Religion News Australia 2014 - 48 (Nov 2 - 9)

  (08 November 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

November 2 - 9, 2014

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / anglican church / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

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.

Also: Former NSW Brother awaits jail sentence (The West Australian)
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 CHURCH

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.

 

EDUCATION

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, Melbourne)
Nov 9 - The number of Canberra children being educated at home has increased by more than 50 per cent in two years.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

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, Melbourne)
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.

Also: 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.

Islam

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.

Malaysia transgenders win landmark court case (The West Australian)
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.

Judaism

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.

Religious Violence

Islamic State: Militants kill hundreds in massacre in Iraq's Anbar province (ABC News)
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 Guardian, Australia)
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 News)
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 News)
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 News)
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 Herald)  
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 West Australian)
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 Australian)
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 News)
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 News)
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.

Other

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.

America's greatest builder of Hindu temples (The Age, Melbourne)
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 News)
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.

 

ISLAM

Construction figure 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.

Detectives investigate 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.

Also: 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.

Anonymous protesters 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.

 

POLITICS

Australians should 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.

Federal Attorney-General 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 Mercury, Hobart)  
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.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Religious zealots' 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.

Victorians' diversity 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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