Religion News Australia 2017 - 20 (May 28 - June 4)

  (05 June 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

May 28 – June 4, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

abuse / arts & entertainment / education / international stories / islam / judaism / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

’Goodbye, brave man’: Anthony Foster was a fierce advocate, and a friend (ABC News)  
May 30 - Two weeks ago Chrissie Foster said to her husband Anthony: "You know, you are perfect."

’Shameful reality’: Apology for victims of sex abuse at Christian Brothers schools (The Age, Melbourne)
June 1 - In a historic first, a Catholic education body has apologised to sexual abuse victims who were harmed in its schools.

Police ’may split over Pell’ (The Australian)
June 1 - Victoria’s top cop has hinted police could be split over whether to charge George Pell with historic child abuse offences.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Randa Abdel-Fattah spins Islamophobia into Aussie teen romance (ABC News)  
June 1 - Randa Abdel-Fattah was researching Islamophobia from the point of view of perpetrators when she wrote her 11th book.

 

EDUCATION

’No major increases’: Claims of massive Catholic school fee hikes shot down (Brisbane Times)
May 30 - Warnings the Turnbull government’s school funding changes will force Catholic schools to hike their fees by $5000 a year have been rubbished by one of the country’s largest Catholic archdioceses.

Also: Parents scramble as Catholic school fees become unaffordable (news.com.au)
June 1 - FACING a 40 per cent hike in school fees in just two years, parents and teachers are issuing a grim warning to the Government — if they cut funding, kill off Catholic education.

Muslim school cash grab mystery (The Australian)
May 30 - The peak Muslim body says it cannot explain why it demanded millions from the country’s largest ­Islamic school.

’Rooting’, ’slaying’ and ’harpooning’ women: sexism at elite St Paul’s college exposed (news.com.au)
May 31 - FEMALE students at the University of Sydney say they are “fed-up and disgusted” by the entrenched sexism and “root-and-boot” culture of young men from the elite St Paul’s college, after another damning Facebook post surfaced this week.

Also: I spent one night at St Paul’s College. I didn’t sleep because I was genuinely scared (The Guardian, Australia)
June 1 – (Opinion: Cameron James) Sydney University faced another sexism scandal this week.

Student suspended from St Edmund’s College for having a ’dangerous’ opinion (Canberra Times)
June 1 - A 17-year-old who tried to organise a student strike on Friday over changes to St Edmund’s College including to its crest, the uniform and, potentially, song has been suspended indefinitely after the headmaster allegedly said his presence at the school would be "too dangerous".

My conservative school uniform does not protect me (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 1 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Rousselot ) Picture this: a row of girls aged 12 to 18, kneeling before a male teacher who inspects the hems of their dresses to make sure they touch the ground, justifying it as "school policy" and for "personal safety".

Catholic plan to combat homophobic bullying praised by education experts (The Guardian, Australia)
June 1 - Education experts have praised a new policy developed by Catholic schools to combat transphobic and homophobic bullying as a “terrific resource”, saying it proves the messages of the Safe Schools program are compatible with religious education.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

A papal encounter with the bat-faced duck-lion (The Guardian, Australia)
May 29 – (Opinion: Stewart Lee) Beelzebub, the gluttonous emperor of hell, master of calumny, foremost in wickedness and crime, is a fallen angel who presides over the Order of the Fly.

Trudeau asks Pope Francis to apologise to indigenous people for church’s abuses (The Guardian, Australia)
May 30 - Justin Trudeau has urged Pope Francis to visit Canada to apologise to indigenous peoples for the Catholic church’s treatment of aboriginal children in schools it ran there.

Islam

Indonesia’s hijab-wearing Muslim metal group challenges stereotypes (Brisbane Times)
May 30 - With their heads covered with Islamic headscarves, the three members of the Indonesian band VoB ("Voice of Baceprot" or "Noisy Voice") do not look like your typical heavy metal group.

