Posts Tagged ‘religious prejudice’

Rosaries are flying off the shelves

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Online shops that sell rosaries have reported a boost in sales following a controversial article published in The Atlantic magazine that attempted to link the Rosary to right-wing extremism in the United States. Daniel Panneton claimed, “The rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or ‘rad-trad’) Catholics.”  Read more

Baptism-Gate: the strange case of a misplaced pronoun

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Everyone from The New York Times and USA Today to National Public Radio and local news outlets covered the story. A priest has performed thousands of baptisms incorrectly over more than 20 years because he used the wrong pronoun. The coverage was largely one-sided and inaccurate. It appeared to be driven by an agenda rather Read more

Muslim shop owner told his religion is ‘evil’

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Muslim shop owner, Nureddin Abdurahman, of Kilbirnie, Wellington, filmed a woman who came into his store and told him the Koran was an evil book and it was a shame he was a Muslim. Read more Watch the video

It’s OK to be politically incorrect about religion

Friday, March 20th, 2020
the book of mormon

Religion as a whole is “ruthlessly mocked” in the musical comedy The Book of Mormon which has begun playing in Auckland. Richard Hunter, communications director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Pacific region has questioned why Mormons were frequently the butt of jokes about religious groups. “The opportunity for the Read more

People who swear make better friends

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Gail Gordon Donegan, a Democratic activist is among new appointees to the Virginia Council on Women. She has a history of making derogatory attacks on Twitter, including telling author Cornel West to “f— off and die,” and making jokes about Catholics and Catholic priests and pedophilia. She defended herself by saying “Psychological studies show that people Read more

The uncomfortable history of religion in New Zealand cartoons

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Last week the NZ Cartoon Archive at Wellington’s Alexander Turnbull Library published Mike Grimshaw’s Bishops, Boozers, Brethren & Burkas, which looks at religion in New Zealand through the eyes of the country’s cartoonists from the 1860s to the present day. Grimshaw’s book shows that the events of 15 March in Christchurch were not simply an Read more

Kmart claims ban on Christian words a ‘system error’

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
ban on christian words

Kmart is under fire for banning words ‘Jesus’ and ‘Church’ on their photo kiosks while ‘Islam’ and ‘Mosque’ are OK. Australian Kmart customers Anthony Dorsett and his wife, Marelynda, were attempting to print photographs for a church group in a kiosk at Kmart. They found that certain Christian-related words — including “God,” “church,” “Jesus,” “Jewish” Read more

Hate speech could prevent political activist from speaking in New Zealand

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
hate speech

Canadian Lauren Southern, described as a “far-right political activist, internet personality, and journalist associated with the alt-right,” is advertising a show in Auckland. She was banned from entering the UK in March after antagonising Muslims by displaying flyers reading “Allah is a Gay God” and “Allah is trans.” Unlike in the UK, a hate speech Read more

New Zealand politics isn’t as anti Catholic as Britain’s

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Ever wondered why Britain has never had a Catholic prime minister? There’s no constitutional barrier preventing it. So why hasn’t it happened? The most likely answer is that there remains a residual suspicion of Catholics that dates back to the bloody power struggles between Catholic and Protestant contenders for the throne several centuries ago.  Continue Read more

Facebook post linking Orthodox Jew with meal deal pulled

Monday, May 8th, 2017

An Auckland bar’s Facebook post which advertised a meal deal and accompanied it with the photo of an Orthodox Jew saying “now that’s a bargain” has been removed. The post was put up on De Post Belgian Beer Cafe’s Facebook page on Saturday morning advertising a platter and drinks for $45 deal.  Continue reading