Religion News Australia 2017 - 26 (July 9 - 16)

  (16 July 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

July 9 - 16, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Trace: Police admit DNA bungle wrongly cleared paedophile priest as suspect in cold case murder (ABC News)  
July 13 - Police have admitted they used an incorrect DNA sample to rule out a paedophile priest in the brutal killing of Melbourne cold case murder victim Maria James.

Also: Embarrassing bungle involving bloodied pillowcase could have hindered murder investigation (news.com.au)
July 14 - VICTORIA Police thought they had the DNA profile of Maria James’ killer, but an embarrassing bungle saw a bloodied pillowcase from an unrelated crime put in the wrong exhibits bag.

 

ABUSE – George Pell

Cardinal George Pell arrives in Sydney ahead of court appearance on sex abuse charges (ABC News)  
July 10 - Cardinal George Pell has arrived in Sydney ahead of his first court appearance for historical sexual abuse charges later this month.

Also: Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face historical sex abuse charges (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 10 - Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic, has returned to Australia after being charged with historical sex offences.

Also: Fears that George Pell might not get a fair go drive calls for judge-only trials (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 10 - Senior lawyers say Victoria should allow judge-only trials in some cases, after expressing concerns Cardinal George Pell would not get a fair hearing on historic sex charges.

Also: Pell statement after arrival (The Australian)
July 10 - Cardinal George Pell has landed back Australia to face historical sexual abuse charges in Melbourne.

 

EDUCATION

Islamic experts work towards national religious school curriculum to apply faith to modern life (ABC News)  
July 11 - A new high school curriculum will help young people realise there’s no conflict between following Islam and being raised Australian, despite an atmosphere of Islamaphobia, according to young student Gaida Merei.

Private, public, religious, single-sex, selective: Finding the right school (The Age, Melbourne)
July 16 - It’s a decision many parents agonise over – where to send their children to school.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Catholic Church confirms its opposition to going gluten free (Brisbane Times)
July 10 - Say a prayer for Catholics who happen to be coeliac.

Islam

Hijabers of Instagram: the Muslim women challenging stereotypes (Brisbane Times)
July 13 - It is easy for non-Muslims to forget that there are places where Muslim women lead lives full of frivolity and fun: they shop, read fashion magazines and travel to Europe.

Taboo-busting sex guide offers advice to Muslim women seeking fulfilling love lives (The Guardian, Australia)
July 16 - It was a confession by a newlywed friend about her disastrous sex life that gave Umm Muladhat an idea for a groundbreaking book.

Indonesia bans extremist organisations in first concrete move against hard-line Islamists (ABC News)  
July 16 - The Indonesian President has signed a regulation to ban mass organisations that do not support the nation’s ideology.

Religious Violence

Battle for Mosul: Iraq’s Prime Minister declares victory over Islamic State in militant stronghold (ABC News)  
July 10 - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul and congratulated the armed forces for their victory over Islamic State after nearly nine months of urban warfare, bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city.

Also: Mosul liberated as Islamic State faces total defeat in Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 10 - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to declare it liberated from Islamic State, three years after the city’s abrupt fall to the jihadists alerted the world to the group’s growing strength, territorial ambitions and barbarity.

Also: What’s been happening in the northern Iraq city and where the fight against IS heads next (ABC News)  
July 10 - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory in the battle for Mosul, potentially ending Islamic State’s (IS) three-year reign in the city in northern Iraq.

Also: Mosul is in ruins. But it is the idea of Iraq itself that needs to be rebuilt. (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 10 – (Opinion: Michael Bachelard) Mosul is a pile of rubble.

Also: Iraqi military’s victory over militants in Mosul a key win for Obama strategy (news.com.au)
July 10 - THE Iraqi military’s hard-fought victory over the Islamic State group in Mosul marks a defining moment not just for them.

Marawi fight: 100 militants ’holed up with hostages’ in centre of city (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 11 - Bangkok: The death toll in the 49-day siege of the southern Philippine city of Marawi has topped 500, as Islamist militants reportedly force children and hostages to fight alongside them.

