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All posts for the day April 25th, 2011

Christian or ignorant

Published April 25, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

Sadly, on this most sacred of days, some seek to score political points through perpetuating the ignorance of hate.  @JimWallaceACL self titled Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby contribution to ANZAC Day 2011

“Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!”

My questions to Jim are as follows

What Australia did the service personal fight for over the past 96 years?

Where in the Bible does it say you must hate people because of who they are?

When did bigotry, ignorance and hate become Christian values?

How do some people who claim to be Christian reconcile their hate with the words and recorded deeds attributed to Jesus?

Is  homophobia & xenophobia true Australian values? is that what our service personal fought for and died for?

Lord, feel pity for these ignorant people and open their eyes to the true diversity of your creation.

Australian Christian Lobby head sorry for attack on gay marriage, Muslims

ANZAC Day 2011

Published April 25, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

ANZAC DAY 2011

The “Ode of Remembrance” taken from Laurence Binyon‘s poem “For the Fallen“, published in The Times in September 1914.

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Lest We forget (repeated in response)

 Gallipoli Campaign

 Words of Kemal Atatürk (1934) 1st President of Turkey

 “Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side Here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, Who sent their sons from far away countries Wipe away your tears, Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace After having lost their lives on this land they have Become our sons as well.

ANZAC spirit

Korean War 1951 Battle of Kapyong 60th anniversary

This is a time for reflection on the bravery and sacrifices of our citizens in times of armed conflict that we may live a life free of injustice. It is a moment to reaffirm our commitment to fight on in making this world a better place for all its citizens no matter their creed.

The Arab Spring

Published April 25, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

It seems strange I have chosen at this time to write on what some call The Arab Spring, a series of protest in Africa and the Middle East nations against authoritarian rulers. A people’s movement featuring various forms of civil disobedience for example rallies, marches and strikes sometimes met with open violence by authorises. These events have seen increasing civil unrest across the region as the democratic tsunami rolled from Tunisia through Egypt and beyond. It has resulted in regime change, with the legislative/policy change, sacking of several governments, heads of state resigning, and even civil war. The people voice demands for political reform to end decades of authoritarian rule, which is unprecedented in the region.

Including

Tunisian Revolution , 2011 Egyptian Revolution , 2011 Libyan civil war

2010–2011 Algerian protests, 2011 Bahraini protests, 2011 Djiboutian protests

2011 Iranian protests, 2011 Iraqi protests, 2011 Jordanian protests

2011 Moroccan protests, 2011 Omani protests, 2011 Syrian protests

2011 Yemeni protests, and others

What inspires me about these events is the civil passion to challenge the violent authority of aging dictators and seek to reinvigorate their nations. While I see, the calls for democracy in simple terms as a people demanding change to improve their lives. Some have described this social change movement as a youth movement. However, in these protests I have seen people from across the lifespan standing up and demanding social justice.

It is not about

Debates based on competing political philosophiesAmerican Imperial, Capitalism  and Socialism

Islamist threats verse Western interests around securing oil supplies

The power of social mediaTwitter, Facebook and the blogger sphere theses are tools they are not feet on the ground

Traditional relations between the West & Arab people – as those being ousted are mainly Western puppets

However equally it may be about some and/or all of the above

All I can say is let the passions of the people reinforce their resolve in seeking to write their own destiny and defeat those who seek to expunge the flame of justice.