Child abuser’s sentence slammed as ‘pathetic’

first_imgNZ Herald 17 Nov 2012Child advocates are calling for a man who tortured his newborn daughter, biting her and breaking her bones over two months, to be jailed. Jack Alexander Booker, 22, was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention in the North Shore District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to assaulting and injuring his baby daughter with intent this year. He started abusing her when she was just a month old, “angry and frustrated” at the newborn’s colic. Judge Nevin Dawson said he had intended sending Booker to prison but decided to sentence him to home detention after considering his remorse, willingness to be rehabilitated and lack of criminal history. Family First NZ has written to the Solicitor-General asking for the sentence to be appealed. It wrote a similar letter when James Robert Hall, 21, was sentenced to home detention after breaking his baby’s legs. The Solicitor-General said the sentence was manifestly inadequate and it was replaced with jail time.Family First NZ spokesman Bob McCoskrie told the Weekend Herald Booker’s sentence was unacceptable. “This is another pathetic sentence that sends a dangerous message. We simply don’t value the life and protection of our vulnerable young children, based on the response of our justice system,” he said. read more

Gay marriage opponents face jobs ban (US)

first_imgChristian Institute 30 July 2013The seventh largest city in the US is considering a law which could ban anyone who disagrees with gay marriage from working for the city government.San Antonio City Council in the US state of Texas is amending its anti-discrimination rules in a move which could also hit city contracts with faith groups.The proposed new wording for the city ordinance says “no person shall be appointed to a position” if that person has ever shown “a bias, by word or deed” against a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.An organisation called Faith Outreach criticised the proposals. The group said: “The proposed ordinance includes ‘words’ against sexual orientation or gender identity as discriminatory acts.“It allows City Council to prohibit those that speak their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality from serving on city boards. This violates First Amendment freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”The group added: “For example, if a person publically expresses their religious belief that homosexual behaviour is a sin—even if this expression is at a church service—that person could be frozen out of involvement with city government.”Other proposed changes to the city ordinances could affect contracts with outside agencies like churches and other faith groups. read more

Garth George: The enigma of alcohol

first_imgNZ Herald 3 November 2013I read this week that American experts on alcohol abuse have devised new medical guidelines that could classify nearly one in 10 New Zealanders as having trouble with the booze.That should surprise nobody, for it has been accepted for decades by those in the alcohol abuse treatment business that for every 10 people who ever imbibe alcohol, one will end up seriously disabled physically, mentally and emotionally through addiction to the stuff.It was my misfortune to be that one out of 10 – yet had I been shown a list of symptoms I would have rationalised it away on the basis that “I’m different” or “It can’t happen to me”.The trouble with alcohol addiction is that it is a disease that tells you you haven’t got a disease. It is alcohol itself – a mind-altering chemical – that makes the addict able to deceive him or herself.As an internationally renowned physician said a few years ago: “If alcohol were invented today, it would be available only on prescription, and then only from hospital pharmacies.”But, he went on, alcohol remained the safest, most readily available and cheapest tranquilliser known to mankind. read more

Court gives win to euthanasia activist (Sth Africa)

first_imgNZ Herald 9 May 2015Five years after Sean Davison was arrested for helping his mother to die, an organisation he founded has won a landmark victory allowing assisted suicide in South Africa.Auckland-born Dr Davison served five months’ home detention in Dunedin in 2011 for giving a lethal dose of morphine to his mother, Dr Pat Davison, to relieve her pain when she was dying of cancer at the age of 85.Last week, a South African High Court judge ruled that a doctor could legally help another dying cancer patient, Johannesburg lawyer Robin Stransham-Ford, to end his life “either by administration of a lethal agent or by providing the applicant with the necessary legal agent to administer himself”.The judgment, and a similar judgment in the Canadian Supreme Court in February, has forced the issue of euthanasia on to the political agenda of reluctant Parliaments across the English-speaking world.Terminally ill Wellington brain cancer patient Lecretia Seales, 42, has filed a claim seeking the right for a doctor to help her die.It will be heard in the High Court on May 25. Her lawyer, Dr Andrew Butler, said he would rely on the Canadian and South African cases as precedents.“Lecretia has been very clear that she thinks it’s a topic Parliament should be addressing,” he said.A bill promoted by Peter Brown when he was a New Zealand First MP to allow euthanasia for terminally ill patients was lost by only two votes in 2003, and Dr Davison said he was surprised New Zealand had made no progress on the issue since then.“It’s a basic human right, at the core of our humanity,” he said. “This is what New Zealand should be leading the world on.” read more

Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants

first_imgNew York Times 2 February 2017Family First Comment: Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can also be present in breast milk. “There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe.”During her pregnancy, she never drank alcohol or had a cigarette. But nearly every day, Stacey, then 24, smoked marijuana.With her fiancé’s blessing, she began taking a few puffs in her first trimester to quell morning sickness before going to work at a sandwich shop. When sciatica made it unbearable to stand during her 12-hour shifts, she discreetly vaped marijuana oil on her lunch break.“I wouldn’t necessarily say, ‘Go smoke a pound of pot when you’re pregnant,’” said Stacey, now a stay-at-home mother in Deltona, Fla., who asked that her full name be withheld because street-bought marijuana is illegal in Florida. “In moderation, it’s O.K.”Many pregnant women, particularly younger ones, seem to agree, a recent federal survey shows. As states legalize marijuana or its medical use, expectant mothers are taking it up in increasing numbers — another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of its effects on human health.Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can also be present in breast milk.“There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe,” said Dr. Torri Metz, an obstetrician at Denver Health Medical Center who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Ten percent of her patients acknowledge recent marijuana use.In the federal survey, published online in December, almost 4 percent of mothers-to-be said they had used marijuana in the past month in 2014, compared with 2.4 percent in 2002. (By comparison, roughly 9 percent of pregnant women ages 18 to 44 acknowledge using alcohol in the previous month.)READ MORE: read more

Woman left with lasting fear after partner’s marijuana binge

first_imgOtago Daily Times 1 February 2018Family First Comment: Marijuana a harmless mellow substances that harms no-one else? Yeah right. “Thammahetti Mudalige lost his job after failing a drug test and then embarked on a four-day cannabis binge. Judge Michael Turner said that resulted in a psychosis.”A Sri Lankan man who stalked several women during a 24-hour drug-induced psychosis has left one of his victims with ”a lasting fear”.Harshana Rajiv Kumara Peiris Thammahetti Mudalige (33) appeared in the Dunedin District Court this week and was jailed for a year after admitting charges of indecent assault, doing an indecent act, intimidation, possessing cannabis and two of unlawfully being in an enclosed yard.He had come to New Zealand six years ago ”to make a better life” for himself, his counsel Sarah Saunderson-Warner said, and he had no previous convictions.But at the start of August, Thammahetti Mudalige lost his job after failing a drug test and then embarked on a four-day cannabis binge.Judge Michael Turner said that resulted in a psychosis.”At the time you believed [your offending] was right, thought you were the son of God, that masturbation was a form of prayer and the victims were there for you,” he said.Thammahetti Mudalige said he could not recall any of the events but one victim told the Otago Daily Times the trauma had been etched into her memory.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

