THREATS to FREEDOM of SPEECH
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
On Wednesday, 15 February, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FORSA) hosted a meeting at His People in Goodwood, Cape Town, to discuss potential threats to religious freedom posed by the Hate Speech Bill and the CRL Rights Commission’s proposals to regulate religion.
The Ugly Truth About Fifty Shades Darker
Movie Glamorizes Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse
The second movie in the scandalous Fifty Shades of Grey franchise – Fifty Shades Darker is being advertised as a “romantic” movie timed for release just before Valentine’s Day (at cinemas on 0 February). Pro-family groups have warned that, just like the first film, Fifty Shades Darker is one of the worst pornographic glamorisations of sexual violence to be released on the big screen and have revived the #50shadesisabuse campaign to expose this.
The mass media and throngs of women are swooning over the twisted “love story” Fifty Shades of Grey, and now Fifty Shades Darker but this cultural phenomenon’s impact on society will serve only to glamorize sexual violence and romanticize domestic abuse.
20 Years of Abortion in South Africa: Has the Church Grown Silent?
On 1st February 1997 abortion on demand was legalised in South Africa. The "Termination of Pregnancy" Act was probably the most controversial and unpopular piece of legislation to be enacted in South Africa.
At the time, the Ministry of Health reported receiving hundreds of thousands of submissions concerning the proposed legalisation of "abortion on demand". Over 98% of these submissions opposed the legalisation of abortion. Tens of thousands marched to Parliament to, amongst other concerns, oppose abortion. Scores of delegations, and thousands of submissions to the Constitutional Assembly also implored the authorities not to legalise the killing of pre-born babies. Many surveys and opinion polls confirmed that the vast majority of South Africans were against abortion.
The Christmas Truce
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On Christmas Eve 1914, a spontaneous cease-fire was observed across the whole of the Western Front. The Christmas Truce of the First World War, a singular event unprecedented in the history of warfare, initially received widespread media coverage in the New York Times of 31 December 1914, followed by British newspapers, such as the Mirror, The Illustrated London News, and the Times, which printed front page photographs of British and German troops mingling and singing Christmas carols.
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