Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Effort to eliminate religious education misdirected

Media Release
23 July 2014
NZCN Press: Effort to eliminate religious education misdirected

New Zealand Christian Network spokesman Glyn Carpenter says efforts by Secular Education Network to close down Bible in Schools are misdirected.

"These people want to stop children being educated about the stories of Jesus and his messages of love (love your neighbour, even love your enemies), and hope. I'm sure many people would say we need more of this kind of message, not less".

"It's no secret" said Carpenter "that Jesus and his messages have for 2,000 years been known as "Good News". They are messages our society desperately needs as we grapple with violence, child abuse, alcohol and drugs, and many other problems.

"It is really sad they are pressing this in the year we are commemorating 200 years of Christianity in New Zealand and the significant positive influence it has had and continues to have in our society".

Professor of history at Massey university Peter Lineham says on the DVD Te Rongopai which was produced to mark the bicentenary that the Good News of Jesus brought about a positive social transformation in Maori society as they took it through the country. Any fair-minded person will observe that this Good News and the people inspired by it continue to have a significant and positive impact in New Zealand today.

Any parent who does not want their child to be exposed to these messages has the freedom to opt out. Nobody is forced to attend the classes which take place when schools are legally closed. If any bad practices are taking place such as bribing children with lollies, these should be dealt with. But there's no need to throw out the baby with the bath water.

If the positive messages of Bible in Schools and other religious education programs are stopped, New Zealand will be the poorer for it.

ENDS]

New Zealand Christian Network is a broad-spectrum network of churches and Christian leaders, with a Board of Reference that includes leaders from all the main denominations. It seeks to present a biblically orthodox position on issues, reflecting the views of the majority of Christians in New Zealand.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news