Religion News Australia 2017 - 21 (June 4 - 11)

  (10 June 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

June 4 - 11, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

abuse / education / international stories / islam / judaism / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Child sex abuse claims against George Pell explored by Louise Milligan (The Australian)
June 11 – (Review)  So, is the lengthening charge sheet against the cardinal merely a vast smear campaign?

’Abused boy’ accused of extortion (The Australian)
June 11 - Convicted killer alleged to scam Christian order.

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step aside from duties to prepare trial defence (The Guardian, Australia)
June 11 - Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, is preparing to step aside from his duties after the New South Wales court of appeal unanimously dismissed his latest attempt to have a charge of failing to report child abuse quashed.

 

EDUCATION

’For the common good’: Catholic sector defends ’funnelling’ money between schools (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 5 - The Catholic school sector has reacted angrily to suggestions it is "funnelling" money away from students in disadvantaged areas to those in wealthy suburbs.

Warden and chairman at University of Sydney’s St Paul’s college retire after latest scandal (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 6 - The warden and chairman of the University of Sydney’s scandal-ridden St Paul’s college have both retired and the college council has announced a wider review of its governance structure, a week after the most recent incidence of "sexist behaviour" led to the NSW government flagging possible changes to the way university colleges are set up.

Perth father loses legal battle to remove ’God’ from daughter’s school creed (WAToday.com.au)
June 9 - A Perth man has lost a legal fight for his daughter’s government school to remove the word ’God’ from its school creed.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Halal tourism: Kuala Lumpur welcomes the Muslim travellers others didn’t want (The Guardian, Australia)
June 6 - A little patch of grass sits between international banks and flashy skyscrapers in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Rallies against sharia law held across US, critics accuse protesters of vilifying Muslims (ABC News)  
June 11 - Protesters have rallied across the United States to denounce sharia law, the Islamic legal and moral code they claim poses a threat to American freedoms, but critics believe anti-Muslim hatred is behind the condemnation.

Also: Anti-Muslim rallies across US denounced by civil rights groups (The Guardian, Australia)
June 11 - A wave of anti-Muslim rallies planned for almost 30 cities across America on Saturday by far-right activists has drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups and inspired counter-protests nationwide.

Judaism

Shulem Deen: ’When I lost God, I lost my children, too’ (The Guardian, Australia)
June 10 - What must it mean when a loss of faith exacts a terrible price – the loss of one’s children?

Religious Violence

Arab nations Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties to Qatar (ABC News)  
June 5 - Four Arab nations have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar, further deepening the rift between Gulf Arab nations over that country’s support for Islamist groups.

Islamic State’s claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks ’part of a smoke and mirrors campaign’ (ABC News)  
June 6 - In the aftermath of terrorist acts, extremist groups often claim responsibility for orchestrating the attack — but what does that actually mean?

Afghan ’insider’ kills US troops (The Australian)
June 10 - The Taliban claims an infiltrator killed three US soldiers during a joint operation in eastern Afghanistan.

The leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed according to reports (news.com.au)
June 11 - UNVERIFIED reports from Syrian state run TV claim that the leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air strike in the country.

Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook (The Guardian, Australia)
June 11 - A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media.

Stop fretting over religious sensitivities. We must push hard against Islamists (The Guardian, Australia)
June 11 – (Opinion: Sara Khan) In this time of political uncertainty, we can be certain about one issue.

Religious Violence – London Attacks

London attacks: Australians describe the moment they were stabbed by terrorists (ABC News)  
June 5 - Four Australians were among the dozens caught up in Saturday night’s terror attack in London, and at least two of them were stabbed in the neck.

London Bridge attack: Terrorists died in an ’unprecedented’ hail of bullets, police say (ABC News)  
June 5 - Police officers fired "in the region of 50 rounds" of ammunition when shooting dead the three terrorists responsible for killing seven people and injuring at least 48 in a vehicle and knife attack, according to London Metropolitan Police.

London terror attack: Would Theresa May’s four point plan work? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 5 - In a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Sunday, British PM Theresa May set out "four important ways" that the UK must change in response to the London Bridge terror attacks.

London terror attack: what we know so far (The Guardian, Australia)
June 5 - Seven people have been killed and dozens injured during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night.

Theresa May urged not to suppress report into funding of jihadi groups (The Guardian, Australia)
June 5 - Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have challenged Theresa May over a long-delayed inquiry into foreign funding and support of jihadi groups in the UK, after the Home Office suggested the investigation may not be published.

Two attackers named by police as Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane (ABC News)  
June 6 - British police have named two of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge on Saturday night and injured dozens more, saying one of them was previously known to security services.

London Bridge ’jihadist next door’ had history of bad company - and police knew (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 6 - London: British police have come under pressure to explain how one of the jihadists behind the London Bridge attack managed to slip through the counter-terror net, despite being known to security services - and even appearing in a documentary titled "The Jihadis Next Door".

London Bridge attack: UK arrests three more as vision appears of police shooting terrorists dead (ABC News)  
June 9 - British police investigating the deadly attacks on London Bridge say they have arrested three more suspects, as vision of the moment officers shot the assailants dead appeared online.

