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30m Chinese idol covered in sheet after Muslim protest

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30m Chinese idol covered in sheet after Muslim protest

- Chinese god statue covered in sheet after Muslims protest in Indonesian city Amid concern of growing religious conservatism across Indonesia and an increase in anti-Chinese sentiment, a massive statue in East Java has been covered after protests from local Muslims. The Kwan Sing Bio Chinese temple had existed without issue in the city of Tuban for generations, but the Muslim locals could not stand a 30-metre statue recently erected there
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Anglican Church to redevelop St Luke's Parish in Deakin

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Anglican Church to redevelop St Luke's Parish in Deakin

- The Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn is proposing redevelop or sell three of its ACT properties in an apparent bid to improve its financial position. Plans to knock down St Luke's Church in Deakin to build eight supportive townhouses will be discussed at a meeting with residents next week. The diocese is also considering developing the Bishop's house in Campbell into another eight supportive units
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Pray and act: Church leaders, lobby groups battle Victorian euthanasia bill

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Pray and act: Church leaders, lobby groups battle Victorian euthanasia bill

- Right to Life is not known for its subtlety in a fight. So when ads started appearing in Daniel Andrews' local suburban newspaper recently – accusing the Premier of trying to legalise "patient killing" – few were surprised that the pro-life group was involved. At its head is seasoned campaigner Margaret Tighe, now in her 80s, and a veteran of decades of "punishment politics"
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Victorian bishops say assisted dying laws will abandon those 'in greatest need'

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Victorian bishops say assisted dying laws will abandon those 'in greatest need'

- Christian leaders in Victoria have combined to voice their opposition to proposed voluntary euthanasia laws, arguing assisted dying would be akin to killing off the terminally sick and elderly. An open letter signed by local leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox churches, among others, argues that a decision to legalise assisted dying would also "send a confusing message" about the value of life to those at risk of suicide
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Victorian bishops say assisted dying laws will abandon those 'in greatest need'

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Victorian bishops say assisted dying laws will abandon those 'in greatest need'

- Christian leaders in Victoria have combined to voice their opposition to proposed voluntary euthanasia laws, arguing assisted dying would be akin to killing off the terminally sick and elderly. An open letter signed by local leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox churches, among others, argues that a decision to legalise assisted dying would also "send a confusing message" about the value of life to those at risk of suicide
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Instead of getting defensive, churches should work to address domestic violence

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Instead of getting defensive, churches should work to address domestic violence

- You might have seen the recent media coverage looking into the relationship between church leaders and church members who have experienced family and domestic violence. As part of a series on domestic violence and religion, the ABC recently reported on claims the church is failing to protect victims, and enabling perpetrators. Some commentators have claimed it to be an "attack on Christianity", part of an ongoing campaign to vilify institutions and people of faith
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Islamic State: Indonesian mosques accused of supporting radical group's ideology

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Islamic State: Indonesian mosques accused of supporting radical group's ideology

- By Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley and Ake Prihantari Dozens of mosques across Indonesia are under surveillance for supporting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, spreading its ideology and recruiting fighters to go to Syria. Key points: Researchers attended mosques and Koran reading groups for information IS sympathisers increasingly holding private meetings Mosque accused of preaching the IS ideology denies claims Of those, 16 mosques in seven provinces have been officially confirmed as supporting the IS group by a team of researchers who have, and continue to, secretly infiltrate the places of worship
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Al Aqsa Mosque: More than 100 injured in clashes with police as Israel removes security equipment

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Al Aqsa Mosque: More than 100 injured in clashes with police as Israel removes security equipment

- By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill, wires At least 113 people have been injured in clashes as thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site. Key points: Mahmoud Abbas calls security backdown a victory for Palestinians Israel orders police reinforcements in Jerusalem Palestinian leaders call for a day of rage on Friday Chaotic scenes unfolded as Israeli police used stun grenades to try to control crowds charging forward when the last gate Muslims use to enter Al Aqsa was opened after a stand-off lasting several hours
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Muslims return to Al-Aqsa mosque to pray after Israel removes barriers

