Religion News Selection 6 (Feb 22 - Mar 1)

  (28 February 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 22 - March 1, 2015

A 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.

 

ABUSE

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 Times)
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.

 

EDUCATION

Victorian students flock to Islamic schools as Muslim population grows (Brisbane Times)
Mar 1 - Victorian students are flocking to Islamic schools in record numbers, with enrolments

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis approves burial of homeless man at prestigious Vatican Teutonic Cemetery (ABC News)
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.

Islam

Britain's first PEGIDA anti-Islamisation demonstration dwarfed by 2,000 counter-protesters (ABC News)
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.

Religious Violence

Islamic State is teaching terror to the junior jihadis (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
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 Times)
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 Guardian, Australia)
Feb 28 – (Opinion: Jonathan Freedland) Maybe it was the goalpost that did it.

Other

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.

 

ISLAM

Australia should send troops to fight IS – Ahmad El Hariri, Rene Moawad (Brisbane Times)
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.

 

POLITICS

Islamic Council of Victoria criticises Prime Minister Tony Abbott over 'fearmongering' comments (ABC News)
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 News)
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 Times)
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."

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 6 (Feb 22 – Mar 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 5 (Feb 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 4 (Feb 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 3 (Feb 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 2 (Jan 25 – Feb 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 1 (Jan 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 55 (Dec 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 54 (Dec 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 53 (Dec 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 52 (Nov 30 – Dec 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 51 (Nov 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 50 (Nov 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 49 (Nov 9 - 16)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 47 (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 46 (Oct 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 45 (Oct 12 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 34 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 33 (Sept 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 32 (Aug 31 – Sept 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 31 (Aug 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 8 (Feb 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 6 (Feb 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

 

 

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