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13 Nov 2014
Find out what the political parties think on a range of moral and ethical issues. . .
Often the media will tell us about the financial management, or about proposals to build freeways, public transport and education.
But they are incredibly quiet on the moral issues such as euthanasia, abortion and homosexuality.
That’s where the Christian Values Checklist helps you – by showing where the major parties stand. The Checklist provides responses for the Liberal and National Parties, the Labor Party and the Greens.
The smaller Christian parties (Australian Christians, Democratic Labour Party and Rise Up Australia Party – who have signed an ‘Assurance of Cooperation’ agreement to preference each other in accordance with pro-life values) and Family First are also shown.
Supporting Statements – PLEASE INCLUDE with Checklist
Included with the Checklist is a one-page document giving information about some of the ticks and crosses!
PLEASE photocopy it on the BACK of the Checklist when you distribute it…
THE CHECKLIST documents
Christian Values Checklist - Victorian election November 29, 2014 - Colour Lo-Res
[High resolution document is also available - please contact us for that.]
Please circulate the Checklist and Supporting Statements document…
PRINT it out, EMAIL it, DISTRIBUTE it at your church and SEND to all your friends!
11 Nov 2014
Every week I come across articles and information that don’t neatly fit in the ‘News’ category, but is important reading to further understand the ‘issues’ we cover…
Robert Dessaix’ article is startling and revealing – another homosexual who doesn’t support the campaign for same-sex ‘marriage’.
A personal story of heartbreak and betrayal from a wife whose husband had homosexual relationships… more on the factors influencing homosexuality, and Matt Barber’s encouragement to continue standing firm about opposing homosexual ‘marriage’…
1. A homosexual opposing homosexual ‘marriage’
A very interesting article by Robert Dessaix, a homosexual in a long term relationship, who OPPOSES same-sex ‘marriage’. In fact, the sub-title says he is ‘baffled’ by the campaign for it… He describes the lifestyle of homosexuals – which doesn’t fit with the view of ‘marriage’…
He ends with these rather scathing remarks…
“Yes, yes, if gays want to marry each other, they should have the right to. You want your life to look like a Doris Day movie from 1952? It's your birthright. (A little way down the track, if you want to have two husbands or wives, or even three or four, why shouldn't you have that as well?)
You want a church wedding with swelling organ music and confetti? How dare some narrow-minded clergyman deny you this!
You want to be shackled to just one sexual partner from now until the day you die, like a Bangladeshi child bride? It's your natural entitlement."
Article: Robert Dessaix on the case against gay marriage, The Age, 1/11/2014.
2. Is homosexuality genetic? Recent research
A consistent question… NARTH recently sent out a short newsletter highlighting some recent research.
The Telegraph in the UK published a report on the research in February 2014… it reports that researchers found that genetic make-up ‘only accounts for about 40% of the chance of a man being a homosexual’.
“In the most comprehensive study of its kind, Dr Michael Bailey, of Northwestern University, has been studying 400 sets of twins to determine if some men are genetically predisposed to being gay. The study found that gay men shared genetic signatures on part of the X chromosome - Xq28.”
Dr Bailey said, “… But it is not completely determinative; there are certainly other environmental factors involved.”
Dr Bailey has done a number of studies of twins in relation to the genetics of homosexuality question. Other parts of the research were linked to examining the X chromosome, following on from some research by Dr Dean Hamer.
None of the previous research showed homosexuality was genetic – this study provides even more evidence that other factors affect homosexuality…
Article: Being homosexual is only partly due to gay gene, research finds..., The Telegraph, 13/2/2014.
3. The pain from her husband’s confession of homosexual relationships
A compelling story about Sarah’s broken heart when she found out her husband was secretly having sex with men…
4. Matt Barber on the homosexual ‘marriage’ debate…
Matt Barber recently wrote about the debate on homosexual ‘marriage’, commenting on recent Supreme Court decisions.
“At its core, this increasingly heated fight over gay marriage is about two diametrically opposed and profoundly incompatible views of reality (or lack thereof). . . It's called Pandora's Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it.”
