by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
February 1 - 8, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Jewish 'code of silence'
at Yeshivah centres under spotlight at inquiry (ABC
Feb 2 - Child abuse victims and their families have been abused and ostracised by people within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community for breaking the Chabad code of silence, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
renounced links with Chabad movement after family persecuted (ABC
Feb 3 - The father of three boys sexually abused at the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne renounced the ultra-Orthodox Chabad movement after his family was persecuted for going public about the abuse, the child sexual abuse royal commission has been told.
Rabbi sent student to
live with leader accused of abuse, commission hears (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 5 - The head of a Jewish school sent a female student to live with a youth leader weeks after a group of young boys said they had all been abused by him, a royal commission has heard.
Jewish leader felt no
need to tell police alleged abuser might leave Australia (The
Feb 5 - The head of an Orthodox Jewish college in Sydney said he had no obligation to tell police that an alleged child abuser and staff member was planning to leave the country.
Pirate Church: S***storm (The West Australian)
Feb 3 – (Review) Local comedians Chris Bedding and Werzel Montague have hit on a winning formula with Pirate Church.
Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands releases new sexual abuse policy (ABC
Feb 6 - Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy are being encouraged to come forward under a new policy released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
Pope orders bishops to
co-operate with sex abuse commission (Brisbane Times)
Feb 6 - Vatican City: Pope Francis has ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to co-operate as a matter of priority with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics, even if it unearths new scandals.
Pope rallies clergy to
root out cancer of child abuse (The
Feb 6 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Thursday warned Catholic clergy they must never try to cover up sexual abuse, as a new Church child protection panel prepares to meet for the first time.
Pope decries 'inhuman'
conditions for migrants on US-Mexico border (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 6 - Pope Francis has decried the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the US-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination.
It is acceptable to smack badly behaved children, says Pope
Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 - Rome: Pope Francis believes it is fine for parents to smack their children as punishment for bad behaviour.
Pope Francis to address
both houses of US Congress in September, lawmakers say (ABC
Feb 6 - Pope Francis will address a joint session of the US Congress in September, marking the first time the head of the Catholic Church has delivered such a speech, lawmakers say.
Vatican opens barber
shop for homeless (news.com.au)
Feb 7 - THE Vatican says it has finished renovations on public restrooms just off St Peter's Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city's neediest.
hope for a safer future under Widodo (The West Australian)
Feb 5 - Jakarta (Indonesia) (AFP) - Indonesian Ahmadis are no strangers to persecution, with attacks and discrimination rife, but leader Iskandar Gumay hopes better days are ahead for the minority Muslim sect under new President Joko Widodo.
For fearful Jews, 'magic
kippa' blends into hair (The West
Feb 5 - Rehovot (Israel) (AFP) - At his unisex hairdresser's shop in central Israel, Shalom Koresh carefully clips to a boy's head his latest business innovation -- a discreet skullcap for Jews fearful of anti-Semitic attacks.
Top Muslim body calls
for 'killing, crucifixion' of IS militants (The West Australian)
Feb 4 - Cairo (AFP) - Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning, expressed outrage at the Islamic State group for burning to death a captive Jordanian pilot, saying its militants deserve to be killed or crucified.
Chad kills 200 Boko
Haram militants in Nigeria: report (Brisbane
Feb 5 - Chad's army killed more than 200 militants from Boko Haram on Tuesday in fighting in north-eastern Nigeria, with nine of its own forces killed, the army and state television said.
Boko Haram kills 90
civilians and wounds 500 in Cameroon attacks (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 6 - Boko Haram fighters have shot or burned to death about 90 civilians and wounded 500 in ongoing fighting in a border town near Nigeria, officials in Cameroon have said.
‘ISIS is fighting
Islamic values’ (The Australian)
Feb 6 - AMMAN: Iraq last night lifted the curfew in Baghdad in a tentative sign of the military tide turning against Islamic State, as Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed yesterday to wage a “harsh” war against the Sunni extremists who burned a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage.
strike Islamic State positions (Brisbane
Feb 6 - Amman: Jordanian fighter jets flew over the hometown of a pilot killed by Islamic State after ending a mission against militants in Syria, a security official said.
Jordan continues their
revenge on ISIS carrying out airstrikes against the terror group (news.com.au)
Feb 6 - JORDANIAN fighter jets have carried out new air strikes against Islamic State, the military said overnight, a day after the country’s king vowed to wage a “harsh” war against Islamic State militants who control parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq.
investigate whether Hayat Boumeddiene appears in new ISIS video (news.com.au)
Feb 6 - A WOMAN seen in a new ISIS propaganda video may be Hayat Boumeddiene, the wife of the man who murdered a policewoman and four men in the Jewish grocery siege in Paris last month.
How to be a female jihadist:
Islamic State publishes a guide for women who want to join (Brisbane Times)
Feb 6 - London: Girls may marry at nine, the "most pure" will be wed by 16 or 17 and all women should consider motherhood the purpose of their existence, according to a manifesto attributed to an all-female branch of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
Also: Female jihadis publish guide to life under
Islamic State (The Guardian,
Feb 6 - Girls can marry at the age of nine, should ideally have husbands by 16 or 17 and Feb 6 - should not be corrupted by going to work, according to a treatise published by female Islamic State supporters in Iraq and Syria.
