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Recently, I watched a couple of episodes of MasterChef. Last week they had several shows in New York, and it was interesting to see the classic New York foods.
Then they announced that the next episode would be to cook a meal for the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama.
Needless to say, I didn't watch the episode (screened yesterday) - even the promotional ads showed contestants bowing to him. I've since watched the relevant section online.
But one contestant shone out... Kate Bracks, who is a 36 year old committed Christian from Orange, refused to use the form of address used by the other contestants: "Your Holiness".
She told the Herald Sun she did not "see the Dalai as a holy man". "My belief is that God is the only one that is perfectly holy," she said. "So in terms of everybody calling him Your Holiness, that was probably the only aspect of the challenge I was uncomfortable with. I just called him Dalai Lama."
Kate did this knowing that her chances of winning MasterChef might be affected.
The journalist then wrote, "Interestingly, Baptist minister Tim Costello and Uniting Church minister Bill Crews, who joined the Dalai Lama for the meal, happily called him "Your Holiness".
Interesting, indeed! What a comparison to Kate's response!
After the Dalai Lama was asked to say a blessing over the food, each religious leader present was asked to do the same. Neither of these two Christian men used the name of Jesus in their prayer of blessing the food. Why are we not surprised!
Well done, Kate, for being a shining light in a difficult situation.
A Dalai Lama dilemma for MasterChef contestant Kate
Herald Sun, July 15, 2011.
Wach the section of the episode showing the 'blessing' of the food (5/7 for the full episode).
Click here. [Watch from the beginning - in first minute.]
Read Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on courageous women who stand up for their faith.
GetUp! claims to be a 'non-party-political' group.... but one of its founders was Bill Shorten, now a federal ALP Member of Parliament.
We've regularly reported on the left-wing political campaigning of GetUp!
In November 2008, we wrote in our journal about GetUp! and its activities.
Here's the article we wrote, with a recent update about the campaigns they are currently running:
Politics 2.0 - GetUp! and Avaaz
Andrew Bolt has a column this week on the current campaign they are running supporting the proposed carbon tax.
Their letter to members encourages GetUp! members to write to companies, asking their views on climate change and encouraging them to resign their membership of the Australian Food and Grocery Council - because the AFGC is opposing the 'carbon tax'.
Read his column - click here.
Andrew points out that GetUp! claims to have 570,000 members - but he notes that you get to be a 'member' if you have ever signed one of their petitions! Their last annual report shows that just 17,295 people actually gave them any money!
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz complained to the Australian Electoral Commission about GetUp!'s campaign activities during the last federal election.
Read Eric's speech to the Senate about his concerns and about his complaint to the AEC.
In February 2011, he commended the AEC on their action, in response to his complaint, thanking them for cracking down on "misleading and deceptive activity".
Senator Abetz has also given a speech to the David Davies Memorial Dinner about GetUp! - read it here.
Almost every day we see some new development on the issue of whether homosexuals should be able to 'marry' in Australia.
Fortunately, the NSW state Labor conference 'dodged' vote about same-sex 'marriage' last weekend - instead, they sent it off to the ALP National Conference in December.
Read media report: click here.
However the ABC's Compass program is promoting the issue...
On ABC's Compass program last Sunday, host Geraldine Doogue assembled six people for a dinner to 'chat' about the issue. That's after her last Compass program, a week before, where the program interviewed three homosexual 'couples' who WANT to marry!
Did she have a balanced set of dinner guests - say, three supporting and three opposing?
Well. . . NO!
The only person who totally opposed homosexual 'marriage' was Anglican Bishop Rob Forsyth.
The other dinner 'guests' were:
* Homosexual activist Dennis Altman - he didn't really want 'marriage' but rather focused on 'equality' - he also openly rejected the notion of 'sexual fidelity',
* Lesbian radio broadcaster Julie McCrossin - who attends a Uniting Church and wants to 'marry' her lesbian 'partner',
* Geoff Thomas - the father of a homosexual man - he supports his son's 'right' to 'marry',
* Catholic priest Frank Brennan- who didn't support homosexual marriage but did "endorse" McCrossin's lesbian relationship, and
* Victorian Baptist minister Nathan Nettleton - who supports homosexual 'marriage' and says he would 'marry' two homosexuals.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that she will launch the details of the proposed 'carbon dioxide TAX' on Sunday.
Then she used this week for 'leaks' - BUT NOT for a parliamentary DEBATE!
Why This Sunday?
It's after the parliament has risen for a five week winter break - so the issue can't be debated in parliament until after we get ALL THE SPIN.
Julia has said she will be out 'selling' the tax to the people from next week...
If it is such a good idea - why does she have to sell it?
She will start with the pro-Climate-change ABC Q&A on Monday.
Our latest 5 minute video looks at some of these questions
- what the 'carbon tax' is, how it will re-distribute wealth and its effect on the nation.
Watch it now.
We need to bombard the Labor party and the Independents with emails and letters opposing this NEW TAX.
Why do we need a tax that requires compensation?
Because those taxed will simply pass it on to you the consumer?
Will it help reduce carbon dioxide emissions? NO.
Will it reduce global temperatures? NO.
Read Miranda Devine's excellent article addressing these questions and criticising the Independents. Click Here
As we wrote in our first article on global warming in 2007, in the 1970s the real fear was that there would be global cooling.... now it's warming - or 'climate change'. Read article - click here.
Meanwhile, the European carbon (dioxide) trading scheme has been corrupted and the 'price' has collapsed THREE times - read report -
Remember that our government eventually wants to convert the NEW TAX into a 'carbon trading scheme'! Thus giving us or business no certainty about anything!
PLEASE Contact Your MP, Labor MPs/Senators, and the Independents, NOW - Contact Details
UPDATE: 11 July, 2011
For an overview of the details of the tax - and links to the speeches by the Prime Minsiter and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott - read the report on our 'Latest News' page - click here.
According to the federal government, PM Julia Gillard, the Greens, the Independents, Climate Commission people like Tim Flannery and Ross Garnaut and activist groups like GetUp!, a carbon tax in Australia will solve the problems of the world.
Well, at least you might think that it will to hear them talk...
PM Julia has announced that she will make an announcement about the proposed carbon tax next Sunday... that gives everyone nearly a week to talk up the idea, without anyone being able to argue back, since they don't know the details.
Sunday is a quiet day for news - and it also means the parliament can't debate it - they rise this week for a 5 week break.
This week the government leaked the fact that 'petrol' will be exempt - well, at least for private users and tradesmen.
What about us, asked the truckies and businesses?
Read this farmer's concerns - click here.
Even more households will be 'compensated' for the additional costs a carbon tax will impose. That just means more money being transferred from the 'big polluters' to the little people - a form of wealth re-distribution, if you like. Yesterday, I heard someone compare it to 'Robin Hood'! Indeed!
First, we must remember to call it carbon dioxide - a clear, colourless, odourless gas - the government and their supporters like to call it carbon pollution - carbon reminds us of black sooty bits in the atmosphere and pollution reminds us of... well.. pollution, which is NASTY!
As to the amount reduced?
Of itself, the carbon tax won't reduce the amount of carbon dioxide... many companies will just pay the tax and pass on the costs to their consumers - that means to US!
One government minister was asked how much the global temperature would drop as a result of the introduction of the tax - by 2020 and by 2065.
"The introduction of a carbon price in Australia will not reduce global temperatures over the time period you question."
Read the item on Andrew Bolt's blog - along with questioning of Julia about the impact of the tax - click here.