Monthly Archives: July 2010

Dear Moriarty

Dear Moriarty,

I’ve been thinking. In reply to your tweet re my tweet, we don’t have an Independence Day nor do we have a national holiday to celebrate the 1916 rising. We have a commemoration as far as I know. It’s different. From what I understand we won’t be having an Independence Day national holiday until we have a united Ireland. Now that could be another 100 years or so but it would have to be one that is wanted by the people of Northern Ireland through democratic means. If they choose not, that’s their choice.

However, we do have a National Day. It’s called St. Patrick’s Day. I think we should stick to this, as St. Patrick unites all Christian denominations in Ireland. This is where real unity lies. When we say the ‘Our Father’ together, we are sons and daughters, not of Eire, not of Ulster, but of the Father, the Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth.

Sincerely,

An Irish Catholic

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The Ministry of One

In the Year of Enlightenment 1 D.C.

The Ministry of One hereby declares the following:

From this day forward,  there will be no distinction between man and woman.  The Ministry of One has enacted a new law declaring it illegal to discriminate against men so, it is forbidden to call them men. Equally, it is forbidden to discriminate against women and so it is forbidden to call them women. Instead, the Government has introduced new terms to address this discrimination. The former is to be called ‘nam’, the latter, ‘mowan’. The Bill was passed without a vote – there was no need for a vote as the entire Government was one in agreement. There was no opposition as all members have agreed to sign an agreement to obey the party before they are chosen as candidates, and all party leaders agree to agree in unity with the Enlightened One. Consequently, there is no longer any need for opposition parties.

The members of  The One Party have also issued the following decrees.

1.  Nams can live with Nams and Mowans can live with Mowans, but in order to avoid all forms of discrimination, it is forbidden for Nams to live under the same roof as Mowans. There is no limit to the number of Nams living under the one roof or Mowans living under the one roof.

2. No little Nams or little Mowans can be ‘produced’ outside the State Laboratory.

3. If Nams or Mowans want little Nams or little Mowans, ( from now on called ‘Little Ones’), they must apply for a licence to the Minister for Little Ones.  On receiving the licence, whereby they agree to agree with all the regulations, they can proceed to the State Laboratory, to choose the design of the Little One.  However, they do not own the copyright © to the design as the design has been patented by the creator/designer/engineer, but they do have a right to choose the design.  They must only choose a Little One according to their own status as ‘Nam’ or ‘Mowan’. This is to ensure that there will be no breeding of discrimination in the future.

4. Nams and Mowans will receive Medicare benefits should they choose to assist in the reproduction of Little Ones on the State Reproduction Ranches.

5. All houses from this day forward will be designed and built on the same design by the State Architect. This is to avoid offending those who do not have the same as their neighbour.

6. All workers will receive the same salary in the name of equality, as to do otherwise would be to discriminate.  We are all one and the same.

7. The Ministry of One has set up a new Foundation to educate the Little Ones in the ways of One. Although the engineers have done everything possible to extract all dissenting genes from the gene pool, it has not been perfected yet. So, in order to avoid discrimination under the guise of dissent, all Little Ones  will be taught to discern and listen for any dissenting voices within themselves and should they find any, they agree to be sent to the Higher Level Re-Education Centres, (from this day forward to be called ‘Centres of Excellence’), to perfect the gene.

8. If any Nam or Mowan hears a dissenting voice among co-workers they must immediately report it to the Minister.

9. In the name of The Enlightened One, Freedom, Liberty and Equality,  we hereby issue a uniform to all citizens of One to be worn immediately. Nams and Mowans will wear the same uniform for obvious reasons. 

10. From this day forward, in the Year of Enlightenment, 1 D.C., it is forbidden to mention the word ‘G-d’.  Believing in ‘G-d’ is in fact the root cause of all discrimination. It clouds your judgement. From now on, we are all one.

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The Road to Jericho

GOSPEL: Luke 10: 25-37
There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?’

Jesus answers the question with a question.  Why?  Because the lawyer was testing him.  He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law?  What do you read there?’   

He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself’. ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus,  ‘do this and life is yours.’

 The lawyer answered so promptly because it was a prayer that the Jews recited three times a day.  It’s called the Shema. He knew it off by heart.  He was a fellow Israelite but was certain that Jesus would give an answer different to this narrow limitation and leave himself wide open to a charge of heresy.

 For this reason the lawyer wasn’t content to leave it there.  He wanted to justify himself and so asked another question. ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 

Jesus was ready for him and tells him instead the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’.

You can’t argue with that!

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Conscience

A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself.

“Man has the right to act according to his conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters”.

Conscience means ‘with knowledge’. So we have to do our homework. You don’t just make serious decisions without weighing up the pros cons and consequences.  

The  present day government is certainly ‘without knowledge’.

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