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We all know that the internet has made pornography available to everyone - even to children and teenagers. In fact, the advent of the smartphone means that young people continually have access to the internet and parents often have little control over what their children can view.
We used to advise parents to have computers in open spaces - not in bedrooms - so that internet use could be monitored. Things have changed with young people now having far greater access to the internet.
Young people are also taking photos of themselves and sending to one person, only to find that the photo has been 'shared' with many others. The loss of self esteem is immense and bullying often follows, often on the internet.
In addition, the use of social media such as Facebook, and the posting of risqué photographs in an effort to be 'liked' is causing grave concerns. One young woman spoke about that problem on Australian Story recently - click here to see the program called 'Turning the Gaze'.
Parents need to be vigilant - monitoring what their teenagers are watching and discussing the dangers of pornography with their children.
In late July UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would encourage all ISP companies to implement an internet filter that would filter out pornography - those who wished to access pornography would have to opt-in. However, the media reported that there are ways 'around' the filtering - and even his scheme only related to 'home services'. Read media report.
The proposed UK ISP filter scheme would not filter ALL pornography - Mr Cameron has already said that 'soft porn' would still be available.
Here in Australia, a similar scheme was discussed by the ALP but not implemented - some groups claim 'freedom of speech' would be adversely impacted.
An insightful article on the dangers of pornography appeared in the Daily Mail in the UK recently. It is even more compelling because it has been written by Martin Daubney, who is a former editor of a 'men's magazine' called Loaded. He says he was often accused of peddling 'soft porn' in the magazine. But he has become aware of the huge problems associated with the increased access to internet pornography by teenagers.
Martin hosted a documentary on Channel 4 this week, called Porn on the Brain. There is a series of shows on the topic.
Click here for the Channel 4 site for the program - you can view the episode there. it also includes 'Guides' etc for talking to your children about the effects of porn.
Back to the article... In the article Martin describes listening to a group of teenagers - he was shocked and disturbed about what they described - sodomy, bestiality and more.
One 15 year old girl said, "Boys expect porn sex in real life". That is an incredibly damaging development.
The article, and the program, look at the effect on the BRAIN.
Why is he even more concerned?
Martin is married and has a FOUR year old son - he doesn't want him to think like this... or be exposed to internet pornography...
By Martin Daubney, Daily Mail, 25/9/2013.
The moment I knew internet pornography had cast its dark shadow over the lives of millions of ordinary British teenagers will live with me for ever.
I was sitting in the smart drama hall of a specialist sports college in the North of England with a fantastic reputation.
Before me were a group of 20 boys and girls, aged 13-14. Largely white, working class children, they were well turned-out, polite, giggly and shy. . . .
Click on heading to read FULL article.
Read a review of the documentary Porn on the Brain... click here.
This includes an analysis of the effects on the brain - the neuroscience and psychology.
We look forward to seeing many of you THIS Saturday, 12 October at the 'March for the Babies' in Melbourne.
Please bring your family and friends...
Meet at 1pm at Treasury Gardens.
It's vital that we show the government that we are very concerned about Victoria'a draconian abortion law - and want to see it changed. A BIG crowd will convey our concern!
The article we've included below, by Miranda Devine, highlights the situation surrounding Dr Mark Hobart who is risking his career - and shows the insidious nature of the REQUIREMENT in the Victorian Abortion law for doctors to refer a patient to another doctor when they have a conscientious objection to abortion. The situation described is also linked to sex selection abortion.... please READ her article below - also attached.
Bill Muehlenberg explains the situation in more detail in a new article, 'This is why we march'. In fact, he has compiled a list of 'excuses' people might give for NOT being at the March...
Bill concludes, "Everyone who cares about life should plan to be there. Indeed, I have spent quite some time seeking to put together an exhaustive list of every legitimate reason why you might not be at this march. Here then is my final listing:
- I died last Tuesday.
- I am in chains in a Saudi dungeon.
If that is you, then you are excused. Otherwise, I expect to see you there. We must show mass support for the cause of life, and we must let our politicians know just how bad this law is, and how it must be overturned. I remind you of the words of Bonhoeffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
The March begins at Treasury Gardens and goes to the Parliament for a rally - meet at 1 pm at the Gardens near the corner of Spring St and Wellington Parade, Melbourne.
Please show your Support: Wear Pink and Blue. Placards will be provided.
Full details at the 'March for the Babies' website - click here.
The flier is online - click here.
Article on doctors' conscience and sex selection abortion
The following article by Miranda Devine appeared in the papers last Saturday...
Please read it.... we pray that it motivates you to ACTION!
Doctor risks his career after refusing abortion referral
Miranda Devine, Herald Sun - 5/10/2013.
"A DOCTOR risks being deregistered because he allegedly refused a referral for an Indian couple who wanted to abort a healthy unborn baby girl at 19 weeks, simply because they wanted a boy.
Dr Mark Hobart, 55, has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Victoria for five months, accused of having committed an offence under the state's controversial Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008.
His patient and her husband requested a sex-selection abortion after an ultrasound determined their fetus was female.
They only wanted a boy, the husband told Dr Hobart, who, as a practising Catholic, had a conscientious objection to providing the abortion.
Under Victorian law, he was obliged to refer the patient to a doctor he knew would terminate the pregnancy.
But Dr Hobart doesn't know any doctor who would agree to abort a healthy baby for sex selection reasons.
"The general response from my colleagues is disbelief and revulsion," he said.
In any case, a referral is not necessary for an abortion. Hobart's patient independently procured the abortion a few days later. Neither she nor her husband made any complaint. . ." Click title to read full article or see attached.
READ Bill Muehlenberg's article...
This is why we march...
Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has introduced a Bill to legalise euthanasia into the state parliament.
