by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 11 - 18, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
We will right this
terrible wrong (The Australian)
May 12 - WITH searing eloquence, 11 men bravely told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Perth of the devastating impact of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Christian Brothers in residences at Castledare, Clontarf, Bindoon and Tardun in Western Australia more than 50 years ago.
Holocaust film Ida is a
prayer for the living (The
May 17 – (Review) LIKE most films about the Holocaust — or at any rate, the best ones — Ida has no use for explicit horrors.
With the Sydney
Symphony, a rewarding Elijah for the ages (The Australian)
May 17 – (Review) Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijahwas an instant triumph at its 1846 Birmingham premiere.
Blow to school funding
for disabled dismays teachers (The
May 14 - PARENTS and teachers have expressed dismay at the loss of school funding and the non-appearance of promised loadings for students with disabilities. There was also concern that non-religious counsellors may no longer be hired as chaplains in public schools.
Top spending outlay
offers $245m for religious advisers in schools (The Australian)
May 14 - THE pet program of former prime minister John Howard, installing chaplains to instil values in schools, will be extended for the next five years and revert to the original condition of only providing religious advisers.
School principals given
power to refuse to run religion classes (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 14 - TEACHING of religion in public schools could drop dramatically with principals to be given power to turn down the classes.
Brisbane school chaplain
being investigated for proselytising (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 18 - A BRISBANE school chaplain who declared it was his mission to disciple students and their families is under investigation over the statement.
The sex-obsessed world
of Brunei (news.com.au)
May 12 - Last week, celebrities including Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, Richard Branson and Clive Davis united for an unlikely cause: a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, because its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, recently announced the implementation of Sharia law in his tiny South Asian nation.
Not all fighters going
to Syria are extremists, says former UK minister Shahid Malik (Brisbane Times)
May 18 - A former British justice minister has warned countries such as Australia and Britain not to be too heavy-handed with young people wanting to go and fight in Syria because they risked radicalising them.
Egypt charges 200
Islamist militants (ABC News)
May 12 - May 12 - Egypt's public prosecutor has charged 200 suspected Islamist militants with "founding, leading and joining a terrorist organisation" and launching bomb and rocket attacks across the country.
Church attacks in Israel
"poison" before pope's visit, cleric says (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 12 - Haifa, Israel: The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land said on Sunday a spate of attacks against the Church had poisoned the atmosphere ahead of this month's visit by Pope Francis, and urged Israel to crack down on the perpetrators.
France offers to host
African security summit on Boko Haram smh
May 12 - Baku: France has offered to host a summit with Nigeria and its neighbours focused on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.
France, African states
'declare war' with schoolgirl kidnap group Boko Haram (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 18 - Paris: France and five African states "declared war" with Islamist extremist sect Boko Haram, after the group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.
Sudan judge sentences
pregnant woman to death for renouncing Islam (ABC
May 16 - A Sudanese judge has sentenced a pregnant Christian woman to death by hanging for renouncing Islam, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom.
sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam (news.com.au)
May 15 - A SUDANESE judge sentenced a pregnant Christian woman to hang for apostasy after she refused to convert to Islam, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom.
Sudan judge orders
Christian woman to hang for apostasy (The West Australian)
May 16 - Khartoum (AFP) - A Sudanese judge sentenced a heavily pregnant Christian woman Thursday to hang for apostasy, a ruling that Britain denounced as "barbaric" and left the United States "deeply disturbed".
The future of a bunker
of art in Tehran hinges on nuclear deal (The Australian)
May 12 - ONE of the world's finest collections of Western art, largely hidden from view for more than 30 years, could be put on permanent display in Tehran if a solution can be found to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
Will India's Modi be
haunted by his past? (The Age,
May 14 - Modi has resisted playing the Hindu nationalist card but he has yet to win over Muslims.
In Modi's India, a case
of rule and divide (The West
May 14 - AHMEDABAD India (Reuters) - Ali Husain is a prosperous young Indian Muslim businessman.
India PM-elect Modi to
make triumphant Delhi entrance (The
May 17 - New Delhi (AFP) - India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi was to make a triumphant entrance to New Delhi Saturday after leading his Hindu nationalist party to an historic landslide victory in the world's largest election.
Narendra Modi addresses
supporters in Varanasi after emphatic victory in Indian elections (ABC
May 18 - India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi has vowed to clean up the holy river Ganges after making a visit to the sacred city of Varanasi, where he was greeted by thousands of supporters.
Church can help heal growing divisions, says Queen Elizabeth II (ABC
May 18 - Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message to the Church of Scotland, recognising the role it could play in helping to heal divisions opened up by the increasingly bitter debate over Scottish independence.
Australia to list
Nigerian militant group Boko Haram as terrorist organisation (ABC
May 14 - Australia will list the Islamic militant group Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation in response to the recent kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Sydney Muslim leaders
hold closed meeting with police over Foreign Incursions Act (ABC
May 14 - Key Muslim leaders in Sydney have appealed directly to the man most likely to become the next NSW police commissioner, asking him to back away from enforcing "draconian" laws that make it a crime to support the civil war in Syria.
Strathfield Synagogue in
western Sydney closes doors, faces sale due to dwindling congregation (ABC
May 17 - Samuel Tov-Lev has been a rabbi for 40 years, the last 15 of them at Strathfield Synagogue in western Sydney.
Miranda Kerr talks
spirituality (The West Australian)
May 13 - Miranda Kerr prays "every day".
Historic Vic church
cleaned out by thieves (The Courier-Mail,
May 15 - THIEVES have cleaned out a historic Victorian church, stealing a 17th century antique and so many other valuable religious items that it is likely they needed a truck.
Scientologists' DA for Yarramalong Valley drug rehab centre
rejected (Sydney Morning
May 12 - Wyong Shire Council has rejected a Church of Scientology proposal for a controversial drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the Yarramalong Valley in the central coast hinterland.
The Family's 'living
god' fades to grey, estate remains (The
May 17 - Although she can walk and talk, according to former cult members, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, Australia's most notorious cult leader, doesn't talk much.
Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)