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They are changing the essence of Australia

The continent of Australia was settled overwhelmingly by people from the British Isles. The people brought their full range of customs, traditions, religion and system of law and government. It was the basis of a new nation that developed and evolved through the decades. Though having its origin in the people of the British Isles, the Australian people in the 1950s were a people distinct from their cousins in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. We were Australia. There was no other Australia.

If by immigration our political class changes the ethnic, social and political basis of the Australian population, they will change Australia. Nobody would suggest that China would be improved by an immigration of a number of white people that amounted to one twenty-fifth of the Chinese population and rising. Similarly, nobody would recommend to the Indian people a massive immigration of white people to their continent.

'Irish politics Plays musical chairs'

John Waters, First Things, 4 February 2020
John Waters is an Irish writer and commentator, the author of ten books, and a playwright.

The Irish general election currently underway is the strangest Irish election in my lifetime—the culmination of a rupture between people and politicians that has been developing for decades. 

It is not one election, but two. According to the “mainstream media,” it is the formal, official, business-as-usual contest of parties and candidates; from the public’s perspective, it is a mock battle between objectively indistinguishable actors, a game of musical chairs. Never have I encountered so many people who tell me: “There’s no difference between them. I cannot see anyone to vote for.” These are just some of the factors that led me to declare as an independent candidate in my south Dublin constituency of Dun Laoghaire, long known as the most “liberal” in the country.

For nearly a century, Irish politics has been alternately dominated by two parties, Fianna Fáil (FF) and Fine Gael (FG). The parties are almost solely distinguishable by their roots in the Civil War of 1922, FG having emerged from the winning pro-Treaty side and FF from the defeated anti-Treaty side. In the past, FG represented the wealthier professional and civil servant classes, while FF represented farmers and other workers. But these distinctions have blurred over the decades. These days, the two parties appear to be competing for the “woke” vote, both constantly pandering to liberal causes that a few years ago they would have been vying to oppose. The rest of the field is made up of Labour—now a minor faction after a brief flowering in the 1990s—the Republican-remnants party Sinn Féin, and a handful of mavericks who come and go under varying nomenclature and banners. 

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DAVE CULLEN – A RECONVERSION STORY

This year I discovered Dave Cullen’s youtube videos on Ireland – on the collapse of the Irish Nation and its culture. I have provided the links to many of his videos because of his clear articulation of the issues and because his defence of Irish culture highlights in microcosm the Marxist agenda of undermining all western nations. Ireland is a cut and dried case of the Marxist attempt to break up a nation and its people – to cause them to disappear in a replacement strategy in a borderless world.

Dave says his ideas about nation and culture have matured over recent years in a forced assessment of his beliefs. His is not the only story of someone becoming conscious of the poison and incoherence of the leftist (meaning Marxist) gospel. He came from a position of atheism, swallowing all the ideas of a materialist philosophy, to understanding in a Burkean sense what it means to be a nation, to be a people. Central to this awakening was the realisation that religion, belief in a transcendent being, is central.

He has come to see that nations collapse when they reject the transcendent and its established order. He discusses his awakening in ‘Rediscovering Faith: My Journey Back To Christianity’. He articulates that journey with his usual clarity.

Summary of the Pell Papers

Chris S Friel working from the other side of the world has done outstanding work on the Cardinal Pell Affair. He has produced a series of sharp compelling analyses of all the important features of Cardinal’s conviction for the sexual abuse of a minor. Friel’s work will be in the frontline of any research serious investigators undertake in scrutinising of one of the most shocking sets of circumstances in Australia’s history.

On the eve of The High Court of Australia’s decision about allowing an appeal, Friel has posted an extremely useful summary of the work he has done. One can access it on the Academia website. I have reproduced it on my primary website.

