Religion News Selection 44 (Oct 5 - 12)

  (11 October 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

October 5 - 12, 2014

A selection of religion news stories from Australia.

 

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 


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

‘No reason’ to make Hillsong abuse public, churches told (The Australian)
Oct 8 - THE Pentecostal Christian movement led by Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston told its ministers “we cannot see any reason” for the serial child abuse committed by his father to be publicly announced, a royal commission has heard.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Anglican Church divests from fossil fuels, calls for fracking scrutiny in (The West Australian) (ABC News)
Oct 6 - The Anglican Diocese of Perth has decided to divest itself of fossil fuel investments over what it says is a responsibility to act on climate change.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Karen Armstrong and the role of violence in religion (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Review)  For many years, Karen Armstrong has offered sane and lucid insight into the many ways in which religion and ideology have shaped the modern world.

Zone of Crisis by Amin Saikal  (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Review)  When the first British ambassador went into Afghanistan early in the 19th century he was accompanied by 200 cavalry, 4000 infantry, a dozen elephants and some 600 camels.

 

EDUCATION

School chaplaincy program: government stands firm on excluding welfare workers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Schools in NSW will be given funding for chaplains but not qualified secular youth workers after the federal government refused to budge from its decision to pay only for religious chaplains.

Teachers urged to report concerns on radicalised students (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 12 - Police have moved to stop the threat of radicalisation in schools, with principals and teachers urged to monitor vulnerable students at risk of turning to extremist groups such as Islamic State.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Australian couple explains the joy of sex to Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 9 - A devout Australian couple married for 55 years have explained the joys of sex to Pope Francis and senior members of the Catholic Church while calling for the inclusion of homosexual couples within the faith.

Islam

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj (The West Australian)
Oct 6 - Mina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca on Monday, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Ben Affleck fight over Islam continued after cameras stopped: Nicholas Kristof was there (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 – (Opinion: Nicholas Kristof) A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher's television show on HBO that became a religious war.

Salman Rushdie says 'Jihadi-cool' is seducing young Muslims (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - London: Accusations of Islamophobia are being levelled at anyone who dares to speak out against the "hate-filled rhetoric" of Islamist fanaticism, Salman Rushdie has claimed in a speech condemning the Islamic State and "this new age of religious mayhem".

Judaism

Shlomo Sand: ‘I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 11 - Historian Shlomo Sand explains why he doesn’t want to be Jewish anymore

Religious Violence

Islamic State, murderer of journalists, releases 11 rules for journalists (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - Syria Deeply, an independent news site focussing  on the Syrian conflict, has published a list of rules that it says have been given to journalists in the Islamic State-controlled Syrian region of Deir al-Zour.

Islamic State jihadists may infect themselves to spread Ebola in the West (news.com.au)
Oct 10 - ISLAMIC State members could be planning to infect themselves with Ebola and travelling to the West, waging bio-terror as “suicide bombs”, according to a military expert.

Nobel Peace Prize: Who is Malala Yousafzai? (ABC News)
Oct 10 - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, is being hailed as a champion of women's rights after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Inside the Australian combat mission to destroy ISIS (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 11 - IT’S like some Arabian cliche. As we’re walking around the F/A-18F Super Hornet, checking its specs, a sandstorm appears out of nowhere, covering the airfield in fine dust and hazing out the sun.

Kobani could be another Srebrenica, UN warns (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 12 - Turkey is under new pressure to help defend the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State (Isis) fighters, with a warning from the UN that its fall risks another Srebrenica – the 1995 massacre that symbolised the failure of international efforts to stop Bosnia’s war.

Malala Yousafzai, 17, threatened by Taliban with ‘sharp and shiny knives’ (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - A POWERFUL breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban threatened teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai with “sharp and shiny knives”, hours after she was declared joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

ISLAM

Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman says allied mission in Iraq and Syria 'infinitely greater in barbarity' (ABC News)
Oct 7 - An Islamic political organisation, which has been heavily criticised by the Prime Minister, has described the actions of Australia and the United States in Iraq as more barbaric than those of Islamic State militants.

