‘Common Sense’ Category Archives
An Australian judge has refused to allow a Muslim woman to wear the niqab while testifying in court.
Too harsh? I don’t think so.
A judge must form opinions concerning witnesses’ truthfulness or otherwise. Body language, including facial expression, is part of that.
If we’re worried about harshness, consider the senior Muslim last week advocating beating women as “step three” in a process of dealing with relationship issues — after counselling, buying chocolates etc.
Joumanah El Matrah, of the Australian Muslim Women’s Human Rights Centre has testified that there are “significant problems” in how Islam was interpreted…and that Muslim women would be “extremely disadvantaged” by any form of sharia court… and that Islamic orthodox interpretative frameworks allocate women “an inferior status to men” rendering them “vulnerable to violence and abuse”.
Personally, I must say I admire some aspects of Muslim’s commitment to prayer, belief in modesty etc….
But there always seems something wrong — Allah seems to come over as un-loving.
When described as “merciful” it seems not to be “mercy” in the usual sense of the word.
The “Our Watch” organisation recently had an opinion piece in multiple regional newspapers including Ballarat Courier, Sunraysia Daily, Bendigo Advertiser etc.
The topic being “For Everyone’s Sake, let’s talk about Sex”.
It’s full of research statistics.
Surveys quoted show that many people hold the views that:
1. “if a young man wants to have sex with a young woman, it’s up to the woman to make it very clear she doesn’t want to….”
2. “the victim (is) at least partly responsible for the unwanted sex if she is drunk or affected by drugs…or wearing revealing clothing….”
“Our Watch” organisation is committed to talking people out of those two opinions.
The fact that they are both obviously true apparently doesn’t matter to them.
by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Common Sense, Contemplation, Family, Lifestyle, Truth
The proposed law to legalise “same-sex marriage” is dishonestly worded.
Even its title, “Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill”, is a deception.
The term “Same-Sex”, in this context, is meaningless – intentionally so.
“Sex” is something defined in terms of anatomical structures – chromosomes within body cells, genital organs, breasts, whiskers etc. – definable things.
“Gender” is more about how you feel and identify (at least for the moment) — which is un-definable.
Gender-talk is complicated by endless arbitrary variations and name-confusions.
A while back, Facebook was listing up to 58 “gender” identities for customers to choose between.
If this bill ever passes, pressure will immediately be applied to expand it to include transgender-identifiers.
Realistically it won’t be “Same-Sex Marriage” it will be “Same-Sex-And/Or-Today’s-Choice-Of-Gender-Label Marriage”.
The whole project is a plot against personal responsibility and an insult to everybody’s intelligence.
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, Family, Happiness
In South Australia, adoption by same-sex couples became legal last week.
One such couple told reporters, “We’re exactly the same as every other family; the boys are safe, they’re loved, they have very good, strong female characters in their lives. The boys are happy and that’s all that matters.”
Young hopeful, after nine months recognising biological mum’s voice, sharing her body fluids, knowing nothing about the world except though her, looking forward to her breast milk….
Bingo! Suddenly at delivery-time mum vanishes without trace, and here are these two blokes….
What a nightmare!
Someone might be happy, but the child isn’t.
Anyone saying out loud that no child deserves such a fate risks state-sponsored persecution in some kind of tribunal.
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, sport, Women
Hundreds of Australian Women’s AFL football teams!
Hundreds of thousands of dollars funding female-friendly (not unisex after all) change-rooms and showers!
Have we all gone mad?
Traditionally most cultures had understandings about modesty — affecting how we (especially women) dress and behave.
Many sports, as played today, are incompatible with the true feminine spirit — including football, some swimming and track events, acrobatics etc.– self-exposure, plus often immodest positions and posturings….
These girls are to be pitied — receiving no serious moral guidance.
This problem had its beginnings last century.
Pope Pius XII (who died in 1958) said:
“Many women have forgotten Christian modesty… they give in to the tyranny of fashion…dresses which …seem designed to emphasize what they should rather conceal…a kind of exhibitionism….”
As rational creatures, given thinking-power by God, can we reason out that for our fulfillment as human beings, certain sports are simply not suitable?
by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics
Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) of new jobs created are temporary or on-call work?
And that (what with robots etc.) one quarter of lower-skilled jobs will be non-existent in 20 years?
How will these millions of unemployed and under-employed live?
Various governments are considering “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving tens of thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — including Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain.
Obviously these UBI’s won’t work. They’ll simply increase taxes.
Anyway, it’s bad for healthy people not to work.
Pope John Paul II said, “Work is a good thing for man…it not only transforms nature…but also achieves his fulfillment as a human being….
“The Church considers it her duty to speak out on work…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”
A “spirituality of work” — that sounds like something we should think about long and hard.