All about Jacinda

July 9th, 2009 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

NZPA have done an in depth profile of Labour MP . Those interested should read the whole thing. Some extracts:

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern talks to SHARON LUNDY of NZPA about the path to becoming Parliament’s youngest current MP.

Wellington, July 8 NZPA – Labour’s youngest MP, Jacinda Ardern, is pretty glamorous, but her six months in New York were anything but a scene from Sex in the City.

Think instead of soup kitchens and dossing on a friend’s couch — what the 28-year-old describes as the “grittier” side of New York.

Ms Ardern headed off on her OE after the 2005 election, having been part of then prime minister Helen Clark’s advisory team.

Flights were cheap, she had a friend in New York who was a fellow member of the International Union of Social Youth, so the Big Apple it was.

That’s Socialist Youth.

Many 24-year-old women living in New York probably aspire to a few Sex in the City moments; buying a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or or sipping cocktails in the hippest bars.

Instead, Ms Ardern was making meatballs for 150 homeless people and joining them for lunch.

“I probably didn’t experience that kind of glamorous side of New York,” she concedes. “I saw the grittier side, I guess.”

She initially volunteered for the Service Employees International Union, one of the biggest unions in the United States, working on campaigns such as Justice for Janitors.

Then it was on to a soup kitchen in Brooklyn; working there was the highlight of her time in New York, she says.

While disagreeing with her politics, I respect anyone who puts their principles into action and volunteers to help other people.

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53 Responses to “All about Jacinda”

  1. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Lots of people volunteer without making a big deal about it. Methinks it’s more CV padding for the much hoped for cosy long term future as a Labour MP…

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  2. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    And set herself up nicely for a parliamentary career. I simply do not think Labour politicians do anything without careful calculation.

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  3. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Pft!!! Christians have been doing this sort of stuff longer and more readily than the socialists. She ain’t no saint!

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  4. Kingi (142 comments) says:

    Jacinda is the future now. Not these old cronies that sit on National’s front bench. I hope you have a long and rewarding career that will create a brighter future than the dark one we see at the moment with National in charge. Go Jacinda! :)

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  5. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    Jesus, was she advising Helen Clark? What life experience did she have while advising the former PM at the age of 24 ? People with life experience should be ranked higher on the party list, regardless if its left or right, because they go into Parliament and draft policies & legislation that affect people’s life (which they themselves had never experienced before). Just look at most of the Green MPs. Only ACT MPs who have achieved something in life (careerwise & businesswise) before entering Parliament, so they do see the issues from a wider spectrum.

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  6. Kingi (142 comments) says:

    So what, you need to be OLD to go into Parliament? HA! What a joke. Sure life experience is important, but it’s not the only skill set required to be an effective Member of Parliament. And please don’t start with Act. John Boscawen paid $100,000 to get his list placing, and David Garrett’s racist comments against Tongan people show what type of person HE really is.

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  7. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    Dazzaman (309) Vote: 2 4 Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    Pft!!! Christians have been doing this sort of stuff longer and more readily than the socialists. She ain’t no saint!

    I’m guessing you’re one of them? Christians are also the very first to blow their own trumpets about their achievements in comments threads and judge others like Jacinda who are just simply doing their part.

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  8. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Is that right Kingi? And Jacinda has done…….what?

    Labour are full of dipwads like this, take Darren Hughes for instance (silly ginga photo-opportunist). Groomed to be a Labour MP from his very early 20’s!!! Sorry, I’ll vote for a greying middle-aged white man over boys & girls any time.

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  9. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    Clearly she would have had a more rewarding whole of life experience if she had done her ‘OE’ among the oppressed and starving in Russia or North Korea. At least she was honest enough to admit that she found patriotism abhorrent, that alone makes her eminently acceptable to Liabour.

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  10. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Christians are also the very first to blow their own trumpets about their achievements in comments threads and judge others like Jacinda who are just simply doing their part.

    *Buzzer goes off*
    Wrong answer!!
    Jacinda is the one blowing the horn, silly Ruby.

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  11. Kingi (142 comments) says:

    Well of course you would. You probably aren’t going to be around when the impacts of those decisions are felt. I for one don’t want a parliament filled up with greying middle aged white men. No thanks. That’s not representative of the New Zealand I live in. Don’t know what world you live in “Dazza” but in this country we like diversity.

