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The question of parenting by homosexuals is one we have monitored, and written about, over the years. We have reported on methodological flaws, such as self-selected respondents, small non-representative studies, research done by homosexuals themselves, and parents reporting on their own impressions of outcomes.
A recent peer-reviewed Canadian study by Dr Douglas Allen, published earlier this month, compares the graduation rates for children across a range of family types. . . he found children in married families did best... better than children in same-sex families. Children of lesbian households did the worst...
Last year, we provided detailed reports of the New Family Structure Study done by Dr Mark Regnerus in the USA, which showed that children do much better when living with their biological, married mother and father.
Another study, published at the same time, was done by Dr Loren Marks. He analysed all the studies on same-sex parenting that were relied on by the American Psychological Association (APA) report on homosexual parenting. The APA report 's Summary of Findings was written by Charlotte Patterson, a lesbian and researcher into same-sex parenting. Dr Marks highlighted the methodological flaws in the studies.
Both of these studies are detailed on our ‘Same-sex parenting' webpage – click here.
Earlier this year we reported on the current Australian study being done by a Simon Crouch, a homosexual man with children, where self-selected respondents report on their own experience. Click here for the Melbourne Uni media report of the study and here for the interim report.
Now a new study from Canada shows that children growing up in homosexual households do NOT do as well as those growing up with married parents.
Dr Douglas Allen, economics professor at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, has published a peer-reviewed study titled High school graduation rates among children of same-sex households”.
It was published in Review of the Economics of the Household, Vol 11, Issue 4.
Dr Allen used a 20 % sample of the 2006 Canada census to “identify self-reported children living with same-sex parents” and investigated graduation rates of various family types.
He found that, “Children living with gay and lesbian families in 2006 were about 65 % as likely to graduate compared to children living in opposite sex marriage families. Daughters of same-sex parents do considerably worse than sons.”
Mark Regnerus analysed Dr Allen’s study, and writes, “Three key findings stood out to Allen: children of married opposite-sex families have a high graduation rate compared to the others; children of lesbian families have a very low graduation rate compared to the others; and the other four types [common law, gay, single mother, single father] are similar to each other and lie in between the married/lesbian extremes.”
In their media release, FamilyVoice reminded us of the results of the New Family Structure Study done by Dr Mark Regnerus which found children do best in a family with their biological, married mother and father.
Media Release from FamilyVoice:
Report from Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse, Witherspoon Institute:
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada
Report from Lifesite:
Children from same-sex households much less likely to graduate high school: large study, 9/10/2013.
The ‘Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse’ is continuing to hold hearings. Private hearings have been held along with one public hearing. Starting today (and for up to two weeks) the Commission is holding public hearings on ‘Case Study 2’ – how the YMCA dealt with allegations of child sexual abuse (more on that BELOW).
You can listen to the hearing online at the Commission's website.
Submissions are currently invited for the fourth Issues Paper 'Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children in Out-of-Home Care' - due by 8 November.
The Commission says they are "seeking submissions from interested individuals and government and non-government organisations about preventing sexual abuse of children in out-of-home care." See link in 'Key Dates' below.
Visit the Royal Commission website: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/
Public Hearing Case Study 2 commencing 21 October
Private Sessions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth commencing 6 November
Private Sessions in Brisbane commencing 11 November
The way in which institutions have dealt with child abuse has often been appalling and we welcomed the Royal Commission's investigation. We have consistently said that any allegations of child abuse must be handed directly to police and not dealt with ‘in-house’ by organisations and churches.
Institutions need to have policies and procedures in place, relating to children, that are beyond reproach and they must take firm action whenever allegations are made, to protect children whilst police investigate the accusations. The protection of children, against any form of abuse, must always be an absolute priority.
The Royal Commission has looked at two 'Case Studies' so far. The first one, in September 2013, related to "The response of the Scouts Hunter and Coastal Region and Scouts Australia to allegations and information concerning the conduct of Steven Larkins in relation to children between 1997 and 2001." Full details here.
Case Study 2, being heard over the coming fortnight, relates to the YMCA and Jonathan Lord.
"The public hearing will run for up to two weeks and will look at a number of matters concerning Jonathan Luke Lord, formerly a child care worker employed by the YMCA Sydney, who is now incarcerated following his conviction for child sexual abuse."
The Commission will look at policies and procedures of the YMCA, responses by the YMCA to the allegations of child abuse as well as the response of police.
The Royal Commission notes, in its media release about this hearing, that it is dealing with processes, not particular cases of child abuse.
However, the Case Study focuses on Jonathan Lord, who was jailed in January 2013 for molesting 12 boys. Many of them he met whilst working at the YMCA – in a crèche, in before and after school programs and private babysitting.
