Sloboda Is Freedom

Monica is an Australian Christian of Greek Italian heritage, who cares deeply and thoughtfully about freedom.

Yesterday in Melbourne outside the Federal Court of Australia, among clean-living God-fearing Serbian people seeking justice for their mistreated national hero Novak Djokovic, I saw Monica’s confidence in her ability to stand up for freedom blossom. It was a wonderful sight.

She and I both learnt that Sloboda is the Serbian word for freedom.

Under the beloved colours of the Greek flag and holding a Serbian flag in front of her, Monica chanted the Serbian nickname of the best tennis player in the world “Nole. Nole. Nole.”

Djokovic himself is embarassed by the attention that has been focussed on him.

After suffering from the trauma of false imprisonment in a cheap hotel, he has the right to step back from the limelight to recover.

But those of us, like Monica, who care about freedom and who crave its restoration, have the right and responsibility to speak out against injustice.

Human rights matter.

Freedom matters.

Australia has to stop degrading itself with irrational acts of tyranny.

Fairness is a fair dinkum Aussie value which Australia needs to reclaim.

The world is watching.

Geoff Fox, 18th December, 2022, Down Under.

The Australian Open Is Closed

Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world and the 2021 Australian Open tennis champion.

He has been excluded from the 2022 tournament because he has tried to exercise his rights to medical privacy and to withhold his consent to being injected with a medication he did not want.

It is a lie to call this year’s tournament “open”. It is closed to its own champion by stupid government tyranny.

This sort of disregard for fundamental human rights is now what characterises Australia.

It is no longer the land of the fair go.

True sporting values are dead.

I hate this tyranny with every ounce of my Australian born being.

Geoff Fox, 16th January, 2022, Terra Nullius

The False Imprisonment of Novak Djokovic

The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, came to Australia last Friday to defend his Australian Open title and now he is imprisoned in a cheap hotel.

This is false imprisonment.

That is a crime.

I have demanded a police investigation into that crime from the police in front of the Federal Court where Novak’s lawyers are fighting for his rights.

Acting Seargeant Bonnie Heazlewood of Collingwood Police Station took my phone number.

Will the crime be investigated?

As always Boze Pravde, (Serbian for God Of Justice) is watching.

Today the world is watching.

This type of injustice in Australia has to stop.

Geoff Fox, 10th December, 2022, Terra Nullius,

IMOTA 1 – John Wycliffe Kicking Against Pricks

John Wycliffe died on December 31, 1384.

Theologian Wycliffe was a pioneering Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere. (IMOTA.)

He created the first complete English language translation of the Bible because he believed all his people needed to be able to read it in their own language.

He was a hero but treated as a heretic in life and even after his death.

Sometimes some people make living in The Word very, very hard.

Geoff Fox, December 31, 2021, Terra Nullius

Community Not Economy

A new bishop in regional Victoria once stressed the human need for community to take precedence over economy.

Josephine Butler died 115 years ago on December 30, 1906.

She refused to tolerate obvious exploitation of women in Victorian England.

Jesus did not tolerate money changers in the temple.

Modern people are endorsing the destruction of our world.

Geoff Fox, December 30, 2021, Terra Nullius

I Will Tell My Story #7 No Room At The Inn

I have created art displays in Indonesia at places important to General Douglas MacArthur, Barak Obama and Presidents Jokowi and Yudhoyono. I should be helping Australia to be better friends with Indonesia.

But for me in this country there is no room at The Inn.

We should be living with Covid and applying our minds freely to saving our world.

Instead we are crippled by a culture of fear.

We need a restoration of freedom and human rights.

Not more votes for Barabbas.

We need to live in The Word. Rationality. Discourse. Freedom of Speech. Democracy.

Who will deliver that?

Geoff Fox, 25 December, 2021, Down Under

An Open Letter to All Christian Leaders

Fellow human beings,

Christianity was once the foundation of Western life.

