A Personal Message from Ian Wishart: “Breaking the Silence, The Kahui case”


Is it not a bit over the top that a social media protest could lead to a book being banned from the stores?  Yet that is exactly what has happened to “Breaking the Silence” the latest book of investigative journalist and best selling author Ian Wishart.

Republished with permission from Ian Wishart.

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM IAN WISHART
“BREAKING SILENCE: THE KAHUI CASE”

 As you may be well aware, I have written a book on the Kahui twins case called “BREAKING SILENCE”. Its release is now imminent, but I cannot give you an exact date for obvious reasons.

(to read today’s special news release and some extracts, visit http://briefingroom.typepad.com/the_briefing_room/2011/07/breaking-silence-news-release.html)

Normally we alert our customers well in advance of publication so they can get a guaranteed pre-order, but we didn’t because at that stage the Inquest was still holding hearings.

Unfortunately, we were required to give bookshops a month’s notice in advance of the new title, and one of those shops told a journalist at TVNZ and the rest, as they say, is history.

The end result is that major bookstores have chosen to ban this book from their shelves in response to a hastily organised internet protest and misinformation campaign organised via Facebook. It is not hard to see why when you see messages threatening to burn bookstores down.

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND ABOUT THIS BOOK.

Some of you reading this have known and read my work dating right back to The Paradise Conspiracy on the Winebox frauds, 16 years ago. Most of you will be familiar with the kind of investigative work I do and my meticulous attention to detail. This book is no different. It does not “exonerate” or wipe clean Macsyna King’s past, instead it paints a very grim picture of lives far worse than Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors. It shows you, by following Macsyna King and Chris Kahui’s life journeys, how intergenerational child abuse can manifest.

It also contains fresh information on the case, which I have now formally provided to Counsel Assisting the Coronial Inquest.

Most bookshops are not stocking this book, and to get it you will need to buy direct from our website, http://www.investigatemagazine.com/newshop/contents/en-us/d21.html

 The “answers” that the Facebook protestors claim to want are in BREAKING SILENCE, yet by their actions they have prevented ordinary New Zealanders from easily exercising their right to read this book – you cannot just walk into your nearest PaperPlus, Take Note, Warehouse or other retailer and buy this book.

We are printing $20,000 worth of books and giving them away in low decile areas, as a way of making them more accessible to those who can’t afford them. A portion of the proceeds will also go to charity. These initiatives were planned before Christmas when we began this project, and are not a response to the publicity. But for all these things to happen we actually need people to buy the book, and read it, discuss it with their friends and family.

We need your support, more than ever, to break through this boycott and make sure the information in this book is heard.  The revelations in BREAKING SILENCE are too important to be brushed under the carpet because of an ill-conceived Facebook protest.

Again, the website for a guaranteed pre-order is  http://www.investigatemagazine.com/newshop/contents/en-us/d21.html

FINALLY, have a look at what media commentators have said about BREAKING SILENCE:

“I am curious to read Macsyna’s story. In my work I have read the stories of men and women who have killed children, although admittedly not in a book published by a seasoned journalist. Usually court transcripts and other official reports and the most interesting have always been when the accused themselves ‘find their voice’.”  – Merepeka Raukawa-Tait

“At the risk of becoming the second most hated woman in the country, I will say that when Breaking Silence: The Kahui Case is published, I intend to buy it and read it. I, for one, want to hear what the Kahui twins’ mother Macsyna King has to say. Why would I not?

To suggest, as some in the media have, that Wishart should have turned his back on the chance to gain some insight into a case that, five years down the track, continues to generate such strong public interest and emotion, is frankly hypocritical. Telling stories in the hope of illuminating an issue is what we do. I would have done the same thing in his place.

“I’m inclined to the old-fashioned view that you need to read a book before you can decide if it’s rubbish. There’s a chance we might actually learn something, which I would have thought would be a good thing given our horrifying child abuse statistics” – Tapu Misa, NZ Herald

“Boycotting the Macsyna King book sets a dangerous precedent…Information, written and spoken, is vital for us to understand our society. We learn nothing about how to stop or reduce child abuse by not listening to what Macsyna King has to say. We can make our own decision as to whether we agree with her or not, Trying to ban this book is equivalent to burying our problems like a dog’s bone – saving them up for later. We should man-up and face them head on.

