by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 1 - 7, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Pope Francis 'doubts' sexual abuse case
against Cardinal George Pell (ABC News)
Aug 1 - Pope Francis says there are "doubts" over the case being made against Vatican finance chief George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, for alleged child abuse.
ABUSE – Anglican Church
Child sexual abuse in Newcastle's Anglican
Diocese examined in royal commission (ABC News)
Aug 2 - An Anglican Church abuse survivor has told a royal commission's hearings in Newcastle his back was cut while he was raped to symbolise Christ's blood.
Church ‘harbouring’ abusers (The Australian)
Aug 2 - Newcastle church officials provided boys to be raped and were protected by senior figures, inquiry hears.
Royal commission hears of harrowing evidence
of rape in Newcastle Anglican Diocese (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 3 - More than 30 years of child sexual abuse by clergy and lay members of various Anglican parishes have been laid bare on the opening day of the royal commission's two-week hearing into the Anglican diocese of Newcastle.
Anglican priest's godson weeps as he tells
inquiry of rape by gang of men (The
Aug 3 - Paul Gray broke down in the witness stand at a royal commission hearing when he told how he was repeatedly raped by a gang of men at a boys’ home run by the Anglican church in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
Priest tells royal commission of the cost
of speaking out against Peter Rushton (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 3 - An Anglican priest who spoke out against serial paedophile priest Peter Rushton told the royal commission on Wednesday the process had taken a huge toll on him.
Former altar boy tells royal commission of
four years of abuse by priest (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 4 - A former Anglican altar boy has told a royal commission of four years of abuse at the hands of a priest code-named CKC.
Priest accused of child sex abuse in NSW
may face retrial, hearing told (The
Aug 4 - An Anglican priest accused of child sex abuse 15 years ago may face a retrial, a royal commission has been told.
Mum ‘berated’ over priest abuse (The Australian)
Aug 5 - The woman’s 14-year-old son was preyed upon by a trainee priest, the royal commission has heard.
Clinton mural that became 'beautiful Muslim
woman' painted over in black (The
Aug 3 - A controversial Australian street artist's mural of Hillary Clinton, first depicting her in revealing bathers before it was repainted as a "beautiful Muslim woman" wearing a niqab, has now been painted over in black.
How long can the cognitive dissonance
between my faith and the Catholic church last? (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) A Facebook reminder from 2008 popped up in my husband’s newsfeed last week.
Pope Francis says it is 'not right' to
identify Islam with violence (The
Aug 1 - Pope Francis has said it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.
Pope complains schools are telling children
they can choose their gender (The
Aug 3 - Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice.
Mother of slain Muslim soldier says Donald
Trump's comments show ignorance (ABC News)
Aug 1 - The parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq have accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of ignorance for his criticism of them after their appearance at the Democratic National Convention.
Ghazala Khan: I am a Gold Star mother.
Donald Trump knows nothing about sacrifice (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 1 - Presidential candidate Donald Trump criticised Ghazala Khan for standing by as her husband spoke at the Democratic convention, implying that her religion kept her silent.
Donald Trump digs a hole for himself with
attacks on Muslim hero's parents (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 1 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington, DC: Not only is Donald Trump callous in his treatment of those who have fought in America's wars, he's also ignorant of the wars and the ways of a world in which as a US president he'd be, as it were, calling the shots.
#CanYouHearUsNow: Muslim women call out
Donald Trump over Khan remarks (ABC News)
Aug 2 - Muslim women are hitting back at Donald Trump's suggestion the mother of a slain soldier was not "allowed" to speak at a rally, flooding Twitter with the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow and asking the Republican presidential candidate: "Do I look oppressed to you?"
McCain takes aim at Trump for attacking
Khan family (news.com.au)
Aug 2 - A FAMILY in the United States is at the centre of a dispute with Donald Trump that has the nation — and the world — talking.
Khan controversy: Perth former soldier
speaks out about his hero mate and Trump (The West Australian)
Aug 6 - EXCLUSIVE: A decorated US Army veteran who served with Capt. Humayun Khan – the killed Pakistani-American solider whose parents have been embroiled in a bitter public feud with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – believes the real estate mogul and reality TV star is unfit to be US President.
Aid workers accused of trying to convert
Muslim refugees at Greek camp (The
Aug 2 - Christians working in Greece’s most notorious asylum detention centre have tried to convert some of the Muslim detainees, who have been held under the terms of the EU-Turkey migration deal.
#MenInHijab: Iranian men don headscarf to
challenge strict veil law (ABC News)
Aug 2 - Iranian men are sharing photos of themselves wearing the hijab on social media to show solidarity with a campaign protesting the country's compulsory veil law.
Malaysian Islamic leaders say no to Pokemon
Go (The West Australian)
Aug 6 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Islamic leaders in Kuala Lumpur said Friday that Muslims should avoid playing Pokemon Go because the popular mobile game was harmful and could "lead to gambling".