London Bridge attack: Met Police officer recalls ’surreal’ moment terrorism struck (ABC News)  
June 11 - What started out as an ordinary Saturday night for London Metropolitan Police officer Jim Cole turned into the "most challenging, most intense" of his career when he was called to an incident on London Bridge.

Other

Bali statue of Hindu god Wisnu to be world’s largest (ABC News)  
June 11 - The world’s biggest statue is finally taking shape on a hill overlooking Bali’s international airport.

 

ISLAM

Australia, US strengthen resolve to stop Islamist fighters returning from Middle East (ABC News)  
June 5 - Australia and the United States have strengthened their resolve to "defeat those who wish us harm" by stopping Islamist fighters returning home from the Middle East.

Malcolm Turnbull has ’very real concerns’ for two Australians involved in terrorist attack (ABC News)  
June 5 - There are "very real concerns" for two of the Australians who were caught up in the London Bridge terror attack, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

Rethinking the condemnation of terrorism (Brisbane Times)
June 5 – (Opinion: Fahim Khondaker ) Condemning terrorism is simply not enough - on its own, it is probably even detrimental.

Everything you wanted to know about Islamic extremism but were too afraid to ask (news.com.au)
June 5 - Another day, another week and another deadly attack in the name of Allah.

Erin Molan’s father retired Major General Jim calls for ’zero tolerance’ approach to terrorism (news.com.au)
June 5 - ERIN Molan’s father, retired Major General Jim Molan, has called for a suspension of migration from certain ’extremist’ Islamic nations and says that Australians should forgo some of their civil rights in the fight against terror.

Hostage drama call: ’This is for IS’ (The Australian)
June 5 - Two people are dead and three police officers injured after a gunbattle in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton.

Also: Brighton siege: Islamic State claims responsibility for Melbourne hostage drama, shoot-out (ABC News)  
The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for last night’s shooting and hostage situation in Melbourne, in which a man was killed, several police were injured and a woman was held against her will.

Also: Brighton siege declared ’an act of terror’ as IS claims responsibility (news.com.au)
June 6 - A SUSPECTED terrorist who killed a man and took a woman hostage in an up-market suburb of Melbourne overnight had arranged to meet her through an escort service.

Terror attacks spark security rethink (The Saturday Paper)
June 10 – (Opinion: Karen Middleton ) Almost four weeks before a Somali-born Australian took a woman hostage in Melbourne on Monday, invoking the name of two terrorist organisations and shooting a man dead, one of those groups sent a message to supporters urging them to do just that.

 

JUDAISM

Syrian, Iraqi and Jewish women creating friendships, harmony over food (ABC News)  
June 5 - When Nohad was kidnapped in Syria by ISIS terrorists, she thought her life was over.

 

POLITICS

Cory Bernardi says ’we need to talk about Islam’, insults Muslims with offensive graphic (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 5 - Cory Bernardi’s new Australian Conservatives party has responded to the London Bridge terrorist attack by surveying its members about their views on Islam, saying "we can’t put it off any longer".

Islamophobia ’isn’t a killer’ (The Australian)
June 5 - Tony Abbott decries the way officials discuss terrorism incidents and their causes.

Outcry as Pauline Hanson turns UK police warning into anti-Islam meme (The Guardian, Australia)
June 5 - Malcolm Turnbull has been briefed by counter-terrorism experts and offered condolences to the UK after an attack in London, which killed seven people and injured at least 48, as Pauline Hanson was criticised for her response.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Two charged with murder over shooting death of Chinese national Qin Wu at Sydney Buddhist temple (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 5 - Two men have been charged with murder over the shooting death of a man at a house that was being used as a Buddhist temple in Sydney’s west.

Also: Men charged over Sydney Buddhist temple shooting refused bail (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 6 - Two men charged over the shooting death of a father-of-three at a Buddhist temple in Sydney’s west will remain behind bars.

If terrorism breeds online, are sites like Google and Facebook responsible for attacks? (ABC News)  
June 6 - Do tech giants like Facebook and Google allow "safe spaces" for extremism to breed — and if so, are they partly to blame for terrorist attacks?

Telegram: The secret ’app of choice’ for terrorists (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 6 - Australian authorities are struggling to crack the highly secretive "app of choice" for terror plotters worldwide, partly stifled by the app creators’ refusals to push back on jihadi infiltration.

Have a little faith: Melbourne vegetarian spiritualists’ religion recognised (The Age, Melbourne)
June 11 - Where does a philosophy end and a religion begin?

Assisted dying: anti-euthanasia forces launch ’gloves off’ campaign in key seats (The Age, Melbourne)
June 11 - Opponents of voluntary euthanasia have warned Premier Daniel Andrews "the gloves are off" as they mount an aggressive campaign in some of Labor’s most volatile seats ahead of the next Victorian election.

Silly to compare IRA with Islamists (The Australian)
June 11 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Paul Bongiorno and Derryn Hinch err in suggesting Irish natonalists were inspired by Catholicism.

 


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