by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 2 - 9, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former priest attempts
to access complaint documents to sue alleged victim (Brisbane Times)
Nov 6 - A Queensland priest at the centre of a sexual assault investigation attempted to gain access to the police investigation against him, including the recorded interview with the alleged child victim, so he could appeal a decision made against him by the Catholic Church and sue the complainant.
Ex- Christian Brothers headmaster
Desmond Richards taken into custody for assaulting boys (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 7 - A former Chistian Brothers headmaster has been taken into custody ahead of a likely jail sentence for indecent assaulting young boys in the 1970s and '80s.
Former NSW Brother
awaits jail sentence (The West
Nov 7 - A former Christian Brother will spend his first night behind bars for indecently assaulting four boys at NSW schools more than 30 years ago.
Anglican priest shames
climate change "hypocrites" after witnessing sinking Solomon Islands (ABC News)
Nov 6 - The Anglican Dean of Darwin, Keith Joseph, was living and working on the Solomon Islands when he realised the world was slowly drowning.
Schools to lose student
welfare officers under chaplaincy program (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 5 - Student welfare officer Prue Robertson never knows exactly what her day will entail.
Canberra home schooled
numbers soar (The Age,
Nov 9 - The number of Canberra children being educated at home has increased by more than 50 per cent in two years.
Pope Francis pays
tribute to Gough Whitlam (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 5 - The Pope has sent a special message of condolence to the family of Gough Whitlam, which was read at a memorial mass in Rome to honour the former prime minister.
Vatican staff get George
Pell rulebook (The Age,
Nov 7 - Australian Cardinal George Pell has issued Vatican officials with a money management manual as part of a drive to clean up the Holy See's finances.
Vatican staff given
financial rulebook by Pope's Aussie hatchet man (The West Australian)
Nov 7 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis's drive to clean up the Vatican's finances has taken a significant step forward with the issuing of a financial management manual to Church officials.
Prince Charles’s plea to
Muslim leaders: Please preach tolerance (news.com.au)
Nov 4 - PRINCE Charles has warned of a threat to Christians in the Middle East and urged the need for compassion between different faiths on Tuesday.
win landmark court case (The West
Nov 8 - Putrajaya (Malaysia) (AFP) - Three Malaysian transgender women on Friday won their landmark bid to overturn an Islamic anti cross-dressing law in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.
Israel reassures Jordan
on al-Aqsa mosque (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 7 - Israel has promised Jordan it will stop Jews from praying at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Islamic State: Militants
kill hundreds in massacre in Iraq's Anbar province (ABC
Nov 3 - Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, the government says.
Hostage's insight into
terrorists' MO: brainwash Western children to take the jihad home (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 3 - They're not looking for foot soldiers.
Isis fighters capture
second Syrian gas field in a week (The
Nov 3 - Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Syria claim they have taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs, the second it has seized in a week after battles with government forces.
Militants massacre tribe
members in Anbar province (ABC
Nov 4 - Islamic State (IS) militants have executed 36 more members of an Iraqi tribe that had resisted the Sunni militant group's advances in western Anbar province for weeks, a member of the tribe says.
Iraqi Shias mark
mourning period of Muharram and brace for more attacks (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 4 - With shrapnel in his femur, bullets in his arm and a damaged hip, Captain Mustafa of the Iraqi army limped from Baghdad’s most revered Shia shrine thankful to have escaped three scrapes with death in less than two years.
Gunmen raid Nigerian
town of Nafada in suspected Boko Haram attack (ABC
Nov 6 - A large convoy of suspected Boko Haram gunmen carrying grenade launchers have conducted a midday raid on the north-eastern Nigerian town of Nafada, targeting police and the military before robbing a bank and destroying a political office.
Pakistan policeman hacks
man to death for alleged blasphemy (ABC
Nov 7 - A Pakistani policeman has hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, police say.
Islamic State's momentum
stalling (Sydney Morning
Nov 7 - Baghdad: The extremists of the Islamic State appeared unstoppable after their sudden blitz through Iraq this summer, with its battle-hardened fighters continually raising their black flag over newly conquered areas.
Barack Obama sent secret
letter to Iran on fighting Islamic State: report (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 7 - Washington: US President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month stressing the two countries' shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a media report on Thursday said.
Air strikes 'killed'
French bombmaker in Syria: US (The
Nov 7 - Washington (AFP) - US air raids in Syria overnight targeted and likely killed a French bombmaker who was a key figure in an Al-Qaeda offshoot accused of plotting attacks on the West, a defense official said Thursday.
Jihad fighters use
cruise ships to avoid airport security (news.com.au)
Nov 7 - WOULD-be jihadi fighters are increasingly booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in battle zones in Syria and Iraq, hoping to bypass stepped-up efforts to thwart them in neighbouring Turkey, Interpol officials have told The Associated Press.
