Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sunk with little trace

A while back there was a bit of media noise about a case brought to our Human Rights Tribunal concerning the possibility that rights had been denied by being turned down for ordination. It has taken a long time for the judgment of the tribunal to come out. But out it is, here on Taonga, and there will be a bishop or two who will sleep better tonight.

I cannot find the story on our Stuff or NZ Herald sites. Has it sunk with little trace already? That is probably because, as NZ readers of ADU know, a huge sex scandal concerning some politicians has completely enveloped our news hounds who cannot find enough salacious details to report. I am of course referring to this story in which, as you will read, unstoppable sex is reported.

Anyway, I am glad the Human Rights Tribunal judgment is what it is. It respects the rules of our church and permits the church to determine its own rules as and when it sees fit to change them or to establish new ones.

With H/T to commenter Nick, here are the links to the decision on the Human Rights Tribunal website:

the summary

the full judgement


Anonymous said...

"unstoppable sex"?????

Anyway, I would prefer if we did not have a Human Rights Act in the first place as it's primary purpose is to violate real rights, property rights and the right to voluntary association.

But at least in this case the tribunal has come to the right conclusion. Any notion of an independent Church subject to Christ the King rather than Caeser would have been out the door.

Perhaps I'm just more cynical about the bias of the mainstream media, but I strongly suspect that if the decision had gone the other way it would be a major story.

Anonymous said...

The decision is on the Human Rights Review Tribunal website. The discussion on the Human Rights Act's purpose to protect religious freedom is interesting.


carl jacobs said...

Far be it from me to defend the self-proclaimed High Priests of Democratic Modernity - the arrogant and insular Nabobs of Journalism who mistook the financial windfall of monopoly advertising for a great high calling as the self-appointed Fourth Estate. But 'Things stay the same' isn't much of a story. A contrary outcome would have been a much bigger story because it would have required change and driven conflict. In this case 'sink like a stone' is a good thing.