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 Post subject: Re: Family first
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Before we tell you about a superb book which we highly recommend, just a quick update on that book - "Into the River" - or Into the Sewer as we call it. Thank you to the hundreds of families who contacted the Censors office to protest their new (and liberal) classification of this objectionable book. The good news is that the Secretary for Internal Affairs has approved our application for leave to apply to the Film and Literature Board of Review to review the classification - again! We are also applying for an Interim Restriction Order on the book until our appeal is heard.

What is most concerning is the fact that lobbying by those in the book industry can pressure the Censor’s office to undermine the authority of the whole appeal process and the Board’s decision! We believe the Censor’s office has acted illegally. What other trash books will they be lobbied to sneak through? We'll keep you up to date with progress.

Now, on to a book which is definitely worth reading.....

Ryan Anderson was the keynote speaker at our Forum last week, and has just released his book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. He also did a short interview about the book which you can watch here: "Why the Marriage Debate Isn’t Over: An Interview With Ryan T. Anderson".

The book has only just been released in the U.S. in print. But we have advance copies at a very special price of $29 (including p&p). By purchasing a copy of the book, you'll be one of the first in the world to read it and be equipped and encouraged to speak up for marriage - and all profits will benefit the work and voice of Family First as we speak up for traditional marriage in the media and the public domain.

Chapters include:
* Men, women and children: the truth about marriage
* the consequences of redefining marriage: what's coming up next
* why four Supreme Court justices say that the Supreme Court go it wrong on gay marriage!
* why defenders of marriage should reject the 'bigot' label tossed around
* the false analogy of interracial marriage
* the victims
* why religious freedom matters
* the long view: we've been fighting against the Roe v Wade abortion law for decades but the pro-life tide is getting stronger and stronger. We should not put up the 'white flag' for marriage either!


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PARENT ALERT
'Sexuality' and 'Gender' Education in Schools:
Polluting the Minds of Our Children

We are constantly being contacted by concerned parents and being asked our opinion on the sex education curriculum in NZ schools.

We continue to warn ALL parents about:
* the new sexuality education guidelines which schools are now having professional development on,
* any programmes being run by Family Planning and Rainbow Youth,
* the new sexuality programme ‘Inside Out’, funded by the Government.

We have written to all school principals warning them about these programmes. They have also received copies of our reports mentioned below. We've had great feedback!

The fact that the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Education are funding and pushing this agenda with little parent involvement should concern us all. At the bottom of this special newsletter, we show you what you can do as a parent to protect your children.

1. SEXUAL POLITICS

Most schools along with the parents in the school community will rightly reject the extreme elements of the new sexuality education guidelines released earlier this year, and agree with us that resources should be targeted at parents to help them educate their own children. Primary school children as young as 5 will be indoctrinated with issues around ‘gender stereotypes and norms’, ‘sexuality and gender well-being’, ‘gender, sexuality and diversity’, and ‘gender and sexuality messages’. But most children that age - and older - simply want to play, eat and have fun. We should let children be children.
Parents will also object to these programmes targeted at children as young as five which undermine the role and values of parents, and resources which fail to take into account the emotional and physical development of each child and the values of that particular family.

Many schools will not work with Rainbow Youth because of their reputation – and rightly so. READ our research paper "R18: SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN NEW ZEALAND - A Critical Review". And watch our short episode of Family Matters below.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCmJerQ-5yI

2. GENDER POLITICS

Our children are being indoctrinated with the message ‘Gender refers to how you identify, someone can identify as male, female, in between, both, or neither.’ And the PPTA has told secondary schools that ‘Gender identity refers to what a person thinks of as their own gender, whether they think of themselves as a man or as a woman, irrespective of their biological sex.’ Schools are being bullied by government and advocacy groups in to adopting policies around uniforms, toilets, changing rooms, and sports teams rather than heeding the warnings and research of leading scholars and clinicians.

