News Update - 9 August - Pornography, CRE, homosexuality, election, marriage and more...

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News Update - 9 August 2013

Australian News


. Link between pornography and rape – WA man pleads ‘guilty’
Many years ago, Ted Bundy did an interview just before he was executed in the USA for committing rape and murder. He spoke to Focus on the Family’s James Dobson and explained how he had started viewing pornography and had gradually got involved with more explicit pornography – this had led him to act out those fantasies by raping women and eventually led to him murdering women. Read interview. 

This week, in Western Australia, a man has pleaded guilty to 31 crimes - to two counts of rape, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and various fraud offences totalling almost $75,000.

Stephen Michael Adams was a former policeman in the Australian Federal Police – he then spent four years working with Customs where part of his job involved viewing hundreds of hours of pornographic videos. His lawyer said this “was a major contributing factor to the future sexual offending.” He developed a ‘rape fantasy’ – and eventually ended up raping a 19 year old girl. He will be sentenced this week.

Article: Porn fantasy 'led former Customs officer to rape' of 19-year-old girl, AAP, 6/8/2013


2. Pornography and sex education
A couple of weeks ago the Herald Sun reported that the Victorian Education Department was developing a ‘respectful relationships’ curriculum for Year 8 and 9 students. Susie O’Brien reported that the course would deal with the negative effects and impact of pornography – covering issues such as "consent, intimacy, power and respect".

The article specifically says that students will not be viewing pornography.

With the use of mobile phones many teenagers have increased access to pornography and are viewing it more frequently – if this proposal deals with why pornography is a problem, it may assist in developing more ‘respectful relationships’.

Article: Victorian state school students analyse pornography as part of groundbreaking new sexuality programs, Herald Sun, 23/7/2013.


3. UCA calls on Access Ministries to water down CRE curriculum
The Uniting Church has called for the Victorian ‘Christian Religious Education’ curriculum to be ‘updated. The CRE program, which is part of the ‘Special Religious Instruction’ in schools, is conducted in around two-thirds of primary schools – parents can choose to have their children not participate. The program is organised by Access Ministries – and is supported by twelve denominations, including the Uniting Church.

The Uniting Church wants the curriculum to have “a broader theological and educational approach.” They complain that there is a ''definite slant in the material towards biblical literalism'' and want the material to encourage children to have ‘inquiring minds’.

Article: Update wanted for religious education, The Age, 1/8/2013.


4. Anglican Church in Gosford promotes homosexuality
An Anglican church in Gosford has displayed a sign outside their church this week. It reads, “Dear Christians, Some people are gay. Get over it. Love God”

The sign was posted on the church’s Facebook page and received more than 100,000 hits in a few days.

The church and its Minister, Rod Bower, promote homosexual rights.

But those who say the opposite are being criticised as being ‘homophobic’.

- The story was written up in the local paper – click here.

- The Today program interviewed the Minister, Rod Bower.
- The segment is posted on the church’s website-
watch it here.

- Charisma News, a Christian News service, wrote about it here.

- Huffington Post, a left-leaning US news service wrote about the story here.


5. Referendum on funding for local Councils NOT to be held
The proposed referendum on financial recognition of local government in the Constitution will NOT be held at the same time as the election.

There was not enough time between the date the law was passed and the date Mr Rudd has chosen for the election. The earliest they could both be held was 14 September.

That’s one good thing to come out of the change of ALP leader and the change in the date of the election!
Media report:
Election halts referendum, Gippsland Times, 8/8/2013.



6. Kevin Rudd on the subject of Islam…
In March this year, Kevin Rudd gave an address to the Crescent Institute in Sydney.
He referred to “Muslim-Australians” and “my Muslim brothers and sisters” and our “multicultural reality”. He said, “The only difference between our Muslim brothers and sisters, who may have come in recent generations, and Anglo-Celtics like myself is simply the space of a few boatloads in between.” We need to ask how that affects his thinking on boat arrivals – and his view about the impact of Islam.

Kevin Rudd also referred to Ed Husic being sworn in as an MP using the Quran in 2010. He commented on the help of Muslim nations in getting Australia a seat on the UN Security Council. He then referred to the “extraordinary contribution of Islam through the great work done by Islamic scholars”, and the situation in Spain. Mmmm…

His speech tells us a lot of what he thinks on this vital topic!

Speech: Address to the Crescent Institute, 1/3/2013.


On the political front, MPs from Labor (Bob Carr) and Liberal (Joe Hockey) attended Muslim Eid celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan in Lakemba. Joe Hockey talked about the importance of heritage – and mentioned his Palestinian heritage (not Islamic)! Bob Carr talked of Australia not voting “against increased Palestinian status in the general assembly of the United Nations” (source).


7. Church for atheists meets in Melbourne
We reported some months back on a new atheist church for non-believers.

Barney Zwartz, religion reporter for The Age, attended one of their monthly meetings and reports on the experience…
You gotta have faith: the rise of the church of non-believers, The Age, 4/8/2013.


8. Marriage Update – states considering same-sex ‘marriage’

The ACT Government has announced that they plan to introduce legislation into the Legislative Assembly to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ during the SPRING sitting of parliament.

Article: ACT may take lead on same-sex marriage, Canberra Times, 29/7/2013.

Following the release of the Report by the NSW Legislative Council’s Social Issues Committee at the end of July (read our report here), the NSW government has said that a private Member’s Bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ will be debated later this year – and that MPs would be given a conscience vote on the issue. One Liberal MP, Bruce Notley-Smith, an active homosexual, is claiming that ‘NSW  

In Queensland, the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has ruled out allowing a conscience vote regarding same-sex ‘marriage’ for LNP MPs. He said, “Marriage falls under the Federal Government's responsibilities." Media report.


Homosexual activist Rodney Croome welcomed the NSW decision and is urging states to move forward and legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ –article.

But we know the real aim is to put pressure on the federal government to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ across Australia.


9. 'The Bible' series - 'viewer response'...
The series 'The Bible' is entering a 'viewer response' phase, where viewers are invited to respond... The series, on Channel 9 at 9 pm on Tuesday nights, is also about to portray the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Please pray that those who have seen it will be impacted and prompted to read the Bible and seek to find out more about Jesus. 


10. Election update- pray for wisdom
Both major parties are in campaign mode - making promises and criticising their opponents.