After 17 years as a woman, this man has had enough

first_img“There was no answer, no interest whatsoever,” Mr Bates said.He said he raised questions in online transgender support groups, but was blocked almost immediately because he was “challenging the accepted wisdom” and was accused of being “transphobic”.Then he became angry.He was angry at the system for letting him down, he was angry at those he believes have an ideological agenda and he was angry there was no support.Mr Bate said he was shocked when transgender support groups to which he belonged “turned on him”.“It sends alarm bells to me, because they don’t want to tolerate anyone moving away from it,” he said.“They’d rather think I was never a proper trans in the first place, because they just can’t stand the idea.“Their basic ideology is that you have to have been born that way, and if you can turn away from it, then that cancels their argument.”Mr Bate said he was angry not only because no one would help him when he started to talk about detransitioning, but because he felt he transitioned at a time when he was vulnerable after the relationship breakdown took away his stability. At the age of 35, Mr Bate transitioned from his biological sex after a devastating relationship breakdown exacerbated a gender confusion he believes was originally caused by an anti-miscarriage drug his mother took when he was in utero, although he concedes there is no scientific consensus that this was even possible. He said he had never received specialist medical advice or unbiased counselling before agreeing to hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery.“I’m angry because this happened when I wasn’t able to protect myself,” he said.“I was subjected to those hormones and later on the ideology without enough people who were aware of the alternatives.“More and more people are aware of the alternatives now and the story I’ve been telling is becoming more prevalent.”Mr Bate said people were led to believe biological gender didn’t mean anything, a concept he strongly rejects now. WA Today 11 December 2018Family First Comment: Until just four months ago, Australian Jeremy Bate was living as a ‘trans woman’ after transitioning 17 years ago and undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Now he is angry at a system and ideology he says took advantage of him when he was his most vulnerable.Until just four months ago, Jeremy Bate was living as a ‘trans woman’ after transitioning 17 years ago and undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Now he is angry at a system and ideology he says took advantage of him when he was his most vulnerable.For the past 17 years, Jeremy Bate has lived as a woman.But now, after hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery, he believes it has all been a mistake.At the age of 52, Mr Bate now says he was never anything other than a man and has called for more support for people questioning their gender.center_img About four months ago Mr Bate started reading deeply about the science and ideology of gender and he began to question what had happened to him.He told Vision Christian Radio in the lead-up to his detransitioning he began to become “awakened” to right-wing politics and started to question society “where it is”.“I was doing a lot of research. It was only a matter of time before I started questioning the trans issue, which I was kind of avoiding, and straight away it was kind of obvious that it’s been an agenda right from the start. It had very little science backing it,” he told 20Twenty’s Neil Johnson.“It’s definitely an agenda.”He reached out to clinics, he sent emails, he tried to get his phone calls returned from support lines. Mr Bate said he would have been better off if he had counselling to help him become more comfortable with the body he was born in.READ MORE: read more

National Party MP Alfred Ngaro says number of abortions in New Zealand is a ‘tragedy’

first_imgStuff 21 May 2019Family First Comment: Asking the questions which need to be asked“Ngaro said the Government was pushing for abortions to be made legal at 40 weeks – full term. “People are starting to say: Is this Government taking away the core values that this country was founded on? Do you accept that we should have abortions at 40 weeks? We are talking full term.”” #chooselifeNational MP and possible leader of a new breakaway party Alfred Ngaro says no woman has been made to feel like a criminal for seeking an abortion in New Zealand.Ngaro’s comments came when asked if he supported taking abortion out of the Crimes Act, where it currently sits in New Zealand.The National list MP is openly exploring the possibility of splitting off from National and starting a new Christian political party, saying a lot of Kiwis felt like their values were not being represented in Parliament.On Saturday, Ngaro shared a pro-life Facebook post describing abortion as a “holocaust in our nation”.Ngaro said on Tuesday that he had not read the whole post and a better word for situation was a “tragedy”.But he pushed back strongly on the Government’s proposed abortion reform, which would take the procedure out of the Crimes Act.READ MORE: read more

Kiwis’ drinking culture criticised as Auckland police ramp up presence in city due to disorder

