Posts Tagged ‘Ethics and Religion’

HRC: Religious ministers have right to refuse to marry a same-sex couple Comments 0

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

“Religious ministers have the right to refuse to marry anyone. That right will not change if the Bill becomes law,” says Human Rights Chief Commissioner David Rutherford. “It will be up to any individual marriage celebrant, including those who are religious ministers, to decide whether or not they wish to marry a same-sex couple.” The Human Read more

NZ Human Rights Commission endorses same gender marriage Comments 0

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has formally endorsed same gender marriage and a non-discriminatory approach to adoption that gives primacy to the best interests of the child. The conclusion to The HRC’s short paper states: “In order to ensure formal legal equality, including the right to found and form a family regardless of sexual orientation or Read more

Religion hindering sexuality education in Pacific Comments 0

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Pacific Island countries have been challenged to to rally against religious conservatism to ensure young people can make informed decisions about sex and pregnancy. The call was made by Papua New Guinea MP Dame Carol Kidu  who was among several Pacific politicians attending the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development’s annual meeting in Wellington. The focus Read more

Do you need religion to be ethical? Comments 0

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Atheists, agnostics and people who do not have any religious affiliation are often annoyed by what they consider to be an arrogant assumption on the part of believers that you need religion to be ethical. Some of them point out that the is no shortage people big on belief and short on ethical behaviour. Some terrible things have been Read more