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Silent protest for lives of slain NZ children

PROTEST, PROTEST…Tomorrow, on Sunday 28th December, a group will hold a silent protest on Mt Hobson, VISIBLE from the motorway (SH1) by holding 18, 6ft high crosses to mark the death of the children recently slain in New Zealand homes.

Group makes silent protest for lives of slain NZ children.

18 crosses representing the 18 lives of children lost in senseless violence in NZ in recent times, are being held on Mt. Hobson by protestors. These will be visible for all those travelling down SH1 to see.

Marking the feast of the 'Holy Innocents', silent protest organiser Don Matheson – says the 18 crosses also represent the approximate number of the 18,000 lives taken in abortion each year in NZ. "The problem is rooted in the destruction of the family & the drop in value of human life. We are becoming hardened to the cry of the young and until we wake up and take a strong look at ourselves & our values – we will not make headway."

For too long the good & well being of our children have been placed second to various ideologies & political policies. The rights of a child, whether they are 3 years old, 3 months, or 3 weeks old in the womb, should not come second to what the father or mother desires, or a political agenda dictates.

Children in New Zealand society – are now viewed not as a gift, but often as a commodity. This protest also comes in the face of proposed law changes to allow embryonic research. "The child is about to be further demoted to nothing more than a research object." This protest is not about laying blame, it is about challenging the conceptions that have been held too long & have led us to this point. We don't need more hand wringing & we don't need sensationalism. We need to recognise where things are going wrong & we need to start putting things right. An entire generation has lost respect for the child. We cannot carry on with the same set of philosophical ideas & expect things to change. As a culture, we refuse to recognise the value of all children, no matter how they are given life, no matter how old they are, no matter whether they are wanted or not, 'planned 'or not.

It's a complex issue. There are no quick easy solutions but we could begin by taking a long look at ourselves and begin to ask the hard question….Where have we gone wrong!…?

The PROTEST will take place between 9am and 12pm tomorrow, Sunday 28th on Mt Hobson. Spokespeople will be on site for comment. Entrance to Mt Hobson is on the corner of Dilworth & Macmurray Rds (off Remuera Rd).

ENDS

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