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Religious Group News, March 2020:

  • Abortion in New Zealand has been decriminalised. Off site link: Stuff reports the Abortion Legislation Bill passed its third reading with 68 in favour and 51 votes opposing. The article highlights that there are still members of parliament who care for all human life:
  • National MP Simon O'Connor referenced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's speech following the March 15 mosque terror attacks.

    "They are us and we are them. I've said many, many times before that human rights apply to all humans.

    "And I find it sadly sad ... that for people to say they are us and we are them but when it comes to the unborn child, according to those who will support the bill, unborn children are certainly not with us and we are not with them and I condemn this position."

    He said he wouldn't support the bill as it gave no rights or dignity to the human child developing.


    National MP Chris Penk said it was wrong to suggest the current law criminalised women who got procedures as it instead was the health practitioners who were subject to the Crimes Act.

    "Much of the debate from those who have put forward this legislation as supposedly needed to this nation at this time has been founded on the argument that the unborn child deserves no protection under our law – that is wrong."

  • The Off site link: NZ Herald reports "... Justice Minister Andrew Little ... said women should not be subjected to harassment when going to receive a medical procedure." It's rather disturbing that a New Zealand MP can confuse a medical procedure – which saves a life – with a capital procedure – which terminates a life.

Site Changes, March 2020:

Religious Group News, February 2020:

  • Cult group Shincheonji has made the news in South Korea for being a hotbed of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Off site link: Stuff reports 200 of the 433 new cases of the disease in South Korea are connected to the cult. More than a thousand people who were at four worship services in February have been asked to isolate themselves.

Religious Group News, January 2020:

  • Another article about Gloriavale leavers – in particular James Harrison and his family of 15 children – has been Off site link: posted by Stuff. Along with looking at some of the changes leavers face, the article mentions The reclusive cult had become "even less open" after leadership passed from Gloriavale founder Hopeful Christian, who died in May 2018, to a group of elders. A previous story about James Harrison is Off site link: also on Stuff.

Site Changes, January 2020:

Religious Group News, December 2019:

  • Off site link: Stuff reports the New Zealand Skeptics has awarded the Wellington City Council its annual Bent Spoon award for the use of water divining, also called dowsing. But the council is denying it was them, pointing the finger at a contractor, Downer Group. Gary Sue, regional manager of Wellington Transport Services at Downer, defended the use of dowsing, saying it is one tool (of many) and that it was widely used. Some dowsers actually do use metal coathangers or just number 8 wire; the last line of the article probably means plastic coathangers. Whatever items are used are just as uneffective as any other. Other finalists included the anti-vaccination movement and alkaline water – related to the alkaline diet.

Site Changes, December 2019:

Religious Group News, November 2019:

  • Megan Phelps-Roper – formerly of Off site link: Westboro Baptist Church, and daughter of Westboro Baptist Church matriarch Shirley Phelps-Roper – will be on stage with Louis Theroux on 10 January 2020. More information in on Stuff here.
  • A company owned by Gloriavale members has failed in an application for money from the Provincial Growth Fund. Off site link: This Stuff article explains: A Provincial Development Unit spokeswoman said PGF funding, particularly for larger requests, was by repayable loans. "Applicants should also demonstrate an ability to fund at least 51 per cent of the project's overall costs. The application was for a substantial grant so it did not meet this criteria," she said.
  • Yoga teachers are injuring themselves trying to take photographs of difficult poses they can post on Instagram. This Off site link: article on Stuff quotes a UK physiotherapist highlighting the risk: "When I first started seeing patients eight years ago, I would see around one yoga teacher every six months. But now I am seeing four to five every month". The article also quotes a yoga teacher: "Most yoga teachers I know get injuries in their legs and lower backs for forcing themselves into positions."

Site Changes, November 2019:

Religious Group News, October 2019:

  • A quote from the blurb of colloidal silver currently for sale in New Zealand: [Brand name] Colloidal Silver has a positive charge on each ionic particle and when cells become infected with a bacteria they lose a positive electron and become negatively charged. Wikpedia listing for Off site link: electron: The electron is a subatomic particle, symbol e− or β− , whose electric charge is negative one elementary charge. (Emphasis added.) This is simply more evidence that colloidal silver sellers are scamming their customers.

Site Changes, October 2019:

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