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Wednesday 08 October 2008


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries Tagged as 'Politics'

8th October 2008

United Kingdom: The Vicar of Idiocy

Posted by: Craig Young

 Elderly Reverend Peter Mullens (66) is a Church of England cleric who serves as largely honorary chaplain to the London Stock Exchange. Most of us will have heard about him because of the furore that surrounded his call for gay men to be tattooed with the words SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and FELLATIO KILLS in […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

6th October 2008

US Christian Right: Oh, Now They’re Economists?

Posted by: Craig Young

The US Christian Right is well-known for pontificating about areas that it is ill-qualified to evaluate. Now they want us to believe that they’re economists as well?!
What caused the current woes in the United States economy? Was it runaway deregulation, privatisation, and lack of fetters on unrestrained profiteering? Well, no, not according to the Family […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

5th October 2008

The Bill and Ben Party: An In-Depth Gay Probe!

Posted by: Craig Young

The Bill and Ben Party is a joke political party, something that has been sadly lacking since the much-lamented demise of the McGillicuddy Serious Party. The party’s leaders are Jamie (”Bill”) Linehan and Ben Boyce (”Bill” and Ben) of TV3’s satirical sports show Pulp Sport.
As a joke political organisation, it shares a rich and varied […]

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Tags: Politics

4th October 2008

Canada: Same-Sex Marriage- I Do/I Don’t?

Posted by: Craig Young

After a brief flurry of tuxedo and lace fetishism, Canadian lesbians and gay men are sitting down and pondering whether or not they want to get hitched, now that they can, according to Jillian Deri in Xtra.
I have to say that I’m still sceptical about the value and worth of the institution of marriage per […]

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Tags: Politics

3rd October 2008

Same-Sex Marriage: The Christian Right’s Rearguard Activism

Posted by: Craig Young

If you thought that the New Zealand Christian Right had given up trying to get same-sex marriage banned after the failure of Gordon Copeland’s same sex marriage ban bill back in 2005, then be aware that two Christian Right groups are trying to get the issue back on the agenda.
These are Family First, which included […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

2nd October 2008

Canada: The Peculiar and Profane Mr Popescu

Posted by: Craig Young

Following an incident when a wingnut threw a bible at poor old George Hawkins, Labour MP for Manurewa, at a meeting at the Manurewa Baptist Church, I spotted a piece on a certain other ‘committed’ fundamentalist Christian. His name is David Popescu, and he is a professional candidate for Sudbury elections in Ontario, Canada.
He is […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

2nd October 2008

Voice for Life: Meanwhile, Back at the Abortion Debate…

Posted by: Craig Young

Meanwhile, and probably hoping like hell that the Court of Appeal will not reaffirm Wall v Livingston and kick anti-abortionists back out of interference with abortion access…
Voice for Life (SPUC) has borrowed the Value Your Vote voters guide from Family First, and has delivered the following verdict about the current political parties…
Election 2008 information
http://www.valueyourvote.org.nz
Based on […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

2nd October 2008

Maxim Institute: Silent Portal?

Posted by: Craig Young

It seems that the nzvotes website is going to be rather anodyne during this general election, probably because the Maxim Institute is trying to balance its two constituencies.
During the last general election, as Nicky Hager notes in The Hollow Men (2006), it was all much simpler. Bruce Logan was still in charge, and under Don […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

1st October 2008

United Kingdom: Onward? Fundamentalist Lawyers…

Posted by: Craig Young

Ordinarily, I don’t bother with subcultural luminaries like fundamentalist academics and philosophers when they visit New Zealand, but one recent fellow caught my eye- one Mark Mullins, formerly of the UK Lawyers Christian Fellowship, and now associated with an outfit entitled Christian Concern for Our Nation.
As one might guess, the Lawyers Christian Fellowship isn’t just […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

30th September 2008

Canada: Pragmatic Conservatism Vs Hardline Social Conservatism

Posted by: Craig Young

It seems that Canadian Tory PM Stephen Harper is a pragmatist, not a dogmatist, preferring to guy his social conservative heartland over issues that he knows that he can win. Apparently, rehashing Canada’s abortion debate isn’t one of them, according to the Globe and Mail.
Harper stated that he was a fiscal conservative first and foremost, […]

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