I really should stop reading this stuff. Today I read a opinion piece by Garth George in the New Zealand Herald titled:
His first point I agree with but not necessarily the conclusion (Yes there are issues but it is hard to know if it is really any worse than previous generations where much of the bad things were hidden and swept under the carpet):
The measure of a society’s soul is the way it treats its most vulnerable members – children, the elderly, the poor and the disabled – and on this measure we fail miserably.
His reasons however I disagree with as with his conclusion we should all get back to been good “Christians”. The underlying theme is that “feminists” and “homosexuals” are to blame for society’s downfall. In it he blames:
- No fault divorce
- Birth control pill
- Abortion – which he considers the number one evil
- Homosexual law reform
Perhaps a good start would be for parents to send their kids to Sunday school – any Sunday school. Then our next generations might at least resurrect their spiritual dimension, without which life is largely meaningless, and learn the timeless virtues and values that have throughout history make communities and nations great. It’s not much, but it would be a start.
Then this wonderful piece from “Femi-Nazis & Homo-Nazis Condemned By Silence” where Sandra Ashworth lays into “Feminists” and “Homosexuals” for not speaking out about the current rape case in Saudi Arabi
What of course is interesting is how they selectively quote part of Helen Clark’s press release:
In a recent media release addressing this situation with “dismay,” Helen Clark declared that “New Zealand fully respects the judicial system of Saudi Arabia.”
The original press release went on as follows:
Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she has asked New Zealand diplomats to raise dismay over the sentencing of a 19-year-old Saudi rape victim.
“New Zealand fully respects the judicial system of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and notes that the case is still working its way through the courts,” Helen Clark said.
“Nonetheless I hope that justice will prevail and that the young woman, who is the victim in this case, will be shown leniency by the Saudi judiciary.
One will note the different feel between the two quotes. Interesting New Zealand’s dismay has been very similiar to diplomatic responses from other Western countries.
The SOLO people again use the “Nazi” tag and from the soft touchy side one has to wonder what “evil” has occured to them to so dislike certain groups of people.