by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
October 19 - 26, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
acknowledges access to choir for pederast cleric (The Australian)
Oct 24 - THE head of Australia’s Anglican Church has acknowledged the “cover-up’’ of child sexual abuse in Queensland and Britain as it emerged a pedophile clergyman was still allowed access to choirboys after the first complaints were made to church officials.
apologise for failing to deal with abuse allegations in Australia (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 24 - Senior members of the Church of England have issued formal apologies after an inquiry found a high level Anglican clergyman made serious failures in addressing allegations of the sexual abuse of children in Australia and Britain.
'covered-up' abuse in Qld (The
Oct 24 - THE head of the Anglican Church in Australia says he is profoundly disappointed after a report in the UK found allegations of sexual abuse of children at a north Queensland school during the 1970s were covered up.
Cat Stevens addresses
critics on new album (The West
Oct 25 - Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, has decided it's time to tell his own story his own way - through music on a new album and in an autobiography.
ANU academics withdraw
from IS forum after member of Hizb ut-Tahrir invited to speak (Canberra Times)
Oct 22 - The Australian National University has defended a decision by several of its academics to withdraw from a public debate on terrorism after they found out a representative of radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir had also been invited to speak.
NSW Education Minister
Adrian Piccoli accused of insulting religious schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 23 - The head of Christian Schools Australia has berated NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for insulting religious schools by suggesting some turn their back on needy students despite their wealth.
Victorian school fights
to keep its welfare support worker secular, not religious (ABC
Oct 26 - A central Victorian school is taking on the Federal Government over its policy to fund religious chaplains in public schools.
Terror reminder for NSW
school vigilance (The West
Oct 26 - Schools across NSW have been urged to report anti-social behaviour following an increased terror alert and reports of teenagers heading overseas to join terrorist groups.
Pope Francis beatifies
Pope Paul VI amid tumultuous synod (Brisbane
Oct 20 - Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978 after shepherding the church through a period of internal reform amid an era of social and political change and growing challenges to the church's traditional teachings.
Pope Francis blasts life
sentences as ‘hidden death penalty’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 24 - Pope Francis has branded life-long prison terms “a hidden death sentence” in an attack on “penal populism” that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture.
Thai revival of southern
Jawi script points way to peace (The
Oct 24 - Saiburi (Thailand) (AFP) - A high-pitched chorus pours out from a Muslim nursery school in Thailand's insurgency-battered south, as girls in crisp, white hijabs read aloud the curls and flourishes of a homegrown script virtually erased from public life.
Three-quarters of Israeli
Jews oppose detail of Palestinian state, poll shows (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 21 - A poll has found that 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders if it means withdrawing Israeli troops from the Jordan Valley.
Used to rebuild Warsaw,
Jewish tombstones return to cemeteries (The West Australian)
Oct 25 - Warsaw (AFP) - Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls.
Nigerians doubtful of
girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached (ABC
Oct 20 - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Islamist Boko Haram militants has cast doubt on whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group will really be released.
ISIS militants struggle
for survival in street battles with Kurds in Kobane (news.com.au)
Oct 20 - ISLAMIC State militants may finally have made a fatal mistake.
Islamic State jihadists
take heavy losses in Kobane battle (The
Oct 20 - THE Islamic State group has taken heavy losses in the Syrian battleground of Kobane as Iraqi forces fought the jihadists buoyed by US backing for top government security appointments.
Lynching of boy
underlines how the curse of caste still blights India (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 20 - In another time, another place, Sai Ram might have escaped serious harm.
Turkey to let Iraqi
Kurds reinforce Kobane as US drops arms to defenders (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 21 - Ankara/Beirut: Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobane, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault.
Islamic State fighters
seize weapons cache meant for Kurds (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 22 - Beirut: Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by US-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said on Tuesday.
Syrian father stones
‘adulterous’ daughter to death in video shared by Islamic State (news.com.au)
Oct 22 - HORRIFIC video has emerged of an elderly Syrian man helping Islamic State militants stone his daughter to death for alleged adultery.
Boko Haram negotiates to
release kidnapped girls (news.com.au)
Oct 22 - SIX months ago, the plight of more than 200 schoolgirls captured the world’s attention when they were ripped from dormitories at their school in the remote Nigerian town of Chibok.