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  12. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    I don’t want a “representative” parliament in the sense you bring to the word “Kingi” (what’s with the quotes anyway? LOL). I just want the best, not hard left greenhorns with undisclosed agendas to foist upon us……oh, that’s right we just got rid of a whole raft of them, including the not so green Helen.

    Yeah, nice country your “diverse” representatives left us Kingi!

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  13. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    backster – she couldn’t POSSIBLY have done that, you know that having North Korean and Russian friends is NOWHERE near as cool as having American friends (even if they might be closet capitalists)…and having to slum it in Pyongyang? ewwwww…where would she find a decent soy latte?

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  14. big bruv (13,931 comments) says:

    This commie chick seems to have done a hell of a lot in a very short life, I wonder if she is related to Pearl Going?

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  15. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    *Buzzer goes off*
    Wrong answer!!
    Jacinda is the one blowing the horn, silly Ruby.

    Actually no, you were the one who wrote: “Pft!!! Christians have been doing this sort of stuff longer and more readily than the socialists.”

    Seriously, get over yourself – not only are you showing hypocrisy, your pride in looking down on Jacinda is spoiling your testimony and thus the reputation of your fellow Christians in general.

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  16. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Seriously, get over yourself – not only are you showing hypocrisy, your pride in looking down on Jacinda is spoiling your testimony and thus the reputation of your fellow Christians in general.

    If you say so Ruby, if you say so……LLLLLOOOOOLLLLL!!!!

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  17. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    No seriously. You said she wasn’t a saint and “pfft-ed” off her efforts as if they were not worth anything. Was there any purpose in you doing that at all besides to show off your own pride and show how willing you are to belittle others despite the fact they did something good for the community? Which other MP would you consider to be a saint then? I mean, if you think her doing community work with the homeless isn’t anything worth respecting, then you’d also have to scoff at Bill English for volunteering at Invercargill soup kitchens and John Boscawen at volunteer eye clinics in India.

    I mean, what kind of idiot upon hearing about someone helping out with the poor reacts by making comparisons and judgmental insults instead of saying well done to that person, whether they choose to discuss it publicly or not?

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  18. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Was there any purpose in you doing that at all besides to show off your own pride and show how willing you are to belittle others despite the fact they did something good for the community?

    Thanks for that, but I think you’re really looking like an arse & a sook. Ha haaa. You’re just too easy!

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  19. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Other MPs don’t go on about it. Perhaps she would be better looking to the future – how she’s going to improve the lives of Kiwis (changing parties and dropping the ideological bent would be a good first step) rather than milking the past for sympathy and/or votes.

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  20. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    woo hoo – 1500 comments! where’s my chocolate fish> or demerits for posting OT. Either or, I don’t care. Give me chocolate fish to Jacinda to give to a homeless person in NYC, will ya DPF?

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  21. big bruv (13,931 comments) says:

    Buggerlugs

    What party would she join?, Neville Key would not have her, she is not left wing enough for him.

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  22. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    …and at Malcontents Anonymous, the group gathered in the evening to pour scorn on others. “Today brothers, our focus is on talented young women who’ve the temerity to do well by doing good”.

    Is it Ardern’s success, talent or interest in community service that offends you most? Jus wondering…?

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  23. clintheine (1,571 comments) says:

    Was it a deliberate omission by the journo or did Jacinda purposely call it the International Union for Social Youth? I usually would blame Jacinda for being dishonest but the journos these days are pretty shite. No mention that Jacinda is the president of the IUSY.

    Kingis idea of a “representative” Government is kids, groomed from their teenage years by left wing teachers to become MPs without ever having life experience in the private sector. Kinda like much of the Labour Party who have spent all their careers working for an MP, ex student union presidents, Union organisers and failed school teachers. No wonder the Labour Party has no regard for our taxes or for silly little things like a budget. They have never had to spend their own money ever.

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  24. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Actually Paul, it’s her teeth.

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  25. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    “She initially volunteered for the Service Employees International Union”

    Hah, that’s the union that stumped up millions for Obummer and is now financially fucked, as well as helpfully providing planted questions for Obummer’s many town halls.

    If anyone’s interested in watching Jacinda getting verbally spitroasted on national TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB2szjjZ8rA

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  26. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    Dazza, people like Kingi have this bizarre notion that parliament has to be represented not just (and only) politically, but ethnically AND by sex AND by orientation AND by age AND by eye colour AND by hair length and so on and so on. Best to ignore them, they have no real idea.

