by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 31 – September 7, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Rachael Romero's art
lays bare cruelty women and girls suffered at Magdalene Laundries (ABC
Sept 5 - A confronting art exhibition in Adelaide exposes the cruelty suffered by women and girls who worked at Magdalene Laundries across Australia last century.
Victim urges Cameron
Tully to repent over 'evil' crimes against children (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 5 - A victim of Cameron Flynn Tully has urged him to repent over his "evil" crimes against children.
Melbourne sex abuse
priest Mato Krizanac returns to church in Bosnian parish (Brisbane Times)
Sept 7 - A Catholic priest expelled from the Melbourne diocese for sexual abuse has been allowed to resume his duties in an overseas parish despite an explicit warning from Archbishop Denis Hart to the church hierarchy in Bosnia.
David Suchet brings
Vatican politics and crises of faith to the Australian stage (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 3 - David Suchet wants to make it clear he is not a church-basher. In fact, the veteran actor best known for his portrayal of Hercule Poirot, says religious doctrine is much beside the point of his new play, The Last Confession.
The Last Confession
review: David Suchet spearheads high-calibre cast in religious melodrama (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 4 - It's billed as a whodunit – no doubt to play on lead actor David Suchet's memorable stint as Poirot, for which he won a BAFTA – but The Last Confession is less murder mystery than political and religious melodrama.
Devil's Playground is
not solely about abuse: Simon Burke (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 4 - Simon Burke is back where it all began, in more ways than one.
Nuns changed child
migrant's name (The Courier-Mail,
Sept 3 - THE name of a child migrant was changed by nuns before he sailed from Northern Ireland to Australia in an effort to ensure he could not be traced, a public inquiry has heard.
I understand the Islamic
State - I almost joined a similar group (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 4 – (Opinion: Michael Muhammad Knight) The Islamic State just released a gruesome new beheading video, again conducted by a western-bred jihadist.
Goldman Sachs plans
debut sukuk issue as Islamic finance goes mainstream (The West Australian)
Sept 4 - DUBAI/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs is reviving plans to raise at least $500 million (304 million pounds) with its first issue of Islamic bonds, a sign that Islamic finance is going mainstream as big conventional banks seek to tap Middle Eastern money.
Siege of Amerli broken
by Iraqi troops, militia after RAAF aircraft drop humanitarian aid (ABC
Sept 1 - Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen have broken through to end a siege by Islamic State militants on a Shiite town, a day after Australian forces dropped supplies in the area.
John Kerry calls for
global coalition to stop spread of 'cancer' of Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 1 - In a polarised region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States.
Fijian UN peacekeepers
in the hands of Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 1 - Istanbul: The Syrian branch of al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for capturing 45 UN peacekeepers in southern Syria.
British PM Cameron
unveils new powers to strip passports of suspected Islamist fighters (ABC
Sept 2 - British prime minister David Cameron says he will introduce a raft of new anti-terror laws, including giving police the powers to seize the passports of suspected Islamist fighters bound for Iraq or Syria.
ISIS: Social networks
satirise extremists with #ISISmovies hashtag (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 2 - TERRORIST group ISIS has shown the world it is deadly serious, but some social media users are trying to defeat the militants through satire.
Islamic State militants
behead US journalist Steven Sotloff on video: reports (ABC
Sept 3 - The Islamic State has released a video purporting to show a masked militant beheading a second captured American journalist, and threatening to kill a British hostage.
Islamic State militants
release video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff (Sydney Morning
Sept 3 - Islamic State militants have released a video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff who disappeared in Syria in 2013.
Fears for UK aid worker David Cawthorne Haines after
Islamic State murders Steven Sotloff (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 3 - London: UK prime minister David Cameron has condemned the killing of another journalist by Islamic State extremists as "a despicable and barbaric murder".
Saudi Arabia intensifies
crackdown on extremist groups (The
Sept 3 - Saudi Arabia is intensifying its high-profile crackdown on extremists against a background of growing alarm about jihadis in Iraq and Syria.
