Bruce Logan – Deregistering Family First would affect much more than just one charity

first_imgBRUCE LOGAN IS A BOARD MEMBER OF FAMILY FIRST NZ. The attempt by the Charities Board to deregister Family First, if successful, would be a watershed, not just for Family First, but for the whole country. It is unlikely that Family First will ever find itself defending any issue of greater importance.Deregistration would be a legal victory for those ideologues who would take power away from the family and give it to the state.The irony is that this might not be their intention, they might not know this is what they’re doing, but that will be the consequence nevertheless.The Charities Board believes that the primary purpose of Family First is to “promote and protect its view of the traditional family through advocating its view on various social issues.”This is a reductionist understanding of what Family First is doing.The term “traditional family” is inadequate because it is only part of the story. “Natural family” is a precise, useful and rational term.The natural family is biologically determined, intergenerational and rationally and historically observable. The natural family is the consequence of the sexual nature of men and women. It is not a subjective or ideological or religious construction.Advocacy, to use the language of the Charities Board, should be “objectively aimed at promoting the moral improvement of society.” The Charities Board denies this is what Family First is doing in its promotion of the natural family.The Charities Board also says, “the promotion of moral improvement may be charitable where it is directed at the promotion of an ethical philosophical system.”That is exactly what Family First is doing. The natural family is an ethical system that can be philosophically and sociologically described. It is the primary institution of civil society. We can take civil society to mean that rule of law that permits various social institutions to have their own limited areas of responsibility and rights. For example, the family, the church, clubs, businesses and so on.The refusal to accept the natural family as the primary institution of civil society is a shift in our culture’s understanding of authority. Western culture is built on a belief in knowable truth, truth that, among other things, is rational, observable and historically verifiable.Deregistration is a critical issue, but it is not the most significant. The desire for deregistration has its origin in an ideology that redefines the family. That redefinition is a direct attack on productive social order, the rights and responsibilities of parents and children and consequently it is a reordering of the nature of human rights. For example, the conflict around parental notification has only become possible because the essential role and authoritative responsibility of the natural family is no longer understood by many social agencies. (This is not the place to talk about the contrast between negative and positive human rights; some other time perhaps.)The rejection of the natural family as foundational is only possible after the acceptance of the authority of the “Self”. Rational thought is overwhelmed by the authority of personal subjectivity.  The family is simply an organisation of people that anyone can claim it to be.The position of the charities board is incoherent. It confuses metaphor with reality. Any discussion of the family must presuppose that it can be defined. That definition until recent times has always been accepted to be the natural family. It’s not possible to talk about alternative families, different kinds of families without first having a primary model. One cannot describe coherently different family forms without a preconceived notion of family. To suggest that one might be as good as another is irrational.The Charities Board does not define the traditional family, nor any other kind of family. Without saying so it declares there is no virtue of one particular, so-called, family form over another.It’s worth noting, that hatred of the natural family underpins Marxism and its contemporary offshoots. The natural family, the primary educator of children, stands between the freedom of the individual and the tyrannical state.That understanding is clearly sustained by biblical scripture, and even Aristotle and Plato debated the issue. Plato would have parents produce children, but have them taken away to be educated by the state. Aristotle, on the other hand declared this would be destructive because the children would be fatherless, and the consequences of that fatherlessness would be catastrophic. He knew that the family is a basic cell of society and without the investment between biologically related individuals, family love will run thin, violence will increase and social well-being will decline.last_img read more

‘Shabu’ puts Estancia local behind bars

first_imgThe suspect was detained and chargedwith violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Actof 2002./PN When frisked, he yielded five moresachets of suspected illegal drugs, police said. ILOILO City – A 29-year-old man wasnabbed in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Poblacion, Estancia, Iloilo. John Mark Luena was brought to theEstancia police station. Luena – resident of Barangay Tabuan,Estancia – was caught after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to anundercover cop for P500 around 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 22. last_img

