The real harms of prostitution

MercatorNet 18 October 2010 Why would we legalise what women who have experienced it call ‘paid rape’ and voluntary slavery’? What is prostitution really like for the person in it? Recently The Economist ran a debate online about legalising prostitution. Putting the case against was San Francisco psychologist Melissa Farley, who is also the founder […]

Commercial imperatives prevail

Alcohol Action’s response to Government’s alcohol plans Published in the Dominion Post 26 August 2010 The Government made an interesting little promise when announcing their long awaited response to the Law Commission’s review earlier this week which, more than the timid and minimal response itself, sums up their irresponsible and uncaring attitude to the victims […]

A reminder that the administration of the abortion law is a travesty

By KARL DU FRESNE – The Dominion Post 20/07/2010 OPINION: It went unnoticed by the media, but Justice Minister Simon Power recently issued a press statement announcing that Rosemary Fenwicke had decided not to seek reappointment to the Abortion Supervisory Committee. There’s a story behind this. Dr Fenwicke, a member of the three-person committee since […]

Political grandstanding a futile gesture

By Garth George NZ Herald Jun 24, 2010 There are just eight days left for the Government to show some logic and common sense and to defer, at least, or abandon, at best, the costly, stupid and useless emissions trading scheme (ETS). I don’t accept what Act MP John Boscawen told a protest rally which […]

Bob McCoskrie: Pornography is not a private issue

Otago Daily Time Opinion 21 Jun 2010 What we do in the privacy of our room defines character, argues Bob McCoskrie. Further, the media should show the same level of indignation towards their promotion of the pornography industry as they have towards Shane Jones. In response to the viewing choices of Labour MP Shane Jones in […]

Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research

May 21, 2010 Visit this very good Australian website containing information to oppose the cloning of human beings and promote ethical stem cell research which does not rely on cloned human embryos.

Do nonphysical punishments reduce antisocial behavior more than spanking?

A comparison using the strongest previous causal evidence against spanking Robert E Larzelere, Ronald B Cox Jr, Gail L Smith Published in BioMed Central Pediatrics April 2010 This study concludes that all corrective actions by parents and psychologists appear to increase children’s antisocial behavior due to child effects on parents. Improved research methods are needed […]

Bob McCoskrie: Childcare Debate Is the Church speaking up for Children & Families?

Bob McCoskrie – National Director – Family First NZ March 2010 I recently drove past a church complex which had the following sign up for its daycare – “Now enrolling under-2’s”. I asked myself, “Is the church acting in the best interests of children and families?” Should we be concerned at the way that churches […]

The Dangers of Fatherlessness

CultureWatch 16 Feb 2010 (Bill Muehlenberg) An article in yesterday’s press had this headline: “Boys lack role models”. The piece began with these words: “A decline in the number of male teachers is being blamed for rising youth violence. Just 28 per cent of state schoolteachers are men, down from 32 per cent 10 years […]

Pro-Spanking Studies May Have Global Effect 07 Jan 2010  By: Theodore Kettle Two recent analyses – one psychological, the other legal – may debunk lenient modern parenting the way the Climategate e-mail scandal has short circuited global warming alarmism. A study entailing 2,600 interviews pertaining to corporal punishment, including the questioning of 179 teenagers about getting spanked and smacked by […]