Religion News Australia 2016 - 47 (Dec 4 - 11)

  (10 December 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

December 4 - 11, 2016

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / arts & entertainment / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

YMCA NSW faces financial challenges in wake of sex abuse inquiry: Royal Commission (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 5 - One of the state's biggest providers of youth services is facing significant financial challenges in the wake of findings from the child sex abuse royal commission.

Former Queanbeyan headmaster allegedly sexually assaulted student in the 1960s (Brisbane Times)
Dec 6 - A former Catholic headmaster of a Queanbeyan primary school allegedly sexually assaulted a student in his care in the mid-1960s on "numerous occasions", but died before the case against him was settled last month.

Royal Commission reveals more than 80 church offenders preyed on Hunter children (Brisbane Times)
Dec 6 - More than 80 Catholic and Anglican Church priests and other representatives – including women - are alleged to have committed child sex crimes against Hunter children over decades, newly released data analysis and evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed.

Catholic Church defrocks priest over inappropriate sexual relationship, apologises to Jennifer Herrick (ABC News)
Dec 7 - The Catholic Church has defrocked a priest for having a "long-term inappropriate sexual relationship" with a woman, in what is believed to be an Australian first.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Peppa ‘corrupts’ Muslim kids (The Australian)
Dec 7 - Islamic leaders have urged parents to embrace an alternative to Peppa Pig set in a ‘predominately Muslim town’.

Beyond belief: Book of Mormon co-creator Robert Lopez opens up (The Australian)
Dec 7 – (Review)  In 2011, a new musical opened in New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, unleashing a blitzkrieg of F-bombs and C-bombs and seeming bad taste the likes of which Broadway had never experienced.

 

EDUCATION

Has the bell tolled for priests who run schools? (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - Has the bell tolled for priests who run Catholic schools?

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Tens of thousands rally calling for tolerance after Ahok blasphemy protests (ABC News)
Dec 5 - Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in the centre of the capital Jakarta, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city's minority Christian Governor.

Meet a Muslim: Canberrans urged to break down barriers (ABC News)
Dec 6 - In a bid to remove stigma from the religion and its followers, Canberrans are being encouraged to "meet a Muslim" and ask anything they've been wondering about Islam.

Germany's Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban 'wherever legally possible' (ABC News)
Dec 7 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a partial ban on face-covering veils, and stressed her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's migrant influx.

Also: Angela Merkel proposes partial burqa ban ahead of German election (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 7 - London: German chancellor Angela Merkel has promised a partial ban on Islamic veils, in a concession to her party's hardliners ahead of a tough election next year.

Which countries have banned the burka? (ABC News)
Dec 7 - As Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for a partial ban on the face-covering burka, Germany is set to join a list of countries that have restricted women from wearing the Islamic dress in public places.

Muslim girl must swim with boys (The Australian)
Dec 9 - A court in Germany has ruled an 11-year-old girl must take part in school swimming lessons alongside boys.

Geert Wilders convicted of inciting discrimination (news.com.au)
Dec 10 - DUTCH anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders was found guilty Friday of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans, a conviction he immediately slammed as a “shameful” attack on free speech and an attempt to “neutralise” him.

Judaism

Mementos of the Holocaust: How I escaped the Nazis (news.com.au)
Dec 11 - FOR Leon Zettel, who was a little boy when Germany invaded Poland, it was the striped jumper he wore while hiding for three years from the Nazis in a secret apartment in the Warsaw ghetto.

Religious Violence

The battle for Mosul stalls: 'we are fighting the devil himself' (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 5 - Heaving on a huge, scorched metal door and covered in engine oil, Sgt Hussein Mahmoud was deep into a morning’s work.

Isis wives on suicide mission (The Australian)
Dec 5 - Jihadist brides are posing as refugees and blowing themselves up to target Libyan forces who are helping civilians to flee.

Islamic State: War-torn Mosul seen through the eyes of local man (ABC News)
Dec 6 - At least 80,000 people have now fled the battle for Mosul, offering a much deeper view of life under the Islamic State (IS) group's brutal reign.

Muslim extremist who was a gay porn star and father of four, infiltrates German spy agency (news.com.au)
Dec 7 - HE HAS been described as a “porn actor-turned-Muslim-convert-turned-spy-turned-Islamist turncoat”. But the story gets even more strange.

British hostage in new IS video (The Australian)
Dec 7 - British hostage John Cantlie has appeared in a new Islamic State propoganda video, shot in the Iraqi city of Mosul

This city is where women fleeing Boko Haram go, and it is struggling (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 9 - "Being a woman in the world is not easy. In Nigeria..." Isabelle Mouniaman, Medecins Sans Frontieres Deputy Operational Director, shakes her head, "I think there is no word to describe what has been going on there for years."