More Muslims needed in WA Police Force, Acting Commissioner Stephen Brown says (ABC News)
Oct 8 - More Muslims are needed in the ranks of the West Australian Police Force, the state's acting police commissioner has suggested.

Attacks on Muslim women a 'sad indictment' on Brisbane (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Cameron Atfield) It's the ugly side of society and, of late, it has only been getting worse.

Skaters leap to aid of Muslim women, lecture public for ignoring abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - Patrick Burgess has a message for those who would stand by while minority groups are persecuted.

Muslims warn anti-terror laws could prevent teaching from Koran (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 9 - A Muslim cleric who preaches from certain passages of the Koran could be caught in the "broad" net of the government's new anti-terror law, Islamic leaders have warned.

Muslim group accuses government of double-standards in terror laws (The Australian)
Oct 9 - AN Islamic group has condemned the government’s planned terror laws as “a provocation to act”, in a strongly worded statement that appears to legitimise participation in attacks on Israel.

Student who 'married' girl, 13, pleads guilty to sexual abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - An overseas student who repeatedly sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in Sydney's south-west under the guise of a "marriage" has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Dozens of anti-Muslim attacks as Islamic leaders warn of community fear (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - There have been at least 30 attacks on Muslims – mainly against women wearing the hijab – in the three weeks since the police anti-terror raids and threats by Islamic State put relations between the Islamic community and mainstream Australia on edge.

Also: Attacks on Muslim mothers mount (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - A Muslim mother verbally abused at a Melbourne playground and ordered to stop her child from playing with others is among dozens of attacks against the Islamic community in recent weeks.

Lateline host Emma Alberici's only regret over Hizb ut-Tahrir interview (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - It was a simple opening question that Emma Alberici's Lateline guest, Islamic radical Wassim Doureihi, would not answer, but there was one other question the ABC host wished she could have asked.

The government's multicultural guardian (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Oct 11 - As Coalition figures drum up fears of Muslim extremism, Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is trying to reassure a community at the crossroads.

World 'deserves' an Islamic caliphate, says Bankstown sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 11 - A hardline Islamic leader from a group advocating an Islamic caliphate says Muslims should be ready to make sacrifices to achieve it.

The world has misread the Middle East nightmare and our war without borders (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) He expected it. But when the call came mid-morning on Thursday, Nizam Mougherit froze – the caller was threatening to behead Ibrahim, the 35-year-old's younger brother who serves in the Lebanese Army.

Islamic ‘burbs on rise, but minister insists there’s nothing to fear (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - SUBURBS with high Muslim concentrations are becoming more Islamic, but a senior Napthine Government minister says Melburnians have nothing to fear from growing religious enclaves.

 

POLITICS

Iraq mission will end in frustration, predicts senator David Leyonhjelm (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - A crossbench senator has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "scaring" the public into supporting Australia's role in Iraq and is predicting the combat mission will end in "frustration" instead of victory.

Hate preachers like Hizb ut-Tahrir face ban from entry to Australia (The Australian)
Oct 8 - PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will “red card” members of groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir, denying them entry into Australia.

Also: Is Prime Minister's anger at 'hate preachers' justified? (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - Hizb ut Tahrir has condemned the terrorist group Islamic State and is overtly non-violent - so why is Tony Abbott "angry and frustrated" he hasn't been able to ban the group, and hopeful new laws will allow him to do so?

Also: Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ‘red card’ laws pander to hate preacher hysteria (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Terry Sweetman) IT WAS curious Tony Abbott chose a radio show infamous for advocating the drowning of a sitting prime minister to muse about “hate preachers’’ this week.

PUP senator blames unemployment for verbal attack on two Muslim women in Newcastle (ABC News)
Oct 9 - Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie said youth unemployment is to blame for two Muslim women being verbally abused in Newcastle this week.

Muslims and major faith groups unite against racism, new anti-terrorism laws  (ABC News)
Oct 9 - Members of numerous faith groups have gathered in front of Parliament House in Canberra to unite against racism and discrimination, especially towards Muslims.

