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Radical

26 Apr

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a christian. Basically, that means that I believe Jesus (the guy who walked around a couple of thousand of years ago) is actually God and I seek to live a life that is in line with the things that the history books (particularly in a collection of writings known as the bible) tell us that he said.

The thing is, right, I’m pretty shocking at it! As an example, Jesus says that people who follow him must literally be different from the world. By looking at their lives, people should know that christians are something pretty radically different. But I’m not sure that people looking at me would necessarily see that.

Now, I’m not going to go on too much about that here (check out my other blog for more on the whole ‘Jesus’ thing), but I am going to share with you something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently…

Immigration

Until a couple of months ago, I was working for the (Australian) Department of Immigration. The last job I had was as the Director of the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru. For those unfamiliar with it, its the place the Australian Government sends people who come to Australia by boat to seek asylum (political protection).  Seeking asylum in Australia isn’t illegal, but both the government and the main opposition party are committed to detaining the asylum seekers on arrival and transferring many of them to places like Nauru – a separate country where they’re deprived of many liberties.

To give you an idea of what Nauru is like, the guy who was famous for representing the former Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, is now representing 10 of the asylum seekers at the Nauru ‘Regional Processing Centre’ (read: detention centre). Continue reading

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