Religion News Australia 2016 - 2 (Jan 10 - 17)

  (16 January 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

January 10 - 17, 2016

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

arts & entertainment / international stories / islam / religion & society

 

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Here Come the Habibs and the racial stereotypes  (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Jan 17 – (Opinion: Lillian Saleh ) NOT since Jim, Effie and Memo from Acropolis Now faded from our TV screens more than 20 years ago has Australia been confronted with so much ethnic humour.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Anglican church avoids split over gay rights – but liberals pay price (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 15 - A permanent split in the global Anglican communion over gay rights has been averted after archbishops overwhelmingly agreed to impose sanctions against the liberal US church and issue a statement in support of the “traditional doctrine” that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Also: Anglican bar on US church to avoid split (news.com.au)
Jan 15 - The Anglican Church has slapped a sanction on its liberal US branch over its support for same-sex marriage.

Anglican Church leaders penalise US church over same-sex marriage stance  (ABC News)
Jan 16 - The leader of the Anglican Church in the UK has apologised to gay men and lesbians for hurt and pain caused by the Church as it moves to sanction its United States branch for supporting same-sex marriage.

Catholic Church

Europe can meet migrant challenge: Pope (news.com.au)
Jan 12 - The migrant crisis engulfing Europe poses a big challenge to Europe's values and traditions but the continent should be able to integrate the newcomers without undermining the safety of its citizens, Pope Francis says.

Islam

Women hand out free veils in Indonesia to promote stricter form of Islam (ABC News)
Jan 14 - Every Sunday in the centre of Jakarta, tens of thousands of Indonesians flock to what is one of the most congested roads in the city.

Muslims, guns and 'New York values': tensions boil over at Republican debate (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 15 - The race for the Republican presidential nomination erupted into open conflict between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on Thursday night, with the party’s two frontrunners launching blistering attacks over their values and eligibility for the nation’s highest office.

Religious Violence

Papua New Guinea Police Commander Epenes Nili takes to social media to fight sorcery killings (ABC News)
Jan 11 - A senior police officer in Papua New Guinea's Enga province has used social media to combat sorcery-related violence by appearing with an alleged victim to demonstrate that he is alive and well.

Dozens killed in attacks in Iraq as militants target mall, leaving highest death toll in three months (ABC News)
Jan 12 - Multiple attacks in Iraq have killed more than 50 people and injured more than 90 in a rapid escalation of violence, leaving the highest death toll for three months.

Jakarta attacks: Terrorist Bahrun Naim's keyboard campaign for Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)  
​Jan 15 - Police in Jakarta accuse a firebrand Indonesian fighting in Syria with Islamic State of inspiring Thursday's terrorist rampage.​

Also: Jakarta attacks: Bahrun Naim is the terror boss right on our doorstep (news.com.au)
Jan 15 - HE has been named as the mastermind behind yesterday’s deadly terror attacks in Indonesia and Bahrun Naim has big plans for the world.

Also: IS ‘celebrates’ Jakarta attack (The Australian)
Jan 15 - The Islamic State network has congratulated itself on social media for its ‘successful’ terror attacks.

Also: Jakarta attacks put the spotlight on terror in Indonesia (news.com.au)
Jan 16 - THE difficulty Islamic extremists have had procuring materials to make huge bombs, limiting their ability to stage mass-casualty events such as Bali 2002, has given a breather to those combating extremism in South-East Asia.

Gynaecologists help escaped Yazidi sex slaves restore physical virginity (ABC News)
Jan 15 - A non-government organisation in northern Iraq's Kurdish region is teaming up with local gynaecologists to restore the physical 'virginity' of women who have escaped from the Islamic State terrorist group.

Tamara Fields sues Twitter over murder of husband Lloyd ‘Carl’ Fields by IS operative (news.com.au)
Jan 15 - A WOMAN whose husband was killed in an Islamic State attack last year is suing Twitter over his murder.

Black legacy of world’s most horrific place (news.com.au)
Jan 15 - IT’S the shadowy location where torture and abuse were routine, an inhumane hellhole that became a terrorist breeding ground.

Australian couple kidnapped by extremists in Burkina Faso, officials say (ABC News)
Jan 17 - An Australian couple have been kidnapped by extremists in Burkina Faso near the country's borders with Niger and Mali, officials say.

Operation to retake Splendid Hotel from Islamists ends, 176 hostages freed, minister says (ABC News)
Jan 17 - Security forces in Burkina Faso have ended a siege at a hotel and restaurant stormed by Al Qaeda-linked gunmen, who seized it in an assault that killed more than two dozen people.

Burkina Faso hotel attack: 18 nationalities among dead (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 17 - At least 29 people of 18 nationalities have been killed in an attack on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso by al-Qaida-linked militants, security officials have confirmed.

Also: Burkina Faso attack signals spread of Islamist menace (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 17 – (Opinion: Jason Burke) Recent days have seen a series of uncoordinated jihadi attacks on soft targets on three continents: a suicide bombing in Istanbul targeted German tourists; gunmen opened fire on a coffee shop at a United Nations office in Jakarta; and now a group of terrorists has attacked a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital Burkina Faso, killing dozens from at least 18 countries.

Other

Shoe-shaped church with 'female-orientated' features hopes to attract worshippers in Taiwan (ABC News)
Jan 14 - What would take you to church? One Taiwanese religious group believes a shoe-shaped church will do just the trick.

‘I grew up with 41 siblings in a polygamist cult’ (news.com.au)
Jan 15 - YOU may have watched television shows about it, but few have experienced the brutality and sexism of some cults first-hand.

Global talks over unified Easter date  (Adelaide Now)
Jan 16 - EASTER would be celebrated on the same Sunday every year under landmark reforms being considered by world church leaders in a bid to resolve one of religion’s oldest disputes.

 

ISLAM

Former Islamic radical Maajid Nawaz is fighting to end the scourge of identity politics (news.com.au)
Jan 13 - SITTING in a prison cell in Egypt, a young English-born Islamic radical, Maajid Nawaz, was able to think long and hard about his extremist values.

Jihadist terrorism is religious, and political (Brisbane Times)
Jan 17 – (Opinion: Jonathan Cole) Aristotle believed virtue was a mean between two extremes.

Mosque loses halal certification role (Adelaide Now)
Jan 17 - CHARITY status has been stripped from Adelaide’s oldest mosque and main halal certifier for failing to reveal financial dealings.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Three prayer rooms for new stadium (The West Australian)
Jan 11 - Perth’s $1.4 billion football stadium will include expanded prayer room facilities from those at Domain Stadium which have been rarely used.

Also: Perth Stadium prayer room: Jeff Kennett says football is for...football (Brisbane Times)
Jan 11 - Former Victorian Premier and Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett says it is "absurd" the new Perth Stadium will have an expanded prayer room, reportedly including washing facilities, a shoe rack and a book shelf.

Historic gothic Tasmanian church given new lease on life after 135 years in Waratah (ABC News)
Jan 16 - A 135-year-old wooden gothic church in Tasmania's north-west has been given a new lease on life as a history centre and community art gallery.

Faith: Spirits lift in connection with home (Brisbane Times)
Jan 17 – (Opinion: Jim Pilmer) I read recently that St Kilda is to return to its spiritual home at Moorabbin.

Calls to investigate 'ex-gay' movement (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 17 - Brian Coogan spent much of his life searching for answers.

 

 


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