Posts Tagged ‘homophobia’

Auckland college apologises to rival school over ‘appalling’ social media post

Monday, August 15th, 2022

A leading Auckland secondary school has apologised to a rival college after a rugby supporter posted on social media an offensive message containing homophobic slurs. Sacred Heart College in Glendowie was forced to apologise to Pakuranga’s Saint Kentigern College over the offensive message. Stuff understands it was posted by a student-run Sacred Supporters Instagram page Read more

Teachers asked to sign anti-gay contract

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Teachers at a controversial Christian school in Brisbane are being asked to sign employment contracts that warn they could be sacked for being openly homosexual. The Citipointe Christian College is at the heart of yet another scandal after a former teacher lost his job for refusing to sign the document last month. The private primary Read more

Vatican intervention in Italian “anti-homophobia” law “unprecedented”

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Vatican intervention in Italian law

The Vatican has intervened with the Italian state in a proposed “anti-homophobia” law, saying that the legislation violates freedoms of the Catholic Church in Italy. Local media have called the Vatican’s intervention in Italian law “unprecedented” in the history of the relationship between the two states. According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, a Read more

Banned extremist preacher planning a trip to NZ

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Steven Anderson, an extremist Christian preacher from the United States, is planning a visit to New Zealand. Anderson made headlines last month when he attended a ‘Make America Straight Again’ conference in Orlando, Florida. In his YouTube post, he said he now planned to conduct a soul-winning and preaching event in New Zealand. He just Read more

No room in the church for extremist anti-gay views

Monday, July 15th, 2019

In February two gay men were assaulted by Joden Martin who claimed he was offended by the fact that Aziz Al-Sa’afin and his friends were standing beside a church. When Martin appeared for sentencing in the court last Friday, Al-Sa’afin said there is no place for extremist views in the church. Martin’s lawyer had said Read more

PM defends Folau’s right to religious freedom

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is vowing to bring in new laws to protect religious people after rugby star Israel Folau was sacked for sharing a message from the Bible. Morrison says he wants to make a bipartisan deal to bring in the new laws. When asked if he thinks Folau has been persecuted for Read more

Church must renounce biblical-based homophobia

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Israel Folau’s now notorious declaration that queer people (“homosexuals”) are going to hell is not only harmful to our queer and takatāpui youth, it is also theologically incorrect. But it is not just Australia experiencing an overtly public wave of religiously motivated homophobia. Brian Tamaki, controversial leader of Destiny Church and co-founder of the Coalition Read more

Atheist plots to save his Catholic country

Monday, April 29th, 2019

A dozen Virgin Mary figurines decorate Robert Biedron’s office in Warsaw. What draws Biedron to the statuettes of Mary is their diversity, while they all carry the same message of hope for believers. He is a gay atheist who wants to pull his country back into the European mainstream Read more

Facebook homophobia video says Eucharist smells like hate

Monday, April 16th, 2018

A video on homophobia posted in Facebook that parodies the Eucharist and says it tastes “like cardboard” and smells “like hate” has drawn criticism from Bishop John Keenan of Paisley. He said the video posted by BBC Scotland “is ridiculing and demeaning the faith of ordinary Catholics, especially at a time when Catholics are experiencing Read more

Vatican outrage – earthquakes not “God’s punishment for same sex unions”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Vatican outrage has condemned a Dominican Friar’s statement that the recent Italian earthquake sequence was a punishment from God for same sex unions. Same sex unions became legal in Italy last month. Friar Giovanni Cavalcali said the disasters are a result of original sin. In his view they are a “divine punishment” for “the offence Read more