Once again, Fiji church leaders have raised objections to the establishment of a secular state based on erroneous representations of what secularism means, this time in Fiji. In what seems to be the first salvo in an election campaign leading up to the 2014 elections there, senior Catholic and Protestant clerics have come out against provisions in the recently adopted Constitution that declares Fiji a secular state, in which religion is deemed “personal”. It was reported in the Fiji News [on] 7 December 2013 that “the Catholic and Methodist Church do not think Fiji is ready for a secular state”, declaring that religion is not a personal, but a public matter.
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- Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 19:09
- Written by Meg Wallace
- Created on Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:58
- Written by Super User
The Kea was chosen as our mascot because of it's inquisitive and intelligent nature. A unqiuely New Zealand bird it represents everything we want to see in our children and our community. Kea are creative, inquisitive, intelligent, curious and brave. The Kea is not simply a cute character, it is a symbol of the attitude that will grow a strong and adaptable community.
- Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:17
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The inaugural event for the Reason and Passion group will be a talk by Dr Kerry Spackman about 'Systems of Morality'. There will be a 20-30 minute talk by Kerry followed by an opportunity for the audience to pose questions. We will then move into something more social so people can get to know each other a bit.
Spackman is author of the best selling book 'The Winner's Bible' and was the winner of the 2009 Kea World Class Award for Creative Thinking. In 1992 he received the NEEDA Award for the Most Significant Electronic Export.
You can join the group at Meetup.com. It is being held at the Owen G Glenn Building at Auckland University at 7pm in room B5. Parking is available under the building.
- Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:05
- Written by Peter Harrison
A parent at Red Beach Primary School has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over the religious instruction program called 'Values in Action' run by the school. McClintock says that when he picked the school he did so over other schools in the area with religious programs. Despite the school not making it clear that the 'Values in Action' program was religious in nature McClintock was suspicious of the program and attended it himself. It was after seeing the class that he opted his daughter out. After sending written instruction opting out his daughter was still included in religious instruction.
His son is now approaching school age, and while the school has made a minor change to the forms used to seek permission for children to attend religious instruction they have not addressed the discrimination experienced by children who opt out. Children who do not take part were treated in a similar way to detention. Young children feel that they are being punished and have little understanding of why they are being excluded.