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Sunday, March 27, 2005

In Pursuit of Peron

Until yesterday, with only passing interest did I watch the persecution of Jim Peron. I had wondered idly why this man should generate such venomous zeal in those who pursue him. Yesterday, I got a clue.

If my memory serves me correctly, one of the names proudly “outing” itself as a member of the Locke Foundation was one of the same I saw engaging in strident and vitriolic criticism of the Presbyterian Church of NZ on its members’ chat room a couple of years ago. Only trouble was, the name wasn’t a member of the church and failed to disclose this until fundamentalist rocks had been thrown at all and sundry. Turned out to be a member of what some choose to call an extreme fundamentalist sect, which had broken away from the real Presbyterian church a year or so earlier but still wanted to have a few bob each way by masquerading as members on the website.

Seems the modus operandi hasn’t changed. Is the pursuer of Jim Peron in fact really an extreme fundamentalist sect whose theology would sit well with the Taliban?

One of the things I learnt from living for some years in semi outback Australia is that, no matter what a person’s history, it is none of your business and you take him or her at face value until he or she does the wrong thing. That’s why there are few “plastic people” in the bush. Whatever Mr Peron may or may not have done many years ago, the nutters and zealots who are harassing him should go to the police with their evidence of wrong doing, let the proper authorities handle the matter and KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT.

For me, the saddest irony in the affair is that I find myself writing of these events on the very day Christians the world over celebrate the triumph of good over evil, brought to us by the very man who had committed no wrong but was persecuted and executed for his ideals and who demonstrated the real value of true grace and forgiveness.

The Pharisees are alive and well in Southern NZ.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 3/27/2005 12:46:00 PM


Anonymous ZenTiger said...

Well said.

3/27/2005 09:34:00 PM  

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