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Insight :: SBS :: Extreme Measures

Extremism now has an Australian accent. Recently, on Al-Arabiya, a young militant urged more terrorist attacks on the West, his voice suggesting he had lived in Australia. Like Londoners, we were suddenly confronted with the possibility that suicide bombers could be here amongst us.

INSIGHT’s EXTREME MEASURES tackles the issue of home grown terrorism.

What measures should we take?

Should radical clerics be banned or deported?

Are we unfairly targeting the Muslim community?

INSIGHT brings together representatives of the Muslim community, the Attorney General, civil libertarians, and police, to thrash out these issues.

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Posted by on August 30, 2005 in Australia, Islam, Multicultural, multicultural Australia, multiculturalism, terrorism

 

Books

I am boxing them up at last, twenty boxes so far. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2005 in personal, radio

 

What I like about church so far

I don’t have to defend my values there: they are kind of a given, a vision in common. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Christianity, faith and philosophy, local, personal

 

Scripture Union: Secondary Schools Work

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis takes me back. Between the ages of 14 and 16 I belonged, indeed wore a green badge with a lamp on it to signal my belonging, and another, not the one on the right exactly, with a large St Andrews Cross to signify my membership of the Presbyterian Fellowship. Neither was part of the school uniform.

I am just glad headgear was not part of the deal for us then…

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Posted by on August 29, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Bible, Christianity, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, Multicultural, personal, reminiscing, terrorism

 

The Patagonian toothfish

The new fish cafe near the corner of Redfern Street and Chalmers Street is open on Sunday and is BYO (no corkage). There is a Mediterranean feel to the menu — grilled seafood mix ($18) looks tempting. They have oysters too, but I am not an oyster person (snot wrapped in plastic?): I believe Sirdan and Lord Malcolm love them, however.

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Posted by on August 29, 2005 in Australia and Australian, friends, local, personal

 

Islam unveiled, but headscarves remain – National – smh.com.au

I am interested in the comments of Radio 2GB’s Chris Smith.

One attendee, radio talkback host Chris Smith of 2GB, said: “I think our audience has a great deal of suspicion about the Islamic faith and, in particular, about the way that the Koran fits in with Australian society.”

Ready to acknowledge a duty to encourage greater appreciation of Islam, Smith would not shy away from condemning any attempt to place Islam above or before Australian norms or laws.

“Those who accuse us of inflaming the hatred haven’t really listened to the discussions that have been had,” he said.

Really? Look at 2GB’s Jim Ball on Islamic issues then. That is about as balanced as Ian Paisley on Catholics.

And on the law of God outranking the law of the land, many a Christian would echo Randall Terry:
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Posted by on August 29, 2005 in America, Australia and Australian, Bible, Christianity, culture wars, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, Multicultural, Political, racism, radio, right wing politics, terrorism

 

Nelson rejects school headscarf ban. 28/08/2005. ABC News Online

Nelson rejects school headscarf ban. 28/08/2005. ABC News Online

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBrendan, I am behind you 100% on this one. And Bronwyn Bishop, you really are a silly, silly sausage, and not for the first time either. Why on earth do you want to make “martyrs” of girls in head scarves? What’s different about Orthodox Jewish boys in kippahs, or Sikh boys in turbans? We have both at The Mine, and girls next door in scarves. No-one worries about it. The clash of civilisation does not break out. It’s not an act of defiance because it is allowed. The school uniform is not breached by these religious exceptions, even though God knows why we have these stupid archaic uniform rules in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Brendan Nelson, culture wars, education, faith and philosophy, Islam, Multicultural, right wing politics, Salt Mine