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Encyclopedia > Bruce Logan

Bruce Logan (born 1938) is a New Zealand conservative Christian who has been involved in opposition to liberal social policies within his country for over two decades.


Logan was originally Head of English at Orewa College in Auckland, until he moved southwards to Christchurch in the mid-nineties. He became curriculum director at Middleton Grange School, New Zealand's largest Christian integrated school, at the same time. While employed there, Logan also acted as Director for the New Zealand Education Development Foundation, which attempted to interest centre-right political parties in education concerns, like 'school choice,' school bulk funding, the abolition of outcome-based education strategies and a deregulated post-compulsory tertiary education sector. The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ...


In Cutting Edge, Logan often reprinted articles from the Institute for Economic Affairs (United Kingdom), British journalist Melanie Phillips, First Things (United States, edited by Richard John Neuhaus and other Anglo-American and Australian social conservative publications. Father Richard John Neuhaus is a noted Catholic intellectual. ...


In addition, he wrote several books for NZEDF, including A Questionable Conception (1998), which opposed comprehrensive sex education; A Level Playing Field? (1996), which advocated school 'choice'.He also wrote Marriage: Do We Need It? (1998) which explored the critical role marriage plays in civil society.


In 2000, the New Zealand Education Development Foundation metamorphosed into the Maxim Institute. Logan served as its first director and also operated out of Christchurch-based offices, as the Institute had offices in Christchurch and Auckland. Middleton Grange provided premises for their Christchurch offices. Logan also published Evidence, the Institute's 'policy journal,' which ran for fifteen issues (2001-2005). Maxim Institute is a conservative Christian research and public policy think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand. ...


After the formation of the Institute, Logan wrote Same Sex Marriage? (2000) for Affirm, a Tauranga-based New Zealand Presbyterian organisation opposed to civil unions, and lesbian and gay ordination within their own denomination. As well as this, he authored Waking Up to Marriage (2004), which repeated and supplemented earlier conservative social scientific research which encouraged promotion of heterosexual marriage over heterosexual cohabitation, and legal recognition of lesbian/gay civil unions , for the Maxim Institute. A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not...


During his time at the Institute, Logan campaigned against prostitution law reform, euthanasia, lesbian and gay civil unions in New Zealand and other issues related to feminism, family policy and bioethics. Civil unions in New Zealand were ratified on 9 December 2004 when Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill to establish the institution of civil union for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ...


On October 17, 2005, Paul Litterick of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists used Copyscape, an innovative software package, to analyse Logan's published newspaper work, and published the results in Fundy Post (Issue 18), an online chronicle of the alleged excesses of New Zealand conservative Christians and other faith-based elements. Litterick found that some of Logan's work was taken (in most cases with permission) from Anglo-American sources, which include the Heritage Foundation, Institute for American Values and National Fatherhood Institute, Maggie Gallagher (a US social conservative journalist), Melanie Phillips,(UK), Conservative Christian Fellowship (UK) and Digby Anderson , Social Affairs Unit(UK). New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists is an organisation, established in 1927 in New Zealand for the promotion of rationalism and humanism. ... The Heritage Foundation, a think tank located in Washington, D.C., is an influential public policy research institute whose stated mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. ... Maggie Gallagher is a United States writer and commentator who has written a syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate since 1995. ... Melanie Phillips (born June 4, 1951) is a British journalist and author, best known for her column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. ... The Social Affairs Unit is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. ...


In November 2005, Logan retired from the Maxim Institute. He continues to write and publish social commentary. Maxim Institute is a conservative Christian research and public policy think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand. ...


Bibliography

  • Bruce Logan: A Level Playing Field? Christchurch: New Zealand Education Development Foundation: 1994: ISBN 047303168X
  • Bruce Logan: Marriage: Do We Need It? Christchurch: NZEDF: 1998: ISBN 0473056283
  • Bruce Logan: A Questionable Conception: Christchurch: NZEDF: 1996: ISBN 0473032619
  • Bruce Logan: Same Sex Marriage? Tauranga: AFFIRM Publications: 2000: ISBN 0958211329
  • Bruce Logan: Waking Up to Marriage: Auckland: Maxim Institute: 2004: ISBN 0473097877

External links

  • Maxim Institute: Logan's previous employer
  • Challenge Weekly: Logan's current employer.
  • New Zealand Association for Rationalists and Humanists: Responsible for Copyscape analysis that resulted in Logan's retirement from Maxim Institute.

 
 

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