by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
October 25 – November 1, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Labor to set up fund for victims of church
abuse (Sydney Morning
Oct 26 - Sixty-thousand Australian victims of child sexual and other abuses at the hands of churches will be able to seek financial compensation under a future Labor government with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten set to announce Labor's support for a new "national redress scheme".
Hunter's Catholic Bishop supports Anglican
counterpart (ABC News)
Oct 28 - The Hunter's Catholic bishop has thrown his "full and unwavering support" behind his Anglican counterpart, who revealed he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy.
Identity of teacher on child porn charges
suppressed to prevent embarrassment to school (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 29 - A Sydney judge has suppressed the name of a Catholic primary school teacher who has pleaded guilty to child pornography offences to "limit the embarrassment and distress" of the school.
National anthem furore: parents slam
decision to allow Muslim students to leave (news.com.au)
Oct 28 - TREASURER Scott Morrison has slammed a Melbourne school’s decision to allow Muslim students to walk out on the national anthem as “pathetic” and says “do-gooders” who encouraged the action should get the “muppet of the year award”.
Morrison chastises 'do-gooders' who let
Muslim children not sing anthem (The
Oct 28 - Scott Morrison has lashed out at staff at a Victorian primary school who helped young students leave a school assembly before the national anthem was sung, calling them “do-gooders” who should win “muppet of the year” awards.
Gay man's daughter not welcome at Mandurah
Christian school (WAToday.com.au)
Oct 29 - A Mandurah private school, which receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding every year, has told the father of a seven-year-old girl she would not have been welcome had it known her parents were gay.
Homophobe Mandurah school fails religious
education (Brisbane Times)
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Conrad Liveris) How would you explain to your child that they are being unfairly discriminated against?
Community protests against anti-gay schools
as vandals strike Mandurah college (Brisbane
Oct 30 - The LGBTI community is putting pressure on the state government to include Christian schools under anti-discrimination legislation after a gay man said he felt forced to withdraw his seven-year-old daughter from her Christian school.
Religious schools vilifying people based on
sexual identity is nothing new (Brisbane
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Fr Chris Bedding) There is only one remarkable thing about the behavior of staff at Foundation Christian School in Mandurah – it became public.
Muslim school locks out principal (The Australian)
Oct 31 - Australia’s largest Muslim school is in crisis again with the sacking of its chairman.
Pope Francis warns bishops against turning
people away who do not fit 'scheduled faith' (ABC News)
Oct 27 - Pope Francis has warned Catholic bishops against turning away from people who do not fit their "scheduled faith", a day after a divisive synod on the Church's attitude to sex, love and marriage ended in stalemate.
Pope denounces clergy whose tongues lashed
slain Salvadoran bishop Romero (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 31 - Vatican City: Pope Francis has criticised conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.
A war of ideas: An atheist and a Muslim on
the future of Islam and reforming religion (ABC News)
Oct 30 - Muslims around the world have been called on to rise to the challenge of religious reform in a debate between a prominent atheist and a Muslim activist.
Baby dies in West Bank tear gas incident as
Benjamin Netanyahu withdraws Holocaust statement (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 31 - An eight-month-old Palestinian boy has died after choking on tear gas fired by the Israeli army near his West Bank home as Israeli Prime Minister retracted his claim a Palestinian cleric had inspired the Holocaust.
Archaeologists armed with ‘cheap’ 3D
cameras hope to rebuild ancient sites razed by Islamic State (news.com.au)
Oct 28 - WHEN Islamic State is not destroying lives, it is destroying ancient ruins.
'Dehumanisation and stigmatisation' of
Rohingya Muslims based on Nazi Germany: report (Brisbane Times)
Oct 29 - Bangkok: Nazi ideology and Islam-phobia are being used to stoke hatred of more than one million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rahkine state, according to the findings of an 18-month investigation.
Prisoners relive horror of ISIS jail (The Australian)
Oct 29 - The prisoners rescued from an ISIS jail last week had been told by their guards they would be killed the next day.
Islamic State's latest attack on Palmyra is
a picture of the end of civilisation (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Jonathan Jones) It is, in a monstrous way, the picture of the year.
Bangladesh: where the Islamists' sword is
mightier than the pen (Brisbane
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Shubhajit Bhowmik) In once-secular Bangladesh, to write about religion is to risk death from Islamists.
Militant-linked charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa on
front line of Pakistan earthquake aid, United Nations says (ABC News)
Oct 30 - The United Nations says a Pakistani charity helping earthquake victims is a front for a deadly militant group blamed for a bloody 2008 attack on the Indian city of Mumbai.
German Islamic State rapper Denis Cuspert
killed in air strike in Syria, US says (ABC News)
Oct 30 - A German rapper who joined the Islamic State militant group and publicly threatened US president Barack Obama was killed in a US air strike in Syria, a defence official says.
Turkey arrests would-be bombers ;
anti-Islamic State activists found beheaded (ABC News)
Oct 31 - Would-be bombers have been arrested carrying explosives as they tried to cross the border from Turkey into Syria, Turkey's president says.
Russian plane crash: Islamic State claims
put Vladimir Putin in a bind (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 1 - The question is obvious — has Islamic State truly managed to bring down a Russian commercial flight, killing 224, in a stunning act of revenge against Moscow's military campaign in Syria?
Egypt's PM rejects claims Islamic State
militants downed Metrojet plane in Sinai (ABC News)
Nov 1 - Egypt's prime minister has rejected claims from Islamic State militants that they brought down a Russian passenger plane in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board.
Russian plane crashes in Egypt (news.com.au)
Nov 1 - ISLAMIC State have published terrifying footage purporting to show the moment the doomed Russian airliner, which the terrorist group claims to have downed, crashed down to earth and left no survivors.
