June 1 - June 3, 2002
Monday 3rd June, 2002
Martin Roth posts:
With God on Their Side
In 1989, Chinese students and workers
confronted the authorities in Tiananmen Square. The government called in the
army, and in a brutal crack-down thousands of demonstrators were killed (the
exact number is unknown). The leaders were forced into exile.
Writer Ian Buruma tracked down these
leaders, and he made an interesting discovery – a surprising number have
become Christians. He devotes two of the 12 chapters in his latest book
Bad Elements to the rapid growth of Christianity in China.
latest article, “With God on Their Side”, I
discuss Buruma’s book. I look at the leaders of the uprising. Is it not
intriguing that their initial goal was to change the government; now they
are working to change people’s hearts? And I conclude: These people almost
overturned the Chinese Communist dynasty on their first go. What might
happen now that they have God on their side?
-posted 1:10pm, by
Bene Diction posts:
Tim Blair uses his razor sharp wit in his comments about the CD-rom
Little Green Footballs has Colin Powell’s comments about the
International Committee of the Red Cross and the Israeli MDA.
Midwest Conservative Journal looks at the recent decision
regarding internet filters in US libraries. The Editor works in a library
and expresses his
Are you curious about the salaries of pastors and workers
in mega churches? Head over to
The Book of Joshua.
As Martin mentioned here on Friday, the Spanish-language
fotos del apocalipsis writes about this site.
Here is a translation, using a free on-line translation service.
Martin Roth, New Zealand in Australia, has a weblog with
an impressive list of weblogs Christian. Martin is not catholic, but is
neither of the ones that are denied to consider "Christian" to the catholic;
and thus is that it includes, among many other, the weblogs catholic that I
have in my links. In spanish, nothing..
Charming, isn’t it?
Jewsweek takes a hard
look at Jews for Jesus.
On going infighting within the federal ruling Liberal
party has once again spilled into the public domain. Defense Minister Art
Eggleton was booted out of cabinet last week. Canadians are left wondering
what else is under this rock.
Canadian media has been hammering away at
more corruption accusations for a few weeks. It is only beginning.
And as the G8 summit approaches, the no love lost battle
between Finance Minister Paul Martin and Prime Minister Jean Cretian
has resulted in Martin's ouster. His replacement is Deputy PM John Manley.
The National Post has a damning article on our
refusal to deal with terrorists.
When an opposition leader tells the truth he is roundly
Canada and Canadians have squandered their right to be
taken seriously on the world stage. Oh Canada, straighten up.
Learning History’s Lessons
Victor David Hanson’s piece,
Short Term Gain and Long Term Pain is a must read in this weekend’s
National Review. Hanson has an encyclopedic knowledge of history and a
remarkable ability to apply past lessons to today’s world situation.
Last Monday I commented on a game that glorifies suicide
bombing. Another anti-Semitic game is on being marketed to children as young
as five years old.
Islamic Fun! is marketed as an educational tool.
Abbas Panjwani, the director of
the company Innovative Minds, which produces Islamic Fun! said: "The game
does not target any human beings including soldiers, it targets Israeli
tanks. From that point of view it's no different from any other war game. It
does not target any religious or racial group including the Jewish
community. In fact its educational content teaches children the difference
between Judaism and Zionism."
This ‘educational game’ has been sold from a home in West
Sussex for the past three years. Britain has no law to make this kind of
hate tool illegal.
Thinking and Linking
Townhall Magazine now has a
blog. This post caught my attention; here it is in its entirety.
Posted by Jon Garthwaite
Many in the mainstream media dismiss the screeds of bloggers--people who
post their views on their own Web logs--as so much blather. But to this Los
Angeles writer, these maverick sites are well worth exploring. By
Catherine Seipp (link via
The big media like the New York Times, LA Times, and the TV networks don't
like bloggers because they don't understand why someone would choose an
average citizen's editorial choices over theirs. They've survived so far by
being news distillers, culling through thousands of stories to present "what
important to you." Linkers threaten that business.
