by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 14 - 21, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Burkini ban: Corsica mayor prohibits
Islamic swimsuit after beach brawl on French island (ABC News)
Aug 16 - A mayor on the French island of Corsica has become the third nationwide to announce a ban on burkinis, following weekend clashes allegedly sparked by a row over the full-body Islamic swimsuit.
Burkini ban: France defends decision after
three towns prohibit swimsuit (ABC News)
Aug 16 - The French Government has defended bans on body-covering burkini swimwear by three Mediterranean towns, but has called on mayors to try and cool tensions between communities.
France’s liberal traditions won’t be helped
by the burkini ban (The Guardian,
Aug 20 – (Opinion: Will Hutton) Liberal Europe is fighting for its life.
The moderate imam: On a mission to unite France
while dodging IS assassins (ABC News)
Aug 17 - Outside the main mosque in Bordeaux, France, worshippers are scanned with metal detectors and heavily armed soldiers stand with guns ready.
The fatwa hotline: 'We have heard
everything' (The Guardian,
Aug 20 - Sheikha Naeema lifts her glass to take a sip of water, but the large grey telephone on her desk blinks again, red and insistent.
We were at the altar – were his parents
about to jilt us? (The Guardian,
Aug 20 - It was a beautiful day for a wedding.
British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary
convicted of encouraging support for militant group (ABC News)
Aug 16 - An infamous British Muslim cleric has been found guilty of encouraging support for the Islamic State militant group.
‘Islam for Dummies’: IS recruits have poor
grasp of faith (news.com.au)
Aug 18 - THE jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of one to three, to rate their knowledge of Islam.
Anti-Islam group disrupts Sunday service in
'racist stunt' at Gosford's Anglican church (ABC News)
Aug 15 - An Anglican minister has described an incident where an anti-Islam group disrupted his Sunday service as a "racist stunt" which traumatised many in his congregation.
Burkini ban: The garment's Australian
designer says the French are 'digging a hole' for themselves (ABC News)
Aug 17 - If French beach towns continue to ban the burkini, women won't stop wearing it, they'll simply holiday elsewhere — including, just maybe, Australia.
Non-Muslims flock to buy burkinis as French
bans raise profile of the modest swimwear style (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 20 - Over the past eight years, Aheda Zanetti has sold 700,000 swimsuits to clients all over the world.
Islamic population expanding through
'biological growth' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 20 - A Queensland LNP MP who once queried whether Australian politicians were guilty of "muspandering", or pandering to Muslims, has raised his concerns the "threat of Islamic terrorism is increasing as the number of Islamic people in Australia grows ... through immigration, biological growth and by radicalisation".
Pauline Hanson says anti-Islam group's
Gosford Anglican Church stunt 'counterproductive' (ABC News)
Aug 16 - Senator Pauline Hanson has distanced herself from an anti-Islam group which disrupted an Anglican church service.
Division over free speech (The Mercury, Hobart)
Aug 18 - A PROPOSED shake-up of the state Anti-Discrimination Act has failed to satisfy either side of the political divide.
Pauline Hanson should be worried about
Christianity's decline not Islam's growth (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 21 – (Opinion: Tim Dick) Pauline Hanson need not fret about Islam taking over Australia.
Opera House award winner: Refugee who says
it was his inspiration (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 18 - After being bullied at his new Sydney school because he couldn't speak English, 16-year old refugee Awkar Ruel had a choice: succumb or survive.
Former IS prisoner Nadia Murad to share the
Yazidi story in Brisbane (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 20 - Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former Islamic State prisoner Nadia Murad will address the University of Queensland next week on behalf of the Yazidi people.
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