Greens moves to head off jihad (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Home-grown terrorism represents a greater threat to Australia than returning jihadist fighters, according to Greens leader Christine Milne, who has proposed the creation of a dedicated national body designed to strengthen social cohesion and dissuade young Muslims from succumbing to radical ideas.

Radicals should be deported: Lambie (The West Australian)
Oct 12 - Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie wants members of radical Islamic groups to be stripped of their right to vote and deported in a bid to combat home-grown terrorists.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Islamophobia' by another name covers all religions (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Sam de Brito) You know, there are Aussies who feel uneasy about Muslims for exactly the same reason we feel disquiet around Christians - the sheer irrationality of their religion.

Let’s not be witnesses to a load of elitist nonsense (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Tom Elliott) AFTER my pro-atheism column a fortnight ago, many religious people contacted me either to pray for my misguided soul or condemn it to hell.

 

 


 

 

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Religion News Selection

October 5 - 12, 2014

 

A selection of religion news stories from Australia.
 

Religion News Selection

October 5 - 12, 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

‘No reason’ to make Hillsong abuse public, churches told (The Australian)
Oct 8 - THE Pentecostal Christian movement led by Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston told its ministers “we cannot see any reason” for the serial child abuse committed by his father to be publicly announced, a royal commission has heard.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Anglican Church divests from fossil fuels, calls for fracking scrutiny in (The West Australian) (ABC News)
Oct 6 - The Anglican Diocese of Perth has decided to divest itself of fossil fuel investments over what it says is a responsibility to act on climate change.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Karen Armstrong and the role of violence in religion (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Review)  For many years, Karen Armstrong has offered sane and lucid insight into the many ways in which religion and ideology have shaped the modern world.

Zone of Crisis by Amin Saikal  (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Review)  When the first British ambassador went into Afghanistan early in the 19th century he was accompanied by 200 cavalry, 4000 infantry, a dozen elephants and some 600 camels.

 

EDUCATION

School chaplaincy program: government stands firm on excluding welfare workers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Schools in NSW will be given funding for chaplains but not qualified secular youth workers after the federal government refused to budge from its decision to pay only for religious chaplains.

Teachers urged to report concerns on radicalised students (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 12 - Police have moved to stop the threat of radicalisation in schools, with principals and teachers urged to monitor vulnerable students at risk of turning to extremist groups such as Islamic State.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Australian couple explains the joy of sex to Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 9 - A devout Australian couple married for 55 years have explained the joys of sex to Pope Francis and senior members of the Catholic Church while calling for the inclusion of homosexual couples within the faith.

Islam

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj (The West Australian)
Oct 6 - Mina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca on Monday, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Ben Affleck fight over Islam continued after cameras stopped: Nicholas Kristof was there (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 – (Opinion: Nicholas Kristof) A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher's television show on HBO that became a religious war.

Salman Rushdie says 'Jihadi-cool' is seducing young Muslims (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - London: Accusations of Islamophobia are being levelled at anyone who dares to speak out against the "hate-filled rhetoric" of Islamist fanaticism, Salman Rushdie has claimed in a speech condemning the Islamic State and "this new age of religious mayhem".

Judaism

Shlomo Sand: ‘I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 11 - Historian Shlomo Sand explains why he doesn’t want to be Jewish anymore

Religious Violence

Islamic State, murderer of journalists, releases 11 rules for journalists (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - Syria Deeply, an independent news site focussing  on the Syrian conflict, has published a list of rules that it says have been given to journalists in the Islamic State-controlled Syrian region of Deir al-Zour.

Islamic State jihadists may infect themselves to spread Ebola in the West (news.com.au)
Oct 10 - ISLAMIC State members could be planning to infect themselves with Ebola and travelling to the West, waging bio-terror as “suicide bombs”, according to a military expert.

