Family Integrity # 129 — Pansy Wong wants to hear from you

Well, friends, MP Pansy Wong is here asking for our opinions. Let’s give them to her.


Craig Smith
National Director
Family Integrity
PO Box 9064
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Ph: (06) 357-4399
Fax: (06) 357-4389

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Pansy Speak: A logical debate about smacking

Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 9:25 am
Column: New Zealand National Party

A logical debate about smacking

Judging by the large number of emails asking me to support or vote against the ‘anti-smacking’ bill, the deadline for a decision must be
just around the corner.

The contentious bill in question is Sue Bradford’s Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill, which
repeals Section 59 of the Crimes Act.

Section 59 allows parents or guardians who are facing charges of using force against a child the legal defence that the force is justified as
long as it is reasonable in the circumstances.  Over the past 10 years there have been a handful of reported high-profile cases where parents or guardians were acquitted of charges by using Section 59 as their defence. This left many us dumbfounded because bruises or welts were clearly visible on the tiny bodies shown in the photos.

These high-profile cases have served as the catalyst for this bill and have led to vigorous debate.

The debate has been extended to the ‘cycle of violence’ and the need for this to be broken. It’s difficult to argue against this, and most people would agree that no violence should be inflicted on children.

I doubt very much that in cases where Section 59 has been used as a
defence that the parents or guardians involved knew that there was such a defence open to them. It’s more likely that their legal counsel came up with the defence after the violent act was carried out.

Therefore, revoking this clause could serve as punishment for those offenders but I doubt that scratching the clause from law will act as a
deterrent to those who use force against their child. In most cases where children are the victims of violence they live in horrific circumstances where drugs, alcohol, dysfunctional relationships and poverty are all a part of daily life.

This bill offers the blunt option of revoking Section 59, which only offers two choices, change or maintaining the status quo. In two recent
polls, one in Stuff and other published by The Dominion Post, 84% and 82% respectively supported retaining Section 59. Other polls have also reflected this trend.

The Dunedin Multi-disciplinary Health and Development Unit study has also shown that parents and guardians are able to deliver appropriate
physical discipline.

Some 1,000 children have been tracked since they were born in Dunedin during 1972 and 1973. The latest interview was conducted in 2004 when the study members were 32 years old. Eighty per cent said they’d been physically punished at home during their childhood, 29% had been only smacked, 45% had been hit with an object such as a strap or wooden spoon, and 6% had suffered extreme physical punishment. The study also found that the 29% who were only smacked had ‘similar or even slightly better outcomes’, in terms of aggression, substance abuse, adult convictions and school achievement, than those who were not smacked.

Those who support repealing Section 59 argue that ‘smacking’ a child would not lead to parents or guardians being charged because that
decision would be with the police. There is an assumption that common sense will prevail, yet, if that was true then offenders who had left
cuts and welts on their children’s body wouldn’t be acquitted under the current legislation. So much for common sense!

Do we really want our over-worked police to be called in to decide whether to prosecute, or not, each time a case is reported? Involving
police in domestic situations without clear guidance will only make the situation even murkier and undermine the goodwill that exists between
police and the communities they work in.

How will making our police define what’s smacking, and what’s not, move the debate along any further? It only pushes the issue further down the line because it’s not resolved.

In the current climate, where the Government is increasingly interfering with our personal lives, many are fed up with the notion that they can’t be trusted to exercise their own judgment.

What do you think? Should Section 59 be repealed or not? Is there a middle ground for this issue? Please email your thoughts to

Pansy Wong


Family Integrity #128 — I’ll pull my Bill — Yes, please!

I’ll Pull My Bill, Bradford Warns

11:57 am, 11 Oct 2006

Green MP Sue Bradford warns she will withdraw her bill removing protection for parents who physically discipline their children if a parliamentary majority tries to dilute it by defining reasonable force.

As a select committee considers whether to change the bill before reporting it back to Parliament at the end of the month, Otago University researchers have published a study finding that children who are smacked lightly with an open hand grow up unharmed.

Opponents to the bill say it will criminalise good parents who occasionally smack or restrain their children, and Ms Bradford has already said she would consider an amendment to make clear that parents who restrain their children to protect them or others are not breaking the law.

However, she said today it would be "very, very dangerous" as a result of this sort of research to try to define what sort of hitting or smacking was acceptable.

