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9 March 2015
At the same time the homosexual mardi gras ‘pride march’ was taking over the streets of Sydney, an advertisement promoting marriage between a man and a woman, and the natural family, and opposing same-sex 'marriage', was being screened on free-to-air TV Channels 7 and 9 across the nation.
The ad has been organised by the Australian Marriage Forum. Their 'Think of the Child' campaign opposes same-sex 'marriage' because of the adverse effect it has on children.
Perhaps not surprisingly, SBS refused to screen the ad during their program featuring the parade on Sunday night, though they had originally accepted the ad for screening and it had been paid for!
There is also a 5 miniute 'Campaign promo' - watch the promo by clicking here.
Responses to the AD
The homosexual lobby groups were upset about the ad.
The media reported of the backlash against the ad… click here for SMH article.
Andrew Bolt wrote critically about the censorship by SBS. He quoted this article – beginning with the statement, “We pay the SBS around $200 million a year so that ”all Australians, regardless of ... cultural background ...should have access to high quality, independent, culturally-relevant Australian media”. In fact, one cultural group does not have access.”
6 March 2015
It’s always a challenge to select a few items that are significant in our endeavours to highlight the way society is drifting from the Biblical model laid out in Scripture as the ideal.
Here’s some of the news from the past fortnight…
Click here to read the news...
3 March 2015
Another year – another homosexual mardi gras in Sydney. The festival is held over several weeks, with a huge number of events. The most public event is the ‘parade’, with its floats, caricatures and political statements. The parade is held on Saturday 7 March, 2015 from 7.45 pm (source).
Each year, the demands expressed in the parade seem to increase – with homosexual groups advocating for ‘marriage’, adoption and equality. All under a theme of "diversity, acceptance, and LGBTQI rights" (source).
The defence forces are now marching in uniform, school students participate, and so do some Christians…
The homosexual group Freedom 2 Be, which acts as a ‘support group for charismatic and Pentecostal homosexual Christians’, is marching again, under the slogan ‘Proudly Free’ (source). Last year, 100 Revs, a group of ministers supporting homosexuality, marched, promoting ‘marriage equality’.
This BRIEFING provides information on sponsors/partners, crowd numbers, broadcast by SBS. You can take action by making a complaint to SBS and contacting advertisers (or choosing other products).
2 March 2015
The recent escalation of violent attacks by followers of Islam, both in Australia and around the world, has culminated in the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, making a ‘National Security Address’ to the nation last week about the increasing threat of ‘home-grown terrorism’…
Full details of the speech, and the proposed measures to deal with the increasing terrorist threat, are detailed below.
[Read the text of the speech – click here.]
This Briefing provides an overview of recent 'jihad' attacks in Australia and overseas, the federal government's proposed new laws and responses by the Muslim community in Australia.
Attack in Sydney and follow-up review
The siege at the Lindt café in Sydney in December, by Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Muslim sheik (article here), has brought terrorism closer to home, and the media and politicians are suddenly more aware of the threat.
Two weeks ago, the hostages from that siege visited federal parliament and Mr Abbott reflected on the atrocity of that event.
The standards on commercial TV are set by Free TV Australia... they are currently doing a review of the 'Code of Practice'....
We are very concerned about the changing of classification 'times' - with M rated programs able to be shown from 7.30pm (currently 8.30 pm) and MA 15+ programs from 8.30 pm (currently 9.30 pm).
This would LOWER TV standards significantly and negatively impact on children and teenagers.
The proposal is that the G-rated category would disappear altogether - currently early morning, 4pm to 7 pm weekdays and 6 to 10 am on weekends!
PG programs would be all day instead.
In addition, alcohol and gambling ads would be shown EARLIER, as they are allowed in M rated timeslots.
Tell them we want the Code of Practice to stay as it is…
Reject the proposed changes:
- removal of G-rated times and replaced with PG all day
- M-rated timeslots move from 8.30 pm back to 7.30 pm (currently it is PG from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm);
- MA-rated timeslots proposed for 8.30pm (currently 9.30 pm);
- Extremely violent AV programs would be reclassified as MA15+, thus allowing them to be screened at 8.30 pm.
Also, the complaints process will be much harder to comply with.
ALSO the content allowed in each of these categories would change if the Free TV Proposed Code is adopted ...
Family Voice report, "In the guidelines for the M category, for example, suicide may now be shown in realistic detail – at 7.30 pm! At present, such a program would be rated MA15+. Illegal drug use in M programs cannot be shown in detail at present – but could be shown in detail under the Free TV proposal."
Have YOUR say - make a submission to Free TV by 3 April 2015.
Ask that the CURRENT classification times remain - REJECT the proposed classification time changes...
Click here for our CAMPAIGN page - with full details and links...