An un-named SST journalist completely misses the point of moral conservatism (again!). After interviewing Bob McCroskrie, Ian Wishart, David Lane, his report focuses on the same-old perception that conservatism is anti everything. In all the issues touched however, he took scant notice of the painful realities emerging from our permissive society, and its cavalier attitude to the suffering underclass. The journo wrote:
"All three men are regularly dismissed by the left as slightly loony obsessives, but I found them friendly, polite and forthright as they expressed their belief that morally, New Zealand has lost its way".
It is true, "morality" has become a loaded word in the leftist mind. But surely moral concerns are intrinsically good? Not to the confused postmodern raised to believe that he is the centre of the universe and morals are flexibly applied like the laws of economics to maximise personal advantage. The left cannot see beyond its own "rights" and unfettered indulgence. Their compartmentalized world view allows them to ignore the neighbourly principles of social justice, and deny their own culpability for the disastrous outcomes of poor legislation.
In this way our legislators have stubbornly clung to their misguided notions of "harm minimisation" for the sex industry. The problem is that prostitution itself is intrinsically harmful. Any other industry would have been thoroughly spanked by OSH investigators, but sex work is already degrading, dehumanising, and dangerous. But the prostitution reform act (by radical gay crusader Tim Barnett, imported from the UK to push the social engineering agenda) has opened the floodgates for depravity and made it mainstream.
A couple of days ago, the award-winning Native Affairs show (episode not yet online) focussed on underage Maori prostitution in South Auckland and I came away totally dismayed at the decay and squalor of the suburbs where I grew up. Studies have shown that
- The average age at which girls enter prostitution is 14 or younger
- 40% of men who buy women do not use condoms
- All research on prostitution tells us that all women have to dissociate emotionally to survive the violation
- 62 percent reported being raped in prostitution, 73 percent reported physical assaults in prostitution, 72 percent were currently or formerly homeless, and 92 percent wanted to escape prostitution immediately
I was thoroughly disgusted to see Tim Barnett receiving flowers and pats on the back for legitimising a terrible social evil. Prostitution must be eradicated, not legalised and certainly not glamorised as our amoral TV programmers seem to think. Our legislators have made it easier for absentee landlords to exploit vulnerable communities; our poorest are treated like cattle and milked for rent and gambling dollars, and now their daughters are regularly selling the tattered remnants of their dignity on the streets of New Zealand. We should be ashamed of ourselves.