Saturday, 11 August 2012

Disrespecting the dead: ashes on the long jump

There is one of those disconcerting 'human interest' stories running in the media at the moment that reminds one just how alien the secularist perspective can sometimes be.

Remembering past heroes?

An old Australian Olympian, who took out silver in the 'hop, skip and jump' (triple jump) in 1948 had hoped to get to the London Olympics, the city where he had won his medal so many years before.  But he died well before the event.

No problem - his family simply took his ashes along with them on their trip!

So far kind of bizarre, sounding a bit like ancestor worship or something, but perhaps not totally disrespectful.

Scattering the ashes!

But here is where it goes really wrong - they decided to tip his ashes out onto the sand of the long jump, as the athletes were competing.

The ABC coverage labelled the story 'a fitting farewell'.

I imagine however that many of the athletes who competed there might feel rather differently if they had known.

So say a prayer please for the repose of the soul of George Avery, and for the conversion of his family, that they might realise what they have done and make reparation...


A Canberra Observer said...

this sort of neo-paganism is rampant even in traditionally Catholic families - relatives buried the ashes of a loved one under a specific tree.

Peter said...

This is jut so wrong in so many ways, and yet reported as "respectful" and appropriate. Not only Christians but also Moslems (together comprising more than half of humanity and well over half the athlete s and spectators ) and many millions of others believe the ground where human remains are laid is holy and must not be walked upon, much less jumped on, sat in etc for the sake of sport and games.

What is popularly called "ashes" and called by those in the cremation trade "cremains" are mostly not the ashes of a burnt human body, being composed of ground bones and I'll spare you the other awful details of what happens in a crematorium.

And in the middle of a London beset by such over-the top security supposedly for anti-terrorism purposes, that one man suffering from facial rictus due to Parkinson's disease was arrested and held for 5 hours simply because the police regarded it as suspicious that he was not smiling, and another family had their children's small tennis racquets confiscated and destroyed as "potential lethal weapons", how did these people manage to sneak in to the main stadium several kilograms of suspicious looking white powder and deposit it right on the playing field?

And then we had the married-couple athletes who were refused permision to share a room, yet practising homosexual had no such restriction and the organisers supplied reportedly tens of thousands of c ondoms to the athletes (whether they wanted them or not)at taxpayer expense!