Attitudes to marriage out of touch
HUMAN RIGHTS TANGENT
The comment by Rev Dr Brian Hooper ‘‘Churches allowed to refuse couple’’ ( Kapiti Observer October 5) contributed little by stone throwing from a dogma wall which is sadly out of touch with land, people and law in which it stands. He affirmed the Human Rights Commission (HRC) representative statement that ‘‘ministers were not obliged to perform a marriage if it contravened the beliefs of their religious body’’ but then muddied the water by assuming that ‘‘churches’’ (as in the title) were the ministers and that the current rule-based prohibition based on voting was a ‘‘belief’’ of the religious body. It is an open question as to whether the priest at St. Peter’s would have been happy to marry the couple had it not been for potential disciplinary action in not following the national rules. This is not the HRC ‘‘point’’ Dr Hooper says it is. He should also know (with the knowledge we now have) that how any person self-identifies - as either a man or a woman - is not straight forward. Jesus said ‘‘Suffer little children to come unto me’’ (Luke 18:16), and did not limit it to whether they were gay or straight. Waiting for incumbent parishioners to be 100 per cent happy about anything will take so long that the power of any rules finally agreed will have little credence.
We would like to thank the Ramauti Raptors Swimming Club for their kindness and support. A group recently attended the NZ Short Course champs in Auckland. Raptors kindly hosted Upper Hutt Swimming Club’s only qualifier. Ashford Wallace was treated as one of their own. From coach and team manager support, to cooked meals, being taxied around to teammate support to even having photos taken of him! They were simply amazing. Our only hope is that more big clubs out there take a leaf from there book and extend the hand of friendship to smaller clubs. Thank you to all involved. Keep up the amazing work and can do attitude.
Marcia Walker and Ashford Wallace
UHSC Swimming Club
Congratulations Taranaki you did us all proud and I would like to dedicate your win to my very good friend Stu Erb who passed away earlier this year and who took us on many rugby tours and I am sure would have been looking down on his amber and blacks.
This reminds me when Andy Slater and his boys lifted the shield off Auckland in 1998 I think and got a heroes welcome home just like the boys got at New Plymouth airport on Saturday which is great to see, well done the Naki fans.
Down by 24 points our boys showed guts and determination and they never gave up, they grew another leg. Dead eye dick Marty McKenzie was really on fire and it made my night. I remember the 90s well when we lived in New Plymouth.
To Colin Cooper well done mate and I wish you all the very best in your new role. Proud to still be and very much a Taranaki supporter.
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Mascot, Ferdinand the Bull, with the Ranfurly Shield at New Plymouth airport after the return of the winning Taranaki team.