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We recently reported that Greens MLC Colleen Hartland had put forward a MOTION in Victoria’s Legislative Council to have the matter of legalised euthanasia or physician assisted suicide referred to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
We have been informed that this motion is expected to be debated in the Legislative Council THIS WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL.
We need to ask all our Legislative Council MLCs to vote against the motion.
In addition, we need to write to the leaders of the political parties.
Please send email letters by Tuesday evening.
Details in the ACTION section below.
The proper place for any debate on the issue of euthanasia is IN the parliament and any decision should be made by elected Members of parliament.
If the matter is sent to the Law Reform Commission, they would consider matters of LAW – HOW such a Bill should be drafted. When the Commission reports back to parliament, Members would feel compelled to follow the ‘advice’ of the experts! This is what occurred with the Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008 – the Law Reform Commission ‘recommended’ that abortion be legalised – and that was then put to the parliament and passed.
In your letters, please state (in your own words) that the proper place for any debate on euthanasia or assisted suicide is in the parliament by our elected representatives – not by an un-elected body such as the Law Reform Commission.
Ask them to vote against this motion, that would ask the Law Reform Commission to take action.
If you wish to add other reasons regarding euthanasia itself – such as vulnerable people being exploited, then please add that to this first comment.
1. Contact leaders of parties
Please contact the leaders of the political parties. Ask them to ensure that their party votes against the motion, noting that the proper place for any debate on euthanasia or assisted suicide is in the parliament by our elected representatives.
Leaders in the Legislative Council
2. CONTACT YOUR FIVE MLCs
If you live in Victoria, please contact your OWN FIVE Members in the Legislative Council. Tell them that you live in their REGION / electorate.
- For full MLC details, click here for an EXCEL spreadsheet.
- Click here for the html page with all Legislative Council Members.
If you don’t know your Legislative Council REGION, click here to find out…
We suggest that you look at the EXCEL table, find the FIVE in your REGION - under the heading 'Electorate'. You can sort A-Z to make it easier... Email addresses are included in the spreadsheet.
DON'T write to the FIVE Greens (click here for Greens Members) or Fiona Patten of the Sex Party!
NOTE: Our email E-News contained all the names and email addresses, but I didn't want to post them online as they generate 'spam attacks'!
To obtain the E-News with all the email addresses, please contact Jenny - click here.
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10 April 2015.
With our Prayer Focus being distributed last week, we have news from the past two weeks in this News Update.
We don’t like to overload you with too many single-issue emails, so this ‘News Update’ is a bit longer than usual, to catch up on recent news.
If you’re short of time, just browse and read the summaries of the items that interest you!
So make a coffee or tea and read on!
9 April 2015.
In the lead-up to the British general election on May 7, 2015, a Muslim Manifesto for Britain has been released.
A draft 'Muslim Manifesto' was launched on 23 February at the House of Lords at an event hosted by a Muslim member of the House of Lords, Lord Nazir Ahmad. The organisers claim it is a ‘consultation process’ amongst British Muslim groups and individuals.
The Muslim Manifesto has been organised by the Institute for Muslim Community Development, a UK Muslim think-tank – they claim to have wide support amongst the Muslim community. Their Media Release claims, “Sunni and Shia Muslim organisations representing at least 2.2 million British Muslims launch shared Muslim Manifesto consultation process with backing of British MPs and peers.”
The Muslim Manifesto endeavours to provide a ‘very reasonable’ list of requests. But read them carefully, and see what the Manifesto is actually asking for…
The draft Muslim Manifesto contains a list of 33 demands from government. Perhaps most significantly, the first one says,
“We would ask our parliamentary friends to:
1. Defend the right to a Muslim way of life, including halal meat; religious clothing; circumcision; and flexible working to accommodate Ramadan and festival observance.”
The Muslim Manifesto goes on to ask that ‘Muslim’ histories be acknowledged, “including oppressive and genocidal actions against Muslim peoples by British and European peoples.” They want the government to “Celebrate and support Muslim heritage and cultural institutions” and “Eliminate the root causes of institutional discrimination against Muslims and introduce tougher legislation to prevent it.”
On the ability to criticise Islam, the Muslim Manifesto urges parliament to “Introduce more robust legislation to curb media hate campaigns against Muslims” and asks parliament to “Acknowledge that the holy scripture of Muslims (the Qur’an) does not endorse terrorism and the murder of innocents.”
The Muslim Manifesto has been endorsed by various Muslim leaders, some members of parliament, and two Muslim members of the House of Lords.
One of the speakers at the launch has expressed support for some terrorist activities. Breitbart reported that “A known Islamist has appeared in Parliament to present a ‘Muslim Manifesto’ ahead of the general election. Azad Ali, who has previously spoken of his “love” for al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, received a warm reception from the audience which included a number of Labour MPs and former cabinet minister Baroness Warsi.”
This Muslim Manifesto asks for government endorsement of Islamic practices and urges the government to legislate to shut down criticism of Islam.
How long before we get a similar list of requests, or a ‘Muslim Manifesto’, here in Australia?
Home page: http://muslimmanifesto2015.com
The actual Muslim Manifesto – click here.
Endorsements – click here.
