I Will Not Pray For Nelson Mandela

Atheism in a time of dying… Or, public relations and the life of an icon.  By Cornelius Antonie. Former president of South Africa and recipient of the Nobel peace award, Nelson Mandela, is spending time in hospital again.  At 94, every time he enters a health care facility there is sheer panic that it may […]

Elephants are Dying for Your Sins

An elephant had to die for your ivory crucifix, Islamic prayer beads or Buddhist amulet. Of all the “evil” in the world caused by religious belief and practice, threatening the existence of these majestic animals is one of the most ignored. According to “Ivory Worship”, a report by Bryan Christy published in National Geographic in […]

Cardinal Napier and a Mild Case of Paedophilia

“Paedophilia as a psychological illness, a disorder, not a criminal condition”, said Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban. In an interview with the Stephen Nolan programme on BBC Radio 5 live, the South African cardinal said that people who were themselves abused as children and then abused others needed to be examined by […]

Does religion have a monopoly on morality?

South Africa’s murder rate is currently placed 10th in the world. That is certainly an improvement, of sorts. We still proudly boast to have the worst rape statistics in the world, violence against children is one of our gravest social ills, and if you add other crime figures, few would doubt South Africa’s status as […]

Freedom of Religion vs Free Speech

The SA Human Rights Commission declared that the contents of a book called “Die Raadsplan”, by Pastor Willie Smit from the Free State based Living Hope Ministries amount to hate speech, and recommended that the Film and Publications board take steps to remove it from all distribution channels.  “I found the church publication offensive and […]