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In this provocative challenge to the left, the former New Statesman deputy editor Cristina Odone argues that liberalism has become the new orthodoxy – and there is no room for religious believers to dissent.
By Cristina Odone Published 14 January 2014 NEW STATESMAN.
"I couldn’t believe it. I was trying to discuss traditional marriage – and the state was trying to stop me.
Incredible, in a 21st-century European country, but true. I was invited to speak at a conference on marriage last summer, to be held at the Law Society in London. The government had just launched a public consultation on changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. The conference was a chance for supporters of traditional marriage to contribute to the debate. The participants included a retired philosophy professor, a representative of the Catholic archdiocese of Westminster, the chairman of the Tory party’s oldest pressure group, the Bow Group, Phillip Blond (another Tory adviser) and spokesmen for various Christian organisations. The title, “One Man. One Woman. Making the Case for Marriage for the Good of Society”, could hardly have sounded more sober. I accepted without a second thought.
A few days before the conference, someone from Christian Concern, the group which had organised the event, rang me in a panic: the Law Society had refused to let us meet on their premises. The theme was “contrary to our diversity policy”, the society explained in an email to the organisers, “espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage”. In other words, the Law Society regarded support for heterosexual union, still the only legal form of marriage in Britain, as discriminatory. . . ."
Click here to read the full article.
The subject of homosexuality is one of the major issues being pushed at present in society. Homosexual activists are unrelenting in their pursuit of 'full acceptance', and much of secular society, especially the media, supports their cause.
Christian groups are under particular pressure, and there is a movement around the world to try and stop Christians from counselling people who want help to deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. This report deals with a key Christian counselling association in the UK that has given in to the pressure and directed its members to stop providing this type of counselling.
Those who object to the normalisation of homosexuality are often called bigots or homophobes.The current program on ABC by Stephen Fry about people around the world who oppose homosexuality (and homosexuals who suffer from this) is the most recent example - that's hardly surprising given Stephen Fry is openly homosexual.
We were reminded today, in reading Proverbs 1 (v 20-23), that we need to continue presenting the Biblical view on the issues confronting us.
The passage reads, "Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke!"
In the UK, the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) has just given in to the demands of the homosexuals - they have released a statement this month that says they've decided that their members cannot provide counselling assistance to people who want to deal with their unwanted same-sex attractions.
Statement: An ACC statement to its members January 2014
Did they take this step because they really believe counsellors shouldn't help people deal with unwanted homosexual feelings?
With Victoria and Tasmania now allowing abortion up to birth, and forcing doctors to refer a patient to a doctor who they know will perform and abortion, it is vital that we know the truth about abortion.
It is also important that women are provided with all the information – when the Victorian law was passed, amendments aimed at providing that information to women were defeated.
This email has three parts:
First is a moving interview with Anne Lastman, who lives in Melbourne and runs a ministry called ‘Victims of Abortion’. Anne counsels women who are suffering pain and hurt following an abortion, and has written a book titled Redeeming Grief.
The interview was published in National Review Online.
The other two parts relate to new evidence about the link between abortion and breast cancer. The latest research comes from China and India.
Of particular note is a new book, written by Dr Angela Lanfranchi - she has compiled much of the information about the consequences of abortion to a new book titled Complications: Abortion’s impact on women . . .
1. Abortion Hurts
The interview with Anne Lastman about the hurt of abortion…
Abortion Hurts - that’s the title of the interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, who begins,
‘Christmas is especially difficult because, for some reason, I seem to remember more strongly,” Hannah says. “When I look at the set Christmas table, I remember that there should be other children there, but because I didn’t know any better, and I certainly didn’t trust God, today they are not sitting at their place at the table,” she continues. “For this I am so sorry.”
Hannah is one of many women whose stories are told in Anne Lastman’s book, Redeeming Grief.
’Tis the season to be sensitive. There’s a lot of pain out there.
“From the moment of conception to the last breath taken naturally, the dignity of human life cannot be compromised,” Anne Lastman writes. She does not write from a political position, but from a deep conviction drenched in the knowledge of experience.
As you’ve already seen, she lets women tell their stories of pain and forgiveness. She does so with the utmost motherly love, a deeper love than we tend to go into in abortion debates — which are so perversely insensitive, given what an intimate violence it is we veil under the inhumane cloak of “choice.”
From her nearly 20 years counseling post-abortive women in Australia, Lastman insists that our culture is drowning in post-abortion pain. In Redeeming Grace, she writes: “My contention is that, not merely ‘some,’ but to some degree everyone who has had an abortion will be affected” and that “those surrounding them, that is, family, friends, colleagues, abortionists, staff, and society” are as well. The “whole of society is affected,” Lastman writes, “because of the sheer number of abortions.” Abortion is deemed a “right,” and it’s killing us.