ISIS suicide bomber captured with baby moments before blast in Iraq (news.com.au)
July 11 - CHILLING pictures have emerged that are believed to show a female ISIS fighter clutching a baby moments before detonating her suicide vest in Iraq.

The battle for Mosul is won. But with Isis defeated, can Iraqis unite? (The Guardian, Australia)
July 11 – (Opinion: Jonathan Steele) It is widely accepted that Islamic State’s defeat in Mosul, declared this weekend, ends a battle but not a war, and that the group’s thousands of jihadi supporters could turn in revenge to targeted suicide bombings in the west as well as in cities in Iraq and Syria.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ’Confirmed information’ Islamic State leader killed, Observatory says (ABC News)  
July 12 - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

Horrific last days of Mosul (The Australian)
July 14 - Islamic State sent suicide bombers - including women with babies in their arms - and sought young boys for battle, Iraqis say.

Other

Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing (The Guardian, Australia)
July 10 - A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.

Hunt for rogue Thai monk Wirapol on sex, money laundering charges leads to US (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 16 - Bangkok: Thai officials are flying to the United States to seek the extradition of a flamboyant defrocked monk at the centre of sex and money laundering scandals that captivated predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

 

ISLAM

Islamophobia: Women wearing head coverings most at risk of attacks, study finds (ABC News)  
July 10 - The perpetrators of Islamophobic attacks overwhelmingly target women, according to a report.

My children hear the ugly reality of racism in the street, it’s not up to them to toughen up (ABC News)  
July 10 – (Opinion: Randa Abdel-Fattah) Dropping my children off to their Islamic school one morning, a car slowed down and one of the male occupants yelled out, "F*** off Arab terrorists".

Posters target Aly, Yassmin (The Australian)
July 10 - White nationalist posters calling for the deportation of Waleed Aly and targeting Yassmin Abdel-Magied appear across Sydney.

Also: Police investigating racist posters plastered across Sydney’s inner west (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 11 - Police are looking for those responsible for plastering posters promoting the lynching and deportation of prominent politicians and media personalities across Sydney’s inner west.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied says Australia happy to accept those who ’toe the line’ (ABC News)  
July 12 - Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who has called herself the most "publicly hated Muslim in Australia", says she feels betrayed by her home country and that people in Australia are happy to accept you "as long as you toe the line".

’We have phobias of each other’: Meet a Muslim campaign launches across Australia (Brisbane Times)
July 16 - A new campaign by an Australian Muslim community is encouraging people to "meet a Muslim" over coffee and cake.

 

JUDAISM

Sydney rabbi sues Australian Jewish News over alleged defamation on child abuse comments (Brisbane Times)
July 14 - On day four of his defamation action against the Australian Jewish News, the rabbi began to pace.

 

POLITICS

LNP set to debate sharia, abortion and privatising the ABC at state convention (Brisbane Times)
July 14 - Privatising the ABC, suspending immigration from countries that recognise sharia and the registration of groups such as GetUp are just some of the issues LNP members will vote on this weekend.

Also: LNP members vote down call to pull out of Paris Climate Accord at Queensland convention (ABC News)  
July 16 - Queensland Liberal National Party members have steered away from a potentially divisive move against Australia’s global climate position, while the party leader also vowed not to be distracted by federal squabbles in the lead up to the next election.

Also: Muslim migration, Paris Climate Accord, ABC privatisation all up for debate at LNP state conference (news.com.au)
July 16 - THE annual state conference of Queensland’s conservative Liberal National Party has taken on a Trump-esque air, with members debating a push to limit Muslim migration, along with backing out of the Paris Climate Accord.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

God or godless? It probably depends on your age and where you live (ABC News)  
July 12 - Australians are losing their religion, the headlines tell us, but digging deeper into the 2016 census tells a more complex story about how closely faith and geography are linked in modern Australia.

Religion is the new frontier in workplace discrimination (ABC News)  
July 15 – (Opinion: Andrew West ) David Brent, the antihero of the classic British satire The Office, had a crude line in jokes about race, disability, sex and sexuality.

City’s methodist-era church becomes a creeping giant for international tourists (Brisbane Times)
July 16 - The three Chinese tourists paused outside the wonderful old red brick church that sits across King George Square from Brisbane’s City Hall.

 

 


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