‘Media’ Category Archives

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.

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12
Dec

TRUTH OR POST-TRUTH-POLITICS: is there a choice?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Media, Modern Church, Politics, Truth

“Post-truth politics” — are you sick of hearing that catchphrase?
The idea that by getting people booing and hooraying on demand, you can control their minds (while by-passing their brains).
What alternative is there?
Jesus Christ said:
“If you abide in my word, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…. Truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (St John’s gospel, chapter 8)
Slave? Free?
Every weekend, 1.8 million Australians attend church.
If they listen properly and are taught gospel truth without fear or favour — might they stop being slaves to sin?
Could that be catching?
Australia perhaps becoming unrecognisable – free from lying, dishonesty and deceit?

31
Oct

MANIPULATING OPINION IN AUSTRALIA: some changes good, some changes bad.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Environment, Media, Persecution, Science

Yesterday someone asked me, “What do you think about climate change?”
I started saying how I’m not convinced either way because….
But he had stopped listening already.
“It must be true,” he said. “A celebrity actor is saying so on television.”
I didn’t try reasoning with him.
If one’s point of view relies on boosting by celebrities on television, one’s openness to reason is probably non-existent.
Anyway, isn’t climate change primarily a side-show to distract us from more alarming and humanly-destructive changes?
There’s a global campaign to “change” what a human being is, what a family is, what freedom of speech is….
Try, for example, proclaiming that marriage is a life-long union of one man and one woman.
You’ll soon discover how the understandings and freedoms that sustained society 20 years ago – and also 20 centuries ago – are changed and gone.
You’ll be silenced one way or another if you don’t shut up.

20
Oct

ARE AMNESTY AND THE ABC’S FOUR CORNERS LYING ABOUT NAURU? if so, should we be surprised?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Ethics, Health, Justice, Media, Truth

Recently ABC’s Four Corners featured an Amnesty International report on conditions for refugees on Nauru — describing them as “torture”.
It highlighted video of run-down hospital wards and unsanitary school toilets.
It’s now known that these pictures were unrepresentative of present conditions.
Doubtless, some aspects of life on Nauru are a bit rough, but by world standards they aren’t too bad.
ABC and AI seem to enjoy muckraking. Where there’s no muck they invent it.
AI’s original role in the 1960s was mobilising supporters to write letters requesting release of prisoners of conscience.
Now it’s less a grass-roots fighter for the underdog – more like an international corporation in the grievance business.
To AI, the right to life of the ultimate underdogs – unborn children – isn’t a human right that concerns them.
AI actively leans on governments around the world to promote unrestricted abortion.
At this moment, they’re interfering in the affairs of Chile, Poland, Zambia and Northern Ireland, for example.
While getting this basic black-and-white issue wrong, they’re unlikely to get much else right.

10
Jun

WIKIPEDIA DISCREDITS ITSELF: vehicle for anti-christian insults

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Media, Politics

Wikipedia, which claims to be unbiased, says in its entry regarding Queensland MP, George Christensen:
“In March 2016, Christensen agitated to close down or substantially modify the Australian government Safe Schools Programme as it clashed with his outdated conservative Christian bigotry. This programme was designed to promote acceptance of LGBTIQ peoples and had successfully reduced LGBTIQ related bullying.” **
Outdated conservative Christian bigotry?
Does that sound like an encyclopedia?
Or more like someone indulging in ideologically-driven name-calling?

** (it was there on 10 June 2016 at 8.50am)

23
Mar

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: have we surrendered it already?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Media, Multiculturalism, Politics

News Limited — according to its website — reaches over 7.2 million Australians daily.
The website is headed by the slogan “The Power of the People”.
Which people exactly?
Recently the Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA) offered News Limited good money to broadcast an online ad seeking readers’ votes in NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
The ALA’s most distinctive policy is to “stop Islamisation” in Australia.
Anyway the advertisement was shown only via the Daily Telegraph (NSW) — nothing in the other states.
When ALA complained, they were told the ad “does not fit with our brand”.
Which in plain English means that the people whose power decides what News Limited will broadcast are Islamic activists and their stooges.
News Limited is afraid to practise free speech.
As far as News Limited is concerned, “Islamisation” has already happened.
Self-censorship is a characteristic of weaklings.