Al-Shabaab in Somalia
confirms leader was targeted in US drone strike (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 3 - A US air strike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.
Boko Haram strategy to
take and hold land could be inspired by Islamic State, analysts say. (ABC
Sept 4 - Boko Haram militants have driven thousands of people from their homes in north-eastern Nigeria, in a shift of strategy analysts say could be inspired by Islamic State.
Barack Obama vows to
'destroy' Islamic State after militants behead journalist (ABC
Sept 4 - US president Barack Obama has vowed to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State (IS) after militants brutally executed a second captured American journalist.
Barack Obama says United
States won’t be intimidated by Islamic State militants (news.com.au)
Sept 4 - BARACK Obama said that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group.
'I was lucky, God saved
me': Yazidi girl tells of escape from Islamic State kidnappers. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 4 - New York: When Adeba Shaker arrived at a house in Raabia, Iraq, after being kidnapped by Islamic State militants last month, one of her captors received a phone call.
Islamic State says
Vladimir Putin's throne is 'under threat and will fall when we come to you'. (Sydney Morning
Sept 4 - Moscow: Islamic State militants have issued a threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime.
Islamic State 'sorry'
for releasing Steven Sotloff beheading video early (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 4 - Islamic State militants have issued an apology following the release of a horrific video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
Jihadists beheadings sow
fear, prompt Muslim revulsion… (The
Sept 4 - Beirut (AFP) - Brutal beheadings recorded on video by the jihadist Islamic State are intended to terrorise the group's enemies, but are also angering and alienating the Muslims the group claims to represent.
Al-Qaeda opens branch in
Indian subcontinent (The Age,
Sept 4 - Washington: Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has declared in a video message that the global Islamist extremist movement has launched a new branch to lead its struggle in the Indian sub-continent.
IS insurgents kidnap
dozens in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk (ABC
Sept 5 - Islamic State militants have kidnapped dozens of residents from a town in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk.
Al Shabaab leader killed
in US strike in Somalia: Pentagon (ABC
Sept 6 - Ahmed Abdi Godane, a founder of the Al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in an air strike in Somalia this week, the US has confirmed.
Shabab rebels in Somlia
confirm leader Ahmed Abdi Godane killed in US drone attack (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 7 - SOMALIA’S al-Qaeda-linked Shabab rebels have confirmed their leader Ahmed Abdi Godane has died in a US air strike, their first official comment on his fate since the attack.
successor (The Australian)
Sept 7 - THE radical Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has vowed revenge for the killing of its leader by a US airstrike on Somalia, and named a successor, according to broadcaster Al Jazeera.
Al-Shabaab ushers in new
leadership after deadly US air strike (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 7 - Al-Shabaab, Somalia's Islamic extremist group, has named a new leader after confirming the killing of its previous leader by a US air strike, a commander of the group said.
Chinese Islamist fighter
reportedly held by Iraqis (The
Sept 5 - Beijing: The Iraqi Defence Ministry has posted on its Facebook page photographs that it says show a captured Chinese man who was fighting on behalf of the Islamic State.
unrepentant a year after India riots (The West Australian)
Sept 5 - Muzaffarnagar (India) (AFP) - An unrepentant Jasbir Singh smirked as he contemplated the changes to his village in the year since hundreds of Muslims fled a terrifying wave of deadly communal violence in northern India.
Beheading victim kept
faith secret during captivity (The
Sept 5 - London: Steven Sotloff, the American journalist beheaded in a video released on Tuesday, had kept secret from his Islamist captors the fact that he was Jewish with dual US-Israeli citizenship, and had even managed to fast during religious holidays by faking illness.
Islamic State fighters
execute, crucify Syrian youth after locals demand the terrorists leave Ashara (news.com.au)
Sept 6 - ISLAMIC State fighters have executed and crucified a youth in a Syrian town, after hundreds of residents demanded they leave following regime air strikes that targeted the jihadists.