In the West now, Christians are under merciless, almost constant, secular attack.

The challenge I see now for Christian leaders is to regain trust from the people on whom the living future of churches depends.

I recommend two strategies for achieving this goal:

A. Stop voting for Barabbas. (i.e. Do not support those who attack you. Call them out.)

B. Get better at living in The Word. (i.e. Do better at communicating.)

I hope this helps.

So many of us need you back at your best,

sincerely,

Geoff Fox, a non Christian grandson of a Presbyterian (Uniting Church) and an academic theologian, December 12, 2021, Terra Nullius

This Is Enough – The Anzac Spirit

I am 64 years old and I was a midwife in the State Of Victoria for over a quarter of a century.

Today I witnessed one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen a woman do.

In state parliament, MP Catherine Cumming, stood to tell the story of horrible mistreatment of a kind, gentle, deeply loved, homeless man by 6 Victorian police officers.

She stated that this man “was asleep in a sleeping bag. He was forcibly dragged out of his sleeping bag by six police officers and dragged around the steps of the parliament to the side of the parliamentary precinct. Roughly handled. The footage is there. This is not on. This is not the way that you actually treat Victorians. A homeless man. A young, homeless, articulate man.”

“This is enough.” Dr Cumming insisted emphatically. “Enough of the way that you talk about these protestors, but disgusting the way you’ve treated them on these steps while we were in here debating yesterday.”

To those of us long suffering Victorians who want to see democracy protected and human rights respected, these words are wonderful.

The ten years that Catherine Cumming spent in the Army Reserve may be one of the best investments in its people that Australia has ever made.

God Bless you, Catherine.

I pray that you are given the strength to work to save Victorians from their sufferings under one of the worst governments in the Western World.

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Victoria, December 2nd, 2021

The Kind Key Of Love

Two years ago today, George Cardinal Pell, falsely imprisoned in Victoria wrote of a kind and rational God.

My grandfather Professor A C Fox wrote that “Love is the key that unlocks every final door.”

“Deus mihi providebit.” on the front door of St Pats cathedral means “God will provide for me.”

Can faith and love unite us to defeat tyranny?

Geoff Fox, 25th November, 2021

My Brief Time as The Freedom Man

Last Saturday at the massive Freedom Day March in Melbourne, a woman in the crowd at Flagstaff Gardens pointed at me and said, “There’s The Freedom Man.”

I told this to one of the organisers later and he said to me that I wasn’t just The Freedom Man, I was now Australia’s William Wallace.

To day I was prevented from speaking at a much smaller but related Occupy Parliament protest and I think the reason given was that I talk too much about God.

If I cannot talk freely about God on the occupied steps of a corrupt government’s parliament, then my time in that movement is ended.

But it was an amazing experience.

I was able to lead thousands of people in chanting: “Freedom!”

I was able to press for police investigation of crimes committed by government against the people.

I was able to condemn what I see as the police state of Victoria on television.

I was able to appeal directly to many police officers present that it is not in their interests for a minority of police officers who had assaulted protesting citizens to appear to be above the law.

A Royal Australian Navy veteran who was disgusted with what he called government terrorism gave me his service medals because I was the first person he met who wanted them. (I was the first because I arrived hours before anyone else at a protest site where he was waiting.)

I was able to share my idea that, if God is the Word which is Logos which is rationality and discourse, then God is deeply embedded in freedom of speech and democracy.

I learnt important Djabwurrung phrases from a spiritual leader from that aboriginal nation. (My grandmother may have been one quarter Djabwurrung.)

This leader gave me the confidence to speak about Bunjil as a supreme spiritual force in Australia.

I met a profoundly wise and funny old man who saw himself as a wizard but came across to me like Moses.

I am sad that my involvement in this people power movement is over.

But, for me, expressing my faith in God freely comes first.

Geoff Fox, 22nd November, 2021, Terra Nullius