Religion News Australia 2014 - 21 (June 15 - 22)

  (22 June 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

June 15 - 22, 2014

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Senior Marist Brother denies rushing known paedophile to Canada to thwart police investigation (Perth Now)
June 18 - THE Marist Brothers had a known paedophile on a plane to Canada within three days of learning police were after him for child sex offences, the child sex abuse royal commission was told yesterday.

Marist Brother and known paedophile made deputy leader of community attended by boys  (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 19 - A KNOWN paedophile was made a deputy leader of a Marist Brothers community and allowed to work at a “farmhouse” facility which was attended by boys from the age of 12, the child sex abuse royal commission has been told today.

Evidence by Salvo chief ‘not plausible’, says NSW government (The Australian)
June 21 - EVIDENCE given under oath by the Salvation Army’s Sydney leader James Condon about his handling of child sexual abuse committed by another officer was “highly improbable”, the NSW government has said.

 

EDUCATION

Chaplaincy in schools

Commonwealth funding of school chaplaincy program struck down in High Court (ABC News)
June 19 - The High Court has upheld a challenge to the National School Chaplaincy Program, ruling the law used to maintain Commonwealth funding for chaplains is unconstitutional.

Father wins High Court challenge on federal funding of school chaplains program (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - The Abbott government remains committed to the national school chaplains program, despite a High Court ruling in favour of a Queensland father who challenged federal funding for the scheme.

School chaplaincy program declared invalid by High Court (The Australian)
June 19 - TONY Abbott has declared his strong support for the federal government’s school chaplaincy scheme following a High Court ruling this morning that declared funding for the scheme invalid.

Chaplain funds might go through states: PM (The West Australian)
June 20 - Money for the controversial school chaplaincy program could be directed through the states, as the federal government tries to overcome a High Court ruling against it.

Chaplaincy program has no place in state schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 21 – (Opinion: Marion Maddox) If you are unhappy with an aspect of your child's public schooling, you can raise it with the teacher, or complain to the principal.

Showdown looms over chaplains in schools (The Age, Melbourne)
June 21 - The federal government faces a showdown with some states over whether to allow schools to appoint secular welfare workers instead of chaplains in the wake of the High Court decision invalidating the existing funding agreement.

Push to divert chaplain cash to school councillors (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 21 - THE  High Court decision against the school chaplaincy program could enable its funding to be used for trained counsellors or for students with disabilities, say Tasmanian teacher and parent groups.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis says don't legalise drugs (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - Pontiff says attempts to legalise recreational drugs are legally questionable and 'fail to produce the desired effects'.

Religious Violence

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Hamas of kidnapping three Jewish teenagers (ABC News)
June 16 - Israel has arrested 80 Palestinians after the alleged abduction of three young Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Sex tourists kidnap kids for voodoo in UK, United Nations says (news.com.au)
June 20 - HUNDREDS of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said, urging London to do more to combat the scourge.

Inquiry into Boko Haram kidnapping wraps up with more than 200 girls still missing (ABC News)
June 21 - Nigerian authorities say more than 200 of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in April remain unaccounted for, as the government wraps up its inquiry into the attack.

Mass exodus as civilians flee Pakistani badlands (The Australian)
June 21 - PILED on to truck roofs, on the back of tuktuks, by donkey and cart and on foot they come — tens of thousands of Pakistani civilians once again fleeing the borderlands, and yet another military ­offensive to rout terrorists from the remote and lawless region.

Religious Violence - ISIS in Iraq

West must not let ISIS’ terror threaten the Middle East (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 19 – (Opinion: Editorial) A CITIZEN in Baghdad summarised the terror that is being felt by the millions of people in the Iraq capital when he told a US journalist this week: “You don’t know who is with you, and who is against you.”

Map redrawn in blood (The Australian)
June 19 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) THE snuff video has become the new calling card of ideological conflict in the 21st century.

Invisible sheik Baghdadi is the shadow of evil stalking Iraq (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 20 – (Opinion: Mark Dunn) KNOWN as the “invisible sheik” or the “next Osama bin Laden”, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been variously described as a poet, a professor, and a peasant.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani calls for united front to expel ISIS insurgents as fighting continues (ABC News)
June 21 - Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has urged both Shiites and Sunnis to unite and expel insurgents as they continue their drive towards the capital, Baghdad.

Baghdad turned upside down with fear the only certainty (The Australian)
June 21 - THE Battle for Islam is being waged in these blood-drenched streets.

Iraq rests its hopes on paid militias (The Australian)
June 21 - A PANICKED Iraqi government has escalated moves to enlist and pay Shia militias in a desperate ­attempt to confront Sunni groups trying to fight their way into the capital, Baghdad.

