Current attempts to form a new Christian political party in New Zealand do bring to mind the comment that “they couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery” (see Fresh bickering leaves Christian party in further disarray). I think many Christians are pleased to see these attempts fail. Partly because they feel that politics and religion should not be mixed in this country. But also because most Christians reject the policies of the Destiny Church and its Bishop Brian Tamaki. Current views in feedback to the NZ Herald indicate strong opposition.
New Zealanders have become familiar with the black shirt marches of Tamaki’s supporters and their attempts to create a “Christian Nation” which condones beating of children and imposition of conservative religious values.
The real ambitions of the Destiny Church, Bishop Brian Tamaki and the (now defunct) Destiny Party’s leader Richard Lewis is summed up in the Church “mission statement” prominent on the wall of their headquarters during recent TV interviews:
“Eventually everything will come under our influence.”
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