Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Why are the Anglican Bishops silent in defending life?

Media Release 3 September 2014

Why are the Anglican Bishops silent in defending life?

The Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa New Zealand have identified four key challenges facing the country in the run-up to the General Election onSeptember 20. These issues are:
Child poverty
Income inequality
Lack of affordable and accessible housing
Global warming
The Archbishops Winston Halapua, Philip Richardson and Brown Turei called on all Anglicans to exercise their right to vote in the election,.

It is commendable that the Anglican Bishops have provided leadership in drawing the attention of the community to these important justice issues. They encourage us to remember that every individual has dignity conferred by God and that we are but stewards of God’s creation. The Bishops remind us that we should give consideration to the common good of the community when voting.

The Anglican Bishops have designated child poverty as the most important justice issue. It is a national tragedy that one quarter of New Zealand’s children live in poverty, that is nearly 270,000 children. Why do the Bishops not recognise that child poverty begins in the womb? The greatest poverty that can be inflicted on our children is to be brutally murdered while still in the womb.

Every day the equivalent of two classrooms of children are murdered in their mothers’ womb. Why are the Anglican Bishops silent in the face of this appalling violation of human rights that is a crime against humanity?

The children are God’s precious infants, the Bishops have a serious moral duty to defend the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death especially the weak, the defenceless and the vulnerable. Have the Bishops accepted the murder of the innocent and the war on women as part of our culture?

There is also a further serious threat to human life-euthanasia, with the “End of Life Choices” Bill of Maryan Street which if passed would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. At this election we have two serious threats to life, the decriminalisation of abortion and euthanasia, supported by the Labour Party, the Greens and the Internet Party. Candidates for Parliament who are not committed to defending life are unworthy of being elected. Why is there a deafening silence from our Anglican Bishops on these serious threats to life?

Ken Orr
Spokesperson,
Right to Life.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news