Religion News Australia 2016 - 46 (Nov 27 - Dec 4)

  (04 December 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

November 27 – December 4, 2016

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / catholic church  / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Jehovah's Witnesses condemned for using 2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse (ABC News)
Nov 29 - Jehovah's Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Sex abuse victims treated as 'outcasts': Royal Commission report on Jewish groups (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 29 - Members of Australia's close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community were discouraged from reporting child sexual abuse because they feared being cast out, a royal commission has found.

Also: Child abuse unreported and 'enabled' at Yeshivah, Royal Commission finds (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 29 - Leaders at Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi have been accused of failing to report child abuse to police and allowing paedophiles unfettered access to children, in strongly-worded findings of the royal commission.

Also: Rabbis call for heads to roll at Yeshivah in wake of child sex abuse scandals (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 30 - Australia's most powerful coalition of rabbis has for first time called for heads to roll at Yeshivah institutions, after damning findings in the royal commission exposed that child abuse was ignored and enabled by its leaders.

Church apology for a 14-year sexual relationship an Australian first (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 4 - Just after 10am on Sunday, inside Victoria's oldest and busiest Catholic church, the congregation will hear something extraordinarily rare.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Gay panic laws Queensland: Father Paul Kelly on why he kept up the fight (Brisbane Times)
Dec 4 - When a man was bashed and died in his Maryborough church grounds in 2008, Catholic priest Father Paul Kelly could not simply stand by.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Sister Corita, Andy Warhol-inspired pop artist nun, is forgotten but not lost (ABC News)
Nov 30 - She appeared on the cover of Newsweek and was named as a woman of the year by the Los Angeles Times, so why don't we remember the pop artist nun, Sister Corita Kent?

Islam

Muslim teen becomes first Miss Minesota pageant contestant to wear hijab, burkini (ABC News)
Nov 29 - A Somali-American teenager has made history and become the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

Indonesians join thousands of soldiers, police at interfaith rallies (ABC News)
Nov 30 - Thousands of Indonesians have joined nationwide interfaith rallies organised by the military in an attempt to demonstrate national unity as religious and racial tensions divide the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Fake news report on Muslim hardliner behind Jakarta rally linked to Australia, US-hosted website (Brisbane Times)
Dec 1 - Jakarta: An incendiary fake news report distributed via Australia and the US has added fuel to Indonesian jitters ahead of another huge demonstration on Friday calling for Jakarta's governor to be jailed.

Trump's Islamophobic rhetoric means a public health crisis for Muslims (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 1 – (Opinion: Hina Tai and Winn Periyasamy) Sarah Zaffar was stopped at a red light near Huntington Beach, California – a predominantly pro-Trump town – when a truck pulled up beside her.

High-profile Indonesians arrested ahead of major blasphemy rally in Jakarta (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 2 - Jakarta: Eight Indonesians were arrested for alleged treason, including an "evil conspiracy" to overthrow the government, ahead of another massive rally on Friday morning calling for Jakarta's governor to be jailed for blasphemy.

Religious Violence

Taliban ​facing financial crisis as civilian deaths deter donors (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 29 - The Afghan Taliban are facing a cash crisis with donors unwilling to bankroll an insurgency whose victims are increasingly civilians rather than foreign troops, according to several members of the movement.

How Isis recruiters found fertile ground in Kerala, India's tourist gem (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 29 - Residents of Kerala like to call their lush south Indian state, “God’s own country”. Hafizuddin Hakim disagreed.

Ohio uni attack claimed by Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Nov 30 - Washington, DC: The attacker who drove into pedestrians at Ohio State University in the United States and stabbed others with a butcher knife "is a soldier" of Islamic State, the group says via its news agency, AMAQ.

German militant Harry Sarfo, who denounced Islamic State, outed by them (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 1 - Berlin: German prosecutors have launched a murder and war crimes investigation of an Islamic State fighter who claimed in interviews that he had refused to engage in violence in Syria but was caught on video taking part in a public execution, a German official said.

Muslim shooter ‘objected to him having to attend a work Xmas party’ (news.com.au)
Dec 2 - THIS is the last picture taken of Syed Farook posing at his office Christmas party with colleagues before he killed 14 of them in San Bernardino.

'This barbaric group of people want to destroy everything' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 3 - Khaled al-Asaad was brought to the main square in a black van and beheaded before a small crowd.

Mixed Blessings (ABC News)
Dec 4 - The town of Bartella, 15 kilometers east of Mosul, bears terrible physical and spiritual scars after the Islamic State (IS) group's fundamentalist rampage.

Other

Family 'sick' in wake of killings at a home in Pennsylvania community (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 2 - Pittsburgh: David Remaley said he had a "sick feeling" when he saw TV news video of police vehicles blocking the road to his son's home in rural Pennsylvania.

 

ISLAM

Neil Prakash extradition risks creating 'totem to other Islamic radicals' (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 29 - A former army chief has cautioned against extraditing Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash to Australia, warning it may prove a costly and difficult exercise that inadvertently creates a “totem” for local extremists.

Also: Photos show new face of Neil Prakash (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 3 - Photographs purporting to be of Australia's most wanted terrorist, Neil Prakash, taken after his arrest in Turkey, have been released.

No-veil wife’s court no-show (The Australian)
Dec 1 - One of terrorist Hamdi Alqudsi’s wives who was ordered by a judge to remove her headcovering has failed to appear.

Woman cannot give evidence in a niqab, Australian court rules (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 1 - An Australian judge has declined a request from a Muslim woman to wear a niqab while giving evidence in a damages claim against police where she alleges that officers assaulted her during a raid on her home.

Glenn Murcutt on mosque without minarets, and architecture designed to transform (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 2 - Glenn Murcutt looks robust but decidedly pale, the result of a week in bed due to a rare bout of ill health.

 

POLITICS

Family First, conservative Christians join the Victorian Liberals (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 3 - Conservative Turnbull government MPs are recruiting members of hardline micro parties such as Family First and the Australian Christians, in a move described as a "horrifying" lurch to the right that could thwart the Liberals chances at the next Victorian election.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

This guy got a Victorian driver's licence with a pasta strainer on his head (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 30 - The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is one step closer to legitimacy in Victoria after a man was issued with a driver's licence showing him wearing a colander on his head.

Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons (ABC News)
Nov 30 - Melbourne's Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government's decision to house teenagers in the "harshest of adult prison settings".

Chapel By The Sea: Key Indigenous mural destroyed by management (ABC News)
Dec 1 - An Aboriginal Mural on the side of Sydney's Wayside Chapel at Bondi, which has been described as a key symbol of reconciliation, has been painted over and destroyed by the Chapel's management.

Also: Wayside Chapel in Bondi defends destroying Aboriginal mural; Threat of boycott raised over  'insult' (ABC News)
Dec 2 - Sydney's Wayside Chapel says a mural depicting well-known Aboriginal activists was painted over out of respect for Indigenous lore and custom.

Anti-slavery groups, religious leaders pen open letter to PM urging action on modern slavery (ABC News)
Dec 2 - A coalition of anti-slavery groups and religious leaders have written to the Prime Minister, urging him to pass laws to stamp out slavery in Australia.

Uniting Church rejects activist (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Dec 2 - THE Uniting Church has distanced itself from a Queensland serial protester running amok for the second day at Parliament House in Canberra.

 


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