New Zealand anti-gay group to be de-registered as a charity.

New Zealand has some pretty sensible laws about which groups get to call themselves charities.

Under the Charities Act, registered charities can undertake political activities, such as supporting or opposing legislation in its area of activity, but not as its main purpose.

Charities must be set up wholly and exclusively for charitable purpose and public benefit.

Makes sense.  If you’re going to be a charity, you should actually have to focus on, y’know, charity.

Well, the head of a group called Family First (anytime you see a conservative group use the word “family”, you can bet their primary goal will be to stop the formation of families) has announced that Family First will be de-registered as a charity.

National director of Family First Bob McCoskrie said the group has received notification the Charities Commission intends to deregister the organisation.

He said the decision was highly politicised and showed groups that think differently to the politically correct view will be targeted.

“The Commission argues that Family First’s efforts to represent the voice of 80 per cent-plus of families on the anti-smacking law or half of New Zealanders on attempts to redefine marriage, for example, have no ‘public benefit’, and that it is in the ‘public interest’ for Family First to be deregistered.”

I like it.  Charities should focus on alleviating the suffering of their fellow human beings, not creating it through discriminatory legislation.  If you want to be called a charity, your main purpose cannot be fucking with other people’s lives.

And with that, I’m going down some Nyquil straight from the bottle like a baller, go back to nursing my fever, and go back to sleep.  Bring me orange juice.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.