Among the implications of the proposals around so-called ‘gender’ issues in schools is that sex-specific facilities, including changing rooms, showers, toilets or sports teams may no longer be directed on the basis of a child’s actual biological sex. Students could pick the toilet or changing room or sports team or uniform of the gender with which they identify at that time. They give the opportunity, for example, for male students who pretend to be transgender an alibi to use girls’ toilets, showers, and changing rooms. But the expectation of parents and the children themselves is to see students of the same sex in places like changing rooms and showers.

READ the most recent example from the US where the government has told an Illinois school district that it violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions. How long before this happens in NZ? (Our understanding is that this is already a challenge for a number of schools and camps).

The ‘gender agenda’ will simply lead to confusion in schools. Ignoring biology is not a proper solution. What children really need is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other presenting emotional issues.

READ our report “BOYS GIRLS OTHER – Making Sense of the Confusing New World of Gender Identity”. And watch our short episode of Family Matters below.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDNBgcgG6S0

The report says: “Even while realising these issues are very personal and deeply felt and how they must develop empathy within us, it is unwise to allow emotions - regardless of how deeply felt - to drive the decision and policy-making process related to such issues. We must take a sober understanding and appreciation of what the leading scholars and clinicians have to tell us on these issues. Their voices should be heard more clearly and strongly than the various advocacy groups of any stripe” particularly as they impact our children.

Schools are keen to deal with the bullying issue but they are taking a full school community approach. Programmes like Inside Out are not inclusive, they are exclusive. They only focus on a very small group of students and ignore the far greater proportion of students who are bullied for the more common reasons of body image, racial background, disabilities, and academic success or failure. And of course the major prevalence of cyber-bullying. Unfortunately overweight students, students with acne or a speech impediment or a physical disability, or who are struggling academically, or students from a different culture don’t have a ‘lobby group’. Their cause is not politically sexy enough. But depression and suicide are also associated with these types of bullying.

But what is most ironic in all of this is that any student that doesn’t buy in to the group-think that is expected and dictated, even if it doesn’t affect the way they relate with other students, will immediately be bullied themselves with terms such as ‘homophobic’, ‘transphobic’, and ‘bigoted.’ Getting rid of all bullying is obviously not the key message of these groups.

3. SHODDY RESEARCH

What is also hugely concerning is that the basis for these programmes is based on what we can only call ‘shonky’ research. The Ministry of Education recently funded a study “Educating for diversity: an evaluation of a sexuality diversity workshop to address secondary school bullying.” by researchers connected with Rainbow Youth. The research is long on bias and short on hard data, including the following pitfalls:
non-random sample – targeted at just two schools that obviously support the agenda. One school who refused to be involved rightly said that parents would be concerned about the content.
there is no control group
the study looks at the impact on students immediately after a one hour session. No study of the long term effects
conflict of interest – researchers contracted by and advisers to Rainbow Youth
no peer review
Non-representative sample. 68% of the students were of Pacific ethnicity yet, according to the most recent Census, represent 7.4% of the population.
The students all self-reported with no exterior objective checks. And they know they are participating in a major pro-diversity study, immediately after a session of indoctrination!
This study is light years away from any kind of representative sample. This is what real researchers call “snowball and convenience samples.” That is like what a poor grad student would use.

So we have a non-longitudinal design, inadequate sample size, biased sample selection, and lack of proper controls, funded by the government, and being touted as evidence that ‘it works and it’s needed!’.

Disturbing. The 'agenda' is more important than the effectiveness.

4. ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMME WE DO RECOMMEND?

Glad you asked! Yes - we would recommend the Attitude programme for schools. Attitude – the youth education division of The Parenting Place (founded by Ian and Mary Grant) – has the objectives of encouraging mental and emotional resilience and helping prevent youth suicide, teen pregnancy, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and low self-esteem. They also offer parent and child presentations. Why not check and see whether the Attitude programme is being used in your child's school.

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?

Parental involvement is key, but parents are being excluded from the decision making process and development of most of the programmes we are warning you about, and that are being pushed in schools. That should concern all families.

We’ve written a summary of your legal rights HERE

But the bottom line is that:
* Schools MUST inform you in advance when these programmes are being presented, and
* You can withdraw your children from these sessions.