Trying to define reasonable force would be the worst thing that could happen to her Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill, which would amend the Crimes Act to remove the defence of reasonable force should a parent be charged with
assaulting their child.

She said she would withdraw the bill if there were the numbers in Parliament to support a definition of reasonable force, built around
open-handed smacking.

"It would destroy the bill, and I would withdraw it," she told National Radio.

"Any attempt to define what is acceptable use of force against violence children actually undermines everything we are trying to do," she said.

It would not protect children, would give parents a blueprint of what was acceptable violence and undermine education programmes.

"And basically it would make the law even worse by saying our society actually condones these forms of violence against children, these are

The research did not change the rationale for her bill which was to completely repeal Section 59 of the act so violence against children was
not legitimised.

She was quite happy to agree that children who got the odd light smack were probably not harmed, but looking at one act of violence on its own was not enough, she said.

The select committee was trying to write the bill to reassure parents that the intention was not to have parents who occasionally smack their
kids prosecuted.

Ms Bradford said she did not know if there was enough support for the bill to pass a second reading.

Some parties are giving their MPs a conscience vote on it.

We could hardly ask for more! Continue to apply pressure to your MP to dump the Bill.

Craig Smith
National Director
Family Integrity
PO Box 9064
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Ph: (06) 357-4399
Fax: (06) 357-4389

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Family Integrity # 127 — CEOs often smacked as children

CEOs often were spanked as children

From Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

Question arises of paddling’s role in achievement

Gannett News Service
October 10, 2006
The debate about whether CEOs are born or made remains unresolved, but there is one thing they overwhelmingly have in common.
As children, they were paddled, belted, switched or swatted.
Child psychologists wince at such a finding. They warn that spanking slows mental development and achievement. They say the last thing
parents need in the back of their minds is a suggestion or justification that the rod is the road to vision, ruthless drive and other leadership
traits common to CEOs.
USA Today interviewed about 20 CEOs during three months and, although none said they were abused, neither were any spared.
Typical is General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner, 53. He got an occasional "whack in the fanny," while growing up in Richmond, Va., but said he had it coming and that it probably had no influence on his life as a high achiever.
"I probably deserved it more," Wagoner said.
The Securities and Ex-change Commission does not require CEOs to disclose childhood paddlings, so USA Today ambushed them with the
question during interviews about other topics. A handful declined to respond, but most CEOs answered, albeit through forced smiles.
"Very, very rarely," said Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers, 56, the son of two doctors. "I’m from Charleston, West Virginia. My dad was firmer than my mom."
Some CEOs had more heavy-handed parents. Dave Haffner, the CEO of Fortune 500 manufacturer Leggett & Platt, said he was familiarized with his father’s belt about six times per year. That includes the time Haffner, then 8 or 9, kicked down the screen door after his brother
locked him in the basement.
Is there some connection between corporal punishment and corporate leadership? Most CEOs think spankings played little or no role in their
success but usually could cite important lessons learned. "I’m disciplined, detailed and organized," Haffner said.
Mark Cuban, 48, says he was spanked one or two times but does not remember why. He went on to become worth $2.3 billion, rich enough to buy toys such as the Dallas Mavericks NBA team.
"I got the ‘this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you’ speech from my dad. I don’t think spankings influenced my life one way or the
other," Cuban said.

A generational thing

University of New Hampshire sociology professor Murray Straus, the author of "Beating the Devil Out of Them," has been studying corporal
punishment since 1969 and says it comes as no surprise that almost every CEO was spanked. They mostly grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. Although the systematic use of corporal punishment has declined, 90 percent of toddlers still are spanked at least once, he says, and a 1998 Gallup Poll found that 55 percent of parents agreed with the statement "A good hard spanking is sometimes necessary."
But Straus said evidence points to corporal punishment as detrimental. If some spanked children grow up to be successful, even billionaires,
it’s like saying, go ahead and smoke because two-thirds of smokers don’t get lung cancer, he said.
Incidences of CEO spankings go well beyond anecdotal research. Re-tired General Electric CEO Jack Welch wrote in his 2001 memoir, "Jack:
Straight from the Gut," that his mother, Grace, was the family disciplinarian. When Welch skipped altar-boy practice, she whacked him with a shoe.
Eve Tahmincioglu interviewed 55 CEOs about their backgrounds for her book "From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top." The book includes chapters about things such as how CEOs attacked their first jobs and how they overcame bad bosses, but chapter one is called "Parents: Less Carrot, More Stick."
She found that most CEOs had tough disciplinarians as parents. Among those who told Tahmincioglu that they had been spanked were Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, Shell Chemicals Executive Vice President Fran Keeth, Alliant Energy Resources former CEO Erroll Davis, SCO Group CEO Darl McBride and United Way CEO Brian Gallagher.

