by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
September 7 - 14, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Rabbinical leaders to be
called to royal commission into child sexual abuse (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 12 - Senior rabbinical leaders will be called to give evidence to a royal commission about alleged cover-ups of historic sexual abuse against children.
Simon Burke and The
Devil's Playground demand attention (Brisbane Times)
Sept 13 - As a title, The Devil's Playground resonates in a particular way.
supporters call for ACT Government to back scheme (ABC
Sept 9 - Proponents of the school chaplaincy program are urging the ACT to accept Federal Government funding for a revamped national scheme.
Home schoolers teaching
creationism and evolution as equal theories (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 9 - Christian parents who home school their children in NSW have admitted they teach creationism as part of science, despite it not being part of the state's curriculum.
Pope accepts resignation
of head of scandal-plagued Irish church (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 9 - Cardinal Sean Brady announced his plan to retire in August, just before he turned 75, at which age all bishops must offer their resignation to the pontiff, who can reject or accept it.
NZ-based priest removed
from duty (news.com.au)
Sept 14 - A CATHOLIC priest who moved from Australia to New Zealand a year ago has been removed from his duties at a Wellington parish after a police investigation.
Barack Obama foreshadows
speech to explain plan to tackle Islamic State (ABC News)
Sept 8 - US president Barack Obama has foreshadowed an address to the nation to explain how an international US-led coalition will tackle the threat posed by Islamic State extremists.
Yazidis' Iraq horror: 'I
know what happened to them, but I cannot bear to say it' (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 9 - Lalish, northern Iraq: Barefoot on the burning road, a handful of families walk up the hill towards the holiest site of the Yazidi faith – the temple of Sheikh Adi in Lalish.
I am a 14-year-old
Yazidi girl given as a gift to an Islamic State commander. Here’s how I
escaped. (Sydney Morning
Sept 11 - This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl I'll call "Narin", currently staying in northern Iraqi Kurdistan.
'Jihadi Brides': British
young women are among Islamic State's newest recruits (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 11 - Until late last year, Aqsa Mahmood seemed like any other British teenager.
Boko Haram surrounding
Nigerian city of Maiduguri: elders group (ABC
Sept 12 - Boko Haram fighters are surrounding the north-east Nigerian city of Maiduguri and are preparing for an imminent takeover, an influential regional group says.
Arab countries back US
move against the Islamic State (The
Sept 12 - THE American-led offensive against Islamic State (IS) will be ramped up over the next two weeks and finalised at an international summit in New York led by President Obama.
schoolgirl Zahra Halane tweets anger at Islamic State husband over missing kitten (news.com.au)
Sept 12 - A BRITISH schoolgirl who ran away to Syria and to join Islamic State has fallen out with her jihadist husband in a fight over their kitten.
Alleged attackers of
schoolgirl campaigner arrested in Pakistan, army says (ABC
Sept 13 - The gunmen who allegedly tried to kill schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan's restive north-west in 2012 have been arrested, the army says.
The betrayal of my
beautiful religion, Islam (The
Sept 13 – (Opinion: Qanta Ahmed) I was first invited to a beheading in Saudi Arabia while working as a physician in Riyadh.
Boko Haram militants
killed after Nigerian army 'repels' attack on key city (ABC
Sept 14 - The Nigerian army says it has killed more than 100 Boko Haram militants, repelling an attack in the north-eastern Borno state.
Islamic State claims
beheading of British hostage David Haines (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - The Islamic State jihadist group claims it has beheaded British aid worker David Haines, the third such execution in recent weeks.
Islamic State offensive
opens old sectarian wounds in Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - "Walk in my footprints and do not step off the track."
Islamic State (ISIS)
video claims to show beheading of British prisoner, threatens America’s allies (news.com.au)
Sept 14 - WORLD leaders have reacted with outrage to a new video from the Islamic State showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
Kerry seeks Cairo's
support for 'war' on jihadists (The
Sept 14 - Cairo (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday Egypt was on the frontline against "terrorism" after he met its leadership to garner support to fight Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
Nuns Olga Raschietti,
Lucia Pulici and Bernadette Boggia raped and murdered in convent (news.com.au)
Sept 9 - THREE elderly Italian nuns have been raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of the African nation Burundi.
reveals 17 new sites, details giant Durrington Walls henge for first time (news.com.au)
Sept 11 - A STUNNING new survey of Stonehenge’s surrounds has revealed a hidden hive of activity — including new details on a long-lost “super henge” that dwarfs its famous counterpart into insignificance.
Ian Paisley, former
Northern Irish first minister, dies aged 88 (ABC
Sept 13 - Former Northern Irish first minister Ian Paisley, the passionate Protestant leader who struck a power-sharing deal with former foes Sinn Fein, has died at the age of 88.
