by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 17 - 24, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Paedophile ring inside Newcastle Anglican
Church exposed by whistleblowers (ABC News)
July 21 - The Anglican Church of Newcastle buried complaints about sex abusers, including reports of a senior priest who was part of a paedophile ring that involved priests and lay people.
Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft
allegedly failed to report paedophile Peter Rushton to police (ABC
July 21 - One of the nation's most senior Anglicans, the Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, received complaints about a priest involved in a paedophile ring but allegedly failed to formally report him to police, according to an Anglican Church insider.
Perth Archbishop 'knew' about 'child abuse
king pin' priest, insider claims (WAToday.com.au)
July 22 - The Anglican Bishop of Perth, Roger Herft, did not report a child abuse complaint he received against a priest labelled the "king pin" of a paedophile ring to police, according to an Anglican Church insider.
Alleged abuse victim's family were asked to
pay school fees, royal commission told (Brisbane Times)
July 22 - The family of a boy who was allegedly molested by a staff member at a Catholic school in Sydney's south-west was asked to pay thousands of dollars in school fees after the child left the institution, according to evidence before a royal commission.
NGA’s stolen Buddha going home (The Australian)
July 22 - An 1800-year-old stone buddha at the NGA that came from an antiquity trafficker is nearing a return to India.
Santoso, Indonesia's most wanted Islamist
militant, killed in firefight, police say (ABC News)
July 19 - Indonesia's most wanted Muslim extremist has been killed in a firefight with security forces, police say, ending a lengthy hunt for the Islamic State (IS) group supporter.
Man with axe attacks passengers on train in
Germany (The Australian)
July 19 - Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an axe attack on a train in Germany that injured at least five people.
Islamic State flag 'found at home of
suspected German train attacker' (The
July 19 - An Islamic State flag has been found in the room of an Afghan teenager accused of carrying out an axe attack on a train in northern Bavaria, according to German officials.
Bastille Day killer Mohamed Lahouaiej
Bouhlel ‘had support, accomplices’: prosecutor (news.com.au)
July 22 - SHOCKING Facebook messages from an accomplice to the Bastille Day killer told him to “load the truck with 2,000 tones of iron, release the brakes and I will watch”
Terrorist attacks in Europe: This is how
dangerous it has become (news.com.au)
July 22 - DOZENS of attacks, thousands of arrests and a seemingly endless cycle of death and destruction.
Kabul attack: At least 80 dead, 231 injured
as IS claims twin suicide bombing on Hazara protest (ABC News)
July 24 - At least 80 people have been killed and 231 others injured in twin suicide bombings at a demonstration in Kabul, officials say, the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since 2001.
My name is Michael Caine … actor changes
name due to Isis (The Guardian,
July 23 - His name is – now officially – Michael Caine.
Sonia Kruger's Muslim comments:
Stereotyping breeds hate, race discrimination commissioner says (ABC
July 18 - Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner has urged people to speak out against comments like those made by TV personality Sonia Kruger suggesting Australia's borders should be closed to Muslims.
#AsAMother trends on Twitter after Sonia
Kruger's Muslim comments (ABC News)
July 18 - Television personality Sonia Kruger caused waves on social media after she effectively called for a ban of Muslim immigrants to Australia on Channel Nine's Today Show.
Sonia Kruger's migration comments highlight
'uncomfortable' reality for Australian Muslims: academic (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 18 - Controversial comments calling for a halt to Muslim migration to Australia are just the "tip of the iceberg" and will become more common unless they are denounced by the government, according to leading academics.
I'm sorry about Sonia Kruger's stupid,
inflammatory comments (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 18 – (Opinion: Andrew P. Street) As we know, the most useful and responsible thing to do whenever somebody makes a stupid, inflammatory statement is to look to the ethnicity, nationality and/or religion of the perpetrator and then ask "where oh where are the Community Leaders condemning this dangerous rhetoric?"
