by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 23 - 30, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Abuse inquiry told boys'
school did not apologise because of Hobart Mercury (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 25 - The former principal of an elite Tasmanian boys’ school has blamed the Hobart Mercury for the school’s failure to apologise to an alleged victim of sexual assault.
Jewish community divided
over sexual abuse accusations (Brisbane
Nov 25 - Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant is a portly and genial man, whose wiry beard travels in several unexpected directions.
Satyananda Yoga Ashram is the subject of royal commission hearing (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 29 - When Sanatan Saraswati first arrived at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram more than three decades ago he thought he had found paradise.
United Nations says the
Abbott government ‘should push Vatican on child sex abuse’ (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 29 - THE UN wants the Abbott government to take on the Vatican over documents relating to child abuse by Catholic clergy.
Rob Galea, the pop star
priest (Brisbane Times)
Nov 27 - Rob Galea is probably the biggest pop star you've never heard of.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
review: Ridley Scott summons an epic failure (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - Exodus: Gods and Kings is a strange and sometimes flawed Biblical epic, which is not entirely surprising since Ridley Scott appears to be particularly unsuited to the genre.
Christian Bale went from
Dark Knight to dark nights of the soul for Ridley Scott's Exodus (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - Moses and Ramses. One a prophet, the other a pharaoh.
Historic dump in
Geraldton's cathedral grounds opened to the public for foraging (ABC
Nov 24 - A historic dump in Geraldton's Cathedral grounds has been opened to the public to forage for archaeological treasures from the late 19th century.
fertile ground for Islamist propaganda (The Australian)
Nov 26 – (Opinion: Jennifer Oriel) UNIVERSITIES justify their billion dollar budgets by claiming they are a public good essential to the health of liberal democracy, but how well have they defended the public against the illiberal ideology of Islamic State?
explodes after Victory College concert canned (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - Young school children involved in this year's Victory College Christmas concert wanted to don costumes, embrace a colourful Lego theme and put smiles on their peers' faces.
Pope slams 'state terrorism'
and 'haggard' Europe (The West
Nov 26 - Aboard the papal plane (Italy) (AFP) - Pope Francis on Tuesday slammed "state terrorism" that "kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists", just hours after he had taken a swipe at the "haggard" state of Europe.
It’s a dog’s afterlife:
Pope Francis hints that animals go to heaven (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 28 - Animals, too, go to heaven.
Pope condemns 'barbaric
violence' of Islamic State (The
Nov 28 - ANKARA (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "barbaric violence" in Syria and Iraq.
Pope Francis calls for
inter-faith dialogue to stop terrorism during visit to Turkey (ABC
Nov 29 - Pope Francis has called for inter-faith dialogue to help end fundamentalism and terrorism during his first visit to Turkey.
key to battling fanaticism, Pope says in Turkey (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - Inter-religious dialogue must be used to combat "fanaticism and fundamentalism", the Pope said in Turkey.
Pope Francis reflects at
Blue Mosque in symbolic Istanbul visit (The West Australian)
Nov 30 - Istanbul (AFP) - Pope Francis stood alongside a top Islamic cleric in a moment of silent contemplation at Istanbul's Blue Mosque on Saturday, as he visited the former capital of the Christian Byzantine world for the first time.
Turkish President Tayyip
Erdogan to feminists: equality is contrary to nature (Brisbane Times)
Nov 25 - Istanbul: Gender equality is contrary to nature and feminists don't recognise the value of motherhood, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting on women's rights on Monday
Bangladesh ex-minister surrenders
after Hajj criticism (The West
Nov 25 - Dhaka (AFP) - An influential Bangladesh ex-minister surrendered to police and was jailed Tuesday after Islamists staged nationwide protests calling for his arrest and prosecution over remarks criticising the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.
Pakistani actress Veena
Malik and husband sentenced to 26 years jail (news.com.au)
Nov 27 - A PAKISTANI actress and her husband have been sentenced to 26 years jail after starring in a mock marriage on a Pakistani television program.
criticises divisive Jewish nation-state bill (The West Australian)
Nov 26 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's president has said a bill promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would anchor in law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to its founding fathers' vision of equality for Arab citizens.
IS busted for using
‘porn image in propaganda tweet’ (news.com.au)
Nov 24 - THERE’S an old rule on social media, be careful what you tweet.
Islamic State hits
sickening new low with video of children shooting machine guns (news.com.au)
Nov 24 - THE Islamic State terrorist group has reached a new low with a sickening new propaganda video that exploits children to promote its extremist cause.
We've been dealing with
world's most dangerous jihadis for decades (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 25 – (Opinion: Paul Sheehan) Today, November 24, is a day of reckoning with the most actively dangerous regime in the world.
Secular France moves to
confront jihadism after slow start (The
Nov 26 - SEINE-ST-DENIS, France (Reuters) - When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path.
Afghan mum Reza Gul
kills 25 Taliban in revenge attack (news.com.au)
Nov 27 - AN Afghan mother took on the Taliban killing 25 militants after witnessing her son being killed in a fierce gunbattle.
