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Date for ezine: 14-10-2010
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 back with you again, all the way from sunny Dulwich Hill in Sydney, where we're appreciating Spring and the onset of warmer weather.

Not only have I been enjoying the weather, but Ange and I got to go to the movies this week and watch Inception - a (relatively) new movie about a guy who puts ideas in other peoples' minds through dreams, and the cleverness of the movie is that you're never quite sure when the characters are dreaming and when they are awake.

Ange wasn't so keen on that aspect of the movie but I thought it was rather true to life, for it seems to me that vast numbers of people in our community are living in a dream-world, and they too don't realise that they are dreaming until they finally wake up!

How many people do you know who live in a world where all Muslim people are scheming villains, spending their days doing little else than thinking up new ways to take over the Western world? Not long ago these same people lived in a world where communists were hiding behind every corner, waiting to jump them.  The plot hasn't changed, only now the villains have swarthy skin and wear turbans or hijabs.


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Either way it's a dream (or perhaps a nightmare). It's a world that doesn't exist except in the imagination of the dreamers.  It's a dream that has been constructed out of ideas placed in our minds by media organisations and political propaganda machines. The danger of course is that the more people get caught up in the dream, the more the dream has the potential to destroy waking reality.

What our world needs is more dream-breakers - people who not only refuse to buy in to the social pathology but who become instrumental in waking up their contemporaries - people like Mordechai Vanunu.

Morde Vanunu grew up in a country (Israel) where the dominant narrative was that the rest of the world was out to destroy his country and that his people were justified in going to whatever lengths were necessary in order to defend themselves. In 1976 Morde became involved in helping to develop nuclear weapons in a secret government facility, hidden under the Negev desert.

But Morde started to question the dream. He made friends with Arab students at Ben Gurion University. He found he couldn't agree with some of his country's military actions, such as the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and in 1985 he took a camera with him into the secret nuclear facility in Dimona and took a series of photos - photos that would give the world its first real evidence of Israel's massive nuclear capacity.

Morde Vanunu and me after his release in April 2004 On September 30th we remembered the 24th anniversary of Morde Vanunu's kidnapping by Mossad agents that led to his 18-year sentence in Ashkelon prison - all because he refused to buy into the dream his government was selling, and decided that it was time to wake up his fellow citizens!

I'm dedicating this ezine to my mate Morde, who I befriended at church back in 1986. I've also created a Morde Vanunu Quiz that will give you the facts about Morde's life, and reward you with a copy of Letters from Solitary - a selection of letters that Morde wrote to me during his 11.5 years in solitary confinement, with commentary from the late, great peace activist, Sam Day.  Click here to take the quiz.




This Month's Freebie: Choosing Alternative Fuel

Choosing Alternative Fuels


Finally, a product for all the environmental crusaders in our Fighting Fathers community!  It's an ebook designed to save both the environment and your checkbook! - covering everything there is to know about alternative fuels, and written in language that is easy to understand.

The book contains a wide array of useful tips, including guidelines on how to conserve fuel and spend less, and comes bundled with a collection of other useful works on fuel-efficient vehicles, renewable energy, etc.!

Click here to find out more about the package, but don't purchase it there.  The  product is  FREE for all Fighting-Fathers.com members. Just click here to download 'Choosing Alternative Fuel' and the entire environmental guide-book bundle free of charge.  

Of course, the link will only work if you are already a member at www.fighting-fathers.com. If you're not, click here to sign up for the one-month free trial (and yes, you can still download all the free software when you're on the trial).

nb. fuel-saving babe on front-cover not included.

Let me build you a website

Father Dave

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 Fighting-Fathers.com members.

Amongst these most recent tweets I'd particularly recommend the article about Mordechai Vanunu's recent award of the 2010 Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medal  by the International Federation for Human Rights

I'd also highly recommend that you have a look at some of the blogs published by Fighting Father Alan Lonnergan - one of the newest members of our community.