“We should read the book before we judge it – and then voice our own criticism.” – James Murray, TV3

“As the wilder reaches of the boycott campaign site reveal – allegedly extending even to death threats against Ms King – it can also be a rallying point for the angry mob who seem to derive self-worth and importance by seeing their own often strident and often barely coherent views validated in ‘print’. In this milieu, indignation and gossip tend to be the currency of the day. Gut reactions and rumours spread like wildfire. Facts and measured logical response matter little.” – Otago Daily Times

“I think he’s got an ulterior motive in writing this book and I do believe it’s to tell New Zealanders to get them to understand what actually happens in these families. I need to read it just as other New Zealanders need to read it because this is a major problem in our country.” – Christine Rankin

“Banning books is an extreme step that seems more in keeping with the Middle Ages when churches and the state controlled the public mind with fire and torture.” – Nelson Mail

“They become censors. Who, I suspect, haven’t read the book yet. What’s next to be pulled from the shelf because 40,000 people join a social media protest?” – Ashburton Guardian

Please support our efforts to get this book well and truly into the public domain by purchasing a copy, http://www.investigatemagazine.com/newshop/contents/en-us/d21.html

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With major chains refusing to stock it, however, the only way this story will be told is with your direct support. If each of you reading this buys a copy, and you find it informative and important, as we believe you will, then your reviews to others, your comments on talkback or in letters to papers, will help form a critical mass that gets this book back into bookstores. If you think this book is rubbish after you’ve read it, you are free to say that as well. I will take it on the chin.

All I ask is that you give this book – labelled by one critic as the most controversial book in NZ history – a fair chance. Read it, then judge it, then judge me.

Thanks,

Ian Wishart, Friday 22 July 2011

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Free Ebook: Ian Wishart’s The Divinity Code


Down Memory Lane

I remember well when reading Ian’s “Eve’s Bite” an more specifically the parts about Dawkin’s “God Delusion” how it was so beautiful to see someone so fierce in standing up for his faith. In fact I was jealous a bit actually. At the time I was not a Christian, yes  believed that there must be more to the universe that sheer coincidence, random chance. Looking at nature and the universe as a whole and zooming in on the more minute details it seemed to be to absurd for words. The evidence available at the time was inconclusive for either side. On an emotional level rather than a rational level I was sure that there was a creator, that the universe was the product of intelligent design, random chance was just to unsatisfactory an explanation: hence I called myself a rationalist with a twist.

Not long after that I got a hold of a copy of “The Divinity Code” which in a way is the kiwi answer to guys like Lee Strobel. A well researched and passionate apologetic book by Ian Wishart, taking on big names like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Bishop John Spong, and and the nun Karen Armstrong. The book tackles a wide range of subjects in apologetic playing field and I can but say that this book has been part of my journey that led to opening the door for Christ in my life at a time when I was so busy (like Dawkins, Hitchens, Spong and others) to debunk Christianity.

If there is any book nowadays Christian New Zealand may be proud of it is this one. I can’t help but noticing that Wishart is convincing, where other apologists have been involved in distant, passionless, arm chair intellectual exercise Wishart’s style and passion really appealed to me, even though we may have alternative views on some points. ‘ His research is thorough and now years later I have still not managed (admittedly also as a result of being distracted by many other books) to go through all the references and links.

As a relatively young Christian and someone with a passion for apologetics this is definitely a book I’d recommend.

The Good News

The book is available internationally through Amazon US and Amazon UK.

But now the book has also been made available as a free downloadable pdf at http://issuu.com/iwishart/docs/thedivinity.

I suggest that you all go and have a look at Issuu.com. All it takes is registering for an account and you can download the book after that.

Personally I am very pleased with the ebook version next to my paper version since it makes it easier to quote from the book in coming posts.

