Religion News Australia 2017 - 28 (July 23 - 30)

  (30 July 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

July 23 - 30, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

George Pell confirms he will attend court hearing on historical sexual assault charges (ABC News)  
July 24 - Cardinal George Pell will face a Melbourne court in person this week after being charged with historical sexual assault offences.

Also: All roads lead to William St: World awaits Cardinal George Pell’s day in court (Brisbane Times)
July 24 - He is one of the highest ranking officials in the Catholic Church, but Cardinal George Pell could find himself rubbing shoulders with drink-drivers, drug users and other accused criminals when he attends court for the first time to answer to historical sex charges.

Also: George Pell: Prince of the Catholic Church walks gauntlet at court (Brisbane Times)
July 24 - Only the large ring of gold on the big right hand gave away that this man in the clerical collar was more than a mere priest.

Also: Secrecy and security envelop George Pell’s magistrates court show (The Guardian, Australia)
July 26 – (Opinion: David Marr) My apologies. I can’t tell you what’s going on.

Also: Cardinal George Pell to plead not guilty to historical sex charges (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 26 - Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic official, has faced court for the first time to answer charges of historical sex offences, with his lawyer saying he will plead not guilty.

Also: In court with Cardinal George Pell (The Saturday Paper)
July 29 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) To those already inside, George Pell appeared suddenly.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Relationship building between city and country with spirit levels and spiritual support (ABC News)  
July 26 - For many years, Stewart Cuddy has been a Sydney lawyer attending an Anglican parish in one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs.

 

EDUCATION

More than 40 per cent of NSW school students nominate ’no religion’: new data (Brisbane Times)
July 24 - More than 40 per cent of the 795,000 students in NSW’s public schools do not list any religion on their enrolment form, according to new data that comes as parents and teachers push for an overhaul of the strict rules that leave students with "dead time" if they do not attend scripture.

Father fights for five-year-old son to wear turban at Melbourne Christian school (The Age, Melbourne)
July 24 - Sargadeep is a father fighting for his son.

Also: Melbourne Sikh family challenge ’inclusive’ Christian school’s ban on boy’s turban (ABC News)  
July 24 - A Melbourne family has launched legal action against a Christian school for banning their son from wearing his traditional Sikh patka, a turban worn by children.

Also: School’s ’turban ban’ displays common misunderstanding of equality (The Age, Melbourne)
July 29 - Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices?

Pastor of church providing school scripture describes Qur’an as a ’virus’ (The Guardian, Australia)
July 24 - A government-approved provider of school scripture has been referred to the New South Wales Department of Education after its pastor described the Qur’an as “a virus” and said Islam was “culturally incompatible with western Christian values”.

Jesus unwelcome in school yards (The Australian)
July 27 - Queensland education officials have made an edict that takes aim at students who talk about Jesus with their friends.

Unholy row over religious instruction in Queensland schools (Brisbane Times)
July 28 - An unholy row has broken out over religious instruction in Queensland schools.

Also: Christians put heat on premier (The Australian)
July 30 - Christian groups ­are demanding the withdrawal of a ban on ­primary school students talking about Jesus in the schoolyard.

My state school scripture classes taught me about hell. I wouldn’t change a thing (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 28 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Maley ) Mrs Bickel, our Year 8 scripture teacher, was big on the Book of Revelations.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Paedophile priest to be released from prison (news.com.au)
July 27 - A FORMER priest who was one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex-abuse scandal will be released this week, after serving 12 years in prison for raping a Sunday school student.

Catholic Church

Vatican turns off historic fountains amid Rome drought (The Guardian, Australia)
July 24 - Vatican authorities have turned off 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter’s Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome, which surrounds it.

Islam

Author canned for Islam ’abuse’ (The Australian)
July 24 - Richard Dawkins is embroiled in a free speech row after a radio station dropped him over ’hurtful’ Islam comments.

Scout leader call for sharia law (The Australian)
July 24 - Indonesia’s government suspended support for the Boy Scouts after its chairman expressed support for Hizb-ut Tahrir.

Top Democrat fires IT staffer after arrest (news.com.au)
July 28 - IT’S either the biggest Washington scandal you’ve never heard of, or an anti-Muslim witch hunt pushed by far-right conspiracy theorists.

Religious Violence

Kabul car bomb goes off during morning commute, officials put death toll at 35 (ABC News)  
July 24 - A suicide attacker has detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul, killing at least 35 people, a senior government official said.

Schoolgirl who left Germany to join IS regrets decision, wants to return home (ABC News)  
July 24 - A German teenager arrested in Iraq and potentially facing the death penalty after leaving home to join Islamic State (IS) says she regrets her decision and now just wants to return to her family.

Also: Captured German schoolgirl turned IS bride Linda Wenzel turned bride could face trial (news.com.au)
July 24 - THE German schoolgirl brainwashed to become an ISIS bride could face trial for her actions as it emerges she was found with a baby boy in her bomb-ravaged fortress.

Also: ’I just want to go home’: German teenager who joined Isis speaks of regrets – reports (The Guardian, Australia)
July 24 - A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported.

Teenage girl charged with plotting UK terror attack with Isis fighter (The Guardian, Australia)
July 26 - A 17-year-old girl has been charged with terrorism offences after allegedly communicating with an Isis fighter in Syria and arranging to receive weapons in order to conduct an attack in the UK, Scotland Yard said.

