The problem with the church (and its public role in Australia)

By Ruth Limkin There’s a very big problem with the Christian church and its public role in Australia. I realised it once again last night when I read the latest report about how the church was interfering in society. Reports in the Herald Sun said, “The Salvation Army has helped rescue three young women trafficked from Thailand and forced to work in a Sydney brothel. A … Continue reading The problem with the church (and its public role in Australia)

How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

By Ruth Limkin I’m intrigued. Today I read the following statement by a NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, “It is simply wrong that individuals can accumulate an unlimited number of deadly weapons with next to no scrutiny.” Shoebridge is introducing legislation into the NSW parliament to limit the number of guns that can legally be owned. It seems the magic figure is three, although why he … Continue reading How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

The biggest problem with boat people

By Ruth Limkin Sometimes it seems there’s so many issues in the world, with so little time to learn about them. We know that there’s more than meets the eye, and that relying on mainstream media soundbites and headlines rarely makes for a well informed view. For many of us, the arrival of ‘boat people’ – better referred to as asylum seekers – is one … Continue reading The biggest problem with boat people

Who defends the daughters?

By Ruth Limkin It’s disturbing for so many reasons. In a report out of Pakistan, in the Express Tribune, we read: On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident. Mubashir shot the girls after their brother said two of … Continue reading Who defends the daughters?

Why we should make today count

By Ruth Limkin We should make today count. We should use our resources and our freedom to help someone today… to speak for freedom… to wipe a tear… to give to those less fortunate… to share a smile. If you’re a woman, you should do this even more so when you reflect on where you live, and when you remember that if you lived in … Continue reading Why we should make today count

Never mind the killing

By Ruth Limkin Much of the world celebrated a win for democracy when Egypt’s dictator was recently removed. This article in The Australian may make us reconsider the celebration. It starts… TWELVE Christian were murdered in Egypt. Two hundred and thirty-two people wounded. The death toll will surely rise as victims succumb to their injuries. And that’s just in the past few days. In the same time … Continue reading Never mind the killing

A dangerous faith

By Ruth Limkin It’s increasingly dangerous to be a Christian in Pakistan. In this article from the UK’s Daily Mail we read: Two prominent Pakistani politicians have been murdered this year for their campaign to change blasphemy laws that make it a capital offence to insult Islam. Critics say the laws are widely misused to persecute Christians or settle scores in the mostly Muslim country. Human rights … Continue reading A dangerous faith