Pray for wisdom as people assess the polices and discern what is really being said.

The Australian Prayer Network has set up a webpage with detailed prayer points in their '40 Days of Prayer for the election'.

- Click here for details for Week 1 - up to 11 August

- Click here for full details for Week 2 from 12 August.


Overseas News


1. ABC News editor changed from Don to Dawn – and is now Don again

A US news editor, who decided in May 2013 that he was a woman, and starting wearing a dress and wig, has decided to revert to being a man. In May he announced he was transgender, was splitting from his wife and wanted to be called Dawn.

The New York Post reports that Don Ennis “went to the Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, for testing to understand why his mind and body changed from male to female. He said he learned it was a hormone imbalance that could be fixed.”

They continued, “Mr Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother gave him female hormones as a child that made him look and sound young to prolong a bit-part acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.”

Last month, Mr Ennis then had what he called ‘global transient amnesia’ for two days – and when he awakened from that he realised he was a man – and that he had been ‘misdiagnosed’ as being a woman…. Don is back with his wife and plans to have hormone treatment and surgery to correct the imbalance – he says he is “just another boring straight guy”.

Article: I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back, New York Post, 6/8/2013. 


2. USA: Pennsylvania Gov. Sues to Halt Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
The Governor of Pennsylvania has taken legal action, asking a court to enforce the state’s marriage law defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman. This comes a week after a Montgomery County clerk began granting same-sex marriage licenses — violating that law. The Attorney General had announced she would not defend the law.
Article from Citizen Link.




3. Texas: Planned Parenthood pays up $1.4 million to settle fraud case
The Texas Attorney General has announced that Planned Parenthood has ‘settled’ a legal case. Planned Parenthood has to PAY $1.4 million for OVERBILLING the state’s Medicaid program. The federal lawsuit said that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast submitted "repeated false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements" through the Texas Women's Health Program.
Article from Citizen Link, 25/7/2013.




On the Issues


1. Creation and Evolution
When journalist Virginia Heffernan, a writer for Yahoo News and formerly of the New York Times and Slate, admitted she was a ‘creationist’, she was severely criticised by other journalists. Gary DeMar, writing on American Vision, a Biblical Worldview Ministry, highlights the reactions to her statement.

Article: Journalist Admits She’s a Creationist and Drives Evolutionists Insane



2. The danger of abortion – increased risk of mental illness
Family Voice has reported on a study published in a respected Journal that highlights the problems of mental illness associated with having an abortion. See FAVA article.

Ros Phillips said, “Yet another respected journal has published a study confirming the psychiatric and psychological harms of abortion. The study by Bellieni and Buonocore, published in the journal Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences this month, found that women face a significantly higher risk of mental illness following an abortion compared with an unplanned birth.”  

The researchers said: “When comparing abortion and unplanned pregnancies that ended in delivery, four studies found a higher risk for loss of self-esteem, anxiety disorders, depression, suicide ideation, and substance abuse disorder or substance abuse rate in the abortion groups.”*

Ros concluded, “Abortion advocates tell us it is in women’s best interests to choose abortion if they feel unprepared to parent. Research shows that the opposite is true. “The federal government should reverse its decision to subsidise the abortion drug RU486.  The Tasmanian Legislative Council committee investigating Michelle O’Byrne’s abortion bill should take this new research into account.”

The Study: * Bellieni , C., & Buonocore, G. (2013). “Abortion and subsequent mental health: Review of the literature”, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 67(5), 301–310.

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 Coming Events


1. Salt Shakers Dinner

The Dinner will now be held on Saturday 5 October – 7.30 pm.
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2. CMI's 'Proclaiming Creation' seminar

The CMI Seminar had a packed house in Brisbane last weekend.

This weekend (tomorrow, Saturday Aug 10) the seminar will be in Sydney.

The following weekend, Saturday 17 August, it will be in Melbourne at Life Ministries Centre in Chirnside Park.

Click here for FULL details.


3. Vishal Mangalwadi tour

Vishal is a Christian philosopher, worldview and Bible teacher. He is visiting Australia in August for a tour organised by Family Voice – called, “What Good is Christianity?”

Click here for full details.

News Update - 25 July - SA same-sex 'marriage' Bill defeated, Rudd policy on boat arrivals, overseas aid, lesbians & child custody and more . . . 

This week the SA parliament voted to defeat a same-sex 'marriage' Bill, the Rudd Labor government announced a new 'policy' on boat arrivals, a record number of political parties to contest election, information on the referendum and more...

Next week we will circulate our 'Monthly Prayer News' - so the next overall 'News Update' will be on 9 August.



Australian News 

1. South Australia- vote on same-sex ‘marriage’
The South Australian parliament’s House of Assembly voted on a Bill aimed at legalising same-sex ‘marriage’. The Same Sex Marriage Bill 2013 was introduced by Labor backbencher Susan Close, who said on Wednesday that she didn’t expect to get the numbers to pass the Bill.

The vote was taken on Thursday 25 July – and it was defeated!

The Liberals opposed the Bill on the basis that a state government does not have jurisdiction to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ – they currently do not allow a conscience vote. However, the Party says it will ‘revise its position to allow a conscience vote depending on the findings of a NSW parliamentary committee, which is expected tomorrow [26/7].’

Homosexual ‘marriage’ advocates criticised the Labor government for pushing for an immediate vote - naturally, they want the Liberals to grant a ‘conscience vote’ so they will have chance of getting the Bill passed! The Greens introduced identical legislation in the Upper House on Wednesday in a bid to promote the issue.

Media reports:

SA Parliament expected to vote tomorrow on whether to press ahead with same-sex marriage Bill, The Advertiser, 24/7/2013

Premier slammed over gay marriage, The Australian, 25/7/2013.

Bill defeated: Same-sex marriage bill voted down in South Australian Parliament, ABC, 25/7/2013.


2. $500 million given to Indonesia to help Islamic madrasahs gain accreditation!
The Australian government, through AusAID and the overseas aid budget, has given Indonesia $500 million to help Islamic schools – madrasahs – gain national ‘accreditation’.

Apparently 20% of Indonesian students attend these 1500 Islamic schools. The money is supposed to help “teachers` capacities training, increasing the learning and teaching mechanism process, gaining the curriculum standard, and improving the school’s infrastructures and facilities”.

Media reports:

Australia supports Indonesian Islamic schools to gain national accreditation, ANTARA, 24/7/2013.

