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And here is the second AMF TV ad – also a little bit banned…

One radio interview from today gives the context – in this case on ABC 612 with Steve Austin, but also with the Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson agreeing that our side of the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate has every right to e heard and not to be censored or silenced.

This was my article at Mercatornet published yesterday:

Last week the anniversary of an old injustice and the prospect of a new injustice came together and challenged us. March 21 was the second anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoption. In 2013 our then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, spoke movingly to the nation about “the most primal and sacred bond there is: the bond between a mother and her baby”.

Alma & Katrina: centenary of jihad in Australia

Jihad centenerayNew year’s day 1915, exactly one hundred years ago, and a 17 year old girl, Alma Cowie, is killed in Broken Hill by a jihadi gunman. This, like the iihad killing of Katrina Dawson (pictured) and Tori Johnson at the Lindt cafe, was in response to a call from the ‘Caliph’ in the middle east for all Muslims to enact their sacred duty of ‘individual jihad’ against the western infidel. A duty enjoined in Islam since its beginnings and enacted innumerable times over 1300 years by faithful Muslims. Not the ‘lone wolves’ with ‘mental problems’ that ever-so-nice twits in the media and politics waffle about. Angry young Muslim men, raging for the supremacy of their religion, hot for violence and their 72 virgins. One of Australia’s bravest scholars of Islam, Mark Durie, writes today of this ancient and modern phenomenon – if we read one serious article for the new year, and for our nations’ future, let this be it.

The black flag of Mordor

Islamic State on the march

Islamic State on the march

We search for words that capture what we are witnessing: “demonic” is vivid and “psychotic” captures the derangement of it – but both are just excuses. This is the ancient face of tribal collective evil – the lust enjoyed by young men in slaying and enslaving the tribal enemy; the lie from old men who give this evil a ‘religious’ justification. We have seen the face of it in every ancient saga, every totalitarian movement and every tribal / religious massacre; from Achilles to Attila, Joshua to Mohammed. And now we see it again, erupting and consuming these gentle people.

Blasphemy and Mrs Bibi

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This poor Christian mother of five is still being tormented by Pakistan’s evil laws against ‘blaspheming Islam’, which regrettably are a core tenet of sharia law. Remember the Sydney placards, “Behead all those who insult the Prophet”? Remember Salman Rushdie, Theo van Gogh, the Danish cartoonist or Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

See my earlier posts from 2010, after two Muslim women accused her, unwitnessed down at the village well, of ‘insulting the Prophet Mohammed’. Recall the catastrophic consequences for honourable Pakistani leaders who dared defend her and challenge the religious mob on this wicked law: Tyranny Ancient & Modern

Support Senator Brandis & Free speech – last day to act!

George Brandis

Public submissions into the proposed amendments of section 18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act close on the 30th April – tomorrow.

It would be 5 mins well spent if you care to log onto the website HERE

– to have a quick look at the proposal, and click on the email link:

s18cconsultation@ag.gov.au

– and say something to the effect that you support the Attorney-General’s attempts to defend free speech for all citizens, and his intention to remove the laws that stopped Andrew Bolt discussing some matters of public importance just because some other citizens felt “offended”.

ANZAC: ‘Known unto God’ therefore loathed by the Left

ANZACANZAC day pushes all my buttons. I get to sing the New Zealand national anthem, mine from school days (“God of nations, at thy feet, in the bonds of love we meet…”), the British anthem, mine by ancestry and heritage (“God save our gracious Queen…”) – on the first ANZAC day in 44 years that a British royal and his most gracious wife and bouncing bairn were with us – and our own anthem (“Beneath our radiant Southern Cross…”). I feel the bond of gratitude across generations to my grandfather’s, himself just too young to join the resistance against the German menace, and there is no better public sentiment than grateful admiration.

Article: “Above all liberties” (with bonus endorsement by Mark Steyn!)

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Bit of a buzz when a friend tells you that Mark Steyn has quoted you at his site. If you don’t know why, you should read more of this most courageous and outrageous writer at www.SteynOnline.com

He could have got me for infringing intellectual property rights, since much of the article uses lines minted by Steyn or points made by him – but that is because he is the best mind on this subject, and has no objection to others multiplying his efforts.

AUDIO: “Above all liberties” – and the Q&A anti-Bolt debacle

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Senator George Brandis on Q&A: a rock of liberty amidst a swamp of lefties

Having just watched Q&A with federal Attorney-General Brandis urging the need to allow all opinions to be heard as part of robust public argument, while the other panellists urged him to  silence any unacceptable and offensive opinion, I have decided to post the audio of the talk I gave this weekend to the NCC Queensland conference.

I do it as a mark of respect for the firm resolve of the AG last night, and in particular for the ongoing courage of journalist Andrew Bolt – the person the other Q&A panellists felt free to vilify in the same breath as they decried the mildest “vilification” of anyone else. Note Andrew’s response on his Blog tonight, keeping his dignity in the face of such bile:

Peter Hitchens v the ferals on Q&A: a masterclass in disdain

For those who missed Peter Hitchens on Q&A last week, here he is in all his curmudgeonly magnificence, amidst the regulation four lefties.

Note his prescient comments in 2011:

“People like me – though still allowed to speak – are allowed on to mainstream national broadcasting only under strict conditions: that we are ‘balanced’ by at least three other people who disagree with us so that our views, actually held by millions, are made to look like an eccentric minority opinion.”

Impressions of that show? These were some, and my tweets in response:

Rabbi Sachs inspiring: on being “creative minorities” in our dying civilisation

First Things Erasmus Lecture “On Creative Minorities” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks from First Things on Vimeo.

This is why we need “public intellectuals” – so they can gather the insights of 2700 years and condense them into a message that is both enlightening and encouraging. From the culture-forming insights of the prophet Jeremiah to the culture-wrecking barbarity both within and without the walls of the West, Britain’s Chief Rabbi of the last twenty years shows how the Covenant that has sustained both Jews and Christians can still sustain us, and with us as a “creative minority”, there is still hope for our grandchildren’s world.

St George poised to slay the dragon of thought-suppression

This may be the most important announcement in the election campaign: PM-in-waiting Tony Abbott has declared today that he and Senator George Brandis are committed “to roll back Labor’s laws that limit free speech on the basis of not ‘giving offence’, defend religious freedom and reform the Australian Human Rights Commission.”

Senator Brandis is the man for this job. I only hope he will not just inflict a flesh wound on this greens-left dragon but will slay it good and proper. I know he will roll back the laws, but rolling back a dragon and tickling its belly is not good enough.

Egyptian Christians under assault from the Brotherhood

Coptic church burntThe Coptic Christians, who have been in Egypt since the very earliest days – firm tradition linking the evangelist Mark in AD 33 to the founding of the church in Alexandria, peaking in the golden era of the fourth century with Origen and Clement – are now being terrorised and their churches destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Islam did not exist until the seventh century, but Christians are considered by the more orthodox Muslims to be infidels and inferior citizens in their own land.

Fairfax press today reports:

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