by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 19 - 26, 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,
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Nun 'sorry' for letting down abuse victims (Brisbane Times)
Apr 23 - A senior Catholic nun has apologised for the treatment of former orphanage residents who were met with disbelief when they came forward with child abuse allegations.
Girls at Islamic school banned from
running, teachers claim (The Age,
Apr 23 - Girls at Al-Taqwa College have been banned from running at sporting events because the principal believes it may cause them to lose their virginity, former teachers claim.
Former student Lamisse Hamouda says sports
for girls at Al-Taqwa College wasn’t encouraged (news.com.au)
Apr 24 - A FORMER pupil of the Islamic school at the centre of the ban on running because it could cause girls to lose their virginity controversy has spoken out describing her time at the college as a “rollercoaster of frustrations, battles and internalising resentment”.
The number of women in England and Wales
becoming nuns hits 25-year high (news.com.au)
Apr 23 - THE number of women becoming nuns in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high, with many “young and educated” women seeing convent life as “an attractive choice”, says the Catholic Church.
Malaysia urged to punish Muslims over
'cross' protest (The West
Apr 21 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia's government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country.
'Among the Believers' probes ideological
rift behind Pakistan violence (The
Apr 22 - NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A battle for the minds of Pakistan's young people is behind the bloody conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives this year alone, according to two film directors whose latest work focuses on the country's divided education system.
‘Australian’ Islamist video deplored (The Australian)
Apr 25 - A propaganda video apparently issued by Islamic State showing a self-described Australian medical worker in Syria has been described by a government spokesman as “vile’’.
Suspected Al Qaeda plot targeting Vatican
uncovered by Italian police (ABC
Apr 25 - Italian police have arrested 10 people, and are looking for eight others, suspected of plotting attacks on the Vatican, as well as in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Boy, 14, faces UK court over alleged
Melbourne Anzac Day parade terror attack (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 25 - A 14-year-old boy has been refused bail in a British court after appearing on charges of inciting a terror attack at a Melbourne Anzac Day parade.
Are the Taliban and their leader becoming
yesterday's men? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington: If you are in the killing business, you understand that proof of life counts for something.
Islamic State seizes dam, kills Iraqi
general and more than 100 soldiers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 26 - Baghdad: Fighters of the so-called Islamic State have captured a dam in western Anbar province and killed 127 Iraqi troops, including a top army commander, in attacks that show the militant group's resilience despite battlefield setbacks elsewhere in Iraq.
Scientology making documentary about Louis
Theroux after he made documentary on Scientology (news.com.au)
Apr 24 - LOUIS Theroux has forged a career exposing underground subcultures in his highly popular documentaries.
A century later, 1.5m victims of the
Armenian genocide made saints (The
Apr 25 - Armenians worldwide are marking the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people, as tensions over Turkey’s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.
Numan Haider's death prompts fear and
loathing among young Muslims (Brisbane
Apr 21 - The shot from a police pistol that killed young Afghan terror wannabe Abdul Numan Haider last September has echoed loudly down the weeks and months since he died.
The delicate balance of policing suburban
extremists (The Saturday Paper,
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) The arrest of five teenagers in counterterrorism raids this week sparked fresh claims of racism and police brutality.
How do you solve a problem like radical
Islam? (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - Another Islamic radical organisation crumpled under the pressure of serious scrutiny last week and shut the doors on its shrinking band of followers.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Enduring symbolism and sacrifice of Anzac
Day (The Australian)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Editorial) Today is our national day of mourning and transcendence, of tribute and kinship.
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