Australia helps 'Madrasahs' get national accreditation, Jakarta Post, 24/7/2013.


WHY are we directly giving ‘overseas aid’ funds to develop Islamic education in Indonesia?

We have always said that it is not just the AMOUNT of money that is provided in AID, but WHAT it is used for and how it is SUPERVISED!


Our overseas aid budget already funds groups that do abortions in developing countries – with $16 million given to Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International in 2010-2011. AusAID told one of our readers that, “AusAID currently funds two agencies, IPPF and MSI, which allow, within the laws of the countries concerned, provision of safe abortion and post-abortion services”. [April 2012 Salt Shakers Journal.]

Last year an extra $24 million was given for “reproductive health care, information and advice services and contraception” - making a total of $50 million! [Foreign Minister’s statement.]

All funded out of our ‘overseas aid’ budget’!


3. Politics – preparing for an election
Fifty three political parties are registered for the upcoming federal election – more than double the number in 2010. There could be more by the time the election arrives!

Some of the new parties?

Smokers Rights Party, Bullet Train for Australia Party, Animal Justice Party…. There are also new parties from a Christian perspective – Australian Christians and Rise Up Australia Party.

We’re already being warned that the ballot paper for the Senate in Victoria may be a metre wide – and in tiny print!

The NSW 2010 Senate paper was size 8.5 font and this year’s is expected to be smaller again. The AEC has ordered 40,000 magnifying glasses to assist voters! (source / source)

We’ve provided links for some of the parties on our ‘Political Parties in Australia’s webpage -Click here.


The Australian Electoral Commission supervises and monitors the registration of political parties.

LINK: List of all the registered political parties at the AEC website.
The AEC page outlining the registration of political parties -
click here.

For a snapshot of the views of some of these parties, read this article:

Smokers, pirates, cola lovers … new parties add colour to electoral canvas, The Age, 21/7/2013.


4. Referendum on federal funding of local government
Peter Westmore, in the News Weekly editorial on 20 July, provided a strong argument against the proposed referendum. He points out that the key issue is the direct FUNDING of local Councils and highlights the fact that this will come with ‘strings’ attached’ and demands.
NW Editorial: Beware the agenda behind the local government referendum 

The Institute of Public Affairs has published a 3 minute video on the dangers of this proposal.
Watch it ...
VIDEO: Canberra's Power Grab Deserves To Fail


5. Family court deals with lesbian family ‘triangle’
The Family Court is dealing with an ‘increasingly common situation’ – the breakdown of lesbian relationships where the custody of children is involved. Since only one of the women is a biological mother, the court is faced with new and ‘tricky’ legal situations.

In a recent case, a family law expert told the court, "Children can have three parents."

The case involves two women who are social workers and their two daughters aged 9 and 11. The girls are the biological daughters of Ms A. They have contact with the sperm donor Mr C. The women separated in 2008 and Ms B later moved in with another woman and didn’t have much contact with the girls. Last year she started legal proceedings in an attempt to have them ‘stay with her every other week’.

Ms B apparently complained that the case might be treated differently if they were heterosexual – which the Judge said was ‘ludicrous’. However, given that in most heterosexual cases the other parent is the biological father, it undoubtedly would be – and should be - different.

The verdict?

The media report notes, the Judge “ordered that the two girls continue to live with Ms A and spend time with Ms B at times to be organised between them and with the consent of the children. Mr C will continue to see them as he wants.”

Article: Triangle tangle in lesbian feud, Herald Sun, 20/7/2013.


6. Take a stand – against domestic violence
The Herald Sun has launched a campaign urging people to oppose domestic violence. Called ‘Take a Stand’, it is being supported by Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Victoria's Premier Denis Napthine, Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and the AFL's chief executive, Andrew Demetriou.
Read more:
Victorian leaders declare war on domestic abuse, Herald Sun, 22/7/2013. 


7. Politics – New Labor policy on ‘irregular arrivals’
Last week we mentioned that a ‘new’ policy would be announced regarding boat arrivals and asylum seekers. It was the final ‘big policy’ that Kevin Rudd wanted to present a new position on prior to calling the election.

Kevin Rudd’s new policy involves sending ALL arrivals to Papua New Guinea for processing. He announced that any people assessed as genuine refuges would be settled in PNG and would NOT be allowed to settle in Australia.

Numerous commentators, and the Opposition, have pointed out some of the flaws in the policy. The agreement is only 2 pages long and has little detail; the agreement only lasts for 12 months; there is no requirement for PNG to actually take the asylum seekers for resettlement; and there is no definite statement regarding how much money the government has offered PNG to accept the ‘deal’.

It turns out that the men who arrive will be sent to Manus Island but women and children will continue to be sent to Australia – until facilities have been built on Manus island’. In June, women and children who were in detention on Manus Island were moved to Australia (source).

Just this week, 70 men were removed from Manus Island detention Centre amid claims of rape and torture (source).


Others have pointed out that this is another example of ‘policy on the run’.

In PNG, the parliament unanimously recently passed a motion to hold a national consultation about whether they should ban non-Christian religions (source). Since most of the 'boat arrivals' are from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, and are Islamic, this would create even more problems for PNG.

In PNG, the Sunday paper in Port Moresby ran a headline 'Ruddiculous!'. The PNG Opposition leader says he will challenge the agreement.

Read Miranda Devine’s column: Kevin Rudd just created another boatload of humanitarian problems, Daily Telegraph, 21/7/2013.

Article: PNG paper labels asylum plan 'Ruddiculous', SMH, 21/7/2013.
No guarantee on Kevin Rudd's asylum seeker deal with PNG,, 22/7/2013.


8. Official Statistics on ‘irregular maritime arrivals’ - or boat arrivals
The Department of Immigration publishes official figures each quarter on the number of ‘irregular maritime arrivals’ and also the number of people seeking asylum arriving by plane (non-IMA).

If you want to know the actual numbers, or have heard claims that there are more people arriving by plane, then you can check the actual statistics. With the increase in IMAs in the past year, the number of boat arrivals is now higher.

The Tables do not list the religion of the people – however it does list the country of origin. The three highest are Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran – which are majority Muslim countries.

The Sri Lankans are not usually Muslim.

Read the latest March 2013 Quarterly Tables – click here.
The overall page listing all Quarterly Tables – click here.