Iranians protest over
acid attacks on women, apparently for not wearing veils (ABC
Oct 23 - Protesters in Iran have called for increased security after four women were injured in acid attacks reportedly linked to them not wearing veils.
Canada shooting: MPs
applaud sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers a day after parliament shooting (ABC
Oct 24 - Canada's parliament has reopened with a standing ovation for its sergeant-at-arms, a day after he shot dead a gunman who killed a soldier and stormed the building.
‘I cry for the victims,
not my son’ says Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother (The Australian)
Oct 24 - THE mother of the gunman who carried out the deadly attack on Canada’s seat of government says that she is mourning for the victims of the shooting rampage, not her son.
Boko Haram militants
abduct dozens more girls in Nigeria despite reported truce, parents say (ABC News)
Oct 24 - Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped at least 25 girls after an attack on a remote town in north-eastern Nigerian, according to parents whose daughters were taken.
Details emerge of more
girls seized by Boko Haram in Nigeria (news.com.au)
Oct 24 - A DEADLY bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings blamed on Boko Haram has cast further doubt on the government’s claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.
Islamic State militants
seize Iraqi village and escalate attacks on Yazidis (ABC
Oct 24 - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, while the insurgents also tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north.
Mosul Eye blog details
chilling reality of life under the Islamic State in Mosul (news.com.au)
Oct 24 - A CITY in darkness with water available only two hours a day.
photographs show the moment (news.com.au)
Oct 24 - FOUR incredible photographs chart the chilling moments that US-led forces drop highly precise bombs right on top of four Islamic State thugs.
Islamic State treads
lightly in embattled Fallujah (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 25 - She got the teddy bear, but not the dress.
Islamic State terrorists
trade on heightened fears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 25 - Amid extravagant threats of damnation and enslavement, the call to arms for random attacks on non-believers by an Islamic State spokesman hit on the central objective behind its campaign of terrorism in the West.
IS fighter aged 15 says
he was given a choice: join the militants or be beheaded (news.com.au)
Oct 25 - A 15-YEAR-OLD former IS fighter has revealed he was drugged and threatened with beheading if he did not join the militants.
New York police brand
hatchet attack 'terrorist' act (The
Oct 25 - New York (AFP) - A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday.
hostages, says John Cantlie (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 26 - London: A British hostage of Islamic State, John Cantlie, has told how prisoners have been waterboarded for trying to escape in the latest video released by the terror group.
John Cantlie: prisoners
of Islamic State are being water boarded (The Australian)
Oct 26 - JOHN Cantlie, the British hostage whose father died last week after pleading to Islamic State leaders to release him, has released another propaganda video telling of water boarding torture but saying he and other prisoners of the militant group are leading “not a bad life.”
Islamic State prisoners
endured torture and false hope, freed cellmates say (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 26 - The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one.
Perth mosques, Islamic
school vandalised in weekend attacks (ABC
Oct 20 - Two Perth mosques and an Islamic education centre have been vandalised in weekend attacks.
Burqas reveal more about
men than women (Brisbane Times)
Oct 20 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Pascarl) Over the past few years I have bitten my tongue when statements about Islamic women wearing burqas and veils have cropped up in the press.
Sydney mother of three
opens up about her choice to wear the niqab and life as a Muslim Australian (ABC News)
Oct 21 - With stories of young Australian radicals travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamic State militants, and our defence forces going back into Iraq to try and combat them, many Muslim Australians are facing increased incidents of abuse and sometimes even attack – particularly women wearing the veil.
Airline accused of
banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Oct 21 - A FORMER Qantas employee has accused the airline of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs.
Abdullah Elmir appears in Islamic State video threatening PM Tony Abbott (ABC News)
Oct 22 - A 17-year-old Australian fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group has appeared in a propaganda video in which he tells Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.
Australian teen Abdullah
Elmir is new public face of Islamic State (The Australian)
Oct 22 - A TEENAGE boy from western Sydney has been used as a new public face of Islamic State, starring in a propaganda video “especially” targeted at Australia and claiming that Tony Abbott should know the terror group will never surrender.
He’s a stupid idiot, say
Aussie jihadist Abdullah Elmir’s family (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Oct 22 - A SYDNEY teenage Islamic State jihadist who threatened Australia in a chilling video has been condemned by relatives.
Australian 17yo Abdullah
Elmir's friends defend his decision to join jihadists (ABC
Oct 22 - Friends of a Sydney teenager who has appeared in an Islamic State (IS) propaganda video have defended his decision to join the jihadist group.