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  27. calendar girl (1,243 comments) says:

    I don’t know Ms Ahern’s motives for her voluntary work in NYC. Assuming that they were not simply political CV-motivated, I give her credit for helping the less well-off.

    Reading the wider content of her NZPA interview leaves me less impressed. Firstly, I don’t admire the insensitivity of a circa 21-year-old at Arizona State University admonishing patriotic, shocked and grieving Americans – a few weeks after 9/11 – to search for the reasons why the deadly terrorist attacks were launched.

    Secondly, it seems that Ms Ahern owes her seat in Parliament – despite a crushing loss in her electorate contest – to the patronage of PM Helen Clark whom she had “advised” at the previous election. We have seen it all before – appointment of untested MPs, lacking in real life experience, at the behest of Party hierarchy.

    Thirdly, I’m curious about Ms Ahern’s tenuous grasp of basic political facts despite her long-time political aspirations. While she is said to have worked in Britain’s Cabinet Office and its Home Office, she is reported as referring to the Britain’s “300-plus MPs”. Most distant followers of Westminster-style politics, let alone internal funtionaries, know that the House of Commons has approximately 640 members.

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  28. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Had to sit out the end of footy practice tonight after a karmic kick in the head and found myself cogitating on this topic.

    One thought: wouldn’t it be embarassing if Sharon Lundy actually did some digging and discovered either a) Jacinda was fibbing, or even worse b) she has done no similar volunteer work of any kind for the disadvantaged in Godzone?

    I still stick by my CV padding thort tho…as I massaged my head I worked out I’ve spent abt least six hours a week for the last two years doing voluntary stuff for sports, not for profits, and social agencies. I’m not interested in telling anyone about it tho – unless they’re a funding agency.

    Jacinda just wants to be meaningful. In a public (relations) way.

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  29. Tauhei Notts (1,724 comments) says:

    So she helped the homeless in New York.
    I understood that after Giuilliani’s (spelling, I’m sorry) three strikes and you’re out policy, that the number of homeless in New York plunged. Was it true that they offered to bus them to San Francisco, where they could wear flowers in their hair?
    Sorry about that, Scott McKenzie.
    But Jacinda’s comments in Arizona are right on. It was not polite in American society to ask WHY the World Trade Centre was attacked. It was perfectly acceptable to express outrage which was understandable. But one must not ask why it happened. Jacinda did ask, and although so much of that delightful young woman’s political thoughts are stupid, I say;
    “Good on ya”.

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  30. Kingi (142 comments) says:

    Actually Calendar girl, I think Jacinda was referring to the Labour Party MP’s only. So maybe YOU need to check your figures before you start criticising people.

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  31. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Fuck you Kingi/Tane – that’s the pot calling the kettle black

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  32. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Helen Clark’s patronage may have bought Jacinda a three year taxpayer funded holiday but that patronage has been seriously devalued since November 2008. It’s Goff’s show now and he calls the shots within the Labour party. David Shearer is the future of Labour not silly little girls.

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  33. Dusky (51 comments) says:

    Ruby, I’ve been watching your comments the past few days with increasing disbelief. I don’t know what Christians have done to you to fill you with such animosity.

    Have you actually been in a church more than five times in your life? I have. A wide variety of them. I also grew up in a church which did their best to follow the New Testament. I disagreed with a lot of things they taught, and I especially disagreed with the way they taught.

    But they did their best. They also did their best to help others in the community. My mother helped to run a foodbank out of the church, supplied by a combination of the local supermarkets, and the purses of those who ran the foodbank, supplying those basics that were lacking from the supermarket’s donations. They delivered the foodparcels to the poorer members of our town without ever mentioning the name of the church they came from, or indeed that they were from a church to begin with. All they wanted to do was to make things easier.

    I’m not a Christian myself. I haven’t considered myself to be one for a number of years now – and I’m not certain I ever did, as I always held back from doing my profession of faith. I didn’t think it was right to do it, if I wasn’t sure. I believe now that I will always be a firm agnostic – but I am also very firm in my belief that people should be free to follow a religion if they 1. believe in it, and 2. aren’t being a hazard to society in the name of that religion.

    I will always respect those Christians that do their best to help others, particularly those that do it without wanting any thanks. Doing things for other people without recognition is an integral part to the faith.

