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The Greens are continuing to push their agenda regarding the re-defining of 'marriage' to accommodate same-sex couples.
Whilst Greens MP Adam Bandt’s bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ won't be debated and voted on before the election, the Greens have put another Bill into the Senate.
If passed, this Bill would mean that AUSTRALIA LEGALLY RECOGNISES same-sex ‘marriages’ that are performed, or entered into, OVERSEAS.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduced the Marriage Act Amendment (Recognition of Foreign Marriages for Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2013 into the Senate on 16 May, 2013. The Bill removes s88EA from the Marriage Act.
She is hoping for a vote BEFORE the election. There are ONLY TWO more sitting weeks left in this parliament. The homosexual Marriage Equality group is advocating for a vote and urging MPs to support the Bill... (Media report) Read the full text of the Bill here.
It really is a ‘slippery slope’. . .
Earlier this year the Australian government lifted a ban on providing documents for same-sex couples to enable them to ‘marry’ overseas.
Now activist Rodney Croome says, “It makes no sense to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry in other countries but then to disregard those marriages when those couples return to Australia.”
That's right - take one step, then you HAVE to take the NEXT step!
If this Bill to recognise 'marriages' performed overseas were to become law, they would undoubtedly argue, ‘We recognize ‘marriages’ between same-sex couples who ‘marry’ overseas, so why not let same-sex couples marry here in Australia?'
They'd probably claim it was discriminatory NOT to do so!
Action - Please contact YOUR Senators and MP
PLEASE contact your 12 State Senators and your federal MP in the House of Representatives. Ask them to vote against the Greens’ Marriage Act Amendment (Recognition of Foreign Marriages for Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2013, since it would conflict with the law of Australia which only recognises marriages between a man and a woman.
Please also ask Tony Abbott not to allow a conscience vote for Coalition MPs on this issue.
A large billboard featuring the ‘Marriage’ graphic we sent out recently – with a symbol of a man and a woman, an equals sign and a pair of interlocked wedding rings – was erected this week in Wynyard in northern Tasmania. The large Billboard graphic also has the words ‘Designed by God’ and "Sponsored by Somerset and Wynyard Churches".
The Billboard is already being vehemently attacked. Graham Hodge, who designed the graphic, says criticism is coming from politicians (including the Greens member for Braddon), shop owners, real estate people, church ministers and so on. The Billboard has already been vandalised! One lesbian couple staged a 'kiss-in' protest at the Billboard site (Homosexual media report).
The local newspaper has an article today - quoted in the homosexual media (but not online).
Graham received a phone call from a local Uniting Church minister in Wynyard, complaining that he had not been consulted and worried that people might think his church was against same-sex ‘marriage’! Graham told him that ‘his argument was with Jesus who ordained marriage’.
Another 'Senior Pastor' wrote to Graham, saying it had ‘inflamed the situation’ and called for the sponsorship line to be removed because he didn't want his church connected with the sign.
How sad that the church will not stand by the words that God has spoken!
Graham was encouraged to receive a Media Release put out by Senator Eric Abetz (Liberal, Tasmania) . He supported the Billboard, noting it is the law of the land! He commented on the intolerance of those who criticised it. Well done, Eric!
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to people believing in God is the theory of evolution. The argument goes, 'If everything evolved - from microbes to man - and man wasn't specially created, then why do you need God?'
Dr John Ashton, who was part of the debating team of Christians against atheists last Saturday night in Sydney, has written/edited several books to help us understand that there are Christians who are PhD qualified scientists who don't believe in the theory of evolution and do believe in creation.
The first was the stories of fifty scientists who believe in creation, "In Six Days:Why fifty scientists choose to believe in creation" (see info/link here)
John is an adjunct professor of biomedical sciences at Victoria University in Melbourne and also serves as an adjunct professor of applied sciences at RMIT University
Now John has written a new book about how evolution is impossible - it is titled "Evolution Impossible: 12 Reasons Why Evolution Cannot Explain the Origin of Life on Earth".
His media release says, "In straightforward language Evolution Impossible sets out the new scientific evidence from genetics, biochemistry, geology and radiometric dating that constitute a very compelling rebuttal of evolution as an explanation of the origin of species."
The foreword is by award winning Curtin University microbiologist Prof Warren Grubb.
We'd encourage you to get a copy of the book and learn more about how evolution doesn't work.
It's available at various stores, including Koorong and online sellers such as Amazon.
Booko.com gives the range of sellers and prices.
Fishpond - $14.19 posted and Koorong $14.99 at the store).
John has set up a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionImpossible on which he post links to peer reviewed research papers which provide the scientific evidence that evolution is impossible so that people don’t have to buy the book to get key information and to make it easier to tell their friends.
Some more from John...
John writes, "Evolution from microbes to man is now taught across Australian Schools. This poses a serious challenge to the faith of many young people – they want to believe the Bible but how can they reconcile that with what they are being taught in science classes? – and for many students is raises doubts about the Bible."
John says, "book which summarises and explains the scientific evidence we now have that Evolution of new more complex organisms is actually scientifically impossible and never happened. The book has been out for 9 months now and many people who have read the book have told me that it has reaffirmed their ability to believe the scriptures. Also there are many excellent reviews on Amazon. I believe it is so important that young people be made aware that this resource is available. The Book is available as a paperback from Koorong and also as electronic versions."
Two engaging and authorative speakers will be featured at our Annual Dinner this year on September 7.
Bruce Coleman and Shane Varcoe are both experts in their field and are involved in giving the TRUTH to our young people...
Click here for more details and a booking form.
Kevin Rudd has relied on FLAWED research - from 2002 - for his justification in changing his position on re-defining marriage.
[By the way, if you want to contact Kevin Rudd to tell him what you think about his 'change-of-mind', click here for his contact details!]
Christopher Pearson has written an excellent article in The Australian regarding Kevin Rudd’s change of mind about supporting the re-defining of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.
Christopher picks up the statement by Kevin Rudd about same-sex parenting: "30 years of research has seen the Australian Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association acknowledge that same-sex families do not compromise children's development".
Christopher’s response is, “But Rudd hasn't kept up to date with recent research and his claim is misleading.”
Mr Pearson goes on to point out that research published last year shows that children ARE disadvantaged when raised by same-sex couples. He highlights the research by Mark Regnerus as well as another study by Loren Marks which analysed all the research done on same-sex parenting. Much of the so-called ‘research’ has been done by homosexuals with small ‘self-select’ studies.
As Christopher Pearson writes, “Most were what is politely referred to as advocacy research by activists.”
We highlighted these two studies extensively in our E-News and Journal when they were published last year. Links to both the studies are provided on our ‘Same-sex parenting’ page on our website – click here.
As for Kevin Rudd’s comment that several medical authorities say the ‘research’ says children are not harmed, as we point out on our Facebook comment, some of these groups have specific ‘Gay and Lesbian’ advisory groups that ‘HELP’ devise policy!
No wonder they come to that conclusion!
The American Academy of Pediatrics actually endorses same-sex ‘marriage’.
Yes - it really is 'outdated' - the AMA statement on ‘sexual diversity’ that is quoted by Kevin Rudd is dated 2002 and relies on a 2002 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Now for Christopher Pearson’s article:
Kevin Rudd's gay turn denies facts on same-sex families
Christopher Pearson, The Australian - May 25, 2013.