Alan is publishing material on the Palestinian Occupation that is both startling and confronting, like  this blog. Check it out, and leave a comment, telling Alan what you think is going on!

And a reminder to all bloggers, preachers and prophets out there: remember that if you publish articles, sermons or anything of value on the Fighting Fathers members site, I will promote it to my 16,000+ Twitter followers, which guarantees you at least 100 visitors within 5 minutes of me tweeting about it!

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Virtual Pulpit: The Failure of the Resurrection!

"Even if someone should rise from the dead they will not believe" (Luke 16:31).

So says Jesus Himself in a parable about riches and poverty that otherwise doesn't seem to have anything to do with the topic of resurrection!  Even so, what's the point of Jesus' resurrection if it doesn't convince anybody of the truth?  And why bring it up at all in this story? Surely this is one of Jesus' most confusing parables!

Hit the play button if you'd like to hear more of what I have to say on this passage, or get the written version here. And don't forget that you can download the MP3 version of this sermon (and all the sermons of the Fighting Fathers) from the Fighting Fathers Audio Sermon Library.

Father Dave



Video of the Month: Morde Vanunu's 2004 Release

As we wonder anxiously what the future holds for my dear mate, Morde Vanunu, it seems like an appropriate time to look back and remember his historic release in April 2004.

The coverage here is from ABC's "Foreign Correspondent", who did their best to look after me,asI travelled to Israel to be re-united with Morde, who I hadn't seen since his kidnapping by the Mossad in 1886!

Watching this footage again brings back very mixed feelings for me. I remember almost being lynched outside Ashkelon prison, being searched and humiliated at the airport, and multiple other painful episodes. But I also remember the joy of being reunited with Morde.

In truth, the trip was an amazing experience for me. I met some amazing people and saw some extraordinary sites.  And yet the hope that Morde and I both had when I set out on the trip - that we might leave Israel together - was never going to be realised.  Indeed, Morde continues to be barred from exiting the country to this day! While not currently in prison, he is yet to find real freedom.

Nb. Because of the length of this documentary, it has been split into two parts.
To watch the second video in this series, click here.




OK fighter, it's nearly time for me to wind up this ezine, but not until I've invited you to a very special event:

On Sunday, October 24th, at 2pm in the afternoon, we plan to screen "American Radical - the Trials of Norman Finkelstein" in the church building here in Dulwich Hill.  

For those who don't know Dr Finkelstein, he is a leading American political scientist and author, and another courageous dream-breaker like Morde Vanunu. 

The son of Holocaust survivors, Finkelstein has been highly critical of the way in which the memory of the Holocaust has been used to advance particular poitical interests, and he has been an outspoken advocate for Palestinian human rights. For both these reasons his career has been plagued with controversy.

The documentary will be introduced by Antony Loewenstein, co-founder of Independant Australian Jewish Voices, and after the screening we'll be linking up live with Dr Finkelstein in New York for a question and answer time.

Entry will be by donation, and all proceeds will go towards funding an Australian boat in the next Free Gaza Flotilla.
American Radical - the trials of Norman Finkelstein

The event will be supported by local churches and the local Islamic community, which means this will be a truly joint Jewish-Christian-Muslim event. I hope you can make it and I hope you'll help me promote it, which you can do by printing off and sharing the poster that can be downloaded here or via the graphic above.

So I'll hope to see you on the 24th. If you're too far afield to join us, do please join us for our weekly online video-chat Bible-study instead. Bring a Bible and a headset with microphone on Monday at 9.30am, and we can discuss the Finkelstein film again then too. That's Sydney time of course. You'll find details on what time it is in your part of the world here.

Until then, may the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called. 

Your brother in the Good Fight,

Dave

www.fatherdave.org

P.S. A big thank you to Sarah Wand and the team over at Bunnings Ashfield, who donated some fantastic outdoor furniture to our Youth Centre (a pic of which will soon be posted to the fatherdave.org gallery).

P..P.S. If you missed out on the last ezine, you can access back issues here.





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