During the court hearing, it was noted that Lord 'groomed the boys as well as their families. At the sentencing, Judge King said the ‘incidents would have affected the boys to such a degree that their ability to form normal social relationships would be affected for the rest of their lives’.
During the trial it was noted that the YMCA did not investigate Lord’s previous employment as a Camp Counsellor in the USA – he had apparently been sacked from that job following allegations of child sexual abuse.
Hopefully, the Royal Commission will investigate the wider institutional responses and not just limit themselves to this one tragic case.
The first day of the Case Study 2 public hearing heard that Jonathan Lord lied to the YMCA about his background.
The ABC reports, "The inquiry has heard that prior to his employment in Sydney, Jonathan Lord travelled to the United States of America to work as a camp counsellor at the YMCA Silver Beach Camp in Jamesville, Virginia. A 'situation log' entry dated 8 July 2009 reveals that Lord was dismissed from the camp due to "questionable behaviour" with an eight-year-old male camp attendee. A staff member reported finding Lord in a cabin with the lights off, and emerging from the bathroom with the boy."
The Inquiry was told that Lord said he returned from the US summer camp due to a "personal family matter". Apparently the YMCA did not investigate the situation of that employment and no referee for that camp had been provided. But the US camp was run by the YMCA!
Media report: Child molester jailed for 10 years, AAP, 31/1/2013.
Free speech in Australia has been diminished again. A woman who made comments about homosexuality and pedophilia has been found guilty of 'inciting hatred'!
The New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal has found that Tess Corbett is GUILTY of 'inciting hatred against homosexuals' and has ordered her to apologise for comments she made about homosexuality and pedophilia in January 2013, in the lead-up to the federal election.
At the time the comments were made, Tess Corbett was a candidate for Katter’s Australian Party. After the furore that resulted from the comments, Tess withdrew as a candidate for KAP - she later ran as a candidate for Australian Christians.
The complaint was made by Sydney homosexual activist, Gary Burns, who has made a career out of making such complaints!
Tess has been ordered to put the apology in the Sydney Morning Herald “in a reasonably prominent place” at her own expense and to apologise to Mr Burns in writing. The Tribunal has provided the WORDS of the ‘apology’! Tess did not appear at the hearing in late September or at the handing down of the decision.
This is another example of the politically correct climate we are now living under. Perhaps most alarming is that the comments were made in Victoria – Tess was the candidate for Wannon in western Victoria. The comment was reported in her local Hamilton Spectator newspaper (links below). Victoria doesn’t have a ‘homosexual vilification’ law but NSW does! The Tribunal decision claims that it was the fact that the comments were ‘re-published’ in newspapers such as Fairfax and The Australian across the country - and in NSW - that Tess re-affirmed her comments to journalists - that allowed the Tribunal to investigate the complaint in NSW.
Tess was accused on 'comparing' homosexual and pedophiles. But that isn't what she said...
When asked about discrimination laws, Tess told her local paper, "I don't want gays, lesbians or paedophiles working in my kindergarten. If you don't like it, go to another kindergarten." When asked if she put homosexuals in the same category as pedophiles, she said ‘Yes’ – but immediately said, "Pedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights."
Bernard Gaynor issued a media release, saying, “Tess Corbett was a political candidate who was asked to provide her views about proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws. She gave that opinion and now she has been punished for doing so. The reason she is being punished is because homosexual activists do not like her opinion about paedophilia.”
He noted, “If homosexual activists can silence politicians on issues of great controversy, then it will be much easier for them to do so on less debateable issues. This decision now opens the door for gay political activists to target any politician who expresses a view that they do not like. It is only a matter of time before someone else also faces vilification claims because they don’t support gay marriage or homosexual sex education in schools.”
He pointed out, “This must be the first time in Australian history that anyone, let alone a political candidate, has been punished under anti-discrimination legislation for making a comment opposed to paedophilia.”
Bernard also posted on his blog. . .
This case is even more concerning because it involves political comment on matters of public interest. The High Court has previously found that there is an 'implied freedom of political communication' - see this article on Findlaw about the law, including discussion of the relevant cases.
In 2001, there was a complaint of 'discrimination law' where the candidate was found not guilty on the basis of 'political communication', and that electors were entitled to know what the views of the candidate were so their vote was 'informed'. The case involved Andrew Lamb, in Queensland - Andrew distributed material about Islam during an election campaign and a complaint was made by the Islamic Council of Queensland. Read this report of that decision.
The intolerance of tolerance is astounding ...
