September 2006 Thought for the Week:
"As one whose religious education
consisted of little more than what I learned at a Sunday School
towards an agnostic attitude towards Christianity when I realised that even The
New Testament, "the word of God" reflected obvious human imperfections
in the narrative
Later I came to realise that
nearly two thousand
years of history had convincingly demonstrated that when the Truths enunciated
by Christ were applied in human affairs, a new and creative type of civilisation
came into existence. Douglas shed a blinding light on much of what appeared obscure
or irrelevant concerning Christianity.
His presentation of the vital importance
of the Doctrine of Incarnation was a revelation to me and I have long come to
the conclusion that Social Credit is, as Douglas said, "practical
Christianity," and that the very future of genuine Christianity now
depends upon Social Credit and the Douglas revelations."
D. Butler in "Releasing Reality: Social Credit & the Kingdom of God."
CHRISTIAN ZIONISM - THE MODERN EBIONITES
Those who have taken the trouble to study the background to the
earliest years of Christianity know the importance of the Greek influence in shaping
the development of the Christian Faith. Not so much the influence of the Greek
language itself but in the non-submission of the early Greek Christians to the
demands of the Judaeo-Christians that they become Judaised before they could be
accepted into the fellowship.
would know that radiating from the centre at Jerusalem, the westward urge of Christianity
was by far the most pronounced and reached the capital of the Roman Empire within
ten years of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It was at Antioch, a Greek city,
that the disciples were first called Christians.
Hegesippus, a convert, recorded
the Jerusalem Christians were split up into a number of factions and were quarrelling
over doctrinal points. The factions included the one we know as the Ebionites.
down to Antioch from Jerusalem, they were insisting the Greek converts had to
conform to the rites of Judaism. This matter was thrashed out between Paul and
Peter at the very first Church Council, the Council of Jerusalem as recorded in
the Book of Acts chapter 15.
At a later date,
the Ebionite teaching was declared a heresy by the Church.
were the main features of the Ebionites' doctrine?
§ They sought to enforce
the Mosaic Law.
§ They insisted on the human birth of Jesus Christ.
They claimed Paul was a heretic. (Paul argued against the Judaisers.)
looked for the return of Christ to found an earthly kingdom. (The Jews at the
time were looking for a very human political Messiah to rid them of their Roman
Jewish historian Professor H.
Graetz in "History of the Jews," Vol.II, p.273, tells us how the Judaeans and
the elders of the Ebionites "mingled together without reserve," for a time, but
"it did not last long."
Again he says: "the closer the Judaean-Christians
of the second or third generation approached the views held by the pagan-Christians
(Greek-Christians) the further they drifted away from Judaism."
the help of these brief background details, read the following "Jerusalem Declaration
on Christian Zionism," by the Heads of the Christian Churches in modern Jerusalem.
DECLARATION ON CHRISTIAN ZIONISM"
by the Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches In Jerusalem, August 25, 2006.
are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9)
Christian Zionism is a modern theological
and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of
Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel.
The Christian Zionist programme provides a worldview where the Gospel is identified
with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form,
it places an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather
than living Christ's love and justice today.
categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as false teaching that corrupts
the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.
further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations
with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently
imposing their unilateral pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine. This
inevitably leads to unending cycles of violence that undermine the security of
all peoples of the Middle East and the rest of the world.
reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies
as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war rather than the gospel of
universal love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ. Rather than
condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon everyone to liberate
themselves from the ideologies of militarism and occupation. Instead, let them
pursue the healing of the nations!
upon Christians in Churches on every continent to pray for the Palestinian and
Israeli people, both of whom are suffering as victims of occupation and militarism.
These discriminative actions are turning Palestine into impoverished ghettos surrounded
by exclusive Israeli settlements. The establishment of the illegal settlements
and the construction of the Separation Wall on confiscated Palestinian land undermines
the viability of a Palestinian state as well as peace and security in the entire
We call upon all Churches that
remain silent, to break their silence and speak for reconciliation with justice
in the Holy Land. Therefore, we commit ourselves to the following principles as
an alternative way:
We affirm that all people are created in the image
of God. In turn they are called to honour the dignity of every human being and
to respect their inalienable rights.
We affirm that Israelis and Palestinians
are capable of living together within peace, justice and security.
that Palestinians are one people, both Muslim and Christian. We reject all attempts
to subvert and fragment their unity.
We call upon all people to reject the
narrow world view of Christian Zionism and other ideologies that privilege one
people at the expense of others.
