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Site Changes, July 2017:

Religious Group News, June 2017:

  • The particular school bullying issue mentioned below at the end of last month has taken another step, with the school's lawyer threatening legal action against the father, and that they would get the police involved – not to sort out the bullying, but to sort out the father being a nuisance. Much commentary Off Siteon Stuff. Update: And more reaction in Off Sitethis article.

Site Changes, June 2017:

Religious Group News, May 2017:

  • Providence Church (aka Jesus Morning Star) is the Korean cult making the news in New Zealand this month. The Off SiteNZ Herald reports on the nuisance they're making of themselves, with a suggestion from a former member that they may be doing more recruiting in preparation for the release of the founder from prison in July this year.
  • The rules behind a Muslim female-only netball tournament at a Muslim girls' school in Mangere, Auckland, have annoyed one father who cannot watch his two daughters play netball. Off SiteThis NZ Herald article says "organisers say it's important for the girls to have a "secure environment" to play sport." Secure from what? One of the organisers (a woman) is quoted as explaining "we hold this especially for our Muslim girls so that it gives them a chance to play with just people who are also covered like them. ... some parents are very strict". (She also explained that each team is allowed to have one non-Muslim player if they're short on numbers.) It's hard to know what to make of this. Is the tournament a way of working around oppressive Muslim restrictions thereby allowing girls to participate in sport in at least some way, or is it simply promulgating those restrictions and promoting religious separatism? The annoyed father shared his opinion: "When segregation and separation happens based on gender only – and where there is no cultural or religious reason to support it, it needs to be stopped by identifying it for what it is."
  • Cults use fear and intimidation to control, as do school bullies. In a Off SiteStuff article about a father's response to the lack of action of a primary school to stop the continuing bullying of his daughter, commenters share their own stories of relentless bullying. Enough is enough. Schools need to act to stop bullying.

Site Changes, May 2017:

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