MIller Township Board hosting meeting to discuss cumulative fire fund

first_imgBright, IN—The Miller Township Board will be holding a meeting for the taxpayers in Miller Township in Dearborn County on Thursday, June 25 at 7 pm at the Bright Lion’s Building to consider the establishment of a Cumulative Fire Fund under the provisions of Indiana Code 36-8-14 for the following purposes: For all uses set out in I.C.§36-8-14-2.The tax will be levied on all taxable real and personal property within the taxing district and will not exceed $.0333 per $100 of assessed evaluation. The proposed fund will be levied beginning with the taxes due and payable in the year 2021.last_img

Gotv Boxing: Real One finally gets Joe Boy clash

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance The much-anticipated clash between Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, African Boxing Union lightweight champion, and Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union champion, has been approved by the ABU and will hold at GOtv Boxing Night 20 on 12 October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. . This was disclosed by Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night. Dubbed “fight of the decade”, the bout will see Joe Boy stake his title, which he successfully defended against Ghana’s Success “Braveheart” Tetteh at GOtv Boxing Night 18 in Ibadan in April. Joe Boy and Real One are considered the best in the lightweight division, with boxing analysts rating the bout as a potential blockbuster. Both boxers, who remain undefeated, have never met before, professionally at least, but Real One claims he defeated Joe Boy in their days as amateurs. The claim has been denied by the ABU champion, who regards himself as king of the division. As common in fierce rivalries, there is bad blood aplenty. Twice this year, Real One has publicly challenged Joe Boy. The first time was at the press conference announcing GOtv Boxing Night 18, which saw Real One leap out of his seat to yell at Joe Boy, who was been presented ahead of his title defence against Tetteh. The verbal confrontation almost resulted in exchange of blows. Again at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, where Joe Boy knocked out Tetteh in the first round, Real One jumped on the ring, as Joe Boy was being announced winner, to throw another challenge-to the delight of the capacity crowd, which seemed to think he can end Joe Boy’s winning run. For many analysts, the rivalry is reminiscent of the Dele Jonathan vs the late Hogan Jimoh and Joe Lasisi vs Jerry Okorodudu rivalries of the 80s.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim on playing man-to-man: ‘We wanted to get some practice’

first_imgSyracuse took a break from its patented 2-3 zone in an exhibition and went with man-to-man defense on Tuesday night. Jim Boeheim hinted throughout the preseason that the Orange’s depth and versatility would allow it to try new styles. After building the program for years synonymous with its defensive style, Boeheim finally deviated against Indiana University of Pennsylvania.The Orange beat the Crimson Hawks, 83-65, but the defensive shakeup was the most notable thing to occur in a meaningless game.The Orange’s starting five — Frank Howard, Andrew White, Tyler Lydon, Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman — came out in man, but it didn’t work for SU. Four and a half minutes into the game, Syracuse trailed 15-3 and Boeheim subbed all five players on the court.“We started the game in a man (defense) because we wanted to get some practice,” Boeheim said. “It was a bad team to try and man-to-man because they got Dajuan outside, they made three 3s against our centers so it’s just not a good situation for us. That doesn’t mean we can’t play it, but we can’t play it against a team that brings our center out there. We’re not good in that situation.”Within the first five minutes of the game, IUP went 3-for-6 on 3s, with all three makes coming within a one-minute span. Guard Anthony Glover made two while 6-foot-7 forward Blake Danielak also knocked one down.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe last time Syracuse played man-to-man was in 2009 against Le Moyne. Though it was an exhibition, the Orange was stunned in that game, 82-79. The Dolphins went 7-for-20 from beyond the arc and a trio of 3s helped give Le Moyne the lead by one with eight minutes to play.Boeheim has studied the zone defense for 54 years and made the switch to use the defense full-time in 1996. His reasoning was that if SU plays the zone constantly, opposing offenses have to go out of their way to prepare for Syracuse rather than the other way around, like if the Orange played man-to-man.Though the Orange’s roster includes players with wide wingspans — notably 6-foot-6 guard Tyus Battle and Paschal Chukwu at 7 feet 2 inches — seemingly conducive to covering space in the zone, Boeheim said before the season that having more depth will allow his team to do “more things.” On Tuesday, Syracuse revealed part of what he was talking about.Boeheim added that IUP is different than “95 percent of the teams we play this year.” The 41-year head coach said Tuesday’s game yielded results that were as beneficial as nearly every other exhibition game SU has played under him. Though it wasn’t successful, practicing man-to-man gave the Orange at least a small bit of experience with it against an opposing team.“The reason we haven’t in the last 2-3 years is we really haven’t had a chance to be able to do that,” Boeheim said. “… We could theoretically use it in some situations.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Wellington DARE graduation was a sentimental one Wednesday evening

