by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Jan 30 – Feb 6, 2011
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Feb 2 - A former Anglican priest twice jailed for paedophilia has been sentenced on seven new charges.
Also: Adelaide pedophile priest jailed again (The West Australian)
Feb 2 - A pedophile priest already jailed twice for child sex offences faces the prospect of dying in prison after being ordered to serve an extra nine years for more abuse.
New world born of ancient myths (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 4 – (Review) Mythology has a perverse and paradoxical currency.
Annesley students now a rarer breed (ABC News)
Feb 1 - Parents who have decided to keep their children at Annesley College in Adelaide concede it has been a hard decision.
Coalition folds in ethics class battle (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 3 - THE state opposition has dumped its promise to remove ethics classes from NSW public schools if it is elected, as 57 schools prepare to start teaching the new course within weeks.
Also: NSW opposition backs down on ethics class (The West Australian)
Feb 3 - Ethics classes are here to stay in NSW public schools after the state opposition retreated from its promise to remove them if it wins government at the March election.
Also: Christians vent anger after opposition abandons promise on ethics classes (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 4 - FURIOUS Christians have accused the state Coalition of breaking a key election promise by dumping its commitment to remove ethics classes from schools if it wins power next month.
Forced to listen to word of God (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 3 - THE education department has ordered three schools to offer separate supervision to students who have opted out of scripture classes.
Religiously follow the rules, or catch church in bed with state (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 4 – (Opinion: Richard Ackland) It was 30 years ago that the issue of government money being lavished on church schools got a good airing in the High Court.
India claims key Tibetan monk may be Chinese spy (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 2 - THE Dalai Lama has denied that one of his possible successors is a Chinese spy or is involved in money laundering after Indian police found more than $A1.6 million, including Chinese yuan, in one of his cars.
German Catholics urge reforms as papal visit nears (The West Australian)
Feb 4 - PARIS (Reuters) - Over 140 Roman Catholic theologians in Germany have urged the church to embrace far-reaching reforms to end priestly celibacy, ordain women, welcome same-sex couples and let lay people help pick their bishops.
App to help sinners confess reconciles 21st century with Catholic faith (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 4 - EVE was tempted by the apple. Now the smartphone invented by the company that bears its name has a confession app claimed to be the first of its kind to be approved by the Catholic Church.
Also: Confession app gets church's blessing (ABC News)
Feb 4 - The Catholic Church has given the thumbs up to an iPhone application called Confession.
Minor miracle needed for pope pilgrimage (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 6 - It will take two miracles for Pope John Paul II to become a saint.
Boy George upsets Hindus with new video (The West Australian)
Feb 2 - Boy George has upset devout Hindus with the depiction of their deities and gods in his new music video.
Leader eyes political role for Tunisian Islamists (The West Australian)
Jan 31 - TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisian Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi told AFP Sunday his movement wanted to play a political role in Tunisia, upon returning to his homeland from more than 20 years in exile after the fall of the old regime.
Thousands in Pakistan protest law reform (The West Australian)
Jan 31 - About 40,000 people rallied in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Sunday in the latest protest against proposed reforms of a controversial blasphemy law.
Also: Pakistan politician's anger over blasphemy impasse (The West Australian)
Feb 3 - ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A liberal lawmaker on Thursday accused Pakistan's prime minister of sabotaging efforts to reform blasphemy laws that have been widely condemned by rights groups.
Also: Pakistani MP abandons opposition to blasphemy law (ABC News)
Feb 4 - A Pakistani MP has abandoned her attempt to change the country's controversial blasphemy laws.
Also: MP drops blasphemy challenge (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 5 - A Pakistani MP spearheading reform of controversial blasphemy laws has abandoned her struggle, accusing her party of caving in to extremists.
Indonesian pop star Ariel jailed over homemade sex tapes (The Australian)
Jan 31 - AN INDONESIAN pop star who rocked the nation when sex tapes he made with celebrity girlfriends appeared online has been sentenced to 3½ years in jail.
Actress Veena Malik takes on clerics over dress (The Australian)
Jan 31 - A Pakistani film star is pitting herself against conservative clerics after wearing shorts and swimming with Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.
Pakistan arrests teen for exam blasphemy (news.com.au)
Feb 2 - PAKISTANI police have arrested a teenage boy for allegedly blaspheming in an exam, causing controversy and putting the Muslim country's hardline law under a fresh spotlight.
Also: Blasphemy charge for scribble (The Australian)
Feb 4 - A 17-YEAR-OLD Karachi student has become the latest victim of Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
Feb 5 - British prime minister David Cameron has condemned Britain's long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism.
Also: Cameron gets tough on 'passive tolerance' (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 6 - British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday called on European leaders to ''wake up'' to the radicalisation of young Muslims in their own countries and tackle extremist ideology with ''muscular liberalism''.
Middle East echoes siren call of freedom (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 5 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) THERE is nothing but stunned silence from the wilds of the Pakistani mountains, where the fugitive Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants are likely watching in disbelief the revolt of Arab youth.
