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.
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.
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.
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.