Author: Adv Nadene Badenhorst

Landmark case for Church as lesbian minister refers case to Constitutional Court

It has just come to our attention that Ecclesia de Lange (“De Lange”), the lesbian minister who was discontinued from the Ministry of the  [Methodist] Church [of South Africa] following her announcement that she intended to marry her same-sex partner (as she later did) in 2010, has referred her case to […]

Growing intolerance and discrimination against Christians

Constitution guarantees the right not to be unfairly discriminated against on the ground of one’s sexual orientation A recent news article in the Citizen reported that a soon-to-be-wed gay couple was turned away at a wedding venue because of the religious beliefs of the owner who is a Christian.  (http://citizen.co.za/319347/gay-couple-turned-away-wedding-venue/).  […]

Significant court victory in battle against TV porn

In what has been described as a “counter cultural victory”, the Western Cape High Court on Monday, November 3 reviewed and set aside the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) decision to authorise the broadcasting by StarSat (formerly Top TV) of three pay-to-view pornographic channels on South African television, and […]

SCA rules in favour of religious rights, church autonomy in gay minister ousting appeal

In a major victory for religious rights and the autonomy of the Church in South Africa, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this week held that “… a proper respect for freedom of religion precludes our courts from pronouncing on matters of religious doctrine, which fall within the exclusive realm […]

Advocacy experts equip SA Christians to make a difference in society

Last weekend, Christians from different sectors and interest groups in society gathered in Stellenbosch to learn about Christian advocacy and be equipped to bring about godly change in their different spheres of influence. The Advocacy course, which was presented by the Stellenbosch Theological Institute (www.stionline.org.za), gave excellent opportunity to identify […]