He begins, “Did you actually think the debate over gay marriage was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with "civil rights" or "equality"? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism—that it's a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause requires that newfangled gay marriage, something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution's framers officially declared "the infamous crime against nature," be made law of the land?
A lot of people have thought that, so don't feel bad. A lot of reasonable, well-meaning and even, at times, intelligent people have taken the bait.
But that's all window dressing. It's superficial. It's collateral. It's chaff, a diversion, a squirrel. Don't chase it.
At its core, this increasingly heated fight over gay marriage is about two diametrically opposed and profoundly incompatible views of reality (or lack thereof). It's the modern manifestation of a millennia-old clash between worldviews. This ugly cultural conflict is, in reality, neither legal nor political in nature, but, rather, is fundamentally a philosophical debate. Ultimately, it derives from, and is illustrative of, deep-seated spiritual warfare. Quite simply, the clash over gay marriage is emblematic of the larger, and much older, clash between good and evil.
And it's reaching critical mass. . . “
Article: What the ‘gay marriage’ debate is really about, Matt Barber, 11/10/2014.
10 Nov 2014
The Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, is currently conducting a CONSULTATION on ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ – about freedom of opinion, conscience, religion and association. Mr Wilson was appointed by the Abbott government.
You can have YOUR SAY by completing the Online Survey – click here.
(Includes space to express views and give examples.)
Don’t be IGNORED or UNHEARD – others with opposing views will be having THEIR SAY!
Alternatively you can email a SUBMISSION.
You can also attend public hearings… DETAILS BELOW.
The webpage says,
“The consultation will focus discussions on some of the key rights and freedoms that have traditionally underpinned our liberal democracy in Australia. These include:
+ the right to freedom of opinion and expression
+ the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religious worship
+ the right to freedom of association
+ property rights.
Read more about the Consultation – click here.
Read the Discussion Paper – link on main webpage.
This is VERY different from much of the previous work of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
NOW is the time to have YOUR SAY!
1. An ONLINE SURVEY …
Click here to complete the survey.
The Survey CLOSES on FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER.
“Please note that when making a submission, you are indicating that you have read and understood the Commission’s Submission Policy which can be found at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/submission-policy”
2. PUBLIC Hearings - still to occur in these cities:
Brisbane (12 Nov), Sydney (19 Nov), Singleton (20 Nov), Lorne, Vic (25 Nov) and Melbourne (26 Nov).
FULL DETAILS of CONSULTATION ONLINE at
7 Nov 2014
Our News Update includes news from the past two weeks - religion, politics and sex...
All the things it is 'politically incorrect' to discuss!
But we're not 'politically correct' here!
Read the News Update:
6 Nov 2014
In our previous email I incorrectly said that, if you vote BELOW the LINE for the Legislative Council, you need to number ALL squares. That is INCORRECT. You only HAVE to number your first FIVE preferences – but you CAN number more!
See FULL info below. Apologies for the error.
The ABC is also running a ‘VOTE COMPASS’, in association with the University of Melbourne and Vox Pop Labs. It is similar to the one provided for the last federal election.
Nearly 40,000 people have completed the ‘Vote Compass’ so far. It is a helpful tool to help you address some of the issues in the election, and see where the parties stand – they don’t
After answering 30 questions on a variety of policy areas, you can choose to answer (anonymously) questions about your political views and the Party leaders. This doesn’t affect your survey result – it is for research purposes.
You are given the RESULTS…
- You can view the POLICIES of each party in that policy area – this is quite enlightening, especially on the ‘moral issues’! See “Compare the candidates by issue…”
- You can also see a graph that highlights where your views are in comparison to the major parties!
VOTE COMPASS – click here to complete the survey.
Voting in the Legislative Council is OPTIONAL PREFERENTIAL… You only HAVE to number your first FIVE preferences below the line to make your vote valid. If NONE of your first five preferred candidates get elected then your vote ‘expires’ and isn’t counted further.
However, you can continue numbering all candidates below the line!
You can vote ABOVE the line, with a ‘1’ in the box for the party of your choice…
From the VEC website (click here):
How to vote for the Legislative Council
The Legislative Council (Upper House) ballot paper features a thick horizontal line (as shown below). You can vote above or below the line.