Religion News Australia 2017 - 23 (June 18 - 25)

  (26 June 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

June 18 - 25, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

education / international stories / islam / religion & society

 

 

 

EDUCATION

A war on two fronts: Turnbull faces internal rebellion over schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - The Turnbull government’s progress towards a historic victory on its new Gonski 2.0 school funding model threatens to be derailed by an internal rebellion from conservative MPs furious about a $4.6 billion hit to Catholic schools.

Also: Gonski 2.0: Independent schools condemn Government’s plan to fund Catholic institutions (ABC News)  
June 19 - The Turnbull Government has opened up a new front in its battle over education funding, with independent schools on the verge of withdrawing their support for critical legislation.

Also: Turnbull buckles to Catholic schools: concessions offered to head off party room brawl (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - The Turnbull government has buckled to demands from conservative MPs to delay the introduction of less-generous funding arrangements for Catholic schools, after insisting it would wipe out the "special deals" created by the previous Labor government.

Also: Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart intervenes in schools war, asks to meet PM (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 21 - Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric has intervened in the war over school funding to seek an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull before the government’s Gonski 2.0 changes come to a Senate vote.

Islamic College of South Australia set to reopen after finding West Australian-based buyer (ABC News)  
June 20 - The troubled Islamic College of South Australia could reopen as soon as Thursday, according to its liquidators, because it has been sold to a West Australian-based organisation.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Muslims today face a deep malaise. We must confront it (The Guardian, Australia)
June 18 – (Opinion: Nabil Echchaibi) My existential crisis as a Muslim man haunts me to the core of my being.

J.K. Rowling, Lily Allen slam tabloid media after attack on Muslims in London’s Finsbury Park (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - As London reels from yet another blow, British celebrities have taken to social media to point the finger at tabloid papers.

Five months of Trump: Muslims’ fears were high but neighbors stood by them (The Guardian, Australia)
June 19 - In the third week of the first Ramadan of the Donald Trump presidency, seven Muslim families gathered for an iftar dinner to conclude the day’s fast at a spacious home in a recently developed suburb of Easton, Pennsylvania.

Opposing sides of the Syrian conflict release hundreds of prisoners at end of Ramadan (ABC News)  
June 25 - The Syrian government has released hundreds of detainees, including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, on the eve of a major Muslim holiday.

Religious Violence

One dead, terror probe launched after van targets Muslims near London mosque (ABC News)  
June 19 - One man has been confirmed dead after a van was driven into a crowd of worshippers near a London mosque, in what police are treating as a terrorist attack.

Also: Eyewitnesses describe moment van ploughed through crowd of worshippers (ABC News)  
June 19 - Witnesses have described the moment a van swerved into a crowd of worshippers outside a London mosque, killing one person.

Also: Finsbury Park: Was attack on Muslim community treated differently? (ABC News)  
June 19 - Five hours after a van ploughed into a group of Muslims leaving evening prayers in London, police said they were treating it as a potential terrorist attack.

Also: British Muslims call for protection after van attack near Finsbury Park mosque (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - London: British Muslims have asked for police protection of their places of worship after a man drove a van into a crowd near a north London mosque, leaving 10 people injured, several seriously.

Also: At least one dead after van mows down people in ’terror attack’ outside north London mosque (news.com.au)
June 19 - THE man who drove a van into a crowd of people outside a North London mosque smiled and blew kisses as people lay bleeding around him.

Also: ’I want to kill all Muslims’ (The Australian)
June 19 - A witness has described seeing a van plough into people near a London mosque and wrestling the attacker to the ground.

Also: London mosque attack: Suspect a family man who could ’flip his lid’ when drinking (The Age, Melbourne)
June 19 - London: The father of four suspected of mowing down a group of worshippers outside a London mosque was a "devoted" family man, but was known for "flipping his lid" when he drank too much, neighbours claimed last night.

Also: Mosque suspect cursed Muslims (The Australian)
June 19 - Mosque attack suspect Darren Osborne was known for racist obscenities and had been heard “cursing Muslims” in the pub.

Also: Imam saved suspect from mob (The Australian)
June 19 - The Finsbury Park suspect was on the ground being beaten until one man, the mosque’s imam, stepped in, saying simply: “Do not touch him.”

Also: Couple fear they gave attacker directions to north London mosque (news.com.au)
June 21 - A COUPLE fear they unknowingly gave the Finsbury Park terror suspect directions to his target when he asked them how to get to north London.

Also: UK police charge Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder, attempted murder (ABC News)  
June 24 - British police have charged a man with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder over an incident in which a van was driven at Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque after prayers earlier this week.

Muslim girl, 17, killed on way home from Virginia mosque (The Guardian, Australia)
June 19 - A Muslim teenager was assaulted and killed in the early hours of Sunday as she walked home after prayers at a mosque near Washington.

