Religion News Australia 2017 - 15 (Apr 16 - 23)

  (23 April 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

April 16 - 23, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

Please note: there will be no Religion News Australia roundup for the week of April 23-30.

 

 

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

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Islamic College of SA urges Government to see its progress before deciding on its future (ABC News)  
Apr 18 - As the Islamic College of South Australia waits anxiously to learn whether it will be funded in the future, the school’s community is desperate for the Federal Government to see the school’s progress over the years.

The campaign against Safe Schools was never about concern for kids (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 18 - Imagine you’re a parent, and you’ve been called into the school because your daughter was spreading rumours about another girl who "everyone thinks is a lesbian".

Islamic school loses funding (The Australian)
Apr 21 - The federal government will cut funding to the Canberra school amid governance and financial management concerns.

Also: Islamic School of Canberra loses federal funding after failing to meet standards (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 21 - The Islamic School of Canberra has been stripped of its federal government funding over concerns about its independence, governance and financial management.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Secret tomb containing bodies of former archbishops of Canterbury found under London museum (ABC News)  
Apr 17 - Coffins containing the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury dating back to the early 17th century have been discovered in a secret tomb below a London church now used as a museum.

Catholic Church

Pope’s reforms may destroy him (The Australian)
Apr 21 - Dissatisfaction with Francis has emerged not only from conservative cardinals but some who backed him at last conclave.

Islam

Father has heartwarming response to teen’s hijab (news.com.au)
Apr 19 - A MUSLIM father has been praised for his reaction when his 17-year-old daughter told him she was considering removing her hijab.

Jakarta election: ’Quick count’ shows Muslim candidate soaring past Christian governor Ahok (ABC News)  
Apr 20 - In the end the opinion polls couldn’t have been more wrong, giving false hope to his supporters.

Kuwait is rich and advanced, but with a contradiction at its heart (ABC News)  
Apr 21 – (Opinion: Emma Alberici) The last time I gave any thought to Kuwait, it was 1991 and I was a cadet reporter on The Herald Sun taking dictation copy over the phone from our reporter in the Middle East.

Faith, politics, business: Why US Vice-President Mike Pence visited Indonesia (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 21 - Jakarta: A day after Jakarta’s Christian governor was ousted in an election riven with religious tension, US Vice-President Mike Pence pronounced that "Indonesia’s tradition of moderate Islam frankly is an inspiration to the world".

Muslim women preachers enlisted in Egypt’s fight against extremism (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 22 - Cairo: In an ornately decorated prayer room, Nour al-Hoda al-Gammal delivers an impassioned sermon to a small group of women while their kids fidget restlessly.

Judaism

Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ’rewrite chapters of history’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 18 - War crimes files revealing early evidence of Holocaust death camps that was smuggled out of eastern Europe are among tens of thousands of files to be made public for the first time this week.

Religious Violence

At least 80 children among those slaughtered in suicide attack on refugee convoy outside Aleppo (ABC News)  
Apr 17 - At least 80 children were among the 126 killed in Saturday’s suicide bomb attack on an evacuation convoy in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

St Catherine’s Monastery attack: gunmen kill police at UNESCO Sinai site (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 19 - Cairo: Gunmen attacked security forces near St Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, the Health Ministry said, just a week after two deadly church bombings killed 45.

’Allahu akbar’: the double standard when it comes to religion and violence (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 20 – (Opinion: Qasim Rashid ) Three people were killed in California in yet another mass shooting.

Islamic State in the Sinai: a new base after Mosul? (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 20 - Cairo: Egypt has been locked in a battle to control Islamic State for several years and especially since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, but the country has been unable to contain the terrorists’ almost weekly attacks.

Policeman shot dead, two others wounded by gunman on Champs Elysees, police say (ABC News)  
Apr 21 - A French policeman has been shot dead and two others wounded in central Paris in an attack carried out days before presidential elections and quickly claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

Also: Paris shooting: Gunman Karim Cheurfi’s criminal past in focus as police seek possible accomplices (ABC News)  
Apr 22 - The man who shot dead a French policeman in a suspected Islamist militant attack had served time for previous armed assaults on law enforcement officers, police sources have revealed, as authorities seek possible accomplices.

Taliban storm Afghan army base (The Australian)
Apr 22 - Taliban fighters entered an Afghan army regional HQ hidden in military vehicles and killed at least 140 soldiers.

Terrorists killed in Philippines gun battle as security steps up amid ASEAN trade talks (ABC News)  
Apr 23 - At least four militants from Philippines terrorist group Abu Sayyaf have been killed in a gun battle with security forces close to where Association of South-East Asian Nation trade meetings were being held.

