Charity Begins at the Politically Correct Home? The Family First Case

Otago Law Review (2015) 14(1) 171-189

20 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2016

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Rex Ahdar

University of Otago - Faculty of Law; University of Notre Dame Australia - University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Students

Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

Is advancing the traditional or nuclear family a non-charitable purpose? Is it “controversial” and impermissibly political “propaganda” in the 21st century to advocate the two-parent, opposite-sex, married couple as the optimal domestic configuration in which to have and raise children? The New Zealand Charities Registration Board thought so and deregistered the organisation that had the temerity to advance it: Family First New Zealand. This article examines the Family First deregistration decision. The case is a particularly clear example of official institutional antipathy towards the conservative political and religious understanding of domestic personal relations.

Keywords: charity law, conservatism, political correctness

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Ahdar, Rex, Charity Begins at the Politically Correct Home? The Family First Case (November 2015). Otago Law Review (2015) 14(1) 171-189, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2791257

Rex Ahdar (Contact Author)

University of Otago - Faculty of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9010
New Zealand

University of Notre Dame Australia - University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Students ( email )

Sydney Campus
New South Wales
Australia

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