‘Faith’ Category Archives

3
Apr

THE CURRENT STATE OF FREE SPEECH IN AUSTRALIA: what to expect more of?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Lifestyle, Persecution

A Christian organisation now has permission to keep its board members’ names private — on the grounds of “public safety”.
This follows homosexual activists pressuring employers (including IBM) into signing on as “gay rights” supporters — then condemning them for having professing Christian board members.
Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop, Anthony Fisher, criticised, commenting that, “It’s part of our culture that Australians of all faiths or no faith have the opportunity to contribute to full and open discussion on all issues….”
Not really
“Our culture” is changing.
Would you encourage your child to stand up in a Victorian school classroom and say that he/she considers promiscuity and anal sex to be wrong and should be discouraged?
The result would be verbal, if not physical, violence.
When Catholic children undergo the rite of Confirmation, the bishop traditionally gives them a smack on the side of the face.
It’s a reminder that a war is on — and Christians must expect treatment about as good as was handed out to Jesus Christ in his lifetime.
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31
Mar

HOW TO LOSE YOUR JOB? try being a Christian in the wrong place at the wrong time.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Suffering

Homosexual-lifestyle activists are picking off, one-by-one, people associated with the so-called Australian Christian Lobby.
The message is, “quit your connection with this religious group or lose your job”.
Notable victims have been a Mr Allaby and a Mr Chavura – an engineer and a university lecturer.
Jesus Christ did warn people that being his follower means “denying yourself” – going without certain things. (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 16)
Perhaps, in these days, going without your job.
Jesus himself, due to his commitment to God, had to go without the freedom to move his arms and legs when they nailed him to a cross.
We, too, would do well to willingly undergo suffering in God’s cause.
Not to go looking for it, but to accept it and offer it up to God — if and when it happens.

8
Mar

LEFT WING “PROGRESSIVE” POLITICS: progressing towards what?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Common Sense, Education, Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Media, Women

1. Australia’s “progressive” media are making a celebrity of a woman who calls Islam a “feminist” religion.
Don’t they know that in the countries where Islam is practiced most, women are stoned for alleged infidelity?
Didn’t an official Islamic spokesperson recently tell Australia’s Sky News that sometimes it’s OK to beat one’s wife?
Islam needs to “progressively” convert its own traditionalist adherents away from violence-prone fundamentalism.
2. Some Australians consider themselves “progressive” when Sydney streets are filled with persons promoting anal sex as normal.
Many Australians let their youngsters go to “progressive” schools which groom them to condone (if not to practise) that kind of thing, and to vilify anybody discouraging it?
Perhaps Australia needs to “progressively” eradicate those ideas.
Perhaps the Australians loudest in their claims to be progressive are progressing down the wrong track.

27
Feb

MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA: give and take needed as they settle in?

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

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.

11
Feb

CORY BERNARDI AND CRITICS: basic beliefs are getting important.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Faith, Family, Modern Church, Politics

Most Australia’s top politicians seem to be Catholics.
Or lapsed Catholics…attending Catholic school, then giving it up.
Prime Minister Turnbull, born non-Catholic, became a Catholic in 2002 — yet don’t his “progressive” views on abortion, same-sex marriage etc. contradict Catholic teaching?
Bill Shorten, who attended Catholic primary school then Xavier College — now likewise supports anti-Catholic policies.
Even Greens leader, Richard di Natale, attended Melbourne’s Parade Catholic College….
Perhaps one reason why Cory Bernardi gets bad media coverage is his cheerfulness about being Catholic — and trying to live accordingly.
In his book, “The Conservative Revolution”, Bernardi identifies “Faith” as number one of the “Four pillars” on which a better Australia must be founded.
He seeks a society based on “that uniquely Christian doctrine that man was ‘created in the image of God’, a principle on which the western concept of human dignity depends….”
The unkind label of “rat” has been thrown at him.
He is perhaps too well brought up to brand his critics as chameleons.

3
Jan

GOOD THOUGHTS FOR THE COMING YEAR: from Queen Elizabeth II.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Jesus

Did you watch/hear the Queen’s Christmas speech?
I think it is very good.