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8 April 1983. Thought for the Week: "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall never die"
John II: 25
THE TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT
During the Easter weekend there were several
reports of an increase in interest in religion, one commentator
stating that this increase was the result of a growing desire
by people to find a real meaning to their lives at a time
when materialism had failed. Every Civilisation is an incarnation
of an undergirding system of values. Once belief in those
values is seriously eroded, Civilisation starts to die.
The high-water mark of Christian Civilisation was reached by the end of last century. It was a partial incarnation of Christian values and held the exciting promise of greater glories to come. Not only constitutions, systems of law, and social institutions reflected the Christian view of man, but also so did manners, art and culture generally. There were, of course, still many dark aspects of that Civilisation, but these were in the main a failure to grasp the real significance of the Industrial Revolution, one which Christians should readily have grasped as yet another gift from God, one to be used to expand freedom on a scale never before experienced in human history.
The worst features of the Industrial
Revolution have been highlighted in the literature of Charles
Dickens and other writers. But little attention was directed
towards considering why the economic system, governed by the
financial system and its controllers, was not being directed
towards freeing individuals. The result was a type of unbridled
industrialism, with growth for growth's sake, becoming a new
type of God.
The twentieth century has seen a progressive
retreat from Christian Civilisation, the basic cause of the
retreat highlighted by the failure to provide a Christian
answer to what is called the "problem of unemployment". What
is termed the Second Industrial Revolution, has demonstrated
that modern technology has made it easily possible for a small
part of a population to provide abundance for all. The choice
before Mankind is now clear: A change in financial policies
to supplement the wage system with a dividend system, starting
with a voluntary reduction in the retiring age to for a start,
say 55, or the imposition of a Communist type of society to
keep everyone in "full employment", even if this results in
the equivalent of digging holes to fill them up again, and
the wasting not only of natural resources but also of human
The resurrection and regeneration of
Christian Civilisation must start with individuals, the first
step being the rejection of that Pharisaical abstraction which
Christ condemned in the strongest of language.
WHO'S GETTING THE AID?
Gradually the scandal of foreign aid is breaking
through the propaganda curtain. The Adelaide Advertiser
28/3/83 reported: "Wheat and cereal being sent to drought
stricken northern Ethiopia by Western nations is being diverted
to the Ethiopian Army and also to the Soviet Union, it was
claimed today. The Sunday Times says there is mounting
evidence" that food is diverted to the Russians by the Ethiopian
military regime, to help meet its huge arms bills. A senior
Government official who defected to Britain revealed that
grain shipped by EEC countries to the Red Sea port of Assab
is regularly relabeled and loaded on to Soviet vessels bound
for Russian ports ... The European Parliament is to hold an
emergency meeting next week to review Ethiopian aid on the
strength of these and other allegations."
If the educational allocation for foreign students is included, Australia's foreign aid bill will exceed $1 billion this year nearly $300 for the average Australian family of four. With the news that the Hawke Government intends to resume aid to Vietnam - which has been receiving $3 million a day from the U.S.S.R. over recent months for the build up of the third largest army in the would, one can only wonder whether Mr. Hawke's gifts, on our behalf, to Vietnam, will end up in the Soviet Union in the same way as in Ethiopia.
So it's encouraging that the European Parliament is looking into the matter - despite the fact that the same issue of The Advertiser reported as follows: "The Common Market is nothing more than a sexual cattle market for some British-Euro MPs, according to a former research assistant... Beverley Howcraft, of Bradford .... "I quit because I was fed up with the whole sordid lifestyle", she says. "Everything from sex to champagne was available and I became sickened by it all". The high jinks, she says are at their highest when the Euro gravy train steams into Strasbourg for the weeklong session of the European Parliament. More than half the 3,000 parliamentary staff on the train from Luxembourg are young girls - secretaries, translators and interpreters. In Strasbourg they mix with 434 Euro-MP's, including 81 from Britain, a dozen of them women. "The usual thing is to meet in the members' bar of the Parliament - where, supposedly, only the MP's are allowed to drink - at 6 p.m. for an aperitif", says Miss Howcraft. "In fact, the bar is nothing but a pickup joint..."