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Muslims return to Al-Aqsa mosque to pray after Israel removes barriers

- Jerusalem: Throngs of Muslims resumed praying at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel, seeking to reduce tensions in an explosive atmosphere, removed the last traces of security structures near the entrances to the holy site before dawn. The moves came after a two-week standoff and outbursts of deadly violence that had spread to the West Bank, as Palestinians in East Jerusalem boycotted the sacred compound, praying en masse in the streets to protest the installation of metal detectors and other security measures
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How to navigate the research on domestic violence and Christian churches: A few frequently asked questions

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How to navigate the research on domestic violence and Christian churches: A few frequently asked questions

- A few years ago, a Victorian woman alerted her pastor to the fact that her husband was raping, hitting and verbally abusing her, while taking drugs. When the pastor told her to pray about it, she asked: "What if he kills me first?" The pastor's response was: "At least you'll go to heaven." Advocates say the Christian church in Australia is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence, but is enabling and concealing it
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Meet the Mandaeans: Australian followers of John the Baptist celebrate new year

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Meet the Mandaeans: Australian followers of John the Baptist celebrate new year

- It might not be the Tigris or the Euphrates, but the Nepean River in Western Sydney is vital to the Australian adherents of one of the world's most ancient religions. Thought to have originated 2,000 years ago in Mesopotamia — modern day Iraq and Iran — the Mandaean community reveres John the Baptist, who they call Yehyea Yahana, and water's purifying force
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I'm a Muslim, ask me anything: Perth Imam Kamran Tahir tackling Islamophobia over coffee

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I'm a Muslim, ask me anything: Perth Imam Kamran Tahir tackling Islamophobia over coffee

- Australia's youngest Imam doesn't see the need for Muslim schools, and he'd rather shake a woman's hand than cause offence. He's even happy for cameras to be installed in his Perth mosque and has pledged to resign if there's any trace of extremism. Kamran Tahir is flat out trying to break down the negative stereotypes he believes are contributing to growing Islamophobia in Australia
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Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims share stories of gang rape and killings by police and soldiers in Rakhine State

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Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims share stories of gang rape and killings by police and soldiers in Rakhine State

- 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. Her demeanour was somewhere between blank and terrified. But she wanted to tell us something. A report says that the systematic violation of human rights against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine falls within a defined framework of genocide
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'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God

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'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God

- By Julia Baird with Hayley Gleeson Illustrations by Rocco Fazzari Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically. Church leaders in Australia say they abhor abuse of any kind. But advocates say the church is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence, it is both enabling and concealing it
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Jail time demanded for man, 34, who married 14-year-old girl at Melbourne mosque

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Jail time demanded for man, 34, who married 14-year-old girl at Melbourne mosque

- A man should be jailed for marrying a child bride, some 20 years his junior, during an Islamic ceremony in Melbourne, a prosecutor says. Mohammad Shakir faces one count of going through a formal ceremony of marriage with a person not of marriageable age, at suburban Noble Park in September. Prosecutor Krista Breckweg told the Victorian County Court during a brief hearing on Monday that Shakir, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2016, should be sent to prison
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Tibetan Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo finds peace of mind in unstable times

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Tibetan Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo finds peace of mind in unstable times

- Imagine a life without Wi-Fi, books, music or even companions, but just your mind for company. The horror, the horror. Alone without any external stimulation might be torture for most of us, but not so for Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. The Tibetan Buddhist nun once lived in a remote Himalayan cave for 12 years, including three in total isolation, in a quest for enlightenment and insight into the mind
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  • Muslims return to Al-Aqsa mosque to pray after Israel removes barriers
    Muslims return to Al-Aqsa mosque to pray after Israel removes barriers