    I will respect Jacinda for helping others. She obviously did good things there. She just never did them without recognition for it – that’s all.

    And you show complete ignorance of the Christian faith – so stop trying to insult it so much.

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  34. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    I’m sorry, I was unaware that I was so ignorant and that you knew my background and the amount of knowledge I have about Christianity. You will note that it was actually Dazzaman who decided to use Christianity as an argument against Jacinda for doing something good for the community that the topic veered towards that direction. I don’t need you to quote the beginning of Matthew chapter six to me thanks very much, be careful of affiliating your mother’s voluntary work with the fact that she is a Christian for the purposes of debating someone on the internet, think upon how she might feel about that. She happens to be a Christian who does charitable work, but you don’t have to be a Christian to be involved with charities therefore to attribute doing charitable work with “Christian people” is a fundamental mistake, because just like the rest of society there are some Christians who help the poor and some Christians that don’t. When you say I will always respect those Christians that do their best to help others, particularly those that do it without wanting any thanks, you can equally replace the word ‘Christian’ with non-Christian, Muslim, homosexual, etc. If you replace the word ‘Christian’ in your post with ‘Jacinda’ and you will see why I was calling Dazzaman out for his comments. Has she ever done anything to fill him with such animosity towards her? Has he ever met her more than five times in his life? He may disagree with her politics, but she did her best to help others in the community.

    Etc.

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  35. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    I will respect Jacinda for helping others. She obviously did good things there. She just never did them without recognition for it – that’s all.

    How do you know that? How do you know what else she’s done for the disadvantaged? Do you know her?

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  36. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    Have you actually been in a church more than five times in your life? I have. A wide variety of them.

    Replace that number with five years and times it by about two. And no, it wasn’t because I grew up in a Church and stopped believing in angels when I was ten, my involvement began as my teen years were ending.

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  37. Dusky (51 comments) says:

    I don’t agree with the way Dazzaman phrased his post, but I feel much more venom from your posts than I do from his. I also don’t think his post was actually an argument against something good being done for the community.

    While I’m aware that it is in the bible to help others, I was not quoting a verse of the bible to you, as I had no intention of ramming it down your throat.

    I don’t think my mother would have a problem with my affiliating her voluntary work with her being a Christian – she considers being a Christian as a vital part of who she is. I agree wholeheartedly that you don’t have to be a Christian to be involved with charitable work. I have good friends from many faiths, and simply have more personal experience with Christianity than any other.

    My point is not that you have to be “Christian people” to do charity work – you’ll notice in my post that I said I respected Jacinda for helping others. My point is that it is an important part of the Christian faith to help others without seeking reward – I’m not aware of this as being a fundamental part of any other faith, but if it is, or if it’s part of an individual’s personal belief, I would respect it of them, just as I do for the Christian faith.

    I would like to repeat that while I don’t like the way Dazzaman made his post, I do not think it reeks of the animosity that comes across in your posts. I maintain that you show ignorance of the Christian faith. If you understood it, you would understand that Christians are not Christians by simply saying so.

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  38. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    It is a fundamental part of the Bhuddist faith, in fact a lot of their values go beyond what Christ calls Christians to do (although many Christians will dispute this based on Christ expecting us to lay down our lives without having read a single piece of Bhuddist satsung). You might want to look into it.

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  39. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    My point is that it is an important part of the Christian faith to help others without seeking reward… The Christian faith, if you understood it, you would understand that Christians are not Christians by simply saying so.

    Everything you just wrote is the exact kind of thing I would be saying to someone two years ago. There is nothing that you’re telling me that I haven’t already heard or preached myself over the years.

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  40. Kingi (142 comments) says:

    Buggerlugs…………………..need I say anymore? I think not.

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  41. Manolo (13,838 comments) says:

    “Jacinda is the future now.”

    If that is the case, New Zealand is well and trully stuffed. Jacinda is a lightweight leftie politician, whose only claim to fame is to be one of Clark’s minions.

    The sooner she disappears from the political scene, the better.

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  42. Seán (397 comments) says:

    Many people assist as “soup kitchens” (love the catchphrase) and much, much more, but that doesn’t make them a qualified MP. What is it with Labour recruiting lackeys up on their list? Time for a Cactus Kate analysis of the facts here ….

