 - At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”
Aung San Suu Kyi calls
for 'space' to address Myanmar's Rohingya issue as John Kerry visits (ABC
May 23 - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has asked to be given "enough space" to address the plight of her country's Rohingya Muslim population as visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the Nobel peace laureate to promote respect for human rights.
No Indon executions
until after festival (Seven News)
May 27 - Indonesia will not carry out any executions until after the religious holiday of Idul Fitri, with the attorney-general's office saying "it was not good" to have executions during this time.
Al-Azhar's Grand Imam
seeks to balance tradition and modernity (Seven News)
May 28 - Cairo (AFP) - Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who had a historic meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, has been on a mission to update Islamic thought while championing classical scholarship against jihadist ideologues.
Iraqi PM announces
military operation to retake Fallujah from Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
May 23 - Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address late on Sunday night.
Pakistan says US drone
strike that killed Taliban leader violated its sovereignty (The Guardian, Australia)
May 23 - Pakistan on Sunday accused the United States of violating its sovereignty with a drone strike against the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a remote border area just inside Pakistan.
ISIS tells jihadis
attack home (The Australian)
May 23 - Islamic State has called for wannabe fighters in the West who can’t get to Syria to launch attacks in their own nations.
Islamic State preventing
civilians from leaving Fallujah as Iraqi military tries to retake city (ABC
May 25 - The Islamic State group (IS) is preventing civilians from leaving the Iraqi city of Fallujah as the military closes in.
Afghan Taliban appoint
new leader Haibatullah Akhunzada after Mullah Akhtar Mansour's death (ABC
May 25 - The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, a spokesman has said in a statement that gave the group's first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a US drone strike.
US-backed Kurdish and
Arab forces launch offensive to take IS stronghold Raqqa (ABC News)
May 25 - For the first time, US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces are mounting a major ground offensive into territory close to Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.
How Taliban leader was
hunted (The Australian)
May 25 - Mullah Akhtar Mansour was tracked in his car from Iran, and killed in a part of Pakistan usually off limits to US drones.
New Taliban leader's
daunting task: uniting group as officials seek peace (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - As he assumes his job as new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzadah faces contradictory expectations.
Joanna Palani, Islamic
State killer: Terrorists are ‘easy to kill’ (news.com.au)
May 28 - A YOUNG, beautiful and educated woman who dropped out of university so she could fight against Islamic State has revealed how easy it is to kill militants.
Dozens of Isis fighters
killed in Iraqi forces' assault on Falluja, US says (The Guardian, Australia)
May 28 - US-led coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the push to recapture Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group’s commander in the city, according to the US military.
Isis may face Falluja
bloodbath, but new offensive shows power to spread terror (The Guardian, Australia)
May 28 - Islamic State is under pressure in two strongholds, the Iraqi town of Falluja and the countryside around its self-declared capital, Raqqa.
Responses vary to call
to make Christianity the official Samoan religion (ABC News)
May 23 - A call by Samoa's Prime Minister to enshrine the role of Christianity in the nation has got a lot of reaction from Samoans.
Pope Francis meets top
Egyptian cleric at Vatican, ending five-year freeze in relations (ABC
May 24 - Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, looking to heal Vatican relations with the influential centre of Sunni Muslim learning after dialogue was frozen five years ago.
Atheists don’t need
faith, any more than we need religion (The Guardian, Australia)
May 25 – (Opinion: Julian Baggini) Religion is on the decline, with nearly half of us in England and Wales – and more than half in Scotland – saying we have no religion.
Brexit would jeopardise
peace in Europe, warn religious leaders (The Guardian, Australia)
May 29 - Religious leaders from the UK’s main faith communities – including former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams – have joined forces to oppose Brexit, saying the EU is vital to preserving peace, fighting poverty and tackling the migration crisis.
Has anyone kept their
faith in Christianity? (The
May 29 - A new report says that those who identify as having “no religion” (“Nones”) outnumber Christians in England and Wales.
Perth airport worker sacked
for Facebook posts that supported IS terror group (WAToday.com.au)
May 23 - A Perth airport worker was sacked after a Facebook page was discovered with posts that were said to support the Islamic State terror group.
FBI evidence to be used
against alleged Isis nurse Adam Brookman (The Guardian, Australia)
May 23 - Counter-terrorism intelligence from other countries will be used in the case against a Melbourne nurse who returned to Australia after allegedly working with Islamic State in Syria, a court has heard.
Modesty meets modern
fashion in Muslim clothing exhibition on display in Canberra (ABC News)
May 26 - A travelling exhibition showcasing Muslim fashion in Australia has opened at the National Archives in Canberra.
Islam 101: negotiator’s
training (The Australian)
May 26 - Officer in charge of Lindt siege negotiators had completed a total of four weeks training in counter-terrorism.
Sydney siege inquest:
senior negotiator says his training was 'Islam 101' (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - A senior negotiator engaged in the Lindt Cafe siege had undertaken “Islam 101” training but had never dealt with a professed terrorist before.
soldier Mathew Stewart became an al-Qaida militant (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - He wore a mask but the accent was unmistakable.
Why do women join
Islamic State? (ABC News)
May 28 – (Opinion: By Sara Mahmood) Why do women join the so-called Islamic State (IS)?
Jewish leaders call on
union boss John Setka to apologise for Nazi comments (Brisbane Times)
May 28 - Jewish leaders have called on powerful Victorian union boss John Setka to apologise for linking a new building code to Nazi Germany, describing his statements as hurtful and "grossly inappropriate".
Islamophobia, schools on
radar (The Australian)
May 25 - For mother Sandra Marsh there’s no doubt what the key election issue is in her neck of the woods.
Barnett warning to
church MPs (The West Australian)
May 27 - Colin Barnett has revealed his concern over religious elements of the Liberal party getting involved in preselections, warning their careers would stall under him if it continued.
Forget a lighter shade
of Green (The Australian)
May 28 – (Opinion: Janet Albrechtsen) From religion to refugees, ‘Mr Mainstream’ is on a mission to undermine our basic freedoms.
fundamentalist Ken Ham built a $100 million ark (news.com.au)
May 23 - HE’S been described as evangelist, an inspiration, a creationist, a Christian apologetic, dangerous religious fanatic, a science-denier and the Australian Noah.
sought for Maughan Church site in Adelaide (ABC News)
May 24 - Demolition of Adelaide's Maughan Church building in the CBD is getting closer, with the final service held recently and development approval now being sought for a new tower on the site.
and more focus on culture could boost Australian tourism (ABC News)
May 27 - Australian operators need to accommodate Chinese cultural superstitions to capitalise on the booming tourism market, a cultural expert says.
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