You may remember that United Future MP Marc Alexander said back in June that he hoped the Greens burned in Hell. At the time, I wondered what our MPs had done to deserve this most terrible of fates.
I am wondering no longer. The Centre Church in Paraparaumu, a member of the International Convention of Faith Ministries, has declared the Greens 97 percent immoral. Yup, that’s ninety-seven. We’re pretty much beyond redemption. The whole list of parties in Parliament went as follows, with their immorality rating:
NZ First: 39%
United Future: 3%
How did they come up with these ratings? Well, they had a look at the voting records of MPs on the following Bills:
- Prostitution Law Reform Bill (which addressed the problem that users of prostitutes broke no laws while the prostitutes did, and helped provide legal protection against abuse for prostitutes)
- Civil Union Bill (which extended basic human rights to homosexual Kiwis)
- Death With Dignity Bill (which would have legalised euthanasia for the terminally ill)
- Care of Children Bill (which aimed to promote children’s welfare and best interests, by enshrining certain of their rights)
The only reason that the Greens weren’t 100% immoral is that Sue K voted against the Death With Dignity Bill (it being a conscience vote for Green MPs). So, I guess we should all thank God for Sue’s position on that Bill
More seriously, though, this survey is a pretty accurate indicator of how socially/morally liberal each party is, with the Greens at the liberal end of the spectrum and United at the conservative. There is, as well, a marked difference between Labour and National in this regard.
The results, however, should be most embarrassing for the Act party. For all it claims to be a liberal party, it is actually little better than NZ First in this regard. Also, Peter Dunne’s attempts to claim that United is anything more than a reactionary, deeply socially conservative party should be given short shrift in light of these results.