So what’s up with this?
Family First Muzzled Because of Traditional Marriage Views
Press Release: Family First New Zealand
Family First NZ has received notification that the Charities Commission intends to deregister the charity, citing Family First’s traditional view of marriage being one man and one woman as one of the reasons for the deregistration. The investigation began just after the gay marriage debate started last year.
“This is a highly politicised decision which is grim evidence that groups that think differently to the prevailing politically correct view will be targeted in an attempt to shut them up,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. …
Family First is a non-profit organisation which receives no government funding, is funded purely by donations and gifts from New Zealand families, and relies heavily on volunteer time.
“You know a country is in trouble when a family group speaking up, publishing research, and holding conferences on traditional family values is deemed to be of no public benefit, and is in the public interest to be punished. It seems to be almost illegal to hold a viewpoint,” says Mr McCoskrie.
If we took this release at face value then I would be opposed to deregistration on the basis of FF’s (neolithic, stupid, offensive) views. But…
It’s important to note the phrase “one of the reasons for the deregistration”. Clearly there is more going on here than the issue that FF have chosen to highlight. And FF is not being “muzzled” – a change in charitable status affects their tax status, not their ability to crank out press releases. I’m surprised that (if this release is true) the Charities Commission listed “traditional view of marriage” as factor, but I’d be interested to hear what the other factors are in this case.