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All posts for the day May 23rd, 2011

Bible

Published May 23, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

It is not the word of God that concerns me but its interpretation by humyns, in prosecuting their creed of hate. I freely acknowledge the Bible is both a tool for good and hate it enshrines core humanistic values and beliefs, while Haters draw on phrases often quoted out of context to justify their ignorance. This bastardisation of the message frames a campaign to persecute and discriminate against people who do not conform to their narrow vision of humanity including those who identify as LGBTIQ. The most infuriating of all Haters are those who quote the Bible chapter and verse or draw on a loose thematic analysis to qualify their position.

It seems futile to enter into a conversation where the topic is about a belief system mired in the superstitious  thinking of an Iron Age Middle Eastern tribal culture. However, do not be dissuaded from initiating such a conversation but be warned, our strength is to ask questions, to challenge the narrow worldview of the ignorant and naive. Our weakness is the deep wound of rejection we all feel as an individual and collectively as marginalised people, this emotion often appears as anger and may impair our ability to express ourselves in any conversation. It is about managing our weakness, in drawing on our strengths to promote learning in seeking understanding and combating ignorance.

Motivation

Religion and Sex QuizNicholas D. Kristof

Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: Nick Kristof Proof Texts The Bible – Ricochet  Benzinga Contributor

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Critical Decade

Published May 23, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

Climate change

Today, Australia’s Climate Commission  added another chapter to the climate change debate in Australia with its release of The Critical Decade report.  The commission reiterates a message for urgent rather than real action it seems the political dithering over this issue during the past decade has not put us in a good place.  After a decade or more of indecision, this debate has degenerated into a farce reflecting a limited vision dominated by ideological driven partisanship. The narrow vision of this debate sees participants focus more on short-term political gains rather than long-term sustainability, a case of rhetoric over substance. The question here is not whether climate change is real or not, but how to manage effectively the risk.

The message here is clear get on with the job.

The Critical Decade report

Key message (PDF 307kb)

  1. There is no doubt that the climate is changing the evidence is overwhelming and clear
  2. We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a changing climate.

Full Report (PDF 8mb)

Political positions on environmental issues

Labor  Liberal Greens

News

Climate report affirms need to ‘get on with it’

Sea levels could rise a metre by 2100 (Sky Au)

Commission questions ‘direct action’ (Sky Au)

Key themes

Climate Change Climate Warming Global warming controversy

Climate Change in Australia