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We were sent a link to this video – which shows children being asked what they think about same-sex ‘marriage’. The video was done as part of the ‘Kids React’ series for You Tube by the 'Fine Brothers'. They do a wide range of subjects, with responses from teens and elders as well as children.
In this film about same-sex 'marriage, they interviewed 13 Californian children between the ages of 5 and 13.
The video, which is 15 minutes long, has already had 6.4 million views!
The children were shown TWO PROPOSALS of ‘marriage’ by same-sex couples and then asked their views. Most of the children support the idea, focusing on the love and romance. Some are a bit confused about the subject.
The FULL Kids React video on You Tube (with proposals and 'Facts')
– 15 minutes.
+ Did you know that 'Headspace', the federally funded youth mental health program, is actively promoting the normalisation of homosexuality - all in the name of 'mental health'?
+ Did you know that 'Peninsula Pride' is operating in the Mornington Peninsula, run by the Frankston 'Headspace centre' - and that they are already working with SEVEN local secondary colleges?
+ Did you know the Peninsula Pride leaders told students, "Now is the time to learn who you are, to find out if you are homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual. The way to do it is to try it and see how you feel."?
Yes, homosexuality is being promoted as 'normal' in our schools' - read on to get even more alarmed!
AusAID disbanded – but aid funding continues!
I received an email ‘graphic’ this week (I've included it fyi) and was asked to comment… I thought I'd share my response as it relates to recent developments about overseas aid ...
The graphic featured a poor child from an overseas nation. It claimed that the federal Coalition government had ‘secretly disbanded AusAID’ on 31 October. It also claimed, “In one of the most despicable acts of any Australian government in history, it seems we can’t afford to help these children any more.”
It went on to compare this with the government's action relating to a coal mine...
How TRUE is this?
When we receive this sort of information, we need to be VERY discerning....
I'll share with you my response...
+ In brief...
It is true that AusAID was actually disbanded this week. But it wasn’t secret.
And overseas aid will STILL be provided to overseas nations - and poor children!
+ Pre-election statements by the Coalition on aid...
Prior to the election, the Abbott government announced that they would remove Labor’s projected Budget increase in overseas aid – removing $4.5 billion over the next four years - but would continue to increase the amount spent on aid by the CPI each year (source). According to Age journalist Mark Butler, who is critical of the move to close AusAID, "spending will now grow only in line with projected inflation, from about $4 billion this year to $4.2 billion in 2016-17." (Source)
The point is that it will not decrease from the current level - it will actually increase by the CPI each year.
+ OUR COMMENT
We have always said that it is HOW overseas aid is spent that is important... and WHAT it is spent on! We have followed Dambisa Moyo's work - a Zambian economist who wrote a book called 'Dead Aid' - she is critical of big government handouts as aid - she says that small agency work and humanitarian aid are good. She says aid to big governments encourages corruption and laziness. Her website - http://www.dambisamoyo.com/
We oppose the use of overseas aid for abortion - less overseas aid might mean we don't give it to Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International as we have been doing for the past few years since the Rudd government changed the rules to allow overseas aid money to be given for abortions!
We believe that overseas aid needs to be properly supervised, not just 'handed over'!
+ It isn't only the Coalition that had reduced aid spending...
Labor had also reduced their expected spending on aid: The previous Labor governments had a policy of increasing the proportion of Gross National Income to 0.7% by 2017-2018. Initially proposed for 2013-2014, this had twice been deferred.
In the past year, Labor had ‘shifted’ $375 million of the aid budget to assist with ‘refugees’ and boat arrivals (source), and then provided additional aid money to PNG for hospitals and schools in return for them agreeing to take boat arrivals (source).
+ The disbanding of AusAID - Was it 'secret'?
In a word - NO. . .
Shortly after the new government was sworn in, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in September that AusAID would be disbanded and that the administration of overseas aid would be done by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (ABC report - ABC report). Aid agencies criticised the move, as might be expected (source). They claim that aid should be separate and not influenced by 'foreign policy' objectives.
The Coalition could be following the lead set by the conservative Canadian and New Zealand governments - they have both recently put the administration of their overseas aid funding into their foreign affairs departments.
+ What of the next claim?