Have you written/emailed your MP today yet?

Craig Smith
National Director
Family Integrity
PO Box 9064
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Ph: (06) 357-4399
Fax: (06) 357-4389

Our Home….Our Castle

Family Integrity #125 — Press Release and audio track by Family Integrity: Smacking may be beneficial

Smacking may be beneficial

Oct 7, 2006
Lobby group Family First is taking heart from new research suggesting a smack with an open hand does not harm children, or lead them to become aggressive or antisocial.  The Dunedin multi-disciplinary study, which has tracked 1000 children since 1972, found parents who were lightly smacked as children tend to handle their own kids in much the same way.
Family First spokesman Bob McCroskie says it is evidence the anti-smacking bill should be dropped.  McCroskie says the home-grown research shows a smack with an open hand does not do harm and can even be beneficial.
McCroskie says there is a huge difference between a light smack and child abuse and most parents are aware of that.

Saying Yes to Discipline in the Home

Re: Saying No to Abuse in the Home

Once again, the anti-smacking gang have conveniently and consistently confused “reasonable use of force” (i.e. smacking) with “abuse” (i.e. the bash).  I strenuously reject Arihia Bennett’s position that section 59’s sole purpose is to provide a defence for the parent who is prosecuted for assault of their child.  This is down-right dishonest.  The section does not excuse abuse.  It does prevent communist busy-bodies like her from redefining smacking as abuse, then taking my children because I train my children with morals and values that are different from hers.

Make no mistake: if the vote goes against Parental Authority, then more children will be taken from perfectly functional families and placed into dysfunctional state “protection.”  Who does this benefit?  The state agencies, of course.  Who funds Barnardos?

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"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD… Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." – Leviticus 23:34, 42-43

The Feast of Tabernacles, or Succoth, begins on the 15th of Tishri and lasts for eight days. This year Succoth will begin on October 7th. The word Succoth (also spelled Sukkot) means "booths", and refers to the temporary dwellings which are built and inhabited during the festival. This feast commemorates the 40 years that the nation of Israel wandered in the desert before entering the Promised Land. The Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of Booths, as it is sometimes called, is a joyous holiday and a time of feasting.

It is fascinating to visit Israel at this time and observe them build their temporary "booths" in the traditional way, leaving deliberate gaps in the branches to view the stars at night, and for the wind to blow through during the day. This is intended to remind them of the wilderness wanderings.

At the end of the eight days, they leave their temporary dwellings to return to their permanent homes. (This is one of the reasons some suspect that this feast, rather than the Feast of Trumpets, is suggestive of the Rapture of the Church.) This day, traditionally, is the day that Solomon dedicated the first Temple.

This feast also involved a daily processional to the Pool of Siloam to fetch water for the Temple. This ceremonial procession is the setting for the events of John 7, where Jesus offers them "living water." This procession involved four types of branches: the willow, the myrtle, the palm, and a citrus (Leviticus 23:40). The willow has no smell and no fruit. The myrtle has smell, but no fruit. The palm has no smell, but bears fruit. The citrus has both smell and bears fruit. This sounds reminiscent of the four soils of the first "kingdom parable" of Matthew 13, doesn’t it? The prophetic implications of this climactic feast are many. Most scholars associate it with the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom in Israel. To learn more about the Jewish about this subject, listen to our briefing package titled The Feasts of Israel.

The Torah – the five books of Moses – describes seven feasts on the Hebrew calendar. Three feasts are in the spring, in the month of Nisan: Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of First Fruits. Most Bible scholars believe that the first three feasts are prophetic of the Lord’s First Coming. Then fifty days later there is the Feast of Weeks, Shavout, also known as Pentecost. The feast of Pentecost is predictive of the Church. Pentecost is notably the only feast in which leavened bread is ordained. There are three remaining feasts in the fall, in the month of Tishri: the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. The fall feasts are prophetic of the Lord’s Second Coming.

