by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 16 - 23, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Russian orthodox priest
charged with child grooming, indecent assault of teenage boy (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 21 - A Russian Orthodox priest has been charged with child grooming and indecent assault of a 15-year-old boy.
Terminally ill retired
Catholic Bishop to give evidence at child abuse royal commission (ABC
Aug 23 - A Sydney Catholic Bishop who is dying of cancer and has been as advocate for a more compassionate approach by the church to victims of clergy abuse is to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday.
14 year old James Wilson
is looking to raise $6000 in order to attend World Youth Day 2016 (news.com.au)
Aug 18 - James Wilson is ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime, but he needs your help to do it.
Catholic teachers could
strike in final week of term: union (Brisbane Times)
Aug 21 - Teachers at Queensland's 298 Catholic schools could strike in the final week of term as they push for better working conditions, their union has warned.
scrapped from curriculum (The Age,
Aug 21 - Victorian schools will scrap special religious instruction from class time, with changes to the state's curriculum throwing the future of the controversial program in doubt.
Vic religious education
classes axed (The Australian)
Aug 21 - VOLUNTARY religious classes have been axed in Victorian schools and replaced with sessions on healthy relationships and understanding global cultures.
NSW Labor supports
religious education in school hours despite Victorian Government ban (ABC
Aug 21 - New South Wales' Labor leader says he does not think the state should follow his Victorian counterpart in banning scripture from being taught in school hours.
Opposition angry about
'broken promise' on religious instruction in Victoria primary schools (ABC
Aug 21 - The Andrews Government has broken a pre-election promise by removing religious instruction from state school classrooms, the Victorian Opposition says.
SRI change: Christianity
is still significant in our national life (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 21 – (Opinion: Barney Zwartz) Most Australians still have some connection with Christianity, and it is surely good for children to have some understanding of the origin of national celebrations such as Christmas and Easter.
Religious groups warn
students will leave state schools after SRI is dumped (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 22 - Axing religious instruction from the Victorian curriculum could drive students away from state schools and into the non-government system, religious providers have warned.
Consecrated virgin, 38,
marries Jesus Christ in festive wedding ceremony (news.com.au)
Aug 19 - AFTER years of soul searching, a 38-year-old theology teacher has decided to wed the son of God.
Pope Francis 'tricked'
into calling for Falklands talks (The
Aug 21 - Pope Francis has found himself caught up in the dispute over the Falkland Islands after he was photographed in the Vatican holding a sign calling for Argentinian-British talks on the issue.
Three suspected Islamist
militants, including British national, arrested over blogger murders (ABC
Aug 18 - Bangladesh's elite security force has arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen who police said was the "main planner" of the murder of two prominent atheist bloggers.
Investigation turns to Uighurs (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 19 - Bangkok: A revenge attack for the deportation of Uighur Muslims from Thailand to China has emerged as a key focus of investigations into Monday's bombing in the Thai capital.
Bangkok bombing: Thai
police name blast suspect as Mohamad Museyin (news.com.au)
Aug 21 - THAI Police have named a man in connection with the Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people.
Islamic State ‘has lost
over 7,000 fighters’ (The
Aug 19 - RAAF jets have pursued a senior commander from the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and killed him and about 15 of his men with a laser-guided flying bomb, the Australian Defence Force has revealed in a briefing.
Islamic State's No. 2
Haji Mutazz reported killed by drone strike in Iraq: US (Brisbane Times)
Aug 22 - Washington: The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a US air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate in the Middle East.
Islamic State is
systematically destroying heritage sites, says UNESCO chief (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 22 - Amman, Jordan: Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the "most brutal, systematic" destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the UN cultural agency said on Friday – a stark warning that came hours after militants demolished a 1500-year-old monastery in central Syria.
Beheading of Khaled
al-Asaad, keeper of Palmyra, unites Syria in condemnation (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 22 - Islamic State’s execution of Khaled al-Asaad, the keeper of Palmyra’s extraordinary cultural artefacts, has inspired a rare consensus among Syria’s other political factions.