The online media like Salon, Slate, MSnbc, etc often don't like bloggers
because in many cases blogs are direct competition with less overhead.
Before Blogger gave a mouthpiece to some pretty decent writers, folks at
Slate and Salon cornered the market for online writing. If you wanted sharp
commentary on politics, sports, and entertainment there weren't a lot of
choices. This is not the case anymore. Thinkers threaten their business.
Hypothesis: Linkers threaten big media. Thinkers threaten online
media....and the Thinking/Linking blog is destined for greatness.
Catherine Seipp’s balanced look at this phenomenon.
-posted 11:45am, by Bene Diction
Sunday 2nd June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
The Demise of Zimbabwe
The New Yorker has an in depth look at the
destruction of this once growing country. Genocide Watch has placed
level 7 out of the 8 stages of genocide. Decide for yourself.
Political corruption and incorrectness kills. Can
political correctness kill? National Post columnist
Mark Steyn thinks so, and offers recent examples from the US.
It’s Going to Take a Long Time
Iman of the grand mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan says that the votes of
the women delegates to the upcoming Loya Jirga should not carry the same
weight as a mans. Will the fledging government be able to stand up against
this kind of religious, cultural and political pressure? Link via
The International Committee of the Red Cross
continues to dance to its own tune in regards to the Israeli MDA. Scroll
down for background post of June 1st.
On Tuesday May 28th, I posted the story of the
Reuters journalist arrested in the Gaza strip for carrying a hand grenade.
Here is the only
update I could find. It is not identified as a Reuters release. This
wire copy goes out of its way to ‘discredit’ Israel in typical Reuter’s
fashion. At least there is an admission this man is a Reuters employee.
As the growth of blogging captures the attention of the
media and the public, words to describe the process are being made up every
lexicon is not definitive, but it’s a good start.
-posted 4:35pm by Bene Diction
Martin Roth posts:
A Good Man Dies
Disgraced former South African cricket
captain Hansie Cronje has
died. From a distance he appeared to be a good man – a devout Christian
- with a good heart. But a man – perhaps an insecure man - who got led
astray. He loved money. He sinned badly. His
confession, when caught, is a modern classic of repentance.
Here are excerpts:
2. It is time for me to try to repay a part of the enormous debt which I owe
to cricket and to try to repair some of the damage which I have caused the
game, South Africa, my family and teammates, and the cricketing public.
3. My initial denials of involvement made publicly and to the UCB, were
untruthful; my letter of the 11th April was also untruthful in a number of
respects; and so too was the subsequent press statement issued on my
instructions. I misled the United Cricket Board of South Africa and members
of the South African government and those who tried to defend me. I also
withheld facts from my legal representatives. I was not honest and I
4. I have also decided to sever my connections with the game and I will not
again play cricket at representative level.
5. Words cannot begin to describe the shame, humiliation and pain I feel, in
the knowledge that I have afflicted this on others. To my wife, family, and
team-mates, in particular, I apologise.
6. The greatest honour which can be bestowed upon any cricketer is to lead
his country's national side. I have failed in my moral and professional
duties. Hopefully, I can contribute some small measure of redress by placing
before the commission the information which follows in this statement. Until
now I have not named or implicated any other person, and I fear that the
revelations in this statement create serious implications for my personal
safety. I have already received death threats.
7. I wish to disclose all the information I have and, in the emotional state
in which I find myself, have dredged my memory as best I can in order to
place the facts before this commission.
most fashionable church placed too much emphasis on those bits of the
Bible which say that God wants Christians to prosper. And not enough on the
true message of Jesus – service and love and humility. It even sometimes
seemed that having confessed his sin he was back trying to make more money.
God knows where he might have ended up if he hadn't died today.
Whatever. I can’t help thinking of him as
a good man.
