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When Godbots Break?

Wed 4 Oct 2006 In: Comment

Early October doesn't seem to be an overly happy time for the New Zealand Christian Right. Why? Well, check the below items out. Firstly, the Christian Heritage Party is officially no more. After seventeen years, Ewen McQueen met with the Reformed Church-dominated sectarian political party, and called it quits. Unfortunately, they're talking about yet another fundamentalist political party, and ex-Destiny New Zealand leader Richard Lewis expressed enthusiasm. There's nothing much more that can be said about the CHP, apart from wondering how convicted serial paedophile Graham Capill must be feeling about now, in his Paparua Prison cell. Secondly, according to the INL/Fairfax Stuff website, PI Lew Proctor is now prevaricating about his alleged 'dirt' on the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and any relatives of theirs... If the likes of Idour and Proctor were all that they could dredge up, I'm not surprised that this is turning out to be a damp squib. Meanwhile, two additional Nats, Chris Foss and Chris Tremain, have admitted Exclusive Brethren campaign assistance during last year's general election. And finally, Destiny Church is back in the spotlight, or more precisely, its Revolution- The Event extravaganza. I can confirm that both Eddie Long and T.D.Jakes are fundamentalist homophobes, and that both are African-American apologists for the Bush administration, as well as out of touch with mainstream African-Americans, most of whom vote Democrat. They appear far more concerned with opposing same-sex marriage than criticising the Bush regime for its inept handling of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation in New Orleans, for example. Like Brian Tamaki, Jakes and Long are marginal to the lives of their own ethnic communities. They may be legends within African-American Pentecostal and fundamentalist circles, but New Zealand Maori have their own rich, vibrant culture and traditions, and don't need to pretend to be African-Americans. Not recommended: Destiny Church websites INL Fairfax news website Craig Young - 4th October 2006    

Credit: Craig Young

First published: Wednesday, 4th October 2006 - 12:00pm

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