Kabul suicide bomb kills
12, including 3 NATO workers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 23 - At least nine Afghan civilians and three NATO foreign civilian contractors were killed in a powerful suicide car bomb in Kabul, officials said.
Europe on high alert
after French train attack by heavily armed gunman (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 23 - Security was stepped up on major European rail services as fears of “blowback” attacks by jihadis returning from Syria escalated after a gunman known to the intelligence agencies opened fire on a high-speed train bound for Paris.
Bangkok explosion: At
least 19 dead after bomb explodes outside Hindu shrine (ABC
Aug 18 - A bomb has exploded outside a Hindu shrine in central Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 120 others, in an attack the government said was designed to hit the country's tourism industry.
Christian lobby group
hails Hilton Hotel for removing on-demand porn from hotels (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 18 - Auckland: A decision to banish hardcore porn from Hilton hotel rooms will have its private dissenters but a New Zealand Christian lobby group says it's high time the chain gave smut the flick.
Volunteer guard at
'Muslim Free' Oklahoma gun shop drops gun, accidentally shoots himself (ABC
Aug 20 - A man volunteering to guard a self-proclaimed "Muslim Free" gun shop in a rural Oklahoma town accidentally shot himself in the arm after dropping his gun, local authorities said.
Foo Fighters challenge
church protesters with hilarious Rickroll (The West Australian)
Aug 23 - Rock legend Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters have peacefully challenged protesters from a notoriously homophobic church with a hilarious reenactment of the internet Rickroll meme.
Minister sees regional
role in 'tearing down' Islamic State propaganda online (Brisbane Times)
Aug 20 - Jakarta: Justice Minister Michael Keenan has called for Islamic State propaganda used to groom recruits online to be torn down and replaced with an online "counter-narrative to the violent and barbaric ideology".
Halal certifiers subject
of confidential government review (The
Aug 21 - More than 20 Islamic organisations that are paid to certify Australian meat as halal are among food certifiers being quietly reviewed by the Abbott government.
throws pig head in video to promote Bendigo mosque protest (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 22 - The far-right group involved in an ugly rally in Melbourne last month will take its anti-Islam message to Bendigo next weekend to protest the building of the town's first mosque.
Julie Bishop hints at
support for same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 20 - Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has strongly hinted she personally supports same-sex marriage but says she wants stronger reassurances about how change would affect religious institutions.
Destroying IS ‘morally
right’ (The Australian)
Aug 22 - Tony Abbott says there is no “moral difference” in RAAF planes attacking Islamic State in Syria or Iraq.
Aussies unwittingly eat
halal, kosher meat (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 23 - AUSTRALIANS are likely consuming halal and kosher meat without knowing it, a Senate inquiry has been told.
Christian Australia is
ready for marriage equality (Brisbane
Aug 17 – (Opinion: Rev Dr Peter Catt and Dr Stuart Edser) Clergy are 'coming out' for marriage equality in ever increasing numbers.
Christianity has no room
for homosexuality (Brisbane Times)
Aug 20 – (Opinion: Murray Campbell) Rev Dr Peter Catt and Dr Stuart Edser have offered a strange and misleading picture of the Christian faith.
Q&A recap: gay
marriage sequel dominated by patronising guests (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 18 - On Monday night Q&A accidentally did Australia a favour: if you were wondering what the next one, two, maybe three years of debate over same-sex marriage might be like ahead of Tony Abbott's proposed public vote, here was your answer.
Islamic State: US
formally requests Australia expand its role in fight against militant group (ABC News)
Aug 21 - The United States has formally asked Australia to expand its role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group over Syria.
Lunch with Dave Andrews:
Jihad for Jesus (The Age,
Aug 21 - Dave Andrews has set himself a formidable task: to build understanding and trust between Muslims and Christians when anti-Islamist sentiment is running high.
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