Five facts to fight Sonia Kruger’s fear of
July 18 – (Opinion: Jamila Rizvi ) SONIA Kruger is scared.
Sonia Kruger responds to media storm,
defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration (ABC News)
July 19 - Television host Sonia Kruger has responded to the media storm caused by her comment that she would like to see Muslim immigration in Australia stopped in the interests of safety.
Today Extra response to Sonia Kruger's
Muslim controversy typifies mess (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 – (Opinion: Michael Lallo ) Perhaps you missed it. The final nail in the coffin of progressive "debate" in Australia.
'Sonia Kruger is not evil': Waleed Aly
defends Today Extra host, calls to stop 'cycle of outrage' (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - Waleed Aly has spoken out in defence of Sonia Kruger saying she isn't "evil" and admitting he shares something in common with the Today Extra host – fear for Australia's future.
Sonia Kruger is a ‘liability’ for the
brands she represents and several deals now hang in the balance (news.com.au)
July 21 - BESIEGED television star Sonia Kruger is at risk of losing lucrative endorsement deals over her controversial comments about Muslims.
Would Pauline Hanson ban a young, Muslim
Sam Dastyari from Australia? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - (Opinion: Neil McMahon) In television terms, Monday ended much as it had begun.
Pauline Hanson’s claims on Islam, broken
July 19 – (Opinion: Emma Reynolds ) ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson received a battering from fellow panellists and the audience on the ABC’s Q&A last night.
Pauline Hanson should ask Sam Dastyari’s
family what it’s like to live in fear (news.com.au)
July 19 – (Opinion: Malcolm Farr ) HEY Pauline Hanson, if you want to know what it’s really like to live in fear, ask that bloke who sat next to you last night.
The most troubling thing about Pauline
Hanson's view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter (The Guardian, Australia)
July 19 – (Opinion: Susan Carland) The most troubling aspect of the current debate about Muslims in Australia is that facts are irrelevant.
Q&A: Pauline Hanson given 'open
platform to advocate for her hateful views' (ABC News)
July 24 - The founder of the Fact Check One Nation website has criticised Monday night's Q&A with Pauline Hanson for allowing her to cross the line between exercising freedom of speech and hate speech.
Like Sam Dastyari, I am a non-practicing
Muslim. Why is that hard to accept? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) In another quality chapter of the national embarrassment that passes for our public discourse, Monday night's Q&A was devoted almost entirely to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's fear and loathing of Islam.
Muslims must give way in values (The Australian)
July 19 – (Opinion: Gary Johns) Those of the Islamic faith, among potential migrants to Australia, are most likely to remain Balkanised and illiberal.
How Isis has devised new ways of sowing
savagery in Europe (The Guardian,
July 19 - As its “caliphate” has crumbled, Islamic State has intensified efforts to export the chaos it used to confine to within its borders.
Furore as Buchanan mosque is approved in
NSW Hunter Valley (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 21 - Members of a group opposing a mosque in the NSW Hunter region have branded the local council "traitors" and pledged the fight is "not over" after councillors voted in favour of its development application.
Bid to stop Ahmed Elomar, brother of slain
jihadist, release from prison (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 21 - The decision to release Ahmed Elomar, the brother and nephew of two infamous Australian terrorists, from prison has been challenged by the NSW government.
Why the ‘Islam is not a race!’ argument
doesn’t stack up (news.com.au)
July 21 – (Opinion: Gavin Fernando ) I’VE copped Islamophobic abuse in the past.
How Muslim Australians are being terrorised
every single day (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 – (Opinion: Jenna Price) Here we all are rushing to work.
‘Go uppercut yourself, Pauline’ (The Australian)
July 22 - The Muslim man who confronted Pauline Hanson on ABC’s Q&A on Monday night has denigrated the One Nation head online.