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    Jerusalem: Throngs of Muslims resumed praying at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel, seeking to reduce tensions in an explosive atmosphere, removed the last traces of security structures near the entrances to the holy site before dawn. The moves came after a two-week standoff and outbursts of deadly violence that had spread to the West Bank, as Palestinians in East Jerusalem boycotted the sacred compound, praying en masse in the streets to protest the installation of metal detectors and other security measures
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  • 30m Chinese idol covered in sheet after Muslim protest
    30m Chinese idol covered in sheet after Muslim protest

    , abc.net.au

    Chinese god statue covered in sheet after Muslims protest in Indonesian city Amid concern of growing religious conservatism across Indonesia and an increase in anti-Chinese sentiment, a massive statue in East Java has been covered after protests from local Muslims. The Kwan Sing Bio Chinese temple had existed without issue in the city of Tuban for generations, but the Muslim locals could not stand a 30-metre statue recently erected there
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Christianity

  • Archbishop urges extension of reportable conduct scheme
    Archbishop urges extension of reportable conduct scheme

    , smh.com.au

    Canberra Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse has again urged the ACT government to include the church in organisations covered by its incoming reportable scheme, calling its omission an "anomaly". Under the laws coming into effect on Saturday, schools, childcare centres and health providers will be forced to report all child abuse allegations to the ACT Ombudsman. However church organisations, scout groups, sporting clubs or dance schools are not covered by the legislation
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Islam

  • 'Playboy' Australian doctor surfaces in new Islamic State propaganda video
    'Playboy' Australian doctor surfaces in new Islamic State propaganda video

    , stuff.co.nz

    An Australian doctor who joined Islamic State in 2015 has surfaced in a new propaganda video that shows him working in a hospital, holding a machinegun and telling Muslims who don't join Islamic State that they have "no self-respect". Paediatric doctor Tareq Kamleh - who studied in New Zealand but failed to gain entry to medical school here - first appeared in an IS propaganda video in 2015, spruiking its health services and urging other Muslim health professionals to join him in the IS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria
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Churches

  • WA church successfully sued for woman losing leg at go karting event
    WA church successfully sued for woman losing leg at go karting event

    , smh.com.au

    A WA woman who lost her leg during a make-shift go karting activity set up in her church's car park has successfully sued for damages. Jenny* had volunteered at Grace Christian Church in Bunbury on August 25, 2012, to take photos and videos of a men's spiritual growth conference at the Apostolic church. Church member Graeme Holman had a background in go kart racing and had arranged for participants in the conference to ride them during the lunch break – setting up a course in the church's car park
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Catholic

  • Catholic Church must reform confession, abuse survivor says
    Catholic Church must reform confession, abuse survivor says

    , bbc.co.uk

    An Australian child abuse survivor has called on the Catholic Church to reform its laws on confession to ensure crimes are reported to police. Peter Gogarty said perpetrators knew anything disclosed in confession would not be revealed to authorities. It follows the final public hearings in an Australian inquiry, which has heard evidence of abusers confessing knowing their actions would not be divulged
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Muslim

  • 30m Chinese idol covered in sheet after Muslim protest
    30m Chinese idol covered in sheet after Muslim protest

    , abc.net.au

    Chinese god statue covered in sheet after Muslims protest in Indonesian city Amid concern of growing religious conservatism across Indonesia and an increase in anti-Chinese sentiment, a massive statue in East Java has been covered after protests from local Muslims. The Kwan Sing Bio Chinese temple had existed without issue in the city of Tuban for generations, but the Muslim locals could not stand a 30-metre statue recently erected there
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Priest

  • Man charged and released on bail over stabbing of priest at Fawkner church
    Man charged and released on bail over stabbing of priest at Fawkner church

    , smh.com.au

    A 72-year-old man, charged following the stabbing of a beloved Catholic priest in front of shocked worshippers in Melbourne's northern suburbs, has been released on bail. Reverend Tomy Mathew was about to begin the 11am Italian mass at St Matthew's Catholic Church in Fawkner on Sunday when the man allegedly approached with what was believed to be a kitchen knife. Reverend Mathew had been in the foyer when the man attacked, police said
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