2010 August Journal
Summary of the articles and information in the Journal.
Summary - Salt Shakers Journal August 2010
Editorial (full version below)
A day is a long time in politics!
Proposed 'burqa ban' in NSW
Attitudes to Abortion
Victoria: Discrimination case
"The Barbarians are Coming....Here"
Around the states and Action
The BMA and sexual orientation
Other groups opposing reparative therapy
Learning Muslim Perspectives
Monitoring the issues without burning out!
'This is Oz' campaign - 'inclusive Australia'
Uniting Network - 'sacred unions'
Update: Halal certification
'Day of silence' - another form of activism
We have seen the explosion of the pro- abortion movement in this country in recent years but what most Australians are unaware of is the pressure being applied in international forums to enshrine abortion as a 'human right' - obviously for the parent, not the child.
In a recent article titled Abortion Activists Claim New "Right" to Maternal Health, Susan Yoshihara PhD pointed out that at a recent United Nations (UN)-backed 'Women Deliver' conference in Washington, abortion activists announced the achievement of a new international 'human right' to maternal health just three years after launching a campaign to establish it.
She noted that advocates said the new 'right' requires nations to liberalise abortion laws and create numerous new bureaucracies, procedures and programs.
Around the same time, C-FAM reported that, "The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched a new campaign called "A Promise is A Promise," demanding that states [nations] implement policies and programs to achieve the controversial Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target 5b on "universal access to reproductive health by 2015."
According to IPPF, "universal access to reproductive health refers to a full package of services including comprehensive sexuality education, access to contraception, maternity care, emergency obstetric care, and safe abortion services..." [emp added]
Whilst many of the Millennium Development Goals sound good and are supported by many Christians, the vehicle driving them is a hotbed of activists promoting a godless agenda that includes population control, sexual 'rights' including abortion and dictating to sovereign nations what they can and cannot do in a range of areas.
While Christians may support responsible aid programs and appropriate help for poor nations, the groups we support need great scrutiny.
Instead of jumping on to some 'nice sounding' UN proposals in the name of 'good works', we need to evaluate the best way that aid can and should be given.
Christians do not need the 'secular' UN to deliver it. Christians have been effectively distributing aid since they realised it was better to teach a man to fish, than to continually give him the fish.
Dambisa Moyo has clearly told us in her book Dead Aid that the UN model has totally failed. When you add to this international government aid a requirement that abortion be promoted as a 'right', you see just who is in control of it - satan of course.
We should all be extremely dubious about claims to new 'rights', especially when they are discriminatory against other human beings - in this case against the BABY who is completely human from conception and who is killed in every abortion without any say in the matter at all.
How humans can call that a 'human right' beggars belief, but it is so common today for selfishness to trample others' freedoms that we should not be surprised.
The push for homosexual 'rights' in relation to their 'sexuality' and relationships is totally without justification except on the grounds of selfishness.
Christians must become much better at discerning the truth from the emotional rhetoric if we are to continue to be the salt and the light to a world full of darkness.
Yours in Christ Jesus
Peter & Jenny Stokes