‘A PUSHBACK AGAINST VISCERAL UNREASON’

TONY ABBOTT AND THE TIMES OF REVOLUTION

Reviewed by Michael Gilchrist – News Weekly, 19 October 2019

Available through Amazon and Smashwords

After years of inaccurate and negative treatment of Tony Abbotts political career and image, both by the media and in assorted writings, a positive corrective is long overdue.

Many Australians accept as fact the crude caricatures and inaccuracies regarding Abbott: that he is a “wrecker”, a religious fanatic, a bully, anti-women, a far-right knuckle-dragger.

Gerard Wilson’s latest book, Tony Abbott and the Times of Revolution, will be welcomed by those who, despite all the media misinformation, continue to admire the former prime minister and parliamentarian as a thoroughly decent individual as well as a fearless, forthright champion of mainstream conservative values and the positive role of Western civilisation.

Continue reading ‘A PUSHBACK AGAINST VISCERAL UNREASON’

Understanding Islam IX – Can the West rediscover its core?

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM IX
Grasping the Nettle Part 1
THE WEST CAN IT REDISCOVER ITS CORE?
By Paul Stenhouse MSC

MUCH IS made of the potential for global economic and social unrest from the millions of desperate refugees flowing into Europe from war-ravaged Syria, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa and Afghanistan [2016].

This is the same Europe of which Pope John-Paul II wrote in 2003: ‘European culture gives the impression of “silent apostasy,” on the part of people who have all that they need, and who live as if God does not exist’.[1]

Many if not most of the refugees are Muslim, and the countries they are fleeing – along with much of the Islamic and Arab world – are infested with Islamic radicals, fundamentalists and extremists who have declared a holy war on the West. Continue reading Understanding Islam IX – Can the West rediscover its core?

Understanding Islam VIII: Islam and the West

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM VIII

At the beginning of the fifth century, two hundred years before Muhammad appeared, there were seven-hundred Catholic bishops in North Africa. Two-hundred of them attended the Council of Carthage in 535 AD. By the middle of900 AD there were forty left. By 1050 AD, there were only five left. In 1076 AD there were two.

ISLAM AND THE WEST

The first five hundred years

By Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD

Professor John Esposito, Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, USA, would have it that ‘five centuries of peaceful co-existence’ between Muslims and Christians were brought to an end by ‘political events and an imperialpapal power play,’ that was to lead to a ‘centuries-long series of so-called holy-wars that pitted Christendom against Islam, and left an enduring legacy of misunderstanding and mistrust.[1] Continue reading Understanding Islam VIII: Islam and the West

Understanding Islam VII – Filling in the background

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM VII
When Damascus opened its gates to the Muslim army of Abu ‘Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrdh in 635 AD, three years after the death of Muhammad, its citizens little dreamt what a force they would eventually unleash upon themselves and their city – and indirectly upon the world that we have inherited from them.

FILLING IN THE BACKGROUND

By Paul Stenhouse MSC

This is the seventh in a series of eight articles by Fr Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD

THE TRAGIC random murder on October 2 2015, of an innocent employee of the NSW Police based in Parramatta New South Wales, at the hands of a 15-year-old Muslim boy has shocked Australia. The Iranian-born boy of Iraqi Kurdish origin, who had seemingly been influenced by as yet unidentified Islamic extremists, died in an exchange of gunfire with police. He was evidently seeking death under the delusion that this would make him a martyr, and redound to the glory of Islam.

Mr Curtis Cheng, the innocent victim of this tragic murder, was one of countless millions who over the centuries have died at the hands of fanatics who have modelled themselves, or been modelled by others, on the life and example of Muhammad as described in Islam’s sacred books and traditions. Read on: Understand Islam VII

Already posted:

Islam I – Christians in pre-Islamic Arabia: islam-1

Islam II – Setting the stage for Muhammad and Islam: islam-2

Islam III -Islam, the sword or the tax: islam-3

Islam IV – Political Islam: The beginnings: Understand Islam IV

Islam V – The Apostasy Wars: Understand Islam V

Islam VI – Islam, Conquest and Expansion: Understand Islam VI

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