9. Picture of two men kissing - on the side of Uniting Church in Northcote
A huge drawing of two men has has placed on a wall next to a Uniting Church in Northcote - the church is supportive of homosexual relationships... read story.


Overseas News


1. Royal baby born
There was great excitement in the UK with the birth of the first son of Prince William and his wife Katherine – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The baby, the third in line to the throne, will be known as "HRH Prince of Cambridge." We congratulate the happy family.

The world’s media waited for weeks to get photos of them leaving the hospital. If you missed it, the photos are posted on the web…

ABC report: William and Kate give public first glimpse of royal baby, ABC, 24/7/2013.

BBC Gallery of photos – click here.


2. UK: Religious groups respond to the same-sex marriage’ law
Sikh temples in the UK are being advised not to conduct civil marriages in their temples out of fear of being subjected to a legal challenge to conduct same-sex ‘marriages’. Lord Singh, the director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, told the House of Lords that he feared opponents of same-sex marriage would be “coerced” into accepting the new legal definition of marriage. They are concerned that a challenge to the European Court could overturn the protections for religious groups that are written into the law.
Article: Religion told to halt weddings over gay rights, Telegraph, 21/7/2013.


3. USA: Planned Parenthood closes three abortion clinics in Texas
Following the passage of legislation in Texas banning abortions after 20 weeks, Planned Parenthood has announced it is closing three of their abortion clinics in Texas including one at Bryan.

Melissa Ohden, writing for Life News, reports that this is ‘an answer to prayer’. She says, “Bryan is THE abortion clinic that Abby Johnson used to direct, THE place where David Bereit and Shawn Carney’s vision for 40 Days for Life was implemented, and Abby was converted.”

Abby has now become a pro-life advocate and is the author of unPLANNED.
Read more about her book and a documentary –
click here.

Read Life News’ report on the Planned Parenthood closures – click here.


4. California: Legislators pass Bill allowing ‘gender-confused youth’ to choose ‘bathroom’
The California legislature has passed a Bill that will force public schools to allow young people who are ‘confused’ about whether they are a boy or a girl to choose whether they use the boys or girls restrooms based on their ‘gender identity’.

Citizen Link reports that the law, if signed by the Governor, “would also let students who believe they are the opposite sex participate on the corresponding sports team. The law would apply to students in elementary, middle and high school.”

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said, "As a society, we know we must protect children from harm, but this law is in direct violation of this principle. These politicians have disregarded the safety and privacy of all children, in exchange for appeasing the vocal LGBT lobby."

Citizen Link report: California Bathroom Bill moves forward, 24/7/2013.


5. Ohio, USA: Marriage law challenged in federal court
A recent court case in Ohio proves that homosexuals are continually being activists for their 'cause'.

They are testing the recent US Supreme Court decisions as well as challenging state laws.

A couple of weeks ago, a same-sex couple from Ohio got ‘married’ in Maryland – they returned home and, a week later, lodged a court case in Ohio, wanting their ‘marriage’ to be recognised.

Ohio’s state Constitution says that marriage is between a man and a woman.

As a result, a federal judge has put Ohio’s marriage law ‘on hold’. Ohio’s Attorney-General has said he will appeal against the decision.

Article: Federal Judge Halts Ohio Marriage Law, Citizen Link, 23/7/2013.


6. China: Disastrous effects of ‘one-child policy’
Wang Feng, a public policy researcher, told an academic conference in Beijing that the Chinese ‘one-child policy’ is worse than the ‘Cultural Revolution’.
Read Life News’ report –
click here.


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News Update - 19 July - Rainbow children, Politics, UK marriage vote . . .

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Another eventful week... the UK Parliament passed the same-sex 'marriage' Bill, the ABC is promoting same-sex parenting, reactions to 'The Bible' series, and more...





Australian News


1. ABC Catalyst – show on ‘Rainbow Children’

For a show that is supposed to be about ‘science’, the ABC Catalyst’s segment titled ‘Rainbow Children’ last night was rather biased toward presenting same-sex parenting in a positive light. The key people they interviewed were the people responsible for the recent Melbourne research on same-sex parenting that we mentioned a few weeks back. Lead researcher Dr Simon Crouch is a homosexual – with a male partner and children – but no mention was made of that. Although they claimed they had more people involved than previous research, they didn’t comment adversely on the ‘self-select’ nature of the study.

Read the transcript and watch the segment ‘Rainbow Children’click here.



2. Politics – a day in politics is a long time, a week is even longer

The new Labor government led by Kevin Rudd continues to try and distance itself from the unpopular policies of the old Gillard government – and to develop ‘new’ polices.

Neither of these strategies admit the underlying problem: that Kevin Rudd is largely responsible for the Labor policies of the carbon and mining taxes and more.

Carbon tax ‘axed’ – and the follow on:

-          Kevin Rudd announced that the carbon tax would GO and be replaced by an emissions trading scheme (source).

-          The scheme would be tied to the European price – currently $6 /tonne.

-          This proposal only brings Labor’s PREVIOUS plan forward by ONE year – they had already proposed going to an emissions trading scheme.

-          Treasury modelling showed that the price – under an ETS - could be $38 / tonne by 2018-2019 (source).

-          Kevin Rudd announced CUTS to pay for the expected $6 billion Budget shortfall – including axing senior public service jobs and changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax for leased cars.

-          New rule for FBT removes the 20% ‘personal use’ rule for cars and returns to LOGBOOKS!

-          Manufacturers claimed the industry will be decimated, as a huge number of new cars are purchased under this novated lease scheme, and held crisis meetings (source).

-          Companies that arrange salary packages are laying off staff as they say companies and individuals will not buy a leased car at present under these conditions (source). 

Asylum seekers etc

-          Kevin Rudd has visited Indonesia and Papua New Guinea – to discuss ‘policy’

-          MORE boat arrivals – and more deaths – in recent days (source).

-          New asylum seeker/boat people policy expected any day.

-          Talk of seeking changes in the UN Refugee Convention.

Labor Leadership

-          In an attempt to avoid the ‘changing of leader’ by the MPs, Kevin Rudd proposed new rules for electing the Labor leader – effectively mean that he cannot be removed as leader by the Parliamentary caucus. Read Statement by Kevin Rudd.

-          The rule change will be debated by the ALP caucus in Sydney on Monday (source). 


