I am gob-smacked. I watched the 6pm news last night (a rare occurance for various reasons) and there were three articles that would have struck me as a funny coincidence, if they weren’t happening in my own country:
The central government (spear-headed by Sue Bradford) want to outlaw any corporal punishment in "fundamentalist christian" schools.
Teachers are complaining about increased danger to themselves in classroom.
The Ministry of Education are "clarifying" a "guideline" that outlaws prayer in schools.
Duh! If the teachers cannot punish effectively, they cannot maintain discipline and therefore teach.
My understanding of the method the schools use is to call in the parents to administer the punishment. Sue Bradford has a Private Members Bill before Parliament at the moment to take away that parental right. This is another attempt to remove it.
Central government has a role to perform. The production of "public good" works, such as street lighting, is an example. Their role is not to impinge on the government of the family. They should stay out of the home. Let me elaborate. There are many forms of government:
Church, Social Club, Sports Bodies
Each of the above forms of government have legitimate purpose, but the Central government’s incursion into the home is an illegitimate use of power.
Central government has removed God from secular education. There is any increase of violence being perpetrated by the students. A causal link? I think so! The removal of moral restraint leads all people (adults, children) to increase of immorality.
The separation of Church and State is a fine ideal when it’s applied both ways: Government should not tell Christian Schools how best to educate their own children.
Finally, who says prayer is not allowed in schools? Schools were founded by Christians! This guideline is an attempt at rule by steath: nobody has voted to ban prayer. This action is an attempt by a goverenment department to implement a law that was never debated in Parliament. It is wrong. It should be resisted and challenged.
Alternatively, Homeschooling is about the only option left to raise children free from this government’s socialist (godless) agenda.
Built from a jaw bone that was conceded by many to be quite human.
Scientifically built up from one tooth, later found to be the tooth of an extinct pig.
The jawbone turned out to belong to a modern ape.
Supposedly 500,000 years old, but all evidence has disappeared.
NEW GUINEA MAN
Dates away back to 1970. This species has been found in the region just north of Australia.
At the Int’l. Congress of Zoology (1958) Dr. A.J.E. Cave said his examination showed that this famous skeleton found in France over 50 years previously is that of an old man who suffered from arthritis.
One of the earliest and best established fossils is at least equal in physique and brain capacity to modern man…so what’s the difference?
This genius thinks we came from a monkey. “Professing themselves to be wise they became fools.” Romans 1:22
The recent events in the Middle East, my friendship with some deluded individuals, the blantant lies told in the media, have all conspired to force me to take this step to attempt to set the record straight.
I am a reasonable man, confronted with unreasonable lies.
I am a Gentile (non-Jewish) believer in YHWH, confronted with anti-Semitic vitriol.
I am a Kiwi, far removed from the daily hatreds that fuel the middle east.
I am determined to tell the truth, to stand up for the following beliefs:
That Jesus Christ is Lord
That Fundamentalist Christianity is Peaceful
That Fundamentalist Islam is Not Peaceful
That Fundamentalist Judaism is missing the Messiah
That America is not the Great Satan
That democracy is good
That creation is reasonable
That evolution is unreasonable
Stay tuned for many posts to follow, with links proving my assertions.
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