‘Persecution’ Category Archives

31
Dec

MURDER OF CHILDREN: holy innocents, then and now.

by Arnold Jago in Death, History, Jesus, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Recent Developments

For Christians, December 28 is/was the Feast of the Holy Innocents”.
The “innocents” being babies murdered by King Herod, who feared a possible new-born alternative king.
“When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi (wise men) he gave orders to kill all boys in the Bethlehem region aged two years and under….” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2)
We know who killed those Bethlehem victims.
Who is murdering the hundreds of innocents being killed right now — daily, week in, week out?
Don’t we and our politicians and media bend over backwards to avoid suggesting that it’s mostly done by Muslims?
Is Islam, in fact, an ideology of violence dressed up as a religion?
We’d like that not to be true. Don’t we all long for a day when all Muslims renounce violence?
But we see little reason to expect it.
Denial and lies certainly aren’t helping.

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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.

19
Sep

POLITICAL DEBATE IN AUSTRALIA: undergoing not-very-subtle change for the worse?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Lifestyle, Persecution, Politics

A private meeting of about 100 people to organise a “vote-no” campaign regarding the same-sex-marriage” plebiscite has been called off by the owners of the Sydney hotel conference room they had booked.
The hotel received so many online threats of violence from “marriage equality” advocates that they felt their staff and guests were in danger.
They had to close down their Facebook page.
It’s not known whether the threats included death threats.
Plenty of nations are ruled by groups who achieve their purposes by standover methods.
Is Australia becoming one of them?
What a pity. I had hoped we could do better than that.
(source: The Australian, 17-18 September)

20
Aug

“HOMOPHOBIA” IS A HARD WORD TO DEFINE: Easily misused. How important it is not to misuse it.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Health, Justice, Lifestyle, Persecution

The Christian religion gives no green light to using hatred of sin or vice to justify words or actions that might be reasonably taken to express hatred of persons.
If “homophobia” means hating homosexual human beings (not just fearing the condition and its consequences) then it is something a Christian – or anybody motivated by goodwill – must avoid at all costs
Homosexual persons themselves may be liable to self-hatred, given that certain of their habitual acts are inherently disgusting.
This aspect is seldom discussed. Yet it is important. We should want to release them from this feeling, while not underestimating their need to avoid objective wrong-doing.
Isn’t the homosexual “community” wrong in its resentment of – and desire to ban – treatments which might conceivably help persons wishing to overcome homosexual tendencies from getting professional assistance?
(But that is getting onto an issue separate from our key point of avoiding all hatred of persons.)
As usual, Saint Mary MacKillop got that one right….
At one stage, Mother Mary was dismissed from Adelaide district by the local bishop, Archbishop Reynolds, on unjust grounds.
She wrote to her Sisters warning them to be careful about presuming to condemn the Archbishop and his motives:
“Now, more than ever, we should be humble, patient and charitable and forgiving. If we cannot excuse everything, we can at least excuse the intention.”

13
Jun

AUSTRALIA’S MILITARY DEEPLY INTO POLITICS OF THE “PROGRESSIVE” KIND: what are we progressing towards? ask bernard gaynor.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Justice, Lifestyle, Persecution, Politics

Australia’s military has rules forbidding its members from appearing in uniform – whether in person or in pictures — in any political context.
Andrew Hastie MP has refused to remove a picture of himself in uniform from electoral material and is now sacked from the Army Reserve.
So, is it a good rule?
There is some point to it, perhaps — but only if it is applied consistently.
Remember when Major Bernard Gaynor complained in 2013 about the Army inconsistently permitting officers in uniform to march in the very political Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras?
His arguments were ignored and he himself was ejected from the military.
His comment: “I am staggered by their hypocrisy.”
A bit of an understatement?
(more details at http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2016/05/bernard-gaynor-a-true-champion-of-free-speech-and-freedom-from-oppression-explains-his-court-battle.html)

19
May

THE GREENS PARTY: declaring war, not in defence of the environment, but in defence of authoritarianism.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Environment, Faith, Family, Persecution

The Greens Party has – not one – but two spokespersons dedicated to removing the rights of people trying to live by traditional religious teachings.
There’s a man called the “LGBTI equality spokesman” and a woman called the “gender identity spokeswoman”.
The man told the Guardian (17 May 2016) that “we shouldn’t be giving religious organisations a get-out-of-jail-free card and the right to discriminate”.
In English that means “we shouldn’t be giving religious organisations a get-out-of-jail-free card and the right to practise their religion”.
This man says parents won’t be asked for their permission before teaching their children that sexual/moral behaviours contrary to the family’s religion are OK.
His justification isn’t based on justice or reason but on name-calling.
Some homes, he says, are a “homophobic” environment.