Friday, June 16, 2017

True heroism

Over the years of writing my former blog Life in Dubai I often talked about the way the word hero was degraded by its use to describe people who were anything but. Entertainers, sportspeople and so on.

And I often posted about my admiration for true heroes, top of the list being firefighters. My father was a firefighter and I was in awe of some of the stories he used to tell my brother and I when we were kids.

My admiration's been reinforced by the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

Two hundred firefighters putting their lives in danger to repeatedly go into the inferno to try to rescue helpless people inside. Reports are suggesting they brought out over sixty.

On the Twitter pages of one of the firefighters at the blaze there's an entry that sums up their heroism perfectly and succinctly


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Bigotry & religious fanaticism

Tennis great Margaret Court is at it again, vilifying the gay community.

Tennis great, religious fanatic and bigot, to be more accurate.

She first went public with her decision to boycott Qantas because the company is pro marriage equality (same sex marriage). Stupid, because if she is consistent she'll just about have to stay at home and be self sufficient because Qantas is just one of many hundreds of companies which have taken the same stance.

She's not against LGBT people, of course, just against them marrying.

Then she went on a Christian radio show and basically admitted her bigotry.

LGBT tendencies in young people are 'all the devil'. Children struggling with their sexuality must have been 'raised by parents who don't care'.

Tennis is full of lesbians trying to convert younger players, she claims.

"That's what Hitler did. That's what communism did," Court said, "get in the minds of the children. There's a whole plot in our nation and in the nations of the world to get in the minds of the children."

In the face of polls that show 65 per cent of Australians support gay marriage, Court said: "We know the statistics are very, very wrong. They're after our young ones, that's what they're after."

On the website of her Victory Life Centre they actually boast of doing exactly that themselves.

The nursery for up to two year olds includes bible reading. Then for the up to fives, 'we bring the word of faith in a practical way'.

And up to twelves really get indoctrinated.  'We are passionate to see our children worshipping God in spirit and truth and increasing in the knowledge of our Heavenly Father, and we know that as we teach the Word of Faith, the Holy Spirit will transform their lives to become established in Him.  We have a spirit-filled curriculum to progressively train the children.'

Criticising others for that which you are guilty of.