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6 February 2015
This post started out being a notice about the ‘National Day of Prayer and Fasting’ on 15 February.
However, this week we’ve read the compelling and urgent request from Col Stringer, to PRAY for AUSTRALIA and our LEADERS NOW!
It’s not enough just to pray on one special day. Especially with the unrest in federal and state politics, we need to continually pray for our nation and our political leaders, as God commands us to do in 1 Timothy 2.
Col writes, “Our nation is under attack - make no mistake about it! Australia desperately needs our prayers and I mean now! It seems as if our leaders and political parties are out of control with leadership challenges in three states (or Territories) and hung parliaments! . . .
“Do you love this nation? Then I ask you to take some time and ACTUALLY PRAY for your nation and leaders - forget whether you like them or not……pray for them.
Pray that God's Will be done and the right people are given the responsibility to lead - irrespective of who you voted for. Pray for peace, stability and plain common sense to return to politics…”
The ‘National Day of Prayer and Fasting’ will be held on 15th February 2015 – an event is held in Canberra, with a webcast and local events enabling everyone around Australia to participate.
The Theme for 2015 is DESTINY. The organisers say, “Our goal is to have as many Christians and churches as possible observe this day and pray together for God to fulfill His destiny for Australia.”
Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra – 10 am to 4 pm.
There will be a live webcast of the event on the website.
If you can’t make it to Canberra, you can watch the webcast online, join a local or state event or pray in your own church or home.
Local churches are invited to participate on the day…
A Declaration and Prayer for Australia, along with resources and ideas for services, are on the website – click here.
Register for the event…
You are invited to register for the event, whether attending in Canberra or participating where you are.
On the NDOPF website…
Check the website for details, resources, media releases, flyers, videos…
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting
The organisers of the event encourage you to participate in 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for our nation, beginning 18th Feb to 29th March – leading up to Easter - click here for details. Website contains devotions, prayer plan . . .
Another year – and already we are overwhelmed with new proposals to change the fabric of society… This News Update catches up on some key developments of the past month, as well as recent events…
In Australia, the TGA has extended the use of the abortion drug RU 486 and the Victorian government is establishing a ‘Royal Commission into Family Violence’. Federal Liberal leadership speculation is being highlighted by news media, and tensions surrounding Islam and jihad continue.
Overseas, in the UK, there are proposals for ‘three parent babies’, and a court case regarding gender selection abortions, whilst the US Supreme Court is set to consider whether homosexual ‘marriage’ is an unalienable constitutional right.
(I’ve kept some until next week, to avoid overwhelming you!)
Read the News Update:
3 Feb 2015
With the Queensland election behind us, Labor’s leader, Annastacia Palaczszuk is still hoping to claim victory over the LNP government. Former Premier Campbell Newman lost his seat, with an 11.7% swing against him. . .
The ABC reports that a ‘hung parliament’ is possible, with counting still underway in three seats – the ABC's election analyst Antony Green said that there are predictions that Labor would win 44 seats and the LNP 41 or 42 seats.
- Read ABC article
- Visit the Queensland Electoral Commission for the election results.
At the beginning of the week, Labor was claiming they would win 45 seats to govern in their own right… the election result is quite amazing since they had only SEVEN seats following the last election! Many of the previous members, who lost their seats then, re-contested the election this time for Labor.
Labor ran a grassroots campaign in electorates to build support, and opposed the LNP’s proposals for asset sales and leases.
Katter’s Australian Party, which has won two seats, said early this week they are prepared to make a deal with Labor to help Labor form a minority government (saying the public didn’t like the asset sales proposed by LNP)
Homosexual activists and websites are claiming that Labor will re-instate ‘civil unions’ for homosexuals in Queensland. Labor had passed the ‘civil unions’ bill just before the last election – the LNP removed it and replaced it with a ‘registered relationship’ scheme. (Read article)
Labor is also planning to “strengthen anti-discrimination laws” (Policy Platform, 8.27)
On adoption, Labor’s platform states, “8.32: Labor will amend the Queensland Adoption Act to allow for same sex couples to legally adopt.”
Plus, Labor is planning to LEGALISE abortion – “8.33 - Labor will amend the law so that all legal distinctions between termination of pregnancy and other medical procedures are abolished by repealing sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Criminal Code.”
Read Labor’s 2014 Policy Platform – click here.
They were very QUIET about these matters during the election campaign….
Homosexual activists around the country are gearing up for the year ahead – with same-sex ‘marriage’ and the removal of ‘exemptions’ for religious organisations at the top of their priorities…
They are organised and diligent in their plans and activities, something we noted nearly twenty years ago… A recent article in the homosexual media highlighted these plans – read it to see the scope of their plans!
Article: Key LGBT community groups outline their plans for 2015.
Prior to the November 2014 Victorian election, Labor outlined a huge number of commitments to the homosexual community (see their Media Release – 24 Nov, 2014). These included the removal of an exemption for religious organisations and schools to choose who they employ in the areas of sexuality, religion and marital status, a Cabinet position for LGBTI issues, expanding the Safe Schools Coalition and legalising same-sex adoption.
Since then the government has appointed Martin Foley as the Cabinet ‘Minister for LGBTI Equality’. They’re also planning to appoint a gender and sexuality commissioner for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. - Read article at Star Observer.
Premier Daniel Andrews has made it very clear that he FULLY supports the homosexual agenda, and the commitments that Labor has made.
He led the Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 1 February, to show his support for homosexual rights. Posters were displayed highlighting all the promises made by Labor in this area.