Islamic State-trained militants die in shootout in Stavropol region of southern Russia (news.com.au)
Apr 23 - RUSSIAN security forces have killed two armed militants who had been trained by Islamic State and were planning a series of “terrorist crimes”, Russian news agencies report.

Other

Easter celebrations: Christian leaders call for peace in ’world of pain’ (ABC News)  
Apr 17 - Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter Sunday message but, in an apparent call for restraint, urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria.

The extraordinary life of Ethiopia’s 93-year-old singing nun (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 18 - I’m no great singer, but Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou only really trusted me after I had sung to her.

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 18 – (Opinion: Meghan O’Gieblyn) I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, in 2006, a few years after I dropped out of Bible school and stopped believing in God.

Jehovah’s Witnesses banned by Russian court as ’extremist’ organisation, ordered to disband (ABC News)  
Apr 21 - Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses were an "extremist" organisation and must disband and hand over all property to the state.

 

ISLAM

Islam has lost a role model (The Australian)
Apr 18 – (Opinion: Paul Maley) I think the closest I’ve come to grave personal injury was the day I let my girlfriend kiss me in a mosque in Turkey.

Man guilty of marrying girl, 14 (The Australian)
Apr 18 - Mohammad Shakir pleads guilty to going through with a marriage ceremony with a person not of marriageable age.

Man shot outside Coburg mosque has organised crime, bikie gang links, police say (ABC News)  
Apr 19 - A man who was shot outside a mosque in Melbourne’s northern suburbs has links to the Comancheros outlaw bikie gang and Middle Eastern organised crime, Victoria Police say.

Not our job to liberalise Muslims (The Australian)
Apr 19 – (Opinion: Gary Johns) Islam is wrestling with itself on our nation’s front lawn — need we worry?

The uncomfortable truth about Australian ’diversity’ (Sydney Morning Herald)   
Apr 21 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) Amid all this talk about visa restrictions, citizenship tests, and "Australian values," it seems the federal government is forgetting the slogan that has driven Australia’s immigration policy since the 1970s, when ’White Australia’ ostensibly gave way to multiculturalism.

Sydney student, 17, raised money for terrorist in Syria because he was ’fighting against the kafir’ (news.com.au)
Apr 22 - A SYDNEY schoolgirl who sent money to an Islamic State fighter said the man had promised to marry her.

 

JUDAISM

Portrait of a Holocaust survivor: ’I won the war against Hitler’ (ABC News)  
Apr 19 - They’ve moved to every corner of the planet, but the term "Holocaust survivor" is a difficult one to escape.

Holocaust remembrance on Yom HaShoa a journey of dealing with intergenerational trauma (ABC News)  
Apr 22 - Monday is Yom HaShoah, the international day of Holocaust Remembrance.

 

POLITICS

Bob Katter filmed saying ’I don’t want any Muslims’ (news.com.au)
Apr 23 - MAVERICK MP Bob Katter has been caught on camera saying he doesn’t want “any Muslims” in Australia before immediately backtracking on his own comment.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Accused Bourke St driver Dimitrious Gargasoulas tells court ’I am the saviour’ (ABC News)  
Apr 19 - The man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens of pedestrians during a driving rampage through Melbourne’s CBD has told a court he is "the saviour".

Australian medics treated Iraqis hit by Islamic State chemical attack, Defence says (ABC News)  
Apr 19 - Australian medics provided first aid to Iraqi counter-terrorism soldiers after a gas attack in Mosul, the Department of Defence says.

Vandalised war memorial to be restored by Anzac Day (Brisbane Times)
Apr 19 - A sword torn away from a war memorial and snapped in two will be repositioned in time for Anzac Day.

The Australian Christian Lobby is wrong. Australians don’t support a gag rule (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 19 – (Opinion: Rebecca Huntley) It’s the photo that launched a thousand memes.

Australia’s Christians form a broader political church that most realise (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 19 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) The Palm Sunday rally and march in Canberra in support of asylum seekers and refugees made me reflect on the place of Christians in Australian society.

Yazidis ring in the new year (The Australian)
Apr 20 - For most of the 250 Yazidis who now live in Wagga Wagga, this was the first new year’s eve they had in peace.

Nothing’s sacred any more (The Australian)
Apr 22 – (Opinion: Angela Shanahan) Some of the greatest music was written for Easter, but you couldn’t hear it on ABC.

 


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