by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 27 – August 3, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
MIFF 2014 review:
Stations of the Cross (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 30 – (Review) A stern yet loving German film about a 14-year-old girl determined to work her way to sancitity through suffering.
A movie miracle: how
Hollywood found religion (The
Aug 1 - Big news from the box office: some people released some Christian-themed movies that weren’t completely terrible.
Philomene Tiernan had a passion for faith and family (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 31 - Sister Philomene Tiernan was a nun, aunt, friend and mentor who brought the directness and warmth of her rural childhood to a life that influenced many people across Australia.
Anger over school prayer
group ban (Sydney Morning
July 30 - Lunchtime prayer and bible study groups run by teachers or volunteers have been banned at state schools in Victoria under a ministerial directive.
Victoria bans religious
groups from running prayer groups in state schools (ABC
July 31 - Victoria has banned religious organisations from running prayer groups, handing out Bibles and delivering other unauthorised information sessions in state schools during school hours.
Playing games with
religion in schools (The Age,
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Editorial) The ancient book of Ecclesiastes teaches that there is a time and a place for everything.
Why religion deserves a
place in our schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 31 – (Opinion: Julie Szego) At a time when a style of bureaucratic non-speak prevails in our education system, the head of the federal government’s national curriculum review, Kevin Donnelly, is refreshingly plain-speaking.
It's churlish to deny
faith base of charitable works (The
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Rowan Foster) It would be hard to find a greater contrast than that between the lives of two men whose obituaries appeared in The Age recently.
Hopefully, the West can
learn to respect Islam and not dress Scottie dogs in tartans (The Australian)
July 30 - (Opinion) ESPECIALLY during Ramadan when the religion of peace sets an example to the world.
Turkish women laugh in
the face of deputy PM who told them not to (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 30 - Istanbul: Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister has sparked outcry by declaring women should not laugh loudly in public.
Turkish deputy prime
minister Bulent Arinc urges women not to laugh in public (ABC
July 31 - Turkish women have posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter to protest comments by the country's deputy prime minister, who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values".
Why has the world turned
a blind eye to the Rohingyas? (The
Aug 2 - NABIN Shona comes into the small room carrying an air of worn disappointment.
Mob in Pakistan kills
woman, two girls over ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post (ABC
July 28 - A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood, killing a woman and her two granddaughters after a sect member was accused of a blasphemous posting on Facebook.
Three killed in Facebook
blasphemy rampage in Pakistan (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 29 - Lahore, Pakistan: A woman and two of her young granddaughters were burned to death on Sunday night in the eastern city of Gujranwala after a member of their Ahmadi minority sect was accused of posting a blasphemous picture to Facebook, the police said.
Islamic State defied
over Iraq's Crooked Minaret in Mosul (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 29 - Baghdad: Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam.
The beautiful, historic
shrines that Islamists try to destroy (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 29 - News emerged last week that among their various outrages, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had destroyed the Tomb of Jonah in the city of Mosul, a biblical site holy to Christians and Muslims alike, which the jihadists ''turned to dust'', according to an Iraqi official.
Religious strife forces millions
from their homes: report (The
July 29 - CONFLICTS and repression around the world in 2013 triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, according to a US report.
Iraqi Christians flee
Islamic militants in Mosul, robbed during escape (ABC
July 30 - Thousands of Iraqi Christians are being forced to flee the northern city of Mosul under threat by extremist Islamic militants, according to Christian leaders in Iraq and Australia.
Attack in Xinjiang kills
dozens of civilians (The
July 31 - A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.
Pakistan acid attacks on
women cast pall of fear (The West
July 31 - Quetta (Pakistan) (AFP) - A recent spate of acid attacks in a region of Pakistan previously untouched by the crime has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.
Tales of terror and
destruction emerge as Jihadist militants target Christians (news.com.au)
July 31 - CRUCIFIXIONS. Doors daubed with “N” for Nazarene in the middle of night. Iraq’s Christians are being brutally forced into exile as thousands of years of their heritage is reduced to dust.
Imam's killing in China
may be aimed at making Muslim Uighurs choose sides (The West Australian)
Aug 1 - BEIJING (Reuters) - The murder of a state-backed imam in China's Xinjiang region underscores an escalation in 18 months of violence and could be part of a bid by extremists to persuade moderate Muslim Uighurs to turn against Beijing's controlled current of Islam.
Iraqi foreign minister
blames Maliki for Islamist insurgency (The West Australian)
Aug 1 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his security officials are to blame for the rise of Sunni Muslim insurgents who have seized parts of Iraq, the country's foreign minister said.
Jihadists capture two
towns in northern Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 3 - BAGHDAD - Hardline jihadists have captured two towns in northern Iraq after clashes with Kurdish forces, consolidating the Islamist-led insurgents' foothold in the area.
Tribesmen push back
jihadis in Syria (The Australian)
Aug 3 - TRIBESMEN have risen up against the extremist Islamic State group in eastern Syria, forcing it to withdraw from three villages after heavy clashes that killed more than a dozen people.
