Media ID 0208-A
Church service (26 June 1967) in St Peter’s Church Wellington, titled “The Outsiders” featuring a story about a gay man, along with radio broadcasts on the Colin Moyle affair (November 1976)
Chris Turver, Godfrey Wilson, Keith Ovenden, unidentified speakers
Thin sound on the Church service.. There is more on the Colin Moyle affair on 0208-B
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Church service at St Peter’s Church, Willis St, Wellington (26 June 1967), led by Reverend Godfrey Wilson.. with the theme being homosexuality
Reverend Godfrey Wilson introduces the service
Our concern is for the homosexuals in our society..
Hymn “Come Now Holy Spirit”
Various readings from the scriptures..
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie.. men committing shameless acts with men
When the Son of man comes in his glory..
Let us love in deed and in truth..
Story about a homosexual named John
John is in prison, he is a homosexual.. John was a born bachelor .. When he left home he found it hard to come to terms with his condition.. made friends in an amateur dramatics group.. he knew only too well what society thought of homosexuals.. it was like background radiation..
A growing emptiness .. he wanted the warmth and tenderness of marriage - to love and be loved.. John fell in love with Colin.. they clicked.. they moved in together.. there were tensions .. but there was also love..
They had been together for more than a year when the landlord gave them notice.. a neighbour complained.. John and Colin broke up .. John became bitter.. casual relationships.. and then into the arms of the law..
I’ve tried to fit in.. I didn’t ask to be a homosexual.. and yet you’ve made me an outsider.. suicide.. what is there for me..
Thomas Tallis “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments”
I am glad that I’m not that Chaplin.. hard to imagine what John was going through.. sexual tendencies are set early.. you’re assuming John had some choice.. did you choose your sexual orientation.. left-handed.. different coloured skin.. what’s sinful.. can’t you see how John grew bitter.. can the community restrain them.. he’ll come out of prison as an outsider.. it’s made the problem worse.. the homosexual is a sinner.. he can help what he does..
Was John abusing his sexuality.. sex is for procreation.. outside of this, sex becomes a destructive force.. I feel John has been made a victim of his sexuality.. only God sees the heart.. we’ve all sinned in some way or another.. it’s not our place to judge and condemn.. Gods concern for all men..
Acceptance.. love.. Christian love.. should we have critical acceptance.. promiscuity..
Let us pray.. [atmosphere]
Lord, let us pray for sexual sin.. we pray for homosexuals - for a deeper understanding of their problems.. we pray for all those who have closed minds.. suicides.. those who study homosexuality.. those who make and administer laws.. pray that your spirit moves our hearts and minds ..love.. reminding us that we are all sinners..
Service ends.. Reverend Godfrey Wilson, with organist/choirmaster Anthony Jennings
[SLOW RECORDING as per original tape]
Various radio items on the Colin Moyle Affair [In November 1976, Robert Muldoon alleged in Parliament that Moyle had been picked up for homosexual activities]
Interview with Chris Turver (political editor) and Keith Ovenden (Canterbury University) about Parliamentary Privilege in light of the Colin Moyle affair
Reform of Parliamentary Privilege after the Colin Moyle affair
Would this have happened if Robert Muldoon had called Parliament earlier in the year..
Keith Ovenden - Public opinion of Robert Muldoon .. intensifies opinion on Muldoon.. National Party had full confidence in Muldoon’s leadership..
There is some resentment on how Muldoon tackles personality issues
Any mud must stick..
Keith Ovenden – smear on Colin Moyle will take some time to clear
Chris Turver – it’s a temporary phase.. flair-ups every couple of months..
News reports on the Colin Moyle affair, National Programme
Call for a Judicial Enquiry..
Chris Turver - report on the Colin Moyle affair.. Moyle picked up for homosexual activities..
Call for a Judicial Enquiry
Robert Muldoon proposes a Judicial Enquiry, terms of reference are open for discussion .. safeguarding the reputation of the Police