Israel thwarts Hamas
attack on Jerusalem football stadium: security services (ABC
Nov 28 - Israel has thwarted a planned attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Jerusalem's biggest football stadium, arresting 30 suspected militants commanded from Turkey, security services say.
Nigeria attack: Over 100
reportedly dead as bombs, gunmen target crowded mosque in city of Kano (ABC
Nov 29 - Over 100 people have been killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack at a mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city of Kano, witnesses say.
At least 120 dead in
Nigeria mosque attack (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 29 - KANO, Nigeria: At least 120 people have been killed and 270 others wounded in a bomb and gun attack at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders.
Nepal devotees sacrifice
thousands of animals in Hindu ritual, drawing criticism (ABC News)
Nov 29 - Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal begin slaughtering thousands of animals in a ritual sacrifice, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they describe as the world's largest such exercise.
Goddess’s bloodlust to
be sated in Nepal’s orgy of slaughter (The Australian)
Nov 29 - IN Nepal it is said the Hindu goddess Ghadimai needs blood, and blood she shall get this weekend as the tiny Himalayan nation hosts one of the world’s biggest animal sacrifices.
Syria says United
States-led air strikes are failing to weaken jihadist group, border controls
needed (ABC News)
Nov 30 - United States-led strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have failed to weaken the jihadist group, Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem says.
15 dead in 'terrorist
attack' in China's restive north-west region (ABC
Nov 30 - Fifteen people have been killed and 14 others wounded in a "terrorist attack" in China's mostly Muslim Xinjiang region, the official Chinese news agency says.
SBS Dateline journalist
Patrick Abboud granted access to Indonesia’s Sex Mountain (news.com.au)
Nov 19 - IT’S an ancient tradition with thousands of pilgrims taking part each year.
Five South Koreans
arrested in Japan over Buddha statue theft (The West Australian)
Nov 26 - Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese police said Wednesday they have arrested five South Korean men in connection with the theft of an ancient Buddha statue on an island that serves as a stepping stone between the two neighbours.
Linda Robertson: ‘Gay
conversion therapy killed my son, Ryan’ (news.com.au)
Nov 29 - DEVOUT Christian Linda Robertson says her son came out to her at 12-years-old but that she forced him into ‘conversion therapy’.
Businessman wants to build McDonald’s in a church (news.com.au)
Nov 29 - A FAST-FOOD lovin’ entrepreneur has come up with a unique idea to entice people back into the Church.
Young Islamic State
supporter abuses Christian school students prior to counter-terrorism raids (Sydney Morning
Nov 24 - A 14-year-old Islamic State supporter yelled abuse at Christian school students and flew the terrorist group's flag through western Sydney just two days before his family were targeted in sweeping counter-terrorism raids.
Bloody pig's head found
outside Perth mosque (WAToday.com.au)
Nov 24 - A Muslim leaders says it is "disappointing" a vandal chose to target a Perth mosque with a bloody pig's head early on Monday.
Community rallies to
clean vandalised mosque (The West
Nov 25 - Community members rolled up their sleeves on Friday to repair damage to the Ar Rukun Mosque after a vandalism attack last week.
Islamic banking around
the world is booming (news.com.au)
Nov 24 - WHEN a Muslim cleric told Ahmad Salim that sharia law forbids paying interest, he returned his days-old loan to the bank and turned to the fast-growing industry of Islamic finance.
Muslim duo’s refusal to
stand is ‘a slur on court’ (Daily
Nov 28 - TWO Muslims have refused to stand for a District Court judge, with one claiming they are not “at the behest of any authority other than Islam”.
Community split on new
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association mosque at Rivett shops (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - An ACT Muslim group plans to build a new mosque at the Rivett shops that it says will be open to the public and preaching "love for all, hatred for none".
Boy jihadist asked for
homework before joining Islamic State in Syria (The Australian)
Nov 30 - A SYDNEY teenager who fled for Syria with his three brothers after telling his parents they’d won a holiday to Thailand asked his teacher for homework before he left so he wouldn’t fall behind in his studies.
Halal: much ado about
nothing in particular (Brisbane
Nov 24 – (Opinion: Irfan Yusuf) During hard times in the Bowen Basin, instead of promoting economic opportunities the federal MP is campaigning against a major export industry, halal food.
The Catholic Education
Office is warning parents not to vote for the Greens (Brisbane
Nov 27 - The Catholic Education Office has intervened in the state election, warning parents not to vote for the Greens in four inner-city seats.
Father Bob offers people
chance to win ‘happiness guaranteed’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 25 - Father Bob Maguire is spearheading a new project to gauge what actually makes Australians happy – by offering them an unusual array of competition prizes.
Children in detention:
protesters harass the people solving the problem (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 27 – (Opinion: Paul Sheehan) A passive-aggressive civil disobedience movement has been underway in Australia for months with activists occupying the offices of federal Coalition ministers and refusing to leave.
The dangers of gay
conversion therapy (Brisbane
Nov 27 – (Opinion: Matty Silver) It's probably difficult to believe there are still people and organisations in Australia and around the world who believe they can "cure" gay people who struggle with same-sex attraction.
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