ISIS rewrites the rules
of war as Iraq concerns US allies (news.com.au)
Sept 7 - A YEAR ago Islamic State (IS), was considered little more than a disorganised moderately armed dusty rabble of Sunni extremists pitching street battles in the rubble of civil war-wracked Syria.
Brain tumour boy Ashya
King found safe, parents arrested (The
Sept 1 - Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested.
Fiji's military chief
condemns former PM's comments. (ABC
Sept 4 - Fiji's military chief has condemned former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka for comments he made that Fiji's Muslim population could face a backlash if detained Fijian peacekeepers are harmed in the Golan Heights.
South Africa denies
Dalai Lama visa for peace summit, spokeswoman says. (ABC
Sept 5 - South Africa has refused to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month, his representative says.
'Love Jihad' and
religious conversion polarise in Modi's India (The West Australian)
Sept 5 - HASAYAN India (Reuters) - Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.
Gwyneth Paltrow is
‘converting to Judaism’ after conscious uncoupling with husband Chris Martin (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 6 - GWYNETH Paltrow is converting to Judaism after her conscious uncoupling with husband Chris Martin, sources told The New York Post.
Churches urge court to
act on gay marriage (The West
Sept 7 - The Mormon church and four religious organisations are asking the US Supreme Court to settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.
Sydney jihadist named
commander of Iraqi Islamic State unit (The Australian)
Sept 1 - ASIO is investigating reports the head of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has appointed a 40-year-old Sydney man to a senior military leadership role in northern Iraq.
ISIS rebels shoot at
RAAF C-130 Hercules with Australians on board (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 2 - AN AUSTRALIAN C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came under fire from Islamic militants during a humanitarian mission over Iraq.
My son makes me want to
vomit, says father of home-grown terrorist Mohamed Elomar (news.com.au)
Sept 3 - THE father of home-grown terrorist Mohamed Elomar is standing shoulder to shoulder with the man his son has threatened to kill.
Father of Mohamed
Elomar expresses shame over ‘terrorist son’ (The Australian)
Sept 3 - IN Lebanon, Mamdouh Elomar was so poor he ate old apples off the ground.
IS and other terrorist
groups draw recruits because of economic deprivation (news.com.au)
Sept 5 - WHAT makes a young person turn to terrorism?
gathers its force from the early traditions of Islam… (The Australian)
Sept 6 – (Opinion: David Pryce-Jones) IN these strange times, a fantasy is being enacted in full view of the bemused world.
How it all went wrong
for Logan father and council worker turned IS terrorist Zia Abdul Haq (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 7 - BROKE, he came to Australia to be with his new wife and had a dream of starting his own business.
religious liberty is really about the right to define marriage (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 1 – (Opinion: David Marr) I felt for George Brandis this weekend.
Australia at war in Iraq
edging closer (The Age,
Sept 2 - The prospect of Australian participation in a war against Islamic State fighters in Iraq is edging closer with both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten in lockstep yesterday branding the militants respectively "a death cult" and "an enemy of humanity".
Aust could bolster role
in Iraq (news.com.au)
Sept 3 - PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is considering what further action Australia can take against Islamist extremists in Iraq.
RAAF role for strikes on
jihadists (The Australian)
Sept 6 - AUSTRALIA will be a key member of an expanded US-led coalition of countries to engage in air strikes and other possible military activity in Iraq against the “significant’’ threat of the Islamic State.
Brandis says Muslims are being preyed on by 'evil' extremists (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 6 - Attorney-General George Brandis has used a bridge-building meeting with Muslim leaders in Melbourne to stress that Muslims themselves are being "preyed upon" by "evil" extremists.
protesters march in silence for 300km (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 1 - For over a week now, a group of people including former immigration detention workers, refugees and others have been slowly walking in silence from the Villawood detention centre in Sydney to Canberra, protesting against the treatment of asylum seekers across Australia’s detention network.
Former Children of God
member threatened police with shotgun (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 5 - A former member of the notorious Children of God cult, known as The Family, has been jailed for two years for threatening a police officer with a sawn-off shotgun.
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