The Nazis and Sustainable Development

A longish article from Mark Musser on the origins and continuing influence of the theory of sustainable development: Understandably, Albert Speer Jr. has spent much of his life trying to escape the long shadow of his father, Albert Speer, the Third Reich’s architect during the 1930s who later was baptized as Hitler’s Armaments and War …

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Osama Was Her Pin-up

Roger Franklin writes in Quadrant Magazine: On the western flood plain of the Maribyrnong, the lesser of Melbourne’s two brown rivers, Buddhists have built themselves a handsome temple and, most arresting, a gigantic golden statue of their guiding philosophy’s founder. It is quite the spectacle and well worth a glance as your Werribee-bound train approaches …

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ISIS Supporter Attacks Australian Soldier in Prison

An ISIS supporter has been charged after allegedly carving “e4e” — representing “an eye for an eye” into the head of an Australian Digger he was sharing a cell with. The former soldier, who served in East Timor, (and was) deemed a low security inmate, is fighting for his life following the alleged attack inside …

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Killing the Kaffirs

A couple of days after that advertisement appeared, Tanweer Ahmed, a Sunni Muslim, traveled 200 miles in an Uber car from Bradford in England, to Glasgow in Scotland, where he waited for Assad Shah to leave the convenience store where he worked, then stabbed him 30 times, stamped on his head, and sat on his …

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Taliban Murders Christians in Pakistan

“The death toll from a massive suicide bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore rose to 70 on Monday as the country started observing a three-day mourning period following the attack. Meanwhile, in the capital of Islamabad, riots erupted for a second day when extremists who have been staging …

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Since Brussels

Just in the few days since the Brussels attacks: A march against fear in Brussels is cancelled because people are afraid. A Muslim shopkeeper who gave thanks for “my precious Christian country” and wished locals a happy Easter, is stabbed to death – stabbed thirty times – by a fellow Muslim. The Guardian omits to …

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Horror and Hypocrisy Over Paris Attacks

There are multiple posts floating around Facebook about the Paris attacks. Some of these make two disturbing claims: Firstly, that the attacks had nothing to do with the fact that the perpetrators were muslim. That, they claim, is beside the point. What matters is simply that they were a bunch of arseholes. Secondly, that ordinary …

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Why Israel Deserves Western Support

I have been gobsmacked by suggestions from some people that there is some sort of moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas (the idea that they are both as bad as each other), or even worse, that the current conflict is Israel’s fault. The present Palestinian people are Arabs, most of whom arrived in the area …

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The Cruciality of the Cross

A little article for our church newsletter: Why do some Christians make the sign of the cross? Many of the saints of the early Church talk about this practice. Here are quotes from just a few. St Ephraim the Syrian: Go not forth from the door of thy house till thou hast signed the cross. …

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