Brussels Central Station: Soldiers shoot suspected bomber after reports of explosion (ABC News)  
June 21 - Belgian troops have shot a suspected suicide bomber after reports of an explosion at Brussels Central Station.

’Close al-Jazeera’: Saudi Arabia issues Qatar 13 demands to end blockade (The Guardian, Australia)
June 23 - The closure of the Qatar-funded broadcaster al-Jazeera is among 13 wide-ranging demands tabled by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo of Qatar.

Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on eve of Eid (The Guardian, Australia)
June 24 - At least 37 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in two separate attacks in Pakistan, according to local officials.

Terrorist attack on Mecca’s Grand Mosque foiled, Saudi Arabia says (ABC News)  
June 24 - Saudi security forces have foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the alleged potential attacker before he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry says.

Other

Scientologists set up at relief site near Grenfell Tower (news.com.au)
June 21 - A CHURCH of Scientology tent that appeared at the site for Grenfell Tower victims has been slammed by locals who have branded members of the controversial religion as “vultures”.

 

ISLAM

Faith no more (The Australian)
June 19 - Sami Shah and Ishma Alvi thought long and hard about Islam before deciding to renounce it.

Philippines siege: The terrorist ’caliphate’ on Australia’s doorstep (Brisbane Times)
June 19 - What if the butchers of so-called Islamic State set up a branch of their barbarian "caliphate" in South East Asia with the aim of waging their vicious jihad throughout the region?

Bail denied for Adelaide woman allegedly linked to Islamic State  (ABC News)  
June 23 - A South Australian student charged with being a member of Islamic State has been refused bail after the magistrate ruled there was a risk she would undertake politically motivated attacks if released.

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi: The problem with the media’s favourite Muslim (ABC News)  
June 23 - In the space of just 12 months, a man called Mohammad Tawhidi has come out of nowhere to become one of the most prominent Muslim voices in the Australian media.

Waleed’s word on mosque attack (The Australian)
June 23 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Academic’s take on the existential threat of terrorism

Special place in hell for Neil (The Australian)
June 23 – (Opinion: Jack the Insider) IS recruiter Neil Prakash, on trial in Turkey, is likely to begin a world tour of the globe’s toughest prisons.

Sami Shah on Islam, Australia and being a ’serial blasphemer’ (The Guardian, Australia)
June 23 - Born in Pakistan as the child of Muslim parents, Islam buzzed away quietly in the background of Sami Shah’s life until he succumbed to peer pressure.

Anzac, Mother’s Day terror plotters to spend more time behind bars (The Age, Melbourne)
June 23 - Two young Melbourne men who pleaded guilty to separate terror-related offences will spend more time behind bars, after the Court of Appeal agreed their original sentences were too lenient.

What it’s like to be a Muslim woman with an eating disorder during Ramadan (ABC News)  
June 24 - For Muslims living with an eating disorder, Ramadan poses complex issues and heightened risks — risks that Bahar, a 23-year-old Melbournian, is all too familiar with.

Faith in liberty and equality (The Australian)
June 24 – (Opinion: Peter Kurti) Burka wearers must make sure it isn’t a symbol of the failure of integration.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Suspicious fire does not stop Canberrans from gathering at burnt church service (ABC News)  
June 18 - It was not their usual Sunday church service in Canberra.

YMCA partners with Boy George to embrace eponymous gay anthem for first time (The Guardian, Australia)
June 19 - Christian youth organisation the YMCA unexpectedly found itself the subject of a gay anthem when the Village People released what was intended to be a “filler” track as a single, in 1978.

God’s land: Tasmanian honey farm owners who refused to pay rates get anonymous help (ABC News)  
June 22 - An "anonymous source" has paid the rates for two of three properties owned by a Tasmanian family who refused to pay on the basis that they believe God owns their land.

Margaret Court: Protesters rally against former tennis champion outside Liberal Party fundraiser (ABC News)  
June 23 - About 100 same-sex marriage campaigners have rallied outside a Liberal Party fundraiser in central Melbourne to protest against tennis legend Margaret Court, who was invited to give a speech at the function.

Gold Coast yoga leggings with sacred deity condemned by Hindus (Brisbane Times)
June 24 - A Gold Coast yoga wear company has put Hindu communities in Australia and overseas offside by creating and selling leggings with images of a sacred deity.

Darwin water park proposal seeks to build on Aboriginal sacred site, land contaminated with PFAS (ABC News)  
June 25 - The location where the NT Government is looking to put a huge water park to boost Darwin’s sagging economy is both an Aboriginal sacred site and, according to Defence, contaminated with toxic chemicals.

 


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