Baghdad's Sunni fighters: we are ready for zero hour (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - As tensions rise in the Iraq capital, Sunnis reveal concerns about Isis, and some say they are ready to rise up against Shia militia

Iraq's highest Shia cleric adds to pressure on Maliki over Isis insurgency (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - Iraq's highest Shia authority, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called for the quick formation of a new and "effective" government in a move that piles more pressure on the country's embattled leader, Nouri al-Maliki.

Other

Thailand sets up hotline for people to report fake or misbehaving monks (news.com.au)
June 19 - MISBEHAVING monks are to face censure as Thai religious authorities launch a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist bad boys.

Gay marriage: top US Presbyterian council approves same-sex weddings (The Guardian, Australia)
June 20 - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian church in the US has voted by a large margin to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman".

Narendra Modi's Hindi-only-tweets order stirs fears of India language shift (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - Narendra Modi's landslide victory in the Indian general election last month marked a turning point in the country's politics – but it has also resulted in a radical change in the country's language of power.

 

ISLAM

Councillors urged to green light mosque plans (ABC News)
June 17 - Bendigo council staff say they believe any effects a proposed mosque could have on neighbours can be overcome.

Also: Bendigo mosque approved despite objections from residents (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 18 - A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build a mosque in Bendigo has been given the green light despite an unprecedented number of objections and protests against the influence of Islam.

Also: Bendigo mosque: Council approves construction despite fiery public meeting (ABC News)
June 19 - The Bendigo Council has approved plans for the city's first mosque, despite fierce opposition from some locals who claim the council has failed to protect them from terrorists.

Also: Fear and loathing in Bendigo over multi-million dollar mosque (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - A $3 million mosque has been approved in East Bendigo amid fury from a group of residents who demanded to know what “safety measures” had been taken to prevent a terrorist attack in the regional centre.

Also: Vic mosque approved amid local protest (The Australian)
June 19 - A VICTORIAN council has approved the construction of a $3 million mosque amid fierce protest from local residents.

Also: There is little to like on the ugly side of mosque protest (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 19 – (Opinion: Susie O’Brien) LIKE most of you, I have been sickened by so-called honour killings, female genital mutilation, forced under-age marriages and rapes of women in Muslim countries.

Also: Local anger not enough to deny Muslims a place of worship (Perth Now)
June 21 - A LEADER of Bendigo’s muslim population doesn’t fear for his safety despite intense opposition against plans to build a mosque in the central Victorian city.

Mosque murder accused targeted in prison, court told (The Age, Melbourne)
June 19 - A man committed to stand trial for the murder of a worshipper at a Melbourne mosque had been threatened within the prison system and was moved for his own safety, a court has heard.

Freed terrorists from cell led by Abdul Nacer Benbrika could still be a threat (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 20 - CONVICTED terrorists from a radical Muslim group jailed for planning to bomb the MCG could still pose a threat, according to intelligence sources.

Australian militants Abu Yahya ash Shami and Abu Nour al-Iraqi identified in ISIS recruitment video (ABC News)
June 21 - Two men identifying themselves as Australians have featured in a recruitment video released by insurgents waging war in Iraq and Syria urging others to join the fight.

Also: Aussie jihadi in Iraqi executions (The Australian)
June 21 - AUSTRALIAN jihadists fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham are carrying out massacres of captured Iraqi prisoners and participating in some of the most gruesome war crimes committed during the two-week-old Iraq insurgency.

Counter-terrorism agencies warn of hidden danger of radicals who use Islam as a cloak for extremism (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
June 21 - TO OUTSIDERS, Sydney’s Islamic pavement-preaching movement is a harmless way to sell the religion.

 

POLITICS

'No discussions' between Liberals, Danny Nalliah's Rise Up Australia party, Matthew Guy says (ABC News)
June 19 - A Victorian Government Minister has rejected claims the Liberal Party has been in preference deal talks with the leader of the Rise Up Australia party.

Julie Bishop ‘clarifies’ stand on Jerusalem name, but sanctions threat remains (The Australian)
June 19 - ISLAMIC nations have been reassured the Abbott government’s policy on East Jerusalem hasn’t changed, but the prospect of the Middle East slapping trade sanctions on Australia is still on the table.

PM vows to do 'damnedest' to deter extremist suspects (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 21 - The federal government is considering toughening national security laws to curb the threat posed by Australians fighting abroad with extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Old-fashioned fun leads Mount Carmel College junior school celebration (The Mercury, Hobart)  
June 19 - STUDENTS at Mount Carmel College junior school took a step back in time this week.

Man who wore colander on his head says it is part of religion (The Australian)
June 20 - AN Adelaide man who had his gun licence photo taken with a colander on his head says it is significant to his religion — the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — and he should not have had to undertake a psychological test.

The converts to altar-ations (The Australian)
June 21 - IF Victoria’s pastoral Western District is downright ­medieval in the relatively compressed history of modern Australia, then its castles must be the hundreds of stone, wood and brick churches scattered across townships from northern Casterton to ocean-side Portland.

 

 

 


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