Second Yazidi mass grave
unearthed in Iraq this week (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 7 - Erbil: A mass grave containing the remains of at least 16 Yazidis was unearthed in northern Iraq as the atrocities committed by Islamic State against the religious minority gradually come to light.
ISIS claims American
hostage killed by Jordanian air strike (news.com.au)
Feb 7 - A STATEMENT attributed to the Islamic State group claimed an American female hostage was killed in a Jordanian air strike on Friday on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the extremist group’s main stronghold.
US has 'no proof' of
American hostage's death, while family of Kayla Mueller urges caution (ABC
Feb 7 - The United States says it has not yet seen any proof to confirm a claim by Islamic State (IS) militants that an American hostage has been killed in an air strike in Syria.
Shiite rebels claim
Yemen takeover (news.com.au)
Feb 7 - YEMEN’S powerful Shiite rebels have taken over the country and dissolved parliament, in a dramatic move that finalises their months-long power grab.
Boko Haram has up to
6,000 ‘hardcore’ fighters, claims US intelligence (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 7 - The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has about 4,000-6,000 “hardcore” fighters, US intelligence officials have said.
reveal brutality of Islamic State group (news.com.au)
Feb 8 - JIHADISTS returning to Germany from fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq have revealed the extent of the terrorist militia’s brutality against its own members, according to a newspaper article.
Bombings in Iraqi
capital kill 32, hours before curfew ends (The West Australian)
Feb 8 - Attacks in Baghdad, including a suicide bombing inside a restaurant, killed at least 32 people on Saturday, hours before a years-old nightly curfew was lifted.
Coalition planes bomb IS
'capital' in Syria (The West
Feb 8 - Beirut (AFP) - Coalition warplanes pounded a stronghold of the Islamic State group in Syria Saturday amid uncertainty over the fate of a US hostage the jihadists claim was killed in an earlier raid.
Carnival scenes as Malaysian
Hindus mark Thaipusam (The West
Feb 3 - Batu Caves (Malaysia) (AFP) - More than a million Hindus thronged temples throughout Malaysia on Tuesday to celebrate Thaipusam, a colourful annual religious festival in which many display their devotion by piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers.
Number of Charlie Hebdo
subscribers up 20-fold after attacks (The West Australian)
Feb 4 - Paris (AFP) - The number of subscribers to Charlie Hebdo, which was hit by a deadly jihadist attack last month, has risen from 10,000 before the assault to more than 200,000, the magazine's co-manager said Tuesday.
Malaysia bans Fifty
Shades of Grey (The West
Feb 5 - Fifty Shades of Grey has reportedly been deemed too "unnatural" and "sadistic" for Malaysian cinemas.
mummy may still be ‘alive’ according to Buddhist academic (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 6 - A MUMMIFIED monk found in the lotus position last month is “not dead” but is in “very deep meditation”, some academics have claimed.
Love Commandos helping Indian
couples escape prejudice (The
Feb 8 - New Delhi (AFP) - Vandna left everything behind when she fled her parents' home in India to be with the man she loved, giving up family, friends and the studies she hoped would help her become a teacher.
'Might as well bloody
join ISIS lol': Zaky Mallah says jobless Muslims joining Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 - Unemployment is the biggest threat to radicalisation in Australia, senior Muslim leaders have warned, and bored teens are joining terror group Islamic State simply to have something to do.
What this ad tells us
about the state of racism today (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) The advertisement itself is not especially groundbreaking.
Pastor could prove a
godsend for party looking to form government (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Feb 6 - INDEPENDENT hopeful Chris Foley is shaping as another possible kingmaker and writing a wish list as both sides of politics court him to help them form government.
Sexual health care goes
private (The West Australian)
Feb 3 - The State Government has announced it will pay a private sexual and reproductive healthcare provider near the Midland Health Campus to carry out procedures like abortions.
calls for Australia to reconsider ban on donor DNA (ABC
Feb 4 - Australian authorities have been urged to rethink their position on the use of donor DNA after Britain became the first country in the world to allow babies to be created from the DNA of three people.
'three-parent' babies (The West
Feb 4 - Britain on Tuesday became the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people after MPs voted for the controversial procedure.
‘Have you escaped
religion? We have!’ The billboard that will make Christians cross (news.com.au)
Feb 6 - A PROVOCATIVE billboard that is likely to ruffle the feathers of religious Australians has been erected on one of our busiest motorways.
Sydney archbishop and
grand mufti plead clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran (ABC
Feb 8 - Two of the nation's most senior religious leaders have pleaded for clemency for two Australians on death row in Bali.
leaders' plea for Indonesia death row pair (ABC
Feb 8 - Sydney (AFP) - Senior religious leaders in Australia Sunday called on Indonesia to show mercy to two men on death row in Bali, as Indonesia's top diplomat in the country said their executions would go ahead.
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