Father of 'dead' French
jihadist speaks out (The West
Nov 8 - Vannes (France) (AFP) - The father of a French jihadist who became an expert bombmaker and was likely killed in US air strikes in Syria has said his son wanted to "die a martyr."
Top Islamic State
leaders targeted by US-led air strikes, including group's commander (ABC
Nov 9 - US-led air strikes have targeted a gathering of Islamic State leaders in Iraq in a town near the Syrian border, the US military confirmed.
Fate of IS leader Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi unknown after airstrikes target him (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 9 - The US-led coalition unleashed airstrikes near the Iraqi city of Mosul targeting top jihadist militants but the fate of the Islamic State group's enigmatic leader remained unclear.
Iraq car bombs kill at least
33 in attacks that resemble Islamic State operations (ABC
Nov 9 - Car bombs have killed at least 33 people in the Iraqi capital and the city of Ramadi to the west, according to police and medical sources.
Al Islam boarding school
in Indonesia continues to promote jihad (news.com.au)
Nov 9 - AS confirmation of their final disgrace, the shared gravesite of Bali bomb brothers Mukhlas and Amrozi is set apart from the general Muslim cemetery in the village of Tenggulun, in east Java.
Sounds of an ancient
world recovered from enigmatic Minoan Phaistos Disk (news.com.au)
Nov 4 - FOR more than a century, scientists have been puzzling over this mysterious 4000-year-old inscribed disk discovered on Crete. Now it’s been decoded. Well, three words have.
builder of Hindu temples (The Age,
Nov 7 - In 1968, on a trip to his native India, Alagappa Alagappan dreamed that an ancient Hindu god told him to visit a medium.
Three men arrested over
Australian grandmother's murder in India (ABC
Nov 9 - Police in India believe a 75-year-old Australian grandmother was murdered in the country's south over several hundred dollars in cash and some jewellery.
George Alex had links to Islamic State fighters (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 3 - Sydney construction industry figure George Alex went on a shooting party with Australia's two most infamous Islamic State recruits just weeks before they left the country to fight in Syria and Iraq, the ABC's Four Corners will reveal tonight.
Islamic State jihadist
boasts of kindergarten terror squad, complains of eating cats and dogs (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 3 - A MELBOURNE jihadist is gloating about the Islamic State’s brainwashing of preschool age children.
internal dispute after shooting outside Greenacre prayer hall (news.com.au)
Nov 3 - A MAN was shot outside a Shia Muslim prayer hall in front of horrified worshippers, including women and children.
Religious leader shot
outside Islamic centre in Greenacre following threats (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 4 - A man who was shot outside an Islamic prayer centre in Sydney's west was targeted as he locked up the building following a night observing the holy ritual of Ashura, one of the most important holidays for Shiite Muslims, according to a community member.
Tony Abbott says Islamic
State appear to have links to Greenacre Islamic prayer hall shooting (news.com.au)
Nov 4 - THE Prime Minister has confirmed fears among the Muslim community that a shooting in Sydney yesterday that targeted an Islamic prayer centre appeared to have links to Islamic State.
Shiite sword seized
during counter-terror raids was plastic, not a weapon, owner insists (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 4 - The owner of a sword seized during the counterterrorism raids in Sydney insists it is a plastic religious decoration and claims that police told him it will be returned to his mother.
plan to wear burqas to maintain anonymity at G20 (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 8 - ANARCHIST movement Anonymous plans to wear burqas during G20 protests in Brisbane to circumvent laws that ban non-religious face coverings during the event.
South Australian company
bows to social media campaign and scraps its halal certification (Adelaide Now)
Nov 8 - A SOUTH Australian company has bowed to a social media campaign and scrapped its halal certification, costing it a contract with the Middle East’s biggest airline.
prepare for more anti-terror raids: AFP chief (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 4 - Australians should prepare for more counter-terrorism raids as big as the recent 800-strong police raids in Sydney and Brisbane, the Australian Federal Police's counter-terrorism chief has said.
George Brandis fronts Muslim community on ABC’s Q&A program (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 4 - FEDERAL Attorney-General George Brandis has told Australian Muslims they are “the victim” during Monday’s ABC Q&A episode amid a boycott from members of the Muslim community.
NT MP slams Kevin
Andrews over marriage (The
Nov 5 - THE Speaker of the Northern Territory parliament has labelled Kevin Andrews a "pooncy, pasty-faced person from some piss-ant place" over a speech the Abbott government minister made championing traditional marriage.
abuse gay man Andy Stevens in Yackandandah shop (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 5 - A grandmother has stepped in to support a gay man being abused and harassed by two "religious zealots" in his own shop in Yackandandah.
shifts focus of campaigns to individual seats (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 9 - An election-night ritual for party leaders, whether triumphant or vanquished, is to declare that the things that unite us as a people are greater than those that divide us.
Science guys Bill Nye
and Richard Dawkins touring Australia to lose friends and alienate people? (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 9 - It is a curious and slightly depressing fact that in America, talking about science means talking about God.
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