Religion News Australia 2016 - 23 (June 5 - 12)

  (11 June 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

June 5 - 12, 2016

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Scots College asks church for advice on 'homosexual agenda' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 6 - Sydney's most expensive private school has asked the Presbyterian Church for advice on what it describes as the "homosexual agenda", in the event that a same-sex couple wanted to enrol their child at the school.

Deputy principal sues Melbourne private school following fallout from 'calamitous' camp (The Age, Melbourne)
June 6 - Students from an exclusive Melbourne girls' school were stranded by a cyclone, hospitalised with gastro and caught an aggressive strain of conjunctivitis during a "calamitous" school camp, court documents claim.

Religious instruction in state schools 'soliciting' children to Christian faith (Brisbane Times)
June 7 - Education Queensland will review religious instruction materials being used in state schools, after one school found a popular program which taught children "every single person has sinned and rejected God and deserves to be punished" may be "soliciting" students to Christianity, in contradiction of departmental policy.

Also: Qld govt to review religious education (Seven News)
June 7 - The Queensland government will review religious education in state schools after claims a popular program was "soliciting" students to become Christian.

Also: Parents should worry about religious education materials (Brisbane Times)
June 8 – (Opinion: Hugh Harris ) Windsor State School has banned the Connect Religious Instruction (RI) classes following a review by the principal.

Also: Labor acts on schools program (The Australian)
June 8 - The Queensland government has ­targeted a Christian program after a complaint from a single Brisbane principal.

Sex lessons ‘not for activists’ (The Australian)
June 10 - Architect of school curriculum demands a stop to the “outsourcing’’ of religious instruction and sex education.

Primary school kids 'play act' IS beheadings in playground (The Age, Melbourne)
June 12 - Children have staged a mock Islamic State-style beheading in a Victorian primary school playground, triggering fears that younger students are vulnerable to radicalisation.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Bid to keep alleged paedophile off Israeli streets fails, bail returned (ABC News)
June 8 - Israel's state prosecutor has failed in a bid to see Malka Leifer, the former principal of an ultra-Orthodox girls school in Melbourne, returned to house arrest in Israel.

Anglican Church

Desmond Tutu's daughter: 'painful' to give up ministry after marrying woman (The Guardian, Australia)
June 10 - For someone who is in love and recently married, a wedge of “very odd pain” is lodged in Mpho Tutu van Furth’s heart.

Catholic Church

Cardinal George Pell to tender resignation to Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 8 - Australia's most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell will tender his resignation to Pope Francis on Wednesday.

Also: Controversial Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell to ‘resign’ (news.com.au)
June 8 - AUSTRALIA’S most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell will tender his resignation to Pope Francis on Wednesday.

Islam

China restricts Ramadan fasting in Muslim region (Seven News)
June 6 - Beijing (AFP) - Chinese officials have restricted civil servants, students and children in a mainly Muslim region from fasting during Ramadan, government websites said as the holy month began on Monday.

Public humiliation after Friday prayers in Aceh as sinners receive the cane for moral offences (ABC News)
June 11 - The remote and beautiful Indonesian province of Aceh should be a tourist hotspot, but instead it is isolating itself by enforcing an increasingly rigid interpretation of Islamic law.

Dutch woman jailed for reporting her rape in Qatar (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 12 - Dubai: A Dutch woman who told Qatari police she had been drugged and raped in March has been in government detention ever since on unclear charges, a lawyer said on Saturday.

Judaism

Antisemitism watchdog adds (((echo))) symbol to hate list after Jews targeted (The Guardian, Australia)
June 8 - US antisemitism watchdog, the Anti-Defamation League, has added the “(((echo)))” symbol, used online by white supremacists to single out Jews, to its online database of hate symbols.

Religious Violence

Yemen foes agree to free child prisoners, but fail to reach further agreement (ABC News)
June 6 - Yemen's warring parties have pledged to free all child prisoners but failed to reach agreement on a wider release for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Ukraine detains Frenchman planning 15 attacks at Euro 2016: security service (ABC News)
June 6 - The head of Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) has revealed a French citizen detained in late May on the Ukrainian-Polish border had been planning a string of attacks in France to coincide with the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship there.

