Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Speech’

Is Ardern preparing her escape route from hate speech laws?

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
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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

Israel Folau stands by social media posts

Monday, May 24th, 2021

An unapologetic Israel Folau says he has no regrets about his controversial religious views as he aims to resurrect his sporting career at an amateur Gold Coast rugby league club, with backing from billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer. The former rugby union and rugby league international has signed with Southport Tigers, who play in Gold Read more

Denmark’s law may force preachers to submit sermons to Government

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Denmark’s religious liberty and freedom of speech and expression are at risk, say the country’s Christian leaders. They’re protesting about a proposed law requiring leaders of all faiths to translate their sermons into Danish and submit them to the government. The new law, is primarily aimed at radical Islamic groups, but will affect all churches. Read more

Freedom of speech, religious liberty, abortion, gender issues costly for Labor

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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Well, he did it. Bill Shorten snatched defeat right out of the jaws of victory. Which is all the more embarrassing when you remember how he formerly introduced himself to Arnold Schwarzenegger as Australia’s next Prime Minister. But, incredibly, not only did all of the media pundits get the election result wrong, but so did Read more

Hate Speech – who decides what is insulting or offensive?

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has told Newshub that her government won’t ban criticism of religious groups, but it is reviewing whether New Zealand laws go far enough in stopping violence against them. Both ACT party leader David Seymour and Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki appear to agree that people should be allowed to express their Read more

Concern about curtailment of civil liberties after mosque shooting

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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New Zealand’s Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has not question the banning of the graphic video of the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch but they believe other moves go too far. In their recent newsletters and press releases, they say that the wake of terror attacks, governments often consider curtailing a number of civil liberties. “With that Read more

Hate Speech: MP wants media to have “duty of care”

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Labour backbencher Louisa Wall, is looking at the possibility of drafting legislation that would impose a “duty of care” on media organisations. In June she told the Herald on Sunday she would like a “duty of care” clause added to the Bill of Rights Act, so people could be held accountable for their use of free Read more

Everyone is allowed freedom of speech, everyone except Brian Tamaki

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Hannah Tamaki has hit back on Twitter, supporting a message from one of the church’s members that accused the gay community of double standards and hit out at bullies and critics of husband Brian Tamaki and Destiny Church. “The gay community want to be free to express themselves, to be accepted no matter what they Read more

Ban on prolife club at university like banning books say Bishops

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops (NZCBC) have expressed concern at the decision of Auckland University’s student Association (AUSA) to ban a ProLife Club. “The Catholic Church has learned through dark periods in our own history that banning free-thinking and persecuting those with different views is a shameful and retrograde step for society,” said Bishop Patrick Read more

Fiji: Methodists say proposed law will prevent accountability

Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill being considered by Fiji’s parliament will silence the essential independent accountability of agencies such as the media, civil society, religious organisations and others. This is the opinion expressed by the Methodist Church in its submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights last Thursday. The Read more