‘Multiculturalism’ Category Archives

15
Jan

AUSTRALIA DAY, JANUARY 26: Pat Cash wants it changed. Do you?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, History, Justice, Lifestyle, Multiculturalism

Pat Cash doesn’t want to observe Australia Day on January 26.
He’s upset about on-going poverty in many Aboriginal communities.
Yes, white people have treated Aborigines badly at times.
Mostly we’re not actively hostile — just unsure how to do better in our inter-racial relationships.
Mostly we can’t see how changing the Australia Day date would help.
Since time began, every country has experienced population inter-minglings which modified and devastated the old ways.
A land like Australia was never going to stay hunter-gatherer land.
That being so, the best we can do now is to express mutual respect and — where appropriate — mutual forgiveness.
Mr. Cash’s involvement in a charity working with aboriginal communities sounds great.
Maybe more of us should do the same, finding ways to do good things together.
One very good thing being to let bygones be bygones — and celebrate Australia Day as one.

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13
Nov

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: on what are they based? on what should they be based?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Education, Faith, God, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Truth, Youth

Some people want to take away the freedom of so-called “faith-based” schools to teach traditional understandings about sex, marriage and morals.
How about that?
For a start, the term “faith-based” is a distraction.
Anybody using their reason can see that God is real — and that there’s a natural moral law built into the universe.
Faith isn’t actually the basis of teaching true religion.
Faith comes later, after reason.
Schools seeking to teach true religion might, perhaps, more logically be called “reason-based”.
It’s government schools, with their cult-like dogmas of fundamentalist gender-theory, which fail the reason test.
Perhaps they might, in all honesty, call themselves “superstition-based”.

4
Jul

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION: moves towards a religion-free state.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Media, Multiculturalism

The Catholic Church’s credibility is at a low ebb.
Which is at least partly self-inflicted.
That might please many people with control over our money, our media and our school curriculums.
The ones who despise Jesus Christ himself and what he stands for.
By threats and emotional blackmail, they chase Catholic belief — even the notion of natural moral law — out of the public debate.
Currently, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation seems to be phasing religion out of its air-waves.
The ABC’s executive producer of religion, Jane Jeffes, has been told she is “potentially redundant”
For semi-practising Christians, let’s make all this a learning opportunity.
For starters, let’s attend Sunday Mass regularly — top priority, without fail.
Weekdays too, if possible.
And, every day, live a very self-disciplined, very unselfish and cheerfully outspoken life.

29
Jun

THE CENSUS AND RELIGION: faith and the average Australian.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Multiculturalism, Truth

The Census says Australia’s biggest religious category is now “no religion”.
But isn’t saying you have “no religion” a lie – or at least a misunderstanding?
If religion means a “system of faith”, then we’ve all got one.
You get out of bed. You put faith in the floor remaining a reality while you’re putting faith in its support.
“No-religion” persons often put faith in the “certainty” of science.
Yet the thing most certain about science is that it can’t give certainty.
Tomorrow science will tell us that what it said today was wrong.
Our other objects of worship – money, sport, sex etc. – are fleeting distractions.
Far from certainty, they give you dumbing-down.
Anybody willing to spare some time can think his way through to three basic certainties:
(1) God exists.
(2) Our souls are immortal.
(3) There is a Natural Moral Law distinguishing good from evil.

6
Jun

JULIE BAIRD’S THOUGHTS ON TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT “TERROR”: maybe not good enough….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Education, Media, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

ABC television host, Julie Baird, has offered widely-circulated newspaper comments telling parents “how to talk to kids about terror”.
Some of it is good. Julie emphasises that, while taking care not to traumatise them, we mustn’t tell children untruths.
Well said.
Then she says we should inform children that what the terrorists do is “nothing to do with Islam”.
Isn’t that an untruth?
Children need to know what is in the Islamic holy writings – the Koran, the Hadith etc.
They need to know how the prophet Muhammad himself went about gaining converts.

2
May

MESSAGES FROM TWO POPES: appealing to reason?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, God, Modern Church, Multiculturalism

Pope Benedict XVI is still alive.
The other day, when turning 90, he wrote:
“The clash between radically-atheistic conceptions of the State and the emergence of a radically-religious state in the Islamist movements, leads our time into an explosive situation….”
In 2006, Pope Benedict made a famous speech quoting a 14th century emperor:
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you’ll find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.
“God is not pleased by blood . . . whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.”
Pope Francis, on the other hand, has just visited the more-or-less radically-religious Islamic state of Egypt.
Francis’s opinion about Islam is that “it’s not right to identify Islam with violence….”
These two Popes can’t both be right.

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