Hosking on cannabis referendum — Kiwiblog

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I don’t often agree with Mike Hosking – but on this issue he has a point.  With the partial exception of medicinal cannabis, in a tightly regulated environment, many New Zealanders will see the problems of exposing more people to drug use.

Acknowledgements to Kiwiblog.

Mike Hosking writes: Firstly, the Greens lost this battle. This is not what they wanted. They wanted a vote, and for that vote to be law on the spot. Their original win was to get a vote in the first place. That was part of their confidence and supply document. It was a sop that,…

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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One of the great lessons from the New Zealand response to the terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists in Christchurch is the need for tolerance and respectful and civil discourse. The compassion and love shown towards our Muslim brothers and sisters has been as it should be – filled with grace and heartfelt love towards people who just wanted to practice their faith in peace in their new homeland.  In particular Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown real leadership in articulating the feelings of the country during one of its darkest days.

Healthy and respectful dialogue requires both civility and authenticity. There are matters over which people of faith, people of no faith, atheists and agnostics disagree profoundly.  Similarly the Muslim perspective of God is different to the Christian perspective. That is well and good.  It shows that there is freedom to pursue truth within the framework of care and civility.

The late Nabeel Qureshi gives an account of his life as a Muslim and his journey from Islam to Christianity as documented in his book, seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.  In this video he provides a respectful but clear insight into the similarities and differences between Christian and Muslim faith perspectives. Youtube video of Nabeel Qureshi

Ardern articulates the feelings of a nation

ardern hijabWith tremendous grace, compassion and strength Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern articulated the feelings of a nation when she spoke about New Zealand’s darkest day.

The Prime Minister has demonstrated a strong instinct for the national mood. More than that she has shown authentic convictions based on compassion, community and human dignity.

The call for a national two minutes of silence allowed everyone to actively express their own grief and to honour those that were killed in the massacre at Christchurch mosques last week.  A News report highlighted the national mood and the unity most New Zealanders feel to stand opposed against violence and hatred.

As a New Zealander it was incredible to see people from all walks of life: Christians, Jews, Agnostics, and many of others of other faiths, or no faith, rally around to show their solidarity with the Muslim community at this time.