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With the federal parliament about to hear from MPs on what their 'constituents' think about same-sex 'marriage', the debate is hotting up!
The federal House of Representatives will hear from MPs on 24 August (changed from 17 August) - so now is the time to contact your MPs to tell them you don't support same-sex 'marriage'. Those in favour are actively encouraging their supporters to contact MPs and to respond to MP 'surveys'.
The homosexual groups are celebrating the fact that they say the ABS will count 'same sex marriages' performed overseas in the census on 9 August.
Why did the ABS back down and decide to count them?
Because of lobbying by homosexual activists - including a 'sit-in' outside the ABS office!
Read more - click here.
Of course we know marriage is between a man and a woman, and this article by Miranda Devine reveals that the thing Australians MOST want is a 'good marriage'!
83% put this as their highest priority in a recent survey. Family and children beat everything else!
Read the article: Family focus is eluding the Prime Minister
Join us at the National Marriage Day rally on Tuesday 16 August in Canberra to support marriage between a man and a woman. Click here for details.
The High Court challenge regarding Chaplaincy in schools will be held next week - starting 9 August.
Please pray for the outcome of this case, which is being taken against the provision of federal funding of chaplaincy in schools by Queensland parent Ron Williams.
Scripture Union Queensland is one of the groups defending the case since they provide Chaplains in Queensland schools... the CEO is Tim Mander.
Please pray for wisdom, discernment and encouragement for SU Qld - and also for others defending the provision of Chaplaincy in schools (including the federal government and some of the states!)
Here is the latest message from SU Qld and Tim Mander...
The message is online - click here.
Please sign the 'Statement of Support' mentioned in their post.
Click here to sign (see message on right of screen).
They are hoping to get 50,000 signatures by 8 August.
watch Tim Mander's message online.
They are also seeking donations to help fund their defence of the High Court Challenge - details.
You can also forward it on to friends to encourage them to support this as well...
Yes, both these issues are currently being debated in Australia.
The WA government has a draft proposal for legalising brothels - and have been 'receiving feedback'.
The Attorney-General Christian Porter is the man responsible for this bill... email him to tell him you think prostitution demeans women - as well as demeaning men and undermining society.
Click here for his email address.
If you live in WA, please contact ALL MPs - you have one in Legislative Assembly and six in the Legislative Council.
The South Australian House of Assembly passed a version of a euthanasia bill last week...
The Bill purports to give a medical defence to doctors who give medication that may 'hasten death'.
However it has lots of legal loopholes - and it being promoted by all the same people who are putting up euthanasia legislation.
The Bill passed 'on the voices' - now it goes to the Legislative Council - where it seems that 'amendments' will be considered.
Click here for Paul Russell's report on this development.
Click here for contact details for SA MPs in the Legislative Council.
Ask them to VOTE AGAINST this Bill.
The Czech President Vaclav Klaus is currently visiting Australia. He calls himself a 'global warming realist' and is telling the Australian government that their tax on 'carbon' will not provide any solutions - even if there was a problem, which he doesn't think there is!
Speaking at the National Press Club
Vaclav Klaus, who is an economist and has studied climate change, spoke at the National Press Club on Tuesday.
You can watch his speech online - click here.
The following article (below) highlights that he compared 'climate change' to a totalitarian ideology of communism in his speech.
He also spoke at a Dinner in Melbourne held by the Institute for Public Affairs.
President Klaus was interviewed by Andrew Bolt on The Bolt Report - click here to watch segment.
PM refuses to meet the Czech President
Prime Minister Julia Gillard refused to meet with Mr Klaus. When Mr Klaus went to Parliament House he was refused entry because he declined to go through the security scanner! Meanwhile, Greens Deputy leader Christine Milne argued, during a Tasmanian Q & A, announced that that the Government would be conducting an inquiry into the section of the Australian media that she finds "extreme(ly) bias(ed) against action on climate change". The Herald Sun article, comparing President Klaus and Christine Milne was titled:
Green agenda has parallels with excesses of communism
Now, the article about Vaclav's speech to the Press Club...
Czech leader Vaclav Klaus rails against carbon tax
Joe Kelly - The Australian - July 26, 2011 - click here to read it.
Is Islamic sharia law being practiced in Australia?
Recently, the peak body for Muslims, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, called for sharia law to be enacted in Australia, especially in family law matters - in a submission to a federal government inquiry into multiculturalism.
Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon, a convert to Islam and founder of Sharia4Australia, is calling for sharia law in Australia - he is said to be 'extreme' by some Muslims, who say he doesn't represent them.
Then there's the 'survey' of Imams by the Herald Sun (story here and full comments here) - and a TV segment on Today Tonight - which asked Muslims if they put sharia law above Australian law - many respondents said they did.
The latest research reveals the truth - sharia 'marriages' are being carried out in Australia - allowing men to have multiple 'wives' and also marrying underage girls. Often the marriages are just 'religious ceremonies' in the mosque - and the so-called 'marriages' are not registered.
The legal editor of The Australian, Chris Merritt, writes,
"SHARIA law has become a shadow legal system within Australia, endorsing polygamous and underage marriages that are outlawed under the Marriage Act. A system of "legal pluralism" based on sharia law "abounds" in Australia, according to new research by legal academics Ann Black and Kerrie Sadiq. They have found that Australian Muslims have long been complying with the shadow system of religious law as well as mainstream law.
But in family law, not all Muslims were registering their marriages and some were relying on religious ceremonies to validate unions that breached the Marriage Act. This included "polygynist marriages", in which a man takes multiple wives, and marriages where one party is under the lawful marriage age. Their research, which will be published on Monday in the University of NSW Law Journal, says that the wider community has been "oblivious to the legal pluralism that abounds in this country".
Read his full detailed article - click here.
We've known about this for many years. During the Tribunal case against Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, we reported on an interview given by Sheik Fehmi, the current 'mufti' or Islamic leader in Australia on Compass in 2001. He said he told the then Attorney-General, Bill Hayden, "I said to him, listen to me please you may register the first one and don't worry about the second one. He laughed and said all right we won't have anything to do with the second one."
Read full transcript of interview: click here.
It gets worse...
Muslim men who come to Australia with multiple wives have those 'marriages' recognised by Australian law.
But it NOW goes further. . .
The researchers note that changes to the Family Law Act in 2008 meant that polygamous religious marriages entered into in Australia could also be recognised as de facto marriages. "It means a second wife can be validly married under Islamic law . . . and be a de facto wife under Australian law with the same legal entitlements as any other de facto relationship," they [the researchers] write.
Where are we going in Australia?
WHY are we accepting such 'legal' changes about marriage?
Please pray for marriage and family this Sunday!
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