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Tony Abbott’s Easter Message

April 4, 2015
Yes, you may kiss my ring.

Yes, you may kiss my wooden stick

The Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott has held a “healing ceremony” at a Catholic Church targeted by vandals in Punchbowl.

The Prime Minister and wife Margie were among thousands of churchgoers across the city braving the rain as they joined the congregation at St Charbel’s Church in Punchbowl.

Mr Abbott’s performance of the fifth reading for the Good Friday service offered some relief to a community left reeling earlier this year when a 1.2m Virgin Mary statue at the Church was broken in two in late January.

The PM’s appearance came as church leaders delivered Easter messages calling on Australians to reflect on the theme of the triumph of good over evil inherent embodied in the religious holiday’s central message.

While the head of the NSW Salvation Army also used the ordeal of Bali Nine death row inmates Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as a contemporary reminder to never give up hope, leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, Baptist and Greek Orthodox churches all also addressed similar themes of keeping the faith in the face of the world’s turmoils.

Mr Abbott encouraged members of the congregation to come forward and receive a blessing from his holiness.

Yes, you may kiss my ring.

Yes, you may kiss my ring.

Mr Abbott called on residents of Nauru and Manus Island to seek forgiveness for their criminal conduct and reminded them that in the wake of allegations of child sex abuse, torture and starvation, “shit happens.”

“If poor people want to lock themselves up in situations where they’re likely to encounter physical or sexual abuse then that’s a matter entirely up to them and I would ask them to reflect on why they’re there in the first place and to seek forgiveness from those charged with looking after them,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    April 4, 2015 7:04 pm

    The PM’s appearance came as church leaders delivered Easter messages calling on Australians to reflect on the theme of the triumph of good over evil inherent embodied in the religious holiday’s central message

    Fuck me dead … do these pricks ever give up on the hypocrisy!?

    It’s a fkn Druid Ceremony they thieved … they have been thieving since JC zoomed into space …

    Is nothing sacred?*

  2. Tom ofMelbourne permalink
    April 5, 2015 8:26 am

    “Kiss my ring”

    Hope everyone has a great Easter holiday

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    April 5, 2015 9:52 am

    And you ToM …

    “Easter—the name Easter comes to us from Ostera or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, for whom a spring festival was held annually, as it is from this pagan festival that some of our Easter customs have come”

  4. April 5, 2015 9:54 am

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    April 5, 2015 10:08 am

    OR – from Christian Answers … http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t020.html

    Chuckle …

    “Easter” is simply one of the names of a woman who mightily deceived the world and whose religion has caused untold suffering and misery.[14] She was clearly an enemy of the true God, and her son Tammuz was an anti-Christ, a false messiah that ultimately deceived millions.

    If you are Christian, it is not difficult to discern the bizarre deception and confusion that Satan has successfully orchestrated. For example, notice the embarrassing irony in these traditions which are practiced innocently by most people. They are repeated year after year, because they have become traditional and their origin is unknown to many.

    ◾On the day commemorating Christ’s resurrection, Americans roll decorated eggs on the White House lawn and pretend the Easter rabbit hid them. The same ritual is practiced at some Christian churches.

    ◾“In Lancashire [England] on Easter eve boys and men have been in the habit of touring the towns and villages as ‘Pace-eggers’ begging for eggs before performing the ‘Pace-Egging’ or Pasch (i.e., Easter) play.”[15]

    ◾In Greece each person in a group bangs his red EASTER EGG [not knowing that it is symbol of the Goddess] against the eggs of all the others present in turn, saying ‘Christ is risen,’ and receives the reply ‘He is risen indeed’.”[16]

    The seductive symbols of ancient ungodly religions inspired by Satan have been incorporated into people’s everyday lives, even to this day—continuing to obscure the truth of God .

