S H H H !  Q U I E T   P L E A S E

SHHH!
Quiet Please
Residential Area Ahead

Shhh,
Quiet please,
First world continent asleep

Shhh,
Quiet please,
Cabinet ministers at work

Shhh,
Quiet please,
8 Tamil children locked in rooms
without windows
on a boat off the coast

Shhh,
Quiet please,
Jesus is speaking:

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones
which believe in me, it were better for him
that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

 

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A High Court hearing this week has forced the Australian government to admit that 153 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka are being detained on board the Customs boat Ocean Protector. The detainees include 21 women and “eight children aged from two years.” They are held in locked windowless rooms.

The current Minister for Immigration’s maiden speech in Parliament proclaimed “We expect Christians … to stand up for the truth, to stand up for justice, to stand on the side of the poor and the hungry, the homeless and the naked, and when that happens, then Christians will be trustworthy believable witnesses.”

 

 

 

 

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