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The following is part of a recent email from Roy Morgan Research.
"More than 4.25 million Australians aged 14+ years (22.7%) report experiencing stress in the last 12 months, according to the latest data from Roy Morgan Research for July 2011 - June 2012. Looking at the incidence of stress by marital status reveals an interesting picture.
For example, there is a significant difference in the incidence of stress among De Facto (30.5%) compared to those who are Married (19.7%).
The highest incidences of stress are among those who are Engaged (40.3%) or Planning to Marry (33.4%), followed by those who are Separated (30%) or Divorced (29.2%)."
Full Roy Morgan Release - click here. Includes graphs and details.
This is yet another statistic that young people need to be made aware of, along with the truth that those who live together before marriage are more likely to divorce and/or often divorce earlier than those who do it God's way - no sex before marriage!
An insightful book on marriage has been written by Kevin Andrews.
It is called maybe 'I do' - modern marriage & the pursuit of happiness.
Of course, in this context, marriage means marriage between a man and a woman!
Kevin has been a Member of federal parliament for many years - representing the Liberal Party in the seat of Menzies (see Kevin's website
Kevin was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs that published the report "To Have and to hold: Strategies to Strengthen Marriage and Relationships" in 1998.
The full "To have and to hold" report is available on the Parliament website - click here.
Kevin's new book is the culmination of much of his life's work. He and his wife Margie have conducted pre-marriage courses for many years. The book offers strategies for strengthening marriage in our society.
We've just posted a detailed Update on the proposals in FIVE states and the ACT for state same-sex 'marriage' laws.
In addition, we've posted a great article by Augusto Zimmermann, Senior Lecturer in Law at Murdoch University in WA, explaining why such laws are unconstitutional. Essential reading!
Click here to read the Update and Augusto's article.
Naturally, the media, especially the Adelaide Advertiser, who have been vigorously pushing the same sex 'marriage' issue, would like to get rid of SA Senator Cory Bernardi. Yesterday they had an article stating that he was not backing away from the comments he made in the Senate about the ramifications of changing the Marriage Act.
Web VOTE - Does Cory Bernardi have a future in mainstream politics? (link)
Please vote 'YES' to support Cory - currently 58% say 'Yes'!
Brief points from the Media Article
'SA Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has stood by his comments linking gay marriage to bestiality, saying the reaction to his speech in Parliament was "hysterical".'
SALT point: Cory did not actually link one to the other - he talked about the 'possible' consequences of removing the boundaries. '
Liberal Shadow Attorney-General, George Brandis repudiated the comments as injudicious and inappropriate, but noted that Senator Bernardi as a backbencher was free to "indulge" his own opinions. "It's his own view - and I think, shared by hardly anyone," he told Sky News this morning, adding it did not represent the views of the coalition.'
'Malcolm Turnbull, described the Bernardi bestiality speech as extreme and hysterical.'
SALT point: The Coalition had made a Party Room decision of not wanting to 'inflame' the debate out of a fear it would cause some Labor MPs to vote for same-sex 'marriage' to spite the "nasty" Liberals.
'Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young also condemned the comments saying Senator Bernardi wanted to fan intolerance.'
SALT point: NO, Cory was speaking the truth and was not prepared to be silenced out of 'fear of man' - the Greens, of course, would have us believe there is no God and therefore there are no Boundaries!! Given the promotion of bestiality by Peter Singer, who Cory mentioned in his speech, Cory was simply drawing an obvious, slippery slope, conclusion.
For a very well-made case as to why the battle for marriage is far from over, and we must reshape the arguments (or lack of them) to save marriage, we recommend an excellent opinion article by Murray McLeod-Boyle. He highlights the need to develop careful arguments - and points out that we need to be very wary of 'changing definitions'.
The war was not won. The battle still rages by Murray McLeod-Boyle, Reformation Ministries. October 2012.
Murray suggests some action points towards the end of his article. Contact details for MPs are on our web site. Follow the links and then write a personal email to them.
The UN is again considering 'defamation of religion' laws. Last year a 'compromise motion' on 'religious tolerance' - with similar aims - was approved by the UN General Assembly (source).
We want Australia to oppose - and vote AGAINST - both 'defamation of religion' laws and also 'religious tolerance' laws.
See the ACTION section below - contact PM Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr.
In Victoria, we are acutely aware of the problems caused by the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, introduced by the Bracks Labor government in 2001. The most high-profile case, involving Pastor Daniel Scot and Catch the Fire Ministries, caused huge angst and took five years to 'resolve'!
Religious vilification laws create disharmony and unrest. They are often used to shut down debate and criticism.
At the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), made up of 57 Islamic nations, has been lobbying to get 'defamation of religion' laws implemented for at least a decade (they started in 1999). The first such attempts, by Pakistan, were called 'Defamation of Islam'. They've since changed the NAME, but not the intent!