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"Be angry and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger"

That is one of the better things in the Epistles of Paul. And in view of today’s unpleasantness, I am happy to report that an apology was forthcoming and has been accepted.

We do, after all, have in common a hatred of what is going on out there. We differ markedly on who should be targeted and why.

There are no Sufi terrorists, as far as I know, so the world should be safe from the Mufti of Watson’s Bay…

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Posted by on July 24, 2005 in Bible, Christianity, faith and philosophy, personal, reminiscing, Sunday lunch

 

Islam has about 1.3 billion followers worldwide.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThe Alhambra – part of Spain’s , and the world’s, rich Muslim legacy.

This afternoon at Sunday lunch someone of my acquaintance seemed to think that all 1.3 billion Muslims are terrorists and seemed to advocate they should be exterminated. I am not joking.

Too much grog and too much dope, perhaps… He had been pretty much a pain in the butt all afternoon, in fact. I found I could no longer stand being in the same room as he was, and if I had had a wine glass I would undoubtedly have smashed it…

It is a pity as he is close to someone I very much respect. But the ideas I heard today were just beyond the pale, in fact, to me, hate and ignorance rampant and totally unlovely, and not something to be around. I think Lord Malcolm and Sirdan were taken aback with the violence (verbal) of my reaction, and my storming out of the Captain Cook Hotel.

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Posted by on July 24, 2005 in culture wars, events, friends, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, local, Lord Malcolm, Multicultural, racism, right wing politics, Sirdan, Sunday lunch, terrorism

 

Radical Faith – Exploring faith in a changed world

From Scottish Bishop Richard Holloway:
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Posted by on July 24, 2005 in British, Christianity, culture wars, faith and philosophy, interfaith, Pomo

 

Encounter: 24 July 2005 – That of God in Everyone

Speaking as I just did of Quakers, Radio National’s Encounter this morning was devoted to this remarkable group with whom I really do have so many ideas in common, who have given the world so much and still have much to teach us all.
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Posted by on July 24, 2005 in Christianity, faith and philosophy, interfaith, peace, radio

 

Islamic leaders must denounce extremists: Howard

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Having myself a week or two back referred to Melbourne’s Sheikh Mohammed Omran as a bigoted old tosser, I guess I have to agree with John Howard on this one. On the other hand, I do not find John Howard so quick to condemn equally irresponsible sewage when it departs the poxy brains of Christian or pseudoChristian right wingers or racist psychotics and sociopaths and then spews out in sermons, newspapers, TV current affairs and radio talkback… Andrew F**** is but the most recent example. Back in 1996 M and I would have appreciated a stronger rebuke against Pauline Hanson, and her even more feral followers, than was forthcoming from Honest John who 1) not so secretly rejoiced in what Pauline was destroying and 2) played the situation to the hilt for his own electoral gain.

Of course it could be argued that Sheikh Omran has as much right to his opinions as I do, or John Howard, or Andrew *r*s*r, or the nearest taxidriver, or the drunk in the local pub, or anyone else…

WE have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. — Jonathan Swift

It could even be argued that if we lose sight of that, the terrorists have in a way won.

It could be argued that a world where it is lethal to be a wandering young Brazilian on public transport — the cops may decide you are a terrorist and gun you down — is already cracking up and losing the plot…

It could be argued that asserting that the War in Iraq has actually made a useful contribution to the War on Terror is patently crazy…

It could be argued that evolving into some form of police state is not the best way to protect democratic values.

All sorts of things could and should be argued. But one thing is certain: NO SUICIDE BOMBER IS A MARTYR. EVERY SUICIDE BOMBER IS A MURDERER.

In fact it could be argued that ALL bombers, layers of landmines, and technocrats of mass destruction, even ours, are murderers…

The Quakers would argue that, but much more gently than I have done. But they would be right nonetheless. Jonathan Swift made the point rather well in Book II of Gulliver’s Travels:
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Posted by on July 24, 2005 in Australia and Australian, British, Christianity, culture wars, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, Irish, Islam, Political, satire, terrorism