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Why SCOTUS said a school coach could pray on the sports field

Introduction: The Supreme Court of Appeal of the United States of America (“SCOTUS”) has recently handed down some landmark judgments on freedom of religion cases.  Following on from their decision in the case of Carson v Makin (which concerned the State of Maine...

Why SCOTUS said Maine could not discriminate against religious schools

Introduction: Recent weeks have seen the Supreme Court of Appeal of the United States of America (“SCOTUS”) tackle a variety of religious freedom cases. One of those cases was Carson v Makin, which concerned the State of Maine (the State) giving a general public...

Update on Recent or Current Religious Freedom Issues and Cases

* The cases and issues in which FOR SA is / has been involved, are marked with a star (*). POLICIES & BILLS Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill* Parliament’s Basic Education Portfolio Committee opened the Bill for public comment until 15 June 2022. The...

FOR SA letter to Health Minister re repeal of regulations

21 June 2022 Dear Honourable Minister, RE:  REPEAL OF REGULATIONS ON THE CRITICAL CONTROL MEASURES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 – EFFECT ON DRAFT HEALTH REGULATIONS Your letter dated 20 June 2022, addressed to the MECs of Health, refers. It appears from your...

SAHRC does not have the same powers as Public Protector

Introduction: The South African Human Rights Commission (“SAHRC”) was in the news recently, following a judgment by the Mbombela High Court in Mpumalanga. The judgment deals with whether or not the SAHRC has binding powers. Facts: The SAHRC bought the case to the High...

What you need to know about Government’s new Marriage Policy

Introduction: Since the initial announcement by the Department of Home Affairs that it was planning to establish a policy foundation for regulating all marriages in South Africa, FOR SA has been fully engaged to help ensure – in particular – that the right to...

Erosion of religious freedom rights: International and local trends

FOR SA was founded in 2014, after the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) told a local Cape Town church to stop teaching certain Bible Scriptures and to send its pastoral staff for sensitivity training.  Since then, there have been multiple situations -...