If you take the time to study the feasts of Israel I think you will be amazed by numerous prophetic parallels you’ll uncover. At times the tasks and rituals described in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Leviticus, may seem laborious or even inapplicable to Christians today. However it is important to remember that every number, every place name, every detail, every jot and tittle found in scripture is there for our learning, our discovery, and our amazement. Truly, our God is an awesome God!

[Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a three part series on the fall feasts of Israel.]

Related Links:

 • The Feasts of Israel – MP3 Download – Koinonia House


Over the last few years we have watched closely as the European Union has emerged as a growing world power. Europe‘s economy has grown steadily and can boast of a GDP larger than the United States‘. The EU now encompasses more than 460 million people, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Arctic. Next year it will expand its borders east all the way to the Black Sea.

The foundations of this powerful alliance were laid in the aftermath of World War II, when much of Europe lay in ruins. In order to prevent another bloody war, steps were taken to unite the nations of Europe politically and economically. In 1951 six countries (Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands) signed the Treaty of Paris – which created the European Coal and Steel Community. In March 1957 these same six nations signed the Treaties of Rome, which created the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community. These three multinational organizations were collectively referred to as the European Community. The six original members were then joined by the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark in 1973, Greece in 1981, and Spain and Portugal in 1986.

In June 1993, a milestone treaty was signed in the city of Maastricht, Netherlands that made the Treaty of Rome obsolete. The Maastricht treaty established the basis for a common currency, a common judiciary, a common foreign policy, and a common military. So by the time Austria, Finland and Sweden joined in 1995, the European Community had transformed itself into the European Union.

In 2004, two years after the launch of euro banknotes and coins, the EU welcomed 10 new member states, bringing the total number of members to 25. Bulgaria and Romania have signed accession treaties and are set to join the EU next year. Meanwhile, Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, and several of the Balkan states have also petitioned for membership.

Constitutional Struggles

While the borders of Europe expand, the battle over the new constitutional treaty continues. The current draft of the European Union Constitution is an enormous document (474 pages in the English version) that is supposed to streamline the government. All 25 nations were supposed to ratify the document before next month’s deadline. However both the French and the Dutch have voted to reject the constitution.

The defeat of the constitution, particularly in France, catapulted the European Union into crisis mode. The French rejection has left many wondering what will happen next. Although Europe‘s politicians have been hesitant to admit it publicly, it is clear that the European constitutional treaty is dead in the water. So what happens next? The consensus seems to be that French and Dutch voters have done little more than simply delay the inevitable. Efforts are already being made to resuscitate the constitution – several of Europe‘s leaders have suggested implementing the changes by drafting a treaty that could be approved by national parliaments, effectively sidestepping around unpredictable national referendums.

The Rise of the Euro

Despite some setbacks, the European Union continues to grow both politically and economically. The value of the euro has risen steadily since entering circulation in 2002. Today the euro is challenging the dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency, a privileged status that has been held by the dollar ever since the Bretton Woods agreement over 60 years ago. It has been suggested by some that the European Union may be the revived Roman Empire. Thus it is interesting to note that the introduction of the Euro is the first time since the days of Caesar and the Roman Empire that Europe has had a common currency, others have tried, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte, but none were successful.

At present, approximately two thirds of world trade is conducted in dollars and two thirds of central banks’ currency reserves are held in the American currency – which remains the sole currency used by international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. This confers on the US a major economic advantage: the ability to run a trade deficit year after year. US always spends more than it earns, whereas the rest of the world always earns more than it spends. A rapid move away from the dollar towards the euro could have a disastrous effect on the US economy.

The strength of the dollar is closely related to the fact that oil, the most important commodity traded in the world, is priced in US currency. The majority of countries that are oil importers have to buy their oil in dollars, which forces them to keep most of their foreign currency in dollars. However that could change.

In recent years the movement toward buying and selling oil in euros has been gaining momentum. Both the Iranian and Russian parliaments have recently discussed adopting the euro for oil sales. Russia has already entered into negotiations with Germany over the establishment of an exchange to sell oil futures in euros. Furthermore, statistics recently published by the oil cartel OPEC show that Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer of oil. Meanwhile, Iran has proposed the establishment of an international commodity exchange for the express purpose of trading oil, petrochemicals and gas in various non-dollar currencies, including euros.

It would seem that the European Union is positioning itself to surpass the United States as the dominant world power. We will continue to observe with anticipation the historic developments taking place in Europe. There are still many obstacles the European Union must face on the road to solidarity, but in the eyes of some they have already accomplished the impossible. The once impenetrable wall between east and west, communist and free, is now gone, and in its place is a growing economic and political force.

