Religion News Australia 2017 - 16 (Apr 30 - May 7)

  (07 May 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

April 30 – May 7, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

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

 

 

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Outback parishioners committed to keeping historic church in use at Wilcannia, despite disrepair (ABC News)  
May 3 - There are no lights to turn on when the Reverend Helen Ferguson and a handful of parishioners turn up at the historic St James’ Anglican church at Wilcannia each month, as there is no power.

 

EDUCATION

Catholic Education directing taxpayer funds away from poor schools: draft report (ABC News)  
May 5 - A draft report obtained exclusively by Lateline has found evidence that taxpayer funds for Catholic schools are being directed away from poor dioceses and into more popular schools.

Catholic school system shifting funds from rural schools, report finds (The Guardian, Australia)
May 5 - Catholic school funding has been redirected away from smaller bush schools towards bigger dioceses in and around Sydney, according to a confidential review by former Gonski panellist Kathryn Greiner.

Government to lose voters over cuts to Catholic schools, education leaders say (ABC News)  
May 6 - A substantial number of voters will turn their backs on the Federal Government unless concerns about the new school funding model are addressed, the Catholic education sector says.

Principal of Queensland’s ’most overfunded’ school hits back at Gonski 2.0 (Brisbane Times)
May 6 - The principal of Queensland’s most "overfunded" private school has questioned the speed with which its federal funding will be cut under the Turnbull government’s mooted ’Gonski 2.0’ changes.

Catholic schools crying foul is a well-worn ritual, but funding levels can’t be justified (The Guardian, Australia)
May 6 – (Opinion: Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd) Let’s face it, everyone was caught by surprise when the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced a new pathway to school funding equity – one that would overturn a two-decade mantra that no school would lose a dollar.

’No special deals’: Morrison defends Gonski 2.0 despite warnings on Catholic school fees (The Guardian, Australia)
May 7 - Scott Morrison has defended the government’s Gonski 2.0 education package, warning against “special deals” as Catholic education authorities claim it could lead to $5,000 fee rises in some primary schools.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope urges North Korea-US mediation as Trump hedges on military action (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 30 - Pope Francis has said a third country should mediate the dispute between North Korea and the US, which he said had become “too hot”, risking a war in which “a good part of humanity” would be destroyed.

Islam

’We don’t want you here’ - Muslims fearful as France prepares to vote (The Guardian, Australia)
May 5 - In her apartment in a northern suburb of Paris, Hanane Charrihi looked at a photograph of her mother Fatima.

Religious Violence

Ex-Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill tells of the moment he says he shot Osama bin Laden dead (news.com.au)
Apr 30 - A FORMER elite soldier from the crack assassination squad that killed Osama bin Laden has described the moment he claims he pulled the trigger and blew open the terror chief’s head.

Son of Isis terrorist Khaled Sharrouf reportedly shown in video wearing suicide vest (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 30 - A new video has surfaced that reportedly shows the youngest son of the Australian Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf wearing a suicide vest and threatening to murder Australians.

Saudi Arabia arrests 46 suspects over Medina bombing (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 1 - Dubai: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had arrested 46 members of a militant cell responsible for a deadly suicide bombing attack on the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina last year that was blamed on Islamic State.

’Jihadists were going to burn it all’: the amazing story of Timbuktu’s book smugglers (The Guardian, Australia)
May 1 - One hazy morning in 2012 in Bamako, the capital of the west African state of Mali, an ageing Toyota Land Cruiser picked its way to the end of a concrete driveway and pulled out into the busy morning traffic.

’Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa’: the women fighting Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
May 1 - She had heard the stories about how Islamic State fighters could glide like ghosts into Kurdish militia bases during the dead of night, but nothing prepared her for the bedlam when it happened.

Iranian satellite TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, reports say (ABC News)  
May 1 - The head of an Iranian satellite television network who was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison last year by a Tehran court has been shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, according to Turkish media.

Boko Haram militants release more Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria, three years after kidnapping (ABC News)  
May 7 - At least 80 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 have been released by Boko Haram militants after more than three years in captivity, authorities say.

Other

Cults, human sacrifice and pagan sex: how folk horror is flowering again in Brexit Britain (The Guardian, Australia)
May 1 - Folk horror sounds like a contradiction in terms, like a blend of Aran knitwear and paranoia, morris-dancing and carnage.

Blasphemy complaint against Stephen Fry, police probe (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 7 - Irish police has launched an investigation into Stephen Fry after a viewer claimed comments made by the British comedian on a TV show were blasphemous.

Also: Stephen Fry investigated by Irish police for alleged blasphemy (The Guardian, Australia)
May 7 - Police in Ireland are investigating a complaint of blasphemy regarding comments made by Stephen Fry on a television programme shown on Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTÉ.

 

ISLAM

Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles (The Guardian, Australia)
May 5 - Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Keysar Trad, who said men should only hit women as a ’last resort’, dumped as AFIC president (ABC News)  
May 6 - Keysar Trad, who said men should only hit women as a "last resort", has been dumped as the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).

If you want to know about Muslim women’s rights, ask Muslim women (The Guardian, Australia)
May 7 – (Opinion: Susan Carland) Within minutes of arriving to collect my professionally bound thesis, I found myself on the receiving end of an unsolicited and impenetrable rant about female genital mutilation.

 

POLITICS

Federal ministers condemn use of child in latest Khalid Sharrouf terrorism video (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 30 - Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan has slammed the "truly appalling" use of a child, reportedly one of Khaled Sharrouf’s young sons, in the latest propaganda video said to emanate from the Australian-born Islamic State fighter.

’Great for the white race’: KKK rises on Trump’s politics of hate (news.com.au)
Apr 30 - THE Ku Klux Klan, hate groups and hate crimes, are back on the rise.

Keeping the faith: Muslim MP Ed Husic on why religion and politics do mix (ABC News)  
May 1 - As Australia’s first Muslim MP, Ed Husic feels like people are always trying to put him in a box.

Keeping the faith: Andrew Hastie on poetry, political courage, and not banning the burka (ABC News)  
May 5 - Andrew Hastie has been typecast as a Christian politician from day one.

Keeping the faith: Andrew Broad on running a farm and sticking to principles (ABC News)  
May 6 - Nationals MP Andrew Broad tries to bring a bit of grace to Federal Parliament.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Life’s made more magical through ability to commune with nature (The Australian)
May 1 – (Opinion: Ruth Ostrow) I have written before of the strange relationship I have with birds.

Will Hopoate praying for new no-Sundays deal with Canterbury Bulldogs (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 5 - Will Hopoate will again ask to be allowed to put his faith before footy and request a no-Sundays clause in his next NRL deal.

Brisbane venue manager on a mission to halt Hillsong theatre takeover (Brisbane Times)
May 6 - A fight over the future of one of Brisbane’s last remaining inner-city theatres is brewing, with a local music identity set to take on the Hillsong megachurch for control over the old Lyceum Theatre on George Street.

John Safran with the far right: fear and loathing in suburban Melbourne (The Guardian, Australia)
May 6 - In his book Depends What You Mean by Extremist, Safran attends a rally and counter-protest with fashionista skinheads and a peace-loving local called Jihad.

 


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