Children of Isis fighters face threat of Mosul revenge attacks (The Guardian, Australia)
July 26 - For the past seven months, Abu Hassan, an army medic, has treated the damaged and desperate people of the Iraqi city of Mosul as they arrived from the cauldron of war.

More than 100 hardline Jewish settlers occupy house in Hebron (The Guardian, Australia)
July 26 - About 120 hardline Jewish settlers have occupied a house in the old city of Hebron, citing Israel’s handling of the crisis over the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem that has sparked days of violence.

How we can defeat ISIS 2.0 (The Australian)
July 26 – (Opinion: Roger Boyes) As Islamic State morphs from caliphate to crime syndicate, the West must shift its fight.

Al Aqsa Mosque: More than 100 injured in clashes with police as Israel removes security equipment (ABC News)  
July 27 - At least 113 people have been injured in clashes as thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site.

Marawi: Islamic State fight in Philippines a threat to Australia and region, George Brandis says (ABC News)  
July 28 - Attorney-General George Brandis has warned the sustained fighting in the southern Philippines city of Marawi poses an immediate and urgent threat to Indonesia and the region more generally, including Australia.

Also: Islamic State is on Australia’s doorstep: Their secret dens and a mobile phone confirms it (news.com.au)
July 28 - AS he descends the dozen steps into total darkness, Corporal Roger Morillo pauses for a moment, less to allow his eyes to adjust and more to note the gravitas of what lies beneath.

A different jihad: How a convicted man is working to redeem terrorists’ children (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 28 - Medan: In the dusty yard of an Islamic boarding school in North Sumatra, a group of excitable boys are telling us why they want to join the police force and the army when they grow up.

India’s Muslims ’in constant fear’ as vigilante murders increase (ABC News)  
July 30 - In early July, local engineer Nazmal Hassan was caught wearing a burqa by police at Aligarh railway station in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Returning terrorists’ threat (The Australian)
July 30 - Collapse of Islamic State in Iraq ’throws up a new range of problems’ as foreign fighters rebase themselves in South-East Asia.

Other

Canaanites survived Biblical ’slaughter’, ancient DNA shows (ABC News)  
July 28 - The ancient Canaanites, who according to the Bible were commanded to be exterminated, did not die out, but lived on to become modern-day Lebanese, according to the first study to analyse their DNA.

Orange Order: Protestants told not to use ’RIP’ as it is Catholic superstition (The Guardian, Australia)
July 29 - The Orange Order has advised its members and all those who consider themselves Protestant to stop using the phrase RIP to offer sympathy after a person has died because it is un-Protestant, un-biblical and a superstition connected to Catholicism.

 

ISLAM

Green light for Bendigo mosque (The Australian)
July 24 - Bendigo Council has approved the regional Victorian city’s first mosque after years of planning and legal hurdles.

’Some take exception with Muslims’: outgoing Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 28 - Outgoing Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour has defended his controversial $5.6 million salary and said some criticism of him was linked to his Islamic faith.

’Australian women need us to fertilise them’: Halal chief slams white men in Facebook rant (news.com.au)
July 28 - THE head of the Halal Certification Authority says Australian women need Muslim men to fertilise them to “keep them surrounded by Muslim babies”, declaring that the “white race will be extinct” in 40 years.

Sydney terror raids ’disrupted’ plot to bring down plane, Malcolm Turnbull says (ABC News)  
July 30 - Authorities in Sydney have seized material that could be used to make an improvised bomb, as investigations continue into an alleged terror plot to bring down a plane.

Sydney terrorism raids: What we know about the alleged plot to bring down a plane (ABC News)  
July 30 - Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed anti-terrorism raids in Sydney on Saturday related to a threat to bring down a plane with an "improvised device".

Also: ’Elaborate’ threat to blow up plane (The Australian)
July 30 - A foiled Islamist-inspired terrorist plot to bring down a plane with an IED has put airport security on high alert.

 

JUDAISM

Sydney Jewish Museum seeks historical items from the Holocaust before memories fade (ABC News)  
July 26 - The last letter John ’Hansi’ Gruschka received from his mother read ’Dear Hansi. Unfortunately tomorrow I leave. Lots of kisses.’

 

POLITICS

Religious leaders occupy environment minister’s office to protest Carmichael coalmine (The Guardian, Australia)
July 24 - Religious leaders from several faiths have occupied the electorate office of Josh Frydenberg today, demanding the federal environment minister withdraw his support for Adani’s Carmichael mine, and vowing to stay there until he does so.

One halal of a story (The Australian)
July 29 - Sam Dastyari has laid bare his family’s history as pro-democracy activists who escaped from Iran in the 1980s.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Asking Christians to do better by domestic violence victims is not an attack on Christianity (ABC News)  
July 28 – (Opinion: Steven Tracy) As an outsider to Australian culture, politics and church life, I am reluctant to weigh in on Aussie debates.

Last scientologist quietly leaves the court of James Packer (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 29 - Nearly a decade since PS first revealed James Packer had walked away from the Church of Scientology, the billionaire has expunged the last Scientologist from his inner circle.

’Once a girl is married, there is no going back’ (ABC News)  
July 30 - The trouble started when Kasish’s new husband wanted her to take the blame for his driving offence, to save his demerit points.

Right-wing Catholics targeted (The Australian)
July 30 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Socially conservative Catholics have been the subject of sneering regularly on the ABC and in Fairfax Media publications.

 


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