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Anna · 392 weeks ago You’ve done a fabulous job with the kids Bobby!!! The ones who got a chance to do DARE with him are extremely lucky. Bobby not only lead the DARE program but made it so much more and a way of life for the kids!! You will be missed!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — (Editor’s note – There is a slideshow below) The Wellington Fifth Grade DARE Graduation at the WHS Auditorium was a tear jerker.The Wellington Fifth grades from Eisenhower, Lincoln, Kennedy and Washington came together Wednesday evening for the final DARE graduation under the direction of Bobby Wilson.Wilson, a former Student Resource Officer, has become a detective for the Wellington Police Department. Jim Yunker, the current USD 353 SRO, will take over as the DARE officer in 2013-14.WPD Chief Tracy Heath presented Wilson with the Medal of Merit – the third highest achievement an officer can achieve after the Medal of Valor and the Medal of Honor.“Before Bobby came on board, we were about to do away with the DARE program,” Heath said. “He made the program into one of the best in the state. And there is no doubt the graduation is the best in the state.”Wilson also receive a DARE Cup from the Sumner County DARE program. Belle Plaine Police Chief Gordon Fell presented the award. He also was presented gifts from his wife Ginger Wilson and students from each elementary school.As far as the students go, there were plenty of awards to be given.•Tyler Brown won the coveted “Kathrine “Kat” Tredway Essay Award. For his outstanding essay he received four tickets to a Kansas City Royals game, a Royals jersey and other Royals memorabilia.•Rachel Stringer won a Kindle Fire for being the best all-around student in the classroom.•Blake Rausch won the 2013 Christian Miller “Man of Steel” Award.As always there was plenty of cheering and yelling. Yell leaders from each elementary school were: Hanna Arebalo of Kennedy, Quinn McCue of Eisenhower, Zane Cornejo of Washington and Derick Kotchavar of Lincoln.Tayshawn Washington of Kennedy led the Pledge of Allegiance. Honor Guards were: Billy Walker of Kennedy; True DeJarnett of Kennedy, Kylie Lloyd of Washington, Tory Lewellen of Washington, Blake Rausch of Lincoln, Seth Stang of Lincoln, Hanna Hawks of Eisenhower and Kade Hackerott of Eisenhower.Anyone wanting the special made DARE shirrs can buy them through Bobby for $10 each. Pay when they order.These are the ones with the kids initials. Heck take a pic if Quinns shirt and put that on there.The slideshow for yesterday evening’s festivities is here.To see the pictures enlarged click here.last_img read more

Juve held at Bologna, opens door to Napoli

first_imgBOLOGNA, Italy (AP):Juventus missed the chance to move four points clear in Serie A and will not be able to level the record of consecutive wins after they were held to a goalless draw at Bologna yesterday.Massimiliano Allegri’s team beat Napoli last weekend to move top and were seeking a 16th consecutive win, which would have left them one behind Inter Milan’s record set in 2006-07.Victory would also have given Juventus a significant advantage ahead of Napoli’s match against AC Milan on Monday. Instead, Napoli can move a point ahead of Juventus with a win.”We gave our all on the pitch, maybe with a few too many errors in the last ball,” Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said. “The season is long. We didn’t win the title last week against Napoli, and we haven’t lost it now.”Bonucci insisted he and his teammates did not have one eye on Europe ahead of the resumption of the Champions League next week and Tuesday’s visit of Bayern Munich.”The title will be fought for right until the end,” he added. “Now, we have to focus on Tuesday, but we weren’t distracted by the match against Bayern Munich. When you’re playing for the title, you never think about the next match.”Juventus did not have a single shot on target all match, for the first time since 2011.Bologna had the best chance of the match in the 21st minute when Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon parried a Matteo Destro effort from long range and Godfred Donsah fired the rebound well wide of the left upright.last_img read more

