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The international World Congress of Families will be held in Sydney next week, with speakers and delegates attending from around the world. Welcome to everyone!
In case you missed it, homosexual activist and NSW MP Alex Greenwich offered a 'friendly welcome'. He has asked the NSW Tourism Minister to 'monitor the conference' to ensure that the speakers don't breach the state's anti-discrimination laws by their statements about homosexuality!
The Managing Director of the WCF put out a very forthright media release - read it here.
This week in our 'Update' we're just reporting on TWO important matters. ..
- The continuing push for same-sex 'marriage'
- The proposed inclusion of abortion drug RU486 on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
There's a video to watch, a new webpage on RU486 and some SHORT emails to write on the RU486 issue...
Our Prayer Notes, distributed earlier this week, contain information and prayer points about a number of current issues in our nation and overseas - please refer to them...
1. The continuing push for same-sex 'marriage'
Yesterday we sent a response to recent calls for a 'referendum' on same-sex 'marriage'.
One of the important things to remember is that, in Australia, we have a constitutional Monarchy and a Westminster-style democracy where we elect political representatives. The system has checks and balances in the two-House system, the judiciary and the Governor-General as representative of the Crown.
Our system of government relies on the parliament to make the decisions. That's supposed to be according to God's word, as reflected in the coronation ceremony for the Queen. Of course, we have moved a long way from that ideal. But to go to a system where 'the people decide on issues' and the 'majority rule' would lead to a very different form of government.
Many of the problems we currently face, whether moral issues or economic management, stem from WHO we elect to govern us. We always say the same thing - that as Christians we need to elect Christians who will support Biblical Christian values - being pro-life, supporting marriage between a man and a woman and so on.
On the referendum question - The main lobbyist for same-sex 'marriage', Alex Greenwich - a homosexual and now an MP in the NSW Legislative Assembly - is opposing the referendum on the basis of a 'negative campaign'. He is saying that the right politicians need to be elected. Of course, he means people who SUPPORT same-sex 'marriage'!
Watch a revealing short (4 min) video clip of him explaining his position... click here.
[Video at top of the article.] The journalist also posted a longer interview - he gives Alex a lot of time to present his case. The journalist also interviews Fred Nile - and is quite dismissive of Fred when he makes comments. How are we going to get a 'fair debate' on this issue?
2. Proposed inclusion of abortion drug RU486 on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
This week, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recommended to the Health Minister, and the federal government, that the abortion drug RU486 (and an associated drug) be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This would mean concession holders could obtain the drug for UNDER $12!
AND TAXPAYERS would be subsidising the cost - it would otherwise cost more than $300.
The Health Minister is to make a decision on this in the next few weeks.
I've added a NEW page to our website giving an "OVERVIEW of RU486 in Australia"
The new page contains all the details - with links: from the vote in parliament, to the health risks and one death from RU486, to the current proposal for inclusion on the PBS.
Read it - click here.
ACTION: Please write to Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and ask them NOT to support the inclusion of RU486 on the PBS.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek - Online form
Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Online form
A new front has opened in the push for same-sex 'marriage’.
Tony Windsor (federal Independent MP), is calling for a referendum on same-sex ‘marriage’ to be held at the same time as the next federal election. Some Christian groups are supporting the call for a referendum.
The question is, “Should Australia hold a referendum on same-sex ‘marriage?”
- What question would be asked?
- Could the truth be told, for the no vote, without it being condemned as’ hate’ and ‘bigotry’?
- Would today’s government want to tell the truth – when even most of the church won’t, for fear of being labelled as haters and bigots?
Should Australia hold a referendum on same-sex ‘marriage?
In short, NO.
Because it would be highly problematic to put this issue to a referendum and it would set a very dangerous precedent for a range of other moral issues.
See our Briefing for a more comprehensive answer to this question...
Following the Boston bombings, the initial media reports said that the two 'suspects' were asylum seekers, or they were from Chechnya.
Few mentioned the I-word (Islam) or the M- word (Muslim). Andrew Bolt pointed that out on Sunday on the Bolt Report, and reported that the two young men were Muslims. A media article by Andrew Bolt appears at NO 2 below.
Apparently the two young men had taken up Islam more seriously in the past two years. The wife of the older brother, an American girl who dropped out of college, converted to Islam and wears the hijab. (See Overseas News below - NO 2)
The mother of the bombers said that the FBI had been investigating - and monitoring - the two brothers for some time.
