Posts Tagged ‘Bigotry’

Baseless case against Mother Teresa nuns falls apart

Monday, March 7th, 2022

A court case prosecuting Missionaries of Charity – often called Mother Teresa nuns – has fallen apart for lack of evidence. After alleging charges of “religious conversion” the prosecution admitted in Court there was no serious basis to proceed against them. The case followed a police probe against the nuns in the Indian state of Read more

Racist Pasifika comments are obnoxious

Monday, August 30th, 2021

In the wake of the latest Covid outbreak, racist comments directed at Pasifika have prompted health and church authorities to speak out. The current Delta variant outbreak has disproportionately affected the Samoan community, including people exposed at a major church assembly in Māngere in Auckland. “These people were involved in legal activity and were operating Read more

No Blacks, no Asians, no Indians: Sexual racism on New Zealand’s dating scene – and how apps are making it worse

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Dating apps may be making bigotry worse in New Zealand. Meet Jared*. He’s in his late 30s, plays sport, has a secure job and great friends, and lives in a pleasant flat north of Wellington. For Kiwi women on the lookout for an eligible bachelor, he ticks a lot of boxes. But since moving to Read more

Bias, bigotry, and euthanasia

Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Arguably one of the most revealing public debates taking place in New Zealand over the last week was one on Newshub Nation, between Dr Sinead Donnelly and David Seymour. Donnelly is a medical specialist with extensive experience of palliative care and dying people in four countries, and a Senior Lecturer at Otago University Wellington debated Read more

Poland’s bishops warn of mounting attacks

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Poland’s Bishops Conference has warned of an “intolerable upsurge” in acts of profanation against Catholic sites around the country, while seeking to counter media claims the Church has incited violence against LGBT activists campaigning for greater rights. “In line with its Gospel summons, the Catholic Church respects the dignity of every person without exception – Read more

Devout Catholics spreading fear, mistrust of migrants and Muslims

Monday, March 25th, 2019

A bishop has spoken out about Catholics who identify as “faith-filled” while spreading fear and mistrust of immigrants, particularly Muslims. Irish Bishop Kevin Doran says he has come across people – some of whom classify themselves as traditional Catholics and faith-filled people – who say “oh well, these Muslims are putting our civilisation at risk Read more

Spitting on priest earns lengthy jail term

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

A man has been jailed for spitting on a priest for 10 months. He spat on a Catholic priest in a “disgusting, cowardly and provocative” act as an orange walk passed a church. Fr Thomas White was targeted outside St Alphonsus Church in London Road, Glasgow, on 7th July last year, when he was speaking Read more

Intolerance of Christians ‘last acceptable prejudice’

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Intolerance of Christians is the ‘last acceptable prejudice’, says , the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Quoting Pope Francis, Gallagher says there’s a tendency to reduce religions “to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.” Read more Related Read more

Black folks should stay out of white churches

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Black folks need to stay out of white churches, says a highway sign in Alabama. The pastor of the black church that put up the sign has defended the remarks. Rev. Michael R Jordan says he’s encouraging locals to fight gentrification. The reverse of the sign says: “White folks refused to be our neighbors.” Jordan Read more

Muslims in Christmas adverts prompt racist storm

Monday, November 13th, 2017

UK supermarket chain Tesco is fighting off online bigotry after including Muslim families in its pre-Christmas advertising. Some customers have threatened to boycott Tesco because of advertising scenes showing a Muslim family exchanging gifts. Others say the Muslims’ inclusion is “very wrong”. Those who support the “Everyone’s Welcome” ad are using social media to explain Read more