We are committed
to non-violent resistance as the most effective means to end the illegal occupation
in order to attain a just and lasting peace.
urgency we warn that Christian Zionism and its alliances are justifying colonization,
apartheid and empire-building. God demands that justice be done. No enduring peace,
security or reconciliation is possible without the foundation of justice. The
demands of justice will not disappear. The struggle for justice must be pursued
diligently and persistently but non-violently.
"What does the Lord require of you, to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8) This is where we take our stand.
stand for justice. We can do no other. Justice alone guarantees a peace that will
lead to reconciliation with a life of security and prosperity for all the peoples
of our Land. By standing on the side of justice, we open ourselves to the work
of peace - and working for peace makes us children of God. "God was reconciling
the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has
committed to us the message of reconciliation." (2 Cor 5:19)
His Beattitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah , Latin Patriarchate, Jerusalem
Archbishop Swerios Malki Mourad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land August
*** For a better understanding of
modern Judaism's beliefs we recommend Israel Shahak's book: "Jewish History,
Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years."
Another very important
booklet for study is "The Australian Heritage Series". It features essays
by three Christian theologians on the hatching of Christian freedoms, the basic
philosophical importance of the Athanasian Creed and the Christian basis of our
Special Offer: 2 copies of "The Australian Heritage Series"
free with every copy of "Jewish History: Jewish Religion" $52.00
NEXT PHASE OF THE 'EMPIRE BUILDING'?
Chossudovsky of Global Research sees the Lebanon attack by Israel as a phase in
the long-term plans of the US and Israeli neocon leaders - "The Next Phase of
the Middle East War". ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14860.htm
Israel's war on Lebanon is an integral part of a US sponsored "military
"The war on Lebanon, which has resulted
in countless atrocities including the destruction of the nation's economy and
civilian infrastructure, is "a stage" in a sequence of carefully planned military
operations. Lebanon constitutes a strategic corridor between Israel and North-western
Syria. The underlying objective of this war was the militarization of Lebanon,
including the stationing of foreign troops, as a precondition for carrying out
the next phase of a broader military agenda.
Formally under a UN mandate,
the foreign troops to be stationed on Lebanese soil on the immediate border with
Syria, will be largely although not exclusively from NATO countries.
military force mandated by the UN Security Council is by no means neutral.
It responds directly to US and Israeli interests. Moreover, the timely withdrawal
of Syrian troops, following the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister
Rafik Hariri has contributed to opening up a "new space". The withdrawal of Syrian
troops served Israeli interests.
The timely pullout was of strategic significance:
it was a major factor in the timing and planning of the July 2006 IDF attacks
In the aftermath of the Israeli
bombings and the "ceasefire", UN Security Council Resolution 1701, drafted by
France and the US in close consultation with the Israeli government, has paved
the way for the militarization of Lebanon, under a bogus UN mandate.
Next Phase of the Middle East War
Confirmed by official statements and
military documents, the US in close coordination with Britain (and in consultation
with its NATO partners), is planning to launch a war directed against Iran and
Syria. US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton has already initiated the draft of
a UN Security Council resolution with a view to imposing sanctions on Tehran for
its alleged (nonexistent) nuclear weapons program.
this resolution is adopted is not the main issue. The US may decide to proceed
in defiance of the Security Council, following a veto by Russia and/or China.
The vote of France and Britain, among the permanent members has already been secured.
US military sources have confirmed that an aerial attack, pursuant
to a sanctions regime on Iran, with or without UN approval, would involve a large
scale deployment comparable to the US "shock and awe" bombing raids on Iraq in
AND THE RURAL CRISIS
by James Reed:
is once more being pushed as a panacea for Australia's rural crisis (The Australian
30/1/06, p.10, "A Land of Opportunity"). Migrants traditionally settle in cities:
the 2000 census found that 85 per cent of them settled in metropolitan areas and
over 60 per cent chose Sydney or Melbourne. Migration settlement is now being
used to allegedly meet a shortage of skilled and unskilled workers. Thus the Migration
to Warnambool Project 2005 brought in 100 Sudanese to add colour, richness and
excitement to the city.
The problem (one of
the problems) with the magical migration philosophy is that migrants are people
too. Even if they are refugees from the Sudan the same problems and deprivations
that initially forced people to leave the country towns will ultimately cause
them to leave and seek ethnic support units in the cities. Hence the initial problem
will remain unsolved.
Of course it was never
the intention of the elites to solve the long term rural crisis by immigration.
At best it is a band aid that has the added advantage of continuing the demographic
warfare of migration against rural Australia. Every town and street must become
like Cabramatta and Bankstown and the less Anglo Australians, the safer the elites
fel in their soft cosy beds.
THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES
by Brian Simpson
One of the arguments beloved of the multicultural and immigration lobby is that
Anglo-Australians should not resist their demise by ethnic dilution because Australia
was not the creation of the British. The Aborigines were the first inhabitants
of this land and everybody else is a "migrant". Genocide was committed against
Aborigines and only the cleansing blessing of migrants can heal these wounds.
Presumably one billion Chinese and Indians brought to Australia would set the
scores straight. It is a crazy argument at best.
of the underlying assumptions behind this metaphysics of madness is that the Aborigines
were the first inhabitants of "Australia". Archaeologist Mike Morwood, the leader
of the team that discovered the remains of a one metre tall hominid at Liang Bua
cave on Indonesia's Flores Islands in 2003, thinks otherwise.
The small human,
called by the media "Hobbits" - known officially as Homo Floriensis - was thought
by Professor Morwood to have populated Australia before Aboriginal settlers (invaders?)
arrived around 60,000 years ago. The Hobbits may have been "pushed out" by the
larger Aborigines or - Morwood doesn't say it but it is a logical hypothesis -
destroyed by them.
But doesn't that constitute racial genocide? And if
it is one of the founding myths, Anti-Anglo racism is called into question. The
Anti-Anglo racists' "moral superiority" argument, falls.
I TOLD YOU SO
In one of "Reed's rants" I lamented about the decline of womanhood
as witnessed by the behaviour of young women in the bar/nightlife circuit, exhibited
in drug taking, alcoholism and sexual decadence. Sure, men are open to such criticism,
perhaps more so, but today the establishment media has declared open season on
men, so further criticism by me is not needed.
ladies who may not know, Footie Chicks, a documentary explored one aspect
of the decline of manhood - and sadly womanhood. (The Australian
15 June 2006, p.3)
The documentary deals with young girls who prostitute themselves
to the gods of football. While the media has focused upon the brutish, disgusting
behaviour of footballers towards women (and rightly so) there is a neglected side
of the story. Many girls actively seek to have sex with entire football teams!
The article in The Australian speaks
of an act on a girl by two footballers at the same time. Horrible, offensive stuff,
I agree. But this is the problem we face, which an older - and many now deceased
- generation of supporters and actionists did not face: the internal, moral degradation
of our race.
The answer lies in a revival of
Christian values, to give young people the values that, surely, in their heart
of hearts, they thirst for. Our difficulty is that our churches have sold out
to globalist one world values that are feeding this crisis of values.
the responsibility for the preservation - or regeneration - of civilisation lies
with the individual.
SNIPPET OF 'MULTICULTURAL' INTEREST
columnist Mark Steyn sent to us by Paul Fromm of Canada:
"Two hundred years
ago, in a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with
the practice of Sati-that's the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres
of their husband. General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural. He
said: 'You say that it's your custom to burn widows, very well. We also have a
custom. When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their neck and we hang
Build your funeral pyre; beside it my carpenters will build a gallows;
you may follow your custom, then we will follow ours.'
it happens, my wife's uncle was named after General Napier which I guess makes
me a British Imperialist by marriage. But India today is better off without Sati.
And what's so strange about the times we live in is that even to say that is to
invite accusations of cultural supremacy. If you don't agree that India is better
off without Sati, if you think that's just dead white-male-euro-centricism, fine,
but I don't think you really do believe that.
multiculturalism, cultural relativism, is an obvious fraud and I think it's subliminally
accepted on that basis. I think that, after all, most people, given the choice,
don't want to live in anything but an advanced Western society.
that pretending that all societies are equal is in a sense part of the wallpaper
of living in an advanced Western society. And they think you can contain multiculturalism,
they think multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched tribal dirge
for the school holiday concert instead of getting them to sing jingle bells. Or
that your holistic masseur uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality.
But it doesn't mean that you or anyone that you care about should have to live
in an African or Native American society."
HOWARD'S MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA BECOMING A BIT OF A
Islamic leader warns of more riots
Sydney Morning Herald 1st September 2006:
The chairman of the government's
Islamic Advisory Committee has warned of more Cronulla-style riots unless the
prime minister tones down his rhetoric on Muslim migrants.
Howard sparked a backlash in some sections of Australia's Muslim community by
saying on talk-back radio yesterday that Muslim migrants needed to conform to
Australian values by learning English and treating women with respect.
the head of the government's new muslim advisory committee, Dr Ameer Ali, warned
of trouble unless the prime minister backed down. "We have already witnessed one
incident in Sydney recently in Cronulla, I don't want these scenes to be repeated
because when you antagonise the younger generation, younger group, they are bound
to react," Dr Ali told Macquarie Radio.