Eventually it was reported that the older brother had posted various videos on 'terrorism'. One video was by a controversial Australian Muslim cleric Sheik Feiz Mohammed, who runs the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Liverpool in western Sydney.
One paper reported (No 1), "In 2007, a British documentary called “Undercover Mosque” showed footage of him saying children should be “soldiers defending Islam.’’ He said, “Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid. Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom."
That report said that the Australian government had investigated him and his videos to see if they were 'inciting hatred'.
Australian Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus immediately said that Sheik Feiz Mohammed isn't a problem - or at least isn't a problem 'any more'! He said, "Sheik Feiz Mohammed in recent months, particularly in the later period of last year when there was some quite dramatic demonstrations in Sydney condemned the use of violence,” Mr Dreyfus told Network Ten. “Certainly as a community leader he's getting behind the countering violent-extremism program that we have.” (See Item No 4)
New South Wales police said the counter terrorism unit had questioned the sheik when he came forward - but had 'no concerns about him'.
The question is, "Has Sheik Feiz Mohammed REALLY changed?" His videos and previous teaching are extremely concerning. Has he changed his official position in order to escape the 'heat'?
Even if his views have really changed, his videos are still circulating on You Tube and on DVD to influence more disenfranchised - and easily radicalised - young people.
Perhaps Bill Warner of Political Islam says it best.... "He seemed like such a nice guy..."
But he goes on to talk about the nature of jihad, the influence of the Quran verses on jihad and so on....
Read Bill's article: He Seemed Like Such a Nice Guy - American Thinker.
A selection of media reports:
1. 'Bomb’ cleric fanned flames
New York Post, by RITA DELFINER, April 20, 2013
A radical Australian Muslim cleric who despises Harry Potter and preaches that rape victims only have themselves to blame had a fan in the Boston bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, posted a YouTube video of fiery Sheik Feiz Mohammad, who had encouraged children to become martyrs for Islam, it was reported yesterday. In 2007, a British documentary called “Undercover Mosque” showed footage of him saying children should be “soldiers defending Islam.’’ He said, “Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid. Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom…”
2. A dangerous silence on ideology of Boston terrorists
Herald Sun, by:Andrew Bolt, April 22, 2013.
“OUR media behaved politely after the Boston bombing. None jumped to the correct conclusion: these terrorists were yet again Muslim. In fact, even after brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were identified and found to be - surprise! - Muslim, some still pretended not to notice or think it relevant. Muslim? Really? What an amazing coincidence. Probably meaningless. So in the more than 6000 words filed by The Age on its live coverage thread by 8.30am on Saturday, the word “Muslim” was used just once: “The brothers are Muslims believed to be of Chechen origin, but there is still no clear motive for the attack.” Uh huh…”
3. Aussie sheik on Boston suspect's playlist
Brisbane Times, by Peter Mitchell, April 20, 2013
“US authorities are investigating if the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a shootout was a follower of controversial Australian Muslim cleric Sheik Feiz Mohammed. A YouTube page with the user name Tamerlan Tsarnaev features religious videos, including one by the Sydney-born sheik titled And They Say, It's Only Sunnah, and a clip where the sheik deplores storybook boy wizard, Harry Potter, and complains that cartoons on TV "glorify nudity". Sheik Feiz founded the Global Islamic Centre in Liverpool in 2000 and gained notoriety worldwide for his teachings, including blaming women for being rape victims…”
4. 'No concerns' about Sydney sheik's social media link to Boston bombing suspect
The Australian, April 21, 2013
“Attorney-General says controversial Sydney sheik condemns the use of violence. NSW counter terrorism authorities have questioned a controversial Sydney Muslim cleric linked to a Boston bombing suspect and say they have no concerns about him.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burns said her unit had been contacted by Sheik Feiz Mohammed after it emerged that a YouTube page thought to belong to one of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon attack features a video by the sheik. US authorities are investigating if Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a follower of the Sydney-born sheik. But Ms Burns said local police did not consider the sheik to be a person of concern, and he had no connection to the suspected Boston bombers…”
1. They lived the dream ... then tried to destroy it
The Sydney Morning Herald, by Peter Foster and Tom Parfitt, April 22, 2013
“He married into a world of carports and clapboard houses that for so many immigrants embodies the American dream, and yet even as he did so, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was apparently preparing to destroy what he had once heralded as a great gift. Until the terrible events unfolded in Boston this week, for the Russell family of Rhode Island, the 26-year-old suspected Boston bomber was not a terrorist but the man who married their daughter Katherine, then 21, converted her to Islam and gave her a child. Like all of America, the family is struggling to make sense of how - as Barack Obama put it in his address to the nation - two young men who grew up and studied in America, "as part of our communities and our country", could resort to such violence…”
2. How doctor's daughter became the Muslim convert widow of Boston bomber: Terrorist husband 'brainwashed' her and she gave up her dreams of college to have his baby at 21
The Daily Mail, by Laura Collins , 22 April 2013
“Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston bomb suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was 'an all-American girl who was brainwashed' by her extremist husband according to one schoolfriend. Today MailOnline has gained the first glimpse and pictures of the early life of the woman who, according to those who knew her best, was 'totally transformed' by Tsarnaev. At high school her personal motto was 'Do something about it or stop complaining'. She dreamed of going to college and joining the Peace Corps. She urged her friends to 'lighten up and enjoy the small things,' in life. Instead she met Tsarneav, 26, a disenfranchised man who came to America from his troubled homeland of Chechnya who rapidly had her in his thrall…”
3. Dumb Lefty Narratives About the Muslim Boston Bombings
Frontpage Mag, April 20, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield.
