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Mama Mandela
Hobart, Tasmania

Bio: My name is Josie Young, I am a writer, a community worker, an activist and a lover of all things chocolate and coffee related. More importantly however I am a mother, I have a son named Mandela. As a mother I want to make sure that everything I do - the words I write, the food I cook, the causes I support - makes my son's future brighter. In 2014, I decided I would start this blog as another forum through which I can fight for the future that my son deserves. One day, in the future, my five year old son Mandela will look at the world and ask me, “Mama, how could you have stood by and done nothing in the face of such injustices?” When that day comes, I hope I will be able to answer him. Josie Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Public Policy (2007), and a Masters of International and Community Development (2009).

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  1. Hi Josie, thanks for the read. Here is something for you to ponder ‘Athiests Vs Religious’. I love the thought of equality and the empowerment of women and freedom in general. I see religion as a hinderence. I see religion as outdated nonsense that puts women second. I beleive that even a moderate is part of the problem, simply by putting money on the plate and supporting the myth of gods. The way religion treats minorities (gays) is disgusting. Interested to hear your views. Cheers mh

    • I haven’t responded to your comment as yet, as I am in the middle of writing a research paper on this topic – about feminism in religion. There is a huge difference in what many religions believe and what individuals practice – the latter of which can be a hinderence not just to women but to humans.

      Slightly off topic – My thoughts when it comes to religion – and how any person should behave is pretty simple. I don’t care what religion a person is, what colour they are or who they want to marry, shack up with, or what career they choose. I do however believe that every child born on this earth is equally deserving of freedom and opportunity, which as we know, is not always a given. If a Catholic woman, or a Hindu man, or a Easter Bunny enthusiast wants to provide a child with freedom and opportunity, then humanity has a chance.

      I heard a quote once, I would have to check the origins of it (A philosopher at the end of WW2 I believe) “If you see 100 things that are wrong in the world, and then one more thing that is wrong, but that you can change then you MUST change it – or there will be 101 things that are wrong.”

      When a persons faith inspires good things it is good – even if that person may have been good regardless of their religion. Religion, politics, gender, age, race, should never be used to hurt people.

  2. So Josie, you are telling your friends the above comment was hate mail are you? If it was so inaccurate why don’t you simply answer it? A little more maturity would serve you better. And the emotional blackmail about your grandmother? Didn’t you spend the day cooking yesterday? It’s not hate mail Josie. Hate? I am not at all interested in your personality – grow up. You simply FAILED to address relevant issues. It is not possible to have a discussion about oppression and asylum seekers and ignore the role religion plays. Instead of censoring all the comments you don’t think suits your story – why don’t you put them up so the rest of the world can judge because every word I put was gleaned from history.

    • On December 12 at approximately 7am I posted a status update on Facebook – “Last night a wise man told me that we are people first… And if we are good people then we can be good Muslims, Christians, Australians, etc… But we must be good people first.”

      Due to family commitments, which naturally must be my first priority, (otherwise I would be quite the hypocrite) this post will be brief. I have a cake to ice – because yes, I spent all day yesterday (and today) cooking – for my Grandmother’s Wake. Mandela is sad to have lost his Great Meema, and I have a hole inside me now, which I did not expect – though I will write more about that later – Grandma deserves more than what I am about to write. One thing I will say about her, is that she “had her own bloody think” (as she once famously said) and wasn’t one to let someone who doesn’t know her talk down to her or to make assumptions about who she was. So, as I said, this post is brief.

      I don’t know that I actually “need” to apologize for a “late” response to readers’ comments – I wasn’t aware there was a protocol – I would however like to thank the many people who have read this article and offered their support and constructive feedback. Furthermore, I do not “sensor” comments on my blog, but sadly, once again mainly due to family – I am Mama Mandela after all – I am not able to dedicate as much time to writing as I would like.
      The comments made on my piece “Us vs Them – Australia vs Asylum Seekers – Slaves vs Everyone Else: Is there are difference?” which relate to my ‘failure’ to address the role that religion plays in refugee flows appear to have been written by a person who did not read the article. The article was not about why people are running, who they are running from or indeed about religion at all. Although these are all fascinating topics which I have written about in the past, and hope to write more on in the future – I know you will be looking forward to reading them. My article is simply asking Australians to consider why it is that we are able to pawn off our responsibilities (and indeed any compassion we should be having as humans – not Muslims, not Catholics, not Atheists – but HUMANS) towards people who are ‘different’ to us (or rather, who we are told to believe are different to us).

      I could respond to your rants about how Catholics in general and Mother Theresa specifically did evil things to the poor and suffering, however, your comments, other than being inaccurate, were completely irrelevant to my piece. Naturally religion plays a part in global movement of humans – this can be both positive and negative. Religious teaching may also play a role in forming the ideas of both the people who do wonderful things and those who do awful things…. What plays a far greater role in the movement of humans and the actions of humans, however, is HUMANS. I started this post quoting a friend – who by the way, was a Iraqi asylum seeker who, whilst critically ill, was concerned about my son’s health and well-being – he said we have to be good humans – a good human could be a good Catholic, a good Muslim or a good Atheist – who cares? We are all human first.

      In terms of my own religion – which is not mentioned anywhere in this article, on my Facebook, or my blog, as I believe that it is personal (and as stated above not relevant to this article). I would like to offer those making assumptions about me – never, ever assume that you know what another person believes, and then use this as a basis to illustrate what you believe to be their failures, because it makes you look a fool when you are wrong.

      Perhaps you are Tasmanian and my family name might have given you a “clue” about my religion – but honestly – you are way off the mark.

      Also, I am called Mama Mandela because I am the mother of a child called Mandela – Winnie Mandela was MARRIED to a man called Mandela. Not relevant really, but anyways.

      • Hhhhmmm….maybe you know “sel’ but he does sound an angry chap…isn’t it enough that we strive to be better versions of ourselves ?….when all is said and done….this is your site..you can reply, comment or otherwise as you choose….

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