Yesterday Mr Andrews put out a Media Release, announcing the expansion of the Safe Schools Coalition to ALL government secondary schools.
He tweeted “Under an Andrews Labor Government the Safe Schools Coalition program will be rolled out across every Government secondary school.”
Daniel Andrews’ Twitter page shows the extent of support for the homosexual cause by the government, including Education Minister James Merlino.
Mr Andrews told SX, “I am proud to march with LGBTI Victorians on this special anniversary in their long fight for full equality. The Labor Government is putting equality back on the agenda and we won't rest until everyone in this state is free to be who they are."
Read Gaystarnews article
This ‘equality’ concept is so popular – but would we really give the right to EVERYONE to be free to be who they are”?
What if people want to participate in illegal activities? Murder, multiple wives, incest, sex with minors and child pornography come to mind – most people would oppose these being legalised or people being allowed to do them!
Daniel Andrews also opened the Midsumma Carnival earlier this month, saying that Labor’s position is that “equality is non-negotiable”.
The homosexual media reported, “The Premier spoke of delivering adoption equality, ensuring that Victorian law recognises international marriage, following through on the roll-out of the Safe Schools Coalition in all state schools, appointing a commissioner of Gender and Equality, and reversing the changes in the equal opportunity act.”
- Read article at Gaystarnews.
Be warned – and be prepared – as the Victorian Labor rolls out its changes to legislation this year to extend homosexual rights in Victoria.
If you live in Melbourne, you might be interested in attending one or both of these events:
1. Endeavour Forum meeting – 36th Birthday
Two guest speakers…
Date: Friday, 6th February 2015 – at 7:30pm
Venue: O'Hanlon Centre, Mitchell St., Mentone, Victoria.
Cost: $10 donation appreciated and RSVP essential.
Phone Prue Oldham - (03) 9583 6835 or Margaret Butts - (03) 8588 1792.
I’ll be giving the vote of thanks – I look forward to meeting up with you!
2. Rally – ‘Stop the persecution of Christians’
Saturday 7th February at 2pm to raise awareness of the Global Persecution of Christians…
Discrimination - Incarceration - Torture - Death
Where: State Library, Corner of Swanston & La Trobe Streets, Melbourne
When: Saturday 7th February, 2015 at 2pm
A number of speakers will address the plight of Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. Supported by a broad Coalition of Christians.
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?" Romans 8:35
We’ve often reported on the increasing frequency of legal complaints made against Christians and others who are prepared to speak the truth!
It’s often those who want to shut down debate who make the complaints - and often in the areas of homosexuality and Islam.
We were reminded recently, in Matthew’s gospel, that we will be persecuted (Matthew 5: 10-12), and that we will be brought before kings and tribunals – and that the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say (Matthew 10: 16-20).
Here are the latest two legal challenges – both happening here in Australia!
Please pray for wisdom and peace for Bernard, Kirralie and Q Society…
1. Homosexual activist Gary Burns sues Bernard Gaynor
Bernard wrote about the case taken by homosexual ‘discrimination activist’ Gary Burns against political candidate, Tess Corbett – where she made comments about homosexuality and pedophilia during an election campaign. Gary Burns has already taken a case against Tess – and won!
Gary is now taking cases against Bernard in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Bernard wrote about the latest development on Facebook recently – his case was heard on January 20, 2015… read Bernard’s Facebook post.
2. Halal certifier sues Q Society and Kirralie
We’ve often written about ‘halal certification’ of food by Islamic groups and individuals. In essence, a fee is paid by companies to the ‘halal certifier’ who then provides the company with a certificate to ‘guarantee’ that the food has been prepared in accordance with Islamic principles – if meat is involved, then it has to be slaughtered according to Islamic rituals of a prayer to Allah and particular killing methods. In recent years we have seen a huge expansion in ‘halal certification’ in Australia – it has been extended to even certifying packaging and transport!
Halal Choices, run by Kirralie Smith, has monitored and listed the names of companies who have obtained halal certification – and also provides a helpful list of companies who refuse to participate in the halal certification schemes – along with publishing a Shopping Guide
… Visit the Halal Choices website.
… Visit Halal Choices Facebook page.
… Watch the 30 minute presentation at the centre of this complaint…
In Australia there are around 17 different halal certifiers and there is fierce competition between the groups to get companies to have their organisation ‘certify’ the company’s products as being halal.
One of the halal certifiers is Mohamed El-Mouelhy, who operates as the “sole director of ‘Halal Certification Authority Pty Ltd”. He noted on his Facebook page on 17 January that is he suing for defamation in NSW…
Q Society recently confirmed that he is suing Q Society and individuals associated with Q Society, for defamation. Mr El- Mouelhy notes he is also suing Kirralie Smith, the founder of Halal Choices, for defamation – as well as You Tube!
The claims relate to comments made in two videos published by Q Society, where Kirralie speaks about halal certification.
The ‘Directions Hearing’ for the legal action in the NSW Supreme Court has been set for the second half of February.
I’ll leave it to Q Society to explain – this is their latest email update on the case… and posted on Facebook
Subject: UPDATE: Court action by Mohamed El-Mouelhy
We can now confirm that Mohamed El-Mouelhy as the sole director of ‘Halal Certification Authority Pty Ltd’ has lodged a ‘Statement of Claim’ against Q Society of Australia Inc, YouTube LLC as well as four individuals. He claims defamation and seeks “damages”, “aggravated damages”, “interest”, an “injunction against further publication of the matters complained” and “costs, including costs on an indemnity basis”. His claims are based on two videos published on our YouTube channel.
We would like to clarify ....