by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 21 - 28, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former Preshil, Wesley
College teacher John McMillan given jail term for sex offences (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 24 - A former teacher at Melbourne private schools, who has been sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old student on a school camping trip, has walked free pending an appeal.
Former Brother 'made a
lifestyle' of preying on young students in Newcastle, Casino NSW (ABC
Aug 26 - A Sydney court has heard a former Catholic school teacher "made a lifestyle" of preying on young students for more than a decade.
paedophile back working with children at family's church (Brisbane Times)
Aug 26 - A former Jehovah's Witness elder recently convicted of child sex offences is back working with children from a Melbourne parish run by his father-in-law.
Brisbane St John's
congregation struggles to hear word of God (Brisbane Times)
Aug 24 - The congregation at Brisbane's St John's Cathedral have learned to turn their heads a certain way and stay away from "dead spots in individual seats", due to the building's "fascinating" acoustics and an outdated sound system.
St Mary's Church saga
over sacked priest Peter Kennedy made into play for Brisbane Festival (ABC
Aug 26 - The saga of St Mary's Church and its former figurehead is the subject of a new stage show debuting as part of the Brisbane Festival.
Elite Anglican school
Kambala hits back after complaints about gay teachers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 26 - The school council at the exclusive Sydney Anglican girls' school Kambala has been applauded for publicly admonishing the views of two sets of parents who had complained that the employment of gay teachers was not "living up to our Christian values".
French police make woman
remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 - Photographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.
Burkini ban: Twitter
shares photos of nuns on beaches in hypocrisy protest (ABC News)
Aug 25 - Nuns frolicking on the beach have become the symbol of protest against a ban on women wearing body-covering burkini swimsuits in French towns.
All hail the burkini’s
blend of Islamic values and western lifestyle (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 25 – (Opinion: Rachel Woodlock) Men forcing women to remove their clothes is never going to look like freedom, equality, and encouraging “good morals”, no matter the justification.
French PM Manuel Valls defends burkini ban as
global backlash grows (Brisbane
Aug 26 - Paris: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended a ban on burkinis in more than a dozen coastal towns on Thursday, saying France was locked in a "battle of cultures" and that the full-body swimsuit symbolised the enslavement of women.
Top French court
suspends 'illegal' burkini ban as 'serious' violation of freedoms (ABC
Aug 27 - France's highest administrative court has suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.
Burkinis are back on the beach as ban is
lifted (Brisbane Times)
Aug 28 - Paris: A controversial ban on the burkini was overturned by France's highest administrative court on Friday, prompting a Right-wing backlash as mayors vowed to defy the ruling.
Police officer confronts
burkini-clad woman on British beach in social experiment (ABC News)
Aug 28 - A group of internet pranksters have carried out a staged social experiment to see how people react to a burkini-clad woman being asked to leave a British beach.
FBI's Don't Be a Puppet
game targets Muslim youth, teachers' union says (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 27 - A controversial FBI program targeting Muslim teenagers has drawn criticism from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), claiming it leads to bullying and profiling.
How Islamic State militants
recruit and coerce children (ABC News)
Aug 24 – (Opinion: Mia Bloom) This week the world once again witnessed the Islamic State group's use of at least one child bomber, perhaps two.
Boko Haram leader
‘wounded’ (The Australian)
Aug 24 - Nigeria’s military claimed last night to have seriously wounded Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
Hindus flee Muslim
extremists after Koran burned in Pakistan (ABC News)
Aug 25 - In the provincial town of Ghotki near Pakistan's border with India, Ashok Kumar is packing his bags.
Bangladesh police kill
'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack (Brisbane
Aug 27 - Dhaka: Bangladesh security forces killed three Islamist militants on Saturday, including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen accused of masterminding an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, police said.
ISIS had Aussie cricketers
in their sights if they had gone on cancelled Bangladesh tour: report (news.com.au)
Aug 27 - ENGLAND’S planned cricket tour of Bangladesh is reportedly under review after new details emerged of an alleged ISIS plan to directly target Australian players last year.
Forget ideology, liberal
democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 28 – (Review) The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become like gods,” Leach began.
I created the burkini to
give women freedom, not to take it away (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 – (Opinion: Aheda Zanetti) When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away.
British woman killed by
attacker who allegedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 - A French man allegedly cried “Allahu Akbar” during a stabbing attack that left a 21-year-old British woman dead in front of up to 30 onlookers at a backpackers hostel in Australia’s north-east.
Accused shouted ‘Allahu
akbar’ (The Australian)
Aug 24 - Police won’t rule out an extremist motivation for the fatal stabbing of a British woman at a Townsville hostel.
Jihadi recruiter Hamdi
Alqudsi breaks down in court: 'I love Australia' (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 - A man who helped young men travel to Syria to fight has broken down in tears in a Sydney court as he described loving Australia and his regret at helping the wannabe jihadists.
Banning the burkini reinforces
a single story about Muslim women: they need saving (ABC News)
Aug 26 – (Opinion: Pina Sadar) The recent series of burkini bans in resorts across France was met with sensationalist global headlines about protecting national security and women's lives.
Anti-Islam rally in
Melton: Victoria Police issues warning to protesters (news.com.au)
Aug 28 - ANTI-Islam protesters have been met with a heavy police presence at a rally in Melbourne’s west to object to the “growing” Muslim population.
Jarryd Hayne slams media
ahead of Gold Coast Titans full-back debut, saying 'everyone hated Jesus' (ABC News)
Aug 24 - Jarryd Hayne has hit out Australian media and taken inspiration from the Bible as he continues his second NRL stint.
Bioethicist calls for a
ban on doctors' conscientious objection (Brisbane Times)
Aug 25 - Doctors working in the public system should be banned from refusing to perform certain procedures, such as abortions, because of their religious beliefs, a leading bioethicist will argue in Brisbane next week.
Time to talk politics,
religion (The Australian)
Aug 27 – (Opinion: Tess Livingstone) When an atheist billionaire bankrolls a papal visit, old ways are rapidly changing.
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