Parents/caregivers may write to the principal requesting to have their child excluded from any particular element of sexuality education in a health education programme. The principal is required to ensure that the student is excluded from the relevant tuition and that the student is supervised during that time.

We hope this information helps you make an informed decision. Most schools will rightly reject the extremist elements of this sexuality and gender material, but why not just make sure! Check whether your school Principal has read our sex education report and our gender report. We can send you a copy. Also remember that the Board of Trustees is a group of parents who are likely to share your concerns.

Please pass on this important information to other families.


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 Post subject: Re: Family first
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Go for it Family first and Bob Mckroskie , you are doing a marvelous job which others haven't the sprit to tackle. Hip Hip Hooray for family first in New Zealand .


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This is how socialism and state control works. Do it our way. We’re not interested in your views….
“At least 35 schools have turned down the Government's free lunch programme. The principal at Yendarra School recently explained she'd declined the initiative to protect community mana and self-sufficiency, and a Ministry of Education list released under the OIA shows that Greymouth's Cobden primary and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata composite school also declined the initiative to avoid developing a "dependency in their communities". Other schools refused the programme either because they were satisfied with the current provision of food to students, or they wanted a non-universal approach…. The cost is climbing toward a quarter of a billion dollars a year, in large measure because the schools that join the scheme must offer it universally to all students: everyone gets a free lunch or nobody does. It targets lower-decile schools and is set to cover close to 1000 of them by year end. Cabinet's direction is clear: anything short of universal provision would create stigma for those in need. But what if schools themselves knew better? That sometimes stigma isn't a big issue or that universal programmes can be cumbersome and unnecessary.”
Well intentioned – but flawed.


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Not a scientific poll - but 96% opposition!
It appears that the loudest voices in this debate simply don't reflect public opinion - or science - or common sense.
( should trans women compete in the same category as cis women ? )
For 4% .


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Yesterday at 10:23 AM ·
No surprises when some politicians and drug advocates are trying to normalise drug use in general...
“ "I think we're seeing somewhat of a 'culture shift' that MDMA is now seen as a socially acceptable drug to use," explains Deputy Inspector Blair MacDonald. The amount of MDMA seized by authorities from 2018 to 2019 increased by 560%.”
A disturbing culture shift.
MDMA soaring in popularity in New Zealand, making its way into high schools | Family First NZ
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MDMA soaring in popularity in New Zealand, making its way into high schools | Family First NZ


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Perhaps the politicians should focus on problems (like excess incarceration of children) that DO exist, rather than things like banning ‘conversion therapy’ that DON’T actually exist!
Priorities and facts matter.
Outrage over children as young as 9 locked up alone for days in mental health hospitals | Family First NZ
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Outrage over children as young as 9 locked up alone for days in mental health hospitals | Family First NZ


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We’ve been alerted to the fact that Pink Shirt Day (which uses an anti-bullying message as a massive cover-up for a pro-LGBT narrative) has quietly dropped its reference to being anti-bullying if you’re being bullied because of religion. So if you’re a student getting bullied because you’re Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindi – it seems not to matter to the Pink Shirt Day people.
Overweight students, religious kids, students with acne or a speech impediment or a physical disability, or who are struggling academically, or students from a different culture don’t have a ‘lobby group’ or ‘cross party parliamentary network’. Yet depression and suicide are also associated with these types of bullying.
While the predominant focus of anti-bullying days like Pink Shirt Day want to focus on so-called ‘homophobia’ and ‘transphobia’, schools and students and parents want the focus to be on all students who are bullied, for whatever reason, and who deserve support and protection. That includes people who are bullied for their faith & religion.
But that's not the real agenda of Pink Shirt Day - as we all know. Time to wake up.


