Civil Union Amendment Bill: Pro Forma Submission

By Adv Nadene Badenhorst, Legal Counsel of FOR SA Comments have been invited on the Civil Union Amendment Bill, which seeks to force State-employed marriage officers – potentially against their conscience and religious beliefs – to solemnize same-sex marriages.  (For...

Comment Invited on Draft Code of Conduct for Religion

By Adv Nadene Badenhorst, Legal Counsel of FOR SA The COGTA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has decided (for now) not to adopt the CRL Rights Commission’s proposed recommendations for the regulation of religion. Instead, COGTA recommended (as unanimously requested...

Land Expropriation and The Religious Community

By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA Land expropriation is a highly political and emotionally charged issue.  Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) is closely monitoring this area since it clearly has the potential to impact on the religious community. ...

CRL Still Set On (State) Regulation Of Religion

By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA In February this year, the COGTA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee issued its Report on the CRL Rights Commission’s Report on the “Commercialisation” of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems.  In a nutshell, while...

Greater Access to Porn, and Less to Religion

By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA The Films and Publications Amendment Bill (commonly referred to as “the Internet Censorship Bill”) adopted in the National Assembly on 6 March 2018, is a mixed bag.  On the positive side, the Bill contains provisions...

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