by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 10 - 17, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Public funding for schools associated with
Church of Scientology revealed (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 13 - Schools associated with the Church of Scientology are receiving more government funding per student than hundreds of Australian public schools, new data has revealed, despite benefiting from generous private donations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in school fees.
Pope appoints ex-Fox News correspondent as
Vatican spokesman (The Guardian,
July 12 - The Vatican has named a former Fox News journalist and member of the controversial Opus Dei group as its chief spokesman, while a Spanish female reporter will serve as his deputy.
This is how Islamic State punishes people
who escape (news.com.au)
July 12 - BITING, torture, vicious beatings and gory executions.
Islamic State readies for fall of
'caliphate' (Sydney Morning
July 14 - Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, the Islamic State is quietly preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago.
IS confirms death of ‘the Chechen’ aka Abu
Omar al-Shishani (news.com.au)
July 14 - A FIERCE, battle-hardened warlord with roots in Georgia and a thick red beard, Omar al-Shishani was one of the most notorious faces of the Islamic State jihadist group.
At least 84 dead as truck rams into
Bastille Day crowd in terrorist assault in French Riviera city (ABC
July 15 - At least 84 people are dead after a truck ploughed into a crowd of late-night revellers celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, in a terrorist attack described as the "worst catastrophe" in the French Riviera's modern history.
Terrorism: the 'new normal' for today's
traveller (Sydney Morning
July 15 – (Opinion: Anthony Dennis) I've been to Nice. Paris and Brussels, too.
Nice attack: There's little leaders can do
about the carnage (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 15 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough ) Washington: It won't be a surprise if the so-called Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack in Nice – but on the evidence available so far, it seems to have been one man living locally and acting alone, suggestive of self-radicalisation, not an attack managed and directed by IS.
Why France has become the ‘epicentre’ of
terror attacks in Europe (news.com.au)
July 15 – (Opinion: Megan Palin ) THE world has watched on in horror as the most visited country on the planet has rapidly become a hotspot for bloody terror attacks.
Bastille Day terror attack: at least 84
killed as truck crashes into crowd in Nice, France (Adelaide Now)
July 16 - A COUSIN of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s wife says the Nice suspect was a “nasty piece of work” who beat his wife and was not a Muslim.
Nice attack: France investigates whether
truck driver acted alone or as part of wider plot (ABC News)
July 16 - French authorities are trying to determine whether a Tunisian man who killed at least 84 people in the city of Nice by driving his truck into a crowd acted alone or with accomplices, but have said the attack bore the hallmarks of Islamist militants.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s toll in Nice
could have been ‘much worse’ (The
July 16 - Eyewitnesses to the atrocity in Nice where a big white truck deliberately mowed down and killed 84 people, including more than 10 children and injuring hundreds more, say the death toll could have been much higher if not for the actions of three police officers.
Nice attack: Police praise heroic efforts
of member of public for helping stop deadly truck (WAToday.com.au)
July 16 - Police have reportedly praised a heroic member of the public for jumping into a truck and wrestling with its murderous driver as it tore through throngs of men, women and children celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on Friday.
Nice attack: Islamic State claims
responsibility for truck carnage as police arrest three more people (ABC
July 17 - The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the truck attack in the French city of Nice as police arrested three more people in relation to the carnage that claimed the lives of at least 84 people.
Nice attack: French police make arrests as
IS 'claims responsibility' for truck terror (Brisbane Times)
July 17 - The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Thursday's night's truck attack in Nice that left 84 people dead, according to IS-affiliated Amaq news agency, as French police announced they had made five arrests in connection with the incident.
Nice killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel 'only
started going to mosque this April' (WAToday.com.au)
July 17 - The terrorist behind the Bastille Day atrocity was radicalised in a matter of weeks, French officials indicated on Saturday after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the lorry rampage and described him as a "soldier of Islam".
Interior minister calls for unity as France
reels from Nice attack (The
July 17 - Some of the hundreds of bouquets that line the Promenade des Anglais have already begun to wilt in the July heat of the French Riviera.
After Nice attack, internet trolls try to
frame Sikh man as a terrorist, again (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 16 - It was happening again: A Photoshopped selfie of Veerender Jubbal circulated on Twitter as that of a person "reportedly involved" in the deadly attack in Nice, France.
Alleged terror associates sacked from TNT
air freight depot (Brisbane Times)
July 14 - Three men whose passports were confiscated because ASIO warned they posed a potential national security threat were later employed at a depot sending air freight packages from Melbourne Airport.
Islamic Spain in Middle Ages no paradise
for Christians, Jews, women (The
July 14 – (Review) There is a widely held belief that in Spain, during the European Middle Ages, Islam, Christianity and Judaism co-existed peacefully and fruitfully under a tolerant and enlightened Islamic hegemony.
Mohammad Ali Baryalei cries, calls Syria
fight 'rubbish' in intercepted audio (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 14 - Before Mohammad Ali Baryalei came to be known as the most senior Australian member of Islamic State, he sobbed during a phone call from the Middle East as he asked: "Why would you want to live this rubbish for?"
Ahmed Elomar, brother of notorious
Australian jihadist Mohamed, to be released from jail (ABC News)
July 15 - A prominent Muslim prisoner is set to be released after the NSW parole board suggested he could become radicalised in jail.
Nice attack: Could it happen here? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 15 - Not an elaborate homemade bomb or a machine-gun rampage - the wicked gift of terrorism now is to turn the everyday instruments of modern society into tools of horror.
My year undercover with Australia's Islamic
radicals (The Age, Melbourne)
July 16 – (Opinion) I wrap a checked shirt around my head and pull up the hoodie to conceal my face.
We’re all terror targets (The Australian)
July 16 – (Opinion: David Kilcullen) After Nice it’s clear the same old words and tactics won’t do.
Islamic State says ‘fill your cars with
gas’ as terror call targets Australia (news.com.au)
July 16 - ISLAMIC State has long called for the use of cars and trucks in terrorist attacks.
Police ask for public help following arson
attack at Thornlie mosque (WAToday.com.au)
July 16 - Detectives want to speak to the occupants of a white car seen driving past a Thornlie mosque before an arson attack.
Tony Abbott warns of 'creative' homegrown
terrorism after Nice attack (The
July 15 - Tony Abbott says he was advised during his prime ministership that Australian homegrown terrorists would find new and creative ways to kill people, as at least 84 people were confirmed dead in an attack in France.
Hanson tells PM she ‘won’t back down’ on
July 16 - QUEENSLAND senator-elect Pauline Hanson has told Malcolm Turnbull she refuses to back down on her controversial Islam policies during a private phone call with the prime minister.
Hare Krishna community celebrates 50 years
as religious movement (ABC News)
July 12 - Fifty years ago, a 70-year-old monk travelled from India to the United States in the hope of starting a spiritual revolution.
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