by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 26 – August 2, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former Jehovah's Witness
tells hearing of abuse by father who was church elder (ABC
July 29 - A child abuse victim and former Jehovah's Witness has detailed how she was abused by her father, who was an elder with the church in north Queensland.
Jehovah's Witness abuser
quoted scripture while assaulting daughter, royal commission told (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 29 - As a child growing up in a strict Jehovah's Witness household she was taught to obey her father as head of the family and warned that outsiders were "worldly people" who served Satan.
Royal commission hears
how Jehovah’s Witnesses covered up child sex abuse dating back to 1950s (news.com.au)
July 29 - CANDACE Conti was just 9-years-old when she was shunned by her family and everyone she knew after she was sexually assaulted.
Jehovah's Witness elders ignored child sex abuse rules
of evidence, royal commission told
July 30 - A group of Jehovah's Witness Church elders ignored their own strict religious standards in failing to punish a self-confessed child abuser in their ranks, a royal commission has heard.
Royal commission examines
Jehovah Witnesses cover-up (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Aug 1 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ fiercely literal reading of the Bible has distanced them from the law and politics, but the royal commission into child sexual abuse is ending that.
WA branch of Acts
Christian Church to close after local leader David Volmer linked to paedophile
ring (ABC News)
July 29 - The South African-based Acts Christian Church is closing its only Australian branch after revelations the leader was involved in a paedophile ring.
WA father lets 7 men
abuse daughter: claim (The West
July 29 - A Christian preacher is among eight men charged over the abuse of a 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly sexually exploited by her father over two years.
prioritised protecting reputation above children in Ballarat abuse case (ABC News)
July 30 - A senior sergeant on the 1990s Victoria Police attempt to charge a bishop with covering up the crimes of paedophile priests has broken his silence, saying the Catholic Church he encountered was more concerned with "brand protection" than protecting vulnerable children.
New abuse claims hit
Scotch College (The Age,
July 31 - One of Australia's top private schools has been hit with further legal action over alleged sexual abuse.
NSW to audit school
prayer groups for extremism (ABC
July 28 - The New South Wales Government has announced a state-wide audit of all prayer groups conducted in public schools following allegations of radical Islam being preached in a Sydney playground.
Principals urged to
report extremist behaviour to NSW Government hotline (Brisbane Times)
July 28 - Public school principals are being urged to call a dedicated hotline if they suspect extremist behaviour, following the announcement of a state-wide audit of student prayer groups.
Principals 'not best to
spot extremism' (The West
July 28 - A Muslim community spokeswoman has accused the government of failing to consult and reacting to headlines after Premier Mike Baird announced an audit of school prayer groups.
Safe Schools program
ordered to stay silent on gay marriage (The Age, Melbourne)
July 28 - A government-funded program that prevents homophobia and discrimination in schools has been gagged from speaking out in favour of same-sex marriage.
ACL says school
anti-bullying program 'encouraging cross dressing' (Brisbane Times)
July 29 - The Australian Christian Lobby is demanding the Queensland Government cease supporting a school based anti-bullying program for gay, intersex and gender diverse children, accusing it of promoting "radical sexual experimentation", by encouraging the acceptance of gender and sexual diverse children.
Folly of denying ‘islam’
in terrorism (The Australian)
July 29 – (Opinion: Janet Albrechtsen ) Britain’s PM bravely identifies the symptom that most Western leaders tend to avoid.
France is furious over Gisele
Bundchen’s burqa disguise (The
July 30 - Retired supermodel Gisele Bundchen has reportedly disguised herself under a burqa to avoid being spotted entering a French plastic surgeon’s office.
11 arrested in Nepal in
suspected case of human sacrifice involving 10yo boy (ABC
July 27 - Police have arrested 11 villagers on charges of murdering a 10-year-old boy in south-western Nepal, an official says, in what villagers describe as a case of human sacrifice.
Mullah Omar: Taliban
leader died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan confirms (ABC
July 30 - Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan has confirmed, after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric.
Indonesia jails Uighur
over attempt to join militants (The
July 30 - Jakarta (AFP) - An Indonesian court Wednesday jailed a Chinese Uighur for six years after he was caught trying to join an Islamic extremist group led by the country's most wanted militant.