If I could peel back my brown skin, you'd
see the Aussie bogan on the inside (The
July 22 – (Opinion: Rana Hussain) Lately, throughout the many nauseatingly similar conversations about Muslims and terrorism and immigration, I’ve been hearing commentators on all sides of the debate talk about whether Muslims are “welcome” or not.
Australia once banned Catholics from mass
and vilified the Irish. Haven't we learned anything? (The Guardian, Australia)
July 22 – (Opinion: Nick Earls) I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and might never be selected for one of those comprehensive “special clearance procedures” again.
ABC backs screening process after News Corp
criticises Khaled Elomar (The
July 22 - Q&A has defended allowing a Muslim engineer in its audience to ask Pauline Hanson a question after a front-page story in the Australian newspaper claimed he had not been properly screened.
George Christensen's hasty Islam slurs over
Merrylands attack help no one (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 – (Opinion: David Wroe) This is what Duncan Lewis, the head of ASIO, told Fairfax Media late last year about Islamist extremism's connection to the broader faith: "This is not about the religion other than the fact that it is being hijacked by ne'er-do-wells."
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles clarifies
'non-Muslim' refugees welcome comment (ABC News)
July 18 - Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has moved to clarify comments he made saying the Northern Territory should accept "non-Muslim" refugees from Syria, as the opposition Labor Party claimed he was sending a horrific message to society.
Jacqui Lambie wants Senate inquiry into
radicalisation of Australian Muslims (ABC News)
July 20 - Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie has proposed a Senate inquiry into the radicalisation of Muslims in Australia.
Barnaby Joyce rejects Pauline Hanson's call
for ban on Muslims, says every religion has 'ratbags' (ABC News)
July 21 - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has rejected the policies of senator-elect Pauline Hanson and the One Nation party, after a Coalition backbencher suggested banning Muslim immigration from areas considered hotspots of "violent extremism".
George Christensen walks back claim
'radical Islam' to blame for Merrylands attack (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 22 - Coalition MP George Christensen has been forced to walk back an angry statement blaming "radical Islam" for the attack on Merrylands Police Station on Thursday night, but appeared to defend his comments by saying it was "surprising" it wasn't a terror attack given it took place in the western Sydney suburb.
George Christensen says Munich shooting
validates 'admittedly incorrect' remarks (The Guardian, Australia)
July 24 - George Christensen has pointed to unfounded claims the Munich shooter was motivated by Islam to claim vindication of his own incorrect claims an incident at a Sydney police station was a radical Islamist terrorist attack.
Malcolm Turnbull says terrorism will force
changes to big gatherings in public spaces (Brisbane Times)
July 22 - Malcolm Turnbull has flagged a rethink by security agencies of the design and protections in place at large public gatherings in the wake of last week's terror attack in Nice.
Pauline Hanson won’t identify Muslims in
One Nation because it could ‘put them in danger’ (news.com.au)
July 22 - PAULINE Hanson says there are Muslim members in One Nation, but she won’t name them publicly for fear of endangering their lives.
Barack Obama ‘too soft’ on ISIS (The Australian)
July 23 - Tony Abbott was openly frustrated with Barack Obama’s leadership at the start of the war against Islamic State.
How Pauline Hanson changes politics through
fear (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
July 23 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) There was not a lot of love about in Queensland Liberal Party HQ on Valentine’s Day 1996.
Religious freedom must be protected in
Australia (Sydney Morning
July 23 – (Opinion: Graham Perrett ) At Eid Down Under earlier this month I had some halal lamb and cevapi and they tasted exactly like Australia.
Brandis says Hanson's views on Islam are
'unhelpful, wrong' (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - One Nation senator-elect Pauline Hanson's views on Islam and immigration are "unhelpful" and "wrong" and must be defeated with reasoned debate and discussion, a senior government minister says.
Church of Scientology selling former HQ (Sydney Morning
July 23 - The haven status of direct property ownership has risen with a large number of sales recorded in off-market transactions, according to agents.
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