by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
February 8 - 15, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Rabbi Yosef Feldman
tells child abuse royal commission reformed paedophiles deserve leniency (ABC News)
Feb 9 - Paedophiles who are no longer abusing children should not have to spend their lives feeling like the "scum of the Earth", a senior rabbi has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
management 'rotten to its core', abuse victim tells inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 10 - A child sex abuse victim has described management of orthodox Jewish Yeshivah centres as “rotten to its core”, saying he often questioned whether he made the right decision in coming forward.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman
resigns as director of Yeshiva centre (ABC
Feb 11 - The director of the ultra-orthodox Jewish Yeshiva centre in Sydney has resigned after last week telling a royal commission hearing he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child's genitals.
Sydney Rabbi Yosef
Feldman accuses 'unfit' Jewish leaders of defamation, misrepresentation (ABC News)
Feb 12 - A senior Sydney rabbi has accused Jewish community leaders of defaming him and misrepresenting his views, after being heavily criticised over his recent evidence to the child sex abuse royal commission.
Jewish school made big
mistake: Rabbi (The West
Feb 12 - A rabbi who was principal of a Melbourne Jewish college when some students were sexually abused admits mistakes were made in the handling of abuse cases.
Rabbi has 'no
recollection' of stripping child sex abuse victim of scholarship (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 13 - The former principal of an Orthodox Jewish school said he does not remember removing the scholarship of a student who reported to him that he had been sexually abused.
Rabbi Abraham Glick
resigns from Yeshivah College after fronting royal commission on child abuse (Sydney Morning
Feb 13 - The former principal of Yeshivah College from the period that sex offenders David Cyprys and David Kramer were abusing students has resigned as a teacher at the school.
Australia's most senior
rabbi sent text message calling abuse victims' father a 'lunatic' (ABC
Feb 13 - Australia's most senior rabbi sent a text message calling a father whose children were molested at Melbourne's Yeshivah College a "lunatic" who neglected his children, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.
Paedophiles and gays
could probably be cured, rabbi tells abuse inquiry (news.com.au)
Feb 13 - PAEDOPHILES and gay people could probably be cured, a rabbi has told a child abuse Royal Commission.
trail-blazing female Anglican Bishop, dies after suffering stroke (ABC
Feb 15 - Barbara Darling, Australia's second female Anglican bishop, has died in Melbourne after suffering from a stroke at the age of 67.
Church of England
questioned over 'lavish' spending on bishops' homes (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 15 - The Church of England was accused of being “lavish” and “opulent” in its spending as it emerged that the average value of a bishop’s home is more than £2.25m.
Oscar nominee 'Timbuktu'
tackles everyday view of radical Islam (The West Australian)
Feb 14 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Abderrahmane Sissako, the director of Mauritania's Oscar-nominated film "Timbuktu," says in a matter-of-fact tone reminiscent of his sober drama that his task was simply an exercise in humanizing harsh life under radical Islam.
Turks boycott schools,
protest to demand secular education (The West Australian)
Feb 14 - Ankara (AFP) - Secular Turks opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday boycotted schools and took to the streets to demand a secular education and denounce a claimed creeping Islamisation of the schools system.
Sunnis may exit Iraq
parliament after sheikh's slaying (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 15 - Baghdad: The brazen kidnapping and slaying of a Sunni elder and eight members of his entourage in the Iraqi capital has been met with outrage by Sunni politicians, deepening sectarian distrust and threatening to tear apart the country's fragile government.
Jordan steps up Islamic
State raids with 56 air strikes in three days (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 9 - Amman: Jordan's air force chief said on Sunday his country's jet fighters had conducted 56 bombing raids in three days against Islamic State militants in north-east Syria, targeting key bases and arms depots.
Reports: US aide worker
Kayla Jean Mueller ‘given’ to ISIS commander (news.com.au)
Feb 11 - COUNTER-TERRORISM officials believe an American aid worker kidnapped by Islamic State militants in August 2013 may have been married off to an ISIS commander during her captivity.
Chapel Hill shooting:
Police believe murder may have been over a neighbourhood parking dispute (ABC News)
Feb 12 - Police say a gunman charged with killing three young Muslims in North Carolina may have done so over a parking dispute.
out media 'hypocrisy' after US murders (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 12 - New York: Users of social media have accused mainstream news organisations in the United States of hypocrisy over their initial coverage of the shooting deaths of three young Muslims, adopting the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter to highlight their anger.
Islamic State: United
Nations aims to choke financing of militant group (ABC
Feb 13 - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking the Islamic State (IS) militant group of millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments.
At least 19 killed in
attack on Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan (The West Australian)
Feb 13 - PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 19 people were killed on Friday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque, the latest sectarian violence to hit the South Asian nation.
Hayat Boumeddiene, widow
of Paris gunman, in Islamic State territory, says IS (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 13 - Beirut: A magazine run by the Islamic State militant organisation has published an interview with the French widow of a Paris hostage taker, its first official claim that Hayat Boumeddiene is in the territory they control, which spans parts of Syria and Iraq.
Islamic State magazine
interviews Hayat Boumeddiene (The
Feb 13 - The wife of the French terrorist who killed five people in Paris following the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has given an interview to an Islamic State publication, the Islamist group has claimed.
