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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Letters to the editor

Leave the Dark Ages behind YOUTH PERSPECTIVE: The Mobile Movie Fest on this weekend offers the views of Tenterfield’s younger residents, such as Angela Moore filming here.
Nanjing Night Net

I write with the intention of stimulating some regional public debate on the subject of religion. Not only the role it assumes in an enlightened society, but also the means by which some institutions choose to share their particular world view.

Let me start by saying I have my own personal take on the mysteries of The Universe, but feel no need to expand on them. I also believe that religious faith, doctrine and practise provides for many people a powerful and positive force. And I fully support and respect those rights.

However, as citizens of a progressive country we are well on our way to separating out spiritual beliefs from the processes of governmental decision making. On the forefront of our national agenda the hot issues of voluntary euthanasia and gay marriage are playing out, serving to demonstrate that educated people will no longer have the foundation of their morality informed by other peoples spiritual beliefs.

I live in thesmall country town of Tenterfield in northern NSW and on Friday received an envelope marked HOUSEHOLDER. On the back of the letter was a small printed sticker with the name and address of a person in Lismore NSW. There was a flyer inside urging me to STOP! in red capitalised letters.

To cut a long story short the flyer was adorned with childish cartoons which sought to illustrate the ‘message’ of eternal hellfire and damnation if a certain belief system was not adopted.

My initial reaction was to pen back to Mr Fuller of Lismore something along the following lines….HOUSEHOLDER…STOP! I believe that aliens from the galaxy Endometria, colonised planet Earth 100 million years ago! I have some new ‘’íntelligence’’ and feel duty bound and compelled to drive around the district letterbox dropping in order to save others from the coming alien invasion…”

A flippant response? Yes, yet one which was probably deserved. Instead, putting my penchant for the ridiculous aside, I was moved to contemplate the responsibility we all have in a world where fundamental ideologies are at play, wreaking so much disunity, damage, destruction and suffering.

The flyer in question and an enclosed biblical extract were stamped by the Baptist church in Stanthorpe, a Queensland village just 40 km away over the border. In a country where integration of people from all colour and creeds is a high profile topical challenge, I strongly believe it is incumbent upon all of us, to put it out there that decisions based on irrational fears have no place in a modern society.

I would pose two questions.

Is this approach supported by the Baptist church in general, or is it a localised error of judgement? If not, how do mainstream Christians and secular members of our community respond to this form of soliciting?

Is it acceptable to condone such a stance from a high profile church in Australia when we ask people of other religions to modify and examine their own practises to reflect the wider community values in this country?

In the name of enlightenment and freedom from fear based hysteria, let’s leave the Dark old Days behind us. Together.

Lynn Patterson,TenterfieldToo big and intimidating?At the conclusion of the Royal Commission into the unions there were appropriate charges laid against the malefactors. The same government is now savaging the banks with an intense three days of questioning.

Those ‘naughty’ bankers look to be punished with a slap on the wrist with a wet tram ticket. Mr Narve of the CBA must be shaking in his boots.What we need is a serious Royal Commission into banking, and not only to investigate banking practices and charges, but how all their loans are created in the first place. People still don’t know, even in these “enlightened” times, how the banking system works, and they need to be told.

Jay Nauss,Glen AplinThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.