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Victoria's Liberal/National Coalition government has announced they will make changes to the state's Equal Opportunity Act.
Many people were upset that the previous Labor government had removed the right of Christian schools and organisations to employ people who have the same faith and beliefs. Labor's amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act had included an 'inherent requirement' clause, which meant schools would have to show (at VCAT) that it was an 'inherent requirement' of the job to be a Christian, etc. The changes were due to commence this coming August.
Attorney-General Robert Clark and Premier Ted Baillieu have announced that this clause will be REMOVED!
That's GOOD NEWS for Victorians!
They will also remove the 'unchecked coercive powers' that were given to the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission - the Commission would be able to investigate 'systemic discrimination' but will now have to get VACT authorisation to compel organisations to hand over documents or attend the Commission.
The government has also said that the 'equal opportunity' law that forced sports teams to allow either sex to participate would be repealed... for instance, lawn bowls clubs have been forced to allow men to play in women's competitions and pennant teams - that will now change.
Read Media Release - click here.
Thankfully some common sense is being restored!
In our latest video, Peter and Jenny chat about the Royal Wedding - of William and Catherine... and how it affirmed the Biblical view of marriage between a man and a woman...
They also talk about the ordered society that Christianity has produced and the implications for 'republicanism'...
The 'Surrogacy Bill 2011' passed the Tasmanian lower house, the House of Assembly, on 14 April.
Now it goes to the Legislative Council where a debate and vote will be held sometime on or after the 24 May, 2011.
If you live in Tasmania, please contact your Member in the Legislative Council and ask them to oppose this Bill in order to protect the right of children to grow up with their biological mother and father.
Our Campaign page has all the details of this Bill - as well as contact details for MPs - click here.
The marriage of William and Kate (now Catherine), now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge affirmed all that is good and noble about marriage between a man and a woman.
Yes, we watched it... along with millions of others around the world.
The pageantry, the anticipation and the excitement about a young couple getting married were a timely message to the world about the importance of marriage. In turbulent times it was also a reminder of the importance of stable government ....
[If you missed it, you can watch the whole service and see photographs and highlights on the official Royal Wedding website - click here (wedding, service, cake, reception, prayer, sermon etc). Full service - on You Tube - click here.]
The service, the Bible reading and the address all affirmed the great value of marriage between a man and a woman.
The sermon by the Lord Bishop of London affirmed the purposes of marriage between a man and a woman.
Read the sermon - click here - or watch it on You Tube with the full service - click here.
The sermon concluded with the prayer that William and Catherine wrote together for their marriage:
God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage.
In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.
Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer.
We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Four hundred years ago, in 1611, the 'King James Bible' was first completed.
It is also known as the Authorised Version since it was 'authorised' by King James 1. When first published, the translation was given the title "THE HOLY BIBLE, Containing the Old Testament, AND THE NEW: Newly Translated out of the Original tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised, by his Majesties special Commandment" (different original spelling - see image of title page at Wikipedia - and at right)
View a digitised version of the first edition - click here.
Various short videos on the main website highlight various well-known phrases from the King James translation - 'salt of the earth', 'the powers that be', 'nothing new under the sun' and so on.
Surprisingly, even atheists have contributed to reading chapters of the King James Bible for a special BBC production and have commended the King James Bible:
Richard Dawkins says that the King James Bible is essential for understanding English language, literature and culture. He read a chapter from Song of Solomon. watch the interview with Richard Dawkins - click here.
Christopher Hitchens, another atheist, recently said, in his commentary in Vanity Fair, "Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something 'timeless' in the Tyndale/King James synthesis. For generations, it provided a common stock of references and allusions, rivaled only by Shakespeare in this respect. It resounded in the minds and memories of literate people, as well as of those who acquired it only by listening."
Read report at Christian Post.
He went on to commend the King James wording of a passage in Philippians - "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." He said he found a newer translation of these verses to be "pancake-flat"!
Even our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard - herself an atheist - recently affirmed the importance of the Bible...
Ms Gillard said it was important for people to understand their Bible stories "not because I'm an advocate of religion - clearly I'm not - but once again, what comes from the Bible has formed such an important part of our culture". "It's impossible to understand Western literature without having that key of understanding the Bible stories and how Western literature builds on them and reflects them and deconstructs them and brings them back together," she said.