Tag Archives: Australia

Mark Stevens is about to be a happy X

Australian passports will now have three gender options — male, female and indeterminate — under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people, the government said Thursday.

‘X’ now a gender option in Australian passports – Travel – News – msnbc.com

Good for Mark!

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Confusion, pain and unanswered questions of Sept 11

It’s Sept 11 here in Australia. I wrote a piece on my blog about my confusion, pain and unanswered questions about Sept 11. My prayers and sympathies lay with all who are affected by terrorism and war.

Does anyone in Australia like Jesus anymore?

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Australia is to remove the birth of Jesus as a reference point for dates in school history books.

Under the new politically correct curriculum, the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era).

The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, yesterday condemned the move as an ‘intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history’.

I love this quote:

‘Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization,’ he said.

via Australia goes all PC with a ban on BC: Birth of Jesus to be removed as reference point for dates in school history books | Mail Online.

First, Australia was founded as a penal colony, hence Mark Stevens. Second, if you track the history of it, BC and AD were created in the 6th century and made it into English in 1708. So, hardly the stuff of foundations.

Further,  while I do believe that all human history turned and still turns on the birth of Christ (more so the death, but okay…), the dating system is off.

Anyway, I blame Mark Stevens for this.

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Web censorship, Western Style

Interesting enough, the some of the this technology – especially that which was used in Egypt – was manufactured in the U.S.:

For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice’s giants: Iran and China.

Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees – including an increasing number of democracies.

In recent weeks, Turkey, Tunisia, and Australia have all made headlines for their various plans to introduce new filtering schemes. Though each country’s plan differs, they all have similar focus: curbing access to obscene content.

But while blocking obscenity may reflect the will of the people, such filters nonetheless have implications for freedom of expression.

Web censorship moves West – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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Fred Phelps on Australia

This is the video of the story on 60 Minutes Australia where Fred Phelps, of Westboro Baptist, says he has a map of Australia that looks like a weenie. And that he hates Australia, and pretty much everything else in the world.

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