Buildings burn, death toll mounts in central Nigeria (The West Australian)
Jan 30 - JOS, Nigeria (Reuters) - Youths dragged people from their cars and murdered them at illegal roadblocks in central Nigeria over the weekend, while rioters burnt fuel stations and homes in the latest clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs.
Mosque bombing averted (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 1 - A California man with explosives in his vehicle with the intention of blowing up one of America's largest mosques where mourners had gathered for a funeral was arrested in a Detroit suburb, authorities say.
India criticised for rights abuses after bombings (The West Australian)
Feb 2 - MUMBAI (AFP) - Indian authorities carried out torture, arbitrary arrests and religious discrimination after a spate of deadly bombings in 2008, Human Rights Watch said in a report.
Al-Qaeda moving world towards 'nuclear 9/11' (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 3 - AL-QAEDA is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build ''dirty'' bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents.
Whipped to death after being 'raped' by cousin (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 4 - A TEENAGER whipped to death in Bangladesh for having a relationship with a married man was allegedly raped by her cousin, it has emerged.
Also: Banned, but village religious courts still cost lives (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 - CHAMTA, Bangladesh: It was a trip outside to use the bathroom that led to a 14-year-old girl being whipped to death in this tiny village about 60 kilometres south of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.
5 killed in Thai store shooting (news.com.au)
Feb 4 - A 73-year-old man was among five people killed when gunmen opened fire on a grocery store in Thailand.
Feb 4 - A Danish court has jailed a Somali man for nine years after finding him guilty of attempted terrorism and attempted murder for an axe attack on a cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed.
Trial date set in Abu Bakar Bashir terror case (news.com.au)
Feb 5 - THE trial of radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir on a string of terrorism charges will begin next week under heavy security at the South Jakarta District Court.
Philippine Muslim rebels hope for peace deal in a year (The West Australian)
Feb 5 - CAMP DARAPANAN, Philippines (Reuters) - The largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines hopes to conclude a peace deal with the government within a year despite the emergence of a breakaway faction that could put talks at risk.
Religious leaders pay tribute at Auschwitz (The West Australian)
Feb 2 - OSWIECIM, Poland (AFP) - A hundred Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from the Middle East, Africa and Europe Tuesday paid tribute to Holocaust victims at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Muslim numbers to rise 80pc in 20 years (The Australian)
Jan 29 - THE number of Muslims in Australia will grow four times more quickly than non-Muslims over the next 20 years as the continued instability in developing Islamic countries in Southeast Asia drives migrants and refugees to these shores.
Arab awakening or dawn of dark age (The Australian)
Feb 3 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) THESE are the times that stir men's souls. We may be witnessing, in Cairo, Tunis and throughout the Arab world, one of the most momentous episodes in modern history.
Three year sentence for race hate (The West Australian)
Jan 31 - A man found guilty of racial vilification after he posted a video of himself on the internet calling Judaism a “satanic death cult” has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Also: Three years not enough for racism: victim (The West Australian)
Jan 31 - The Jewish victim of a verbal racial attack says a three-year prison term given to the man who called him a "racist, homicidal maniac" outside a Perth supermarket is not enough.
Ryan backs Xenophon campaign on Scientology (ABC News)
Jan 31 - Victoria's Deputy Premier, Peter Ryan, is backing a campaign to have the Church of Scientology stripped of its tax exempt status.
Also: Scientology church 'as Melbourne as Melbourne gets' (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 31 - Former planning minister Justin Madden says a multi-million dollar Scientology church built in Ascot Vale is "as Melbourne as Melbourne gets" because of the historical site on which it sits.
Also: L. Ron has no 'fan' in Baillieu (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 31 - PREMIER Ted Baillieu has spoken out against the Church of Scientology, saying he would have refused to attend the weekend opening of Melbourne's Scientology headquarters.
Also: Doyle under attack over sect (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Jan 31 - PREMIER Ted Baillieu has questioned Lord Mayor Robert Doyle's judgment in welcoming one of the world's biggest Scientology churches to Melbourne.
The Godless Numbers Game (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 31 - The census is coming up and Australian atheists are making a move. But does it matter a jot what we say on the census?
Also: Atheists call on like-minded to declare lack of religion in census (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 5 - THE godless will soon be asked to stand up and be counted in Sydney's Bible Belt, part of a campaign to counter the influence of religion on politics.
Gays vow respect in marriage debate (The Australian)
Jan 31 - THE gay marriage movement has taken the unusual step of making a "pledge" to respect the views of people who oppose same-sex weddings on religious grounds in an attempt to blunt arguments by the Christian lobby and Catholic Church.
A peek inside Scientology's sleek new Melbourne base (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 5 - THE office has been painstakingly decorated for a man who has been dead for 25 years.
Feb 2 - THE Melbourne head of the Coptic Church in Australia said his congregation, who have strong family links to Egypt, had been praying for peace.
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