“In one of the most despicable acts of any Australian government in history, it seems we can’t afford to help these children any more.”
This statement infers that, because AusAID is being closed, Australia won't be giving money to help these children...
That simply isn't true.
+ What about the second part - the coal mining deal?
First, it has nothing to do with the overseas aid funding - it is being used to cast aspersions on the government - linking two topics the writers want to comment on...
A September 2013 article from the SMH reports that, "Most mines in the basin are owned by two Indian companies, Adani and GVK, though magnates Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart also have significant interests."
So yes, Gina Reinhart is associated with the mine.
However, the companies have been working on getting approval for the mine for the past FIVE years - this is not something that has 'suddenly' been approved by the new government.
Another huge mine in the basin was approved last year - by Labor Minister Tony Burke - the "The Alpha Coal project" - a joint venture between GVK and Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Coal - was approved in August last year and is expected to be up and running in 2016."
So it isn't just the Coalition government approving coal mines that are linked to Gina Reinhart! Labor has done so as well!
Another factor - a lesson in clear thinking
Just because the government APPROVED the mine does NOT mean the government spent the $7 billion! That's what the company will SPEND on the mine - or what it is WORTH in yield!
And the company will be paying a lot of royalties and taxes!
The graphic tries to link the author's claim that Australia won't give aid to poor children with a suggestion that the government is giving LOTS of moeny to a wealthy woman!
The claim is certainly spurious and is used to try and garner support by linking coal mining with the AusAID issue!
+ Another warning - read the 'small print'
Who is behind the graphic?
At the top right hand corner, it reads 'brought to your attention by those filthy left-wing socialists at The barricades'.
Who really knows who they are?
+ The moral of this story?
- Read everything VERY carefully!
- Be discerning!
- Don't forward on all the emails you receive!
- Check to see if emails are 'hoaxes' (I received one today that started in 2003!)
- Check the accuracy of information you receive!
Around the world an incredible number of Christians are being persecuted. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
This Sunday, 10 November 2013, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
We encourage you to get your churches to specifically pray for persecuted Christians this Sunday. Of course, we need to pray for them throughout the year . . .
Check out the IDOP website - it has resources, information, Bible readings, devotional material, a 7 minute video to play in your church and a 3 min introductory video and so on... http://idop.org/
Elizabeth Kendal writes detailed Briefings about religious liberty around the world, focusing on the persecution of Christians.
Elizabeth also provides prayer information, titled 'Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin" - website http://rlprayerbulletin.blogspot.com.au/
Barnabas Fund, led by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, helps persecuted Christians, often in Muslim-majority nations: Website: http://barnabasfund.org/AU/
Homosexual activists and the Greens are gloating about the fact the NSW Parliament's Legislative Assembly passed a MOTION last week condemning any form of 'reparative therapy'. The phrase 'reparative therapy' is used as a ‘catch-all’ phrase and is seen by homosexual activists as including ANY form of counselling that assists people deal with UNWANTED homosexual feelings!
This is often called SOCE – ‘Sexual Orientation Change Efforts’
The motion was introduced by Alex Greenwich (right), a homosexual activist who is now an Independent in the NSW Legislative Assembly. The Motion mentions a statement by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which says that reparative therapy is ‘harmful’ – the Motion also claims that “no scientific research to substantiate the claims that medical and psychological treatment can change a person's sexual orientation.”
If Alex gets his way, all such counselling would be BANNED! He concluded his speech in parliament with that call! See below.
In this Report, we investigate the push to ban ‘reparative therapy’, the Motion itself, what is really behind these claims and who is making them – yes, it is often homosexual interest groups in the professional bodies! We also reveal how some Christians who want homosexuality accepted by the church as being ‘normal’ are actively working to close down ANY group that offers support and assistance to those who WANT help.
We believe that people who want to deal with unwanted same-sex attraction should be able to seek help to do so. We know many people who have changed, as Paul says, 'such were some of you' but they have been transformed by Christ.
No-one is suggesting that people should be FORCED to undergo any counselling in this area if they don't want to. But people should be allowed that choice to request help.
What is behind the PUSH to ban such therapy?
