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Friday, October 27, 2006

Would you put Jesus in jail?


There is a new political movement within religious American society that is moving away from the far right conservatism and moving towards the progressive liberal theology of Martin Luther King.

This movement is 30million strong and is much more focused on global warming, anti-war and a deep compassion for their fellow man – which is always what I thought religion should be about – it is good to see that this movement is being carried here in NZ with the creation of this new group.

Groups unite to campaign for punishment without jail
Two Christian groups working in prisons joined forces yesterday to start a campaign to persuade New Zealanders to keep more people out of prison.

The Salvation Army and Prison Fellowship invited all MPs to a meeting at Parliament to hear from a high-powered reference board for the campaign, led by former Governor-General and Anglican Archbishop Sir Paul Reeves.

The Salvation Army's director of social policy, Major Campbell Roberts, said other measures, such as treating mental health problems and addictions, would be more effective in reducing crime than locking offenders in jail.

"We are locking more people away than previously, and for longer periods, but if you said to most people, are they feeling safer, the answer would be no," he said.

"Often the only response that we have to punishment is prison, but there are other options. There are things that are working well. People need to know that."

New Zealand's jail rolls have risen by a third since a tough new sentencing law was passed in 2002, and the country now has the fourth-highest imprisonment rate in the developed world.

4 Comments:

At 27/10/06 12:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus didn't exist you idiot.

So now we are going to let corrupt religious cults lecture us on running the country.

 
At 27/10/06 5:00 pm, Blogger ¤°Z°¤-Luke-¤°Z°¤° said...

Do you have proof he didn't exist? I'm not saying he did but who are you to say he didn't?

Thats religon mate, faith. Its just the fundys that give religon a bad look.

I think whats happening with this in America is a good change from the usual big christian movements always tainted with hate of something or a community of people.

One thing all religons have had as the main rule, step, path etc. Love.
Yet it's the only thing that is never quoted of or used though...

 
At 27/10/06 8:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear you have fallen for it .....

So many killings so much love ......

 
At 30/10/06 5:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you put Jesus in jail?

Better than making a bloody (no pun intended) martyr of him. Something had to be done though, he wasn't helping anyone with that "I am the son of God" bullshit. Oh, and my mother was a virgin. Righhht. If it wasn't for drivel such as that people might pay attention to some of the decent things he said.

- Nobody.

 

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