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8
Jun

TENNIS POLITICS: the thoughts of navratilova, court and goolagong

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

Martina Navratilova was the world’s top woman tennis player for most of the 1980s.
Australia’s Margaret Court was top woman player for most of the 1970s.
Now they are both back in the news.
Last week Navratilova released an “open letter” suggesting that Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena tennis facility be re-named — because Margaret Court publicly criticises homosexual practices and says she will boycott Qantas airline (which promotes homosexual lobbying).
Navratilova wants the venue’s name changed to Evonne Goolagong Arena. She accuses Court of being “racist”.
All very interesting.
Evonne Goolagong herself told SBS last January that, “Margaret’s my hero — great player, wonderful champion and true professional in every way.”
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/01/29/margaret-court-greatest-goolagong

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31
May

MARGARET COURT: back in the news and not pleasing everybody….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Celebrities, Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, sport

Margaret Court says marriage should be defined the way the Bible defines it.
Some “progressive” people think she needs a serious lesson in how you can’t say that there here.
They want her deprived of recognition as Australia’s best-ever tennis star.
They want things named in her honour to be given a different name.
Is she really an un-Australian and un-cool fanatic?
Check YouTube clips of Margaret playing contemporary top tennis ladies like Chrissie Evert.
She looks as though she’s having a quiet hit-up. She seems to be losing a lot of points. Then fast-forward and, behold, she wins the last point and there she is holding the Cup.
Check also video clips of her speeches and sermons about her faith.
She doesn’t appear very frenzied.
In fact, what she says seems to make a bit of sense.

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…?

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.

13
Feb

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: money-spinner for somebody, otherwise bad news?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, sport, Women

Hundreds of Australian Women’s AFL football teams!
Hundreds of thousands of dollars funding female-friendly (not unisex after all) change-rooms and showers!
Have we all gone mad?
Traditionally most cultures had understandings about modesty — affecting how we (especially women) dress and behave.
Many sports, as played today, are incompatible with the true feminine spirit — including football, some swimming and track events, acrobatics etc.– self-exposure, plus often immodest positions and posturings….
These girls are to be pitied — receiving no serious moral guidance.
This problem had its beginnings last century.
Pope Pius XII (who died in 1958) said:
“Many women have forgotten Christian modesty… they give in to the tyranny of fashion…dresses which …seem designed to emphasize what they should rather conceal…a kind of exhibitionism….”
As rational creatures, given thinking-power by God, can we reason out that for our fulfillment as human beings, certain sports are simply not suitable?

21
Aug

THE RIO DE JANEIRO OLYMPIC GAMES: what can we learn from Usain Bolt and friends?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, sport, Truth, Youth

The skyline of Rio de Janeiro is dominated by a 38-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer.
But in the people’s heads, haven’t sporting idols like Usain Bolt replaced respect for Christ the Redeemer as top focus?
Usain Bolt himself seems to be trying to do the right thing.
He makes the sign of the Cross before races. He makes an effort to keep things in perspective.
Bolt has been quoted saying:
“I want to thank God for everything he has done for me. Without him none of this would be possible…. I was always brought up to believe in God and to behave in certain ways. That’s what my parents taught me and I always trust my parents. They have great values….”
In recent times, haven’t sporting values mostly been not so great?
Cheating, publicity-seeking, gambling and sponsorship-money dominate media sport coverage.
Every Sunday, don’t we all see thousands of Australian children at our sporting ovals, dissipating their energy on sport, getting frustrated, feeling the pressure to win, win, win….
If parents took these young people to church or Sunday school to get some serious teaching as to what life is really about, perhaps the world would be better — they might become fulfilled human beings.
Don’t they need at least one day a week free to clear out of their heads the wall-to-wall secularism fed them by our secular education system and secular media?