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“As the Government considers hate speech laws, a poll released in January found that just 1 in 10 NZ’ers think it should be a crime to publicly claim that gender is revealed at birth and is not a matter of personal identity, or that it should be a crime to publicly state that marriage is between a man and a woman only. The Government does not have the support of New Zealanders for a radical transformation and expansion of ‘hate speech’ laws, and the government may actually alienate the very base that put them in power. The importance of freedom of expression and open debate in a civil society are ideals every New Zealander has an investment in – and will defend.” – Family First NZ
MEDIA RELEASE: Views On Marriage & Gender Aren’t ‘Hate Speech’ – Poll
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MEDIA RELEASE: Views On Marriage & Gender Aren’t ‘Hate Speech’ – Poll
Media Release 27 June 2021 As the Government considers hate speech laws, a poll released in January found that just one in ten New Zealanders think it


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Marriage & Gender Views Aren't 'Hate Speech'

As the debate heats up on 'hate speech' laws, we reminded the media yesterday of a poll that we released at the beginning of the year on this issue. They ignored it back then, and they probably will this time also - but what the poll shows is significant. It is encouraging to see the views of the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders. It is also a reminder of the importance for us to speak up. We will be providing further resources on this soon so that you can understand the full implications of such a proposed law, and possibly make a submission.
VIEWS ON MARRIAGE & GENDER IDENTITY AREN’T ‘HATE SPEECH’ - POLL
Media Release 28 July 2021
As the Government considers hate speech laws, a poll released in January found that just one in ten New Zealanders think it should be a crime to publicly claim that gender is revealed at birth and is not a matter of personal identity, or that it should be a crime to publicly state that marriage is between a man and a woman only.
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Both issues have been included in aspects of ‘hate speech’ laws or proposals in other countries including Scotland, Norway, Canada, UK, and in Tasmania state, but this is clearly rejected by Kiwis according to the results of this poll.

In the poll of 1,000 New Zealanders surveyed at the end of last year by Curia Market Research, respondents were asked: “Should it be a crime to publicly claim that sex is revealed at birth, and is not a matter of personal choice?” Only 9% of respondents thought it should be a crime to publicly state this view, with 73% opposed (and 17% unsure or refused to say). There was little difference in view based on age, gender or political allegiance (including strong opposition to it being treated as a crime from Labour and Green voters).

The most high-profile target of expressing views in this area has been author JK Rowling who has challenged gender ideology, including the statement ‘people who menstruate’. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was criticised in 2019 after saying transgender teens are being pressured by 'identity politics', as was a Tasmanian Liberal senator who defended women’s sport from pro-transgender policy. The UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has just widened its definition of hate speech to include intolerance of gender reassignment.

Respondents were also asked: “Should it be a crime to publicly state a belief that marriage should only be between a man and woman?” Only 12% of respondents think it should be a crime to publicly state this view, with 80% opposed. The remainder were undecided or refused to say. Once again, opposition was strong across all political allegiances.

Australian tennis great Margaret Court criticised Tennis Australia (TA) early last year following the Australian Open, saying the governing body had “discriminated” against her due to her opposition to gay marriage. And last year, a UK Labour MP resigned as the party's shadow faith minister following comments about same-sex marriages and freedom of conscience for those who believe in the traditional definition.

“This latest polling confirms that despite the country’s horror at the terrorist act in Christchurch and the grotesque ideology behind it, the Government does not have the support of New Zealanders for a radical transformation and expansion of ‘hate speech’ laws, and the government may actually alienate the very base that put them in power. The importance of freedom of expression and open debate in a civil society are ideals every New Zealander has an investment in – and will defend.” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

The nationwide poll which was commissioned by Family First NZ was carried out during December 2020 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.


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“Cannabis potency has quadrupled in some parts of the world over the last two decades, while the percentage of adolescents who perceived the drug as harmful fell by as much as 40%... Moreover, most countries have reported a rise in the use of cannabis during the pandemic. Lower perception of drug use risks has been linked to higher rates of drug use, and the findings of UNODC’s 2021 World Drug Report highlight the need to close the gap between perception and reality to educate young people and safeguard public health”
But also note
“Roughly 200 million people used cannabis in 2019 representing 4% of the global population.”
Yep – just 4%!
Cannabis 4x more potent – UN report
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COVID pandemic fuelling major increase in drug use worldwide: UN re


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Is "pride" the new 'religion in schools'?
Hi Les and Ruth
We’ve been made aware of a new resource designed primarily for faith-based schools by InsideOut.

