"Your hatred is intolerable"
Well, the Destiny march is over. Pictures are here and here and here
Georgina Beyer showed her face and spoke her mind to the Destiny supporters:
"Your hatred is intolerable, How dare you use the cloak of Christianity when you are imparting to your children more prejudice and discrimination towards people like me?"
Perhaps her hatred was intolerable, too. Sue Bradford called the Destiny black-shirters "facists".
So, anyone who disagrees with you and wants to exercise their democratic right to protest are haters and facists, are they?
And just because people are raising fists in the air or doing hakas, does that mean they are promoting hatred?
Still, there were unseemly events during the march, like "reporters" trying to thrust microphones into kids faces to find out what they thought about "standing up to the bad people."
At least Helen Clark didn't call the protesters haters and wreckers. Instead she commented on Brian Tamaki's offer to draft family legislation, "because I recall four years ago that he commented that having two New Zealand women leaders at the time was New Zealand falling for the work of the devil."
Helen Clark also noted that there were lots of kids in black tee shirts who were missing school.
However she didn’t comment about all the supporters of the bill who were missing school. That’s because she was glad they showed up. Many were from Wellington High School - the school that hosts Destiny Church's weekend services - predominately from the gay and lesbian group that wants Destiny kicked out of their school in the weekends, and aorganised a petition in which many students signed.
But these kids don't have a say as to who uses the school in the weekends - that’s up to the Board of Trustees who is happy to pick up the $600.00 paid by Destiny every week. But in order for a group to hire a school hall the contract says there "has to be tangible education benefits".
So what are these tangible education benefits - or doesn't it matter. Perhaps it’s a bit like the abortion laws that get flouted on just about every abortion where laws state that an abortion should only be done if it is detrimental to the woman's mental health. The laws are a farce.
But I digress. There has been a flurry of media releases pre and post march. The CHP's Ewen McQueen says this:
"Unfortunately many of our current political leaders believe the lie that they must be neutral about relationships. The Human Rights Act, they say does not allow us to discriminate. My answer to that is very simple. If the Human Rights Act does not allow us to do the very thing our society most urgently needs – to positively discriminate in favour of the institution of marriage – then the Human Rights Act needs to change.
Unfortunately some of our leaders are more committed to their ideological agendas than they are to facing the truth. They say we don’t have a problem with family breakdown in New Zealand, we just have increased diversity of family structure. 43,400 child abuse notifications is not diversity, it is a disaster, and it is completely unacceptable"
The Rev Margaret Mayman says attitudes from groups such as Destiny and CHP are not representatatve of the Christian church. But then, neither is hers. The only representatives of the church at Parliament today were the conservatives and liberals - the rest stayed away.
Dr Gill Greer, FPA executive director buddied up with the YWCA and AIDS Foundation in this release saying that the sexual orientation of a parent is irrelevant to the development of a child’s mental health and social development and the quality of parenting.
“It is a major concern to us that young people in New Zealand schools can be subject to disapproval, harassment, bullying and discrimination because of the standing of their parent’s relationship. Such discrimination on the basis of their parents’ status is in conflict with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
So how will a change of legislation alter bullying in schools? Someone tell me. And while you`re at it, name some poeple who have been bullied because of their parent's sexual orientation.
More people have been shouted at today by a politician due to their religious beliefs.