Also: Frenchman planning attacks had 125 kilograms of explosives, security service says (ABC News)
June 7 - Ukraine's state security service says a French citizen detained on the Polish border with two rocket-launchers, about 100 detonators, more than 100 kilograms of TNT and five Kalashnikov assault rifles in his car had been planning attacks in France to coincide with the Euro 2016 football championships.

ISIS killing its own as it hunts down moles within its ranks (news.com.au)
June 6 - IN MARCH, a senior commander with the Islamic State group was driving through northern Syria on orders to lead militants in the fighting there when a drone blasted his vehicle to oblivion.

ISIS burns sex slaves in public (The Australian)
June 9 - ISIS fighters in Mosul burned 19 women to death in cages after they refused to have sex with them.

American defector escapes, reveals what life is like for militants under terror group (news.com.au)
June 10 - THE first American who was captured on the battlefield after escaping his life in the west to fight with Islamic State has a message for other westerners — don’t join up.

Hindu monastery worker is latest victim of Bangladesh religious killings (The Guardian, Australia)
June 10 - Unidentified attackers hacked a 62-year-old Hindu monastery worker to death in Bangladesh on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of such attacks on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country.

Israel temporarily bars all Palestinians after Tel Aviv shooting (ABC News)
June 10 - The Israeli army says it is temporarily barring all Palestinians from entering Israel, stepping up already tough restrictions announced after Palestinian gunmen shot dead four Israelis in Tel Aviv.

Shia shrine near Damascus hit by double bomb attack (The Guardian, Australia)
June 11 - A double bomb attack outside a Shia shrine near Syria’s capital has killed at least eight people in the latest in repeated deadly strikes on the revered site, state media said.

In a sign of new Taliban brutality, a young man is skinned alive (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 12 - KABUL: In a remote area of Afghanistan, where thousands of years of hardscrabble tribal culture increasingly mixes with a resurgent Taliban militancy, this is how Fazl Ahmad allegedly died.

Amal Clooney to represent Yazidi victims of IS sexual slavery in International Criminal Court (Brisbane Times)
June 12 - International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will defend Yazidi women who have been victims of sexual slavery, rape and genocide by Islamic State militants in Iraq, her law firm says.

Other

How the campaign started to 'Save Sarah' from a Texas ministry (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 10 - Austin: Sarah, a 17-year-old US girl, who, extended family members claim, was sent to a "gay conversion" boarding school as punishment for taking her girlfriend to a prom, has reportedly been released.

Chile church looted during student protest (Seven News)
June 10 - Hooded vandals have looted a Roman Catholic church in Chile's capital during a student protest and destroyed a large image of a crucified Christ, authorities say.

 

ISLAM

‘Islam promotes violence’ (The Australian)
June 9 - Despite ‘cultural sensitivity training’, most ADF personnel believes Islam promotes ­violence and terrorism.

Also: Anti-Muslim sentiment strong and widespread in Australian army, study shows (The Guardian, Australia)
June 9 - Anti-Muslim sentiment is “strong” and “probably quite widespread” among Australian defence force members and was higher among those who had undergone cultural sensitivity training, according to research commissioned by the army.

 

POLITICS

Sex Party’s ‘war’ on Catholics (The Australian)
June 10 - Australian Sex Party seeks funding for a campaign ad aimed at the church.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Faith in the spotlight as Australians tipped to lose their religion (news.com.au)
June 6 - A PUSH for Australians to mark “no religion” in the 2016 Census could see Christianity overtaken as the most popular “religion” and change the way government policy is made and projects funded in Australia.

Bid to ban street preachers from Brisbane rejected (Brisbane Times)
June 7 - Brisbane City Council has come down on the side of free speech by rejecting a call to ban street preachers from proselytising in the CBD.

Mardi Gras: religion panel warned ADF against uniformed members taking part (The Guardian, Australia)
June 10 - The religious advisory committee to the Australian defence force (ADF) wrote to the chief of the military in 2014 saying it was “deeply concerned” that defence force members were being allowed to march in uniform in Sydney’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, internal defence documents reveal.

You’d laugh if it wasn’t absurd (The Australian)
June 11 – (Opinion: Bill Leak) Forget terrorist attacks, it’s humourless hipsters who threaten our way of life.

 

 


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