Posts Tagged ‘religious prejudice’

People who swear make better friends Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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’ Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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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 Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
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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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Related Read more

Sikh council candidate’s billboard defaced Comments 0

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The first Sikh to run for a place on Hamilton’s city council has had his billboard defaced with the name Isis in black paint. Yugraj Singh Mahil is pictured on the billboard with another candidate Anna Casey-Cox. Both are first time candidates in the city’s east ward, standing as part of the Community Voice group. Read more

Religious NZers more tolerant of Muslims Comments 0

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Results from a research project in New Zealand suggest that, in that country, communities of religious non-Muslims are a key resource for bridging the Muslim acceptance gap. The researchers were interested in the drivers of prejudice and tolerance towards Muslims, says Associate Professor Sibley, a member of the research team. “New Zealand is an incredibly diverse, Read more

Joe Bennett and the Pope Comments 0

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

An Anglican theologian and blogger, Bosco Peters has replied to a “letter” NZ columnist Joe Bennett wrote to the Vatican suggesting it forget about the theology and just focus on being nice. Bennett gave a big thumbs up to Pope Francis, saying, “Whatever Pope ‘Tubby’ Francis has, we need to bottle it”. But he advises the Pope, and presumably Read more

Bishop attacked by street preachers in Lae Comments 0

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Bishop Christian Blouin of Lae Diocese was attacked last month in Lae, Papua New Guinea. According to the Catholic Professionals Society of PNG (CPSPNG) president, Paul Harricknen, the bishop was attacked when he tried to stop some street preachers carrying pictures of the Pope and cardinals and abusing the Catholic Church. “When the street preachers Read more