Nobel Peace Prize: Who is Malala Yousafzai? (ABC News)
Oct 10 - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, is being hailed as a champion of women's rights after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Inside the Australian combat mission to destroy ISIS (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 11 - IT’S like some Arabian cliche. As we’re walking around the F/A-18F Super Hornet, checking its specs, a sandstorm appears out of nowhere, covering the airfield in fine dust and hazing out the sun.

Kobani could be another Srebrenica, UN warns (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 12 - Turkey is under new pressure to help defend the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State (Isis) fighters, with a warning from the UN that its fall risks another Srebrenica – the 1995 massacre that symbolised the failure of international efforts to stop Bosnia’s war.

Malala Yousafzai, 17, threatened by Taliban with ‘sharp and shiny knives’ (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - A POWERFUL breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban threatened teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai with “sharp and shiny knives”, hours after she was declared joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

ISLAM

Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman says allied mission in Iraq and Syria 'infinitely greater in barbarity' (ABC News)
Oct 7 - An Islamic political organisation, which has been heavily criticised by the Prime Minister, has described the actions of Australia and the United States in Iraq as more barbaric than those of Islamic State militants.

More Muslims needed in WA Police Force, Acting Commissioner Stephen Brown says (ABC News)
Oct 8 - More Muslims are needed in the ranks of the West Australian Police Force, the state's acting police commissioner has suggested.

Attacks on Muslim women a 'sad indictment' on Brisbane (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Cameron Atfield) It's the ugly side of society and, of late, it has only been getting worse.

Skaters leap to aid of Muslim women, lecture public for ignoring abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - Patrick Burgess has a message for those who would stand by while minority groups are persecuted.

Muslims warn anti-terror laws could prevent teaching from Koran (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 9 - A Muslim cleric who preaches from certain passages of the Koran could be caught in the "broad" net of the government's new anti-terror law, Islamic leaders have warned.

Muslim group accuses government of double-standards in terror laws (The Australian)
Oct 9 - AN Islamic group has condemned the government’s planned terror laws as “a provocation to act”, in a strongly worded statement that appears to legitimise participation in attacks on Israel.

Student who 'married' girl, 13, pleads guilty to sexual abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - An overseas student who repeatedly sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in Sydney's south-west under the guise of a "marriage" has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Dozens of anti-Muslim attacks as Islamic leaders warn of community fear (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - There have been at least 30 attacks on Muslims – mainly against women wearing the hijab – in the three weeks since the police anti-terror raids and threats by Islamic State put relations between the Islamic community and mainstream Australia on edge.

Also: Attacks on Muslim mothers mount (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - A Muslim mother verbally abused at a Melbourne playground and ordered to stop her child from playing with others is among dozens of attacks against the Islamic community in recent weeks.

Lateline host Emma Alberici's only regret over Hizb ut-Tahrir interview (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - It was a simple opening question that Emma Alberici's Lateline guest, Islamic radical Wassim Doureihi, would not answer, but there was one other question the ABC host wished she could have asked.

The government's multicultural guardian (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Oct 11 - As Coalition figures drum up fears of Muslim extremism, Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is trying to reassure a community at the crossroads.

World 'deserves' an Islamic caliphate, says Bankstown sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 11 - A hardline Islamic leader from a group advocating an Islamic caliphate says Muslims should be ready to make sacrifices to achieve it.

The world has misread the Middle East nightmare and our war without borders (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) He expected it. But when the call came mid-morning on Thursday, Nizam Mougherit froze – the caller was threatening to behead Ibrahim, the 35-year-old's younger brother who serves in the Lebanese Army.

Islamic ‘burbs on rise, but minister insists there’s nothing to fear (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - SUBURBS with high Muslim concentrations are becoming more Islamic, but a senior Napthine Government minister says Melburnians have nothing to fear from growing religious enclaves.

 

POLITICS

Iraq mission will end in frustration, predicts senator David Leyonhjelm (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - A crossbench senator has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "scaring" the public into supporting Australia's role in Iraq and is predicting the combat mission will end in "frustration" instead of victory.

Hate preachers like Hizb ut-Tahrir face ban from entry to Australia (The Australian)
Oct 8 - PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will “red card” members of groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir, denying them entry into Australia.

