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2 March 2015
The recent escalation of violent attacks by followers of Islam, both in Australia and around the world, has culminated in the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, making a ‘National Security Address’ to the nation last week about the increasing threat of ‘home-grown terrorism’…
Full details of the speech, and the proposed measures to deal with the increasing terrorist threat, are detailed below.
[Read the text of the speech – click here.]
This Briefing provides an overview of recent 'jihad' attacks in Australia and overseas, the federal government's proposed new laws and responses by the Muslim community in Australia.
Attack in Sydney and follow-up review
The siege at the Lindt café in Sydney in December, by Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Muslim sheik (article here), has brought terrorism closer to home, and the media and politicians are suddenly more aware of the threat.
Two weeks ago, the hostages from that siege visited federal parliament and Mr Abbott reflected on the atrocity of that event.
The standards on commercial TV are set by Free TV Australia... they are currently doing a review of the 'Code of Practice'....
We are very concerned about the changing of classification 'times' - with M rated programs able to be shown from 7.30pm (currently 8.30 pm) and MA 15+ programs from 8.30 pm (currently 9.30 pm).
This would LOWER TV standards significantly and negatively impact on children and teenagers.
The proposal is that the G-rated category would disappear altogether - currently early morning, 4pm to 7 pm weekdays and 6 to 10 am on weekends!
PG programs would be all day instead.
In addition, alcohol and gambling ads would be shown EARLIER, as they are allowed in M rated timeslots.
Have YOUR say - make a submission to Free TV by 3 April 2015.
Ask that the CURRENT classification times remain - REJECT the proposed classification time changes...
Click here for our CAMPAIGN page - with full details and links...
24 Feb 2015
The Victorian Labor government, led by Daniel Andrews, is wasting no time in implementing its pro-homosexual policies…
Having already established a Minister for LGBTI Equality, and announcing the expansion of the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ into ALL state secondary schools, they are now implementing their promise to allow ADOPTION by homosexual couples.
On Saturday, Martin Foley, the Minister for LGBTI Equality, announced a ‘timeframe’ for legalising same-sex adoption…
He has asked a barrister, Eamonn Moran PSM QC, to conduct a REVIEW of the current laws. Mr Moran is a “former Chief Parliamentary Counsel and a current Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission” and report back by early May 2015.
Terms of Reference
The government’s statement and the Terms of Reference have been published:
The Terms of Reference state
“In carrying out this work the reviewer must take account of the following:
- the Victorian Law Reform Commission Final Report on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Adoption (2007);
- laws permitting adoption by same sex couples in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania;
- other relevant Commonwealth or State legislation and any relevant case law.”
NOT about WHETHER to allow adoption by same-sex couples
This is NOT intended as an inquiry to consider WHETHER Victoria should legalise same-sex adoption... instead it is about HOW it will be done!
“The scope of the review will be limited to determining the technical legislative changes required to permit adoption by same-sex couples. The review will be to establish the best ways to legislate for adoption equality – not whether it should occur or not.”
The Minister said,
“[The review] is not whether adoption equality will happen, it is about the best way to make adoption equality a reality for the thousands of Victorian families and children who live in a grey legal haze."
The statement says,
“The reviewer will prepare proposed drafting instructions for the preparation of Victorian legislation to permit adoption of children by same sex couples under Victorian law for the Government’s consideration. The reviewer will complete this work and submit it to the Minister for Equality by 8 May 2015.”
SUBMISSIONS are invited… they close on 23 March 2015
Since the government has already affirmed that they WANT to legalise same-sex adoption, we can’t guarantee that the review will take any notice of our submissions – but we must make them anyway!
An interesting aside…
Prior to the election, it was announced that Labor would have a “dedicated Cabinet role” for ‘equality’.
Well they have a ‘Minister for Equality – Martin Foley – but he has MORE portfolios that any other minister in the cabinet – He’s the Minister for Minister for Creative Industries, housing, disability and ageing, mental health and equality!
Homosexual media article:
Foley sets time frame on adoption equality in Victoria, Gaynewsnetwork, 21/2/2015.
Every week seems to be full of news… much of it concerning!
is a selection from the past week: the Sydney mardi gras is starting, Labor has ‘won’ the Queensland election, a woman loses ‘polyamory’ court case, a Muslim man is being sentenced in Sydney after ‘marrying’ a 12 year old (who became pregnant), the case regarding halal certification goes to court…
Next week we will send out our monthly Prayer Focus, so the next News Update will be on 6 March. In the next week or so, there will be several posts (on the front page) relating to recent developments regarding some of the issues we deal with…
Read the News Update...
19 Feb 2015
We often get into discussions with Christians about grace and law. Of course, we are saved by God’s amazing grace – but many Christians today contend that that the LAW has been abolished and they don’t have to follow any of the precepts of the law in their lives (not even the Ten Commandments).
The ideas of obedience, discipleship, righteousness and holiness don’t get much of a mention in many Christian circles today – let alone the notion of sin!
This article, by Bill Muehlenberg, highlights the problem of antinomianism – of ‘lawlessness’ or ‘cheap grace’, or as a commentator wrote, “cheap law”…
Bill explains the issue well, and then uses the example of Christians watching the pornographic movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ ….
Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch, 15/2/2015.
One of the biggest problems in the Christian church in the West today is that of antinomianism. The Greek word for law is nomos, and most folks know what the prefix anti means, so this term basically means “against the law” or just plain “lawlessness”.
The term can have various meanings, but theologically speaking it has to do with the belief that the Christian has no real obligation to, or involvement with, God’s law and righteousness. Because we are saved by grace alone, we are no longer under the law in any form, and we need not worry about the law and its demands.
Of course Paul had to deal with this error long ago. In Romans 6:1-2 he wrote: “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”
But in an age of so much shallow preaching, so many selfish and self-centred gospels being proclaimed, and so much dangerous hyper grace teaching being heard, it seems we now have an epidemic of antinomianism in our churches today.
Obligation-free Christian living is all the rage, where believers think that they can do whatever they like, even live like the devil, because everything is covered by God’s love and grace. The very concepts of sin, holiness, the wrath of God, and judgment to come, are almost never heard from so many pulpits today.
It is all about how God loves us unconditionally, his grace is all we need, and we should just enjoy life and have our best self now. That is the mush that is being preached more often than not, and as a result, standards of Christian behaviour seem to be at an all time low.
Christians are so blasé about their walk with the Lord, thinking God just looks down upon them and smiles a lot, that the very basic biblical notions of obedience, sanctification, holiness, and the crucified life are rapidly disappearing. Once again we see here a perfect example of lousy teaching leading to lousy living. . .