InsideOut is a Rainbow Youth programme funded by the Ministry of Social Development which is being pushed under the banner of ‘anti-bullying’, and aimed at children as young as Year 7. Our children are indoctrinated with the message “Gender identity is a person’s own sense of identification as male, female, neither, both, or somewhere in between. Sometimes people get confused about the difference between gender and sex. Gender refers to the gender that someone identifies with, while sex is usually refers to the sex someone is assigned at birth.”

This new resource is ‘Join this Chariot: Christian Schools Supporting Rainbow Students’ Wellbeing’ – and is described as being a “carefully and very lovingly crafted theologically grounded educational resource” and “a taonga.”

The claim that the resource is “a truly compassionate narrative” is gobbledygook. Only people can be compassionate. The resource is neither theologically grounded nor carefully crafted.

Its Foreword quickly indicates that the resource is neither theologically grounded nor a Taonga.

What this precious resource provides is an exemplary reading of the Gospel text, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly . . .’ For just as Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees for not taking care of those for whom they are responsible, for instead acting as those who bring fear and potential harm into the lives of those most vulnerable, he is also insisting it is the human right of all to choose if they so desire, to ‘come out [sic] and to go find abundant pasture’!

This of course is a complete (and offensive) misrepresentation of the words of Jesus in John 10:9.

Further below are excerpts from the resource which you may find both amusing but also offensive and alarming.


WHY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS WILL IGNORE THIS RESOURCE
(and why parents of students at these schools should check)

State integrated and private faith-based schools have a designated special character which is mostly Christian (there are some Islamic schools also). In the case of Christian schools, these schools have a responsibility to uphold their Christian character. The character of these schools is being increasingly pressured by the mores of our time rather than those virtues intrinsic to the special character of a Christian school.

A Christian school hardly needs to be told by the state that it must not discriminate; treat others as inferior to oneself. The New Testament makes that clear. However, the same Testament tells us we must be discerning; in day-to-day practice that has come to mean understanding the distinction between tolerance and affirmation.

The political concept of inclusion, if taken seriously, must also include, accept and “keep safe” those young Christians who believe in a biblical sexual ethic, and that sexual behaviour is sinful outside the protection of biblical marriage. These schools exist on the foundation of Scripture. Otherwise it has no special character worthy of note.

Few people would suggest that young people should not be treated with fairness and understanding. But neither fairness nor understanding demand in any Christian environment the skewing of Scripture to support sinful behaviour in the name of inclusion.

There is an essential underlying problem in that the writers of InsideOut have a different understanding of what it means to be human than that presented in the Bible.

As we have previously stated, these types of programmes are wanting to politicise the sexualisation of school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with. They are predominantly about promoting a LGBT-narrative.

READ MORE: To the Minister of Education: Keep ALL Students Safe From Bullying
This resource from InsideOut is not the authority on sexual ethics. The questions that parents should be asking are:

Does the school actually reinforce the traditional Christian teaching that all sexual behaviour outside of marriage between a man and a woman is sinful? If not, why not?
Is the school teaching the students the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its implications for behaviour, hope and meaning, and of course, sexual order and biological reality, or is it encouraging them to believe in the contemporary gospel of relativism presently articulated in the cult of diversity, inclusion and tolerance?
Does the school teach a biblical theology of the person?

EXCERPTS FROM THE RESOURCE
(our emphasis added)

“RAINBOW-ISH STORIES IN THE BIBLE”

“The story of Ruth and Naomi (in the book of Ruth), and David and Jonathan (in 1 Samuel) are both about life-long commitment between people of the same gender.”

Somehow a friendship between two males or two females is now unique and an indication of sexuality!

“Ruth and Naomi were not in an intimate relationship, but they had a deep commitment to each other. Ruth’s decision to marry Boaz (a rich land-owner) was more about finding a way to provide for herself and Naomi than it was about being in love with Boaz.”

