Let­ter shows po­lit­i­cal lean­ings

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

With re­gard to the Den­nis Catch­pole let­ter — No re­as­sur­ance — I agree with one thing only, I too, would like to con­grat­u­late Bar­bara Lin­ton for her pro life stance on abor­tion and eu­thana­sia. The rest of the let­ter I find of­fen­sive and in no way re­lates to the Chris­tian­ity that I em­brace.

Mr Catch­pole es­tab­lishes his true blue po­lit­i­cal lean­ings very early in the let­ter by re­peat­ing the myth that we do not have a le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment, but a gov­ern­ment se­lected by one man.

The facts are that in the 1990s New Zealand voted in MMP. This form of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion al­ways cre­ates coali­tion gov­ern­ments, so that one party does not have all the power.

This is a good thing for democ­racy.

In the 2017 elec­tion Labour re­ceived 37 per cent of the votes, New Zealand First 7 per cent and Greens 6 per cent — a to­tal of 50 per cent. Na­tional got 44 per cent. The fact is more peo­ple voted for the coali­tion Gov­ern­ment than for Na­tional.

The rest of the let­ter con­tains the nor­mal Chris­tian Right clap­trap of left bad, right good. The Chris­tian Right seems to think they own Chris­tian­ity. They do not.

In fact, in the four key ar­eas of War and Peace, the Distri­bu­tion of Wealth, Hu­man Rights and the En­vi­ron­ment, the Chris­tian Gospels are far more left lean­ing than right.

The real his­tor­i­cal Je­sus of the gospels was brown skinned, from the Mid­dle East, born to an un­wed mother, a child refugee; who grew up to be a vic­tim of po­lice bru­tal­ity be­cause the re­li­gious lead­ers of the day and the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties, con­sid­ered Him to be a threat to the coun­try.

Je­sus doesn’t ex­actly sound like the lead­ers of the re­li­gious right or the po­lit­i­cal power hold­ers of the day; He sounds a lot more like the peo­ple they are per­se­cut­ing.

ED­WARD J LYE

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