Also: Is Prime Minister's anger at 'hate preachers' justified? (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - Hizb ut Tahrir has condemned the terrorist group Islamic State and is overtly non-violent - so why is Tony Abbott "angry and frustrated" he hasn't been able to ban the group, and hopeful new laws will allow him to do so?

Also: Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ‘red card’ laws pander to hate preacher hysteria (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Terry Sweetman) IT WAS curious Tony Abbott chose a radio show infamous for advocating the drowning of a sitting prime minister to muse about “hate preachers’’ this week.

PUP senator blames unemployment for verbal attack on two Muslim women in Newcastle (ABC News)
Oct 9 - Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie said youth unemployment is to blame for two Muslim women being verbally abused in Newcastle this week.

Muslims and major faith groups unite against racism, new anti-terrorism laws  (ABC News)
Oct 9 - Members of numerous faith groups have gathered in front of Parliament House in Canberra to unite against racism and discrimination, especially towards Muslims.

Greens moves to head off jihad (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Home-grown terrorism represents a greater threat to Australia than returning jihadist fighters, according to Greens leader Christine Milne, who has proposed the creation of a dedicated national body designed to strengthen social cohesion and dissuade young Muslims from succumbing to radical ideas.

Radicals should be deported: Lambie (The West Australian)
Oct 12 - Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie wants members of radical Islamic groups to be stripped of their right to vote and deported in a bid to combat home-grown terrorists.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Islamophobia' by another name covers all religions (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Sam de Brito) You know, there are Aussies who feel uneasy about Muslims for exactly the same reason we feel disquiet around Christians - the sheer irrationality of their religion.

Let’s not be witnesses to a load of elitist nonsense (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Tom Elliott) AFTER my pro-atheism column a fortnight ago, many religious people contacted me either to pray for my misguided soul or condemn it to hell.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 34 (Sept 14 - 21)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

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Religion News Australia 2012 – 47 (Dec 23 - 30)

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Religion News Australia 2012 – 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 5)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 1 (Dec 25 – Jan 8)

 

 


 

 

(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

‘No reason’ to make Hillsong abuse public, churches told (The Australian)
Oct 8 - THE Pentecostal Christian movement led by Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston told its ministers “we cannot see any reason” for the serial child abuse committed by his father to be publicly announced, a royal commission has heard.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Anglican Church divests from fossil fuels, calls for fracking scrutiny in (The West Australian) (ABC News)
Oct 6 - The Anglican Diocese of Perth has decided to divest itself of fossil fuel investments over what it says is a responsibility to act on climate change.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Karen Armstrong and the role of violence in religion (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Review)  For many years, Karen Armstrong has offered sane and lucid insight into the many ways in which religion and ideology have shaped the modern world.

Zone of Crisis by Amin Saikal  (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Review)  When the first British ambassador went into Afghanistan early in the 19th century he was accompanied by 200 cavalry, 4000 infantry, a dozen elephants and some 600 camels.

 

EDUCATION

School chaplaincy program: government stands firm on excluding welfare workers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Schools in NSW will be given funding for chaplains but not qualified secular youth workers after the federal government refused to budge from its decision to pay only for religious chaplains.

Teachers urged to report concerns on radicalised students (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 12 - Police have moved to stop the threat of radicalisation in schools, with principals and teachers urged to monitor vulnerable students at risk of turning to extremist groups such as Islamic State.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Australian couple explains the joy of sex to Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 9 - A devout Australian couple married for 55 years have explained the joys of sex to Pope Francis and senior members of the Catholic Church while calling for the inclusion of homosexual couples within the faith.

Islam

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj (The West Australian)
Oct 6 - Mina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca on Monday, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Ben Affleck fight over Islam continued after cameras stopped: Nicholas Kristof was there (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 – (Opinion: Nicholas Kristof) A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher's television show on HBO that became a religious war.

Salman Rushdie says 'Jihadi-cool' is seducing young Muslims (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - London: Accusations of Islamophobia are being levelled at anyone who dares to speak out against the "hate-filled rhetoric" of Islamist fanaticism, Salman Rushdie has claimed in a speech condemning the Islamic State and "this new age of religious mayhem".

