Lost Their Way!

After getting behind the stories in the Murdoch press, and perhaps even if one doesn't, it would appear that the very existence of the detention centres, which are worse than prisons, and the treatment of the inmates, is a disgrace to a country such as Australia. Given the Australia I know, of compassionate people, welcoming and giving others a fair go, it is unreal.

I cannot believe that John Howard and Philip Ruddock really, really, really understand what they are doing. And why there hasn't been a far greater outcry? The pain, suffering and psychological torture put upon asylum seekers is incomprehensible. Some of my Aboriginal friends say they are not so surprised. I wonder why!?

From a Christian perspective I append the following quote and leave it to you, dear reader, to form your own conclusion. I have no doubt that, if nothing else, history will deal with these men extremely harshly.

34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was hungry, and ye gave me food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came to me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came to thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] to me.
41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was hungry, and ye gave me no food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
(KJV Mt 25:3446)

Peter Russell
28 August 2003