Australia seems to be in a rush to catch Europe and the UK in punishing people for speaking what they believe to be true. For example: ‘Television host Sonia Kruger has become a poster girl for Far-Right groups in Australia after a vilification complaint was made against her when she called for an end to Muslim migration.
The groups claim the case against Kruger is an attack on free speech, and believe she is being persecuted for speaking her mind when she said during a segment on Channel Nine’s Today program in 2016 that there was a correlation between the number of terror attacks in a country, and the number of Muslim people who lived there.
“Personally I would like to see [Muslim migration] stopped now for Australia. Because I want to feel safe, as all of our citizens do, when they go out to celebrate Australia Day,” she said during the segment.
Muslim man Sam Ekermawi filed a racial vilification complaint against Kruger, which the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently ruled will be given a full hearing.
What is unlawful vilification
Unlawful vilification is inciting hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person, or group of people, because of an attribute like their race, religion, ethnic origin, sexuality or gender identity.’ http://discriminationclaims.com.au/i-stand-with-sonia-tv-host-poster-girl-for-far-right/
This is the television spot that got Sonia into all this trouble.
Well, exactly what is vilification?
‘Definition of vilification
Vilification is inciting hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person, or group of persons, because of their race, religion, sexuality, or gender identity, by a public act.
Race can include a person’s colour, ethnicity or nationality, descent or ancestry.
Religion includes a belief system or the absence of a belief system.
Sexuality means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.
Gender identity means that a person identifies as a member of the opposite sex by living or seeking to live as a member of that sex, or is of indeterminate sex and seeks to live a member of a particular sex.
A public act is any form of communication to the public, such as speaking, writing, printing, displaying notices and messages on the internet and social media.
It also includes conduct observable by the public, including actions, gestures, wearing or display of clothing, signs, flags, emblems or insignia.
Incite means to urge on, stimulate or prompt action.
Hatred is an extreme or intense dislike or detestation.
Contempt is the attitude that someone is worthless or of little account, that involves looking down upon or treating that person as inferior.
Ridicule is to make fun of, deride or laugh at.’ http://discriminationclaims.com.au/vilification/
Now, consider the following which occurred under a Federal Labor Government in 2012.
‘ONE of the Muslim world’s best-known and most successful motivational speakers, Tareq Al Suwaidan, is about to start another tour of Australia, following a sell-out visit two years ago… His opening address, this Saturday, will be at the Robert Blackwood hall at Monash University in Melbourne, before further lectures in Melbourne and Sydney, finishing on June 18… Dr Suwaidan – who lectures in English in Australia – is a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, and general manager of Al-Resalah (The Message), an Arabic language satellite TV station funded by Prince al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia…. In an interview for Al-Quds, a TV station affiliated with Hamas, he said 10 weeks ago: “I can change the positions of some Westerners, but at the end of the day, power lies with the politicians, who are influenced by two things only: money and the media, both of which are controlled by the Jews. “So we must not rely on Western aid or on Western popular sympathy. These are minor things. We rely upon Allah and then upon our armed resistance in obtaining our rights.” He said his foremost cause is that of Palestine and Jerusalem. “The most dangerous thing facing the Muslims is not the (Arab) dictatorships. The absolutely most dangerous thing is the Jews. They are the greatest enemy.”‘ https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/go-to-monash-uni-for-another-lecture-on-the-enemies-of-allah/news-story/6342761cdc7724ed9ca0a3c32e78c897
Sadly, in Australia the freedom of speech is only for a few; so it seems.
Does one have to be a trained paleontologist to know if millions and millions of years is true or not when it comes to the study of fossils? For instance, in the Land Magazine online article, the 20 million and 250 million years are thrown out as though they are true! However, are those years correct? Think about it, who says those millions of years are true? In the end, these millions of years are only an assumption dependant on the person’s worldview. Anyway, what does the article say?
‘An amateur fossil hunter’s life work has exposed ancient impressions in stone that open a window in time when the world was inventive. This place in time is Nymboida, in the Clarence Valley, where thin coal seams come close to the surface and where pale coal shale lying above hides exquisite imprints of fossilised ferns.
Retired North Coast dairy farmer Keith Holmes scientifically recorded his findings, which show evolution returning from the dead after an epic holocaust which decimated the entire world. After all, this a time 20 million years after the disastrous global extinction event of 250 million years ago.