Some Reviews at Amazon

…In the Prologue, Wishart takes up the gauntlet laid down by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion, and in fact, uses Dawkins own logic and methodology to launch a counter-attack against unbelief. The prologue closes with a question from Wishart Do I succeed? I struggled with the early chapters, which focus on the Biblical account of creation, and the counter arguments from evolutionists. Perhaps that was due to my perpetual struggles with things scientific; maybe it was due to the after-effects of a long flight however I persevered, and was glad that I did. One comment though Wishart s research is thorough, and his opinions are supported by facts. For me, The Divinity Code comes alive in chapter 9, The Myth of Christ. Over the next eight chapters, Wishart draws together a wealth of evidence supporting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and in the process, makes a compelling case. And despite his disagreements with Dawkins, with Christopher Hitchens and with Lloyd Geering, Wishart reserves his strongest condemnation for Bishop John Shelby Spong. In chapter 14, Resurrection Fact or Fiction, Wishart hoists Spong by his own petard, pointing out the absurdity of the Bishop s claims about the central nugget of Christianity . Having started with a Prologue, Wishart fittingly ends with an Epilogue where he states: I m not here to force anyone to convert……….Rather, my aim has been merely to argue the case for faith the sole task of this book has been to document the hard evidence that actually does exist in favour of the God Hypothesis So, to return to Wishart s question Do I succeed? In my case, he was preaching to the converted, so the answer is irrelevant. Read The Divinity Code for yourself, with an open mind. You ll find it challenging and thought-provoking, and Ian Wishart makes a compelling case against unbelief. –KeepingStock.blogspot<br /><br />I m having a cracking good read of another cracking good read – The Divinity Code by Ian Wishart, his follow-up book to Eve s Bite which was also a cracking good read. I don t know Wishart’s following, other than that he is a Christian and came to Faith from atheism a number of years ago. The Divinity Code is one of the best *Christian* apologetic books I have read. There are a few small details that I think shows that he is not Catholic, but it is an excellent book nevertheless. Don t miss reading it if you can. –“NZ Catholic” newspaper’s blog, “Being Frank”<br /><br /> –KeepingStock

New Zealand journalist Ian Wishart became a Christian after an enthusiastic atheistic stance during which he took part in interventions with Christians to try and turn them from the faith. According to his introduction in his latest book the Divinity code (home, Amazon page), the Lord converted him to Christianity, regardless of his belief in how the world came to be, and now, years down the track he has written a very compelling response to books such as “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins. In the book Wishart explores a variety of protests to the existence of God and the authenticity of the Bible, and pulls apart the latest round of atheistic posturing and in the process demonstrates that Christianity stands up to scientific and historical evidence extremely well when it is looked at through an unbiased lense. The concepts that Wishart points to in the first few chapters, which deal with the origin of the world have mostly been overlooked by the atheist community. You can read about these in books such as “The Privileged planet” (also available on DVD in abridged form and posted online here). However, Wishart in his book goes much further than just to look at science. He compares the story of Genesis with the stories of many other ancient cultures and stories, as well as dealing with the unique claims from the Bible about God, Christ and even the Bible itself. He does this in some depth drawing on writings dating back to first century historians (in the case of the New Testament account of Christ). As he does this, he takes the “inaccuracies” of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Spong and others and pulls them apart, looking deep into the facts and issues around them and explaining with clarity the real story that is behind them. The second half of the book deals much more specifically with the Biblical claims (the existence of Christ, His resurrection, miracles and prophecy are all included). Wishart explores the attacks on scripture from recent books and rantings and then proceeds to demonstrate the shortfalls of the opposing arguments and demonstrate clearly from neutral sources that their scholarship simply falls short. If you are someone who is wondering about all the arguments that have been offered and whether Christianity makes any sense at all, this book is remarkably cohesive, presenting clearly that not only do the latest atheistic arguments fall short in a number of ways, but that by starting your world view with the Bible, the world is intelligible and even somewhat predictable. Personally, I enjoyed this book. Ian writes in an easy to understand manner, and while his tone may offend those who he opposes on occasion, (not that they are likely to read the book anyway), his style is engaging and keeps you reading to the end. Unless you are a hard core apologist who who is reading the deeper science and history books yourself, I recommend this book wholeheartedly. – The Bible Geek –The Bible Geek –The Bible Geek

The title of the book is obviously a riposte to the popular and untrustworthy novel The Da Vinci Code . That book was an attack on orthodox Christianity in the form of a novel. It belongs to a whole series of recent books denigrating Christianity.
These books, as Pope Benedict XVI remarked, attack the Christian vision which supplanted that of the pagan world. The world view of that time, which in a different way has become fashionable again today. It is not the elemental spirits of the universe, the laws of matter, which ultimately govern the world and mankind, but a personal God governs the stars, that is, the universe; it is not the laws of matter and of evolution that have the final say, but reason, will, love, i.e. a Person. [Spe Salvi, par.5]
This book is an outright refutation of these modern views, propounded not only by novelists, but by scientists, philosophers and historians. I find this fashionable rash of heresies interesting because they illustrate two fundamental weaknesses of humanity. One weakness is that of hubris , well documented by the ancient Greeks, is the arrogance of a creature, a mammal, that believes he can be as independent as a god. Adam and Eve are the progenitors of this. The second is the inability of human reason to account for all the facts in a discussion on ultimate questions.
The Greeks again refused to accept statements that did not cover all the appearances . Thomas Huxley put his finger on this when he wrote, The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. It is inability to face the ugly fact that vitiates all these attacks on Christianity.
The genius of this Kiwi author is the ability to discover those ugly facts that slay the hypotheses of scientists, philosophers, historians and novelists that God does not exist and that Jesus Christ was not a person in history but a myth. Its coverage is almost encylopedic. Wishart s skill as an investigative journalist is obvious as he takes hypothesis after hypothesis and demonstrates their inadequacy because the do not preserve all the appearances. He also has a sense of humour that lightens the concentration, such as this quotation from a Chinese palaeontologist: In China we can criticise Darwin but not the government; in America you can criticise the government but not Darwin. How true!
This is a readable, but not simple book that confronts the ultimates that face human destiny. It is, therefore, worth studying despite what seems an occasional overkill.
Bishop Mackey is Bishop Emeritus of Auckland. –NZ Catholic, Feb 2008 edition

