February, 2018 Archives

27
Feb

MICHAEL McCORMACK, POLITICIAN: learning the art of compromise in a hurry

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, History, Politics

Michael McCormack, new Nationals Party Leader — back in 1993 while editor of the Wagga Wagga Advertiser – wrote blaming homosexuality for AIDS and calling homosexual acts “sordid behaviour”.
Complaints made to the Australian Press Council were not upheld.
Mr McCormack subsequently wrote another editorial apologising for the first one.
He has, in fact, apologised repeatedly.
In 2017, he said he has “grown and learnt not only to tolerate, but to accept all people regardless of their sexual orientation….”
In parliament he recently voted Yes for same-sex marriage.
For the rest of his career, won’t this man be blackmailed into reciting his back-down over and over?
Poor Mr McCormack – hardly a day in the job, already a lame duck – puppet-like leader of the leftovers of the remains of a values-free ex-party.

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26
Feb

CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA: criticism of the Pope’s role

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Modern Church, Recent Developments

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister intends visiting Pope Francis in Rome during March 2018.
A deal is being negotiated by which the Pope will surrender selection of new bishops in China to the Chinese government.
Already about half of China’s estimated 10 million Catholics are affiliated with the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen Zekuin calls the Pope’s concession a “betrayal” of those other Catholics (the “underground” Catholic church) who defy the government by giving their first allegiance to the Pope.
While China’s Catholic population has stabilised around 10 million, numbers of Protestant Christians has risen over the last couple of generations to about 50 million.
About one Chinese citizen in every 30 is now a Protestant Christian.
The Chinese government is imposing tougher regulations on religious practice, effective from 2 February 2018.
Getting Pope Francis to knuckle under seems no longer to be their biggest worry.

23
Feb

BROAD VS. JOYCE: a question of character?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, Politics

Mr Andrew Broad MP has called on Barnaby Joyce to “bench himself”.
Why?
Because “when character is lost, all is lost” (he was quoting Billy Graham)
Everyone knows there are many adulterous characters in our parliaments.
In what way is Mr Joyce different?
Well he could have had the baby quietly killed (aborted) a few months ago, but he didn’t….
Let’s admire him for that — not for everything has done, but for having the character to get that supremely important decision right.
What about Mr Broad’s “character”?
After months and years of posturing as a defender of Traditional marriage, he voted Yes in parliament for the same-sex bill.
He recently (re-)tweeted that he himself should be National Party leader.
But does he have the necessary character?

22
Feb

BERMUDA RE-REJECTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: who next? maybe Oz?

by Arnold Jago in Family, Lifestyle, Politics, Recent Developments

The other day, the island nation of Bermuda became the world’s first country to abolish same-sex marriage — one year after having legalised it.
Bermuda’s Governor, John Rankin, has now signed into law a bill reversing a 2017 Supreme Court ruling.
That ruling had been made despite a referendum in which Bermudian voters rejected same-sex marriage.
Bermuda has led the way — re-affirming that natural marriage is a one-man-one-woman union.
Same-sex marriage is neither inevitable nor irreversible.
Australia, for example, can reverse its current position any time.
Bermuda, population 60,000 is a cluster of 138 islands — 8 of them joined by bridges — in the North Atlantic Ocean 800km east of the United States.

21
Feb

BATMAN BY-ELECTION: what about Kevin Bailey? Kevin who? some lateral thinking needed

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Politics

The Batman federal electorate in Melbourne’s north faces a by-election on March 17.
For generations Batman was a safe Labor seat. Not now.
In 2016, the Greens managed 36% of the primary vote.
Labor’s David Feeney scraped home on (mainly Liberal) preferences.
This time there will be no Liberal candidate. The Greens could win.
Interestingly, the Australian Conservatives Party has a candidate, Kevin Bailey AM.
An ex-SAS soldier, Mr. Bailey was Honorary Consul General for East Timor from 2002 to 2013, a Herald Sun columnist for 11 years and has hosted radio talkback programs. He is also an un-embarrassed Christian.
He seems a better prospective MP than anyone Labor or the Greens can offer.
Perhaps also better suited to be Prime Minister than our present one.
That may have to wait.
Meanwhile, let’s hope Batman voters are smart enough to at least get him into parliament.

17
Feb

FIXING AUSTRALIA: in three simple steps

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Family, Lifestyle, Women

What to do about older men falling for and/or exploiting young female associates?
Three obvious changes might be worth considering:
• Keep young females safe at home with family, learning how to be part of a family until they are ready to marry
• End consumption of alcohol by temptation-prone persons (i.e. everybody)
• Discontinue provocative dressing by young females
These suggested moves are only moderately trendy — but once we’re used to them everybody should be better off.