Judaism

Shlomo Sand: ‘I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 11 - Historian Shlomo Sand explains why he doesn’t want to be Jewish anymore

Religious Violence

Islamic State, murderer of journalists, releases 11 rules for journalists (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - Syria Deeply, an independent news site focussing  on the Syrian conflict, has published a list of rules that it says have been given to journalists in the Islamic State-controlled Syrian region of Deir al-Zour.

Islamic State jihadists may infect themselves to spread Ebola in the West (news.com.au)
Oct 10 - ISLAMIC State members could be planning to infect themselves with Ebola and travelling to the West, waging bio-terror as “suicide bombs”, according to a military expert.

Nobel Peace Prize: Who is Malala Yousafzai? (ABC News)
Oct 10 - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, is being hailed as a champion of women's rights after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Inside the Australian combat mission to destroy ISIS (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 11 - IT’S like some Arabian cliche. As we’re walking around the F/A-18F Super Hornet, checking its specs, a sandstorm appears out of nowhere, covering the airfield in fine dust and hazing out the sun.

Kobani could be another Srebrenica, UN warns (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 12 - Turkey is under new pressure to help defend the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State (Isis) fighters, with a warning from the UN that its fall risks another Srebrenica – the 1995 massacre that symbolised the failure of international efforts to stop Bosnia’s war.

Malala Yousafzai, 17, threatened by Taliban with ‘sharp and shiny knives’ (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - A POWERFUL breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban threatened teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai with “sharp and shiny knives”, hours after she was declared joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

ISLAM

Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman says allied mission in Iraq and Syria 'infinitely greater in barbarity' (ABC News)
Oct 7 - An Islamic political organisation, which has been heavily criticised by the Prime Minister, has described the actions of Australia and the United States in Iraq as more barbaric than those of Islamic State militants.

More Muslims needed in WA Police Force, Acting Commissioner Stephen Brown says (ABC News)
Oct 8 - More Muslims are needed in the ranks of the West Australian Police Force, the state's acting police commissioner has suggested.

Attacks on Muslim women a 'sad indictment' on Brisbane (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Cameron Atfield) It's the ugly side of society and, of late, it has only been getting worse.

Skaters leap to aid of Muslim women, lecture public for ignoring abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - Patrick Burgess has a message for those who would stand by while minority groups are persecuted.

Muslims warn anti-terror laws could prevent teaching from Koran (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 9 - A Muslim cleric who preaches from certain passages of the Koran could be caught in the "broad" net of the government's new anti-terror law, Islamic leaders have warned.

Muslim group accuses government of double-standards in terror laws (The Australian)
Oct 9 - AN Islamic group has condemned the government’s planned terror laws as “a provocation to act”, in a strongly worded statement that appears to legitimise participation in attacks on Israel.

Student who 'married' girl, 13, pleads guilty to sexual abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - An overseas student who repeatedly sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in Sydney's south-west under the guise of a "marriage" has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Dozens of anti-Muslim attacks as Islamic leaders warn of community fear (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - There have been at least 30 attacks on Muslims – mainly against women wearing the hijab – in the three weeks since the police anti-terror raids and threats by Islamic State put relations between the Islamic community and mainstream Australia on edge.

Also: Attacks on Muslim mothers mount (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - A Muslim mother verbally abused at a Melbourne playground and ordered to stop her child from playing with others is among dozens of attacks against the Islamic community in recent weeks.

Lateline host Emma Alberici's only regret over Hizb ut-Tahrir interview (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - It was a simple opening question that Emma Alberici's Lateline guest, Islamic radical Wassim Doureihi, would not answer, but there was one other question the ABC host wished she could have asked.

The government's multicultural guardian (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Oct 11 - As Coalition figures drum up fears of Muslim extremism, Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is trying to reassure a community at the crossroads.

