Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Say a little prayer
Mr Key is at it again. This time, as faithfully reported by the ever-faithful New Zealand Herald, he is having a dig at the PM over attendance at Waitangi events. Mr Key went to the dawn service, you see, while the PM did not. Mr Key wants us to know that he was invited to participate by a kaumatua: "He just really made the point that the leader of New Zealand wasn't here today and so there was an opportunity for me to say a few words and I just simply offered a prayer and acknowledged the opportunity I had to offer that prayer."
And that prayer would be to whom? Is this not the same Mr Key who does not believe in God, who said “if you define God as some supreme being that when you die you go through the pearly gates, then I don’t believe in it," whatever that is supposed to mean? It is that man. This is the same Mr Key who only goes to church because “the kids go to schools that demand that (I go to church) as part of my parenting responsibilities," and who only sends his kids to such schools so they can "decide what role religion plays in their life," and no doubt so they can benefit from expensive private education. This is the same Mr Key who puzzled the Herald (in the days before it developed its huge crush on him) with his response to the God question when it was posed by Agenda: "I mean I go to church a lot with the kids, but I wouldn't describe it as something that I ... I'm not a heavy believer; my mother was Jewish which technically makes me Jewish. Yeah, I probably see it in a slightly more relaxed way."
Yes, relaxed, in the sense of opportune: Mr Key says that he will routinely take part in the dawn service at Waitangi and return to Te Tii marae, if elected prime minister. He's just doing it for the kids, and the Maori voters. But he's not fooling the fundies.
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