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Secular morality versus religious morality

Sir Ivor Lloyd Morgan Richardson, an eminent New Zealand and Commonwealth jurist, legal writer and Privy Council Judge, noted with approval in 1959 that New Zealand law favours religion in general and Christianity in particular ‘respecting the religious interests of the people generally.’

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He gave two reasons for this.

Firstly, he said, ‘our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being, we are basically a religious people’, and the State is ‘simply recognising the religious nature and needs of the New Zealand people’.

Secondly, ‘it is generally accepted that a sound morality among the people is essential to the preservation of individual liberties and the…

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