World 'deserves' an Islamic caliphate, says Bankstown sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 11 - A hardline Islamic leader from a group advocating an Islamic caliphate says Muslims should be ready to make sacrifices to achieve it.

The world has misread the Middle East nightmare and our war without borders (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) He expected it. But when the call came mid-morning on Thursday, Nizam Mougherit froze – the caller was threatening to behead Ibrahim, the 35-year-old's younger brother who serves in the Lebanese Army.

Islamic ‘burbs on rise, but minister insists there’s nothing to fear (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 10 - SUBURBS with high Muslim concentrations are becoming more Islamic, but a senior Napthine Government minister says Melburnians have nothing to fear from growing religious enclaves.

 

POLITICS

Iraq mission will end in frustration, predicts senator David Leyonhjelm (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 8 - A crossbench senator has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "scaring" the public into supporting Australia's role in Iraq and is predicting the combat mission will end in "frustration" instead of victory.

Hate preachers like Hizb ut-Tahrir face ban from entry to Australia (The Australian)
Oct 8 - PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will “red card” members of groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir, denying them entry into Australia.

Also: Is Prime Minister's anger at 'hate preachers' justified? (Brisbane Times)
Oct 9 - Hizb ut Tahrir has condemned the terrorist group Islamic State and is overtly non-violent - so why is Tony Abbott "angry and frustrated" he hasn't been able to ban the group, and hopeful new laws will allow him to do so?

Also: Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ‘red card’ laws pander to hate preacher hysteria (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Terry Sweetman) IT WAS curious Tony Abbott chose a radio show infamous for advocating the drowning of a sitting prime minister to muse about “hate preachers’’ this week.

PUP senator blames unemployment for verbal attack on two Muslim women in Newcastle (ABC News)
Oct 9 - Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie said youth unemployment is to blame for two Muslim women being verbally abused in Newcastle this week.

Muslims and major faith groups unite against racism, new anti-terrorism laws  (ABC News)
Oct 9 - Members of numerous faith groups have gathered in front of Parliament House in Canberra to unite against racism and discrimination, especially towards Muslims.

Greens moves to head off jihad (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Home-grown terrorism represents a greater threat to Australia than returning jihadist fighters, according to Greens leader Christine Milne, who has proposed the creation of a dedicated national body designed to strengthen social cohesion and dissuade young Muslims from succumbing to radical ideas.

Radicals should be deported: Lambie (The West Australian)
Oct 12 - Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie wants members of radical Islamic groups to be stripped of their right to vote and deported in a bid to combat home-grown terrorists.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Islamophobia' by another name covers all religions (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Sam de Brito) You know, there are Aussies who feel uneasy about Muslims for exactly the same reason we feel disquiet around Christians - the sheer irrationality of their religion.

Let’s not be witnesses to a load of elitist nonsense (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Tom Elliott) AFTER my pro-atheism column a fortnight ago, many religious people contacted me either to pray for my misguided soul or condemn it to hell.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 34 (Sept 14 - 21)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 8 (Feb 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 6 (Feb 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 47 (Dec 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 46 (Dec 15 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 45 (Dec 9 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 44 (Dec 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 43 (Nov 25 – Dec 2)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 42 (Nov 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 41 (Nov 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 40 (Nov 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 39 (Oct 28 – Nov 4)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 38 (Oct 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 37 (Oct 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 36 (Oct 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 35 (Oct 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 34 (Sept 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 33 (Sept 17 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 32 (Sept 9 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 31 (Sept 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 30 (Aug 26 – Sept 2)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 29 (Aug 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 28 (Aug 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 27 (Aug 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 26 (July 29 – Aug 5)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 25 (July 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 24 (July 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 23 (July 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 22 (June 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 21 (May 27 – June 3)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 20 (May 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 19 (May 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 18 (May 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 17 (Apr 29 – May 6)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 16 (Apr 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 15 (Apr 8 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 14 (Apr 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 13 (Mar 25 – Apr 1)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 12 (Mar 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 11 (Mar 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 10 (Mar 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 5)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2012 – 1 (Dec 25 – Jan 8)

 

 

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