Religious Violence

ISIS rival al-Qaeda attempts comeback with audio recording from Hamza bin Laden (news.com.au)
May 29 - OSAMA bin Laden may long be dead but there’s a new threat in town — his 28-year-old son who has renewed his call for attacks on the west.

Manchester attack: ’Trainee pilot’ arrested as blue suitcase images released (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 30 - London: A "trainee pilot" has been arrested as the investigation into the terror network behind Manchester bomber Salman Abedi spreads across Britain.

’Bomb violence with mercy’: anti-terror ad goes viral in Middle East (The Guardian, Australia)
May 30 - A Ramadan TV ad by a Middle Eastern telecommunications company in which victims of terrorism confront a suicide bomber and urge society to “bomb violence with mercy” has provoked a heated debate in the region, with some praising its attempt to tackle extremism and others criticising it for using victims of bombings and a simplistic portrayal of terrorists.

Father of Zynab Al Harbiya mourns loss of daughter in Baghdad bombing (Brisbane Times)
June 2 - Cairo: When Khalid Al Harbiya arrived at the Neurosurgery Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, none of the doctors had informed him his 12-year-old daughter Zynab had died.

Religious Violence – IS in the Philippines

Isis-backed militants struggle for control in the southern Philippines (The Guardian, Australia)
May 29 - Fears are growing that a violent attempt by local militants to seize a city in the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, marks the beginning of a wider attempt by Islamic State to open a new south-east Asian front in its campaign of global jihad.

Militants allied with Islamic State execute Filipinos who could not recite prayers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 29 - Extremists allied with Islamic State are believed to have executed Filipinos in a besieged southern city of the Philippines because they could not recite Islamic prayers, as the death toll from six days of fighting rose to 100, with dozens wounded.

IS militants dump bodies (The Australian)
May 29 - Islamic State-linked militants dump the bodies of at least 16 civilians, including a child, in the southern Philippines.

Explainer: how and why Islamic State-linked rebels took over part of a Philippine city (The Guardian, Australia)
May 29 - Rebels linked to Islamic State have taken control of several neighbourhoods in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, with army artillery and aerial attacks unable to completely dislodge them after six days.

Extremists stockpiled weapons ahead of Marawi siege (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 1 - Bangkok: Islamic extremists pre-planned the siege of a southern Philippine city, deploying weapons, ammunition, Islamic State flags and bomb-making materials, according to the Philippine military and other sources.

The Philippine ’Suicide Squad’ saving civilians trapped on Isis frontline (The Guardian, Australia)
June 1 - They go by the name “Suicide Squad”, and the reason why becomes abundantly clear amid the smoke and carnage of the besieged Philippine city of Marawi.

 

ISLAM

Time to confront local Islamists (The Australian)
May 29 – (Opinion: Jennifer Oriel) Let’s step up the fight against a militant ideology whose soldiers are among us.

Muslim tips to evade scrutiny (The Australian)
May 30 - Muslims travelling overseas have been told to clear their mobile phone storage and digital footprints.

Australian Zaynb Al Harbeya, 12, killed in terrorist bombing of popular ice cream shop in Baghdad (news.com.au)
May 31 - AN Australian girl has been killed in a terror attack at an ice-cream parlour in Baghdad.

Islamic State terror guide encourages luring victims via Gumtree, eBay (news.com.au)
May 31 - ISLAMIC State has released a step-by-step guide on how to murder nonbelievers, which includes advice on how to lure targets via fake ads on Gumtree and eBay.

Nothing to do with Islam? (The Australian)
June 1 – (Opinion: The Mocker) In just over two years, 312 people have died in terrorist attacks in Europe. Sure it’s #NTDWI?

Muslim students ’told to leave’ Convention Centre for making patrons ’uncomfortable’ (WAToday.com.au)
June 2 - Perth Muslim students attending a career expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre were allegedly forced to leave after onlookers felt threatened by their "attire" because of Manchester’s suicide bombing.

