Posts Tagged ‘Religious diversity’

NZers have a way to go with acceptance of diversity Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

“Following March 15 we have had a little time to take a breath,” says the child and adolescent psychiatrist Hinemoa Elder. “A chance to look at some of the ways we need to remember and be remembered. “It is a line in the sand: This our baseline. The only way from here is up.” Elder Read more

Decline in religious studies problematic for creating social cohesion Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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The study of religion has rapidly fallen into decline in New Zealand universities says Massey University’s Dr Wil Hoverd. “This follows a general trend occurring across the country, where religious diversity has been collapsed into broader discussions of biculturalism, ethnic diversity and superdiversity.” He says the result has been that “we lack the expertise to Read more

Surge in interest in the Muslim faith following attacks Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Muslim leaders are welcoming the chance to dispel myths about the faith, as more Kiwis reach out. They’re reporting a surge of interest in the religion in the wake of the Christchurch attacks. Ikhlaq Kashkari, president of the New Zealand Muslim Association, is delighted. He says everyday Kiwis are entering mosques for the first time Read more

Muslim and Catholic schools perform haka and waiata in tribute Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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On the weekend, a Catholic school that lost one its old boys in the Christchurch mosque attack paid tribute by performing a haka and waiata. And on Wednesday At Al-Madinah School in Māngere, Auckland, a haka, prayer and waiata rang out at an assembly to remember those affected by the Christchurch mosque shootings. St Thomas of Read more

Does God want religious diversity? Abu Dhabi text raises questions Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019
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That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing. Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, a leading authority for many Sunni Muslims, stepped into the debate Feb. 4 when they signed a document Read more

Minority faiths face discrimination in workplace Comments 0

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Some employees who belong to minority faiths face discrimination because of their beliefs. Employers find it okay to employ Buddhists and Hindus but are wary of hiring Muslims, an AUT study has found. Indian Christians in the research faced the least barriers, and acknowledged the benefits derived from having westernised names, a Western dress sense Read more

Fiji Schools: What’s in a name? Comments 0

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The Attorney General of Fiji Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had drawn a distinction between schools with ethnic names and schools with religious names. He says schools with ethnic names are not fully inclusive of other races but schools with religious names are OK. Speaking at Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School prize-giving ceremony in Voloca, Dreketi, he said, “Take Read more

Meat industry representatives attend World Muslim Forum Comments 0

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Meat industry representatives were busy at the World Muslim Forum in Auckland at the weekend. Meat Industry Association chief executive Tim Ritchie says he was there to show people at the forum how seriously New Zealand takes the halal – and that we have good systems and processes to ensure the meat is prepared as Read more

Law and Religion Conference in Samoa Comments 0

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A law and Religion conference was held in Samoa at the beginning of May. The main purpose of the conference was to look for ways to ensure the establishment of robust relationships that would promote religious freedom and tolerance and mutual respect for different churches and faiths, including, a sensitivity to and respect for, local practices. In his Read more

Mormons are Christians? Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

In the United States, Mitt Romney, one of the contenders for the Republican nomination for President, is a Mormon. This has given rise to a heated discussion about whether Mormons are Christians. The panelist on National Radio’s Afternoons with Jim Mora last week seemed puzzled that anyone would think otherwise, but there are many who Read more