“Until recently the lefties were holding out hope for a white male bomber. Anything but a Muslim. Now that he is a Muslim the spinners are frantically trying to spin the story in a politically correct direction…”
4. CITY OF BOSTON GAVE 'SUBSIDY' TO BOMBING SUSPECTS' RADICAL MOSQUE
Liberty News Online, by Patrick Howley, April 19, 2013
“Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended a Massachusetts mosque that made a controversial deal with a Boston city agency that allowed it to buy land at a lower-than-market price in exchange for various token services to the Boston community, despite the mosque’s links to some radical anti-American figures.
The 19-year-old Tsarnaev attended mosque at the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Daily Caller reported Friday that the ISB hosted at its satellite cultural center a book signing April 6 featuring British journalist Victoria Brittain, who has criticized the United States and United Kingdom for waging a “war against Islam” in its anti-terrorism efforts…”
The government is seeking YOUR input... The Senate is conducting an Inquiry into a Bill aimed at stopping Medicare funding for abortions done for 'gender selection'.
Submissions close TOMORROW - Wednesday 24 April, 2013.
Listen to our first podcast on WHY you should make a submission and HOW you go about it!
Click here - you will need to download the file first.
Here is more detailed information on HOW to make a submission and WHAT you can say!
The Inquiry is the result of a Bill - the "Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013" - put forward by Senator John Madigan of the DLP.
We encourage you to send in a submission (or letter) supporting the proposal to stop the use of Medicare funding for 'gender selection' abortions.
You can MAKE your submission ONLINE - click here.
The Inquiry website has the Bill, info, submissions etc - click here.
See our Campaign page for more info...
We know that many people find it hard to write a submission. We provide a BASIC OUTLINE on how to make a submission.
In our E-NEWS we sent detailed info on points to make for EACH of the 'Terms of Reference'.
Sign up to our E-News to get more detailed information on the issues - click here!
Or contact us to ask for a copy of the additional information.
PLEASE USE YOUR OWN WORDS in your submission/letter!
1. Refer to the actual Bill
Refer to the fact you are making a submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees on their Inquiry into the "Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013."
2. Give your name and address
You need to give your name and address when making the submission online or by email.
If you want your submission to be confidential, you need to state that clearly - in that case, the Committee says that any DOCUMENT submitted should NOT contain your name and contact details.
See Committee's page for info on making a submission.
3. State your POSITION
State your opposition to the principle of gender selection abortions and your opposition to the use of scarce Medicare funds to pay for these.
Note: Some medical groups may support the use of gender selection for preventing genetic diseases - in Australia, regulations governing IVF allow the use of gender selection in such limited cases but BAN the use of gender selection for social or cultural reasons.
4. Address the 'Terms of Reference'
These are the specific matters the Committee will consider. In our E-News, I included these, along with DOT points you might consider including. Again, please use your OWN words in describing them!
You might like to look at Submissions NO 1, 69, 73 and 75 for more ideas.
DON"T FORGET - SUBMISSIONS CLOSE Wednesday 24 April!
You can MAKE your submission ONLINE - click here.