Related Links:

 • Europa Rising: Rebuilding the Empire – DVD – Special Offer!
 • EU Constitution a Priority Next Year – EU Observer
 • EU Heading for Single UN Seat – EU Observer
 • Europe Hits Six Year Record in Economic Growth – EU Observer


Homosexual rights is still a hot issue across the country, causing controversy in many states as legislators and voters fight the normalization of gay and lesbian behavior.

In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed two bills last week that would have promoted sensitivity training in favor of homosexuals in state schools, and would have "integrated tolerance training" into history and social science classes. Had the bills passed, students would have had to both accept homosexuality as normative and would have been required to advocate on behalf of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism.

"Schools should be centers of learning – learning the fundamentals of education such as reading, writing and arithmetic," said Meredith Turney, the legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute. "Instead, the legislature has focused on advancing a radical social agenda in public schools. Hopefully, next session the legislature will make educating – not indoctrinating – students a priority."

In early September, Governor Schwarzenegger also vetoed a bill which would have prevented schools from using materials that reflected negatively on homosexuality. He did, however, sign a bill August 28 that would force any religious colleges, with even just one student attending on state funds, to promote homosexuality et al.

Across the country in Massachusetts, Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly ruled last week that same-sex couples in Rhode Island are free to marry in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized gay marriages in the state in 2004, but Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made sure only Massachusetts couples could take advantage of the decision. He directed clerks in municipal offices to not issue marriage licenses to any out-of-state same-sex couples. To back up his decision, he cited a 1913 law which said Massachusetts could not marry couples if the marriages would be illegal in their own states. Rhode Island, however, does not explicitly outlaw same-sex marriage, and so Judge Connolly decided the 1913 law did not affect Rhode Islanders. Rhode Island is not required to recognize the marriages, but Massachusetts can no longer deny couples a marriage license. The decision does not affect any other states.

Meanwhile, eight states have a ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot for this November. Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee are expected to easily pass the bans. Gay and Lesbian activist groups are campaigning hard in Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, and Wisconsin to keep the bans from passing in those states. Wisconsin is considered an especially fierce battle state because the law there would also outlaw civil unions, and because gay rights activists don’t consider Wisconsin to be particularly influenced by religious groups. Twenty other states have already passed bans on gay marriage.

As we consider all these issues, it is important to remember that homosexuals are human beings for whom Christ died. They are our brothers, our cousins, our mothers, our neighbors, blinded by the deceptiveness of sin. As with any other sin, complete freedom is ultimately found in the love, forgiveness, and healing that is offered in Christ Jesus. We need to pray for our loved ones struggling with homosexuality, and continue to encourage them as they choose to follow Christ.

Related Links:

 • 2 More ‘Sexual Indoctrination’ Bills Vetoed – WND
 • Same-Sex Marriage Issues Across the Country – About
 • National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality – Ministry Homepage
 • Hosea, Can You See? – MP3 Download – Koinonia House
 • Being Faithful in a Faithless World – MP3 Download – Koinonia House



North Korea Plans to Conduct Nuclear TestOctober 03, 2006
North Korea announced Tuesday that it will conduct a nuclear test in the face of what it claimed was an "extreme threat of a nuclear war" by the United States. The declaration provoked alarm and condemnation from leaders around the world. AP

Russian Bombers Penetrate Buffer ZoneOctober 03, 2006
Russian long-range bombers flew within 15 miles of US airspace off
Alaska last week. Fully-armed U.S. fighter jets responded, intercepting the two bombers. Russian authorities confirm that pilots of the bombers made visual contact with the U.S. pilots during recent test flights, but they claim there were also regions where the bombers flew unnoticed. MosNews

US Boosts Israel Aid by Half a BillionOctober 03, 2006
US Congress has approved 500 million dollars for the development of joint defense systems with Israel, projects include the development of short-range missile interception system. Ynet News

Treasures Looted by Rome ‘Are Back in the Holy Land’October 03, 2006
A collection of sacred artifacts looted by the Romans from the
Temple of Jerusalem and long suspected of being hidden in the vaults of the Vatican are actually in the Holy Land, according to a British archaeologist. Times Online

Military Spending to Hit All-time HighOctober 03, 2006
Global military spending is expected to hit $1.06 trillion this year, topping the record set during the Cold War era. Reuters




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