The Bill, called the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013, has been co-sponsored by the Greens Nick McKim. The Bill allows assisted suicide and euthanasia.
The Bill is not limited to terminally ill people - it allows 'euthanasia and assisted suicide' for people who have other progressive illnesses that cause 'suffering'.
Read the Bill: Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013
Under pressure, the Premier has now admitted that the Bill would allow 'death tourism' with people coming to Tasmania for the purpose of euthanasia - they would only have to be in the state for 10 days!
If you live in Tasmania PLEASE ACT NOW by contacting your MPs - see the ACTION section below...
The Bill will begin to be debated in October when parliament resumes - the House of Assembly sits from 15 October (source).
Articles and resources on the proposed legislation:
Paul Russell of HOPE
Paul has written about the Bill - In his first piece, he writes that the Bill is about BOTH euthanasia AND assisted suicide but comments, "The bill does not even refer to euthanasia by name and only passingly refers to assisted suicide in a clause that effectively says that this is not assisted suicide."
His second item notes that the premier has admitted that people from OTHER places could have 'euthanasia' within 10 days of arriving in Tasmania!
* When living is a failure - 30/9/2013. In this article, Paul critiques an Opinion piece that accuses those who oppose the Bill of spreading 'fear'.
Family Voice has put out a Media release . . .
Tas euthanasia bill: depressed people could suicide within 10 days, 30/9/2013.
The FAVA Tasmanian officer, Jim Collins, said, "Anyone suffering from a “progressive medical condition” causing persistent suffering that is “intolerable for the person” could qualify, according to Clause 11. This means people suffering from treatable diseases like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis could apply, if they say their suffering is intolerable. Treatable depression can greatly influence a patient’s perception of suffering, but the bill does not require assessment or treatment by a psychologist or psychiatrist.”
Real Dignity Tas has a You Tube channel with information about the issue
Watch the recent 3 minute video with Prof Nicholas Tonti-Filippini on the dangers of the Bill - click here. Previous videos - posted here.
US Bioethicist, Lawyer and commentator, Wesley Smith, comments on the Tasmanian Bill:
Tasmania Seeks Broad Medicalized Killing License - National Review, 27/9/2013.
Euthanasia bill put forward in Tasmania, The Age, 26/9/2013.
Tasmania bill to make euthanasia legal could lead to ‘death tourism’, Mercury, 30/9/2013.
Giddings admits euthanasia bill could bring in "death tourism", Mercury, 1/10/2013.
Please read the articles above.
Please contact your MPs...
If you live in Tasmania, please contact your MPs in the House of Assembly and your ONE Member in the Legislative Council.
Ask them to vote AGAINST this Bill. Click here for MP Contact details.
Also posted on our CAMPAIGN page.
Last week the ACT government introduced a Bill to legalise ‘marriage’ for homosexuals into the ACT Legislative Assembly (on 19 September). It is called the ‘Marriage Equality Bill’.
Homosexual lobby groups are actively campaigning to get this Bill passed - and to encourage the federal government NOT to oppose it. We MUST ACT NOW if we want to protect marriage!
The ACT only has ONE House - the Legislative Assembly – it is made up 8 ALP members, 1 Greens Member and 8 Liberal Members. The Labor Party is in power with the support of the Greens MP. The Bill is expected to pass since it is a Labor government Bill and the Greens MP will support it.
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell claims that the Report from the NSW Parliament’s Inquiry into same-sex ‘marriage’ found that a state 'could' enact marriage for homosexuals because the federal Constitution, which covers marriage legislation, was ONLY about marriage between a man and a woman, not about marriage between two people of the same gender. Of course, this is the argument run by the pro-homosexual groups and their ally, law professor George Williams. The NSW Report acknowledged that this could be CHALLENGED in the High Court and that the outcome was NOT CERTAIN.
The situation regarding territories is different to that in the states. The federal government has some power over the Territories and can overturn Territory laws in some circumstances.
With the AFL Grand Final this weekend and the Brownlow Medal awarded this week, football has been in the news.
Whilst we don’t usually follow football, we did watch a game or two on TV whilst visiting family last weekend. Then we saw the last part of the Brownlow Medal count on Monday night.
Gary Ablett Jnr was favoured to win, but the result was very close. Just prior to the final round, he was two votes behind – he scored three points, giving him the Brownlow Medal for the second time.
During his speech, he said he actually wanted to get just two votes so that his former Geelong teammate Joel Selwood could have shared the medal.
He said that his father, Gary Ablett Snr, was the ‘best footballer he had ever seen play the game’, adding, ''Now that I've got two (medals) I guess I can give him one.''
We've been in touch with Gary Snr over the years, including talking with him as he prepared a feature article which was printed in the Herald Sun a few years back (on faith, morality and evolution).
In his speech, Gary Jnr thanked his family and girlfriend – and then said ''I want to thank God, because without him I couldn't be up here tonight."
We commend Gary for his forthright acknowledgement of God in his speech.
In their report, the Herald Sun noted that Gary “has become more attentive to religion in recent months.”
Back in May 2013, Gary Ablett Jnr posted a photo on social media, of he and two teammates having a pre-match prayer – the photo was accompanied by the verse, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31) Read media report.
Last week, on the Footy Show, Gary Ablett was questioned by Sam Newman about his faith and about that post.
Sam Newman was in 'serious mode', as he assured Gary the question was genuine and that he was 'a believer'! Gary explained about the Gold Coast Suns club chaplain, the pre-game prayer sessions and the weekly Life Group where they read the Bible, discuss issues and pray!
Watch the 3 minute segment on the Footy Show – click here.
It is encouraging to see a young man being forthright about his faith. Well done, Gary!