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21 December 2001. Thought for
the Week: "Western men the first in history who
have attached serious value to time can 'set back the
clock' if they wish what they have made by false ideas,
they can unmake if they will return to the right ones.
Our 'Western' civilisation is tending to disintegrate
through the gradual rejection of the spiritual values
on which it was built the values represented by the
fusion of the best elements in Greek form and Roman character
with the central Tradition of historic Christianity; and
the disintegration can only be arrested by our conscious
re-acceptance of those values...
Though Milton meant the words in a very different sense to mine, they are not inappropriate today
The hungry sheep look up, and are
We wish our readers a blessed and holy Christmas Season and pray for peace to men of goodwill.
THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS
by Jeremy Lee
Naked power stalks the nations of the earth, able or seemingly able to search out our innermost thoughts, eliminating or neutralizing dissent. It can scan our very eyes, read our facial and finger-prints, recording the personal details of every human being on earth. Its propaganda is seemingly impervious to exposure. Even Phillip Adams, one of the League's most vitriolic critics, is being dragged before the Human Rights Commission for challenging the basic US tenet, "We're on the side of truth and justice against the forces of evil." I never thought I'd say such a thing, but in this case Mr. Adams has shown courage in speaking out, and his right to free speech should be defended.
These things deserve our consideration as we approach Christmas 2001. Where does the Star that led the three wise men relate to a modern Bethlehem that has suffered the hatred of recent bombings and shellings? What place for the ox and the ass in a humble stable where a Saviour was born, Whose Advent had been predicted and longed for hundreds of years before the event? What assurance does a sleeping Babe, "away in a manger" auger for the millions of starving, the refugees, the homeless in so many countries?
It seems that many of those who will throng the "Carols by Candlelight" round the world regard the good news in much the same light as Harry Potter a nice, comforting break from reality, almost a dream, but not really to be believed as literal. It would be nice if it was, some think, but we're grown up now, and just as we stopped believing in Santa Claus, so this material world demands that we put away the once-believed bible stories and face the world like grown-ups. We keep up the pretence, of course, for the sake of the kids, until they're old enough to work it all out for themselves.
But weren't we told we must "become as little children"? And what does that mean? Is there something children can discern that we cannot? Jesus said that we would find Him when we seek Him "with all our heart"; not our school curricula, our GDP, our "work-for-the-dole" schemes, our capital accumulation or our superannuation. The seemingly tortuous assertion that "the plight of the world is the hope of the world" might give us pause for thought this Christmas.
In human terms there is now little we
can do materially to change this world. There is such a thing,
in terms of human effort as "the point of no return". And
we seem to have reached it. Writing of his dramatic case against
Alger Hiss, the soviet agent who was within reach of the US
presidency, former editor of Time, Whittaker Chambers
wrote to his children,
That was in 1952. C.H. Douglas, that
profound thinker and discerner, wrote in 1924:
Could we possibly think that this time
is any other than that referred to by Douglas? Yet Douglas,
who so accurately and vividly described the critical moment,
was no victim of the doctrine of the inevitable. In his book
Social Credit he went on to emphasize that the break-up
he referred to was the gateway to opportunity. He was saying,
in other words, "these things must come to pass".
The gospel of Christ Jesus of Nazareth
is as dramatic as the life He lived, in which He lashed and
exposed the lie, the power-seeker, the establishment, the
elite, the pharisaical nit-picker and legalist, the proud
and those who robbed mens' souls, even while He healed the
sick, raised the dead and took little children into His arms.
His disciples thought the dream had ended when Our Lord was
murdered. But in fact that seeming defeat was the key to life.
So, even now, life lies ahead the exposure of the lie, the
destruction of what former acting prime minister of Canada,
Paul Hellyer, describes as "the evil empire", and, in Douglas's
words, "the emergence into the full light of a day of such
splendour as we can at present only envisage dimly."
The most important group in the world
is those "two or three, gathered together" who still doggedly
plod on in faith.
East Timor, the Tampa incident and Afghanistan
have brought us face to face with the inadequacy of our defence
system, side-lined in Budgets from 1972 onwards. The Sunday
Herald Sun (25/11/01) reported:
In the report, the military chiefs reveal
The article went on to detail the embarrassing shortages and gaffes in each of the three services manpower and equipment shortages, resulting in lack of preparedness. It added that privately, many navy officers were critical of northern surveillance, with many refugee boats easily evading detection. But of course, the Howard Government will continue resolutely ensuring that only Australia decides who lands on our shores! However, a number of foreign defence chiefs will be reading the report with interest.
RACE ROW IN BRITAIN
After past and present race riots in England, the fact that more Brits now worship in mosques than churches, the development of racial ghettoes, all of which were predicted by the late Enoch Powell to a chorus of condemnation, Britain's Home Secretary David Blunkett is now at the centre of a race row. His crime? He suggested that ethnic minority communities should abide by British "norms of acceptability" when they become citizens, including learning the English language.
