Forgive me as I continue to “borrow” the words of other people for my blog entries this week. For some reason, there is just not much motivation to write. I think I am just mentally exhausted, and SO looking forward to my stay at the Ritz (four weeks from today!!!!) that I’m just trying to make it through each day without too many major goofs, fulfilling my responsibilities and obligations, and keeping the kitchen floor somewhat clean. At least clean enough that you don’t walk out of your flops when you pass through. (translated- sticky, icky floor- remember there’s an almost-2-year-old eating in my kitchen every day!) That being said, here is a statement supposedly verified by Snopes, that was made by the prime minister of Australia. I hope it is true, and I wish we were a strong enough country (and just why AREN’T we????) to make such a bold statement. I submit to you the words of Prime Minister Howard:
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.
Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us. This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'. If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'
Isn’t that GREAT!!! I love it! I wonder if any, and how many, of them will take heed and leave? I doubt conformity is an option for them. (As with any other borrowed words you may read in my blog, I won't swear by the authenticity, but if I post it, it's because I like it- valid or not!!)
Special thoughts and prayers go out today for Brittany, one of my ‘other’ daughters. Brutus, I hope you will have an easy recovery, and that this surgery will resolve your health issues. I love you!