Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

Doing violence in God’s name Comments 0

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Blaise Pascal once wrote: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” How true! This has been going on since the beginning of time and is showing few signs of disappearing any time soon. We still do violence and evil and justify them in God’s name. Read more

Porn is fine — yeah right! Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

I was in my teens when a sudden rush of sexual publications became available, thanks to a change in censorship law. The Left-wing bookshop where I worked bought boxes of them, mostly lurid black and yellow-covered paperbacks of Robert Burns’ jaunty poems about fornication, The Kama Sutra, and The Perfumed Garden. We possibly made a profit for Read more

Faith based communities have a role to play in reducing crime and violence Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016
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Addressing the causes of crime  and violence in the Great Suva area by could be assisted by the greater involvement of faith based communities. This was one of the solutions offered by participants in Fiji’s first ever discussion on crime and violence Members of faith-based organisations and NGOs gathered in Pacific Harbour in Serua On Read more

Trouble after cleric calls officials monkeys, devils Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2016

A Catholic radio station is facing state pressure after it aired a homily in which a priest called South Sudan officials “monkeys”, “criminals” and “devils”. Bakhita Radio aired a homily by a South Sudan priest, Monsignor Racco Taban, in which he criticised officials for their role in recent violence in Wau. Civilians were targeted on Read more

Four Sisters beaten by thugs dressed as policemen Comments 0

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Four Sisters and two security guards were beaten up and robbed allegedly by 12 armed criminals in full police uniforms in their own house outside of Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province. The incident happened on Sunday May 8 between 9pm and 10pm in Bihute, several kilometres outside of Goroka town where the Catholic Sisters from Read more

Voting in church buildings keeps order in Samoa election Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The orderly and peaceful way Samoa’s general election took place has been ascribed in part to a decision to have most polling booths in church buildings. The Samoa Observer reported that the decision “contributed largely to absence of violence and unruly behaviour in most villages”. The presence of church pastors at voting places also helped Read more

German police call for refugee segregation by religion Comments 0

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

German police have called for refugees to be housed along religious and ethnic lines after a series of mass brawls in emergency accommodation. Last week, a fight between up to 200 Syrians and Afghans in a Leipzig shelter turned into a running battle with residents using table legs as clubs. In Lower Saxony, police reported Read more

Pornography, violence and entitlement Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015

A young woman stands in a room with several men around her. She tells the men that she is taking women’s studies at university. They respond by grabbing her throat to silence her. They move onto slapping her and pulling off her clothes. The scene that follows is too graphic to recount. After the men Read more

Churches challenged to champion elimination of violence Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia aims to work ecumenically to eliminate all forms of violence – at home and in the community. They  hope to work with other churches in the future to champion the elimination of violence in all forms. Diocesan secretary/registrar John Simmons said there was a need to tackle the issue and Read more