The destruction at Palmyra and the dangers of our ‘image of God’

by Frances Correia

ISIS has again captured the world’s attention, this time with the execution of 82 year old Khaled al-Asaad, who worked for 40 years as the head of antiquities in Palmyra, and the destruction and looting in Palmyra. The destruction of a world heritage site, of a site that offers us a glimpse into the beliefs and lives of people who lived centuries ago, and the savagery of an old man’s execution, has stirred up a strong response of revulsion throughout the world.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones – But Rubber Bullets?

By Grant Tungay SJ

There was a tense stand-off this week between police and a crowd of parents gathered at Roodepoort Primary School. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has closed the school, following a feud about the appointment of a new principal at the school. When buses came to take the students to other schools, some parents reportedly prevented the students from boarding the buses, saying that they would rather have the school re-opened or at the very least to have the students attend the nearest schools in the area – these being Witpoortjie or Discovery. 

Religion: We don't need no regulation by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

By Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

A Pretoria pastor who has been ‘blessing’ his congregants by making them eat ants, rats, snakes and even grass has sparked a call for religions to be regulated by the Culture, Rights and Linguistic Communities Commission. Chairwoman Thoko Xaluva said she would propose regulation to stop people like ‘snake pastor’ Penuel Mnguni of the End of Times Disciples Ministries. The SPCA has also laid charges against the self-proclaimed prophet. But is regulating the religious sector really the way to deal with wayward pastors and can the sector actually be regulated? 

Article written for and published by Daily Maverick on 14 August 2015 

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