I don't know what you mean by that comment, if you're inferring my comment was racist you need to have a hard look at yourself - it is common knowledge that Aboriginal's bodies are not built for alcohol consumption, it's a quantifiable unquestioned fact - backed up by history. When the Europeans came and settled in Australia there were 3 things that killed the aboriginals - 1. Europeans killing them, 2. European diseases and 3. Alcohol. Anyone who knows even just a tiny bit about history knows that. It was a combination of Alcohol and European disease that killed off the entire Tasmanian aboriginal population after European settlement. Everyone knows that, it's a fact."Alcohol ruins Aboriginals".
Reminds me of "All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff (referring to marijuana) is what makes them crazy."
By the way, I see the way international media responded to the recent action in the NT as both disrespectful and dishonest. The situation occurred exactly as I described it in my previous post (and I've not read any government reports on it - I'm going by my friends who have had first-hand experience in aboriginal communities in the NT over the past 10 years). I see international media claiming:
1. Aborigines face alcohol ban after report on child sex abuse
2. Australia bans alcohol on Aboriginal land
Both are rubbish. The law is indiscriminate - all people in the Northern Territory are treated equally under the new legislation restricting alcohol - not just Aboriginals. I could have said clearly that it needed to be done way before the federal government did anything - and there are plenty of other people I know that have been aware of the crisis far before any government report - and most people in Australia have been aware of many of the specific problems aboriginals have been facing (like high youth-suicide and high crime rates) even if they've not been aware of the child abuse that's been happening.
For people who claim the Church "covers up sexual abuse allegations and doesn't act upon them" they should be far more concerned with the Northern Territory Labour Government who has known for many years about the abuse (I know people who have personally informed members of the government years ago that action needed to be taken) - and yet the government didn't act, and did ignore the problem. What the Catholic Church in America (in particular) has done in regards to "covering up sexual abuse allegations" is no worse then any government that has done the same thing.
When a 10 year old gets pregnant you don't think "oh what a little ----" - you think "how long has this abuse been going on for?" - It could have been going on for 4 or 5 years and then she started menstruating and bang she's pregnant. That's the kind of abuse that happens there and next to child trafficking it is the very worst form of child abuse there is.
Sep clearly knows about this, he's an Australian. Sep would also be aware that there have been about 500 people with some form of leadership in an Australian church (not necessarily a Christian church) found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor. I agree, that's a lot. But they were hardly all priests, most of them did not involve penetration; and I believe you'll find in the vast majority of those cases no one from the church has tried to cover anything up (besides the perpetrator themselves). <edit> I should also point out that the figure I quoted does not mean they abused children from the church, and also that it's obvious that a paedophile is going to try and exploit any opportunity to have contact with children. That means, for instance, that a paedophile is likely to try and seek out leadership in a church so they can abuse the children, and it is the Church's responsibility to prevent this from happening. </edit> He has been dishonest on this point, and has not recognized the Christian efforts that have gone towards preventing child abuse, which way outweigh the actions of a few criminals who have committed these crimes. Furthermore, 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 7 boys in Australia are sexually abused - so it's hardly surprising around 500 people with some form of leadership in an Australian church have been found guilty of child abuse.