Author: Michael Swain

When religious practitioners and organisations go wrong — Michael Swain
Opinion

When religious practitioners and organisations go wrong — Michael Swain

By Michael Swain, executive director of Freedom of Religion South Africa How greater levels of voluntary and self-regulatory accountability can effectively resolve problems It seems that every day there is another article or TV exposure of some so-called pastor or prophet doing something that is either outright criminal or borderline at […]

Land expropriation and the religious community
Opinion

Land expropriation and the religious community

Land expropriation is a highly political and emotionally charged issue. Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) is closely monitoring this area since it clearly has the potential to impact on the religious community. We therefore want to bring a balanced perspective to our constituency so that we have a […]

The religious community must find solutions to its own problems — Michael Swain
Opinion

The religious community must find solutions to its own problems — Michael Swain

The COGTA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee recently held meetings to allow for input by the religious community into the CRL’s Report on the “Commercialisation” of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems. These meetings were attended by a significant number of denominations, churches and major organisations from the Christian community. Many […]

Double standards on free speech — Michael Swain
Opinion

Double standards on free speech — Michael Swain

In a recent “open letter”, Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest tennis players of the modern era and a well-known LGBT activist, slammed former tennis great Margaret Court for her comments on same-sex marriage and an article she wrote expressing concern that a child born to a high profile lesbian […]