Together, with his wife Heidi, the pair have rigorously published 10 scientific papers describing more than 100 different species of fossil plants, many of them never previously named. They include liverworts, ferns, seed-ferns (now extinct), cycads, ginkgo (ancestor of the Maiden Hair Tree) and various conifers. All the named and illustrated specimens are housed in the fossil collections of the Australian Museum in Sydney.’ https://www.theland.com.au/story/5452172/step-back-in-time-at-nymboida/?src=rss
Now, I am not a paleontologist and neither are the two mentioned in the above article. Where did they go for their millions and millions of years to accommodate evolution? Well, I too depend on others. However, having become a born-again Christian I go to those who believe the Bible is the very Word and Words of the living God. How one views the past is determined by the historical glasses they wear. Here are some websites I would visit to determine if the above article has any truth in it or not.
1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
‘Dark Mofo’s dark and downward trajectory continues.
For those unfamiliar with the event, Dark Mofo (don’t look up the clearly offensive meaning of MOFO) is an offshoot of Hobart’s MONA Museum (Museum of Old and New Art).
The museum was set up by millionaire art collector and professional gambler David Walsh as a ‘secular temple’ and ‘subversive adult Disneyland’ with its central themes of sex and death.
Unsurprisingly it is renowned for its controversial exhibits.
The Dark Mofo event each June is aimed to revitalise an otherwise dreary Tassie winter through ‘celebrating the dark’ of the winter solstice.
Last year one of MONA’s curators revealed in a media interview that their aim was to change the culture of Hobart over 10 years. The goal, he said, has been achieved ahead of time so now they are looking northward. Why do I get the feeling he was talking about more than just art?
And who gets to say what culture should look like anyway? Government? Artists? Business Tycoons? The Church?
Jesus made it pretty clear about Christians’ role in being salt (enhancing/preserving) and light (purifying and enlightening). It is obvious we have some stiff competition. As someone has rightly said, whoever wants the next generation the most will get them.
Since the first event in 2013 Dark Mofo has been increasingly characterised by satanic content. Last year’s programme included blood sacrifices, mock crucifixions and blood drinking – all in the name of art. This year one of the headline metal bands has as its advertising caption; ‘Lucifer I summon thee to my black mass.’
With all this in mind we come to this year’s major controversy – the issue of upside down crosses.
Some have suggested we should be interpreting these positively as the deeply symbolic and meaningful cross of St Peter (Google it if you want to know more).
In context however, this is obviously not the intention. They’re clearly aimed to provoke and offend. Tasmanian Anglican Bishop Richard Condie’s description of ‘state-sanctioned blasphemy’ sums them up succinctly.
This should not surprise anyone – there is an obvious anti-Christian sentiment, some would even say a blatant mocking, behind much of what MONA conveys.
David Walsh himself has a carparking sign at MONA stating he is ‘GOD’ and his wife ‘GOD’S MISTRESS.’
How should we respond when such events, either deliberately or unwittingly, are opening the community to potential harm?
Yes, we live in a secular culture, but does that mean we blindly ignore spiritual realities and dangers? ‘We wrestle not against flesh and blood…’ Can we dabble in the demonic without being devoured?
Yes, we all value free speech but how far is too far in the name of art?
Is this really what we want Tasmania to be known for?
Encouragingly, various Christian groups in Hobart are deliberately programming ‘light-shedding’ events at this time each year: ‘…even the darkness is not dark to You’
Sadly though, most leaders in the community appear to be too afraid to speak negatively against the sacred (cash) cow that is MONA. Tasmania’s tourism boom has been clearly linked to MONA’s success.
Tasmania’s Premier Will Hodgman, who is also the Tourism Minister, would have had his fair share of anti-Dark Mofo’s correspondence. As yet though he appears happy to continue publicly supporting the event as well as giving $2 million per year of taxpayer’s money to ensure its success.
There are numerous questions that remain unanswered or unasked by the media that have been actively promoting MOFO (a number of major media outlets are actually event partners).
Would it be acceptable to mock other religions in the way this event mocks Christianity?
How dark is too dark for our state government?
Is the government’s duty to pursue peace and the common good being upheld with this enthusiastic re-embracing of paganism?’ https://www.acl.org.au/hobart_s_dark_mofo_s_dark_and_downward_trajectory?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews%2019%20June%202018&utm_content=eNews%2019%20June%202018+CID_5d8994437f397bcb0e31def86ed2d152&utm_source=CreateSend&utm_term=Read%20more