Palestinian boy burnt to
death in house allegedly firebombed by settlers (ABC
July 31 - An 18-month-old Palestinian boy has burned to death after Jewish settlers allegedly set fire to his family house in the occupied West Bank.
Active Change Foundation
is helping prevent radicalisation one teenager at a time (news.com.au)
July 31 - IT’S a deceptively low-tech solution.
replacement will be worse (The
July 31 – (Opinion) The spiritual leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Omar is dead again.
Taliban leader Mullah
Omar's death: what now? (The West
July 31 - Kabul (AFP) – (Opinion) The Afghan government's announcement on Wednesday that Taliban chief Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, though not yet officially confirmed by the militants, has major implications for the insurgency and for the future of Afghanistan.
Six stabbed at Jerusalem
Gay Pride in 'repeat attack' (The
July 31 - Jerusalem (AFP) - An ultra-Orthodox Jew allegedly stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in Jerusalem Thursday, gravely wounding one of them, just weeks after completing a 10-year sentence for a similar attack, police and medics said.
New Afghan Taliban
leader ‘vows to fight on’ (The
Aug 2 - The new leader of the Afghan Taliban apparently vowed to continue his group’s bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released last night, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader.
police clash at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound (ABC
July 27 - Palestinian Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday, on the annual Jewish day of mourning for the Holy City's two destroyed Biblical temples.
Vladimir hails Vladimir:
Putin fetes Russia's religious founder (The West Australian)
July 29 - Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages.
China steps up campaign
to remove church crosses (The
July 30 - Shanghai (AFP) - Authorities in Wenzhou, known as China's Jerusalem, have given Christian churches a deadline to remove prominent crosses within weeks, worshippers and an activist group said Thursday, stepping up a long-running campaign.
Ukraine Church leader derided by Russia (The West Australian)
July 30 - Lviv (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday unveiled a monument to a Catholic Church leader derided by Moscow for initially welcoming Nazi soldiers during World War II.
Canadian pastor admits
'subversive plots' in N. Korea: KCNA (The West Australian)
July 31 - Seoul (AFP) - A Canadian pastor being held in North Korea has admitted to planning "subversive plots" against the communist nation during a public interrogation, Pyongyang's official news agency reported late Thursday.
Mexican village mourns
after hit-and-run truck driver loses control killing 26 Catholic pilgrims (ABC News)
Aug 1 - A rural village in northern Mexico is mourning the loss of loved ones after a truck driver lost control and crashed into a crowd of Catholic pilgrims killing 26.
The reason why no
interviewers are asking Tom Cruise about Scientology (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 2 - It's one of the risks of being a celebrity: Something controversial is going on in your personal life, but it's right around when your new movie premieres.
community celebrates Eid al-Fitr with food, family fun (ABC
July 27 - Canberra's Muslim community turned out on Sunday to celebrate one of their most significant religious festivals, Eid al-Fitr.
certification: Senate committee receives 500 submissions (The Australian)
July 31 - More than 500 submissions have been made to a Senate committee investigating the hot topic of the halal certification of food in Australia.
New Aussie anti-Islamic
party guns for 20 per cent of the vote (Brisbane Times)
Aug 2 - Australia officially now has a political party modelled on the far-right wing movements in Europe and dedicated to the idea that Islam is a "totalitarian ideology with global aspirations".
Push to outlaw gay
conversion therapy should be mirrored in Australia, gay rights group says (ABC News)
July 27 - A gay rights group in Australia is pushing for psychiatric therapies designed to convert people to heterosexuality to be outlawed as a bill is put before the US Congress to do exactly that.
covert ops (The Australian)
July 29 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) The 1970s were an exciting time for a teenage conservative.
Lobethal Bakery faces
customer boycott after anti-gay and lesbian letter to editor in local paper (ABC News)
July 30 - A letter to the editor from Lobethal Bakery staff member Ruth Trinkle claiming she will refuse to stock a local paper due to its promotion of homosexuality has resulted in widespread social media backlash for the owners of the small business.
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