Muslim Manifesto Media Release – click here.
Article about launch of the Muslim Manifesto – click here.
Media report: Islamist Sympathiser Launches ‘Muslim Manifesto’ in British Parliament, Breitbart, 6/3/2015.
Media report:`Muslim Manifesto` to be launched ahead of UK General Election`Muslim Manifesto` to be launched ahead of UK General Election, National Correspondent, 24/2/2015.
Report by Islamic website On Islam: UK Muslims Launch Manifesto at House of Lords, 24/2/2015.
Hetty Baynes Russell has written about her life and how her mother’s lesbian relationship – and the loss of relationship with her father – ruined her life.
Her article addresses the recent claim by a lesbian, retail guru Mary Portas, who has a two-year-old son with her 'wife' Melanie Rickey, that ‘motherhood is better without men’.
Hetty said that, when she hears the claim, “my heart sinks. Those words could have come out of the mouths of either of my ‘two mothers’.”
Hetty’s account is compelling and personal.
Hetty’s mother had an ongoing relationship with another woman, and then the three of them moved away from her father when she was nine years old.
Hetty writes, “The damage I had suffered only manifested itself when I was 15 and developed clinical depression and anorexia. From then on, it was a slow process of coming to terms with pain I had buried deep inside my troubled soul. It was almost as if I carried their shame and acted it out in a self-destructive way.”
This is not an article from a ‘Christian perspective’ – Hetty writes about the destructive relationship and its effect on her.
Hetty goes on to say that Mary, her mother’s lesbian lover, admitted the relationship to Hetty shortly before her death. “Mary told me of her chronic shame, and I did my best to reassure her: there was nothing wrong with their love — it was the lies and their cruel dismissal of my father that was the real problem.”
Hetty writes, “I believe that if there is room for all parties involved to love each other unconditionally, then any family set-up can work.”
BUT she goes on to conclude,
“But sometimes — frighteningly often, in fact — unconventional parental relationships end up being hotbeds of jealousy and confusion that are damaging to children. That has been the problem for me all of my life: despite the enormous amount of privilege I enjoyed, it was a life of confusion and a lack of emotional security. And that is why I was in therapy for so many years, trying to make sense of it all.
So by all means roll the dice, ladies and gentlemen, but don’t kid yourself about the fact you are taking a chance with an innocent life.”
Please read Hetty’s poignant article… of how the dysfunctional relationship she experienced had an extremely adverse impact on her life.
Article: Being raised by two mums ruined my life, Hetty Baynes Russell, Daily Mail, 2/4/2015.
Mary Portas’ comment on motherhood
Mary Portas’ claim about ‘motherhood is better without men’ was in the Daily Mail…
It refers to the ‘motherhood is better without men’ statement - but the title of the article NOW reads, “Mary: ‘Motherhood is doubly wonderful' with another woman” (click here for article).
Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey revealed in February this year that the that the ‘sperm donor’ for the child Rickey has with Mary Portas, born in 2012, is Portas’ brother. Rickey used the opportunity to claim that they are the “new ‘normal’ family”!
Article: We’re the new ‘normal’ family, says Mary Portas’s wife, Guardian, 15/2/2015.
Another woman responds to the controversy…
Eleanor Morgan was also brought up by two women after her mother announced that the children’s father was leaving and that she was a lesbian.
She says they had some difficult times, but claims that any separation situation has its trauma, which is undoubtedly true. She concludes that they are the ‘same’.
However, they aren’t the same.
Reading right to the end of her article gives some insight as to WHY Eleanor rejects Hetty’s account, especially her ‘generalisations’ about children in this situation…
Eleanor is a lesbian in a same-sex relationship who plans to use IVF to conceive:
“As someone who was co-parented by two women for a while, and who is in a same-sex relationship and planning to have IVF to conceive a child some day, seeing these things splashed across front pages makes my insides curdle. I can laugh at the absurdity, but still know that, however much progress we’ve made, so many people will agree. That’s what’s frightening.”
Article: Why presume a child raised by a gay couple will be emotionally damaged?, Eleanor Morgan, Guardian, 3/4/2015.
From the hindsight of history we know we can look forward to the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday… but we still need to reflect on the horror of the trials and the crucifixion of Christ on Friday and the huge sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us through his death.
The following verses have been significant to us as we’ve approached Easter this year…
Some reflections …
Peter writes,1 Peter 3:18 [New American Standard Bible (NASB)]
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the [a]spirit;
A book I’ve been reading in the lead-up to Easter, Cries from the Cross by Erwin Lutzer, examines each of the cries that Jesus made during the crucifixion.
In the introduction, he notes that we are totally unworthy and cannot be reconciled to God in our own strength – the atoning sacrifice of Christ is essential for salvation.
It is indeed the ‘Just for the unjust’ – Jesus, the One without sin, the Just and Righteous One, dying in our place, as we are all totally unworthy.
In 1 Timothy 2:5, we read that Jesus Christ is the only means of mediation between us and God:
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
John records Jesus saying,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
It is encouraging to read, in Romans, that Christ Himself intercedes for us…
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8:34, KJV)
Have a blessed Easter as we remember Christ’s death and celebrate His resurrection!