‘Persecution’ Category Archives

30
Jul

A HISTORY LESSON: religion, midlife crisises and violence

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Persecution, Truth

In the year 622AD, the Prophet Muhammad, a 52-year old preacher of peace, was gaining very few converts among his community in Mecca.
Should he just go on preaching until he got too old — or until perhaps irate unbelieving enemies killed him?
No. He changed tactics, moving north to Medina – now as a warlord – raiding, enforcing conversions, killing men, women and children.
Tactics still in use today….
In the year 29AD, Jesus Christ, aged 30-odd, a moderately successful preacher in rural Galilee, took his disciples south to confront his opposition in Jerusalem.
No violence – still simply preaching God’s “kingdom” and condemning hypocrisy.
These methods soon led to his death on a cross.
Which of these two teachers was strong and which was weak?
Today’s professing Christians seem weak.
Not so much because they fight badly, but because they compromise with secularism and hypocrisy….
Which includes the use of violence in ways incompatible with the gospel of their Founder.

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3
Jun

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TELLING US ALL ABOUT SEX: probably should stick to their knitting.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Ethics, Family, Health, Lifestyle, Persecution, Politics

Every day more Australian businesses and individuals are pressured into compliance by the same-sex marriage lobby.
Now the Australian Medical Association has caved in – issuing, on May 27, a statement that:
(1) it’s the right of any adult consenting partners (regardless of sex) to have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act.
(2) laws should prohibit businesses withholding goods or services from clients on the basis of sexual orientation.
(purely political views, not the business of the AMA to make pronouncements about.)
And:
(3) homosexual persons have poorer mental health and higher drug-abuse and suicide rates than others – “due to discrimination”.
(a subjective opinion, very hard to prove)
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Do conservatives want to hide?
They’d probably settle for being able to live by and to express their beliefs free of persecution.

22
May

IF YOU WANT TO BE FREE TO BELIEVE AND TO EXPRESS BELIEFS, YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY A PRICE: some recent relevant events.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Justice, Persecution

In March 2017, Coopers Breweries — threatened with boycotts for associating themselves with the Bible Society – capitulated, declaring themselves Same Sex Marriage fans after all.
And a Mr. Mark Allaby, likewise, quit his affiliation with the Australian Christian Lobby — under threat of losing his job with IBM.
Now, in May, the Australian Medical Association issues a statement that Australian law, which defines marriage in traditional fashion, “has significant psychosocial and psychological health consequences for LGBTIQ-identifying Australians….”
Is that the best the reasoning powers of our medical fraternity can come up with on the subject?
By contrast, consider Bernard Gaynor — father of seven, expelled from the Australian Army despite meritorious service in Afghanistan and Iraq with the rank of Major….
His crime? Saying that the army shouldn’t disobey its own regulations by letting uniformed members participate in a public political activity (Sydney’s homosexual Mardi Gras) – and describing the generals responsible as “cowards”.
What is important about Bernard Gaynor is that he has not knuckled under or compromised as the others have.

17
May

GEORGE PELL: will presumably get justice at the Last Judgement in the sky, but probably not before that.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Justice, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

The media say that Cardinal George Pell is likely to face criminal charges.
We are never going to know what really happened on the occasions about which complaints have been made.
What we do know is that there are people with lots of clout who will never rest until they have “got” him — one way or another.
Everybody knows that child abuse nearly all happens in domestic situations, e.g. boyfriends of single mums interfering with her children.
Something we don’t want to talk about.
Our “royal commission” has been obsessed with discrediting all things Catholic.
Others guilty of child abuse can be ignored or even become rich and famous.
One famous example being Mrs Macron.
Shouldn’t she be in gaol?
Why not?

18
Apr

ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: is it genocide? what’s wrong with the Australian government? are they a bit anti-Christian too?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Persecution, Politics

Two Sundays ago, churches in two Egyptian cities were bombed, killing over 40 Christians.
Day in, day out, an average of over 250 Christians worldwide are killed by terrorists.
In February 2016, the European Parliament recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In June 2016, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In March 2017, the United States House of Representatives voted 383-0 to recognise such killings as “genocide”.
The Australian government?
So far, they’ve made no such comment, despite requests to do so.
Last week, Australia’s Michael Sukkar MP told Sky News “there needs to be a political awakening and movement for people who want to practise their faith in peace.”
He called on Parliament to recognise such atrocities against Christians as “genocide” — to maintain pressure on the international community.
There’s a petition supporting this call that you and I can sign at:
www.citizengo.org/en-au/pr/49894-easter-will-australian-government-call-christian-persecution-middle-east-genocide?tc=ty&tcid=34826586

3
Apr

THE CURRENT STATE OF FREE SPEECH IN AUSTRALIA: what to expect more of?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Lifestyle, Persecution

A Christian organisation now has permission to keep its board members’ names private — on the grounds of “public safety”.
This follows homosexual activists pressuring employers (including IBM) into signing on as “gay rights” supporters — then condemning them for having professing Christian board members.
Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop, Anthony Fisher, criticised, commenting that, “It’s part of our culture that Australians of all faiths or no faith have the opportunity to contribute to full and open discussion on all issues….”
Not really
“Our culture” is changing.
Would you encourage your child to stand up in a Victorian school classroom and say that he/she considers promiscuity and anal sex to be wrong and should be discouraged?
The result would be verbal, if not physical, violence.
When Catholic children undergo the rite of Confirmation, the bishop traditionally gives them a smack on the side of the face.
It’s a reminder that a war is on — and Christians must expect treatment about as good as was handed out to Jesus Christ in his lifetime.
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