first_imgNewsHub 26 June 2020Family First Comment: “New Zealand could address excessive drinking by raising the price of alcohol and finding an earlier closing time for bars, many of which can trade until 4am in Auckland. “We know that many people who are going and drinking in town and drinking excessively have preloaded at home and that is because it is so cheap. What we really need to do is address the price of alcohol in our country, to reduce the differential between bars and bottle stores and supermarkets. “Until we address the price of alcohol we are still going to have high levels of alcohol-related violence in our CBD.”And this is why Family First supports the 5+ solution – Raise price, raise purchase age, reduce accessibility, reduce advertising & sponsorship, target drink-driving (plus increase treatment availability). A group working to reduce alcohol-related harm says Kiwis still have an issue with placing drinking at the “centre of the occasion” as police increase their presence in central Auckland after two weekends of disorder.Auckland City district commander Supt Karyn Malthus revealed on Thursday night officers had observed an increase in assaults and disorders over the last two weekends in the central city, after the Government lifted COVID-19 restrictions on bars and nightclubs.Malthus said they were being “fuelled by excessive alcohol consumption” and more officers would be present in the CBD this weekend to “ensure the safety of those coming into the for nightlife over the coming weekends”.“Police have been working with our partners, including city bar owners, to look at how processes can be improved to move people out of venues efficiently come closing time.”Executive director of Alcohol Healthwatch Nicki Jackson told Newshub Kiwis continue to have an issue with preloading. She says excessive drinking ultimately can lead to harm coming to the consumer as well as others.“In New Zealand, it is all about making drinking the centre of the occasion and I think we need to do something about that. It’s not all about your level of drunkenness for the night – your night out is about a whole other range of experiences.”READ MORE: read more

Schools told to let students choose their gender identities and names

first_imgThe new guidelines have a focus on those areas, as well as gender inclusivity, sexuality guidance for Māori, Pasifika and disabled students and guidance on how to make schools inclusive. “Because we’re not having these conversations with you, well many of you, are getting your information from what is not a realistic portrayal of a healthy relationship,” Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin told Onslow College students at the announcement of the new guidelines today in Wellington. NZ Herald 8 September 2020Family First Comment: Another example of NZ First failing to be the block in Parliament to radical agendas and indoctrination….“The issue of teaching children about choosing their gender identity has been controversial. A Family First poll last year found that 54% of New Zealanders did not believe that children should be taught that their gender can be changed through surgery and hormone treatment (only 35% said yes).”Schools have been told to let students choose their own gender identities and names.New relationships and sexuality education guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education say that schools must “uphold the human rights of all people”.“All people have the same rights and freedoms, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics,” the guidelines say.“This means that schools need to:• “Ensure inclusive environments for all young people.• “Allow their ākonga [students] freedom of expression in relation to their gender identities and sexual orientation, including the right to determine their own identity and name.• “Include content on the diversity of sex characteristics, sexuality, and gender identities in their curriculum programmes.”The new guidelines have been welcomed by Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmonds as the first “meaningful change” since guidelines were first developed in 2002.“It’s close to 20 years since we first developed guidelines and we’ve had no meaningful change since then,” she said.“The Education Review Office and others working in this field know that implementation is patchy and not all young people are receiving the holistic relationship and sexuality education they deserve and as the ministry has prescribed.”The new version puts more emphasis on relationships, adopting the broader title of “relationships and sexuality education” to replace the term “sexuality education” used up to and including the last revision in 2015.But the issue of teaching children about choosing their gender identity has been controversial. A Family First poll last year found that 54 per cent of New Zealanders did not believe that children should be taught that their gender can be changed through surgery and hormone treatment.The new guidelines include separate documents for primary schools (Years 1 to 8) and secondary schools (Years 9 to 13).Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said the guideline “responds to feedback from the Korero Mātauranga [Education Conversation] calling on schools to take more action against bullying, violence and child abuse, for schools to be more inclusive, and for schools to help students recognise the importance of diversity and respect in relationships”.READ MORE:, gender inclusivity and porn to be included in revised sex education guidelines in NZTVNZ One News 8 September 2020Five years after the last revision, the Education Ministry has released new relationship and sexuality guidelines for primary and high school students.The guidelines allow schools to meet the health curriculum but with community input on what students learn being a requirement under the Education Act, there’s no guarantee all students will be taught all of the guidelines. The Education Review Office stated after a 2017 evaluation that while biology and puberty was well covered, teaching of consent, healthy relationships and the impact of social media and pornography needed be covered in more detail. The guidance includes unisex toilets, not separating class activities into groups based on “boys” and “girls” and including gender-neutral uniform options.READ MORE: read more