"AGREE WITH US, OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES" - IS THE NEW 'TOLERANCE'.
Peter referred to this very concerning article about former heads of the EU calling for monitoring of 'INTOLERANT citizens'!
Former heads of state call on EU to set up state surveillance of ‘intolerant’ citizens, Lifesite, 16/10/2013.
Peter wrote, "What they decide is a “hate crime” would be subject to criminal sanctions.
AND, IF YOU THINK THIS WON'T HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIA, TH...INK AGAIN, because Tess Corbett, who was a candidate in the recent election, spoke out against homosexuality - first she was EJECTED from Katter’s Australia Party', so she stood for Australian Christians' instead. NOW she has been found guilty of false charges brought against her in NSW by serial litigant and homosexual activist Gary Burns. He claimed she compared homosexuals to pedophiles during the election campaign - she did not - but she has been found GUILTY of vilification by the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and ordered to make a public apology.
BEWARE - THE THOUGHT POLICE ARE HERE ALREADY!!! But we must not stop speaking out against immorality for the sake of our children & grandchildren."
We need to ask, 'What happened to free speech?'.
The ability to debate ideas is being curtailed in this nation. If we don't speak up, there won't be much 'free speech' left!
Court orders Tess Corbett to apologise, SMH, 16/10/2013.
Bob Katter political party hopeful Tess Corbett in gay furore, Herald Sun, 24/1/2013.
Corbett guilty, Hamilton Spectator, 17/10/2013.
Gary Burns Media Release:
Former Katter Australian Party candidate Tess Corbett faces court, 26/9/2013.
Bernard Gaynor's Blog article:
Gay decision protects paedophilia
Last Saturday's 'March for the Babies' was certainly an experience. We have attended many such marches over the years, but this was the first time that a radical pro-abortion group had violently attacked the marchers, many of whom had babies and young children and some of whom were elderly.
However there was also a blessing - one young woman who had booked an abortion for this week decided to keep her three baby girls because of what she experienced. Her story is below...
We also provide contact details for you to complain about the treatment of marchers by the radical protesters.
At the start of the March, the pro-abortion protesters pelted the marchers with eggs, physically attacked marchers and stole signs. March organiser Bernie Finn MLC was pelted with eggs. Another MP, Andrew Elsbury, was dragged along the ground. When he complained to police, they claimed it wasn't assault. The police did nothing to reign in the barbaric behaviour of the rebels or keep them away form the marchers. At one point the pro-abortion crowd formed a blockade across the front of the march. (See this video at around 5:26). The video-er apologies for the jittery nature of the film - but says he was constantly pushed around!
This video - from one spot - shows the pro-abortion protestors - around 30 or so - in front, then a view of the actual March.
As we waited on the steps of Parliament for the March to arrive, I was standing next to a young woman who was holding a hand-painted sign. The radical protesters, who came down the street in front of the official march, arrived at the steps and then proceeded to take over the stage. One of them rushed forward, snatched the sign from the girl, tore it in half and threw it on the ground. I went and collected the torn sign and held it with the girl. These people have no thought or respect - the young woman had a disability and was in tears as I put my arm around her to comfort her. Meanwhile, Peter was at the back of the stage, protecting the equipment from attack and stopping these protesters stealing papers and petitions.
When Peter complained and asked police to take action, one policeman told him, "They have as much right as you to be here.' But surely that doesn't extend to physical assault and verbal abuse.
The protesters continued to chant and be abusive - and one of them loudly beat a drum - throughout the speakers' presentations.
There are various films of the March and the pro-abortion protesters online.
Have a look at them to see what really happened.
Andrew Bolt watched the films - and has written about their disgusting behaviour and the failure of police to act to enforce law and order.
He said, on radio, "the barbarians are in charge".
We need to write to the Police Commissioner Ken Lay. Police Minister Kim Wells and Premier Denis Napthine asking them to investigate and take action to ensure the protection of peaceful marchers. See addresses below in ACTION section.
Meanwhile there were some incredible moments...
Whilst Kay Painter was speaking, the radical protestors continued to make a loud noise. But when she was talking about her own abortions, and the hurt she endured, the noise level diminished - except for the drum!
We heard later that one pro-life person was speaking compassionately to THREE girls from the 'other side' and they were in tears. Eventually a person from the radical group dragged them away. . .
Melinda's story, and follow up, has been put on the March for the Babies Facebook page...
Melinda's post was originally made on Bill Muehlenberg's website - her second post was also posted there - click here and search on 'Melinda' and read all the comments. On the same page, Murray Adamthwaite gives two posts of the march including a moving account of meeting a girl who, pointing to the other side, said 'I was there myself until I met Jesus'. They then prayed for the protesters.
