‘crime’ Category Archives

21
Jul

“ASSISTED DYING” TO BE LEGAL IN VICTORIA? thinking about the un-thinkable.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, crime, Death, Ethics, Prayer

The Victorian government plans legalising “assisted dying” for the terminally ill who request it.
They call the new laws “conservative” because they include 68 “safeguards” to prevent abuses.
Such arguments have emotional appeal but are not based on reason.
The traditional Christian teaching should be our guide:
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….
“Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted….
“The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable….”
(Catholic Catechism, paragraphs 2277-2279)
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intentional killing?

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18
Jul

MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTION ROOMS: a spectre that still stalks.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Health

The mother of a man dead in the street from drug-overdose has condemned the Victorian government for not providing “medically-supervised injecting rooms”.
While trying to sympathise with the lady’s grief, let’s keep clearly in mind why she is wrong.
For injecting rooms to function, the police must turn a blind eye to illegal-drug dealing.
Which means abandoning the rule of law — a big decision and an irresponsible one.
If we don’t arrest and punish drug-dealers, they’ll continue enriching themselves at the expense of others’ self-destruction.
We must aim at nothing less than getting users completely clean and staying that way — otherwise we let them down.

30
Jun

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL: hoping to get a fair trial….

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Justice, Modern Church

Is Cardinal George Pell guilty of past child-abuse?
I find it hard to believe.
Will he get a fair trial?
That’s hard to believe, too.
We’re unlikely to ever know the facts — how can you prove something didn’t happen 40 years ago?
Meanwhile, today, child abuse never stops — nearly all in domestic situations remote from any church or priest — boyfriends of single mums interfering with her children etc.
Pity such children.

25
May

MANCHESTER MASSACRE: are we failing to see an elephant-like something?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, crime, Death, Entertainment, Family

Everybody’s talking about the Manchester bomb-blast.
How it’s wrong to kill innocent people.
OK, it’s wrong to kill.
Isn’t it also wrong to ignore Ariana Grande’s non-innocent promiscuous-sex image?
Isn’t it negligence parents letting their offspring attend such exhibitions?
Isn’t a parent’s job helping children grow up – hopefully into God-fearing and rational human beings?

22
May

IF YOU WANT TO BE FREE TO BELIEVE AND TO EXPRESS BELIEFS, YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY A PRICE: some recent relevant events.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Justice, Persecution

In March 2017, Coopers Breweries — threatened with boycotts for associating themselves with the Bible Society – capitulated, declaring themselves Same Sex Marriage fans after all.
And a Mr. Mark Allaby, likewise, quit his affiliation with the Australian Christian Lobby — under threat of losing his job with IBM.
Now, in May, the Australian Medical Association issues a statement that Australian law, which defines marriage in traditional fashion, “has significant psychosocial and psychological health consequences for LGBTIQ-identifying Australians….”
Is that the best the reasoning powers of our medical fraternity can come up with on the subject?
By contrast, consider Bernard Gaynor — father of seven, expelled from the Australian Army despite meritorious service in Afghanistan and Iraq with the rank of Major….
His crime? Saying that the army shouldn’t disobey its own regulations by letting uniformed members participate in a public political activity (Sydney’s homosexual Mardi Gras) – and describing the generals responsible as “cowards”.
What is important about Bernard Gaynor is that he has not knuckled under or compromised as the others have.

18
Apr

ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: is it genocide? what’s wrong with the Australian government? are they a bit anti-Christian too?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Persecution, Politics

Two Sundays ago, churches in two Egyptian cities were bombed, killing over 40 Christians.
Day in, day out, an average of over 250 Christians worldwide are killed by terrorists.
In February 2016, the European Parliament recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In June 2016, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In March 2017, the United States House of Representatives voted 383-0 to recognise such killings as “genocide”.
The Australian government?
So far, they’ve made no such comment, despite requests to do so.
Last week, Australia’s Michael Sukkar MP told Sky News “there needs to be a political awakening and movement for people who want to practise their faith in peace.”
He called on Parliament to recognise such atrocities against Christians as “genocide” — to maintain pressure on the international community.
There’s a petition supporting this call that you and I can sign at:
www.citizengo.org/en-au/pr/49894-easter-will-australian-government-call-christian-persecution-middle-east-genocide?tc=ty&tcid=34826586