According to The Australian (11/12/01): ".... Mr. Blunkett told immigrants that social cohesion was a two-way street and that those seeking to be British should take part in programs in which they are taught some English...... But MPs and immigrant groups attacked the Home Secretary and warned him against patronizing ethnic minorities with his proposals. Shahid Malik, a member of the Labour Party's national executive, condemned Mr. Blunkett's 'insensitive' comments, branding them 'sensational' and 'disturbing'...... Mr. Blunkett said ethnic minorities needed to know that Britain would not tolerate enforced marriages and genital mutilation ....."
That's it! Off with his head! Blunkett
will probably be hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn Tree
especially if it now happens to be in an Asian residential
area. Britain is now belatedly discovering as Australia
is destined to do that 'multiculturalism' is against both
natural law and commonsense. A few idealists in the isolated
environment at universities who have usually never had to
cope with the real problems of cultural clashes, have somehow
stolen and made illegal the homogeneity which is the natural
THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US
In this, the last On Target for the year
of 2001, it seems appropriate to restate what we are about.
The words are from a statement made in On Target over 30 years
This, the League has sought to do and will continue to do so.
WE ARE THE WAR CRIMINALS NOW
"Everything we have believed in since
the Second World War goes by the board as we pursue our own
exclusive war," writes Robert Fisk © 2001 Independent Digital
(UK) Ltd, November 30th, 2001:
Now we have the Mazar-i-Sharif prison
'revolt', in which Taliban inmates opened fire on their Alliance
jailers. US Special Forces and, it has emerged, British
troops helped the Alliance to overcome the uprising and,
sure enough, CNN tells us some prisoners were 'executed' trying
to escape. It is an atrocity. British troops are now stained
with war crimes.
The Americans have even less excuse for this massacre. For the US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, stated quite specifically during the siege of the city that US air raids on the Taliban defenders would stop 'if the Northern Alliance requested it'. Leaving aside the revelation that the thugs and murderers of the Northern Alliance were now acting as air controllers to the USAF in its battle with the thugs and murderers of the Taliban, Mr. Rumsfeld's incriminating remark places Washington in the witness box of any war-crimes trial over Kunduz. The US were acting in full military co-operation with the Northern Alliance militia. (emphasis added...ed)
Most television journalists, to their shame, have shown little or no interest in these disgraceful crimes. Cosying up to the Northern Alliance, chatting to the American troops, most have done little more than mention the war crimes against prisoners in the midst of their reports. What on earth has gone wrong with our moral compass since September 11th?
Perhaps I can suggest an answer.
Over the past 50 years, we sat on our moral pedestal and lectured the Chinese and the Soviets, the Arabs and the Africans, about human rights. We pronounced on the human-rights crimes of Bosnians and Croatians and Serbs. We put many of them in the dock, just as we did the Nazis at Nuremberg. Thousands of dossiers were produced, describing in nauseous detail the secret courts and death squads and torture and extra judicial executions carried out by rogue states and pathological dictators. Quite right too.
A pseudo trial and a firing squad
It's quite clear what has happened. When people with yellow or black or brownish skin, with Communist or Islamic or Nationalist credentials, murder their prisoners or carpet bomb villages to kill their enemies or set up death squad courts, they must be condemned by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and the 'civilised' world. We are the masters of human rights, the Liberals, the great and good who can preach to the impoverished masses. But when our people are murdered when our glittering buildings are destroyed then we tear up every piece of human rights legislation, send off the B-52s in the direction of the impoverished masses and set out to murder our enemies.
Winston Churchill took the Bush view
of his enemies. In 1945, he preferred the straightforward
execution of the Nazi leadership. Yet despite the fact that
Hitler's monsters were responsible for at least 50 million
deaths 10,000 times greater than the victims of September
11th the Nazi murderers were given a trial at Nuremberg
because US President Truman made a remarkable decision. "Undiscriminating
executions or punishments," he said, "without definite findings
of guilt fairly arrived at, would not fit easily on the American
conscience or be remembered by our children with pride."
Continuing Robert Fisk
There are ghostly shadows around to remind
us of the consequences of state murder. In France, a general
goes on trial after admitting to torture and murder in the
1954-62 Algerian war, because he referred to his deeds as
"justifiable acts of duty performed without pleasure or remorse".
And in Brussels, a judge will decide if the Israeli Prime
Minister, Arial Sharon, can be prosecuted for his "personal
responsibility" for the 1982 massacre in Sabra and Chatila.
Brutal, cynical, 'Great War for Civilisation'
At this moment, I can't help remembering my dad. He was old enough to have fought in the First World War. In the third Battle of Arras. And as great age overwhelmed him near the end of the century, he raged against the waste and murder of the 1914-1918 war. When he died in 1992, I inherited the campaign medal of which he was once so proud, proof that he had survived a war he had come to hate and loathe and despise. On the back, it says: 'The Great War for Civilisation.' Maybe I should send it to George Bush."
