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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Not sure what she thinks....

This doesn't happen often, but for once, Miss Ginger is not sure what she thinks about something! She received the following email forward today proclaiming the opinions of Prime Minister John Howard of Australia. She's not sure whether the guy said this stuff or not, and she's not sure whether she agrees or not. Part of her wants to say "amen, sister", but another part says "that's just not doing unto others". She's kinda torn. PLEASE leave a comment and let Miss Ginger know what you think! (Don't you just love it when she is provocative?!)

Prime Minister John Howard - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law
were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia ,
as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head
off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims
on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies
monitoring the nation's mosques.

Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying
about whether we are offending some individual or their
culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have
experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority
of Australians.'

'This culture has been developed over two centuries
of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men
and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese,
Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language.
Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society
Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some
Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because
Christian men and women, on Christian principles,
founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.

It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls
of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you
consider another part of the world as your new home,
because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why.
All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony
and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.
But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping
about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our
Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one
other great Australian freedom,


'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force
you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the
country YOU accepted.'

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves,
American and Canadian citizens will find the
backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

If you agree ... please SEND THIS ON.


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I agree with the sentiment of learn the language. But in the American spirit, believe in the separation of church and state, and freedom of religion. So partly agree, but say keep the religious part out of it.

miss alaineus said...

I will ponder on this one and get back with you. I need to do a little research first and make sure the things I understand as true about the OZ are actually true and not disinformation/ half truths that I learned in school.

Can I have until Saturday?

letinfr-- the error of the Church serving people cold ham sandwiches on a lenten friday (this actually happened at my work once...too funny)

Beth said...

I really hope the guy didn't say that stuff, because I find it pretty appalling. I agree with Ken that immigrants should learn the main language, but all the other stuff about having to believe in God or worship a certain way...? That's horrid.

Gee, I'd always thought that if things got too intolerable in the U.S., Australia would be a pretty cool place to live. I guess that option is out!

Hugs, Beth

Coelha :B said...

Like Ginger, I'm a little unsure of what to think. I do believe however if you choose to come to live in a new country, you should respect and abide their laws; just like a visitor to a someone's home-you are welcomed, and you should be respectful of how they live. Accept it, even if you don't agree with it. If you can't stand it---leave. It's common courtesy, no?! If you don't wish to live that way, fine, don't. BUT trying to pass new laws to make it seem "right" to your own standards is wrong. I do believe everyone has a right to their own beliefs, and should not be prosecuted, singled out, or taken out of the country.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I've read it several times now and as I understand it, he is asking immigrants to speak English and not complain about the state's religious majority. When he says "We will accept your beliefs and not question why," I understand this as you are free to follow your own religion or lack thereof, but do not complain about Christian messages being broadcast by the state.

I'm torn. I'm not offended, but I'm also not ready to raise a fist in the air and agree. Surely there is some middle ground between capitulation and alienation.


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