Steve Elers, a Massey (maori) academic writes brilliantly.

What’s important about his comments is that although represented as a maverick, they give a voice to the sane silent majority.

Here’s a recent Steve piece published in the Manawatu Guardian.

Steve Elers: Be yourself and be free … do you


Columnist Steve Elers.
Manawatu Guardian
By: Steve Elers


I couldn’t stop having a good chuckle at gay-advocate and Youth MP Shaneel Lal’s example of “state-sanctioned torture” on a recent television interview.

First, if you don’t know anything about Youth MPs, the parliament website says: “Youth MPs are selected by current MPs to represent them and take on the role of a Member of Parliament as much as possible”.

Don’t worry, taxpayers probably foot the bill for this exercise of making unelected youth ‘representatives’ feel important.

Back to this “state-sanctioned torture” – what is it exactly?

This form of torture is ‘gay conversion therapy’.

According to Lal, gay conversion therapy “aims to compel an individual to renounce their sexual orientation or gender identity”, which he claims is “via manipulative, abusive, hateful and even bizarre practices”.

In reality, it seems that gay conversion therapy are programmes run by some Christian churches across the country who attempt to “pray the gay away”.

Yes, praying to stop an individual from being gay is what Lal calls “state-sanctioned torture”.

If people want to pray – for whatever purpose – let them pray.

No one is forcibly rounding up gay people, holding them down and making them pray.

It is already a crime to unlawfully take away or detain someone – that’s called kidnapping in Section 209 of the Crimes Act 1961.

So, if you see any Christians kidnapping gay people, please call 111 immediately.

On the other hand, don’t call the cops if you see any adult individual – gay or not – freely going to church to pray for whatever reason.

At the end of the day, if someone wants to try to “pray the gay away”, that’s up to them, isn’t it?

After all, the last time I checked, adult individuals have agency to make their own choices and decisions about their lives, including their sexuality.

Unfortunately, some of our politicians want to interfere in our lives and make choices for us, because in Lal’s television interview he said “The Green Party have released a policy that will ban conversion therapy”.

Great, that’s all we need – the Greenies banning prayers. What’s next on their agenda?

On the subject of LGBTQIA+ (yes, the letters are growing), a few weeks ago I wrote about the growing list of genders and gender pronouns.

I pointed out that he (subject pronoun) / him (object pronoun) / his (possessive adjective) / his (possessive pronoun) / himself (reflexive pronoun) and the female equivalents have now been joined by other options, including but not limited to: ze/zir/zir/zirs/zerself; ze/hir/hir/hirs/hirself; ey/em/eir/eirs/emself; ve/ver/vis/vis/verself; ne/nem/nir/nirs/nemself; xe/xem/xyr/xyrs/xemself.

That was not my attempt at writing in German.

I noted that anyone can “create their own pronouns” because it is apparently discriminatory to be labelled with an unwanted pronoun, so I made up my own pronoun: ‘zigazig ah’. Tongue-firmly-in-cheek.

Sure, I had a little bit of negative feedback on that one, but much less than I usually get.

In fact, I’ve had far more positive than negative responses to that piece, including several from lesbian women who are against the new gender pronouns.

For example, one email from a woman who identified herself as lesbian, said: “Transgender women should identify as he/him/his because they are men and not women, they are not women full stop”.

Ouch. It seems that there is more than one view on gender pronouns within the LGBTQIA+ community.

I don’t care what you call yourself, or whether you fancy men, women, transgenders, or blow-up dolls. Be yourself and be free. Do you.





Goodness me Steve won’t be very popular in either the Labour or Green Party !

Roys the name, truths the game August 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm

I also am a fan of Steves rational writing. Especially over the last 3 or 4 months when 95% of commentators/journalists are trying to be woke and as a result are talking/writing tosh.

Stuff have lost a great talent by not continuing to publish his work.

I think that you might find that some of their practices are a lot more severe than praying away the “problem”.

Agree, he is a welcome voice of the sane majority. Whom, are almost paranoid about making any public comment, that does not suite the leftist, LGBTQIA+ narrative.
In a world where, the media news is well and truly bought and paid for. That community get free reign on accusing the rest of us, who may now be the minority, of being bigoted.
Yet, that group, stand forefront, proclaiming their human right, denouncing any opposing opinion as some form of discriminatory rhetoric from the established majority. Presuming that majority is the Hetro community? Though, who knows what we all should identify as now? It’s all so confusing. Gone are the good old days, together with the good old boys, of identifying as either male or female.

Thanks for re-posting this,Sir Robert.
What an absolute breath of fresh air!

The concern with this proposed legislation on banning conversion is that it would ban anything other than affirmation for kids who think they are trans. This has happened in Canada and many U.S. states. It is stealth tactics. It has little to do with gay people.

Nothing new here at all, sound though it is.

Maybe if it was 5 years ago it wouldn’t seem quite so trite.

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