If people can change their sexual orientation, then the homosexual activists who claim that someone is ‘born that way’ would lose one of their key arguments. Homosexual activists have been campaigning against any therapy or counselling in this area for some time. Some psychological and psychiatric associations around the world have made statements condemning such therapy – but, as we will see below, many of those organisations have ‘gay and lesbian special interest groups’ that make these statements and sympathetic people who conduct the ‘research’.
In the UK, in July 2013, homosexual activists succeeded in getting a Motion about this issue into the parliament, titled, “GAY-TO-STRAIGHT CONVERSION THERAPY IN THE UK”. The motion called for “steps to ban conversion therapy for under-18s”. It has only 51 signatures. An amendment to remove the words, “for under 18s” – thus banning the therapy for everyone - has only FOUR signatures. See the Motion here. It was debated earlier this year.
In California, the government has passed a law banning psychotherapy to deal with same-sex attraction for young people under 18. NARTH and others appealed against the law, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal in August 2013. New Jersey also passed such a ban for those under 18 (report).
But this Motion goes much further in criticising ANY attempts to help people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction – not just for minors under the age of 18!
Christians pushing the issue…
In Australia, some of the main activists behind this move to ban ‘reparative therapy’ are people who are saying that homosexuality is compatible with Christianity. Matt Glover, the former minister at Lilydale Baptist Church, criticised reparative therapy after one of his counselling clients committed suicide. Matt blamed the suicide on the counselling the man had sought, and received, to try and overcome same-sex attraction – but he had given up those efforts more than two years before his death (read article).
Anthony Venn-Brown, former leader of Freedom2Be, who is promoting the view that homosexuality is compatible with Christianity, is also calling for the CLOSURE of groups that provide help and support for people who WANT help to change their unwanted homosexual feelings.
The MOTION put by Alex Greenwich
The MOTION put by Alex Greenwich and PASSED by the NSW Legislative Assembly on Thursday 24 October:
"That this House:
(1) Notes that the Australian Psychological Society has referred to so called "reparative therapy" treatment as harmful.
(2) Notes that there is no scientific research to substantiate the claims that medical and psychological treatment can change a person's sexual orientation."
Following the introduction of the Motion, there were four more speeches - from people SUPPORTING the Motion - including open homosexual Liberal Bruce Notley-Smith, Greens MP Jamie Parker, Independent Greg Piper and Dr Andrew McDonald, Labor Shadow Minister for Health.
No-one spoke AGAINST the Motion.
The motion was 'affirmed' ‘on the voices’ – no vote was taken.
But the real questions are…
How many Members were actually IN the Chamber for the Motion?
Many Members are not there all the time – only when a ‘division’ is called do they all come to the Chamber.
Many would not have known what ‘reparative therapy’ even was if they saw it on the Notice Paper.
Did Alex Greenwich organise those he knew would be supportive?
The BANNING of SOCE
Of course, the Motion doesn't go as far as calling for the BANNING of SOCE.
But that's what Alex Greenwich’s REAL INTENT is. His concluding remarks, before the motion was passed, were, "It is now time that harmful and tortuous practices against the gay and lesbian community like reparative therapy are banned. I thank members who have contributed to this debate. I will submit the Hansard record of this debate to the Health Care Complaints Committee inquiry into the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices."
In the Greens media release about the Motion, Greens MP Jamie Parker said that Bob Brown “is in favour of criminal charges being considered against such advocacy being aimed at gay students in our school system” and said he supported that!
Support from homosexuals and the Greens
The CLAIMS made in the MOTION
The claims made by the Motion were not explained - or tested - in the parliamentary debate. Let's look at them...
“The Australian Psychological Society has referred to so called "reparative therapy" treatment as harmful.”
“no scientific research to substantiate the claims that medical and psychological treatment can change a person's sexual orientation.”
- The Australian Psychological Society released a statement in May, 2000. Read The statement.
Peter wrote to the APS in 2011, asking for a copy of their Paper on the APS position regarding 'reparative therapy'. The person who responded said 'I am not aware of the APS having a position on reparative therapy’. Several more emails ensued, but no acknowledgement of a Paper or Position was provided (even though it is still on their website!) and they would not engage about the ‘science’.
The APS Statement was based on the Statement by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued earlier in 2000.
The APA and APS statements do NOT look at the OTHER side – the research and reports about people who have successfully changed their sexual orientation.