3. Loree Rudd wants the teaching of homosexuality to children banned

Kevin Rudd’s sister, Loree Rudd, has told the media she thinks that teaching children that homosexuality is ‘normal’ should be banned. She has just returned from a trip to Russia, where the parliament and President Putin have passed a law to that effect.

The report also noted that Loree is ‘unlikely to help her brother on election day because she opposes his support for gay marriage’. (Media report.)
In 2011, when the ALP decided to support same-sex marriage, Loree resigned from the party (source).


4. Update: Exodus in Australia continues to help people deal with same-sex attraction

We recently reported on the closure of the North American group, Exodus International.
We noted that Exodus Global Alliance, the worldwide umbrella body of ministries that help people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, is continuing to provide this support and is not associated with Alan Chambers or Exodus International in the USA.


In addition, we noted that many of the groups previously associated with Exodus International (USA) had left the organisation and formed new ministries, including the Restored Hope Network.

Exodus in this part of the world is known as Exodus Asia Pacific and is aligned to Exodus Global Alliance – these groups continue in unity of purpose and will not be shutting down. They continue to believe that God offers hope for transformation for people who have same sex attraction. They continue to work with churches as more and more they are being impacted by issues to do with sexuality.  Exodus ministries here appreciate your prayer as this ministry is relentlessly targeted by those wanting to destroy them.  Exodus is always keen to hear from churches who want to understand how to respond, with truth and grace.



5. Information about referendums

Some information about how constitutional referendums are conducted in Australia – from the Australian Electoral Commission, which conducts them.

AEC Brochure on ‘Constitutional Referendums’ – click here.

AEC full details about referendums – click here.

Our Campaign page on opposing the proposed ‘recognition of local government’ referendum is on our website – click here.


6. ‘The Bible’ series – follow up . . .

Did you watch the first episode of ‘The Bible’ series on Channel 9?

The ratings for the first two episodes were high – 1.18 million viewers. Even those in younger age groups 16-34 were watching. Channel 9 is re-screening the first two episodes on Saturday night at 9.45 pm (then it screens at 9pm Tuesdays).


We received a range of feedback about the email we sent about the program - some enthusiastic and some concerned at the inaccuracies in the content. Some people pointed out that some of those on the ‘Board of Advisors’ – which includes Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and T.D. Jakes – have problematic theological views. We acknowledge and appreciate these concerns and agree that it is 'not how we would do it'.

We mentioned the series because it is significant that a major program ‘The Bible’ is screening on commercial television. Several readers have told me about significant conversations they have had with colleagues and neighbours about the series – and Christianity - this week that have been promoted by the series. If we can use the conversations to point people to the Bible itself and to God, then that is significant.


I was interested to read the review of the series written by Creation Ministries earlier this year (when it first screened in the USA). CMI reveal that they were invited to a preview screening of the ‘rough footage’, and then asked to give their input on the creation scene/account. They were actually able to give feedback on the whole production before it went to air.

The CMI review neither endorses nor condemns the series – they note that, in an adaptation like this, all the details can’t be portrayed – and that there are some errors of fact and detail. However, they say, “it is clear that the producers’ intent is to make an ancient text accessible to a modern audience” and “we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent portrayal in the opening scene of the first episode.” They acknowledge that the issue of the sinful nature of man and the substitutionary atonement of Jesus is lacking.


The CMI writers urge us to engage with those who may see the series and have questions about the Bible and Christianity – and to pray that people will be prompted to read the Bible for themselves.

Read the CMI review: The Bible … on the History Channel? A review of the TV series The Bible, CMI, 1/3/2013.


7. Brisbane Council giving funds to homosexual festival

A homosexual festival in Brisbane is receiving financial support from the Brisbane City Council. One Councillor said, “This funding is a tangible recognition that the LGBTQI {Lesbian,Gay,Bi-Sexual,Transgender,Queer,Intersex} community is important to all of us. Like any other festival, Pride is part of Brisbane’s cultural lifeblood while also generating substantial social and economical benefits to our city. The festival attracts visitors from around the country and has brought economic benefits”. (Media report)

One of our readers in Brisbane have submitted an e-petition to the Council’s website opposing the funding – and Brisbane residents are invited to sign it – click here.



Overseas News


1. UK: Parliament passes same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill

On Monday 15 July, the House of Lords ‘voted’ to pass the Bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ in England and Wales. An actual ‘vote’ was NOT taken. Christian Concern had notified their readers prior to the Monday that a vote would not be taken. Some times this is done if it appears that it would be lost.

The ABC reported that the Bill was passed ‘unopposed’ – which might mistakenly infer that everyone supported it.

The House of Lords passed seventeen amendments to the Bill.

The Bill then returned to the House of Commons where the MPs agreed to all amendments and pushed the Bill though on Tuesday. The Bill was given ‘Royal Assent’ on Wednesday, 17 July.

The first same-sex ‘marriages’ are expected to be performed in mid-2014.

Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, one of the bill's opponents, said it was "astonishing that a bill for which there is absolutely no mandate, against which a majority of Conservatives voted, has been bulldozed through both Houses".


House of Lords debate:

The House of Lords page with the debate, speeches, Report stage, vote: click here.

The third reading debate and passing of the Bill – click here.

Media reports:
Gay rights activists cheer as British same-sex marriage bill passes House of Lords, ABC, 15/7/2013.

Same-sex marriage becomes law in England and Wales, BBC, 17/7/2013

Christian Institute’s report:Wrecking marriage will ‘come back to bite’ PM



2. Texas, USA: Parliament passes Bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks

In a significant move, the Texas Senate has passed a Bill than bans abortions after 20 weeks. The law will result in the closure of many of the state’s abortion clinics. The Bill has already passed the House, and Governor Rick Perry, has said he will sign the Bill into law.

Media Report: Texas senate passes 20-week abortion ban bill.




3. UK: Street preacher arrested for "homophobic" language

The Christian Legal Centre is supporting a man who was arrested on Monday 1st July for using "homophobic" speech whilst preaching on a London high street.
Tony Miano was preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 on sexual immorality and the need to abstain from it. Mr Miano was arrested and taken to the local police station where he was photographed, fingerprinted and had a DNA sample taken. He was taken to a cell with a toilet but no toilet paper.
Read the story and watch footage of the events and arrest – click here



4. UK: Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller denied entry to the UK

Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller, who are both outspoken about radical Islam, were planning to visit the UK to attend a march and lay a wreath at a memorial for the soldier killed by Muslim extremist. But the UK decided not to let them in – saying it was ‘not conducive to the public good’!
Read article at American Thinker - click here.