OLD LIBERAL PARTY BELIEFS LIBERALLY CIRCULATEDby T.W. Brady
Acting on a suggestion emanating from League Headquarters that a recirculation of "We Believe: A Statement of Liberal Party Beliefs" (Ninth reprint October 1964), might well embarrass the Party at the present time, a Sydney supporter had the document reprinted and circulated in large numbers at the Liberal party conference held in Sydney two weeks ago. We are advised that so fruitful was the exercise that another print run is expected! On the back of the leaflet circulated one reads the following: Please note that the following statements: 1. The Crown; and 17. Divine Providence; have since been omitted. Who removed them?
It is heartening to see the response to our appeal resulting in a surge of contributions to the Basic Fund. Over the last week 16 supporters have contributed $2665.00 bringing the total to $14,571.22. Please keep up the momentum. The new year will bring many challenges for the League and for these challenges to be met we will need to ensure the basic fund is filled. Please examine your priorities, and where possible, make a generous contribution to ensure the continuity of the work of the League.
A sincere 'thank you' goes to each and
every one of our supporters.
MELBOURNE 'HUB' CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS BREAKPlease note our hardworking folk at the Melbourne Book Shop will be taking their well-earned break over the Christmas period and will be closed from Friday, December 21st, 2001, and re-opening Tuesday, January, 15th, 2002. The first On Target for the new year will be posted out Wednesday, January 16th, 2002.
THE CHRISTIAN ALTERNATIVE MOVEMENT AND THE CHURCH
We commend the work of the Christian Alternative Movement to our readers. The latest initiative is to try and crack the hardest nut of all the Christian Church and all those ordained in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, writes Edward Rock, chairman of CAM..
"A moment's thought must convince us all that those so ordained would want to assist in establishing Christian principles governing the creation and distribution of money... In every community there are a number of different Christian Churches headed by a priest or pastor..."
Those who would like to be involved in the work of C.A.M.should write to: Mr. Edward Rock, 13 Nardoo Street, Cape Paterson, Vic., 3995, and offer your help.
In the ongoing battle, Ted has written the following letter to John Howard, Prime Minister: The Hon. John Howard. MP, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600. November 1st, 2001.
Dear Mr. Howard, The following statement
is truth and tells us there is a solution to every human problem
or crisis; "l am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh
unto the Father except by me." In this statement, God the
Son linked himself to God the Father as equal authorities
on every problem that assails mankind. Before he ascended
to heaven Christ told the disciples he would send them the
Holy Spirit who would lead them into all truth. He also commanded
his disciples to "teach the nations... in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."
In respect to our present world crisis
involving the three great religions of our time, Islam, Christianity,
and Judaism, one of the great authorities on the Holy Trinity,
Professor C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity
leads us in an understanding I have yet to see acknowledged
by the thousands offering us their learned opinions since
September 11th. In his book Mere Christianity in the
chapter 'Social Morality', Lewis deals with a number of principles
incumbent upon Christians concerned to build a Christian society.
Towards the end of the chapter, almost as an afterthought
Lewis says "Now another point" and goes on to relate how three
great civilisations, Greek, Jewish and Christian had all joined
in banning the practice of usury.
Usury is usually defined as the lending of money at interest, and Lewis accepted that definition. Christ did not condemn the practice of lending money at interest where both borrower and lender benefited, but usury as practiced today under Judeo-Christianity is an entirely different practice because both these religions have made friends with the mammon of unrighteousness in the form of all money created as a debt from where it is selectively distributed in the first instance to the friends of mammon. The nations and their people only get the crumbs that fall from the rich man's table.
When money is created as a debt, circulated as a debt, the creators of the debt reign supreme over the one way street they control, out of which there is no way out for their victims. However if Judeo-Christianity went back to banning usury it would insist that all money be created free of debt, and selective distribution replaced by democratic distribution, a practice emulating the grace of God, releasing a flood of God's love to heal and revive a sick and dying world.
Our present crisis which threatens to destroy the last remaining vestiges of Christian civilisation grew out of selectively favouring Israel with the finance to make it "the strong man capable of invading and robbing the homes and land of its neighbours". September 11th grew out of that practice. The way back is to revoke usury and introduce Christian creation and distribution of money. It is also time for the Bishops of the Christian churches to repudiate friendship with the mammon of unrighteousness and insist that national governments follow the path of Christ in the creation and distribution of money.
Although the crisis is deep, Christ being the author of time it is never too late. Would John Howard as a committed Christian care to give a lead? Let him approach the Bishops and ask for divine assistance. Your servant in Christ, Edward Rock.
P.S. John, this is not "idiosyncratic nonsense", it is the stuff of God. Let us see John Howard the family man become Christ's servant. For my part I will circulate this widely to those ordained in the name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost inviting them to encourage you and Kim (now Simon) to choose service to God rather than service to mammon.
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