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AS I SEE IT! (a social comment) May 17th 2011

We live in a pluralistic society. In itself not an altogether bad thing, but when factions of society start to demand that we introduce their rules and laws into our way of life, that begins to disturb me.

I read recently where The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils wants Muslims to be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia law. It argues that all Australians would benefit if Islamic laws were adopted as mainstream legislation.

Not a view I suspect shared by most reading this article. I’m all for the rights of any individual to be upheld, regardless of Race, Colour, Creed, Gender or Disability. Over the years many of us fought for the rights and oppression of men and women to be changed. It took conviction, courage and commitment but in the end we pretty much got there. Yes, there have been casualties along the way, this I am sure will continue.

Author Ida Lichter who has written on the lives of Muslim women in both the West and predominantly Islamic countries, writes “The members of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation in Britain have drawn attention to these oppressive laws that they escaped by migrating to the West, and they’ve said that women are much better under legislation based on universal human rights,”

Not a day goes by it seems, that we don’t see, hear or read of our rights being intruded upon. National Anthems being translated into a particular language. Western traditions being challenged, Christmas, Easter, ANZAC Day, the list goes on. Our children are being taught in a way that would make our forefathers turn in their graves.

No more Ba Ba Black Sheep. Now, its Ba Ba Rainbow sheep. Traditional Western and Christian values being challenged. Is it any wonder we have a confused and angry society. I am in favour of living in a multicultural society, learning and embracing all cultures, but the old cliché still rings true. “When in Rome”

AS I SEE IT! (a social comment ) May 11 2011

A phrase I’ve been hearing a lot of lately is “it’s all good”. This really bothers me!

A cursory look around would indicate that “it” isn’t even remotely good.

The “Merry Month of May” was punctuated by an announcement that would change the world forever: “Osama bin Laden was dead”! As the news burst into our lives, people paused, reflected, and continued with their daily routines, while discussing the how’s and why’s of an event that may become clearer as more information is filtered from American Government Agencies.

Meanwhile, across the Tasman, there was a coup of a different kind playing out between Rodney Hide and Don Brash, again behind closed doors and in secret. Then, the announcement. Hide had decided to step down as the leader of ACT New Zealand for the good of the party. Joy in some quarters, sadness in others.

Of course, mixed in with all this were the ongoing trials and tribulations of Hone Harawira and his misguided comments about Bin Laden having been a “freedom fighter”.

So, what about you, the ordinary “man in the street”? When you stop for five minutes and reflect on the first five months of this year, the report card doesn’t look healthy.

Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and tornados for a start, all resulting in tragic loss of life. Most of us, in one way or another, have been affected by one of these “Acts of God”. To add fuel to the fire, the conspiracy theories jump up a few notches, playing on our minds. Perhaps in our own private moments, we reflect on past events and think about our future, our children, their children.

Looking at some statistics over the past few days, it’s interesting to note that church attendance this Easter was up right across the board, perhaps a reflection of the time upon us.

Whatever your reason, whatever your theory, right now, I find it hard to look at this mortal coil and pretend “it’s all good”.

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