Duke Appleton Wins NATC, LiVArts Technology Art Competition

first_imgArt judges have named Duke Appleton as the winner of New Africa Technology Company’s (NATC) ‘technology art competition’, done in collaboration with Liberia Visual Art Academy (LiVArts).Announcing the result over the weekend, the judges said although every participant was a winner who presented masterpieces, the competitive nature of the event, however, called for ‘a single star.’ “You made the choice through the voting process and we are proud to present to you Duke Appleton as the champion, with Brima Wolobah coming very close. “Each artwork that was presented has individual essence and a connection with the role technology can play in developing Liberia. Overall, the works show the creativity of the artists, which was appreciated by the audience,” said the panel of judges.Farzana Rasheed, NATC CEO, said the company has great respect and love for art, citing love as the reason behind the competition. “This competition presents another excellent opportunity for professional artists to showcase their artwork to the company’s clients and friends.“We are going to give the winner a cash prize of US$250 and have his artwork featured on the company’s 2015 Christmas cards for our clients.“Each artist that enters this competition is a winner. Your participation is an act of faith, which exhibited that you believe in ones own gifts and strength. Even if your artwork did not win the competition, it is not a problem. What really matters is that you are an artist whose work inspired people,” said Madam Farzana Rasheed.She extended thanks and appreciation to the nine artists that participated in the event for exhibiting excellence works that stirred the imagination of those in attendance.In his winning remarks, Duke Appleton said: “I never thought that I could win this competition because we have a lot of great artists that took part in this unique competition that showcase our creativity as artists.“I’m grateful to my following artists, organizers of this event and all those that voted for me and hope that this initiative is turned into a bigger one next time.“I also want to thank you, my fans, for making me win this important competition, and to tell the world that art and technology have something unique in common.”In a brief remark, the Executive Director of LiVArts, Leslie Lumeh, said: “This is the competition where distinct pieces of artwork dance with technology. The great thing here is that every artist put together a worthy piece that is valuable in the art world.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inconnu swimmers take home twenty medals at J.P. Fiset Invitational

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – The Inconnu Swim Club sent eighteen swimmers to Edmonton this past weekend for the club’s last swim meet of 2016.Competing at the J.P. Fiset Invitational, the team did not disappoint. The team was represented on the podium a total of twenty times, with 12 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 4 bronze. Cameron Louie led the team with an impressive eight gold medals in 8 individual events, along with a ninth gold with the rest of the U12 Boys medley relay team comprised of Kade Schwarz, Owen Lang and Tytan Carson.Cameron’s brother Eric Louie found the podium four times, with two gold, a silver and a bronze. Louie also set two swim meet records. Tytan Carson had a breakthrough meet and earned himself a gold, three silver, and a bronze medal. Alex Hedges also earned bronze medals in the 50m and 100m Butterfly events.- Advertisement -In addition to the impressive medal count, twenty-one Inconnu records were broken over the weekend. Cameron Louie broke a whopping seven records, while Tytan Carson broke three. Eric Louie and Tate Haugan each broke two records, while Brittany Welsh and Alexandria Hedges also set new individual club records. Five new relay records were also set over the weekend.This meet was also the last for Eric and Cameron Louie in their respective age groups. The two brothers will both be aging up after Christmas but they left their mark before their birthdays. As of Sunday, Eric recorded the fastest 50m Butterfly time in Canada in his age group this season, while Cameron is the current fastest 50m Breaststroke swimmer in Canada for his age group.last_img read more

Barca reach Champions League round of 16

first_img0Shares0000Juventus forward Paulo Dybala attempts an acrobatic effort on the Barcelona goal but watches as it misses the targetTURIN, Italy, Nov 22 – Barcelona advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday after clinching top spot in Group D following a 0-0 draw against Juventus in Turin.Last season’s finalists Juventus remain second in the group, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img