Mr Howard today stood by his comments.
"I don't apologise," he told reporters.
"I think they are missing the point and the point is that I don't care and the
Australian people don't care where people come from. There's a small section of
the Islamic population which is unwilling to integrate and I have said generally
all migrants ... they have to integrate."
THAT RIGHT? THE BOYS ARE ALWAYS LISTENING?
The Bush Administration through its national Security Agency (NSA)
and the co-operation of major telephone companies AT, Verizon and BellSouth, has
been collecting the phone records of tens of millions of US citizens since 9/11.
Although Bush himself went on TV to lie - sorry - reassure Americans that
the Government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval,
this time people are not as readily convinced. USA Today cited people with direct
knowledge of the programme.
The New York Times in December 2005
reported that Bush had authorised the American secret police, the NSA, to eavesdrop
on Americans and others inside the US to search for evidence of terrorism without
court-approved warrants. After that scandal George must have thought that his
troubles were over.
Democrats may take control
in November's congressional mid-term elections and control the House of Representatives.
No doubt they will bring their own form of chaos. But with them comes the possibility
of impeaching George W. Bush. The stress may drive the, already intellectually
challenged, President back to his bottle.
FURY IGNITED AS ACADEMICS CLAIM 9/11 AN 'INSIDE JOB'
of the UK's Daily Mail must be sitting up and taking notice, as the 75
or so top professors and scientists of 'Scholars for Truth' break through the
mainline news barrier with the Daily Mail publishing their story: 5th September
"The 9/11 terrorist attack on America
which left almost 3,000 people dead was an "inside job", according to a group
of leading academics. Around 75 top professors and leading scientists believe
the attacks were puppeteered by war mongers in the White House to justify the
invasion and the occupation of oil-rich Arab countries. The claims have caused
outrage and anger in the US which marks the fifth anniversary of the terrorist
attacks on Monday. But leading scientists say the facts of their investigations
cannot be ignored and say they have evidence that points to one of the biggest
conspiracies ever perpetrated.
Jones, who lectures in physics at the Brigham Young University in Utah, says the
official version of events is the biggest and most evil cover up in history. He
has joined Scholars for 9/11 Truth whose membership includes up to 75 leading
scientists and experts from universities across the US. Prof Jones said: "We don't
believe that 19 hijackers and a few others in a cave in Afghanistan pulled this
off acting alone. We challenge this official conspiracy theory and, by God, we're
going to get to the bottom of this."
In essays and journals, the scientists
are giving credence to many of the conspiracy theories that have circulated on
the internet in the past five years. They believe a group of US neo-conservatives
called the Project for a New American Century, set on US world dominance, orchestrated
the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to hit Iraq, Afghanistan and later Iran. The group
says scientific evidence over the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon
is conclusive proof.
Professor Jones said it was impossible for the twin towers
to have collapsed in the way they did from the collision of two aeroplanes. He
maintains jet fuel does not burn at temperatures high enough to melt steel beams
and claims horizontal puffs of smoke seen during the collapse of the towers are
indicative of controlled explosions used to bring down the towers.
group also maintains World Trade Centre 7 - a neighbouring building which caught
fire and collapsed later in the day - was only partially damaged but had to be
destroyed because it housed a clandestine CIA station. Professor James Fetzer,
65, a retired philosopher of science at the University of Minnesota, said: "The
evidence is so overwhelming, but most Americans don't have time to take a look
The 9/11 Commission dismissed the
numerous conspiracy theories after its exhaustive investigation into the terror
attacks. Subsequent examinations of the towers' structure have sought to prove
they were significantly weakened by the impact which tore off fire retardant materials
and led the steel beams bending under heat and then collapsing. Christopher Pyle,
professor of constitutional law at Mt Holyoake College in Massachusetts, has dismissed
the academic group.
He said: "To plant bombs in three buildings with enough
bomb materials and wiring? It's too huge a project and would require far too many
people to keep it a secret afterwards. After every major crisis, like the assassinations
of JFK or Martin Luther King, we've had conspiracy theorists who come up with
plausible scenarios for gullible people. It's a waste of time."
University of Wisconsin assistant professor, Kevin Barrett, said experts are unwilling
to believe theories which don't fit into their belief systems. He said: "People
will disregard evidence it if causes their faith to be shattered. I think we were
all shocked. And then, when the voice of authority told us what happened, we just
As the fifth anniversary approached, the 9/11 Scholars for Truth
is urging Congress to reopen the investigation claiming they have amassed a wealth
of scientific evidence to prove their version of the terror attacks." We haven't
heard the end of this matter.