Merkel to rally fight
against anti-Semitism (The West
Sept 14 - Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.
Australia's most senior
member of Islamic State funnelled fighters onto the frontline of Syria, Iraq
wars (ABC News)
Sept 9 - A 7.30 investigation has uncovered Australia's most senior member of the Islamic State militant group, who authorities say has funnelled scores of Australian fighters onto the frontline of the wars in Syria and Iraq.
To discredit Islamic
State, take away their naming rights (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 9 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) Barack Obama says he will this week lay out his "game plan" for dealing with the forces that claim to be an Islamic State.
The Gold Coast City
Council’s planning committee approves mosque (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 10 - THE council’s planning committee has given a controversial mosque proposed for Currumbin its first green light.
Death threats over
mosque: councillor says Facebook protecting users (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 12 - A Gold Coast city councillor says she’s been threatened with gang-rape and death over a proposed mosque and that Facebook has been protecting the identity of her tormentors.
‘terrorists’ helped recuit and fund Aussies for jihad in Syria, police allege (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Sept 11 - THE nation’s anti-terror spotlight is focused firmly on Brisbane’s south after 180 heavily armed counter-terrorism officers raided homes and businesses allegedly involved in the recruitment and financing of foreign fighters in Syria.
Alan Jones compares
Muslims to bikies (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Sept 11 - SHOCK jock Alan Jones left no stone unturned into attacking the Muslim community when he spoke at a senior citizens luncheon in Sydney, stating those in “religious gangs’’ should be treated like bikies.
The ISIL challenge is an
ideological battle (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 12 – (Opinion: Paul Monk) We are sending forces to Iraq to contribute to a military effort to
A Muslim suburban street
in Lakemba (The Australian)
Sept 12 - THE headlines and news bulletins screamed of Islamic terrorist plots and plans here and in the US to fight them ruthlessly.
Father of terror accused
Agim Kruezi rejects police allegations his son was recruiting IS soldiers (The Australian)
Sept 12 - THE father of a man who police allege recruited another person to join the Islamic State has defended his son as a “peaceful” and “righteous” man.
Humble Islamic bookstore
that opened its doors to all (The
Sept 12 - BRISBANE’S iQraa Islamic Centre has been open for only six months, but in that time it has grown from a humble bookshop to being at the centre of counter-terrorism raids this week.
Terror alert will fuel
Muslim hate: Islamic leaders (Brisbane
Sept 13 - Islamic leaders fear Australia's heightened terror threat rating will victimise Muslims and deepen "Islamaphobia".
Young misfits fall prey
to pull of jihad (The Australian)
Sept 13 - THEY came on waves of momentum, buoyed and emboldened by all the right words: whispers building into ideas, into sermons, into rallies, into warzones.
Terror alert: Welfare
cuts for suspected jihad supporters (news.com.au)
Sept 13 - WELFARE payments will be stripped from people within Australia suspected of supporting terrorism under a crackdown on funding for Islamic State fighters in Iraq and other terror groups.
Logan mosque targeted
with anti-Muslim pamphlets, sparking fears of violence (ABC
Sept 14 - Islamic leaders in south-east Queensland say they are being targeted by an increase in hate crimes, following an increase in the terror threat level and the arrests of two people allegedly linked with fighting in Syria.
Australia should be
peacemaker in fight with Islamic State: Keysar Trad (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - An Islamic leader has expressed disapproval of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to send Australian troops to join a multinational fight against Islamic State.
Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu
Mohammad tells young Muslims to avoid 'Sheik YouTube' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia has warned young people not to trust "Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube", saying they are "very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority".
Christian Democrat Rev
Fred Nile again moves to ban burqa in NSW (The Australian)
Sept 11 - CHRISTIAN Democratic Party leader the Rev Fred Nile is again trying to ban the wearing of the burqa in NSW.
Australia to deploy
forces to Middle East (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - Australia will send 600 military personnel, including SAS troops, and eight FA18 Super Hornets to the United Arab Emirates in preparation for a dramatic escalation of the multinational effort to contain the Islamic State that now holds parts of northern Iraq and Syria.
Execution of David
Haines by Islamic State a 'barbarity': George Brandis (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - Attorney-General George Brandis says he is "appalled" by the latest beheading of a foreign national by the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the third-such execution in recent weeks demonstrates why the group is a "fundamental threat to the Western world."
Gay or transgender youth
feel alienated by faith-based homeless services (news.com.au)
Sept 13 - OF THE 105,000 homeless people in Australia, a staggering 42 per cent are aged 12-25.
Sheehan happy with the
high life (The West Australian)
Sept 14 - Strewn across the coffee table at the typical Donnybrook farm home of Josh Sheehan are a Bible and several other religious tomes.
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