by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
June 21 - 28, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Church to modernise governance to help any future victims of abuse (ABC
June 24 - The Anglican Church in Victoria will soon become a company to allow any future child sexual abuse victims to sue for damages.
Catholic Church in
Sydney writing to businesses backing same-sex marriage (ABC
June 25 - The Catholic Church in Sydney is sending letters to companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, expressing its "grave concern" about their stance.
Where does the money go?
Auditor-General to investigate private school funds (The Age, Melbourne)
June 28 - Private schools in Victoria face a sweeping investigation into their finances, with the auditor-general raising concerns there is not enough accountability in the way taxpayer funds are being spent.
Pope can have climate
say, but … (The Australian)
June 27 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson ) Catholics are only expected to follow the church’s teachings on faith and morals.
One person decapitated
in suspected terror attack on French factory (ABC
June 26 - A suspected Islamist attacker pinned a decapitated head covered with Arabic writing to the gates of a gas factory in eastern France before being arrested, police said.
Islamist flag found
after man killed in attack in France (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 26 - Paris: One man has been killed and several injured in a suspected terrorist attack on a factory in south-estern France that bore the hallmarks of Islamist militants.
French beheading suspect
Yassin Sahli was 'normal neighbour' (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 27 - Saint-Priest, France: When suburban deliveryman Yassin Sahli set off for work on Friday, his wife said it seemed just like any other day.
An ISIS flag and a severed head (The Australian)
June 27 - Charles Bremner France is on maximum alert after a man stuck the head of his boss to the fence of a gas plant which he tried to blow up.
France attack: Top
suspect Yassine Salhi took selfie with beheaded boss, sent it via WhatsApp (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 28 - THE top suspect who beheaded his boss in an Islamic terrorist attack took a “selfie” photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number.
More than 100 dead as
terrorist group continues push into Kurdish territory in northern Syria (ABC News)
June 27 - The Islamic State (IS) group has reportedly killed 120 civilians in its offensive on the Kurdish town of Kobane, in northern Syria.
27 killed in suicide
attack on Kuwait mosque; Islamic State affiliated group claims responsibility (ABC News)
June 27 - Twenty-seven people have been killed in a suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kuwait City, the health ministry says.
Mass funeral for Kuwait
mosque terror attack victims (Brisbane
June 28 - Kuwait: Thousands of people in Kuwait have taken part in a mass funeral procession for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a Shi'ite mosque.
38 people, 'mostly
British', killed in resort town of Sousse; gunman 'dressed as swimmer' shot
dead (ABC News)
June 27 - Most of the 38 people killed in a massacre at a Tunisian beach resort were British, the Tunisian prime minister has said.
Tunisia tourist hotel
attacked by gunman, killing at least 37 in Sousses mh
June 27 - Beirut: A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a Tunisian hotel with a weapon he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 37 people and injuring 36, as they lounged at the beach and pool in a popular resort town.
Terrorist attacks in
France, Tunisia and Kuwait prompt fears of a connection (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 27 - Beirut: Terrorists attacked sites in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday, leaving a bloody toll on three continents and prompting fresh concerns about spreading jihadi influences.
Julie Bishop says no
evidence to suggest terrorist attacks are linked (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 27 - Australia has no evidence to suggest terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait were connected but they are a terrible reminder of the increased global threat, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.
UK must prepare for many
citizens killed in Tunisia, PM David Cameron says (ABC
June 28 - UK prime minister David Cameron has warned the country to prepare for the fact that "many" of those killed in the attack on a Tunisian beach resort were British.
'Terror attacks' in Tunisia,
Kuwait and France mark day of bloodshed world abc wide
June 28 - At least 66 people have been killed in attacks claimed by Islamist militants in Tunisia, Kuwait and France in a day of worldwide bloodshed, with several leaders condemning the incidents as acts of "terror" and mobilising security forces.
