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2 Oct 2015
UPDATE: Troy Newman has lost his court bid to stay in Australia.
Read ABC rport - click here.
Another busy week – we start with an Update on Troy Newman (in detention in Melbounre, with a High Court hearing, adjourned from last night) scheduled for 3 pm).
Then a look at marriage, the abortion drug RU 486, mosques, the Pope in the USA and the situation in Europe…
We conclude with some forthcoming events – our DINNER, March for the Babies and a lecture by Kameel Majdali…
Read the News Update:
1 Oct 2015
UPDATE - 4.15 pm:
We've just sent out another UPDATE on the latest regarding Troy - sign up for our E-News if you don't get them ...
- Troy has been DETAINED by customs (border) officials at Melbourne Airport and is now awaiting deportation - which could take 72 hours.
- No word on the court action to try and overturn visa cancellation.
- Operation Rescue ask people to contact Mr Dutton to urge him to release TROY - minister
Here is the DETAILED REPORT from Operation Rescue -
Newman Detained in Australia Pending Deportation Due to Pro-Abortion Campaign of Falsehoods
Troy Newman, the leader of Operation Rescue in the United States, was on his way to AUSTRALIA to speak at a series of pro-life meetings (hosted by Right to Life Australia) when he was told his VISA had been CANCELLED by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and he could NOT fly to Australia. In fact, United Airlines stopped him at Denver and wouldn’t even let him fly to Los Angeles!
Troy is also a Board Member of the Center for Medical Progress - which released the videos about Planned Parenthood and the ‘sale’ of aborted baby parts. See their website here.
For urgent ACTION, see section BELOW…
The latest news is that Troy managed to fly to LA by another airline – and he recently reported on Facebook that he is now ON HIS WAY to Australia:
“Through a chain of events the Lord has allowed me to get on a plane in spite of many objections by the airlines and Australia. We have been in the air 11 hours and will land in about 4. Please pray that we can get past immigration so the truth can be told throughout Australia.”
But of course, when he lands in Melbourne, who knows what will happen?
Will he be allowed to enter Australia?
Go and HEAR Troy Newman…
Make sure you check Mr Newman’s itinerary of speeches and go and HEAR HIM…
Right to Life conference in Melbourne (2-3 October), then Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns.
The campaign against Mr Newman was orchestrated by pro-abortion forces – Labor’s Terri Butler, a member of pro-abortion EMILY’s LIST, wrote to Mr Dutton this week calling for Mr Newman to be banned from the country. Various other left-leaning groups and websites have joined the campaign to get Mr Newman BANNED! They claim he has called for ‘abortionists to be executed’ which Operation Rescue says is “blatantly false”.
ACTION – Sign the petition, Contact Mr Dutton
A petition is being run and everyone is asked to contact Peter Dutton, the Minister for Immigration, to urge him to re-instate Troy Newman’s VISA!
1. CONTACT MR DUTTON
Other contact details – click here.
Ask him to re-instate Troy Newman’s visa to ensure the protection of freedom of speech.
2. Sign the petition …
Petition to Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
Immigration Minister, Hon. Peter Dutton MP
Uphold free speech and reverse the decision to deny US pro-life advocate, Troy Newman, a visa to visit Australia.
In the name of freedom of speech, allow US pro-life advocate, Troy Newman, into Australia to complete his speaking tour. . .
30 Sept 2015
If you live in Victoria, will you join the annual March for the Babies on Saturday 10 October?
This March marks the 7th anniversary of the passing of Victoria’s draconian Abortion law… FULL DETAILS here . . .
Some of our readers have noted that our Annual Dinner is on the same day…
Our response– that provides an IDEAL opportunity for our country readers to do both on the same day – come to Melbourne for the RALLY and STAY ON to attend the Dinner in the evening!
See you at both events!
All the topics you aren’t supposed to talk about in ‘polite company’!
22 Sept 2015.
With the increasing shift in cultural values, the church needs to be AWAKE and needs to be DISCERNING!
This article by writer, commentator and theologian Joseph Mattera address some of the MAJOR cultural trends in the world and (increasingly) in the church.
… From the limiting of freedom of religion to increased scrutiny of religious organisations, from liberal theology on social issues to the theological issue of antinomianism, of ‘grace and law’… Whilst Joseph writes in the USA, most of the trends are being seen here in Australia also!
Several people have sent it to me, and the Australian Prayer Network recently re-published it as their Feature Article… I commend it to you…
With the United States tilting towards the left as shown in the recent national elections the church must prepare for a new normal in regards to our lives and ministries. The Body of Christ has to realize it is no longer “business as usual”! Every conservative and liberal pundit I am reading is saying virtually the same thing: that our nation has just experienced a dramatic cultural shift similar to what transpired in the 1960s! (For example, read the CNN online opinion article 2013: America on the cusp of social change.)
In my opinion, unless the Body of Christ is able to bring about a genuine countercultural shift, the following are some of the possible projections we will experience in the next decade:
There will be a move towards limiting freedom of religion
The present move towards secularism in our nation will produce a climate of hostility towards freedom of speech in both the religious and public sectors. In response to an increase in violence there will not only be a move towards increased gun control (I have been a proponent of increasing background checks including psychological vetting that would forbid the mentally unstable and those using certain prescription drugs the right to purchase guns, as well as greatly limiting who can obtain assault weapons) and a move against senseless violence celebrated in video games, television and movies (which should have happened yesterday!); there will also be many cultural gatekeepers who will attempt to censor what is preached from the pulpit and on the airwaves—all in the name of hate speech that can (supposedly) incite bullying and domestic terrorism. This will result in forbidding the exposition of Bible passages from pulpits and on the airwaves in which God condemns certain sexual practices and lifestyles (Leviticus 18; Romans 1) that our secular society not only tolerates but also celebrates. Lest anyone think this cannot happen in America: presently, in neighboring Canada, preaching against certain sexual lifestyles is legally censored in local churches and over the airwaves....
Read on to find out about the othe seven cultural trends identified by Joseph... click on title of article.