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Date for ezine: 03-07-2010
Subject for ezine: Partners in the Good Fight

Father Dave's Partner's Ezine

Partners in the Good Fight

When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.

Dom Helder Camara

Welcome Fighter

It's Father Dave again and I'm glad to be back with you after more than three months without an ezine!

Yes, it's been a very hectic time of late, and I must confess that a great deal of that time was consumed by our campaign to save my friend, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, from forced deportation from Australia on the basis of crimes that he knew nothing about!

It's a long story. I've chronicled all of it on The short version is that Mansour was accused, judged, sentenced and executed, all without every being told what he had supposedly done wrong and thus without ever getting a chance to defend himself.

Many of us across the community found it hard to believe that our country would treat anybody like this, but after a series of rallies, dozens of media interviews, and thousands of letters, phone calls, petitions and prayers, Mansour was deported last Sunday night.

You'll find a video of the final farewell at the airport here.  It was an emotional time and, as you'll see, I had trouble holding back the tears.
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Anyway, the battle is not over yet, and the United Nations Human Rights Committee has given the Australian government until October 21st to respond to the accusation that they have violated Dr Leghaei's fundamental human rights, thus  breaching a series UN Human Rights Treaties to which this country is a signatory - treaties that guarantee the right to a fair trial and the right of non-citizens to be treated equally to citizens.

So stay tuned. We'll take a quick breather between rounds and then get back into the action.  Personally I have no intention of giving up this fight until we achieve justice, such that everyone who comes to these shores - Christian, Muslim, Jew, citizen, tourist and refugee - is guaranteed a fair go, regardless of their religion or nationality!

Of course anybody who has been watching the recent carry-on in this country in our 'corridors of power' knows that justice hasn't been high on the national agenda. Our Prime Minister was assassinated a few days back by the woman who was supposed to be his loyal lieutenant.  And it was all because he wanted to tax the multi-billion dollar mining companies! The first move of the new PM was to emasculate the proposed tax in such a way that had the big mining bosses hooting their approval.  And they sold the revised package to the public by claiming that 'what is good for the multi-billion dollar mining companies is good for everyone.'  I don't know what is sadder - the fact that they expected people to believe such a line or the fact that so many apparently did!

Meanwhile the church in this country continues to focus mainly on religious issues, such as the threat that a secular alternative to Scripture-teaching might be offered in public schools. When will our church leaders realise that we accomplish more in the communication of the Gospel by demonstrating a genuine concern for the fate of our suffering neighbours than we do by trying to force our way back into the classroom.

You'll have to forgive me if I sound negative today. It's been a hard battle of late and I am very tired. Even so, there is so much to be thankful for, and I am privileged to have so many good people fighting alongside me.  Thank you for being a part of the battle.  In faith, I do believe we shall overcome some day.
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What's News
On the right is the Twitter Feed of my 50 most recent posts.  I use Twitter to log my online activity and promote the work of our members.

Today I particularly recommend the links concerning the IDF's attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla. It amazes me that so many in the world bought the idea that the heavily-armed commandos who attacked the ships were somehow the victims, forced to the shoot multiple civilians on board in order to defend themselves!  

Can we imagine how the world would have viewed the incident had it been the other way round - if armed Palestinian terrorists had descended from helicopters on to a ship filled with Jewish activists who then tried to defend themselves with sticks and push the attackers off the boat?

I'm pretty sure in that case we'd all be cheering for the courageous civilians, but for some reason when Israel is the aggressor it always seems more complicated! 

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Virtual Pulpit: The Gospel was never my idea!

"For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians 1:11-12)

I come under a lot of criticism for being outspoken.  Some people love me but there are plenty that seem to hate me, perhaps especially because I've given my support and frienship to a Muslim. Some Christians seem to think I've betrayed the tribe!

While I find much of this hurtful, it does make me feel a little closer to St. Paul when he says, ‘this Christian Gospel that I preach was never my idea!’
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 Hit the play button if you'd like to hear my take on the first chapter of Paul's letter to the church in Galatia.  Otherwise you'll find the written version here.

You can download the MP3 version of this sermon (and all the sermons of the Fighting Fathers) from the Fighting Fathers Sermon Library

Father Dave's address outside Parliament House

It was both a great and a terrible day for us at Parliament House on June 3rd. It was a great day because it brought together more than 1000 of us, which was no mean feat for a mid-week (working day) event.

We were mainly Muslims but there was certainly also a significant contingent from the Christian community. Our rally was harmonious and respectful, and the leader of the Federal Police later told us that we were the most well-behaved group he'd ever dealt with!

That was the positive side of the experience. The down-side was watching our Government completely turn their backs on us!  I've never experienced anything like it.  The police kept us hidden from the public thoroughfares as much as possible and didn't let us get anywhere near the steps of Parliament House.  Not only did nobody from the Prime Minister's office come down to accept our petition (as regularly happens) but they wouldn't even allow a single member of our group to leave it in an envelope on the front desk!

It's hard to make sense of why our so-called elected representatives chose to leave us in the care of the riot squad (whose bus was conspicuosly present in the background the entire day) rather than engage with us. What were these people afraid of?  My guess is ... the truth!

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OK fighter, it's time to wind up, but before I let you go I have a few vital announcements to make:
  • POSITIONS VACANT: We are looking for a new caretaker to take the reigns at Binacrombi Bush Camp. Our current caretaker family, the Tramas, after three years of wonderful ministry, will be moving on to new work in the next couple of months.  If you like dirt-bike riding, think you can manage a remote bush facility, have plenty of handyman skills and love working with at-risk young people, let me know.

  • If the above position sounds just a little too challenging, we are also looking for volunteer teachers to help staff our new school - Trinitys Learning Centre.  The school caters to young people who have dropped out of the normal schooling system.  I'm hoping that there might be a couple of retired school-teachers in the area who are available, but even persons with rudimentary teaching skills are welcome to volunteer.

  • Fighting Father Jim Hannagan has taken on the job of being our official webmaster. Apart from ensuring that these ezines get published every fortnight, Jim's primary job will be to help build our member site - assisting members to build their own sites, publish ideas, and generally develop their online platform.  If you'd like to discuss your online needsd with Jim, contact him directly through the Fighting Father's messaging system.

Please send me your feedback and stay in touch.  I'll hope to hear from you soon.  In the meantime, may the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Your brother in the Good Fight,


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