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Highlights from the blogs over the last week...

27 May
The Vote No blog picks up on a letter written into the Dominion Post by blogger Dave Crampton, shining the torch on inconsistency from Unicef. One moment they're saying that children should be treated as adults when it comes to parental-correction, and then in the next breath they're opposed to young children appearing in court - as they are, afterall - by definition, children!

Surely it is inconsistent to advocate that children should be treated the same as adults under the law generally, then campaign that they shouldn't be under another law that does not fit your ideology.

28 May
David Farrar posts a salient letter to the editor from a Maori man who is a Manakau City Councillor, below is a short excerpt which is dryly amusing,

It is really disappointing that many local Maori leaders are trying to separate Maori from the rest of the population by supporting sparate Maori councillors...
From personal experience I believe the main reason there are not more Maori in local body politics is because not many stand.

29 May
Albert Mohler is concerned about the txting epidemic, and warns parents...

In the fourth quarter of 2008 American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month.  That, dear friends, is nothing to LOL about...
Authorities now blame excessive texting for sleep deprivation, distraction in school, poor grades, and even repetitive stress injuries.  These teens are texting while they should be sleeping, and they are sleeping with the cell phone set to vibrate so that they can respond to texts from friends without waking parents...
Teens should not be allowed to sleep with cell phones in the bedroom, and parents need to set clear parameters for the use of phones for both voice calls and text messages.  Commonsense rules will go a long way toward restoring sanity.

He's dead right, cellphones can make it really easy for family members young and old to keep in touch. However there is something wrong when young children are given free reign to a tool with this much scope and power.

30 May
"The more I know about science and technology, the more I believe there has to be a God." says Scrubone in his post listing 20 foolish reasons that people give for rejecting Christianity, and here's number one...

1. God is wrathful, jealous, hateful, and kills nations of people like it is a bodily function. He is certainly not just or “holy” in nature.

Actually, the Bible records that man rejected God and chose death. Let me say that again: it’s our choice. If you don’t believe me, look around you today – the world continues to reject even the very basic principles (such as not committing adultery) which we know will lead to a more peaceful society.

And Constant Joy has an article from Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi who writes on the changing attitude towards abortion that is sweeping across America...

What happened? Is it possible that the nation has undergone a gigantic attitudinal shift on the fundamental issue of abortion in only three years' time? Logically, it seems that the entire framing of the debate has become antiquated and far too simplistic for the questions we face. Anecdotally, I would say it's possible.

I know I've changed my views.

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