On Tuesday 17 November, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA), along with leaders from various religions and faith communities, participated in a meeting convened by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (“CRL Rights Commission”, a state institution established in terms of Chapter 9 of the Constitution) to discuss the Commission’s controversial investigation into the “commercialization” of religion and abuse of peoples’ belief systems.
In this 20–minute interview, Nadene Badenhorst (FOR SA’s Legal Counsel) speaks to Kingfisher FM regarding some of the most pressing threats to religious freedom and the autonomy of the Church in SA.
FOR SA recently made headlines when the Sunday Argus (20 September 2015) reported on the organisation’s application to the Constitutional Court, for admission as “Friend of the Court” in the case of Ecclesia de Lange v Methodist Church of SA.
In 1946 Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor who narrowly escaped execution at the hands of the Nazis, wrote this provocative poem:
“First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out…