Attack on hotels in
Tunisia kills dozens
June 28 - MORE chilling images have emerged of the Islamic State gunman, who heartlessly laughed as he murdered at least 38 sunbathing tourists in Tunisia.
When ordinary men turn
into militant terrorists (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 28 - The photograph is like countless others released by Islamic State's propaganda wing: a young man sits flanked by a pair of Kalashnikovs, grinning excitedly at the prospect of proving himself in combat.
Depravity masquerades as
faith (The Australian)
June 27 - JAMIE WALKER The uncomfortable question for the Western world is why debased sex-slave appeals seem to be gaining traction with IS’s target audience.
Scientology destroyed my
marriage to Jason Lee (news.com.au)
June 26 - IT’S been a few months since Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief premiered and brought attention to the more unsavoury aspects of the religion that’s popular among a sector of the Hollywood elite.
President Barack Obama
speaks of guns, race and grace at pastor's funeral (ABC
June 27 - United States president Barack Obama has made a fresh pitch for tighter gun controls while delivering a eulogy for the pastor killed in the attack on an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Australian Islamic State
terrorist Mohamed Elomar killed in air strike in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 23 - Reviled jihadist Mohamed Elomar was killed in an air strike on a convoy of vehicles in the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria in recent days, not in Iraq as previously thought, Fairfax Media has learnt.
Khaled Sharrouf and
Mohamed Elomar killed in Iraq: Daughter posts tribute to pair (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 23 - The 14-year-old daughter of Khaled Sharrouf, who recently married her father's best friend, Mohamed Elomar, has posted a cryptic tribute to the pair online following news of their suspected death.
investigate reports Australian survived drone strike in Syria (ABC
June 28 - Australia's security agencies are investigating whether terrorist Khaled Sharrouf survived a US drone strike in Syria.
How the child bride of
ISIS terrorist Mohamed Elomar broke news of his death, to her gran (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 28 - Karen Nettleton was watching television at her Sydney home when a text arrived from her granddaughter in Syria.
Tony Jones apologises
after claim Australian Muslims are 'justified' to join IS on Q&A (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 23 - The first Australian to be charged under the nation's counter-terrorism laws claimed Muslim Australians who disagree with Liberal Party politicians are "justified" in joining the Islamic State on Monday night's Q&A.
IS doctor ‘radicalised
in Perth’ (The Australian)
June 25 - Friends said Tareq Kamleh appeared to more fundamental in his views over the course of 2014, AFP document says.
Muslim state councils
accused of running unaccountable 'dictatorships' (ABC
June 27 - A Muslim representative group is to be investigated following allegations its leader was being unaccountable, while another leader has been accused of running a "dictatorship".
Islam central to
radicalisation (The Australian)
June 27 – (Opinion: Anooshe Mushtaq) Religion is a key driver in the growth of Islamic State — and countering it.
'Whose side are you on?'
Tony Abbott lashes ABC's Q&A program (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 23 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched a blistering attack on the ABC's Q&A program, asking "whose side are you on?" after an Australian man convicted of threatening Commonwealth officials appeared on the program.
'A grave error of
judgment': Malcolm Turnbull lashes Q&A (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 23 - Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the ABC made a "grave error of judgment" by allowing former terrorism suspect Zaky Mallah to appear on its panel show Q&A.
Greens senator Larissa
Waters calls on Barry O'Sullivan to explain 'bizarre' marriage remark (ABC
June 23 - Greens co-deputy leader Larissa Waters has called on Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan to explain why he queried her marital status during Question Time yesterday.
Citizenship: how Zaky
Mallah became an object of hate to justify government's tough talk (The Age, Melbourne)
June 25 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly)t I have a simple question: do we want terrorists to be in this country or not?
Tony Abbott visits
mosque running de-radicalisation program during visit to Singapore (ABC
June 28 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited a mosque running a successful de-radicalisation program during his two-day visit to Singapore.
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