At­ti­tudes to mar­riage out of touch

Kapiti Observer - - OUT & ABOUT -


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.

John Vick­er­man



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.

Gary Ste­wart

Fox­ton Beach


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Mas­cot, Fer­di­nand the Bull, with the Ran­furly Shield at New Ply­mouth air­port af­ter the re­turn of the win­ning Taranaki team.

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