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Churches to fight domestic violence


People who use the Bible to justify domestic violence have misinterpreted the scripture, a local minister says.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people use the old testament to justify their actions," Reverend Motekiai Fakatou of the Wesley Methodist Church Tauranga said. "[But] this is a different context and this is a different time and this is a different culture.

"You can't use the Bible to justify what you are doing [domestic violence]."

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says some parents have used scripture to justify family violence.

But nearly 30 of New Zealand's religious organisations have now joined the fight against...