    One might wonder if there is a better way for Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the most important of all Christian holy days. In retrospect, it seems obvious that it would have been a better witness to the world if Christians had not attempted to “Christianize” pagan celebrations—adopting the name “Easter” (Ishtar/Semiramis) in remembrance of Christ. Jesus has been obscured by painted eggs and bunnies. Attention has been shifted away from spiritual truth and toward materialism (clothing, products and candies with the wrong symbolism). Stores merchandise the name of “Easter” (not “Resurrection Sunday”) and sell goods that have nothing to do with Christ’s death and resurrection. Christians naively use symbols and practices that unknowingly perpetuate ancient anti-Christ traditions—symbolic customs followed by the same religious cults that inspired the destruction of great numbers of Christians and Jews. Is the Devil laughing at us?

    Many church bodies recognize the problem and make every effort to keep the focus of Resurrection Sunday totally on Jesus Christ and the Good News that He brought.

    Chuckle …

    OR – from The Restored Church of God … http://rcg.org/books/ttooe.html

    If Easter is not found in the Bible, then where did it come from? The vast majority of ecclesiastical and secular historians agree that the name of Easter and the traditions surrounding it are deeply rooted in pagan religion.

    Now notice the following powerful quotes that demonstrate more about the true origin of how the modern Easter celebration got its name:

    “Since Bede the Venerable (De ratione temporum 1:5) the origin of the term for the feast of Christ’s Resurrection has been popularly considered to be from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre, a goddess of spring…the Old High German plural for dawn, eostarun; whence has come the German Ostern, and our English Easter” (The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967, Vol. 5, p. 6).

    “The fact that vernal festivals were general among pagan peoples no doubt had much to do with the form assumed by the Eastern festival in the Christian churches. The English term Easter is of pagan origin” (Albert Henry Newman, D.D., LL.D., A Manual of Church History, p. 299).

    “On this greatest of Christian festivals, several survivals occur of ancient heathen ceremonies. To begin with, the name itself is not Christian but pagan. Ostara was the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring” (Ethel L. Urlin, Festival, Holy Days, and Saints Days, p. 73).

    “Easter—the name Easter comes to us from Ostera or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, for whom a spring festival was held annually, as it is from this pagan festival that some of our Easter customs have come” (Hazeltine, p. 53).

    “In Babylonia…the goddess of spring was called Ishtar. She was identified with the planet Venus, which, because…[it] rises before the Sun…or sets after it…appears to love the light [this means Venus loves the sun-god]…In Phoenecia, she became Astarte; in Greece, Eostre [related to the Greek word Eos: “dawn”], and in Germany, Ostara [this comes from the German word Ost: “east,” which is the direction of dawn]” (Englehart, p. 4).

    Life’s a farce … then we grow up … Chuckle …

  6. Tom ofMelbourne permalink
    April 5, 2015 10:29 am

    …and Jesus was nailed to a chocolate cross and was reincarnated as the Easter bunny .

    Now we give each other Lindt chocolates as a religious acknowledgement of the Easter bunny dying for us.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    April 5, 2015 5:56 pm

    As I said … life’s a farce etc …

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 5, 2015 9:02 pm

    Here on Victoria’s coast a few odd types were headed for the church, others paying homage to the swell gods. Being a small wave specialist, the wave gods were very kind to me.

    (testing my new shorter & fatter board)

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 5, 2015 9:04 pm

    Also testing a 2002 cab sav.

    A+ for both

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    April 6, 2015 9:54 am

    Being a small wave specialist

    Tempting to reply to that … but you’d had a tipple … 🙂

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    April 6, 2015 9:55 am

    Oh, Oh! Then I saw this …

    (testing my new shorter & fatter board) !!!

  12. Tom ofMelbourne permalink
    April 6, 2015 11:14 am

    TB you need to drive down to Byron Bay and buy a McTavish longboard.

    Then go to a decent bottle shop and buy some shiraz that’s more than$25 a bottle. It’s guaranteed to cheer you up!

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    April 6, 2015 4:01 pm

    It’s guaranteed to cheer you up!

    What on earth makes you think I need cheering up?

    Happy as a pig in cydrrr … 🙂

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