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Posted inReligious News

New Zealand’s ARISE Church found a way to punish the investigator they hired

Reading Time: 5 minutes The ARISE Church in New Zealand, after an independent review of abuse and misconduct, is refusing to pay the legal bills of the person they hired to conduct the independent review of abuse and misconduct… even though her legal problems were a direct result of the investigation. Last year, the problems at ARISE became news […]

Posted inReligious News

Leaked investigation into New Zealand’s ARISE Church reveals widespread abuse

Reading Time: 5 minutes An independent review of abuse and misconduct by New Zealand’s ARISE Church has finally been leaked online after repeated attempts by church leaders to formally suppress the material. The report, which was put together after speaking with 545 people connected to the evangelical megachurch, details numerous instances of sexual and physical abuse, financial shenanigans, and […]

Posted inLGBTQ

NZ lawmakers ban conversion therapy after impassioned speech by Deputy PM

Reading Time: 4 minutes In six months’ time the dangerous and despicable practice of conversion therapy will be outlawed in New Zealand after lawmakers today (Tuesday) voted to ban discredited, mainly faith-based attempts to “cure” homosexuality. After hearing an emotional speech by Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, who opened the third reading of the proposed ban, Labour, the Green […]

Posted inClimate Crisis, Politics

Meanwhile, in a Country with Decent Leadership…

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Zealand, on the right side of history. Important, given that 11,000 scientists have just warned: The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing […]

Posted inThe Secular

‘No Religion’ Overtakes Christianity in New Zealand Census Stats

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yup, it’s finally happened. New Zealand is now officially almost a majority nonreligious country, statistically. This has been a result of the stats going both ways – the nonreliguious proportion growing and the Christian proportion shrinking. As TVNZ reports: The number of New Zealanders with ‘no religion’ has officially surpassed the number of people who […]

Posted inPolitics

NZ’s Ardern vs Trump

Reading Time: < 1 minute Jacinda Ardern is the Labour Prime Minister for New Zealand. Although she has riled some with her raising of taxes (my brother-in-law ain’t too happy), she is doing some good work in raising the reputation of her country, certainly within the realm of younger or more media hip people. Here is an interesting comparison of […]

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