Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Safe Schools Program: "Critics say it sexualises children and is akin to paedophile grooming".

fred nile

Fred Nile vows to ditch NSW government over ‘unsafe schools’ program

FRED Nile’s Christian Democratic Party, which has the balance of power in the NSW Upper House, has vowed to withdraw support for the Baird government unless the Safe Schools program is suspended.
“I’m withdrawing support [for the government] unless they immediately take action to issue an instruction that the Safe Schools program is to be suspended in all government schools,” Mr Nile said yesterday from Tasmania, where he is campaigning for the CDP’s bid for a Senate spot in Saturday’s federal election.
“It must be suspended and then removed so it is no longer an approved program in NSW schools.
“I call it ‘Unsafe Schools’”.
Mr Nile says he is fed up with complaining about Safe Schools every time he meets with Premier Mike Baird, and yet the program remains.
“Everyone in the government acts as if the course is no good … but won’t take any action,” he said.
“We have raised it with the premier and I thought he would have by now issued some sort of order over the [education] minister [Adrian Piccoli] but he seems reluctant to have a head-on fight with him.”
Safe Schools is funded by the federal government and is used as a resource in as many as 131 NSW schools, including 23 primary schools.
It teaches children to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, telling them gender is determined by how you feel, not the genitalia with which you were born.
Critics say it sexualises children and is akin to paedophile grooming.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced changes to the program, but Mr Nile says it is not enough.
The CDP is running Senate candidates in every state, including Tasmania, where Mr Nile’s wife Silvano Nero is the candidate, and is directing preferences to the Coalition.
“We are the conservative alternative you can trust,” he said.

Taken from: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/fred-nile-vows-to-ditch-nsw-government-over-unsafe-schools-program/news-story/e24562650f65b95f639205339dbbf768

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Queen of the South and Jonah



Abishag Rising


Part Six:

Eschatological Rising



Damien F. Mackey




‘The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here’.


Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31



Owing to our modern tendency to think along global lines, we can sometimes over-extend the more localised geographical indicators given in the Bible. Thus we might be inclined to imagine that ‘the Queen of the South coming from the ends of the earth’ must have set out from some location far, far, to the south of Jerusalem, whereas - according to what has been determined in this series, at least - she came only from the southernmost boundary of the kingdom of Israel, from Beersheba in the Negev.   

Jesus Christ appears to have given very specific geographical co-ordinates here.




Actually, the descriptive phrase, ‘Queen of the South’, can biblically embrace also the Egypt/ Ethiopia where the ancient Jewish historian Josephus had located this queen: “There was then a woman, queen of Egypt and Ethiopia. . . . When this queen heard of the virtue and prudence of Solomon, she had a great mind to see him. . . . Accordingly she came to Jerusalem with great splendor and rich furniture.” (Whiston, Josephus’ Complete Works, Antiquities of the Jews, VIII, VI, p. 5.7). For, as I noted in my:


Solomon and Sheba



…. The New Testament evidence that Solomon's visitor was a “Queen of the south [who] came from the ends of the earth ...” (cf. Matthew 12:42 & Luke11:31) supports an Egypto-Ethiopian identity. In the Book of Daniel, the phrase ‘of the south’ was used with various rulers to designate rulership over Egypt and Ethiopia (cf. Daniel 11:5, 6, 9, 11, 25, 40).


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Jesus Christ had coupled the Queen of the South with the prophet Jonah and ‘the men of Nineveh’, whom he had mentioned first (Matthew 12:38-41):


Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from you’. He answered, ‘A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here’.


This eschatological threat by Jesus towards “some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law” would have been quite pointless had neither the Queen of the South nor Jonah truly existed and done what Jesus had attributed to them. It would have been somewhat like a mother threatening her child that if he/she continued to disobey her, then Daffy Duck would terrorise the child.

‘So what?’ one might appropriately retort under the circumstances.


According to this series, however, the Queen of the South was a known historical person – she was Queen Hatshepsut who became the Pharaoh of Egypt and Ethiopia.

And, if this identification is correct, then it must add further sting to the words of Jesus Christ. And it must also add strength to the argument that the prophet Jonah was an historical figure - further verified in 2 Kings 14:25 - and that he really had ‘sojourned’ in the belly of the whale.



“Was Jonah really in the belly of the whale?”, a student once asked Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.


Fulton Sheen: “I don’t know, but the first thing I am going to do when I get to heaven is to ask Jonah: Were you in the belly of the whale?”


To which the wiseacre student replied: “What if Jonah’s not there?”


Fulton Sheen: “Then you ask him”.