Dylann Roff (sic) laughed when explaining to police what he was doing  (news.com.au)
Dec 10 - DYLANN Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals.

Islamic State fighters recapture ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, nine months after being expelled (ABC News)
Dec 11 - Islamic State militants have recaptured most of the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria following a surprise assault, according to a monitoring group and rebels.

Indonesia counter-terrorism forces arrest suspects, thwart plan to bomb presidential palace (ABC News)
Dec 11 - Police in Jakarta say they have foiled a plot by extremists to detonate a bomb today at the presidential palace.

Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing IS face neglect and death in Greece's camps (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 - There's snow in the hills that ring Serres, a big town in northern Greece.

Other

Hospital chaplain loses same-sex wedding discrimination appeal (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 8 - A Church of England hospital chaplain has lost his claim that he was discriminated against when his licence to work was withdrawn after he married his same-sex partner, in a case that gay rights campaigners hoped would force the church to change its stance.

Malta outlaws 'gay conversion' therapy in a first in Europe (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 9 - New York: The Mediterranean island nation of Malta has become the first European country to criminalise therapeutic methods that purport to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Time magazine didn't give Trump devil horns. God did (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 9 – (Opinion: Jonathan Jones) Time magazine denies doing it on purpose, yet the sign is there.

Former chaplain Daniel Randall shoots dead his daughter Claire and then kills himself  (news.com.au)
Dec 11 - A FORMER university chaplain who had just left rehab bought a gun, drove to the home of his estranged family in Maine and shot his adult daughter and himself, police said on Friday.

Nigerian church collapse kills at least 60 worshippers – reports (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 11 - The roof of a crowded church has collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said.

 

ISLAM

Daily Life 2016 Woman of the Year: Mariam Veiszadeh (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 5 - When Mariam Veiszadeh took the wrong, slower bus route to work one morning in February, she innocently tweeted how she turned her bad start to the day into a positive: time to gaze out of the bus window and reflect.

‘I won’t stand except for Allah’ (The Australian)
Dec 7 - A judge has warned the wife of a convicted terror recruiter she faces charges for refusing to stand in court.

Also: S-G asked if behaviour can stand (The Australian)
Dec 9 - Moutia Elzahed might become the first person in NSW charged with contempt for refusing to stand for a judge.

Also: Islamic State recruiter's wife Moutia Elzahed may be first charged under disrespectful  behaviour laws (ABC News)
Dec 9 - A Muslim woman who refused to stand for a judge is potentially facing criminal charges in New South Wales.

Mohammad Kiad, Omar Al-Kutobi sentenced to 20 years' jail for foiled terror plot (ABC News)
Dec 9 - Sydney men Omar Al-Kutobi and Mohammad Kiad have been sentenced to 20 years' jail for preparing to commit a terrorist attack.

Fire at Fawkner Islamic centre under investigation by arson specialist (ABC News)
Dec 11 - An arson chemist has been called in to investigate the cause of an "intense" fire at an Islamic community centre in Melbourne's north.

Also: Melbourne Islamic centre fire: arson specialist to investigate whether blaze deliberately lit (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 11 - Fifty firefighters have fought a massive blaze at a Melbourne Islamic Community Centre for nearly an hour before managing to bring it under control.

 

POLITICS

Pauline Hanson criticises Waleed Aly while pushing for a ban on Muslim immigration (news.com.au)
Dec 7 - PAULINE Hanson has criticised The Project co-host Waleed Aly after his showdown with multi-millionaire Dick Smith.

Cory Bernardi and George Christensen to raise funds for anti-Islam group (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 9 - Controversial conservative politicians Cory Bernardi and George Christensen have agreed to help an anti-Islam organisation raise funds to defend a defamation case brought by a halal certifier.

Muslim wives’ benefits slammed (The Australian)
Dec 11 - Cory Bernardi says Centrelink benefits for multiple wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Gender discrimination starts young: Mission Australia 2016 youth survey (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 6 - Nina Dillon Britton was only 16 when she got a harsh lesson in gender discrimination and sexual harassment while competing against male students in a prestigious debating contest.

Why I won't be supporting the Salvation Army this Christmas (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 7 – (Opinion: Andrew P Street) Here's a tip, charities: maybe wait a few weeks after the high profile suicide of a bullied gay child before you start talking about how school anti-bullying programmes are oh-so-discriminatory.

 

 


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