Posts Tagged ‘freedom of religion’

Is Ardern preparing her escape route from hate speech laws?

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
hate speech

On the campaign trail last year, Ardern raised eyebrows when she blithely told journalists she expected “wide support” for expanding existing hate-speech laws to include religion. When asked whether sexual orientation, age or disability could be included, she said, “Yeah.” The Prime Minister, who had just unveiled a memorial plaque at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, Read more

Freedom of religion according to Thomas Jefferson

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Much blood has been shed during human history in the name of religion. Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826) knew this all too well. Here are Jefferson’s very words: “Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned” (“Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVII,” 1781-1782). It Read more

Imam says proposed constitutional change may affect aid

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

An imam in Samoa has questioned whether the proposed constitutional change to reinforce Samoa as a Christian country would mean it would no longer do business with non-Christian countries. Imam Mohammed Bin Yahya said there are a lot of non-Christian countries that give aid to Samoa. “Will they say no aid because you are not Christians, keep Read more

Dawn karakia, not Christmas, the problem

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Trust is not doing away with Christmas, says its chief executive Dr Mary Dawson. “To those who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a very happy Christmas. To those who do not, “season’s greetings”. The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay, says “All very laudable in a way, though an Read more

Church leaders welcome review of Indonesian religion laws

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Catholic leaders in Indonesia have welcomed an announcement that the government will review religion laws that critics say restricts constitutional protections to religious freedoms. “The most important thing is that freedom of religion and of worship guaranteed in the constitution must not be narrowed with regulations that can create problems,” Father Guido Suprapto, the Indonesian Read more

Persecution a global threat to Christianity

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Christianity is in danger of ceasing to be a truly global faith as increasing numbers of its followers flee violence and persecution across swaths of the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report. “Christians are fast disappearing from entire regions – most notably a huge chunk of the Middle East but also whole Read more

$40,000 for man sacked because of his religious beliefs

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A Seventh Day Adventist man has been awarded $40,000 after he was fired as a result of his religious beliefs. He had refused to work on Saturdays because it was against his faith. Mark Meulenbroek had worked since 2004 at an Invercargill company that installed TV and audio systems, and was considered a model employee. Read more

Eritrea bishops take risks to issue protest

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Four Catholic bishops in Eritrea have taken a huge risk in issuing a statement criticising conditions in their nation. A 2014 Human Rights Watch report described the African nation as one of the most closed countries in the world, where human rights conditions are “dismal”. Indefinite military service, torture, arbitrary detention and severe restrictions on Read more

Catholics oppose proposal to ban non Christian religions in PNG

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The spokesman for Papua New Guinea’s bishops has condemned a proposal, introduced in parliament, by the governor of one of the Papua New Guinea’s 22 provinces, to ban non Christian religions. Last Friday, Hela province  governor, Anderson Agiru, moved a motion to carry out a nationwide consultation on the question of religious freedom and whether to Read more

The place of religious education in school

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Last week’s Westminster Faith Debate examined religion in schools in Britain. But there’s a danger that we get so sucked into our own national preoccupations that we lose perspective. My work on research and policy extends into Europe, and I want to give a wider European perspective to the United Kingdom debates. Above all, I suggest that Read more