COMMON FUND COMING
Pressure for the Common Fund, which Australia,
Canada and New Zealand have already ratified, is mounting.
The National Farmer (March 24, 1983) reports: "...The
United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
has announced an emergency plan to halt and reverse the commodity
price slide.... This June it will put its commodity salvage
plan before delegates in Belgrade. This plan calls on producing
and consuming countries to negotiate a series of short-term
commodity deals aimed at buying up surpluses to reverse sliding
UNCTAD's plan relies on buffer stocks
to eliminate surpluses for the time being by sticking them
in temporary storage. The mountain would be sold off once
markets climbed.... UNCTAD reckons it would cost about $9
billion to absorb excess stocks of key commodities.... Attractive
though it may be, there are some major problems to be solved
before UNCTAD can save the world
First is that funds needed
to store commodities will not be easy to come by, nor cheap;
even the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund would
have hassles scraping up the ready cash ("He must be kidding!"
Ed.)... Some observers think the solution would be a self
financing commodity fund supported by trade levies
ABOUT THE BOOKS WE SELL
From time to time we receive a criticism concerning some of the books made available. These books are made available, not because the League finds it necessary or desirable to endorse every statement or view expressed by an author, but to provide the reader with a wider perspective of the human drama. For example, we strongly recommend, and have sold large numbers of Gary Allen's "None Dare Call It Conspiracy", believing that it provides a valuable introduction to what might be called the Financier-Marxist conspiracy against Christian Civilisation. But for our own part, we reject some of the author's statements.
While we do not expect that Protestant Christians will find themselves in harmony with some of the views expressed by the late Rev. Father Fahey in his works, we make them available because we feel they present valuable material concerning traditional Christianity and the social order. Judaism and The Vatican, by the famous French Roman Catholic scholar, Leon de Poincins, is a most valuable work for every Christian, irrespective of background, concerned about the on going Pharisaical attack on Christianity.
A few of our readers found Douglas Reed's approach to "The Old Testament", in his blockbuster, "The Controversy of Zion", objectionable. This is understandable. We can only suggest they put the first few chapters aside and do not miss the rest of this amazing work by one of the greatest journalists and writers of this century. It is interesting that the Zionists pretend that "The Controversy of Zion" does not exist. No scholar has come forward to refute Reed. The League does not run a health service, but it does make available books for those interested in treating their bodies as the Temple of God. The League's viewpoints are expressed in its journals and books published by the League.
The Australian Recognises State Rights
In its Editorial of March 28th, headed - "States Rights Carry a Price to Pay" - our national newspaper stand up quite well to the issue of State Rights. The Editorial was prompted by the announcement by the Federal Minister for Resources & Energy, Senator Walsh, of the Commonwealth's intention to impose a resources tax on mining and oil industries. This issue would require the surrender by the States of taxation rights over natural resources.
After some comments on economic implications,
The Australian comments: "The temptation to extend
the powers of the Commonwealth is obvious. Some of the States
have imposed unacceptable burdens on the mining industry.
Efficient management of natural resources is more likely if
they are administered by a national authority. But efficiency
is not everything, nor is it the only issue, which should
A Mentone actionist (Vic.) has brought
to our attention an article in the Ballarat Courier
(Vic.), which reports on Ms. Lyn Ryan, and her comments at
an International Women's Day rally, in Darwin. Ms. Ryan is
the adviser of Women's Affairs to the Northern Territory Government.
Ms. Ryan attacked the United Nations Treaty for the elimination
of all forms of discrimination against women. The Fraser Coalition
government had signed the Convention but it had yet to be
Ms. Ryan quoted Lenin on the emancipation of women and called for condemnation of ... "well organised international forces seeking to restructure our society to eliminate normal family life". She also said that she equated feminism with socialism.
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