‘Justice’ Category Archives

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.

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14
Feb

SEXUAL ABUSE OF SCHOOL STUDENTS: what about in government schools?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Education, Justice, Youth

Have there been no public hearings into sexual abuse at Government schools — like those into Catholic schools?
Are there going to be any?
If not, why not?
Have teachers’ unions managed to organise cover-ups?
And why do our media seemingly play down government school abuses?
Is it because complaints against government schools won’t help to bankrupt the Catholic Church?
And because compensation pay-outs against government education departments would raise our taxes — including those of news reporters?
These are possible reasons for self-censorship.
Would it not be a just move for the Royal Commission to investigate them?
(thoughts mainly pinched from: https://www.mercatornet.com/above/view/australias-royal-commission-should-investigate-government-schools/19345)

3
Feb

MR. TRUMP BEING HARSH AGAIN: and getting criticised again, rightly or wrongly.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Justice, Multiculturalism, Politics

President Trump plans to restrict entry of immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries.
Harsh?
There is, of course, a “harsh” side to Islam itself.
The Koran (chapter 2) says about unbelievers: “Kill them wherever you find them….”
And (chapter 47): “When ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, strike off their heads….”
Harsh?
In the countries which Mr. Trump has in mind, pre-teen children are used as soldiers and those at school learn to operate automatic weapons.
Harsh?
In the same countries girls must cover up from head to foot – Western-style female attire being considered degrading.
Harsh?
Or is that one something they’ve got right and we haven’t?
In those countries, school-children even miss out on the West’s gender-fluidity theories and brainwashing….
With the West as decadent as at present, are we in any condition to criticise anybody about anything?
Meanwhile Mr. Trump’s little experiment will be interesting to watch.

29
Jan

HATRED, “HATE-SPEECH” ETC. important words which we throw around too carelessly

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Ethics, Justice, Media

The other day, 3,500-plus people took part in an “anti-Trump” march in Melbourne.
According to one organiser, “We’re not marching as an anti-Trump movement per se, we’re marching to protest the hate speech, the hateful rhetoric….”
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, Australia’s Grand Mufti, wants section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act expanded to prohibit what he calls “hate speech” concerning his religion. In other words, he wants Australia to have a Pakistan-style blasphemy law.
No. No. The fact is, there’s nothing wrong with expressing hatred.
Some things we have got to hate.
Not people, but certain actions.
Think about childhood sexual abuse. Yes, punish the offenders — but don’t hate even them as persons.
God himself loves morally evil people — insofar as they are not completely evil.
He hates sin. He loves sinners.
We must try to do the same.

26
Jan

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: UBI’s the solution to all economic woes?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics

Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) 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 are these millions of unemployed and under-employed persons to live?
Governments in various countries are thinking about trialling “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain for example.
Sorry. UBI schemes won’t succeed – they’ll merely cause sky-rocketing 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…he also achieves fulfillment as a human being…work is a fundamental dimension of human existence on earth….
“The Church considers it her duty…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”
A spirituality of work?
That’s something we need to think about long and hard.

20
Jan

UNEMPLOYMENT, ROBOTS AND THE FUTURE: are UBI’s the answer?

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.