Religion News Australia 16 (May 3 - 10)

  (10 May 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

May 3 - 10, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / anglican church / catholic church / education / international stories / islam / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

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 CHURCH

Long-serving Tasmanian Anglican Bishop John Harrower retires (ABC News)
May 8 - The 11th Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, John Harrower, has announced his retirement after 15 years in the job.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Bendigo interfaith tourist hub proponent set to lodge plans for $15m project (ABC News)
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.

 

EDUCATION

Islamic schools in midst of leadership crisis  (ABC News)
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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

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 West Australian)
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 West Australian)
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.

Also: 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 West Australian)
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.

Judaism

Tunisia hosts Jewish pilgrimage under tight security (The West Australian)
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.

Hardline Israel 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.

Also: Israel approves 900 E.Jerusalem settler homes: NGO (The West Australian)
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.

Religious Violence

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.

Afghanistan judge 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.

 

Other

China lodges US protest after religious freedom criticised (The West Australian)
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.

Nepal Earthquake: Prayers and ritual baths as country ends 13 days of mourning (ABC News)
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.

 

ISLAM

'Racist rant' woman issued infringement notice over Sydney train incident (ABC News)
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.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Vic patients can ask for same gender doc (The West Australian)
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.

Strip-searched 'Love Makes A Way' refugee rights protesters make complaint to CCC (ABC News)
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 Times)
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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