by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 9 - 16, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Muslim scholars prepare
call for action to combat climate change (Brisbane Times)
Aug 13 - Islamic scholars and religious leaders are preparing a call for action on climate change that will say it's the religious duty of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to fight global warming.
scary German counterparts (news.com.au)
Aug 16 - IT’S 5.30pm in Dresden’s Neumarkt square on one of the hottest days of the year.
Israel jails two more
suspected Jewish extremists without trial following deadly arson attack (ABC News)
Aug 10 - Israel has jailed two more suspected Jewish extremists without trial, the second time the controversial measure has been used to detain Israeli citizens since an arson attack on a Palestinian home killed an 18-month-old boy and his father.
At least eight
Australians on Islamic State hacking 'hit list' (ABC
Aug 13 - The Federal Government says security agencies are investigating claims that at least eight Australians feature on a "hit list" released by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division.
Islamic State claims to
have beheaded Croatian hostage Tomislav Salopek in Egypt (ABC
Aug 13 - The Islamic State (IS) militant group says it has beheaded a Croatian hostage abducted in Egypt, posting a purported picture of the victim's body on IS-affiliated Twitter accounts.
Taliban infiltrate base,
kill Afghan police (Brisbane
Aug 13 - Big suicide bombs last week were designed to prove new Taliban leader is firmly in charge, spokesman for fighters says.
Islamic State throws gay
people off high buildings, UN to hear (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 14 - United Nations: Two men, one Iraqi and one Syrian, targeted by Islamic State for being gay will brief the United Nations Security Council on their experience as part of a bid by the United States and Chile to draw attention to the "brutal attacks" by the militant group.
Australian trapped in
Iraqi refugee camp under threat from Islamic State pleads with Government (ABC
Aug 15 - An Australian man trapped in a refugee camp under threat from Islamic State (IS) fighters has pleaded with the Australian Government to issue him travel documents so he can escape to safety.
Islamic State terrorist
plot uncovered in Indonesia: police (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 15 - Indonesian authorities have foiled an alleged plot by Islamic State supporters to bomb a police station and churches in Surakarta, Central Java on Monday, Indonesia's Independence Day.
Iraq bombings: Spate of
attacks across Baghdad kill at least 24 (ABC
Aug 16 - A spate of attacks across Baghdad killed more than 20 people, Iraqi officials have said.
Lebanon arrests fugitive
cleric Ahmad al-Assir who was trying to flee the country: security sources (ABC News)
Aug 16 - Lebanon has arrested a fugitive Islamist cleric wanted over deadly clashes with the army as he attempted to flee the country.
Family says daughter
Kayla Mueller ‘raped repeatedly’ while held by Islamic State (news.com.au)
Aug 16 - AMERICAN hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, US intelligence officials told her family in June.
How Isis has established
a bureaucracy of rape (The
Aug 16 – (Opinion: Nussaibah Younis) One year on from the summit to end sexual violence in conflict, convened by Angelina Jolie and William Hague in London, the self-proclaimed Islamic State has developed a complex bureaucracy of sex slavery that makes a mockery of the summit’s goal to bring about an end to the use of rape and sexual violence in war.
Jain fasting to death
declared illegal (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 15 - New Delhi: The Jains of India are a quiet lot.
Muslim woman tells
Melbourne Islamophobia forum 'racism hurts' (ABC
Aug 10 - Nasrin did not know Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis but during December's deadly siege the Melbourne IT worker said she felt his actions personally.
Muslim women 'made more
vulnerable to violence by anti-terrorism laws' (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 11 - The introduction of anti-terrorism laws in Australia has made Muslim victims of family violence afraid to contact authorities for protection, an advocacy group says.
Junaid Thorne classified
as one of the state's most dangerous prisoners for 'Prince Bhopal' flight (Sydney Morning
Aug 14 - It was his first offence - a three-month prison sentence for booking airline tickets under the fake name of Prince Bhopal.
Police to monitor
anti-Islam protests at mosques (Brisbane
Aug 14 - Police will closely monitor plans by neo-Nazis and far-right activists to hold co-ordinated protests at mosques across the country.
'creates more value than it costs', says peak food body (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 14 - Halal certification enables up to $13bn in food exports each year, according to Australia’s peak body for food and drink manufacturers, which has criticised the “abusive anti-halal calls and mail” directed at its members by opponents of the certification scheme.
Gold Coast Islamic
Society introduces youth program in bid to reduce Islamic State radicalisation
risk (ABC News)
Aug 15 - The Gold Coast Islamic Society is trying to stop young locals from being radicalised by Islamic State (IS) militants through a new education program.
Gothic Adelaide church
faces demolition to make way for multi-use apartment building (ABC
Aug 9 - Adelaide's contemporary gothic Maughan Church is to be torn down and replaced with a multi-storey apartment and office building.
The origin of the weekend (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 9 - The weekend evolved from the religious concept of the sabbath, a day devoted to God and not work.
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