In other words, Ruth married Boaz for the money – but was in love with another woman

“Jonathan and David were in a committed relationship that may have been sexual. Jonathan warned David that he was in danger from King Saul (Jonathan’s father), because Jonathan ‘took great delight in’ David. ‘Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul’ (1 Samuel 18:3). When David and Jonathan have to part for safety reasons, they kiss, ‘they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded’ (1 Samuel 20:41, KJV). The word here translated as ‘exceeded’ literally means ‘become large’, i.e. David had an erection.”

This bizarre interpretation is both shocking and offensive. It continues…

"Many modern translations have hidden this, instead saying ‘they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more’ (NRSV)."

Yes – because biblical scholars have come to that same conclusion

"The story of the Roman Centurion and his servant (Luke 7:1-10) is also a story of care and devotion between two men. The Roman Centurion goes outside of his culture and status to ask Jesus to heal his ‘pais’, which Jesus does, praising the centurion’s faith. The word ‘pais’ was commonly used at the time to refer to a younger person in a same-gender relationship."

Board member Bruce Logan (who has written additional commentary in our full post) comments – Pais παῖς, παιδός, ὁ, ἡ can be translated variously child (can be either male or female) boy, youth. To suggest that it was “commonly used at the time to refer to a younger person in a same-gender relationship” is not supported by any authority. And even if it were so it would not give any authority to the relationship.

The resource goes on to say that the story of Philip and the eunuch in Acts 8:26-39,

“is where the name of this resource comes from. It is about a person who is a gender minority becoming a Christian after a conversation with Philip. In this interaction, both people were changed: the eunuch became a Christian, and Philip’s cultural prejudices about who is acceptable to God were challenged!”

The Ethiopian eunuch was not a “gender minority person”. To make that claim requires that a reader must read back from his or her predilection to the text. To identify ritual uncleanness with unworthiness to worship God is a strange reading of the text. But it does of course fit the ideology of the writers of InsideOut. The sheer unsubstantiated boldness of the claim exposes the limitations of the resource’s method of interpretation.

In his book What do you learn in School, Brian Watts states,

“... Christian education should teach our children to think from a biblical worldview. Our goal is to train a generation of young people who can build on God’s Word and who will be part of the solution to the coming crises in our culture.”

READ THE FULL ANALYSIS
It is important that parents are aware of these resources and their content - especially parents who have chosen faith-based schools to avoid this type of material.

Kind regards.

Bob McCoskrie
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More important commentary - this time from Donald Trump.
“Jennifer Horton, a Michigan schoolteacher, was banned from Facebook for sharing an article questioning whether mandatory masks for young children are healthy. Later, when her brother went missing, she was unable to use Facebook to get the word out. Colorado physician Kelly Victory was deplatformed by YouTube after she made a video for her church explaining how to hold services safely. Kiyan Michael of Florida and her husband, Bobby, lost their 21-year-old son in a fatal collision caused by a twice-deported illegal alien. Facebook censored them after they posted on border security and immigration enforcement. Meanwhile, Chinese propagandists and the Iranian dictator spew threats and hateful lies on these platforms with impunity.”
Opinion | Donald J. Trump: Why I’m Suing Big Tech
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Opinion | Donald J. Trump: Why I’m Suing Big Tech
If Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can censor me, they can censor you—and believe me, they are.


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The Government has just introduced the proposed ban on "conversion therapy".

And it's worse than we expected! Here's our response....
GOVT TO JAIL PARENTS FOR AFFIRMING DAUGHTER AS GIRL, SON AS BOY
Media Release 30 July 2021
Family First NZ says that the proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban will be yet another attack on parents’ rights, is fundamentally flawed and unfair, and has been opposed by the Ministry of Health, a government select committee, and by the general public.

A ban would criminalise parents who wish to protect their child from the physical, emotional, and psychological harm caused by gender dysphoria. Shockingly, parents would be criminalised and potentially liable up to five years in jail simply for affirming that their sons are boys and their daughters are girls. These bans will lock children into transgenderism.

