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Friday, September 09, 2005

Outright Lies #14

The Greens are claiming the EB brochures are filled with outright lies. I'm having a look at the claims, one by one, to see how the EB may have formed their opinion.

Outright lie #14: Create 'rainbow' communities. Legalise adoption for same-sex couples.

In December 2004, Nandor made a speech on the Civil Unions Bill. He acknowledged the Closed Brethren Church in being here for the duration of the debate. He went on to say how important it was for the Civil Union Bill to go ahead, and how it in no way weaken traditional marriage. He used the argument that, in the past, "and across times and cultures marriage has included polygamy, incest and paedophilia."

So why worry, right? What harm can a civil union do? Well, lets just go with the flow, and say, no big deal and good on same sex couples. But now along comes legalising adoption for same sex couples. With my EB hat on for just a moment, I can see their point. They are worried about a steady decline in what they see are essential points in morality. (remember, we are allowed different opinions in this country - so stay with me on this) It is one thing to allow same sex couples equal marriage rights, but to now allow the adoption of children into such families, where they cannot create children by the blessing of God - I can see why they thought this is creating a destructively permissive society.

First, Just civil unions. Next, adoption of children into an atypical family. What Next? Bigamy? Nandor suggested it: "and across times and cultures marriage has included polygamy, incest and paedophilia.

The Greens seem to celebrate the more diverse we get:
The human family encompasses a rich diversity of ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities and sexual orientations. Upbringing, education and circumstance further add to our diversity. The Green Party embraces this human diversity. New Zealand society is enhanced by each step it takes along the path from prejudice to appreciation to celebration of diversity.
It is clear the Greens support adoption by same sex couples. Slam Dunk. On the first point, you can hardly credit the Greens with "creating" rainbow communities. A more apt word would be "supporting" or perhaps "encouraging" rainbow communities. But I think we'd be quibbling. The moral debate is a tricky one, and we are all entitled to our views. The Greens have clearly expressed theirs and the EB's were pretty much correct, yet again.

Verdict: Guilty

Posted by ZenTiger | 9/09/2005 07:50:00 pm