TBR.cc: Air Con author preparing to sue Herald, and Hot Topic


MEDIA RELEASE

13 August 2009

Air Con author preparing defamation papers against Herald columnist and newspaper

The author of an international bestseller on climate change is preparing to sue the New Zealand Herald and one of its journalists for defamation.

Ian Wishart, whose book Air Con has been a #1 bestseller in New Zealand and on Amazon.com in the United States, says Herald columnist Chris Barton has gone a bridge too far by defaming him without first reading the book.

“Barton has accused me of being dishonest, and or stupid, on the issue of climate change,” Wishart said today.

“Honest opinion is one thing, but when such allegations are leveled even though Barton has not actually read Air Con and instead relied on a discredited review by a rival pro-anthropogenic global warming author, Barton and the Herald need to face up to their own stupidity,” Wishart said.

“Air Con is packed full of peer-reviewed scientific papers. It has been read and positively reviewed around the world, including by climate scientists. A negative review based on a genuine appraisal of the book is perfectly fine, but for the Herald to publish Barton’s vitriol on the basis of someone else’s flawed hatchet-job of a review is ridiculous. Barton has done journalism a major disservice today, in my opinion, not just in relation to me but in relation to a number of other people he has defamed.”

“Barton has admitted to me that he has not read Air Con, but claimed he was entitled to take a swipe at me on the basis of Gareth Renowden’s review at Hot-Topic. If he wants to rely on Renowden as the ‘true facts’ in support of his opinion in court, good luck to him,” said Wishart, who added that he may widen the lawsuit to include Renowden as well.

If suing for defamation helps in selling more books, cause quite honestly that is the only ratio can see in such an action, than great! We need to hear the other side of the story as well.

As the replies to the media release show: this whole climate change thingy has nothing to do with science and facts anymore and all with beliefs and emotional attachments. So, bad reviews were to be expected where this whole climate change thing is turned into a “you’re either for us or against us” kind of debate. And by the way there is no room for skeptics, doubters or agnostics, they are considered as “against us as well.

People need to read books like this. The presentation – including some of the responses to this media release on tbr.cc – are brought from a flawed perspective.

The debate is not about whether or not climate change is a reality: it has been a reality ever since well before there were humans. The debate should be about whether or not we are dealing with man made or anthropogenic climate change. I prefer not to speak about global warming as it is debated even whether or not the earth IS actually warming or cooling down.

It is important to make this distinction, which is so cleverly hidden in the media and debates, because it is exactly this ANTHROPOGENIC factor that lies at the basis of whether or not we taxes, targets and ETS’s (or even global governance) are a justifiable approach to this matter. It is exactly this anthropogenic factor that lies at the heart of the SCIENTIFIC debate.

It is different for the “common sense” political arena of course because there climate change, as long as we are brainwashed right, will be the greatest cash cow one could imagine. Although not confirmed, this is exactly why people like Nicolson of Federated Farmers, are pissed of with what is happening. What we see is targets, taxes relating to emission trading schemes that could very well cripple businesses without any guarantee that the measures will actually contribute to tackling the issue.

WHAT WILL WE ACTUALLY BE PAYING FOR?

I will probably be categorized as a DENIER but at the same time: I do not deny that climate change is happening. It is and it always has been. What I have doubts about is whether it is all about whether we are actually causing it. That still would not be a problem but it does for me if with this doubt I am forced in schemes that are all about OUR CO2 emissions without any certainty that that is actually the factor we should be focusing on. And even that would not be a problem were it not that, despite an (allegedly more) economically realistic target we will still end up paying for potential non-solutions.

