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Religious exemption clause in Hate Speech bill ‘will only protect sermons’
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Religious exemption clause in Hate Speech bill ‘will only protect sermons’

At Parliament on May 30 2018, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) attended a briefing by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice regarding the proposed Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (“the Bill”). This briefing followed certain amendments made […]

Comment invited on draft Code of Conduct for Religion
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Comment invited on draft Code of Conduct for Religion

The COGTA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has decided (for now) not to adopt the CRL Rights Commission’s proposed recommendations for the regulation of religion. Instead, COGTA recommended (as unanimously requested by the religious community during the meetings before Parliament), that the religious community be granted an opportunity to come up with […]

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 […]

Lack of transparency on ‘Hate Speech Bill’ a concern, says For SA
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Lack of transparency on ‘Hate Speech Bill’ a concern, says For SA

  The surprise tabling of the contentious ‘Hate Speech Bill’ in parliament this week raises serious religious freedom concerns writes Advocate Nadene Badenhorst of Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) in this special report. It has come to our attention that the controversial draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes […]

Encouraging signs for religious freedom as state regulation proposal gets no support
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Encouraging signs for religious freedom as state regulation proposal gets no support

Parliamentarians who met on Tuesday to discuss their response to a report by the CRL Rights Commission calling for religious licensing expressed support for an appeal by the religious community to regulate its own affairs. This week’s verbal responses by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) […]

FOR SA raising R1m to appeal spanking ruling
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FOR SA raising R1m to appeal spanking ruling

Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) says it will need to raise in the region of R1-million for legal costs for its appeal against the High Court judgment which removed “moderate and reasonable chastisement” as a common law defence that parents could use against a charge of assault. “Appealing this […]

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 […]