by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 3 - 10, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
MP unwittingly helped
Jewish principal later accused of molesting children get her visa, court told (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 7 - FEDERAL Labor MP Michael Danby helped an ultra orthodox Jewish principal accused of molesting a string of students secure a visa to work in Australia, a court has heard.
Principal of Adass
Israel School made sex abuse victim feel ‘special’, court told (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 7 - A WOMAN suing an ultra-orthodox Jewish school over an explosive sexual abuse scandal says its former principal sexually abused her up to three times a week.
Adass Israel School
principal Malka Leifer helped by officials to flee from student sex abuse
claims (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 9 - AN ultra orthodox Jewish principal fled to Israel under the cover of night with the help of school officials after she was publicly accused of molesting students, a court has heard.
St Alipius Presbytery in
Ballarat holds dark history of child sexual abuse (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 9 - FROM the outside, the red-brick St Alipius Presbytery, with its clean white metalwork and gothic features, looks pretty in that whimsical way many enjoy in historical properties.
Anglican Bishop John Harrower retires (ABC
May 8 - The 11th Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, John Harrower, has announced his retirement after 15 years in the job.
tourist hub proponent set to lodge plans for $15m project (ABC
May 8 - The group developing an interfaith tourist hub at Bendigo's Catholic cathedral, in central Victoria, is preparing to lodge its plans with the city council.
Islamic schools in midst
of leadership crisis (ABC
May 8 - Australia's leading Islamic schools are in the midst of a leadership crisis, with school principal sackings, accusations of mismanagement of taxpayer funds, slipping standards and concerns they are becoming more hardline.
Year 12 students at Mt
Lilydale Mercy College pen powerful letter against religious seminar (news.com.au)
May 8 - A YEAR 12 student at a Victorian high school has written a powerful letter slamming a religious education program for presenting “biased”, “homophobic” and “sexist” views to students.
Parent lobby group
alleges religious education material in NSW schools includes “slut shaming” (news.com.au)
May 9 - STUDENTS in NSW schools are allegedly being directed to controversial ex-gay therapies and told transgender people only exist “due to the sins of our world”.
Anglican church angry
over Department of Education banning of “one-partner” material (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
May 9 - ANGLICAN church leaders have slammed an “unprecedented” interference by the Department of Education after it banned three books used by the church’s scripture teachers on the basis they promoted only monogamous heterosexual relationships.
Bong claims Santa Maria
teacher's job: You've got to be toking? (WAToday.com.au)
May 9 - A Catholic school teacher copped a harsh lesson in social media after an online bungle led to the loss of her job.
Danish editor slams US
'political correctness' on cartoons (The West Australian)
May 5 - Copenhagen (AFP) - The Danish editor who commissioned the Mohammed cartoons that triggered deadly protests a decade ago said Monday the failed attack on a Texas cartoon exhibition won't change how "politically correct" Americans feel about the drawings.
Bangladesh uses 'sacred
Arabic' to stop peeing in public (The
May 6 - Dhaka (AFP) - For years authorities in Bangladesh have battled to stop men urinating in public, with signs in the local Bengali language failing to halt the seemingly endless number of offenders.
Authors boycott ceremony
as Charlie Hebdo feted in New York (The
May 6 - New York (AFP) - French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo received a freedom of expression award on Tuesday at a gala US ceremony boycotted by some leading authors in protest at the publication's lampooning of Islam.
Charlie Hebdo draws
applause with contentious PEN award (The Australian)
May 7 - Under armed guard and a cloud of conflicted opinions and emotions, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was presented a freedom of expression award yesterday from the PEN American Centre.
Erdogan plays religion
card in tight Turkey polls (The
May 9 - Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has controversially turned religion into a campaign issue in the officially secular country's upcoming polls, which promise to be the biggest election challenge yet for the ruling party.
Tunisia hosts Jewish
pilgrimage under tight security (The
May 6 - Djerba (Tunisia) (AFP) - The Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba is to take place Wednesday under extra security after the Bardo museum massacre and Israel's warning of terror threats.
government emerges, angering Palestinians (The West Australian)
May 7 - Jerusalem (AFP) - After reaching a late-night deal on a new coalition, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement Thursday giving a senior role to the far-right Jewish Home that firmly opposes a Palestinian state.
Israel approves 900
E.Jerusalem settler homes: NGO (The
May 7 - Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel has approved construction of 900 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, a watchdog said Thursday shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a new rightwing religious coalition.
Nigerian troops 'kill
dozens' (The West Australian)
May 4 - Community leaders and residents have accused Nigerian troops of killing dozens of civilians and razing homes to avenge the deaths of six soldiers.
sentences four to death for mob killing of woman accused of burning Koran (ABC News)
May 7 - A judge in Afghanistan has sentenced four men to death for the mob killing of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran in Kabul.
Suicide attacks on Iraqi
mosques kill 22 (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 9 - MILITANTS in Iraq have carried out a series of suicide attacks on Shi'ite mosques in the country's northeast, killing at least 22 worshippers, including a senior police officer.
China lodges US protest
after religious freedom criticised (The
May 4 - Beijing (AFP) - Beijing Monday lodged a protest against the United States after a government advisory body highlighted "severe violations of religious freedom" in China.
Prayers and ritual baths as country ends 13 days of mourning (ABC
May 8 - Dressed all in white and with their heads shaved, survivors of a Nepalese earthquake that killed more than 7,800 people ended 13 days of mourning on Thursday, as the broken capital began picking up the pieces.
Woman in Nebraska sues
every single homosexual on earth (news.com.au)
May 9 - A WOMAN in Nebraska has filed court documents to sue every homosexual person on the planet.
'Racist rant' woman
issued infringement notice over Sydney train incident (ABC
May 8 - A 70-year-old woman has been issued an infringement notice following investigations into alleged racial abuse on a Sydney train last month.
This is our Islam:
Ararat Muslims reveal what it is like to be a religious minority in a country
town (ABC News)
May 8 - Every Friday in the regional Victorian town of Ararat, 50 members of the Islamic Welfare Association join each other for prayer at a tiny brick building next to the town's train station.
Vic patients can ask for
same gender doc (The West
May 6 - A Melbourne hospital has changed its policy so patients can request a doctor of the same gender for cultural, religious or personal reasons.
Dalai Lama's office to
investigate Uluru resort's use of themed package accommodation for event (ABC News)
May 7 - A Northern Territory resort using a visit by the Dalai Lama to advertise accommodation packages has sparked an investigation by the religious leader's Australian office.
Andrew Chan funeral:
Last letters read at Hillsong ceremony (news.com.au)
May 8 - ANDREW Chan died believing he was “a winner in God’s eyes” and joked that he was “enjoying it too much in heaven” in a heartbreaking self-penned eulogy.
Makes A Way' refugee rights protesters make complaint to CCC (ABC
May 9 - A group of religious protesters who were strip-searched by Perth police have made a complaint to the WA Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC).
Hare Krishna Festival of
Chariots winds through Brisbane (Brisbane
May 9 - Brisbane could almost have been mistaken for Bombay for a short while on Saturday as the Festival of Chariots parade made its way through the CBD.
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