I concur with Nicolson of Federated Farmers: climate change is real and money should be spend on science, research and looking for solutions as to how to cope with what will be coming, whether it is global warming or global cooling (Yes both positions are advocated).

But most of all let’s make sure where there is a debate that it is not screwed by misrepresentations and sensorship by media and politicians.

We should have learned from the anti-smacking debate. It is utter bs to polarize between you are either FOR smacking or AGAINST, that is not what the referendum is about, that is about whether the smack should be something that COULD be part of the parental toolbox (if and when a parent chooses to), or unacceptable and a criminal offense (leaving out other options) and by now whether or not it is working.

It’s no that different with the climate change thingy. You are/will be governed and paying on the basis that climate change is anthropogenic yet that is not at all clear. Are you willing to part over your money to a potentially lost cause? Just because Greenpeace starlets say it makes common sense and because politicians say the same? Look at the arguments for targets and taxes, it has nothing to do with saving the planet and all with everyone else does it therefore so should we. It is all about brand and image. Could it be that both the media and politics are not telling us the full story?

Let’s all try to consider what the complete picture is and make sure that we know where we are putting our hard earned cash and freedom of choice. And don’t get me wrong, I am all for preserving this incredible planet called Earth. What I am not prepared to do though is putting my money in financial/political schemes that will not contribute anything to dealing with the (in my view inevitable) climate change. I’d rather put my money on preparing for the change that at least until it is convincingly proven that climate change is actually man made, anthropogenic, caused by OUR emissions and that therefore my ’emissions tax investment’ is actually contributing to a solution.

Perhaps it is time for another referendum on taxes and targets: because, moral obligation, brand and “green an clean image” quite honestly does not convince me.

Amazon.com: Air Con: The Seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming (9780958240147): Ian Wishart: Books


In my view one of the more important books of these current times. The book, no matter where you stand, offers lots of great references and it is great to see Ian sticking out his neck for the not so popular view.

If you are looking at getting a more balanced view on what the media is feeding you, this will be your books of choice.

Highly recommended if only because the “climate change” legislative initiatives will cost you dearly as a tax payer and it offers a highly informative view on what global “governance” may very well really be all about. And what are you really changing by all these initiatives.

A highly recommended and very timely book regardless of where you sit on the fence. Brilliant!

Posted via web from John Dierckx

Book Review: Ian Wishart, Eve’s Bite


(16 May 2007 copied from the Renaissance Man at http://johndierckx.terapad.com)

evewebI came home from Singapore to find as a home coming surprise that my wife and children had bought me the book Eve’s Bite, by Ian Wishart. I had been curious about the book ever since I saw the first adverts. Honestly how could you not be curious reading the subtitle: “Seductive, Deceptive, Dangerous: the Trojan Horse ideologies poisoning our country and destroying the West”.

I sat down later that day and started reading. What a pleasure. Whether you agree or not, finally someone that tells things the way he thinks they are. No PC, no watering down, straight ahead and critical. Some days later my wife offered me a package she had found while emptying our mailbox: a copy of the same book! And I remembered: some weeks before I had sent an email response to Ian Wishart, advising that I would like to obtain, as offered, a free copy of the book so I could review it on my blog. A NZ first: Ian Wishart, thanks for considering the value of bloggers!

Now I could have brought the bought copy back. But by that time I was already well in there and I already felt like I should buy a box of these books to hand out to the masses if only for the sake of countering the mind pollution and apathy so apparent.

A BIT OF BACKGROUND
Ever since arriving in New Zealand I have been amazed by the way the politics are being ran in this country, the level of interference in the daily lives of people and the dullness of the media. Of course being new, you consider that maybe you need to gain some more understanding but slowly over time some ideas such as “mind police”, “banana republic” and “thought pollution” came more and more to mind.

Was I not understanding things or were these Kiwi’s blind and apathetic? “She’ll be right”.  NO!! She’ll not be right, something is terribly wrong: polices on snacks in the the Ministry of Health snack machines, people telling me what kind of “brain snack” my son requires at school, laws like the anti-smacking bill passing wth so much public resistance and more importantly media praising the decision of National to sell out. Politicians being implicated in all kinds of corruptive allegations, desinformation provided through government campaigns like “no hubba without a rubba”

If I provide false information about products or services I sell I could be liable under the  Fair Trading Act, yet the government is trying to sell me on the use of condoms to protect me and the younger generations against STD’s against which condoms are not known to protect? Are we really that stupid? What were these guys reading when they came to this conclusion? A comic? Or what to think of “noble gestures” such as lowering the bar for people that want to apply for legal aid. For crying out loud, what a bunch of window dressing! Ever tried to find a good lawyer that is willing to take your case on legal aid?

