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Council of Churches Academic “gospel of apartheid”
Thursday, 10 May 2007, 12:29 am
Press Release: Tim Wikiriwhi
Press release:

World Council of Churches Academic spreads “gospel of apartheid and appeasement”.

By Libertarian Independent Tim Wikiriwhi.

The opportunity to hear the Very Rev Lois Wilson speak on human rights and religious toleration at the Hamilton City Councils reception lounge on Wednesday night was taken by about 40 people including Libertarian Independent Tim Wikirwhi, a Christian, said he was eager to hear what contribution she had to improving relations between different religious faiths.

Dr Wilson, who was the first woman president of the Canadian council of Churches and the first Canadian to be president of the World Council of Churches spoke for about half an hour on the topic ‘When Freedoms Collide” talking about her experiences around the globe and laying down her three principles, which were firstly, that ‘there are no absolute rights’. Secondly, that governments ought to interfere as little as possible, and thirdly, that we need to act in solidarity rather than leave small minorities to be democratically trodden underfoot, quoting the famous lines of Pastor Martin Niemoller…

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

In her speech she made references to her homeland of Canada and bemoaned the mistreatment of those she called “the first nations” at the hand of the colonials, and directly endorsed what she called ‘positive discrimination’ and ‘restorative justice’ by which she said legal favoritism was justified.

She said freedoms collided because “no one was right and no one was wrong.”

She opened the floor to questions and was asked whether she expected everyone to compromise their beliefs to which she replied No.

Spotting some problems with her third principle a gentleman asked her “Why should I show toleration or solidarity with someone who believes in the genital mutilation of young girls? (female castration) to which she was quick to say that she had no qualms about legislation against it.

It was then that Mr Wikiriwhi was given opportunity to ask a question, first setting the context by saying that he agreed with her second principle but was appalled by her first one, and sited the issue about female genital mutilation and her legislation against it was proof that the first principle did not stand up, that clearly it was an absolute right that girls be safe from having their genitals mutilated, and then asked her to define Justice which Dr Wilson refused.

Mr Wikirwhi then told her that her whole notion that ‘Freedoms collide’ was an absurdity and that to the degree that New Zealand upheld the absolute rights of the Individual, was the degree that our nation is good and to the degree that our country rejected those rights was the degree that it is bad!

Dr Wilson challenged Mr. Wikiriwhi with the question What are those rights? He responded by listing…”My right to life. My right over my own body. My right to private property, on which I may build a church on mine, and you may build a mosque on yours!”.

Mr. Wikiriwhi then asked her if she thought Bin laden was wrong, to which she replied “I don’t know, I’ve never met him.”

At this stage there was a general ruckus and Dr Wilson said she had nothing more to say to Mr. Wikiriwhi. As He got up to leave Dr Wilson said she regretted his decision to go, to which he replied he had no time for someone who would not define justice.

Speaking afterward Mr. Wikiriwhi called her a spineless democrat, who promoted apartheid and could not define justice as a consequence.

He said that it was the worst speech he ever heard!


Tim Wikiriwhi.
Libertarian Independent.

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