Posts Tagged ‘Religious freedom’

At Waitangi Cardinal Dew calls for tolerance and inclusion Comments 0

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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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

Teacher fired for social media posts sues Catholic school Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

A Catholic school teacher whose social media posts espoused views contrary to those of the Church is suing the school, where she had worked for 16 years, for firing her. Elizabeth Cox is seeking financial compensation as well as reinstatement as a teacher at the school. The school has 30 days to respond to the Read more

Campus mission bell removed over concern it is a racist symbol Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The University of California, Santa Cruz has taken down a cast-iron bell that memorialized Catholic missions in the state after a Native American group argued it was a symbol of racism and oppression. School employees removed the bell from its spot outside the Hahn Student Services Building during a ceremony Friday. The school decided to Read more

New law bans religious symbols Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Quebec’s bishops fear a new law banning religious symbols in the public sector will ‘nourish fear and intolerance’ rather than contribute to social peace. The new law (formerly known as Bill 21) prohibits some government employees, including public school teachers, state lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols or clothing. However, the religious Read more

Freedom of speech, religious liberty, abortion, gender issues costly for Labor Comments 0

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