The government want to criminalise the discussion and practice of alternatives to hormones, surgery and confusion.

Merely encouraging a gender confused child to wait for the orientating effects of puberty to be worked through may be considered a form of child abuse, or ‘domestic or psychological abuse’ as has been suggested by the Australian Labor party, and is happening in Canada and the U.S.

A parent who promotes biological sex will be criminalised, but an activist who indoctrinates young children with the concept of ‘gender fluidity’ and ‘third gender’ will be celebrated. This is not loving or compassionate towards children. Numerous reviews show the majority of children who are confused about their gender also suffer from diagnosed mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

It will also be dangerous for a therapist to counsel someone with gender dysphoria in a way that affirms their biology. Islamic and Christian schools could be breaking the law for teaching their students that Allah/God made us male and female. Church leaders, youth workers and imams could become criminals for reading and explaining the Quran or the Bible – that is, for doing their job.

If a person wanted to align their sexuality with the teachings and values of their particular faith – be it Muslim or Christian, Jewish or Sikh – and sought help to do so from a minister, imam or other faith leader, a ban would make it virtually impossible to access the support they wanted. Furthermore, if they were able to find someone prepared to provide counselling of that kind, they could well cause that person to become implicated in a criminal offence. According to the government bill, consent is not relevant.

The right of self-determination is a founding principle of the mental health profession, and for children, the wider whanau / family is part of this important value and support base.

ONE 'INFORMAL' COMPLAINT IN 10 YEARS:
The Human Rights Commission in response to an Official Information Act request from Family First NZ has admitted that there has only been one informal complaint and no formal complaints in the past 10 year in relation to ‘conversion therapy’. A ‘formal complaint’ is where the other party is notified of a complaint against them. The Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, in response to a similar inquiry, was also unable to provide any specific numbers. An informal search of 1400 decisions dating back to 1997 suggests that there have been no complaints around ‘conversion therapy’. Some of the politicians who have previously supported the proposed ban have admitted they’re also not aware of any cases of involuntary ‘conversion therapy’ in their communities.

DISSENTING VOICES:
Official advice to the Minister and Associate Minister of Health regarding ‘conversion therapy’ has revealed that a ban is not recommended. Official Information Act requests show that in 2018, Associate Minister of Health and Green MP Julie Anne Genter was advised by the Ministry of Health:

“Due to the current protections that are in place, and the need to balance the rights of people with preventing harm, it is not recommended that a legislative ban of conversion therapy would be the most effective way to reduce the harm it causes…”

The ministerial advice also notes that people have the freedom to willingly engage in the practice, that protections already exist in the health sector, and that a ban “could be inconsistent” with the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990 “which provides for rights of assembly, free speech and rights to freedom of religion”.

In 2019, the Justice Select Committee, consisting of MPs from Labour and National, considered two petitions wanting to ban ‘conversion therapy’. In their report, they rightly declined to support such a ban, stating:

“The Bill of Rights Act affirms, protects, and promotes human rights and fundamental freedoms in New Zealand. It allows all New Zealanders to live free from discrimination, including in relation to their sexual orientation. New Zealanders also have the right to freedom of religion. This protects those who offer and seek out conversion therapy because of their religious views.”


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“JOIN THIS CHARIOT” IN CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

We’ve been made aware of a new resource designed primarily for faith-based schools by InsideOut. (InsideOut is a RainbowYouth programme funded by the Ministry of Social Development which is being pushed under the banner of ‘anti-bullying’, and aimed at children as young as Year 7. This new resource is ‘Join this Chariot: Christian Schools Supporting Rainbow Students’ Wellbeing’ – and seeks to indoctrinate Christian school students with a false interpretation of Scripture. It is described as being a “carefully and very lovingly crafted theologically grounded educational resource” and “a taonga.”
The resource is neither theologically grounded nor carefully crafted. In fact, most of you will probably find it both offensive and alarming.

It is important that parents are aware of these resources and their content – especially parents who have chosen faith-based schools to avoid this type of material.


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