Religion News Australia 2017 - 27 (July 16 - 23)

  (23 July 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

July 16 - 23, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Defrocked Ballarat priest to face court on string of historical child sex charges (The Age, Melbourne)
July 21 - Former Ballarat priest Paul David Ryan will front a Melbourne court next month over a string of historical child sex offences.

 

EDUCATION

’Don’t bring kids into it’: Scientologists target NSW schools with drug claims (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 21 - A group founded by the Church of Scientology has been targeting schools in NSW and Victoria with brochures and a documentary about the dangers of psychiatrists, antidepressants and ADHD medication.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

’Aspiring to destroy Christianity’ (The Australian)
July 19 – (Opinion: Tess Livingstone) Author Marcello Pero says Francis hates the West and wants to bring it down.

Islam

Jakarta bans Islamic group (The Australian)
July 19 - The Indonesian government says it has banned Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organisation that wants to establish a global caliphate.

Malaysia bans hit song from state broadcasters over offensive lyrics, religious complaints (ABC News)  
July 21 - Malaysia has banned catchy summer dance song Despacito on state radio and television after critics in the Muslim-majority country complained the lyrics were obscene.

Muslim mother takes legal action against school over face veil ban (The Guardian, Australia)
July 21 - A Muslim mother has launched legal action against her daughter’s school, after being told she could not wear a face veil on its premises.

Religious Violence

Rohingya Muslims tell of gang rapes and secret killings in Myanmar’s hidden region (ABC News)  
July 19 - As the last of the foreign reporters walked over a bamboo bridge a young Rohingya woman dressed in black, with a black umbrella, raised her hand hesitantly.

Jihadi bride seized from hideout (The Australian)
July 19 - A young Islamic State member captured in an underground Mosul hideaway is believed to be a German schoolgirl recruited a year ago.

Also: Linda Wenzel, German schoolgirl turned ISIS sniper captured in Mosul, reports (news.com.au)
July 20 - A 16-year-old German schoolgirl who ran away from home to join Islamic State before being captured in the ruins of Mosul — was reportedly a sniper for the terror group.

“The war has just started” (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 22 - Barefoot and filthy, Tabarek cries in pain as she lies at a military screening point in the rubble of the ancient city of Mosul.

Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade (The Guardian, Australia)
July 22 - Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.

How Islamic State nearly stumbled on ingredients for a ’dirty bomb’ in Mosul (The Age, Melbourne)
July 23 - Washington: On the day Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group: a large metropolis dotted with military bases and garrisons stocked with guns, bombs, rockets and even battle tanks.

Failed disguises used by Islamic State militants (news.com.au)
July 23 - AN IS militant didn’t have a chance escaping the frontline in his female make-up disguise.

More Jerusalem clashes feared as Israel searches for way to secure holy site (The Guardian, Australia)
July 23 - Israel’s security forces and Palestinian leaders are bracing for weeks of violence as the death toll in a bloody weekend of confrontations over Israel’s placement of metal detectors at the entrance to the compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque reached seven.

 

ISLAM

Jail time demanded for man, 34, who married 14-year-old girl at Melbourne mosque (The Age, Melbourne)
July 17 - A man should be jailed for marrying a child bride, some 20 years his junior, during an Islamic ceremony in Melbourne, a prosecutor says.

Pig’s head dumped outside Islamic College of Brisbane (ABC News)  
July 19 - A pig’s head has been dumped outside the Islamic College of Brisbane, found inside a bag with a swastika label.

Also: Yassmin Abdel-Magied hits out after pig’s head dropped outside Brisbane Islamic school (news.com.au)
July 19 - YASSMIN Abdel-Magied has hit out on social media after a severed pig’s head was dumped outside the Brisbane school she once attended on Wednesday morning.

Also: Rotting pig’s head left at Islamic school gate in Queensland (The Guardian, Australia)
July 19 - One of Queensland’s largest Islamic schools has referred what it described as a hate crime to police after a backpack emblazoned with a swastika and containing a pig’s head was left at the front gate.

Council says no to exclusive gated Islamic community (Brisbane Times)
July 21 - Significant parts of an Islamic school’s proposal for a masterplanned hub in Brisbane’s south-west has been rejected by the Brisbane City Council, with the site restricted to educational purposes.

 

POLITICS

NSW Labor left faction agitates to remove scripture classes from public schools (The Guardian, Australia)
July 17 - A plan to remove scripture classes from New South Wales public schools will be put forward at Labor’s annual state conference by the party’s left faction.

Liberal National party conference calls for ban on headscarves for children under 10 (The Guardian, Australia)
July 17 - The Liberal National party state conference in Queensland has overwhelmingly voted against a limited Muslim immigration ban but has voted to call for headscarves to be banned for young children.

How the church is splitting the Liberal Party (The Saturday Paper)
July 22 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe.) History repeats itself, but always with variations on the theme.

Same-sex marriage: conservatives split over postal-vote plebiscite (Brisbane Times)
July 23 - Prominent conservatives within the Coalition are split over whether to hold a postal vote plebiscite on same-sex marriage to stymie a push by Liberal moderates for a conscience vote on the issue.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Humanism needs a rethink (The Australian)
July 17 – (Opinion: Tom Drake-Brockman) The Christian faith as disseminated by St Paul may have been a distortion of the essential teachings of Jesus Christ.

’Submit to your husbands’: Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God (ABC News)  
July 18 - Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically.

Also: I was raped and controlled by my husband for decades. He was a priest (ABC News)  
July 20 - Like any 18 year old in the mid-’70s, I dreamt of getting married to a loving man and perhaps, one day, having a family and living happily ever after.

Also: Australian churches risk becoming a ’haven’ for abusers, US seminary professor says (ABC News)  
July 21 - During his frequent violent outbursts, Ruth Tucker’s husband would often spit biblical verses at his wife to defend his authority over her.

Also: Australian church leaders call for urgent response to domestic violence (ABC News)  
July 22 - Australian church leaders are calling on Christian communities to urgently respond to women who are being abused in their congregations, with the most senior Anglican cleric in the country arguing victims of domestic violence deserve an apology from the Church.

Also: Church hits back at ABC show (The Australian)
July 21 - Church leaders have accused the ABC of “selective”, “inaccurate” and “anti-Christian” journalism in a 7.30 report.

Also: ABC ignored church’s story (The Australian)
July 22 - An Anglican leader has expressed disappointment the ABC ignored her ’positive’ story in fighting domestic violence.

Man accused of desecrating cemetery war memorial says he had God’s permission (The Guardian, Australia)
July 19 - A man accused of desecrating a Brisbane war memorial says he had a “higher permission” to remove a brass sword from a stone crucifix.

Vandals paint word ’die’ on Brisbane Hare Krishna temple, police investigating (ABC News)  
July 21 - A Hare Krishna temple has been vandalised with the word "die" spray-painted on a wall on Brisbane’s southside, just two days after a pig’s head was dumped at the Islamic College of Brisbane.

Most Christians in Australia support marriage equality and want a free vote (The Guardian, Australia)
July 21 - A majority of Australian Christians support same-sex marriage and think parliamentarians should vote on the issue as soon as possible.

 


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