The most comprehensive information on CHANGE has been collated by Neil Whitehead in his book “My Genes made me do it” in Chapter 12, Can Sexual Orientation Change? (online)
He refers to Jones and Yarhouse’s analysis, which found real change in some participants.
Why DON’T they look at the OTHER SIDE?
Most of these professional groups have homosexual interest groups that are PUSHING the issue. Last year we wrote an article in our Journal about all the homosexual activist groups IN the various psychiatric and psychological groups.
They are generally run by homosexuals, homosexual activists and others who fully support the full normalisation of homosexuality.
In other words, they have infiltrated and are proposing policy that is then ENDORSED by the organisation.
The Australian Psychological Society has a group called the Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology” Interest Group (GLIP).
One of their aims is to “Provide expert advice to and on behalf of The Australian Psychological Society Limited on issues relating to the area of sexual orientation and related gender issues.”
This group is run by homosexuals and those supporting the full acceptance of homosexuality.
The Convenor of the GLIP group is Dr Damien Riggs. He is a homosexual who, with a (former) male partner has three foster care children – read his story here. One of his areas of research is ‘heterosexism’ in the foster care system! (See here and here) Is that bias or a conflict of interest?
This Special Interest Group is providing the information – and advice - on homosexual issues to the APS!
Who was responsible for the APA (USA) Statement?
The APA (USA) also has one of these LGBT groups!
It is called the ‘Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists’ (AGLP). One of their main objectives is to “Work within the APA to influence policies relevant to the lesbian and gay community.”
If you want to see just how influential they are in determining APA policy, have a quick look at . They have policies endorsing same-sex ‘marriage’, condemning reparative therapy and endorsing same-sex parenting and adoption!
Let’s have a quick look at the Committee of AGLP . . .
The Executive Director of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists is Ray Harker – and, yes, he is a homosexual with a male partner, Bob (source, P2)). The President, Kenn Ashley, describes himself as a ‘black, gay man’… (source, p4)
It’s also happening in the UK…
Earlier this year, in the UK, a ‘debate’ was held on the issue of changing sexual orientation. Dr Peter Saunders highlights the debate…
He writes, “Peter Tatchell and Professor Michael King essentially argued that homosexual orientation was biologically caused and fixed, that change was impossible and that change therapies were damaging and unethical.”
His question to Professor Michael King was, ‘Are there any randomised controlled trials which showed that change therapies were harmful or that showed gay affirmative therapies were effective.”
Professor King didn't answer - but the answer is NO – most of the ‘research done’ is anecdotal – ‘how do you feel about your experience?’…
The problem is that pro-homosexual activists look at only ONE side (saying SOCE is harmful) but IGNORE the other side!
Professor King is another example of activist groups in professional bodies. He founded the Special Interest Group in Gay and Lesbian Mental Health within the Royal College of Psychiatrists (source). Here is the website of the Group.
And his personal situation?
Dr Saunders reports that he listened in to a conversation after the debate: “Professor King said he was a ‘Christian’ and had been in a monogamous gay partnership for 30 years.”
Dr Saunders continues: “I wondered if King's passionately held convictions about Christianity and his own life-style choices had had any influence on his reading and presentation of the evidence and why he had not declared any of these personal interests in his scientific writings on therapies for unwanted same sex attraction.”
Read Dr Saunders’ excellent analysis – click here.
FINALLY – one of the Speakers referred to RANZCP
Dr Andrew McDonald, the Labor Shadow Minister for Health, is a medical doctor.
In this speech he referred to the Statement by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) on ‘Sexual Reorientation Therapies’.
You’ll see this has the same problems as the Statements above…
The RANZCP Statement relies on TWO sources:
American Psychological Association Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (2009, 138 pages).
- Yes, the APA has a “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office”
- Lots of policy positions of the APA on LGBT Issues – here.
- The Task Force was made up of homosexuals and pro-homosexual supporters – click here for analysis by Joseph Nicolosi of NARTH.
Yes, well – that says it all – see the information on this group and Professor Michael King above!
It was followed up by an ‘official’ position from the Society the following year!
Meanwhile Professor King has been busy making a submission to the UK Church of England ‘listening exercise’…. Read more at Peter Saunder’s blog…