Posts Tagged ‘Religious freedom’

Cardinal Bo: Let us pray for Hong Kong Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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On behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, I call on Christians of all traditions and people of all faiths, throughout Asia and the world, to pray for Hong Kong, and indeed for China and all her people, with great insistence. The government of China has imposed a new national security law on Hong Read more

Asian Bishops’ Conferences concerned about new Hong Kong law Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is concerned about China’s new security law in Hong Kong. In a statement, Cardinal Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar and president of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences says the bishops are calling for Christians to pray for the people of Hong Kong and China. China’s President Xi Jinping Read more

China increasing measures to repress religions Comments 0

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The communist government in China is increasing measures to repress religions, including its mass detention of people. These and other measures to repress religions are part of China’s accelerated sinicization that clamps down on freedom of religion, according to the US State Department’s 2019 International Religious Freedom Report. The annual report released last week, says Read more

Inconsistent restrictions undermine sacred freedoms Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
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Unprecedented times have led to previously unseen disruptions for Christian congregations across New Zealand. COVID-19 has not only greatly impacted our economy and daily lives but has also altered our patterns of worship, fellowship, and faith. We should all feel proud of the success we have been able to achieve together during this crisis. However, Read more

At Waitangi Cardinal Dew calls for tolerance and inclusion Comments 0

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Cardinal John Dew preached a message of religious tolerance, inclusion and acceptance when giving the homily on Waitangi Day. Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, urged New Zealanders to recommit to protecting the beliefs of followers of all religions and of non-religious people. Preaching at the interdenominational church service at Waitangi on Thursday, Dew recalled the Read more

Trump administration considers tying foreign aid to religious freedom Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Trump administration is considering tying foreign aid payments to how countries treat their religious minorities. Politico first reported the plan, which is currently being drafted as an executive order, which President Trump has yet to see. Critics argue the move is merely a political one, an effort to shore up support from evangelical Christians Read more

Hong Kong Christians fear religious freedom could be ‘gone forever’ Comments 0

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Hong Kong Christians fear freedom of religion could be “gone forever” despite the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill and leader Carrie Lam’s efforts to ease tensions in the administrative region. Christians and pro-democracy supporters are worried the Chinese government could make another attempt to ramrod legislation in Hong Kong that would specifically target the Read more

Religious exemptions targeted in anti-discrimination rally Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

A Brisbane rally to oppose anti-discrimination exemptions for religious groups will be held this weekend. The proposed legal changes could see organisations owned by religious groups, such as schools, hospitals and aged care facilities, be given the right under federal law to legally expel students and fire staff on the grounds of sexual orientation, trans Read more

Street preacher claims his free speech right was taken away Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

A man whose religious public address in Whangārei upset some listeners says the police interfered with his right to free speech by asking him to shut up. During a 20-minute fire-and-brimstone sermon in Cameron St on July 20, ”street preacher” Grant Edwards hurled denigrating comments at passers-by and people seated nearby. As well as telling Read more

Christchurch Mosque survivor addresses religious freedom summit Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Farid Ahmed, a survivor of an attack on his mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand spoke at the opening of the US State Department’s second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Tuesday (July 16). He emotionally recalled having to go home after the March 15 mass shooting and tell his daughter that her mother would no Read more