Leah Remini says Scientology gives kids
inflated egos (news.com.au)
Oct 30 - LEAH Remini’s war against the Church of Scientology rages on.
Scarlett Johansson sexes up the Old
Oct 30 - IF YOU thought Scarlett Johansson was sexy on screen, just wait until you hear her read the Bible.
What ancient Egypt tells us about a world
without religious conflict (The Guardian,
Oct 30 - High above the atrium of the British Museum, in the Hotung Gallery that curves around the dome of the old Reading Room, you can – for the next four months – walk through 1,200 years of Egypt’s history: from Alexander’s conquest in 331BC to Salah al-Din’s takeover in AD1171.
Jenna Jameson filming reality show about
conversion to Judaism (news.com.au)
Oct 31 - A FORMER adult film star will be the subject of a new reality series, set to follow her conversion process to Judaism.
Muslim woman told to leave a Noosa RSL for
wearing hijab (Brisbane Times)
Oct 27 - After a successful start to a national badminton competition, Hijran and her teammates thought a meal out together would be a nice way to celebrate.
Former Australian soldier believed dead may
be fighting for al-Qaida in Syria (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 27 - A former Australian soldier who was believed to have been killed in Afghanistan may be alive and fighting in Syria for al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
Anti-Islam activist sues Facebook for $1m
over 'quashing free speech' (Brisbane
Oct 28 - An anti-Islam activist has taken Facebook to the Federal Court, claiming it breached his freedom of political speech by cutting him out of the "patriot" group he administers on Facebook for three days.
It's not up to Muslims and other
marginalised groups to prove they are human (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 29 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) Last month, Buzzfeed released a video with the intention of smashing Muslim stereotypes. I'm Muslim, But I'm Not… featured a bevy of young Americans assuring viewers of such things as, "I'm Muslim but I'm not angry" and "I'm Muslim but I'm not a terrorist".
Sydney more hostile to Muslims, but Australia
embraces multiculturalism: survey (Brisbane
Oct 29 - Melbourne is by far the most tolerant major Australian city towards Muslims, with Sydney most likely to be hostile.
Man 'tried to pull woman's hijab off' in
random attack outside State Library of Victoria (ABC News)
Oct 30 - Police are investigating whether a Muslim woman who was assaulted in a random attack outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne was targeted because of her religion.
Race-hate fear as Muslim woman hit
Oct 30 - A Muslim woman was punched to the ground by a stranger as she made her way through lunchtime crowds in Melbourne.
Teen to rescue in ‘hijab attack’ (The Australian)
Oct 30 - A teenager has been left traumatised after he tried to stop a vicious attack on a Muslim woman in broad daylight.
Public welcomed inside Melbourne mosque to
quash Islam misconceptions (ABC News)
Oct 30 - Mosques across Australia will host an open day this weekend, in an effort to demystify and destigmatise the meeting places for Muslims.
Wallsend Mosque Open Day hoping to
breakdown misconceptions (ABC News)
Oct 31 - The Newcastle Muslim Association says opening up its mosque this weekend is all about celebrating diversity and promoting harmony.
Show us the cash: mosque leader (The Australian)
Oct 30 - The head of a mosque where a teen spent time before a fatal shooting has criticised a lack of government action since.
Muslim groups meet to discuss 'unjustified'
counter-terrorism intervention (ABC News)
Nov 1 - A conference organised by the hardline Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir is underway for Muslim groups to discuss what they say has been unjustified Government intervention within their community to deal with terrorism.
Muslim children should not be forced to
sing national anthem, says Hizb ut-Tahrir (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 1 - Muslim children should not be forced to sing the Australian anthem and "deradicalisation" is an agenda of forced assimilation, hundreds of Islamic men, women and children were told this morning.
Greens abortion exclusion zone plan to pass
Legislative Assembly (Brisbane
Oct 28 - Canberra is set to see protest exclusion zones established around abortion clinics, as Labor moves to support a Greens plan on Thursday.
Tony Abbott did Australia proud in UK
speech on refugees, Cory Bernardi says (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 28 - Tony Abbott did Australia proud during a major speech in London, in which he urged European leaders to ignore a core tenet of the Bible to enact tougher border protection measures, the Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi has said.
#TheToneCommandments: The internet’s not
done with Tony Abbott (news.com.au)
Oct 28 - WHEN the internet senses a screw-up, it can be terrifyingly quick to react.
Catholic priests slam Tony Abbott's
anti-immigration Margaret Thatcher Lecture (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 29 - Two of Australia's leading Catholic priests say they are "appalled, ashamed and offended" that former prime minister Tony Abbott would cite the Bible on the world stage to argue for anti-immigration measures.
What politics needs now (Brisbane Times)
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Judith Ireland) In Australia, we're not quite sure what to do with religion in politics.
The end is nigh, again (The Australian)
Oct 31 – (Opinion: Phillip Adams ) We are living in the End Times, as predicted in the bible. And Tony Abbott has been overthrown by the Antichrist.
The modern-day Sabbath: whenever you have
time (Sydney Morning
Oct 23 - Sydney could go the way of "infidel France" and plummet into moral and religious decline if the Art Gallery of NSW was allowed to open on Sundays, we were warned 133 years ago.
All Saints Church in Sydney forces
cancellation of Dying with Dignity talk (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 27 - A Sydney church has forced the last-minute cancellation of a talk advocating that terminally ill people should have the right to euthanasia.
Halloween is good for children because it
puts death in perspective (Brisbane
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Neil Jeyasingam) Halloween is a children's holiday that celebrates death.
House of God to become 'House of Stoush'? (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 1 - A kickboxing promoter and an evangelical Christian group are locked in a bitter fight over whether a church will be be used to host a combat sports tournament.
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