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Prosser is a tosser

Posted by Philip on 13 February 2013, 8:10 am in , , , ,

NZ First MP Richard Prosser's tirade against Muslims yesterday is yet another sad indictment on the quality of politics and the character of all politicians in this country. If I was an MP I'd feel deeply embarrassed about a colleague once again representing me in that way.

And it's a bit rich hearing John Key admonish him after his recent 'gay red shirt' episode. 

I think it's about time our parliamentary representatives had a long hard look at themselves and grew up. I'm sick of the arrogant, bully-boy-and-girl antics that go on, both in- and outside the chamber.

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Leadership and spirituality

Posted by Philip on 1 March 2012, 7:00 am in , , ,

A recent conversation with a colleague reminded me about the importance of my own spiritual beliefs and practices in my leadership roles. It also reminded me that it took me a long time to integrate my spirituality into my work, longer to tell people and, even now, I don't write about it much. (Except for here and here [near the end]).

Why not? Partly because I might be perceived as weird, kooky, a little flakey perhaps. And partly because I make the assumption that people won't understand.

So, it's time for a bit of courage (of the wholehearted rather than brave kind). Let me share with you  my spirituality and how I use it in my work and leadership roles.

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Destiny City or jails...hmm, tough choice

Posted by Philip on 11 January 2012, 6:16 pm in , ,

So Brian Tamaki is now wanting millions of taxpayers' dollars to build Destiny City, in order to keep people out of Government-built jails.

Who do we trust more?

A man who believes the Earth was created in 7 days by a big Guy in the sky who loves you unless you disobey him? Or a dysfunctional bureacratic system led by elected mini-celebrities who believe they have all the answers?

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For crying out loud, let's not get emotional

Posted by Philip Patston on 23 March 2010, 9:14 am in , ,

"What do you call an Irish Catholic priest? No better than the rest."

Written for 3news.co.nz | 23 March 2010

Catholic priests have been at it again, this time in Ireland, which of course begs for a joke:

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Religion won't help kids with diversity...but fluidity might

Posted by Philip Patston on 16 March 2010, 4:11 pm in , , , , ,

"If we want children to know more about understanding, tolerance and diversity, teach them that, for God's sake."

Written for 3news.co.nz | 16 March 2010

A Victoria University academic believes teaching primary school children about the world's main religions will promote understanding and tolerance, and prepare kids for an increasingly diverse 21st century.

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