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Destiny weighs in on civil unions

Mon 10 May 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

Destiny NZ, the political arm of the evangelical Destiny Church, has lent its voice to the civil union-bashing brigade when it unveiled key policies at a public meeting in Nelson this weekend. "This sort of legislation attacks the very foundations and building blocks of our society. Destiny New Zealand's vision for families boldly and unashamedly restores and upholds the marriage benchmark for New Zealand families, and that being a marriage between a 'man' and a 'woman',” said party leader Richard Lewis. “This development blatantly undermines everything that our nation has traditionally stood for in terms of family life and family values,” he added, saying that Destiny intends to restore a “marriage culture” to New Zealand. Brian Tamaki, senior pastor of the Destiny Church, believes that homosexuality is an evil spirit which parents should cast out periodically. “Every so often, I think it's probably important to walk through the house, and over your kids if you've got them – bind up the spirit of perversion in Jesus' name – you do not have any access to my house, on my life, or my marriage and over my children!” Tamaki said in a televised sermon last year. “I'm telling you, periodically, you've got to do it, parents, because you must have one. You know when things are getting a little twisted."    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Monday, 10th May 2004 - 12:00pm

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