Quote of the week

An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
24 March 2007

The Bible made them do it?

My take, published in Die Burger today, on the argument made by Dutch Reformed Church Dominees that the Bible tells them to discriminate against gay men and lesbians. I argue it is like Hansie Cronje saying the devil made him do it. Money quote:

DIT is moeilik om te verstaan waarom die Christelike godsdiens so behep met seks is. Self, moet ek sê, kan ek nie sien waarom daar so ’n bohaai oor seks gemaak word nie. Is dit dalk omdat seks nogal lekker kan wees en dus dat te veel seks ons vrees vir God sal laat taan?

Watter skade berokken seks tussen twee instemmende volwassenes enig­iemand? Dit sou wel die gesag van die kerk kon uitdaag, maar andersins is dit skynbaar net verkeerd omdat die kerk se interpretasie van die Bybel dit verkeerd ag.

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