Posts Tagged ‘Secularism’

Is the secular state a good fit for Pacific Island nations?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The general-secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea Victor Roche, says in the 1970s, the Catholic Education Services joined the Government to form an association of equals in a unified system of education in PNG. He said this partnership had lasted but now there was little respect shown to the church by Read more

NZ’s first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster marriage celebrant

Friday, March 11th, 2016

A member of New Zealand’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been approved as a marriage celebrant The first ‘Ministeroni’ Karen Martyn, from Wellington is certified as a marriage celebrant for the niche religion, whose followers believe the world was created by a god made of spaghetti and meatballs. Karen Martyn defended against her Read more

The Flying Spaghetti church approved to solemnise marriage

Friday, December 18th, 2015

A groundbreaking New Zealand decision has led to a few disturbances in the fabric of religious time and space. The registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery has approved the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an organisation to solemnise marriages. Massey University professor of history Peter Lineham has questioned the decision by the registrar-general and Read more

New Zealand’s perception of itself way off the mark

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Asked how many people in 100 they believed did not affiliate with any religion, New Zealanders responded 49 people. In fact, 37 out of 100 people do not affiliate with any religion. Religious affiliation was one of the 11 features surveyed. This response is just one of the questions posed in an Ipsos MORI Perils of Read more

Dawn karakia, not Christmas, the problem

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Trust is not doing away with Christmas, says its chief executive Dr Mary Dawson. “To those who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a very happy Christmas. To those who do not, “season’s greetings”. The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay, says “All very laudable in a way, though an Read more

St Benedict’s church window featured on Christmas stamp

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The $3 Christmas stamp issued by New Zealand Post features one of three windows portraying the Nativity story in St Benedict’s Church in Auckland. The window portrays the three wise men from the east, the Magi, being lead to the Christ child in the stable in Bethlehem. Other stamps feature stained glass windows from St Read more

100s of non-Catholic children on Catholic school waiting lists

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Expectant parents are registering their unborn children with Waikato church-run schools in a bid to ensure a place for them when they turn five. Hundreds of non-Catholic children are already registered on Catholic school waiting lists in Hamilton city alone and this has Hamilton Diocese planning a new primary school north of the city. The Read more

Bible in Schools provider granted right to join legal battle

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The county’s largest Bible in Schools provider has won the right to weigh in on a legal stoush over religious instruction in primary schools. The Churches Education Commission (CEC) was granted a say in the landmark case in the High Court at Auckland today. The spat is between Jeff McClintock, who says his daughter was Read more

Believers and atheists join in opposing school Bible lessons

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

About a dozen protesters from the Secular Education Network (SEN) picketed outside the High Court at Auckland on Thursday in support of the McClintock family. A SEN spokesperson, David Hine, said the group of protesters included atheists who wanted no religion to be taught in state schools, as well as religious people who believed all Read more

UK judge likens aggressive secularism to Tudor persecution

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

A former top UK judge has likened efforts to oust expression of religion from the public square to Tudor-era persecutions. Sir Michael Tegendhat said soaring numbers of lawsuits involving religion pointed to an increasing denial of human rights. Sir Michael was the UK’s top libel and media judge until he retired last year. His comments Read more