Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Family Integrity # 135 -- Less than 2 weeks to go - Section 59 - What can we be doing now?

Family Integrity # 135 -- Less than 2 weeks to go - Section 59 - What can we be doing now?


With only 2 weeks to go until the Section 59 Select Committee has to report back to Parliament the debate is hotting up.

1. Write your MP as many times as you remember to do so. There are many negative aspects of repealing Section 59 and NO, I repeat, there are NO positive aspects to repeal, unless you buy the extremist arguments of Bradford and Co that repeal will somehow send the desired message moving all abusers to stop their abuse, and that the Police will not uphold the wording of the law and press charges against the suddenly vastly increased number of unjustifiable acts of technical assault.

Repeal will reduce parental authority to near zero since they will be unauthorised to use any force at all, however light, to back up their authority.

Repeal will expose every single parent to charges of criminal assault (worth as much as two years in jail) whenever that parent uses or even threatens to use reasonable force, however light, to make the child do what is required or to make the child stop doing what is forbidden.

Repeal will transfer parental authority to use force to two groups: the police and social workers. It has already been said that police are not likely to pursue cases of reported "smacking" (which will become acts of criminal assault), but will instead refer them to CYFs who already operate according to a policy which regards smacking, however light, as assault.

Repeal does nothing to reduce real abuse and violence: tightening up TV and video violence, being tougher on school yard bullying, dealing with the drug and alcohol abuse and addressing the culture of violence and death wherein mothers are encouraged to premeditate upon and then seek out and destroy their own unborn children would all do much more to reduce New Zealand's record of violence.

Write your MP today.

2. The Select Committee will be meeting again on THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2006 12-1pm and will be reporting back to Parliament shortly after that. The second reading could be before October 31. Therefore there is an urgency for us all to be writing/visiting/phoning our MPs. All MP contact details can be found at: http://www.familyintegrity.org.nz/page/588413

3. http://www.FamilyIntegrity.org.nz has a lot of good information to help with writing letters/emails/faxes to the MPs.

4. From Ruby Harrold-Claesson "The Verdict came by fax today. The court refuses to let the children go. I'm so disappointed for those poor parents." "Many thanks for your kind thoughts and your expressions of sympathy for Mats Nilsson and his wife Charlotte Ydström-Nilsson and their seven children in unnecessary foster care. Even their eighth child, their two year old, is on the losing end. She has been deprived daily loving contact with her father and her siblings. These two years - or how much longer this cruel injustice will last - can never be compensated.

"Until October 16, 2003, the Nilsson family was a big, happy family living at one and the same address. On that day the family was broken up and six of the children were placed at one address, the seventh, a boy who is handicapped by Spina Bifida, was placed at a second address and mother and father were left alone. Then baby came along on Sept. 13, 2004, and mother and father had to separate - mother went "under ground" to protect the baby. Now the ten family members are living at four different addresses. That is Family Care Swedish style!

"The father called me four times yesterday. He had difficulty hiding his disapointment. The only thing we can do now is appeal and hope that there is some justice somewhere in the Swedish Administrative courts.

"OBS! It's cases like this one that will become a reality for many parents in NZ if Sue Bradford gets her Bill through."

More on this story at http://www.familyintegrity.org.nz/page/589946

5. The Listener articles can now be read online: Hands Off http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3463/features/7077/hands_off.html

Zero tolerance http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3463/features/7078/zero_tolerance.html

Love & correction http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3463/features/7079/love_correction.html

6. Within TWO weeks the Select Committee will report back to Parliament about Section 59 of the Crimes Act. This must happen by 31 October 2006. The second reading of the Bill will occur sometime after that - which could be before October 31. Therefore time is running out. We all need to act now. Above all we must be much in prayer that God's Will will be done. We need to be informed and inform our MPs. Plus we need to see a public firestorm of protest to the MPs.
So please let others know too.

So please pass this email around. Time is Short. Get the word out far and wide. Please fast and pray, be informed, and encouraged, and ACT NOW!

Craig and Barbara

PS Information below here is from previous countdown emails. It is included here for those who have had this email forwarded to them for the first time: If you have not read these or listened to these then please do so soon.

1. Read this online book and pass it around: By Fear and Fallacy by Michael L Drake http://FamilyIntegrity.org.nz/page/873810. It is a devastating critique of the entire repeal lobby. And read this article: Should Reasonable Correction Of Children Be Illegal? - An Article About Michael Drake's New Book

2. Buy these DVDs and show them around: http://www.FamilyIntegrity.org.nz/page/873825
Advert for DVDs, Broadband users - (1 min 37 sec) Advert for DVDs, Dial-up- (1 min 37 sec)

3. If you have not already then read this article in the 19 Sept 06 Herald - "Parents should sit licence test, say experts.
" http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10401922
and then read this article: http://www.nzcpd.com/weekly50.htm

4. Listener Poll results: http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3463/7045.html

Should smacking be:
4% Outlawed in all circumstances
96% Permitted in some circumstances, within reason.

5. Letters to the Listener Editor : http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3465/letters/7156.html
and http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3464/letters/7097.html

(You can still write letters to the Listener Editor, via email, letters@listener.co.nz or post PO Box 90783, Auckland Mail Centre. Please remember to include your name and address. Then turn those emails/letters into letters to the MPs).

6. CALL TO REPENTANCE AS A NATION As we get very near to the 2nd reading of Section 59 of the Crimes Act we need to remember that this is God's battle not ours. With the state of our Country it may be God's Will for this bill to be repealed. As we suffer perscusion the Church will be purified. This need not be though if we will be like the people of Nineveh, (Jonah 1:2). Let us be like the people of Nineveh in Jonah 3:5 where they believed God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth. In Jonah 3:8 the King said "let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightly to God; yea, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not?" Then victory came Jonah 3:10 "When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it."

We also have the example of Ethelred and Alfred the Great from History.

The battle was about to begin. Alfred went to look for his brother the King and he found him with the Priest: "Ethelred-my brother-my king," he cried, "the Danes are upon us. Their lines are formed. My men are ready. A moment's delay may lose the battle." But Ethelred said quietly: "It is the service of God. Our priest is saying prayers for us and for our men. Shall I forsake the help of God to trust in men and in weapons? It is meet that the king pray for his people." Ethelred and Alfred had success that day. Two months later King Ethelred died and Alfred became King of England. At the end of 877 after 7 years as King and many victories in battle he lost his throne, luxurious lifestyle and went many a day with nothing to eat and lived hidden in the bogs and marshes. In May 878 he gathered together a rag tag army of the farmers around him. Before going into battle he prayed with his men a prayer of repentance. They had Victory at that battle.

So people of New Zealand let us pray prayers of repentance like King Alfred the Great and be like the people of Nineveh who cried mightly to God; yea, every one turned from his evil way. We might yet see God's hand keep Section 59 from being repealed.

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