Thousands at US funerals
of Muslim 'hate crime' victims (The
Feb 13 - Raleigh (United States) (AFP) - The families of three Muslim students shot dead by a neighbor in the US said an emotional farewell to their loved ones Thursday, reiterating calls for the killings to be treated as a hate crime.
Boko Haram carries out
first attack in Chad (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 14 - Dakar, Senegal: Boko Haram widened its attacks to a fourth country on Friday, striking a village in Chad for the first time.
ISIS hostage John
Cantlie tells family ‘let me go’ (news.com.au)
Feb 14 - ISLAMIC State hostage John Cantlie has told his family to ‘let him go’ days after appearing in a video which he said would be the ‘last in this series’.
Islamic State militants
parade 17 Kurdish fighters in cages (news.com.au)
Feb 14 - ISLAMIC State group militants have released disturbing video of 17 Kurdish fighters being paraded in cages though what is thought to be the north-eastern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
Palestinians want role
in probing 'terrorist' killings of Chapel Hill Muslims (The West Australian)
Feb 14 - RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestinian government on Saturday condemned as "terrorism" the killings of three young Palestinian-Americans in North Carolina and called on U.S. authorities to include its investigators in the probe.
Police kill man close to
scene of deadly synagogue and cafe attacks (ABC
Feb 15 - Danish police say they believe the man shot dead by officers in Copenhagen was responsible for two shootings in the city, at a freedom of expression event and a synagogue, which killed two people and wounded five.
Islamic State jihadists
assault US base in Iraq (news.com.au)
Feb 15 - ISLAMIC State jihadists disguised as Iraqi troops have launched a bold attack on a US base and seized a town on its outskirts.
Israeli film breaks
ultra-Orthodox taboo on masturbation (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 10 - It is a delicate subject which has been taboo since biblical times but now an Israeli documentary has broken new ground by exploring the ultra-Orthodox Jewish ban on masturbation.
Muslim rule and compass:
the magic of Islamic geometric design (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 10 – (Opinion: Alex Bellos) To paraphrase Monty Python, what has Islam ever done for us?
The Chicago mob and the
Stradivarius - priest admits to bizarre plot (The West Australian)
Feb 12 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a case that reads like a movie script, a Catholic priest on Wednesday pleaded guilty to trying to help a convicted mob hitman recover a purported Stradivarius violin hidden in the wall of a house.
can't drive, vote or work (The
Feb 13 - A teenager claims she can't drive, vote or travel because her devoutly religious parents didn't register her birth.
Work on 'Museum of
Bible' under way in US capital (The
Feb 13 - Washington (AFP) - Work on a Washington museum dedicated to The Bible got under way on Thursday with those behind it saying it was a world first that would even attract non-believers.
Sydney 'terror plot':
Two men charged with planning Islamic State-linked terrorist act to face court (ABC News)
Feb 12 - Two Sydney men charged with planning a terrorist act are expected to appear via video link in court today after their first hearing was cut short due to security concerns.
Father of Sydney terror
suspect Omar Al-Kutobi says he was lonely in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 12 - Omar Al-Kutobi's father, Ahmad, spoke to his son from Germany on Tuesday in a phone call that was like any other between the close pair.
The plot to behead on
our streets (Daily Telegraph,
Feb 12 - TWO alleged terrorists accused of being hours from attempting a public beheading trained as body builders and boasted that they acted for “soldiers of Islamic State”.
A 12-year-old bride
found to be pregnant (news.com.au)
Feb 12 - A 12-YEAR-OLD bride was found to be pregnant after the 27-year-old man she had “married” in an Islamic ceremony was charged with child sex offences.
Anti-terror police say
threats made against police, Sydney prayer hall (ABC
Feb 13 - New South Wales Police and Australian Federal Police say a Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCCT) investigation has confirmed that threats have been made against police and against a prayer hall in Sydney.
Wattle Range councillor
wants council prayer modernised by removing God references (ABC
Feb 9 - A Wattle Range councillor in south-east South Australia has put forward a motion to remove references to God in the council's opening prayer.
'Halal money' funds
terrorism: Jacqui Lambie (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 10 - Jacqui Lambie is threatening to introduce a private senator's bill to stop what she believes is "halal money" funding terrorist group Islamic State.
Abbott details alleged
evidence against terrorism suspects, despite fair trial fears (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 13 - Tony Abbott has read to parliament inflammatory extracts of alleged evidence against two people facing terrorism charges and insisted the government had the will to defeat the “Islamist death cult”.
Tony Abbott reveals
details of alleged Sydney Islamic State video (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 13 - A western Sydney student accused of planning a terrorism act in Sydney allegedly knelt before an Islamic State flag and pledged to stab the kidneys and necks of Australians.
Defeating the devil: why
exorcism in Australia is on the rise (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 7 - The official exorcist for Sin City sits in a comfortable chair with his legs crossed, under a framed picture of Saint Mary MacKillop.
Salvos neglect young Nauru,
Manus staff suffering PTSD (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Feb 14 - Young and untrained, they were sent to work in detention centres.
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