It doesn’t stop here

Henry Ergas,writing in The Australian on 26 September, reported government planning to make the carbon tax more or less incapable of repeal. The legislation for the carbon tax evidently contains an implicit threat against potential agents of repeal: colossal expense running to billions of dollars.

Threats of one sort or another seem to be a theme of our time. The debt crisis in the Eurozone is perhaps the largest of these: pay up two trillion Euros or succumb to economic depression.

Another, largely unreported set of threats levelled against small local communities or families has its roots in contemporary Islam. These are particularly egregious owing to their small scale. Yet each is ugly, utterly repellent and multiplied many times over weeks and months. No word from the so-called international community, naturally, nor from western churches by and large. For centuries church people have taken heart and inspiration from the persecution of the early church. No need to look so far abroad any more: contemporary Christians throughout the world suffer nor less than any who have gone before. Their aloneness is breathtaking; their faith astonishing.

The contrast between such people of faith and the machinations of the great and good is truly radical, if not absolute, their humility so different from technocratic and ever-propagandising arrogance. One of these has a future; the other is in terminal denial. Interesting.




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