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Does the Bible Justify Violence? (Facets 2004)

Got this little number from Surry Hills Library: well worth a look, and only 32 pages. Can’t quarrel with his last sentences: “The Bible has contributed to violence in the world precisely because it has been taken to confer a degree of certitude that transcends human discussion and argumentation. Perhaps the most constructive thing a biblical critic can do toward lessening the contribution of the Bible to violence in the world is to show that such certitude is an illusion.”

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Kirby urges lawyers to stay true to the principle of justice

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MICHAEL KIRBY: We have until now, cherished the belief that democratic governance is a temperate and moderate form of government with many checks and balances that save it from extremes.

A belief in the majoritarian parliamentary votes, sustained by nothing more than triennial visits of citizens to the ballot box, with uncontrolled power thereafter, is an infantile conception of a modern democracy.

KAREN BARLOW: Justice Kirby says lawyers have an intimate knowledge of the legal process and considerable sensitivity to injustice.

MICHAEL KIRBY: Lawyers have a special duty to raise their voices and act as they can whenever they believe that the fundamentals of the constitution are endangered by extreme laws or by governmental actions out of harmony with our liberty respecting traditions.

KAREN BARLOW: And so he says lawyers must speak up for civil liberties, even when other voices fall silent.

Justice Kirby has just been named NSW Australian of the Year 2006.

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Posted by on November 24, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, Gay and Lesbian, human rights, Political, terrorism