5. UK: Channel 4 to broadcast Islamic call to prayer!

Yes, TV broadcasting of the Islamic call to prayer. Channel 4 is broadcasting it live on air at around 3 am during Ramadan – the other times will be broadcast on their website. On the first day of Ramadan they interrupted programming four times to screen a 20 second film reminding people of the prayer time! Media report

The move has attracted strong criticism. Archbishop Cranmer Blogspot says, “Quite remarkable - as the author said - it's akin to broadcasting the Lord's prayer three - five times a day. It seems the secularists view differs on these matters: When it's Islam it's 'cultural' - when it's Christianity it's 'religion' - and we couldn't have that! …”
Read their report – click here.


On the Issues…


Abortion: Indian study finds Abortion increases breast cancer risk six-fold

A new Indian study, published in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine (May, 2013) has found a 6.38-fold greater risk of breast cancer among women with histories of induced abortion. The study, led by Ramachandra Kamath, MD (Department of Public Health, Manipal University), found induced abortion was the most important risk factor. The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer reported on the study.
Read their Press Release: Indian Study: Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk Six-Fold 1/7/2013.

The actual study:  A study on risk factors of breast cancer among patients attending the tertiary care hospital, in Udupi district


Coming Events


1. Salt Shakers Dinner

Book now for our Dinner on September 7.
Phone the office to book on 03 9729 8720.


2. Vishal Mangalwadi tour

Vishal is a Christian philosopher, worldview and Bible teacher. He is visiting Australia in August for a tour organised by Family Voice – called, “What Good is Christianity?”

Click here for full detail.

News Update - 12 July - Islamic ads, Discrimination, Marriage, Referendum...

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A lot is happening. This week we have a few items from last week as well, because our Prayer News replaced our News Update...

So sit back, grab a coffee or tea, relax (if that's possible when reading this!) and catch up on the news...



Australian News

1. Islamic ads airing on Australian TV
A series of 30 second ads is being aired by Islamic group 'My Peace' (from July 9) on SBS and Channels 7, 9 and 10. The group says the ads are aimed at improving the image that Australians have about Islam and Mohammed - the spokesman for ‘My Peace’ says they are a "response to misinformation".

Q Society’s media release noted that there are a number of deceptions in the ads. Rachel Blaxendale, in The Australian, notes that they quote George Bernard Shaw – but use a ‘quote’ on Islam he never made, referenced from a book he never wrote!

Bill Muehlenberg’s article about these ads highlights the nature of taqiyya, which, he writes, "gives permission to Muslims to deceive infidels in the cause of Islam".
Media reports:
My Peace organisation launches TV commercial to improve image of Islam in Australia, Daily Telegraph, 28/6/2013.
Ads for Islam ‘misquote Shaw from bogus book’, The Australian, 9/7/2013.
Islam, Taqiyya and TV, Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch.
The actual ad and an interview done by Channel 10 – Family Security Matters.
Move over Jesus, new savior of humanity, World Net Daily. 


2.Tasmania – Anti-discrimination law NOT voted on
Good News! The Tasmanian Legislative Council did not vote on the proposed expansion of the Tasmanian anti-discrimination law which would have seen the prohibition of ANY conduct that “offends, humiliates, intimidates, insults or ridicules” apply to ALL the protected attributes that are included in the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act.

It seems that the state Labor government decided not to have a vote in the Legislative Council when they realized they did not have the numbers to get the Bill passed.


3. WA: Female genital mutilation case dropped
The WA Director of Public Prosecutions has discontinued a case against a Western Australian couple who took their baby daughter to Bali in Indonesia for a genital mutilation procedure. The couple was charged last September.

The case was dropped as the state prosecutors said there was ‘no reasonable prospect of conviction’. The maximum penalty for FGM in WA is 10 years in prison.
DPP drops WA female circumcision case, Perth Now, 4/7/2013.
Perth couple face genital mutilation charge, Perth Now, 7/9/2013.


4. Homosexual activists – new idea to promote same-sex ‘marriage’
Rodney Croome, the national co-ordinator for homosexual group Australian Marriage Equality opposes a referendum on same-sex ‘marriage’, saying it would generate a ‘campaign of hate’. They want the Coalition to allow a conscience vote.

His new idea? Establish a CROSS- PARTY WORKING GROUP to ‘advance’ the issue. This would NOT be a good move - this is what has happened in NSW - and that Working Group included a Liberal MP who is a homosexual!

Media report: Vote on same-sex marriage divisive: Croome 


5. How do you control binge drinking? Legalise marijuana! NO!
Professor Robin Room, director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, has made this suggestion because he claims the ‘social harms’ from cannabis use are less than binge drinking!

But the dangers of cannabis use for young people are now well documented! As Ros Phillips notes, “A new study by scientists from Melbourne and Wollongong universities last year showed significant brain damage in long-term cannabis users.” And “The combination of alcohol and marijuana is particularly harmful, since alcohol magnifies the negative effects of marijuana.”
Article: Expert calls for marijuana to be legalised to reduce harm of binge drinking in teens, Herald Sun, 10/7/2013.
FAVA report – Legalising marijuana: problem, not solution, 11/7/2013. 


6. Tasmania – Continues grants to LGBT groups to fight ‘hate’
The Tasmanian government has announced it will continue giving grants to LGBTI groups - $150,000 over the next three years. In previous years, grants have been given to programs such as “celebrations of diversity, projects to promote inclusion, as well as research and education projects. More recently, family violence was identified as a key research area.” The Minister for Community Development said, “Family violence in the LGBTI community is an under-researched area, and information about its prevalence is limited.”

Now that’s an interesting statement – studies and surveys actually show there is a HIGHER prevalence of family violence in homosexual relationships.
Article: Australian state government commits $150,000 to projects to reduce anti-LGBT prejudice, GayStarNews, 8/6/2013.


7. Carbon tax increases
The carbon tax increased by 5% on 1 July – from $23 a tonne to $24.15 a tonne.
Apparently power consumption has decreased – but with the huge increases in electricity costs that is hardly surprising!

