Send our politicians into space


APOLLO 8 astronaut Frank Borman was moved to tears the first time he glimpsed our tiny fragile planet from outer space.

“When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people,” he later said.

Michael Collins, a traveller on Apollo 11, said he believed that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from the moon their outlook could be fundamentally changed.

“That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified façade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment,” he said.

Edgar Mitchell, an Apollo 14 astronaut, put it more bluntly. “From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.”


22 thoughts on “Send our politicians into space

  1. And I think some Christians in the UK are beginning to wake up to what’s going on : They’ve restored my faith actually. I thought Christians were losing it. Even the Anglican church in Gosford has this to say on Melbourne cup day: From the ‘Race that stops a nation’ Becomes … “The nation that stops many races”

    “As a Christian… I think the best way to treat poor people that get sick, is miracles” – Tea Party

    “As Christians… we need to do more than just keep fishing the bodies out of the rivers… we need to swim upstream to see who’s pushing them in ” Bishop Tutu

    Welfare doesn’t feed dependency… it feeds children. It saves lives. And it’s not rocket science.

    Jesus was born from parents who were refugees … and surrounded by animals.

    “It’s astonishingly short sighted for a government to attack a judiciary in a bid to foster redneck support” Tony Fitzgerald QC 2013 (Qld)

    In my profession, it’s politically correct to remain apolitical … but now I couldn’t live with myself.

    There’s no pride in feeling no shame.


    • Jesus was born from parents who were refugees … and surrounded by animals.

      No Jesus was born of parents who became refugees.
      No Jesus and his parents went back as soon as conditions changed, instead of staying in the country they sought asylum.
      No! Jesus was not born surrounded by animals by choice. The scripture tells us that there was no room at the inn. But perhaps the leftists side of ancient Israel counld have offered him shelter given that they were constantly fighting against Roman Taxes.


      • Ah Bryan,
        Presumably you are classing the parents of Jesus as refugees on the basis of the Lucan account of a mandated trip to Bethlehem for some presumed Census. This sounds a little bit different to a comment you made in your Blog some years back.

        Looking back to Faithworks in our Melbourne Herald-Sun of December 10, 2006, your column was headed ‘For Christ’s Sake, it’s still Christmas’. And in the second column and 8th paragraph down, you stated “It is even doubtful Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem. More likely, he was born in Nazareth, the town where he spent his youth.”

        It doesn’t sound as if in 2006, you believed very strongly in the ‘refugee’ status the holy family had. Have you changed your mind since then?

        Cheers, from a very interested Rian.


      • How fortunate it is Bryan to have someone like davinci, who is an expert on everything,. What he lacks in compassion he makes us for in arrogance. I doubt he’s really a Christian. He’s probably an atheist trying to make Christians look bad.


    • Jesus’ parents were certainly refugees when He was born. And they were clearly not made too welcome. And his birth was, we’re told, surrounded by animals. Not by His choice? You don’t think God had something in mind when He forsaw the birth of Jesus?
      I think it’s odd and revealing that you use the birth of Jesus to make some obscure political point davinci. You really need to grow up.


      • I think if we sent them up into space, most of the citizens would see to it they stayed up there…

        Now would be a really good time. Stuff’s gettin nasty!


      • Actually Bryan,
        Jesus and his parents became refugees after they reached Bethlehem and after Herod decided to kill all the male babies in the area. They were not refugees from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Do try to keep up with your Bible studies Bryan!
        Secondly there is no prophetic passage that insinuates Jesus would be born in a stable. The relevant prophecy relates to the town where Jesus was to be born (ie. Bethlehem) not the type of shelter he would be born in (stable, inn, etc.)
        Maybe you need to read your Bible and given the fact that we entering the Christmas season, particularly the propecies related to the birth and mission of Jesus. With due respect Bryan you claim to be a Christian yet contemplate such lofty subjects as sending politicians to the moon, whilst ignoring basic points upon which the Christian faith has been founded.


      • How fortunate it is Bryan to have someone like davinci, who is an expert on everything,. What he lacks in compassion he makes us for in arrogance. I doubt he’s really a Christian. He’s probably an atheist trying to make Christians look bad.


    • No Greg, I doubt very much that davinci is an atheist masquerading as a Christian. He has been asked before what church/sect, if any, he is aligned to but he has so far avoided the question. I’m curious about that. Maybe he will tell us.


  2. Speaking of sending people in space – this will not help world’s problems. Some years ago the pornographic company “Private” made an adult movie in which some of the sex scenes were shot is space in zero gravity. As far as I know, none of the actors and actresses involved were ever converted to Christianity or become better persons for the experience but rather progressed in popularity as pornstar.
    Maybe there is a reason why we have had our endeavours for space travel twarted at every turn. Can you imagine the problems we would spread to other planets given that some people cannot control their evil even by travelling to the nearest space station?


    • With all due respect davinci, you’re spreading a myth. The producers of the film, Private Media Group, claimed by flying an airplane in 1999 to an altitude of 11,000 feet and then doing a steep dive. they achieved zero gravity for 20 seconds and filmed two actors having sex. They weren’t “in space” as you claim. Anyway, the story has pretty much been debunked. It’s a fake…But I guess it works on some were fooled by the story.


  3. Visited The Hope Church blog and commented. I’m so sick to death of running into Hitchens and Dawkins everywhere I go on the blogosphere. I’ve heard their crap regurgitated a zillion times. It’s so lame. No one can think for themselves anymore.


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