LifeNews reports, "Melinda planned to join the pro-abortion side in its protests against pro-lifers in Australia over the weekend — and she had an abortion scheduled on Monday. But the violent assaults that took place on pro-lifers changed her mind.
“Just one of the great stories we are receiving – as a result of your tolerance and graciousness on Saturday,” March for the Babies officials told supporters on Facebook.
Melinda wrote: "I came to this rally and watched both sides with curiosity. I have to admit I was planning to join the ‘other side’ and I was pretty excited, it was to be my first ever rally. I got the shock of my life when I saw how ugly they were and I had to sit down to stop myself trembling. I am having triplets, cancelling my abortion on Monday morning. Thank you. My heart has been changed.” Melinda
Melinda was impacted by the positive comments, and subsequently wrote:
"I am wiping humbled tears from my eyes reading these comments, I thought for sure I would be judged for even thinking about killing these little ones but I honestly did not believe...e I could raise 3 babies at once.
I do have support, and lots of it. I have found links to places and phone numbers to call.
When I walked into the clinic on Monday morning to cancel my appointment with them, I was told to sit down and wait for the doctor to come and see me.
I refused and said I was leaving, and was told I had already signed everything and couldn’t back out now. The counsellor came out and I felt relief, I told her I had changed my mind and was keeping my babies.
She did not smile back and the doctor finally emerged, they exchanged quick glances – The doctor looked annoyed and the counsellor looked …. Ashamed.
They started talking in low voices, kept glancing at me. I felt suddenly uneasy and headed for the door. The receptionist noticed and tried to call me back, so I ran. I ran for my life and the lives inside of me.
I’ve never been so scared in my life. I’m still shaking. Thank you ALL for your encouragement, I wasn’t sure and now I am firm in my convictions. Abortion is evil and it can stay right away from us. I will make sure my babies know their story, so they can never make the same mistake I almost did.
I got a free ultrasound instead and I am 23 weeks with 3 little girls Wish me luck and bless you all! Melinda"
Please pray for Melinda, and the other girls who were in tears. Pray that Melinda will receive the support she needs.
March for the Babies Facebook page has news, film, photos and stories:
Photographs of the March and protesters:
On Andrew Bolt's blog - Photos and report on Catholic Womens' League website
Radio comment by Andrew Bolt about the protesters: click here. (2 min)
Media report about attacks on Bernie Finn and Andrew Elsbury:
MP says he was assaulted in abortion rally, Ninemsn, 12/10/2013.
Article from Life News about the March and Melinda:
Young Woman Changes Mind About Aborting Triplets After Australia Pro-Abortion Riots, Life News,
Post on the March and protest by Andrew Bolt:
The Left is the home of the modern totalitarian
COLUMN by Andrew Bolt:
The Left reveals an ugly face in anti-abortion rally - October 13, 2013.
Andrew concluded: "But as British philosopher Bertrand Russell famously noted: "Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power."
We saw that in Melbourne on Saturday. They call themselves progressives. They are instead barbarians, so sure of their goodness they feel licensed to do evil.
PLEASE write to the following about the incidents at the March for the Babies on Saturday 12 October - express your concern about the lack of action by police to protect citizens.
Chief Commissioner Ken Lay
Victoria Police Centre
G.P.O Box 913
Melbourne, VIC, 3001
COMPLAINTS can also be sent to Victoria Police: click here for complaint page.
Hon Dr Denis Napthine
Premier of Victoria
Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne Victoria, 3002.
Hon Kim Wells
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne Victoria, 3002.
Tell them you are writing to the others about this issue and send a copy to your local Victorian MPs and ask them to follow this up also - contact details for MPs.
Yes, the recent synod meeting of Anglicans in the Perth, WA diocese, held on the weekend of 7 October, has voted to endorse same-sex relationships. The motion, supporting the legal acknowledgement of civil unions between people of the same sex, was passed by a TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY in the clergy and laity groups! (1)
The motion now goes to the Archbishop of Perth for his consideration - he has 30 days to support or veto the motion. More on that BELOW.
The motion was put by the Rector of Darlington-Bellevue Anglican parish, the Reverend Chris Bedding.
Chris Bedding is an activist for the homosexual cause. He is a supporter of same-sex 'marriage' and appeared on the ABC's 7.30 program the week before the motion was put to the synod to promote same-sex 'marriage'. The segment highlighted his work as a comedian and a priest - but focused on his support for same-sex 'marriage'.
View the segment: A comedian, a priest and a same-sex marriage campaigner walk in to a bar... - 7.30, 3/10/2013.
