The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing
Rather than rant about Brian Tamaki and the Destiny Church, I’m going to.... Well, actually, let me say first that I’m not sure whether to credit Mr Tamaki with enough intelligence to be intellectually dishonest, or whether he’s simply a dangerous idiot. Having not been brought up a Christian, having never been a Christian, and not having read all of the Bible, I still know that Jesus is reported to have said “μὴ κρίνετε, ̔ίνα μὴ κριθῆτε” (“Judge not, that ye be not judged”, Matthew 7:1), and I know that interpretation of the Bible has been going on for as long as there has been a Bible, and God hasn’t declared a winner yet.
But there is a worse problem, for being more insidious, than fundamentalist wackos: according to a segment on Nightline last night, the principal of Wellington High School, Prue Kelly, said in response to the majority of students protesting the leasing of school buildings to Destiny Church that it was a business decision, and not the students’ concern. Excuse me, Ms Kelly, but you are running a school, not a business, and if your students are concerned about what is going on at school then you should be paying close attention to them. Your role is, first and foremost, to ensure the wellbeing and education of your students. It betrays a complete lack of sensitivity to consider that what happens on school property outside of school hours has no influence on those who use it during school hours, and to hold such a view makes you utterly unfit to act in any educational capacity.
Really, what is wrong with this woman? When teenagers are normally apathetic and uninterested, how can a protest on the part of so many of them be dismissed so brazenly? How can such a sign of budding political and social activity, the core of citizenship, be quashed rather than celebrated? How can money be given a higher place than the care of children? Well, from a look at their (really badly designed) website, money seems to be the primary concern of the administration of the school: at least three of the eight links on the home page (one of the links is broken) go to versions of the story trumpeting their winning of an export award, with no mention of a student anywhere. Time, I think, to write to Ms Kelly (email@example.com).
Posted by jamie on August 24, 2004 09:18+12:00