Lastman talks to National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
Read the article for the full interview…
2. Abortion and breast cancer – meta analysis from China
A new meta-analysis from China shows a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Babette Francis, in an Online Opinion article, writes, “A stunning new meta-analysis on the ABC link has just been published in a peer-reviewed cancer journal. Described as "Chinese Abortion-Breast Cancer bombshell" the meta-analysis of 36 Chinese studies from 14 provinces in China shows abortion increases breast cancer risk by 44%. This meta-analysis is particularly relevant to abortion legislation in Victoria where doctors are coerced, against their better scientific judgement, to refer women for abortions….”
Of particular concern is the fact that the study found that the risk rises with subsequent abortions. Barbara Kay writes in the National Post, “Their findings, described as a “dose-responsive relationship,” pegged one IA (induced abortion) to a 44% rise in risk of breast cancer, two IAs to 76% and three to 89%. . .”
Barbara’s concern about the latest evidence is compelling because she admits she is not an ‘abortion ideologue’ - but she is particularly concerned about the lack of informed consent.
Barbara commends a new book by Dr Angela Lanfranchi and others, published by the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, a pro-life Institute. The book is called Complications: Abortion’s impact on women. She says the books claims are objective and “evidence-based, with most of its 650 footnotes leading to peer-reviewed academic research.”
Abstract of the Study:
A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females
Huang Y, Zhang X, Li W, Song F, Dai H, Wang J, Gao Y, Liu X, Chen C, Yan Y, Wang Y, Chen K.
BOOK: Complications: Abortion’s impact on women
– details at the de Veber Institute – click here.
3. Abortion and breast cancer link – new Indian data
Professor Joel Brind reports on the latest research from India…
The Real War on Women: The Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer
by Joel Brind, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/16/14.
Hot on the heels of the new systematic review and meta-analysis of the abortion-breast cancer (ABC link) in China published by Dr. Yubei Huang last November and reviewed in NRL News Today in December, comes yet another blockbuster study from the Asian subcontinent.
On Christmas Eve, a study by A.S. Bhadoria et al. of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences—“Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India”–appeared online in the “Indian Journal of Cancer.” These new Asian studies are changing the game in ABC link research
The Bhadoria study of 320 breast cancer patients and 320 age and socio-economic status-matched healthy control women reported a 403% increased risk of getting breast cancer among Indian women who have had any abortions. Not only is this increase much larger than what had been reported in the Huang meta-analysis (44%) and by my colleagues and I in our worldwide meta-analysis of 1996 (30%), but it closely matches the 538% among Indian women reported earlier in 2013 by Dr. Ramchandra Kamath et al. . . .”
The Commonwealth has made a submission to the High Court, asking that the High Court rule that the ACT same-sex ‘marriage’ Act is INVALID.
The High Court will hear the appeal on 3-4 December, 2013.
The Submission is 24 pages long and makes very interesting and enlightening reading!
The High Court has a WEBPAGE relating to this case - click here.
The SUBMISSION is online - click here.
The SUMMARY of the Commonwealth’s submission is under 'Part V - Argument' on pages labelled 1 and 2.
If you just read these TWO pages, you will have a good idea of the argument...
The final paragraph of this Section states:
The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 (ACT) (ACT Marriage Act), in purporting to clothe with the legal status of marriage unions solemnised in the ACT between the persons it identifies (including but not limited to its purported extension of marriage to same-sex unions), is:
5.6.1. inconsistent, within the meaning of s 28(1) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cth), with the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act; and
5.6.2. repugnant to the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act (Sections 5 and 6)."
The Commonwealth's submission provides a very insightful overview of the law regarding marriage in Australia – there are sections on marriage pre 1901 (and the beginning of the Commonwealth), 1901-1960, the 1961 Marriage Act and the 2004 Amendment which stated that marriage is the “union of a 'man and a woman' to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
The Commonwealth Government's submission re the ACT legislation can be
found at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/cases/c13-2013/Cth-ACT_Plf.pdf
Please pray that the High Court upholds the appeal by the Commonwealth and overturns the ACT law on 'same-sex marriage'.
Since the British Parliament passed the law to allow same-sex ‘marriages’ in England and Wales, and the law was given Royal assent in July 2013, there have been several developments in the UK. This report covers the commencement date for 'homosexual marraiges', the vote in the Scottish parliament and the situation in Ireland...
* Homosexual ‘marriages’ commence 29 March 2014
The British government has announced that homosexual ‘marriages’ will commence from 29 March 2014. The reason given is that plans have progressed ‘faster’ than they thought – initially it was expected they would begin in the northern summer.
Read the Government’s Media release.
* Scotland – homosexual ‘marriage’ approved in principle
The Scottish parliament has approved ‘in principle’ the government’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill It passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions on 20 November 2013 . . .