by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 22 - March 1, 2015
selection of religion news stories from Australia.
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).
If you’re after the
unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.
Knox Grammar had a culture of covering up
sexual abuse, royal commission told (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 23 - Widespread child sexual abuse at the prestigious private boys school Knox Grammar was covered up for decades because the school was more concerned about its reputation than the welfare of students, a royal commission has been told.
Victims of sex abuse at elite school say
cries for help ignored (Brisbane
Feb 27 - Knox Grammar School was more worried about its reputation than its pupils' plights when sexual abuse was alleged, a royal commission has been told.
Victorian students flock to Islamic schools
as Muslim population grows (Brisbane
Mar 1 - Victorian students are flocking to Islamic schools in record numbers, with enrolments
Pope Francis approves burial of homeless
man at prestigious Vatican Teutonic Cemetery (ABC
Feb 28 - A homeless man has been buried in the exclusive Teutonic Cemetery within the Vatican in the latest sign of how Pope Francis's concern for society's most vulnerable is changing the way the Church does things.
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's
financial watchdog, slammed for lavish spending (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 28 - Cardinal George Pell, who was hand-picked by Pope Francis to cut outlays and shed light on the Vatican's murky finances, has been accused of spending half a million euros in six months by flying business class and using large sums on salaries and office furniture.
Britain's first PEGIDA anti-Islamisation
demonstration dwarfed by 2,000 counter-protesters (ABC
Mar 1 - An estimated 375 people who turned out for a German-based group's first "anti-Islamisation" demonstration in Britain were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police say.
Islamic State is teaching terror to the
junior jihadis (The Courier-Mail,
Feb 23 - ISLAMIC State terrorists have opened a “junior jihadi” training camp teaching young recruits how to fight, and new schools for English-speaking kids which may service the five children of notorious Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf.
U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'barbaric
terrorist acts' in Iraq
Feb 28 - UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts.
Atheist US Avijit Roy blogger killed in
machete attack in Bangladesh (Brisbane
Feb 28 - Dhaka: Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.
Isis’s promise of certainty is what lures
the likes of Mohammed Emwazi (The
Feb 28 – (Opinion: Jonathan Freedland) Maybe it was the goalpost that did it.
Mass castrations: officers crack code of
silence of followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 26 - Delhi: Many Indians will tell you that a sage guru can add a measure of potency to an otherwise mundane existence.
Australia should send troops to fight IS –
Ahmad El Hariri, Rene Moawad (Brisbane
Feb 28 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been encouraged to put boots on the ground in the war against Islamic State as well as providing political support to sovereign states in the region by two influential Lebanese political leaders visiting Australia.
Islamic Council of Victoria criticises
Prime Minister Tony Abbott over 'fearmongering' comments (ABC
Feb 24 - Victoria's peak Islamic body has criticised Prime Minister Tony Abbott for "fearmongering" over his comments during his National Security Statement on Monday.
Muslim Women's Association sceptical of
Julie Bishop's claim (ABC
Feb 26 - The Muslim Women's Association says it doubts the claims made by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that up to 40 Australian women, including "jihadi brides", are supporting the Islamic State terrorist group.
Terror threat to Senator Jacquie Lambie: ‘I
will take the honour in beheading you’ (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 1 - “I WILL take the honour in beheading you” — that’s the horrific threat sent to Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie by terrorists claiming it would be her fate unless she helped introduce Sharia law to Australia.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Domestic violence deserves the same
attention as terrorism (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Maley) We need to include Muslims and men in our search for answers to the twin scourges of terrorism and domestic violence.
Australian Sikhs say abuse on the rise as
they cop Anti-Muslim sentiment (Brisbane
Feb 27 - Not long after the terror alert level was raised to high, truck driver Amar Singh was working when a stranger approached and said: "You look like a terrorist. You should be on a terrorist watch list."
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