Why do Muslim feminists turn a blind eye to Islamist misogyny? (ABC News)  
June 3 – (Opinion: Emma-Kate Symons) Arguments over the veil and the purity culture surrounding it have long divided Muslim women.

Terror spokesman Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir on a new Islamic state (The Saturday Paper)
June 3 - Often described as the “most senior Australian in al-Qaeda”, 33-year-old Sheikh Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir – aka Mostafa Mahamed Farag – says he is no longer affiliated with any designated terrorist group or rebel faction in Syria, but nevertheless remains on Australia’s counterterrorism sanctions list and the United States’ “specially designated global terrorist” watchlist.

 

JUDAISM

ABC to tackle anti-Semitic trolls (The Australian)
June 3 - The ABC has had to dump anti-Semitic comments and ban trolls from its Facebook page.

 

POLITICS

Tony Abbott on Muslims: ’Stop treating them with kid gloves’ (news.com.au)
June 1 - AUSTRALIANS should stop treating Muslims with kid gloves and those living in our country must conform to our rules, according to Tony Abbott.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

I’ve seen first hand why we need safe access zones around abortion clinics (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 29 – (Opinion: Philip Goldstone ) Undergoing a medical procedure for most Australians is a relatively straight-forward affair and one that can be done in privacy and without judgment from strangers. Unless you are a woman seeking an abortion in NSW.

How do we celebrate the virtues of dead loved ones in a secular age? (The Guardian, Australia)
May 29 – (Opinion: Jeff Sparrow) The Enlightenment philosopher Giambattista Vico argued that culture began with funerary rites.

Margaret Court doubles down on gay marriage criticism (news.com.au)
May 30 - TENNIS legend Margaret Court has doubled down on her controversial criticism of gay marriage and slammed The Project for its “disgusting” treatment of her during an interview last week.

Also: ’The devil’s after our kids’: Margaret Court’s second serve (The Age, Melbourne)
June 1 - Far from modifying her denouncement of gay marriage, tennis champion Margaret Court has broadened it, saying that it was causing huge problems in countries where it was legalised, that homosexuality was an ungodly "lust for the flesh" and that LGBT tendencies in young people were "all the devil".

Also: An open letter from Martina Navratilova to Margaret Court Arena (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 1 – (Opinion: Martina Navratilova) Sporting venues named for athletes, or any place, really, named for whoever, are so named for one reason.

Also: ’We’ve got to be better’ (The Australian)
June 1 - Cate McGregor has hit out at comments made by Margaret Court about gay marriage and transgender children

Also: Note to Margaret Court: the Bible isn’t meant to be read that literally (ABC News)  
June 3 – (Opinion: Robyn J Whitaker, Trinity College) Margaret Court is wrong to claim marriage is "a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible", as she did in her open letter to Qantas, or that a "biblical view" of marriage is between one man and one woman, as she did on Channel Ten’s The Project last week.

Also: Court: pastor, helper, champion (The Australian)
June 3 – (Opinion: Paige Taylor) Marika Court barely recognises the Margaret Court she has read about over the past fortnight.

Also: Margaret Court: astounding champion who found God and lost the respect of a nation (The Guardian, Australia)
June 3 – (Opinion: Russell Jackson) Margaret Court was the most glittering example of Australia’s domination of world tennis in the 1960s and 70s – a prolonged period of supremacy in which a murderer’s row of superstar players with iconic, instructive nicknames like Rocket, Muscles and Newk took all before them.

Also: Margaret Court says she is being bullied for her views by US-led ’conspiracy’ (The Guardian, Australia)
June 3 - Margaret Court has claimed she is a victim of a US-led conspiracy following calls to remove her name from one of the arenas at the Australian Open.

Why I won’t be giving to the Salvos Appeal (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 2 – (Opinion: Garry Linnell) Welcome to the battlefront on this Sunday afternoon. For once the sun is shining down on the good Lord’s soldiers as the war against Satan rages on.

 


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