Changing seasons

Our weather has been quite peculiar this autumn.   It’s been extremely warm and we have had many days when a hot, blustery north wind has blown down from the deserts of Australia’s interior.   The bush around here has become very dry and parched looking.

DSC_0023 I took this photo of a dried out river bed on Thursday morning.

Today the weather has taken a plunge towards winter.   It’s suddenly cold and pouring with rain.   I snapped this image with my phone as I looked out my kitchen window at breakfast time.
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In her prompt https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/the-changing-seasons-march-2019/writes about her nation’s grief over the terrible attack on Muslims in a mosque in Christchurch NZ earlier this month.

The gunman was an Australian and I feel we Australians must take some responsibility for this as a nation.   Certain politicians in our Government have promoted racial and religious intolerance in their ignorant. bigoted and racist remarks.   This type of thinking is also inflamed by the comments made by some prominent media personalities.    We will be having a federal election later in autumn and I for one hope our current Prime Minister and the Liberal party do not win.  Along with a change of government we need to get rid of the very vocal anti Muslim, pro guns minority party One Nation for good.

Like many Australians I was appalled and shocked by the massacre in Christchurch.   I posted this photo I took inside a mosque in Turkey on my Facebook page as a gesture of support.  When I visited the mosque  I was struck by the peaceful atmosphere and the quiet interactions between the people there.   I experienced similar feelings in other mosques in the region too.

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I have had online conversations with other bloggers who feel that the answer to religious terrorism is to get rid of all religions.    I think they are proposing we ban them! Personally I don’t think this is the answer.    I don’t like it when people rant and rave about their ideas and try to convince me they are right (this applies to politicians as much as religious fanatics).   I think we all have the right to our own beliefs and to practice our faith without fear of persecution.

Waleed Aly, a Muslim and an Australian media presenter spoke of these ideas far more eloquently than me.   Here is a video of his response to the Christchurch massacre.

21 thoughts on “Changing seasons

  1. It’s impossible to ban religious belief. But we can all work to eliminate ignorance and intolerance. Some people use their religion as a cover for their agenda of power and control. But it really has nothing to do with any spiritual leaning.

    I agree we need to vote all these people out. I was just reading a very good essay by Rebecca Solnit about just that issue. You will never have perfection, but that does not mean you should not keep working for good. To give up is cowardly. (K)

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  2. We’re due for a federal election here in December, and because our current ‘middle of the political spectrum but leaning slightly to the right’ has made a few too many blunders and been caught at it, I fear we’ll end up with a seriously right-wing government. Which being right next door to the idiocy in the US, is very troubling.
    Still, the Greens are starting to gain some momentum as more and more of the younger generation become old enough to vote, and more and more of the ‘adults’ wake up and realise that climate change is the the one issue that effects everyone, no matter how deep they stick their head in the sand.
    I agree that banning religions outright won’t work, but remove all their ‘protectionist’ perks and make them legally accountable for what they preach? … now that might just bring about some change.
    There is hope.

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    1. Politics is such a fraught issue I vote Green and have done for decades but the party is definitely in the minority over here. The rise of the far Right is very worrying across the globe. Just what we can do about it I don’t know other than speak rationally of the need for open minds and tolerance of the views of others. The need to face the facts about climate change is the big issue of our times I think.
      As for legislating to make religions more accountable I think that could be a good idea. Just how would you police it though? That’s where I think education has a role to play. When some of my grandkids lived in Ireland they went to a school set up as an alternative to the dominant Catholic education model there. The school was called “Educate Together” and part of the curriculum involved a study of comparative religions presented in a way that young children could understand. It seemed to be a very good program which encouraged the children to be tolerant of the ideas of others. Kids from all over the world went there.

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  3. I am absolutely with you…banning religion, I don’t think, is the answer. Everyone has a right to their own belief and I have seen religions bring comfort to many. There is no easy solution to combat hatred. I used to think education could help but many would rather take shelter in ignorance. Hatred and love. They will always co-exist together, I fear. But, still, we gotta strive and try.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. I thought after I posted Brendan Tarrant, the gunman in NZ, was a White Supremacist.
      Hate speech in the media and by certain politicians across the globe has to be factor is creating such monsters.
      Maybe it is as you say, we gotta strive and try to present more loving and tolerant views whenever we can. Maybe we just gotta try harder 🙂

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    1. It’s sad to think that though. I feel redemption is possible. Social inequality, lack of educational opportunities and incendiary hate speech have to play a part in encouraging people to follow their baser instincts.

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  4. Thank you so much for this thoughtful post Suzanne, and for sharing it as part of The Changing Seasons.
    I agree with you that banning religion is no answer — and I speak as a profoundly non-religious person.
    Thanks too for linking to Waleed Aly’s piece; I’ve watched it a few times now and my respect for him just grows. In his interview with Jacinda Ardern, he asked about the fact that the terrorist is Australian, and I can only endorse her words that we do not blame. He could so easily have been a Kiwi, or a citizen of so many other nations.

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    1. Yes the terrorist could have been from anywhere but I do think political parties like One Nation have played a part in creating such monsters. Hate speech coming from people who have been given the responsibility of holding parliamentary positions really doesn’t sit well with me. I really admire Jacinda Ardern. She is an incredible woman.

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      1. That is true. We don’t have any political parties quite like One Nation, although there is no shortage of people here who would support one I’m afraid. I wish I could understand such hatred; it might make it easier to fight if I could understand how these people think. 🤔

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      2. That’s a good point. Just how do we reach such hate filled people? Where are they coming from? I think a lot of it is fear based. They fear the influx of refugees who look different and have ideas will somehow threaten their way of life. Sometimes the One Nation agenda gets as blatant as saying refugees are bad because they will come to Australia and take your jobs and houses! Those ideas were actually expressed by a politician recently! People believe that nonsense – that’s the worry.

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      3. It is so scary. I’ve found myself speechless more than once recently when people I’ve always thought to be quite sane and reasonable have starting spouting anti-immigrant nonsense. And you can’t really discuss it with them because they believe what they want to believe and logic or evidence just don’t come into it.

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      4. Yes it is scary. We live in a very volatile and crazy world these days. I find it impossible to discuss things with some people too – they are being so reactive and narrow minded.

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