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Statement on Radio New Zealand Comments

On Friday 27 January at 4:08pm Radio NZ aired a grossly biased and hopelessly ill-informed talk show attacking the institution of smacking and vilifying both Christian doctrine and Christians in general. The host was Paul Brennan and the guests were TV3's Bomber Bradbury and poet Penny Ashton. Joining on the phone was Otago researcher Dr Jane Millichamp.

You can listen to it at:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/nr/programmes/afternoons/20060127

Scroll down a bit and then click on "the Panel" (part 1 - 23min. & 26
sec.)

They say this about Christians:

Brennan: "They like whacking children."
Bradbury: "They love it."
After reading Proverbs 22:15 from the Bible:
Brennan: "These people are nuts."
Ashton: "This is disgusting: so children are innately evil and we need
to beat it out of them."
A bit later on, Brennan asks, "What are these people on?" Bradbury
replies, "Party pills."

These comments are clearly libelous to all Christians. Saying that Christians as a group like or love whacking children is an outrageous accusation.

These comments are offensively contemptuous of our Holy Scriptures and of our doctrine.

Most of the rest of their comments were not only incredibly shallow and ill-informed, they were clearly ignorant of a vast area of child discipline known to caring parents over millennia of how to responsibly use corporal correction in a loving manner to produce secure, mature, self-confident citizens.

When are we going to hear an apology?

When is Radio New Zealand (or any other media) going to give equal time to those who properly understand the issues?

When are the media going to extend to Bible believing Christians the air time, print space and credibility that is routinely extended to people such as these talk show celebrities who sadly knew so little about the issue they appear to be unqualified and incapable of making any responsible or authoritative statements on the topic?

ENDS

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