by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
March 27 – April 3, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Survivors of abuse in
Salvation Army to protest at Lucy Turnbull’s launch of Red Shield Appeal (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 1 - Survivors of abuse in Salvation Army institutions plan to protest outside the hotel where the prime minister’s wife will launch the Salvos’ annual Red Shield Appeal.
Hindu goddess may be
illegal (The Australian)
Apr 2 - The Art Gallery of NSW has admitted it may again be a victim of fraud over a 1000-year-old Hindu sculpture bought in 1999.
Scots College: Trustees
acted invalidly says former NSW judge (Brisbane Times)
Mar 28 - The trustees of the Presbyterian Church acted with "fundamental jurisdictional error" in removing the Scots College school council to save the job of principal Ian Lambert, a former NSW judge says.
American, Muslim, and
under constant watch: the emotional toll of surveillance (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 28 - Ahsan Samad sits on the sofa in the living room of his small family home in Brooklyn, New York.
French fashion mogul
Pierre Bergé hits out at 'Islamic' clothing (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 31 - Former fashion mogul Pierre Bergé has lashed out at designers who create Islamic clothing and headscarves, accusing them of taking part in the “enslavement of women”.
For Muslims and women,
Zaha Hadid was a shining torch (The
Apr 2 – (Opinion: Yasmin Shariff) Zaha Hadid was a few years ahead of me at the Architectural Association (AA).
Palmyra: Drone footage
shows remains of ancient Syrian city recaptured from Islamic State (ABC
Mar 28 - Aerial footage of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has revealed what remains of the "Pearl of the Desert", famed for its 2,000-year-old ruins, after Islamic State terrorists were ousted from the area.
Christians the target of Lahore suicide bomber (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 28 - Islamabad: A suicide bomber set off a powerful blast close to children's swings in a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, killing at least 69 people and wounding about 300, rescue workers and officials said.
Countless dead as
suicide-bomber hits a public park in Pakistan (news.com.au)
Mar 28 - A SUICIDE bomber has killed at least 65 people and injured more than 280 others, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, striking at the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political base of Punjab.
Fall of Palmyra is ‘the
beginning of the end’ for Islamic State (news.com.au)
Mar 28 - IT’S lost a vital and strategic city in its ongoing battle to establish a caliphate.
How ISIS decide who they
want to keep and who dies within their terror network (news.com.au)
Mar 28 - THE bomb maker, the transporter, the landlord and the cipher.
IS web’s spread through
Europe (The Australian)
Mar 28 - Efforts to crack the Islamic State network behind Paris and Brussels attacks unveils web of interlocking terror cells.
Foreign fighters push
ISIS split (The Australian)
Mar 28 - Foreign fighters, welcomed as essential to Islamic State’s global mission, are generating greater internal discord.
‘Crush IS or face
horror’ (The Australian)
Mar 28 - Tony Blair says the West must boost its military campaign against Islamic State and create a new rapid reaction force.
Pakistan attacks: 'I
will not sit idle' - Pakistani PM vows to hunt down militants (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 29 - Lahore: In an emotional televised address, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed on Monday to hunt down and defeat the militants who have been carrying out attacks like the Easter bombing that targeted Christians and killed at least 72 people.
Australian fighters led
record air strike on IS bomb hub: ADF (ABC News)
Mar 31 - Australian fighter jets have dropped a record 10 bombs on an Islamic State (IS) bomb factory deep inside Iraq.
Christians call for protection after Easter bombing (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 31 - Lahore: A year ago, Wasif Masih,16, had a narrow escape when a suicide bomber from a faction of the Pakistani Taliban blew himself up during Sunday worship outside his church in a Christian neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore.
Islamic State incites
Saudis to kill their own relatives (The
Apr 1 - Buraida, Saudi Arabia: The men were not hardened militants. One was a pharmacist, another a heating and cooling technician.
Protection Act has roots in Dylann Roof’s act of savagery (news.com.au)
Apr 1 - CHURCH is supposed to be a place of peace but that peace was shattered when a 21-year-old stormed a church in South Carolina and shot dead nine people.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
murderous Islamic State leader, just a 'normal family man' (Brisbane Times)
Apr 2 - Washington: When Saja al-Dulaimi talks about her ex-husband, to whom she was married briefly in 2008, it's almost as if she's speaking of three different men.
Paris attacks: Salah
Abdeslam ‘chose’ not to blow himself up, says brother (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 2 - The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, decided not to blow himself up during the wave of killings in the French capital last year, his brother said on Friday.
Mass grave of Islamic
State victims found in Syria's Palmyra: army source (ABC News)
Apr 3 - The Syrian army has found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 civilians and soldiers executed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Palmyra, according to a military source.
Syrian troops find mass
grave in Palmyra (The Australian)
Apr 3 - Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 people executed by Islamic State jihadists in Palmyra, as Washington warned the group’s leader will eventually “taste justice”.
Faith’s reshaping a
troubled world (The Australian)
Mar 28 – (Opinion: Henry Ergas) As Christianity spreads peacefully in the south, Islam slides further into fanaticism.
Exorcism is making a
comeback — and big news — worldwide (Adelaide Now)
Mar 30 - EXORCISM. It’s back.
The failure of religion
is arrogance, says god-seeking Morgan Freeman (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 2 - Any conversation with actor Morgan Freeman about god is bound to start and end in strange places.
Defence chief queried
Muslim officer's tweets before @navyislamic account deleted (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 1 - The chief of the Australian defence force personally raised concerns over tweets by the navy’s most senior Muslim officer before the @navyislamic account was closed in December, internal defence emails reveal.
Anti-Muslim 'Stop the
mosques' banner unveiled at MCG 'will not be tolerated', AFL boss says (ABC
Apr 2 - AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says he will not tolerate the game "being used to vilify" sections of the community after an anti-Muslim banner was unfurled during Friday night's match between Richmond and Collingwood.
Limited options on
offensive banner: AFL (The
Apr 2 - As offensive as he found the anti-Muslim banner controversy, AFL chief Gillon McLachlan admits it will be difficult for police to find the perpetrators.
Bachar Houli allegedly
abused by Collingwood fan (The
Apr 2 - The AFL is investigating an alleged incident of abuse directed towards Richmond defender Bachar Houli during Friday night's match against Collingwood at the MCG.
What's missing in the same-sex
marriage debate (The Age,
Mar 29 – (Opinion: Bede Harris) One of the frustrating aspects of the debate on same-sex marriage is the elusiveness of opponents of the measure, by which I mean their avoidance of the two key issues which should be front and centre in the debate.
Join me on a walk
through the minefield of Will Hopoate's decision not to play NRL on Sundays (Sydney Morning
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Let's talk about the news that broke this week that Will Hopoate has told his employers, the Canterbury Bulldogs, that he won't be playing or training on Sundays, because it is against the beliefs of his Mormon religion and ...
Hillsong Mt Gravatt pays
Queensland Police to attend Sunday services because of huge crowds (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 31 - A CHRISTIAN church at Mt Gravatt attracts such large crowds that Queensland Police treat their services like a large-scale sporting event.
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