When asked about his own sexuality by 7.30 he said 'It's diverse, it's deeply personal and quite private.' Last year he told the media he was 'celibate and happily single'. He said he often met people who wanted the church to be more 'inclusive' and said he wanted to be able to 'bless' same-sex relationships.
Article: Priest hopes to bless gay 'marriages', West Australian, 10/9/2013.
Chris Bedding was one of the original eight people who were highlighted by the Christians 4 Equality group - which is part of the homosexual activist group 'Australians for Marriage Equality'.
Read his statement here - it is at the bottom of the page.
He also signed the 'Letter by 77 clergy calling for support for same-sex marriage' that was also organised by Australian Marriage Equality - read the letter here.
The fact that the motion was put against this year shows that the ACTIVISTS DO NOT GIVE UP! They are vigilant - they wear people down, hoping to gradually get MORE support!
A similar motion was passed by the Perth Anglican synod last year, but it was VETOED by the Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft. (References are below.)
Under church rules, the motion needed a two-thirds majority to pass this year. (1,6) The vote FOR the motion was higher than it was last year - which even surprised Chris Bedding! (7)
The Archbishop now has 30 days to assent to the motion or dissent.
If the Archbishop doesn't approve the motion, it will 'be referred to the Provincial Council of the Province of WA for a final vote.' (3, 6)
The FULL motion is included in a statement released by the Archbishop on 9 October - click here (5)
The motion contained three parts - the first part 'recognises diversity in the diocese of Perth, both in terms of sexual identity and theologies of human sexuality'.
The Archbishop, has released a detailed statement on the issue and also spoke to ABC radio in Perth. He said that this first part is 'theologically flawed' and is too open-ended. (4)
Archbishop Herft stated, "Our primary identity and place before God is not sexual. We are sexual beings but this is not the sum total of who we are." (5)
The Archbishop said that the second part, 'note the support from many within the Anglican Church for committed same-sex couples being able to register their relationships as ‘civil unions’ in Australia", was fraught with difficulty because civil unions had not been passed by the state government.
The third part of the motion "acknowledges that legal recognition of committed same-sex relationships may coexist with legal recognition of marriage between a man and a woman". The Archbishop pointed out the legal problems this would cause, because same-sex marriage had not been recognised by federal or state governments. He wrote, "This part of the motion, in the context of the motion as a whole, is likely to have unintended consequences in terms of the Fundamental Declarations of our church regarding the Sacrament of Marriage."
However, he told the media, that he 'fully supported the sentiments behind the resolution, but supporting it posed complex legal and theological issues'. In his statement he wrote, "In fact, there are gay and lesbian clergy serving in the priesthood. They are licensed by me and are honoured and respected as priests who serve as others do with integrity and holiness."
An excellent article by David Ould, an Anglican Rector from Sydney who approaches these matters from an 'orthodox' perspective, deals with the motion and the Archbishop's response - what it really means and the push by liberals to support such motions. Click here for his article.
David notes that the motion does not directly support the church blessing same-sex 'marriage' within the church - but is, rather, just ONE step on the way to the greater goal of full acceptance!
His last two paragraphs are insightful:
"As I wrote above, the assumption should be that Herft will veto the motion. But that will not stop liberals trying to put facts on the ground in other ways and, no doubt, present another motion next year. Herft might not be many conservatives’ first choice for bishop but he needs supporting in this area. Perhaps the first place to start is the upcoming Sydney Synod where a strong motion may bolster his resolve.
The reality is that liberals will be encouraged by this vote, and in particular the strength of the majority. No official policy change has occurred but there’s no doubt amongst many that an even stronger motion may arrive sooner rather than later. As already noted above, the damage that would be done would be not simply to our publicly stated sexual-ethic but to our understanding of the gospel itself."
PLEASE read it if you want to understand HOW the liberals are gaining influence in the churches.
Please pray that Archbishop Roger Herft does NOT assent to the motion.
1. WA Anglican Church seeks same sex marriage recognition, Perth Now, 7/10/2013.
2. Anglicans in perth vote to recognise same-sex marriage, ABC, 7/10/2013.
3. Archbishop questions gay motion wording, AAP, 8/10/2013.
4. Anglican Archbishop to carefully consider same-sex relationship recognition, ABC 720, 8/10/2013.
5. Human Sexuality Statement by Anglican Archbishop, 9 October, 2013.
6. Understanding the Perth Same-Sex Marriage Vote - David Ould, Anglican Rector and commentator from Sydney.
7. WA Anglicans recognise same-sex relationships, Star Observer, 8/10/2013.