Ebola fears grow as
experts say epidemic could spread to US, Europe and Asia remain on alert (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
July 31 - AS the outbreak of the deadly west African Ebola disease worsens, a doctor treating infected patients has revealed many are refusing treatment over its links to witchcraft and sorcery.
Ani, Turkey was the
ancient city of 1000 churches and now sits abandoned (news.com.au)
July 31 - FOUNDED more than 1600 years ago, the ancient city of Ani was once one of the world’s greatest metropolises.
UN envoy acknowledges
progress but calls on Vietnam to widen religious freedoms (ABC
July 31 - The UN envoy for religious freedom has called on Vietnam to grant all religious communities the right to operate outside the officially established channels for religious practice.
UN envoy says Vietnam
still 'violating' religious freedom (The West Australian)
July 31 - Hanoi (AFP) - Vietnam was accused of "serious violations" of religious freedom by a UN expert on Thursday, despite the communist country making some progress on easing tight state control of matters of faith.
Sudanese Christian woman
with overturned apostasy death sentence arrives in United States (ABC
Aug 1 - A Sudanese Christian woman who had been facing death threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has arrived in the United States with her family.
Mysterious woman in
black captivates the US (The Age,
Aug 3 - For the past two months, a mysterious woman, shrouded in flowing black robes from head to toe, has been walking through the southern states of the US.
Ramadan ends: Muslims
celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Lakemba in Sydney's south-west (ABC
July 28 - Huge crowds lined the streets of Lakemba in Sydney's south-west this morning to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (ABC
July 28 - Katanning's Muslim population increased at the weekend in anticipation of the celebration of the end of Ramadan which finishes today.
council approves mosque during fiery meeting (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 29 - The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder approved the construction of a mosque in the inland city during a heated council meeting on Monday night, passing the motion six votes to four.
Ramadan: empty belly,
nourished soul (Sydney Morning
July 29 - It was the quiet, but persistent ache in my kidneys that suggested going without food or drink during daylight hours for a month during Ramadan might not have been such a flash idea.
Hazara community tones
down Eid celebrations in Hobart (ABC
July 30 - The Hobart Hazara community are celebrating the end of Ramadan but this year the mood has been dampened by reports of targeted attacks on Hazaras in Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days.
Jihadi Khaled Sharrouf
says he would have launched attack in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 1 - A Sydney jihadi wanted on terrorism offences has issued an extraordinary statement, threatening a terrorist attack on Australian soil and claiming he would have carried out one, had he not left for the battlefields in Syria and Iraq last year.
Sydney jihadist Khaled
Sharrouf on 'the path they hate' since 19 (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 2 - Sydney jihadist Khaled Sharrouf claims he has been on a path to radicalism for more than a decade, despite a court determining in 2009 that it was unlikely he would commit further terrorist offences.
Illness reduced jihadi
Khaled Sharrouf’s stretch (The
Aug 2 - FORMER NSW judge Anthony Whealy says he would have given Khaled Sharrouf a much tougher sentence if he had not pleaded guilty, or claimed to have a mental illness.
Jewish Board of Deputies
accuses Fairfax of racism over Gaza cartoon (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 1 - The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies has accused the Sydney Morning Herald of racial vilification and demanded an apology for publishing what they say is an offensive cartoon of an old man observing the conflict in Gaza.
True confessions of a
very bad Jewish boy (The Age,
Aug 2 - Being a bad Jew is hard work, it’s exhausting.
Morrison accused of
'state sanctioned child abuse' (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 30 - A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.
Coalition pushes to
boost spy agencies' powers (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 31 - Jihadists returning from fighting alongside terrorists overseas are committed to trying to strike on home soil and Attorney-General George Brandis says its ''delusional'' to think otherwise.
Labor ignored threat of
home-grown jihadists, says former judge (The Australian)
Aug 2 - THE risk of terror attacks on Australian soil, including on public transport networks in capital cities, is significantly increased because the Gillard government downplayed a report on the dangers posed by returning home-grown jihadists.
Scott Morrison at odds
with Christian boast (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) In a week where Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been accused by no less than the Australian churches of “state sanctioned child abuse . . .” for what is happening to refugee children under our care – self-harm is at epidemic levels…
International: Former members detail abuse (ABC News)
July 29 - A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to NSW-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).
Today Tonight's false
claim that doctor treated dying mother with hymns (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 30 - Australia's media watchdog has reprimanded Channel Seven's Today Tonight for inaccurately suggesting a doctor treated his dying mother with prayer and hymns, rather than medical care.
Christians protest at
treatment in the Middle East (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 2 - More than 5000 people took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday in a peaceful protest to raise awareness about the plight of Christians being persecuted and killed in the Middle East.
protest in Sydney city against ‘silent genocide’ taking place in Iraq and Syria
Aug 2 - MORE than 6000 Assyrians marched through the city today in protest against the treament of fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria.
Christians stage protest against religious persecution in their homeland by
ISIS (ABC News)
Aug 3 - Thousands of Christians from Australia's Iraqi community have staged a protest in Sydney against religious persecution in their homeland by Islamist militants.
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