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EMERITUS PROFESSOR REX AHDAR: The Rainbow Connection


The rainbow, that once great sign of God’s covenant with humanity not to ever flood the Earth again (Genesis 9:9-17) has taken on a different hue. It has been co-opted by the homosexual community as a symbol of their proud emergence as a sub-culture deserving of equal approbation in Western liberal democracies.


What are we to make of the Destiny Church members painting over a rainbow pedestrian crossing in Gisborne? After an incensed Gisborne Mayor had the rainbow promptly repainted, several members of the Church (paint cans, brushes and rollers in hand) were arrested in anticipation of them re-painting (white) the same zebra crossing. A day or so later and the rainbow pedestrian crossing in trendy Karangahape Road, Auckland, was painted over by persons yet to be identified. Destiny Church did not claim credit for that protest.


Notice, I called it a protest, not ‘vandalism’ or, a fortiori, a ‘hate crime’. But then I’m a benighted orthodox (small ‘o’), conservative (small ‘c’) Christian. We all know Christianity is just the British coloniser’s religion, a foreign set of beliefs and practices introduced to soften up the indigenes for eventual takeover.


As usual, the fact that Destiny Church was involved is enough for most to take umbrage. In the Overton Window some stances are not acceptable. And in Polite Society, Brian Tamaki (he calls himself a bishop!) and the Destiny rabble are not ever to be ever spoken about, except derisively.


What next? The Karangahape Road sign will, with alacrity, be repainted with the rainbow colours. The Auckland police will leave no stone unturned, nor discarded paint can forensically unexamined, to find the perpetrators of this heinous vandalism.


Meanwhile, three of the Gisborne protestors have been charged with “graffiti vandalism”. Police Area Commander, Danny Kirk, of the Gisborne constabulary intoned (RNZ, 29 March 2024):


"We consider that, on the face of it, the alleged offending is consistent with a hate crime, and we will seek to establish that as fact during the ongoing investigations and court proceedings. This incident has caused concern for many people in our diverse community and acts like this have no place here. Freedom of speech and the right to protest are fundamental principles of a free and democratic society under the rule of law. Sadly, a line has been crossed on this occasion.”


A line has indeed been crossed, but it was crossed a while ago. Protests by the militant wing of the LGBTQ+ community are fine, but those opposing the Rainbow agenda will not be tolerated. It is a hate crime to oppose the Rainbow crowd, but good old freedom of speech and protest to vilify conservative speakers and punch their elderly supporters. The latter people are the ‘far’ right. They are recalcitrant antediluvian purveyors of hate who should be silenced “in our diverse community”. British conservatives now speak regularly of “two-tier policing”. I did not realise it had travelled here so swiftly.


This latest little contretemps in the kiwi kulturkampf is all about symbols and all about what they stand for. What is the meaning of the rainbow in the early 21st century? Mmmmm. Take it away Kermit:


So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it

I know they're wrong, wait and see

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection

The lovers, the dreamers and me.



Emeritus Professor Rex Ahdar, University of Otago


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I wonder how those 2 rainbow pedestrian crossings got there in the first place. Were they authorised by Council? installed by Council contractors? paid for by ratepayers? They did not comply with the NZTA Traffic Control Devices rule so should not have been allowed. Seems to me that the "protestors" that painted over them were actually saving Councils a job and saving some ratepayers' money

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Hmmm.


"We consider that, on the face of it, the alleged offending is consistent with a hate crime, and we will seek to establish that as fact during the ongoing investigations and court proceedings."


Normality, the investigation uncovers the facts, which then determines if any offence has been committed, not the other way around.


Arthur Allen Thomas is the obvious example of when Danny Kirk's strategy is employed

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"Show me the man, I'll find you the crime." Lavernity Beria, Stalins henchman.

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OJB
OJB
Apr 03

I see rainbow crossings as a political symbol representing a particular, controversial perspective. Create one, and you should expect a backlash. Painting over it is a legitimate form of political expression, IMHO. Calling it hate crime is very concerning. What about the hate crime at Posie Parker's visit which police ignored? I think there are two problems here: 1 political virtue signalling by councils, etc; and 2 uneven treatment of different sides in a societal controversy.

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Yes the two tiered policing thing is hugely worrying and s0 unjust. Really the antithesis 0f justice and s0 very undermining 0f traditional NZ values around equality and fairness.


Mark Mitchell is ineffective, he talks a big game but is wholly unable t0 achieve any kind of culture change within NZ Police. Time for National t0 rethink some of its cabinet ie: Luxon, Mitchell, Melissa Lee and perhaps Willis..


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Semperfi
Semperfi
Apr 01

This article bought back an itch that I’d hoped the General Election would rid me of. Instead it’s back and as irritating as it was pre november ‘23. The long descent into the abyss that started with the disenfranchised ‘minorities’ mantra.. we just want to be treated as equals. Gay rights, the feminist movement, cultural minorities et al. Well, they got ‘equality’ but that wasn’t enough.. now it’s ‘equity’. Equality gave the opportunity to be mechanics, bricklayers, truck drivers.. equity gives them a right to quota..a seat at the Boardroom table, seats in Parliament, accelerated promotion within the public service, police, military. Gone were the aspirations of equality, they wanted power and wouldn’t settle for less. If the police pus…

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The clock is ticking National.

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