Religion News Selection 43 (Sept 14 - 21)

  (21 September 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

September 14 - 21, 2014

A selection of religion news stories from Australia.

 

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

Please note: the next Religion News roundup will appear in early October

 


Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).

 

If you’re after the unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.

 

ABUSE

Hillsong Church to come under scrutiny at royal commission into child sex abuse (Brisbane Times)
Sept 18 - The popular Hillsong Church will come under the scrutiny of the child sexual abuse royal commission when it examines Australia's Pentecostal institutions at its next public hearing in October.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher pledges a humbler Catholic Church: 'No excuses, no cover-ups' (Brisbane Times)
Sept 20 - Before Gloria Fisher's son entered the priesthood, he had a few girlfriends.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Iranian 'Happy' video youth sentenced (news.com.au)
Sept 19 - A DEFENCE lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' Happy and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes.

Gay-friendly mosque launches quiet 'revolution' in South Africa (The West Australian)
Sept 20 - Cape Town (AFP) - Against a global background of rising Islamist militancy a new mosque where gay people are welcome, Christians too, and women are treated equally to men opened peacefully in Cape Town on Friday despite threats of violence.

Rise of Islamic schools causes alarm in secular Turkey (The West Australian)
Sept 21 - Istanbul (AFP) - When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received an unpleasant surprise.

Religious Violence

Indonesian terrorists discuss reprisal attacks over action against IS, increasing threat to Australians, researcher says (ABC News)
Sept 15 - Indonesian terrorists have begun talking about targeting Westerners again, in response to United States air strikes in Iraq.

Dabiq: The apocalyptic magazine the Islamic State uses to recruit and radicalise foreigners (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 17 - This is not the beginning, the magazine says. It is the end.

al-Qaeda appeals to Islamic State to release British hostage Alan Henning (Perth Now)
Sept 17 - TAXI driver Alan Henning gave up Christmas with his family in the UK last year to deliver medical aid to refugees 6,400km away in Syria.

#Notinmyname campaign sees young Muslims fight IS on social media (news.com.au)
Sept 21 - YOUNG Muslims are taking a stand against IS with a powerful internet campaign.

Other

Albania's lesson in Muslim-Christian tolerance (The West Australian)
Sept 21 - Malbardh (Albania) (AFP) - Perched up an Albanian mountain, the mediaeval church of St Nicolas was rebuilt from a crumbling ruin with help from local Muslims after the fall of communism, a symbol of the religious tolerance Pope Francis will be celebrating here on Sunday.

 

ISLAM

Muslim leaders denounce Islamic State, fear radicalisation at home (The Australian)
Sept 15 - AUSTRALIAN Muslim leaders say there’s nothing Islamic about the murderous actions of militant group Islamic State.

Also: Isis doesn't deserve to be called Islamic, Australian imams say (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 15 - Australian imams have called for the term “Islamic” not to be used when referring to the Islamic State (Isis) group, saying it serves only to give credibility to the group’s claims of religious authority.

Mayor rejects Gold Coast is 'anti-Islamic' after vote against mosque (Brisbane Times)
Sept 17 - Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate says he has no fears the tourist strip will be viewed as "anti-Islamic", after the council on Tuesday rejected an application to build the city's third mosque at Currumbin Waters.

Authorities thwart 'beheading' plot in Australia's biggest ever counter-terrorism raids (ABC News)
Sept 19 - The emerging reality of terrorism in Australia struck home just before dawn on Thursday when more than 800 police launched synchronised raids on houses and vehicles across Sydney's west and north-west, and Brisbane's south.

Australian terror raids: AFP, ASIO move on suspected terrorists (news.com.au)
Sept 19 - A PUBLIC execution of a random Australian was designed to shock the community, a Sydney court has heard.

Terrorist raids: family say they were terrified (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 19 - Rabie el Achwah, 22, was downstairs in his home in Hector Street, Bass Hill, pouring himself a glass of milk before morning prayers at 4.45am, when he was startled by violent thumps on the front door and the front window shattered.

Sydney Muslims launch protests over counter-terrorism raids that thwarted alleged beheading plot (ABC News)
Sept 19 - Hundreds of people from Sydney's Muslim community have protested against the biggest anti-terror raids in Australia's history, accusing authorities of drumming up hysteria.

Terror raids: 800 police, and only two men charged (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 19 - It was hard to believe the awkward, spotty youth sitting in the Central Local Court on Thursday was capable of planning such a horrific act of public violence.

Seeking calm amid violence, fear and outrage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 19 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly) It's the sheer randomness of it that makes it so terrifying.

Muslim leaders question evidence behind counter-terrorism raids (ABC News)
Sept 19 - Muslim leaders say questions are mounting about what evidence police had to justify yesterday's massive anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

Brisbane locals want to understand Islam (news.com.au)
Sept 19 - "CAN you please take my photo, my daughter will never ever believe I'm in here," asks Tracey Jaggers.

Sydney police patrol around mosques (The West Australian)
Sept 20 - Police will patrol mosques across Sydney under an operation established to head off any reprisals from Thursday's anti-terror raids, but they insist it's for community protection and confidence.

We are the ones being terrorised, Muslims say (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 21 - A car has been damaged and daubed with offensive comments, threatening letters have been sent and women have been abused in the street.

 

POLITICS

Abbott declares war on the Islamic State 'death cult' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 15 - Two hundred elite special forces soldiers could be on the ground in Iraq within days after the Abbott government agreed to a US request to provide planes and 600 personnel to the region as part of a multinational strike force against Islamic terrorists rampaging through Iraq and Syria.

Ban the burka photo shared by Jacqui Lambie believed to be of Afghan policewoman  (ABC News)
Sept 20 - A photograph of a Muslim woman with a gun used as part of an online campaign to ban the burka is believed to be of an Afghan policewoman who died fighting Taliban extremists.

Also: Jacqui Lambie says Islamic law involves terrorism as she stands firm on burqa ban (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 21 - Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie claims Islamic law "involves terrorism" and says the burqa is a "national security" risk.

Also: Palmer refuses to back Lambie's Muslim stance (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 21 - Clive Palmer has distanced his party from incendiary statements on the burqa and sharia law by PUP senator Jacqui Lambie.

'Stupid and ignorant': Cory Bernardi's comments  (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 21 - Comments by a Liberal senator linking terror raids with a campaign to ban the burqa have been described as "stupid and ignorant" and designed to "feed prejudice".

Muslim leaders lash out at Jacqui Lambie and Cory Bernardi (Brisbane Times)
Sept 20 - Muslim leaders say Cory Bernardi and Jacqui Lambie are assisting the Islamic State to recruit potential terrorists in Australia with their "divisive and inflammatory" statements on burqas and sharia.

Barack Obama adding to terrorism crisis, says John Howard (The Australian)
Sept 20 - A COMPLACENT US President and the failure of Australian Muslims to integrate into the mainstream are two factors identified by John Howard as contributing to the terrorism crisis.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Climate activism's new frontier is targeting fossil fuel investors (Brisbane Times)
Sept 15 - In mid-July, the peak body of the Uniting Church in Australia voted to sell its investments in fossil fuels.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 33 (Sept 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 32 (Aug 31 – Sept 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 31 (Aug 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

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