Clowning around with
terror threat puts us at risk (Brisbane
Oct 24 – (Opinion: Madonna King) In all the reaction to Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir's threats against our nation and prime minister, the commentary of Labor's Tony Burke stood out.
Sydney school parents
alarmed over IS teen (The West
Oct 24 - When Khal Mourad's son told him a fellow student at Condell Park High had left the country to fight in Syria, he was understandably alarmed.
Rescue mission to save
the Ginger Jihadi thwarted at 11th hour (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 25 - A rescue mission to save 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir, dubbed the "Ginger Jihadi", from joining Islamic State fighters in Iraq was abandoned at the last minute because of fears those involved may end up being charged under the federal government's foreign incursion laws.
Muslims open mosques to
help remove barriers (Brisbane
Oct 23 - "Why can't you look past my beliefs and just talk to me?" Narjis Saleh, a young Muslim woman, said recently after she was called a terrorist and spat on at a train station.
What it’s really like to
be a Muslim in Melbourne (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Oct 24 - FATIMA and Hussain’s home is tucked away in a quiet street in Melbourne western suburbs.
Fears Aust jihadists
slipped out: report (Brisbane
Oct 25 - There are fears that Australian jihadists have used the recent pilgrimage to Mecca as a cover to slip out of the country and fight for terrorist groups overseas.
IS jihadists: One-way
trip for West's wasters (Brisbane
Oct 25 – (Opinion: Anson Cameron) Where are the limits of humour? Iran recently executed a man for saying Jonah didn't live in a whale.
Muslims intervene to
stop youths joining foreign fighters (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 25 - At least two more young Muslim men from south-west Sydney have been stopped from travelling overseas to join foreign fighters by eagle-eyed members of their own communities.
India 'love jihad' claims
fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions (The
Oct 25 - New Delhi (AFP) - When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India's religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their "love jihad" fears.
Burka segregation in Parliament
is reversed by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop (ABC
Oct 20 - A move to force Muslim women who cover their faces to sit in a separate enclosed public gallery at Parliament House has been reversed.
House burqa ban dumped
Oct 20 - The controversial plan to make Muslim women wearing burqas and the niqab sit in glassed enclosures at Parliament House has been ditched following a fierce backlash.
Burka segregation plan
for Parliament House dumped (The
Oct 20 - The plan to segregate visitors to Parliament House wearing facial coverings has been abandoned.
Speaker and Senate
President contradict PM on burqa segregation (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 21 - Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry have contradicted Prime Minister Tony Abbott, revealing he did not contact them to ask they reconsider their controversial plan to segregate women wearing a burqa or niqab.
Bronwyn Bishop and
Stephen Parry personally added 'burqa ban' to official advice (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 21 - The Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, and the president of the Senate, Stephen Parry, personally added the controversial “burqa ban” in parliament house to official security advice because they feared a group was intending to disrupt parliament.
'Burqa ban' imposed
after anonymous radio rumour reached parliament (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 21 - The controversial “burqa ban” started with a rumour given to 2UE by someone called “media manipulator”, which was then passed on to the Australian Federal Police officer at parliament house by another journalist from Channel Nine.
'Burqa ban' headache for
parliament after terrorist threat overreaction (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 21 – (Opinion: Lenore Taylor) It was like the morning after the big night before on Monday as federal parliament reviewed some of its more extreme agitated responses to the terrorist threat during the last sitting period in early October.
Lambie refuses to visit
mosque (The West Australian)
Oct 22 - Outspoken Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has rejected a Liberal MP's invitation to visit a mosque because she is Australian and a Catholic.
Bill Shorten to confront
Christian lobby over same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 25 - Bill Shorten will confront the Christian Lobby on Saturday by declaring his support for same-sex marriage and blended families while also extending the hand of friendship to the religious organisation.
Religion should not be
used to divide, Bill Shorten tells Christians (The Australian)
Oct 25 - BILL Shorten has told the Australian Christian Lobby he is a Christian who believes in marriage equality.
Festive flock warned not
to witness 'seedy' Melbourne (The
Oct 20 - Cleanliness really is next to godliness for Jehovah's Witnesses.
discuss terrorism (ABC News)
Oct 21 - The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle says he is worried Australia's diversity is under threat because of the current concerns about terrorism.
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