-posted 12:25am, by
Saturday 1st June, 2002
Martin Roth posts:
Now, a Dutch blog. Yesterday I added
fotos del apocalipsis blog (from Argentina) to the list. Today it’s
2xalt (to exalt) Dutch blog. If anyone knows any other Spanish or Dutch
Christian blogs please let me know, so I can pass on details to Hernan and
Thank you to the Christianity Today
blog for pointing out the Anglican Media Sydney web pages devoted to the
World Cup, which started last night. Initial postings include articles
on the dilemma faced by English churches over the fact that England’s game
against Sweden kicks off at 10:30am Sunday, British time. Some churches have
changed the time of their morning service. Others will
screen the match on big screens, in the hope of attracting additional
Indonesia’s Future at Stake
Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan
Yew has never been shy to speak his mind. Often he’s worth listening to.
Last night he
commented on Indonesia:
Mr Lee says Indonesia's system of government has unravelled since President
Suharto was removed.
He says militants want to make Indonesia an Islamic state.
"At stake is the future of the new Indonesia," he said.
Mr Lee says the United States must re-engage to help Indonesia's military,
saying the army is one institution which can hold the country together.
"The stability of Indonesia is crucial to the future of the region and I may
add, the strategic balance in East Asia."
Like a Herpes Virus
Feisty Sydney Catholic Archbishop George
in trouble. Tomorrow night the local version of
60 Minutes plans to broadcast claims that he tried to bribe victims
of child sex abuse, to buy their silence.
Dr Pell has already tried to pre-empt the
television programme with a news conference denying the allegations. He is
also considering legal moves to halt the broadcast of the programme.
These “archbishop in sex abuse horror
sensation cover-up” scandals break out
periodically in Australia. After the
reheating of old controversies and a period of intense chest
beating by the media they blow over. The media-wise Dr Pell will know this.
But he will also know that, like a herpes
virus, these scandals lie dormant for a time and can then erupt unexpectedly
and inconveniently. According to the “sealed section” (for subscribers only)
of the whistle-blowing
Crikey website, the Church several years ago was paying a PR company
$20,000 a month to manage media coverage of sex abuse allegations. Dr Pell
is going to need an awful lot more media management.
-posted 3:45pm, by
Bene Diction posts:
(Memo To Self: Do not try to blog during peak Internet
(Memo to Self: Re: above memo. Patience is a fruit of the
The Chinese government vehemently denies
this, as would any government. There are more links at the end of this
article in WorldNetDaily.
Stop Frisking Crippled Nuns
Mark Steyn takes on airport
rates the Top Ten Conservative Political Blogs. No big surprises here.
So Bad After All
Dov Fischer of the National Review looks at why people on
the left seem so
smug about their intelligence. He takes down Robert Scheer, of the Lost
Angeles Times, a radical left opinion writer, very neatly and intelligently.
18 Months for the Paperwork?
The International Committee of the Red Cross has finally
decided to admit the Israeli branch of the Red Cross (Magen David Adom) into
its ranks. There is no press release about this from the ICRC; the story is
Jerusalem Post. The MDA has to wait 18 months for full membership. After
nearly 50 years of refusing the Israeli branch, the International Committee
could stretch this out even longer. The ICRC isn’t very serious about this,
are they? There is no announcement. Why does it take 18 months to process
the MDA membership?
The Vatican and the Media
A Vatican-sanctioned journal
has attacked the U.S. media for "morbid" behavior in its coverage of the
priest sex-abuse scandal, and denounced what it called anti-Catholic
attitudes that imply priests are monsters.
Abusive priests are monsters.
The article, the journal's
second in two weeks on the scandal that has shaken the U.S. Catholic Church
to its core, also says Pope John Paul II is concerned that priests accused
of abusing minors should not be subjected to "summary trials."
No, they should be subjected to swift criminal trials
with all the details and formalities.
The article claims the American
media coverage of the sex scandals had been influenced by what it calls an
"anti-Catholic and, therefore, anti-Roman and anti-papist" spirit.
We can’t clean house so we’ll shoot the messenger. It
doesn’t work this time, gentlemen. The article appears this weekend in the
Jesuit Journal Civilta Cattolica. Link via
by Bene Diction