Anyway, I have had my doubts and concerns ever since I started looking into things in New Zealand as part of my integration. And than I run into a book like this: Eve’s Bite.

EVE’s BITE

Wishart is not afraid in the choice of his subjects: Karl Marx, Nazi propaganda techniques, Charles Darwin & intelligent design, Richard Dawkins, the gay rights movement, the “safe sex” campaign, abortion & trade in body parts, the anti-smacking campaign, liberal education, the mainstream media eugenics and islam and the threat to the west. He managed to bring them all together and identifies the  relationships between them in a more than just compelling way. Having enjoyed a rather liberal approach to life and society this book was most certainly an eye-opener that made me rethink certain positions.

The book has its value if only because it provides a very informative picture that I had been missing in the mainstream media here in New Zealand and I doubt any of the mainstream media would have made such a publication possible: thank God for the independents. In that sense, the book review by John Roughan in the New Zealand Herald was illustrative and for that matter rather cheap. Not agreeing with someone is one thing, not recognizing the potential value of a book makes you as far as I am concerned rather useless as a reviewer. Or is that part of what is expected as a member of New Zealand society: go with the Government directed flow? Is John Roughan  maybe part of the deal? Or is he just one of those chose and pick, narrow minded pathetic little souls – afraid to see their own beliefs challenged and in a leap for certainty and relief – marginalize honest contributions that happen to oppose his views? Again this is not about whether you agree or not with the findings of Wishart, it is about appreciating that someone has had the balls to come out with a completely different perspective than the one we are all so used to and offering a counter perspective to the media mainstream sitting in the lap of government.

Did anyone ever wonder why we would have to worry about political correctness? Isn’t political correctness in a democratic society which New Zealand claims to be a “contradictio in terminis”? How can it be that in a liberal society as our own we have to wonder about expressing out opinions? Well Ian Wishart sure makes it a point to present his – well documented – own. That alone makes this book a fantastic read.

Once you pass 40 things change. In my case this lead to reevaluating my views on the world and religion. Becoming a father most certainly aided to this need to rethink my own positions and beliefs. Eve’s Bite fitted in perfectly in that development, a wake up call or better yet a good shake through, offering a different perspective on many things. I have for instance often wondered personally why we are so focused on the differences between religions whilst they all appear to underline the basic humanitarian principles The presentation of Islam as both a religious and  political system was a new one to me and gives me plenty of new food for thought and research especially having seen those no-go areas from up close in the Netherlands.

How sad to read a comment by John Roughan like:

“He is an unusual moralist. The book does not offer any detail of his own religious faith or moral code. He is a journalist, his focus is outward, on the things other people think and write, not on his own thoughts.

moral journalism can work in a magazine article but it does not work in a book. Readers willing to devote as much time and concentration as a book invites need more than declamatory prose.”

Did he really not understand it? If anything the book appears to be a providing a clear view on Wishart’s opinions, substantiated by literature that supports his views. Now from a broader perspective one could wonder why the opposing parties were so ‘under lighted’ but… in the terms of a liberal approach, Wishart chose to “positively discriminate” his own agenda. That is actually good since the other side of things is shoved in our throats on a daily basis.  Name me one other journalist not associated with  Investigate Magazine with a critical view and at the same time depth. In the terms of John Roughan: I never experienced the book as “declamatory prose”, what’s more important who the heck is he to decide and judge on what readers of a book need? I could just as well say that readers of a review need more than a biased opinion. They need a clear outline of the contents.

From a personal perspective, I would have to agree that the Dawkins chapter is not the strongest, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is the opportunity to see a different perspective so rarely seen in New Zealand media. The direct way in which propositions are presented helps in creating effect. Not necessarily to convince you. But to open your eyes to other perspectives so carefully hidden. The book reminds me most of one of Michael Pokocky’s remarks after closing SophisticaWorld: “think for yourself”. As far as I can see it is what this book is all about: thinking for yourself and trying to make you think for yourself again. For the sake  of yourselves and your children.

In the following weeks I will very likely highlight specific parts of the book. For now  have found a great destination for my spare copy: Mike Pokocky it’s on it’s way, together with a notebook.