Should churches pay rates?

Should churches pay rates?

Recently Auckland Council reviewed the rates paid by religious organisations. While the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, enacted by the central government, has placed limits upon Council’s discretion by specifying categories of property that are fully...

Thinking about Islam

I’ve been thinking about the recent discussions about Islam. The issue seems to be: what policies are needed, if any, to respond to 1) the growth of Islam in the west and 2) Islamic terror from a Rationalist and/or Humanist perspective? Here are my thoughts from a...
Humanist Conference to be held in August

Humanist Conference to be held in August

New Zealanders are increasingly stating that they have no religious affiliation. We’re fast approaching a tipping point where non-religious beliefs and values will be held by the majority. So, what happens in a country when the beliefs and values we share are based on...
Little to end Blasphemy Law

Little to end Blasphemy Law

Justice Minister Andrew Little has introduced legislation to repeal Blasphemous Libel, listed in the Crimes Act. The last prosecution for Blasphemous Libel was in 1922, but was unsuccessful. Publisher John Glover was prosecuted after publishing a poem concluding with...