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Just a few items this week – but some in more depth…
ID for voting, euthanasia motion, vaccination and welfare, halal certification fact check, taxation (income splitting and ’bracket creep’), Hillary Clinton nominates for US President and announces support for homosexual ‘marriage’…
Peter emerged from 'retirement' yesterday after reading two very disturbing articles that arrived on his computer. They both have a number of things in common which should be of huge concern to Bible believing Christians…
One was about an interview confirming that Nicole Conner, wife of the Senior Minister of CityLife Church in Melbourne (Mark Conner), has embraced the idea that homosexuality is OK and that homosexuals deserve to be able to engage in homosexual sex.
The other was the horrific revelations of child abuse, both physical and sexual, by so called Priests and Nuns at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage in Rockhampton, Queensland.
Click the 'Read More' button to read the Peter's article - and for an overview and links to the interview and articles…
We recently reported that Greens MLC Colleen Hartland had put forward a MOTION in Victoria’s Legislative Council to have the matter of legalised euthanasia or physician assisted suicide referred to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
We have been informed that this motion is expected to be debated in the Legislative Council THIS WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL.
We need to ask all our Legislative Council MLCs to vote against the motion.
In addition, we need to write to the leaders of the political parties.
Please send email letters by Tuesday evening.
Details in the ACTION section below.
The proper place for any debate on the issue of euthanasia is IN the parliament and any decision should be made by elected Members of parliament.
If the matter is sent to the Law Reform Commission, they would consider matters of LAW – HOW such a Bill should be drafted. When the Commission reports back to parliament, Members would feel compelled to follow the ‘advice’ of the experts! This is what occurred with the Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008 – the Law Reform Commission ‘recommended’ that abortion be legalised – and that was then put to the parliament and passed.
In your letters, please state (in your own words) that the proper place for any debate on euthanasia or assisted suicide is in the parliament by our elected representatives – not by an un-elected body such as the Law Reform Commission.
Ask them to vote against this motion, that would ask the Law Reform Commission to take action.
If you wish to add other reasons regarding euthanasia itself – such as vulnerable people being exploited, then please add that to this first comment.
1. Contact leaders of parties
Please contact the leaders of the political parties. Ask them to ensure that their party votes against the motion, noting that the proper place for any debate on euthanasia or assisted suicide is in the parliament by our elected representatives.
Leaders in the Legislative Council
2. CONTACT YOUR FIVE MLCs
If you live in Victoria, please contact your OWN FIVE Members in the Legislative Council. Tell them that you live in their REGION / electorate.
- For full MLC details, click here for an EXCEL spreadsheet.
- Click here for the html page with all Legislative Council Members.
If you don’t know your Legislative Council REGION, click here to find out…
We suggest that you look at the EXCEL table, find the FIVE in your REGION - under the heading 'Electorate'. You can sort A-Z to make it easier... Email addresses are included in the spreadsheet.
DON'T write to the FIVE Greens (click here for Greens Members) or Fiona Patten of the Sex Party!
NOTE: Our email E-News contained all the names and email addresses, but I didn't want to post them online as they generate 'spam attacks'!
To obtain the E-News with all the email addresses, please contact Jenny - click here.
So if you want regular updates and emails regarding ACTION, please subscribe to our E-News - click here!
10 April 2015.
With our Prayer Focus being distributed last week, we have news from the past two weeks in this News Update.
We don’t like to overload you with too many single-issue emails, so this ‘News Update’ is a bit longer than usual, to catch up on recent news.
If you’re short of time, just browse and read the summaries of the items that interest you!
So make a coffee or tea and read on!
9 April 2015.
In the lead-up to the British general election on May 7, 2015, a Muslim Manifesto for Britain has been released.
A draft 'Muslim Manifesto' was launched on 23 February at the House of Lords at an event hosted by a Muslim member of the House of Lords, Lord Nazir Ahmad. The organisers claim it is a ‘consultation process’ amongst British Muslim groups and individuals.
The Muslim Manifesto has been organised by the Institute for Muslim Community Development, a UK Muslim think-tank – they claim to have wide support amongst the Muslim community. Their Media Release claims, “Sunni and Shia Muslim organisations representing at least 2.2 million British Muslims launch shared Muslim Manifesto consultation process with backing of British MPs and peers.”
The Muslim Manifesto endeavours to provide a ‘very reasonable’ list of requests. But read them carefully, and see what the Manifesto is actually asking for…
The draft Muslim Manifesto contains a list of 33 demands from government. Perhaps most significantly, the first one says,
“We would ask our parliamentary friends to:
1. Defend the right to a Muslim way of life, including halal meat; religious clothing; circumcision; and flexible working to accommodate Ramadan and festival observance.”
The Muslim Manifesto goes on to ask that ‘Muslim’ histories be acknowledged, “including oppressive and genocidal actions against Muslim peoples by British and European peoples.” They want the government to “Celebrate and support Muslim heritage and cultural institutions” and “Eliminate the root causes of institutional discrimination against Muslims and introduce tougher legislation to prevent it.”
On the ability to criticise Islam, the Muslim Manifesto urges parliament to “Introduce more robust legislation to curb media hate campaigns against Muslims” and asks parliament to “Acknowledge that the holy scripture of Muslims (the Qur’an) does not endorse terrorism and the murder of innocents.”
The Muslim Manifesto has been endorsed by various Muslim leaders, some members of parliament, and two Muslim members of the House of Lords.
One of the speakers at the launch has expressed support for some terrorist activities. Breitbart reported that “A known Islamist has appeared in Parliament to present a ‘Muslim Manifesto’ ahead of the general election. Azad Ali, who has previously spoken of his “love” for al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, received a warm reception from the audience which included a number of Labour MPs and former cabinet minister Baroness Warsi.”
This Muslim Manifesto asks for government endorsement of Islamic practices and urges the government to legislate to shut down criticism of Islam.
How long before we get a similar list of requests, or a ‘Muslim Manifesto’, here in Australia?
Home page: http://muslimmanifesto2015.com
The actual Muslim Manifesto – click here.
Endorsements – click here.
Muslim Manifesto Media Release – click here.
Article about launch of the Muslim Manifesto – click here.
Media report: Islamist Sympathiser Launches ‘Muslim Manifesto’ in British Parliament, Breitbart, 6/3/2015.
Media report:`Muslim Manifesto` to be launched ahead of UK General Election`Muslim Manifesto` to be launched ahead of UK General Election, National Correspondent, 24/2/2015.
Report by Islamic website On Islam: UK Muslims Launch Manifesto at House of Lords, 24/2/2015.