Posts Tagged ‘Discrimination’

Discrimination against Freemasons has to stop Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Defending free speech is crucial in 2018. That’s why I support Dr David Staples’ campaign to set the record straight on Freemasonry and object to unfounded discrimination against our members.  Continue reading Related Posts:Aussie same-sex marriage – debate yet to comeIf Pope Francis is a Catholic, what is Tony Abbott?Clergy appointments in Palmerston North dioceseWe don’t want Read more

Vatican official – end sexist attitudes Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A Vatican official says sexist attitudes must change and women should be recognised as having equal worth as men and be allowed to fully exercise their human rights. This is an increasingly urgent issue because of the “resurgence of divisions in today’s world,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.   Read more

Samoa’s religious leaders must help open dialogue on gender discrimination Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

There is still a huge need for open dialogue on ‘taboo’ subjects and on the meaning of the ‘Samoan way of life’ (fa’asamoa) and ensuring women’s right to equality within the family. “This cannot happen without the leadership of government and other local stakeholders, including community and religious leaders, alongside women and men at all Read more

Cook Islands looks to decriminalise homosexuality Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Legislation is being considered in the Cook Islands that could see sections removed from a 1969 Act that criminalise consensual sex between two men. The proposed Crimes Bill 2017 was presented after the Cook Islands Parliament established a committee to review public submissions about amending the Crimes Act. Some religious leaders are opposing the change. ”If Read more

CEDAW ratification dividing the nation says Tonga’s PM Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Tonga’s Prime Minister says the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has divided the nation. Mr ‘Akilisi  Pohiva said local women’s groups would again be asked to carry out public consultations. Tonga has been preparing to ratify the convention since 2015. Last year Pohiva said the Read more

Pro-life medics face harassment and discrimination Comments 0

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Pro-life doctors who conscientiously object to abortion are denied career choices. Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association (BMA) has told MPs. Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they are facing pressure to take part in abortions and confronted Read more

Transgender activist withdraws Church discrimination case Comments 0

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A Tasmanian transgender activist has withdrawn her anti-discrimination case against the Catholic Church over a marriage booklet. Martine Delaney had complained to Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commission about a booklet produced by Australia’s Catholic bishops. The booklet, titled “Don’t Mess with Marriage”, was a pastoral letter from the bishops sparked by the same-sex marriage debate. Ms Delaney Read more

Motion for Church free speech blocked in Aussie Senate Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A motion in the Australian senate to protect the Catholic Church’s right to distribute its “Don’t mess with marriage” pamphlet has been blocked. Former Australian cabinet minister Senator Eric Abetz put up the motion in the senate on Thursday. This was on the same day as it was confirmed that Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commissioner is to conduct an Read more

Kiwis more tolerant than Aussies Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A new study has concluded that New Zealand workplaces are more diverse and tolerant than their Aussie counterparts. The Randstad Workmonitor report found that more than three-quarters of Kiwi workers believe their company has an open and inclusive culture, while 88% of companies value diversity in the workplace. 9% of Kiwi workers said they had Read more

Aussie bishops could face anti-discrimination probe Comments 0

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

A Green politician has laid a complaint with Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner over a marriage booklet produced by Australia’s Catholic bishops. Martine Delaney has asked the commissioner’s office to investigate Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. At issue is the booklet “Don’t Mess with Marriage”, produced by the bishops earlier this year. Read more