The new Rudd federal government is considering its position on this issue. Knowing that the ‘carbon tax’ is a liability because of the way it was introduced, they are considering the possibility of changing it more quickly to an ‘emissions trading scheme’. However, with the current European scheme price being $6 a tonne, this would blow another huge hole in the budget, thus increasing the deficit.

Media report: Power use down since carbon tax, SMH, 9/7/2013. 


8. New US Ambassador to Australia an open homosexual
US President Barack Obama’s nomination for the next US Ambassador to Australia is John Berry, an open homosexual with a male partner. He will be the first openly homosexual US Ambassador in a G20 nation. But there are others - the current US Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, is also an open homosexual.

Media reports note that Mr Berry is the former head of the Office of Personnel Management - which oversees the US public service. The nomination has to be approved by the US Senate. It is not known when he will take up the post.

Article: John Berry to be next US ambassador to Australia, AAP, 25/6/2013.


9. NSW: Bid to stop schools discriminating re ‘sexuality’
Homosexual activist Alex Greenwich, now an Independent MP in NSW, has announced plans to introduce legislation to remove an exemption for religious schools that enables them to discriminate against a student on the basis of their sexuality in the area of enrolment at the school. Religious schools oppose the proposal, saying that it is vital that they retain their religious freedom on this matter, even though they say few, if any, students are expelled on that basis.

Ros Phillips, of Family Voice, pointed out, “One of the purposes of Christian education is to promote Christian values of sexuality.  Students who disagree should be free to attend other schools.” She noted an instance where a drag queen had attended Burwood Girls High School as part of a Proud Schools celebration.
Students were encouraged to support same-sex ‘marriage’. Those who refused were bullied by other students. That’s ‘reverse discrimination’!

Article: Schools defend right to expel gays, SMH, 7/7/2013. 


10. Abortion drug RU486 listed on the PBS
The federal Labor government’s Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has announced that the abortion drug RU486 (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means the drugs will be available for $36.10, or $5.90 each on a concession card. Pro-life advocates are concerned that the increased availability and lower cost of RU486 will lead to more abortions.

Article: Abortion pill among new drugs on PBS, AAP, 30/6/2013.
Health Minister’s media release: New Generation Medicines Added to the PBS 


11. Caution about artificial light from tablets
With the amazing developments in technology, we need to be cautious about the effects on our health. “Leading Australian researcher  Professor Shantha Rajaratnam says there is growing evidence that the night time use of portable digital devices is likely to compound the problems associated with artificial lighting. They are particularly concerned about the effect of the light on sleep-wake patterns.

The message – avoid the use of tablets in bed and for some time before bed!

Media report on the ABC – click here


12. Local Government Referendum - update
Senator Dean Smith, Liberal from WA, was one of the few brave Senators and MPs to oppose the proposed referendum on recognising local government in the Constitution.
Watch his speech in the Senate – click here.
Read his article: Councils run risk of ceding more power to Canberra


The Citizens’ Vote NO’ campaign has a website – called ‘No Power Grab’ - with a large number of articles and resources. They are also preparing downloadable fliers and posters.
Vote NO websiteclick here
Resources page with articlesclick here.

This is an article written by one of their team, printed in the Daily Telegraph pointing out a range of inequalities in the referendum!
Lopsided financial support for federal referendum


Email about sharia law and the referendum
An email is circulating that claims the constitutional recognition of local government would lead to the introduction of ‘sharia law’ as it has in Britain – no names or sources are quoted. The claim relating to Britain is incorrect – it says “Sharia law can be demanded in the local area based on the % of Muslim people in that local area”. In the UK there are ‘sharia courts’ operating as ‘arbitration tribunals’ (article) but this is not related to the Australian referendum on recognising local government.
Please do not forward on this email if you receive it!


13. SA: Advertising of ‘live odds’ on sport to be BANNED from Aug 1
The South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, has announced that the advertising of ‘live odds’ betting will be banned from August 1. The
Independent Gambling Authority has approved the state government’s proposal.
Media report: Advertising live-odds betting to be banned in South Australia, The Advertiser, 4/7/2013.


Overseas News 

1. UK government allows three-person IVF
The UK government has announced that it will legislate to allow an IVF procedure using genetic material from THREE people. The technique would allow TWO eggs to be used – where the birth mother has a disease that can be handed down, the egg of another woman would be used as well. The method, called ‘mitochondrial transfer’, has not been tested in humans. This article outlines two possible methods.  

Whilst the compassion argument is used to justify this move, these techniques involve manipulating life and can include the destruction of embryos for ‘spare parts’.

Three-person IVF: UK government backs mitochondrial transfer, Guardian, 28/6/2013. 

Dr Peter Saunders, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, has written two good articles explaining why we should not go down this track:

Three parent embryos for mitochondrial disease – unsafe, unethical and unnecessary – 28/6/2013.
Three-parent embryos for mitochondrial disease? Twelve reasons for caution 


2. Dr Nitschke promoting ‘assisted suicide’ and euthanasia in the UK
Not content with promoting euthanasia in Australia, Philip Nitschke, of pro-euthanasia group EXIT, is visiting the UK and putting on seminars explaining methods people can use to kill themselves.

Dr Peter Saunders, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, objected to his visit to the UK, and wrote a detailed article:
Why did the Home Secretary let this man into the UK? 


3. Japan: Health Ministry withdraws recommendation for Gardasil
The Japanese Health Ministry has “issued a nationwide notice that cervical cancer vaccinations should no longer be recommended for girls aged 12 to 16 because several adverse reactions to the medicines have been reported.”
The vaccines were only added to the regular vaccination list in April this year.
Article: Cervix vaccine issues trigger health notice, Japan Times, 15/6/2013.


4. Germany: Court orders same tax breaks for homosexual ‘civil partners’
The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has ‘ruled that the country’s same-sex registered partners must be granted the same tax breaks as couples in natural marriages. In their June majority decision, six of the eight justices ruled that treating civil unions differently amounts to “unequal treatment because of sexual orientation” and that failure to guarantee equality “leads to discrimination against a minority”. 
Article: German federal court: give gay civil partners same tax breaks as married couples, Lifesite News, 10/10/2013. 


5. UK – Update on same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill - VOTE on MONDAY 15 JULY
The UK House of Lords is still in the Report stage of the proposed Bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’. The website states, “Report stage – line by line examination of the Bill – took place on 8 July. Amendments discussed covered clauses 1-11 of the Bill. A second day of report stage is scheduled for 10 July.”

