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'Ridiculous' reading of the Bible
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BLAME GAME: A Rangiora reader is disgusted by the claim linking the
Canterbury earthquakes to homosexuality.
As a resident of Rangiora and a
survivor of the quakes, I am
disgusted that Mr Donnelly
(October 3) has the nerve to blame
those horrific events on
I'm not sure the families of the
brave souls that passed on that
day would share his sentiments.
He seems to lack understanding
of what a theory actually is. A
scientific theory is a collection of
hypotheses that have been
confirmed with repeated testing.
So, yes, evolution is just a theory
supported by insurmountable
support from the planet's
brightest. Neil deGrasse Tyson
put it best when he said: The
good thing about science is that
it's true whether or not you
believe in it.''
Mr Donelly's education of the
bible is misguided. Homosexuality
is mentioned in Leviticus 18:22:
Do not lie with a man as one lies
with a woman; that is detestable.''
However, I think he has missed
some of the other commandments
in his bible. Leviticus 19:19
condemns wearing clothes of more
than two types of fabric.
I think it is utterly ridiculous to
pick and choose what you like
from your bible. I have never seen
anyone claim that our multi-fibre
clothes caused the earthquakes.
Martin Donnelly (Outlook,
October 13) claims that there is no
scientific proof for evolution, yet
then claims that homosexuality
causes earthquakes. What
scientific proof does he have for
I suspect that both statements
arise from religious ideology and
not reasoned critical thinking.
I have really had enough of
people being so bloody bigoted
about homosexuality. It is not a
sin, it's not a choice, it's just how
some people are, and does it
matter? They are still people, they
are human beings.
All you people that are so
against it are obviously frightened
of it, something you don't
understand, and instead of being
supportive have to create an issue
out of it. What would happen if
one of your own children told you
they were gay? Would you throw
them out, would you make them
feel ashamed, would you like them
to be so unhappy that they injure
or even worse kill themselves? I
say grow up and get in the real
world. We are not all the same. In
this day and age we should be
accepting of everyone.
Mrs S Chapman
All citizens should be made
aware that our government is
amendments to the Local Govt Act
and that one of the objectives is to
moderate the ever-rising
expenditure of local councils and
the resulting surge in their rate
In blatant opposition to this,
Local Government NZ (consisting
of all 78 councils) has made a
submission that: The revenue
stream for local government is
underpinned by property values,
which is a measure of wealth and
That concept is against all logic
and reason and is a major
contributor to the ever rising rate
Any intelligent person would
know that property values could
never be a reliable measure of
wealth or ability to pay.
A person may own substantial
property, but have hefty
mortgages and other liabilities.
Another person may own only a
modest home, but has
considerable investment in
business enterprises. The second
person could be substantially
wealthier than the first, but the
first person would definitely be
paying the larger rate demand.
Where is the fairness in that?
G. V. Buckley's letter (October
13) makes a good point, but in a
way is crying over spilt milk while
ignoring the elephant in the room,
which is the unfair discriminatory
rating system imposed on us all by
out-of-date legislation. It does
make some difference whether the
amount we have to pay is finally
determined by land or capital
value, but the major issue we
should all be concerned with, is
that it is essentially a bad system,
founded on a number of false
premises and erroneous
assumptions such as:
1. That it is only owners of real
estate who should be exclusively
responsible for funding services
and amenities that are provided
to and for the benefit of all
2. That real estate ownership is
a true and accurate indication of
the wealth of each owner.
3. That such ownership is a
realistic and true reflection of the
owner's ability to pay the rates
The value of real estate for
rating purposes is often
inaccurate, being arrived at by
arbitrary one size fits all''
calculations that ignore many
unknown, but relevant, factors. If
it is intended to be a wealth tax, it
is unfair and discriminatory, and
would be more equitable if it took
into account all forms of wealth,
attributed to everybody.
Concerned Ratepayers Group
Karma catches culprit
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hands were covered in paint.''
The youth told him he had been
painting his brother's room -- in the
same grey that featured in much of
Kaiapoi's new graffiti.
He then, in conversation, told Con-
stable Kneebone he was known to
Christchurch police for tagging.
Constable Kneebone dropped him
on the far side of the Waimakariri
River, returned to the station to
check up on his passenger's repu-
tation, and talked to a few other
people'', who confirmed he might
have his man.
There was enough evidence there
to execute a search warrant on his
house on Sunday night and (we)
found paint-covered clothes. Then he
admitted what he'd been up to.
I guess it's karma, isn't it? You go
out of your way to help someone and
the guy you're looking for ends up
right there beside you.''
The police aim to track down two
others who may have been involved
in the vandalism, and Constable
Kneebone would be interested to
hear from anyone who knows who
tags with SWARM.
Why someone with a criminal his-
tory would accept a ride in a police
car -- even given the weather -- con-
tinues to fascinate him.
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