‘Lifestyle’ Category Archives

16
May

ALAN JOYCE, QANTAS CEO: believer in a fair go for all (nearly all)

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Family, Justice, Lifestyle, Truth

The other day Mr Tony Overheu pushed a pie into the face of Qantas CEO, Mr Joyce, as he was making a speech.
Mr Joyce commented:
“Qantas has always spoken up on gender issues…no attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work….
Qantas has proudly represented Australia for more than 90 years. And being Australian means giving everyone in society an opportunity and the chance of a fair go.”
That doesn’t seem to include a fair go for children.
Qantas has not campaigned against the adoption of children into same-sex households….
Households where they will be, by deliberate choice, deprived of the fair go of being raised by a mother and a father.

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15
May

ALAN JOYCE AND THE FUNDAMENTALIST PIE-THROWER: apology rejected.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Justice, Lifestyle, Modern Church

The other day Mr Tony Overheu pushed a pie into the face of Qantas CEO, Mr Alan Joyce, while he was making a speech.
Mr Joyce says:
“Qantas has always spoken up on gender issues…no attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work….
Mr Overheu has apologised — but Mr Joyce intends pressing charges regardless.
The media are emphasising how Mr Overheu is a “fundamentalist Christian”.
So religion is getting a bad press for its “bullying” methods.
Quite right, too.
Imagine if an epidemic of pie-throwing was to break out in the Middle East….

11
May

ENSLAVED NEW WORLD: occasional new slogans but inwardly just more of the same?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Ethics, Lifestyle, Media, Politics

Head of state: a deranged, amoral, self-absorbed, survival-obsessed psychopath?
Media: a lying, brain-rotting tool of corporate wealth?
Traditional culture: a hypocritical, enfeebled, decaying carcase?
Youth: promiscuous, social-media-group-think-addicted narcissists?
Name me one nation on earth where the above doesn’t apply.
Fair-go-mouthing Australia? Great-again America?
Hardly.
Do I, perhaps, exaggerate?
Anyway, if any renewal of goodness is to happen anywhere, it will have to start small.
In our own personal decision-making. In our families. In our church(?)
Now and then there are signs of hope.
But don’t wait for somebody else to do something.
Repeat these words regularly:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven….”

15
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY: over for 2017, what was it all about?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Entertainment, God, Lifestyle, sport

Last week, some (Fairfax) newspapers carried an article about “how Good Friday in Australia compares to the rest of the world”.
Saying that, “Good Friday just got slightly more lively in Australia”…referring to the (yawn) AFL football match.
What could be more un-lively than large sweaty men brawling for possession of a ball?
And that, “still the quietest day of the year…Good Friday is no big deal”.
Incorrect. Quietness is a very big deal – a scarce commodity, worth cherishing where it survives.
Quiet minds become full of thoughts – about life, about purpose, about meaning, about God….
Yet, mostly, don’t we avoid quiet, preferring distractions — about food, about feeling good, about kidding ourselves we look good…?

11
Apr

RESPECTFUL LANGUAGE CENTRAL TO ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: what about respect for marriage?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Politics, Women

“Stop it at the Start” is a government program to curb domestic violence by eliminating disrespectful language.
Domestic violence causes 10 percent of deaths among young Australian women.
It’s urgent to stop using slogans like “boys will be boys” as excuses for men hitting women.
Women aren’t merely objects for men’s sexual gratification – or just cheap cooks.
But why not?
We need a compelling reason that young men can relate to.
There is one:
Women, like men, are God’s children — two sexes to work together with God in creating new life — in the context of families based on marriage.
That’s the reason.
Government programs will never mention it.
It’s up to the Church to proclaim Marriage as a Sacrament — part of the natural law, written into human nature and our universe.
The Church’s credibility isn’t what it should be?
No. But who else is there to promulgate this life-or-death truth?

9
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY FOOTBALL: another brain-damaging, soul-destroying, dumbing-down distraction.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Faith, Lifestyle, sport

Something new in 2017 — AFL football on Good Friday, the holiest day of the Christian year.
It’s disappointing.
Because it’s another case of the Christian faith being desecrated?
Not just that — Christians can get used to that.
But for everybody it’s a worry that with so many dilemmas in today’s world — violence, poverty, sexual deviations, disintegrating families, freedom of speech threatened, sacredness-of-life issues etc….
Issues with an ethical/moral/spiritual basis – we never seem to find time to think about them properly.
We don’t help ourselves by frittering away with endless sporting extravaganzas all days traditionally set aside to reflect on fundamentals.
A missed opportunity.