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  43. Bok (740 comments) says:

    TN @9.01
    But Jacinda’s comments in Arizona are right on. It was not polite in American society to ask WHY the World Trade Centre was attacked. It was perfectly acceptable to express outrage which was understandable. But one must not ask why it happened. Jacinda did ask, and although so much of that delightful young woman’s political thoughts are stupid, I say;
    “Good on ya”.

    Why is it that those who profess to have a social conscience are happy to come up with this kind of bullshit. And this is not aimed at TN but the statement he has made. And the stupidity that is Adern

    1) It does not matter why it happened. By asking why, you legitimize the act. Why did Ferdinand Ambach kill? Because… bullshit he killed end of story. Why did Weatherstone kill… bullshit there is no reason that can be offered. And by even attempting you minimize the act and legitimize the “reason”.
    2) If a person who was say a BNP member came to NZ and passed comment on treaty claims etc, you would be the first to piss your pants. A left-wing wing-nut 20 years of age passing comment on one of the most horrific acts of senseless violence, is in a league all of it’s own when it comes to presumption, arrogance and insensitivity..
    3) These “enlightened” types has no problem with China’s expansionist policies. So here is something for you Notts. I was in a war, in this war there was more than 20 000 Chinese troops on the other side. Nearly 50 000 cuban troops. The war was spread over 6 countries. As any-one who was in the southern African war zone from 1973 to 1982. Go through Africa and have a look at real interference by foreign powers. Yet China, Cuba, NK and Iran is okay to trade with? And the USA brought this on them selves?

    You use a Maori name, so I am presuming that you have some heritage, Go and read “I tipo” by Sir Apirana Ngata. If Adern did she might have learned something. So obviously did not and has not.

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  44. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Ruby [July 10th 1:46 am],
    “Everything you just wrote is the exact kind of thing I would be saying to someone two years ago. There is nothing that you’re telling me that I haven’t already heard or preached myself over the years.”

    So Ruby, what happened two years ago?

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  45. OldNews (38 comments) says:

    Re OECD rank 22 kiwi (2014) Vote: 8 1 Says:
    Helen Clark’s patronage may have bought Jacinda a three year taxpayer funded holiday but that patronage has been seriously devalued since November 2008. It’s Goff’s show now and he calls the shots within the Labour party. David Shearer is the future of Labour not silly little girls.

    Remember she was Goff’s lacky before she was Clark’s. She shared an office with Shearer – so she was already hedging her bets. She’ll get patronage from Goff as well.

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  46. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    So Ruby, what happened two years ago?

    I stopped being a Christian as I no longer considered it intellectually rational for me anymore.

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  47. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Ruby [12:50 pm],
    So Ruby, what happened two years ago?
    “I stopped being a Christian as I no longer considered it intellectually rational for me anymore.”

    I’m glad you qualified your statement.
    There are many, of course, who find Christianity not only “intellectually rational”, but one of the few things in this world that makes much sense at all!
    As a Christian of 30 years my faith has only become stronger. The relevance of what we see happening in the world today, especially in light of fulfilled prophecy, would, I think, only strengthen a Christian’s faith. But maybe that’s just me …

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  48. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    Sadly, it’s not just you. Ever since the popularisation on the Left Behind series the number of Americans who are utterly convinced that the prophecies of Revelations are coming true and that the ‘rapture’ is near have increased dramatically.

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  49. BlairM (2,341 comments) says:

    David Garrett’s racist comments against Tongan people show what type of person HE really is.

    That’s news to me. My understanding is that Garrett’s wife is Tongan, so he might feel entitled to comment.

    I stopped being a Christian as I no longer considered it intellectually rational for me anymore.

    Christianity is not supposed to be “intellectually rational”. It is a faith. Beyond hearsay, there is no proof of Jesus’ divinity or resurrection. Christians simply seek salvation and believe – and good on them.

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  50. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    The teachings of Christ in the New Testament can be distilled into one core value: love one another.
    Many people call themselves Christians but wouldn’t give a beggar a passing look let alone a meal.
    Many people don’t call themselves Christians but can’t walk past someone in need without helping.

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  51. Kingi (142 comments) says:

    Maybe you need to check and see what he said then Blair.

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  52. Phil (127 comments) says:

    Jacinda strikes me as being intelligent, articulate, and really rather attractive.

    Too bad she’s a leftie…

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