The al-Qaeda playbook has lessons for the
US in the war against Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 1 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) Osama bin Laden thought it was a really bad idea for a bunch of terrorists to try to set up their own state, or, more ambitious yet, a caliphate.
How jails incubate terror (The Australian)
Aug 2 - Islamic State uses European prisons for radicalisation and recruitment.
Father Jacques Hamel: Funeral held for
priest murdered by jihadists in France (ABC News)
Aug 3 - Thousands have farewelled Father Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest who was murdered by two jihadists last week at his altar, at Rouen cathedral in northern France.
ISIS ‘Why we hate you’: Magazine details
six reasons for war on ‘liberalist sodomites’ (news.com.au)
Aug 4 - LIBERALS and non-believers, Islamic State don’t like you very much.
US transit officer charged for ‘trying to
help IS’ (news.com.au)
Aug 4 - PROSECUTORS have brought the first-ever terrorism charges against a law enforcement officer in the US, alleging that a patrol officer with the D.C. region’s Metro Transit Police was caught buying $US250 worth of cards for the Islamic State group.
Indonesian police arrest six for allegedly
planning attack on Singapore (ABC News)
Aug 5 - Six terror suspects have been arrested on an Indonesian island for allegedly planning an attack against Singapore.
Israelis crack IS attack app (The Australian)
Aug 5 - Israeli cyber-intelligence company claims it has penetrated private messaging forum used by IS to plan attacks.
Why do Democrats keep snubbing atheists? We
help drive the party (The
Aug 2 – (Opinion: Adam Lee) You’d never guess, from the public face the Democratic party presents, that atheists are a loyal and increasingly important constituency.
The real story behind the exorcism of Janet
Aug 3 - THERE was a darkness inside Janet Moses.
Russian priest in record hot air balloon
trip tells of 11 days without sleep (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 4 - A Russian Orthodox priest and explorer who set a world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a hot air balloon, says he barely ate and didn’t sleep during the 11-day journey, keeping himself awake with a spoon.
A new documentary looks at the role of
women in the Gloriavale community (news.com.au)
Aug 6 - THERE is a world that is so secret, so foreign, and yet so close to us.
Convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf was
allowed to visit prisoners (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 4 - Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf visited Ahmad Elomar in prison several times before he fled the country for Syria because Sharrouf's terrorism conviction didn't show up in Corrective Services' management system, internal documents reveal.
Ahmed Elomar: Brother of IS jihadist
Mohammed Elomar released on parole (ABC News)
Aug 4 - The brother of Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Elomar has been released from jail after the NSW Government lost its bid to keep the prisoner, who it deems a threat to the community, behind bars.
Gun owners who made video of Grand Mufti
effigy being shot face calls for ban (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 4 - A group of Australian gun enthusiasts backed by gun distributors, who filmed violent videos of what appears to be an effigy of the Grand Mufti being shot and incinerated, and Greens party slogans being fired at, face calls to have their gun licences revoked.
Gun enthusiasts shooting teddy bear Muslims
deny inciting violence (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 5 - A pair of gun enthusiasts facing calls for police to revoke their firearm licences say videos they filmed of the Greens logo being shot at and teddy bears dressed as Muslim terrorists exploding in flames are "a bit of harmless fun".
‘Certain death’ for jihadists (The Australian)
Aug 6 - Australians fighting with Islamic State now face “almost certain” death on the battlefield, Malcolm Turnbull declared.
Malcolm Turnbull says Islamic State losing
its myth of invincibility (The
Aug 7 - Malcolm Turnbull has declared Islamic State is being rolled back, losing territory, lives and its myth of invincibility.
Taringa hospital gets preliminary council
green light (Brisbane Times)
Aug 2 - A hospital will be included in a 12-storey Taringa tower, which is set to receive Brisbane City Council approval next week.
On census night, don't discount your
religious identity (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 2 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen ) The Atheist Foundation of Australia is sponsoring a campaign to increase the numbers of people ticking "no religion" in the census on August 9.
Unholy war over Census question on religion (news.com.au)
Aug 5 - AUSTRALIANS are being warned not to mark “no religion” on the Census survey over fears we could become a “Muslim country”.
Australian Census: Count the Jedis we must (Brisbane Times)
Aug 6 – (Opinion: John Birmingham) "Listen to humourless atheists a Jedi does not. Worse than the sith are they. Yes, hmmm."
Who will protect Christians? (The Australian)
Aug 6 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) There is one minority group that is more persecuted than any other in the world.
Gay, celibate and Christian: US evangelical
in Melbourne for same-sex talks (The
Aug 6 - Wesley Hill takes the view that if you're gay and Christian, you have two choices: monogamous heterosexual marriage, or a life of celibacy.
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