Conservative Lords are introducing amendments aimed at defeating the Bill.

Click here to view the latest Update on the House of Lords website.

VOTE: The final third reading vote is expected to be taken on Monday 15 July. Christian Concern is asking everyone to pray that the Bill will NOT be passed.


6. USA: President Obama commends homosexual activists
When the US Supreme Court struck down DOMA - Defence of Marriage Act – recently, President Barack Obama said, “today is a victory for equality” (official White House source and actual statement).
His support for homosexual causes is not new. In early June he gave a speech at a special Pride Month event held at the White House. He does this EVERY year!
This year, nine Americans who wrote to thank him for his support on these issues were invited to the event (see details).
Read his speech – click here.

On President Obama’s recent visit to Africa, some of the religious and political leaders were not enthusiastic about him pushing homosexual rights.
Read Bill Muehlenberg’s article on the latest campaigns by Mr Obama.


Coming Events

Salt Shakers Annual Dinner – September 7
Two great speakers at our Dinner on September 7 – Bruce Coleman and Shane Varcoe.
Both of them work with young people on crucial issues.
See our E-News from yesterday for full details.

Book soon – phone our office on 9729 8720 on Mon-Thurs 9.30am to 4.30pm.



Ongoing Campaigns

Report – Gender selection abortion and Medicare
Prior to the close of the federal parliament the Report on Senator Madigan’s proposed Bill to stop Medicare funding for gender selection abortions was published. The Report does not give an opinion - rather, it attempts to present 'both sides'.

We had previously reported that the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee] had decided not to hold public hearings, despite receiving over 1,100 submissions.

The Bill is called the “Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013”

Read the Report – click here.

Inquiry website – click here.

On prayer, Prime Minister, pedophilia and politics . . .

This week we have sent out the Prayer Notes (instead of the in-depth News Update).
Please also pray for the situation in Egypt, where President Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been overthrown following a military ultimatum. (Media report)

If you don't receive our emails, sign up to receive the Prayer Notes and all our regular emails. Click here.

In the meantime, I've included just three news items that I had prepared for our next Update... although they all start with a 'p' they are not connected!
- Kevin Rudd on policy, promises and personality; Australian pedophile jailed in the USA, and a politician, Muslim MP Ed Husic, sworn in using the Quran.

Also, our last report on Kevin Rudd is now posted on the web.


1. Update on Kevin Rudd . . . politics and same-sex 'marriage'

Listen to the short Interview (9 min) I've done with Cameron today on these latest developments - click here to download (8MB).

We are already seeing Mr Rudd focus on 'personality politics' rather than dealing with the crucial issues facing our nation. As we have already noted, Kevin Rudd stirred up controversy by saying Tony Abbott's, and the Coalition's, policy on 'turning back the boats'  - would led to conflict - even military conflict - with Indonesia. Now he is in Indonesia for talks with the Indonesian government on these same topics. (Media report)

Last night, on the ABC's 7.30 Report he was asked about his statement that he would not challenge for the leadership - he claimed that Julia Gillard called a ballot and then "vacated the leadership". He also tried making a distinction between himself and Tony Abbott by picking on personality: "Mr Abbott, I think it’s time you demonstrated to the country you had a bit of ticker on this. I mean, he’s the boxing Blue, I’m the, you know, the glasses-wearing kid in the library - come on."

Hopefully, we will see a more noble and statesman-like approach to politics in the coming months.

Kevin Rudd on same-sex 'marriage'... and broken promises

Of course, there are some policies we do not want Mr Rudd to promote. One of those is 'same-sex marriage'. When he changed his position a few weeks back, to support same-sex 'marriage', he said he would not use it as a campaign issue. “For the record, I will not be taking any leadership role on this (same-sex marriage) issue nationally.”  (source)

As Family Voice pointed out this week, he has broken his promise - and "done exactly what he said he would not do".  In a media interview, shortly after becoming Prime Minister, he said that Mr Abbott must allow Coalition MPs a conscience vote on the issue, and "If he doesn't, then I think we then have to look at other mechanisms, including the possibility of recourses to plebiscite or referendum."

He went further, saying what he thinks about the issue - and about those who don't support same-sex 'marriage'. "Wherever I go in Australia, it just hits you in the face what young people think about this, which is that our current arrangements are just wrong and offensive to people." [Emphasis added.] Media article.

Dr David Phillips, of Family Voice, concluded, "Now he has blatantly broken that promise.  Can we ever believe what he says?”  (News report, FAVA


2. Australian pedophile jailed in the USA for abusing boy

In a horrific case, an Australian man (who was born in America), Mark J. Newton has been jailed for forty years for pedophilia and exploitation. He has also been ordered to pay $400,000 in compensation to the boy’s account.

Newton and his long-term male partner, Peter Truong (from Queensland), had ‘adopted’ a boy in 2005 after paying a Russian woman $8,000 to be a ‘surrogate’.

The abuse of the boy began shortly after his birth – and the two men travelled the world, offering the boy for sex with at least eight men. The men recorded the abuse and uploaded the videos to the ‘Boy Lovers Network’. The Judge refused to allow a jury trial because the images were so horrific. The SMH report notes that, when they were arrested in 2011, “Newton and Truong claimed they were being targeted because they were homosexual.” The SMH report goes on, “However after his arrest in February 2011, Truong gave investigators the password to the computer hard drives police had seized. It detailed the years of abuse.

"Truong has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date."

The two men had lived in the USA and moved to Cairns in 2007. In 2010, the two men gave an interview to the local ABC about their struggle to become parents since they were a homosexual couple.

Obvioulsy they didn't talk about the real truth of their abuse of the boy!
Named: the Australian paedophile jailed for 40 years, SMH, 1/7/2013.


3. Muslim MP now on the frontbench in Rudd government – swears oath on the Quran

The new federal Labor government includes the first Muslim to be appointed to a front bench in Australia. When Ed Husic was first elected to parliament in the seat of Chifley in western Sydney in 2010 he was the first MP to take an oath of allegiance on the Quran. (Source)

When he became the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband, and was sworn in at the start of July, Ed Husic took his Oath of Office using the Quran. The Governor General commented on this, saying, “This is a wonderful day for multiculturalism, and everything it stands for in our country.”

Some media reports criticised people for making negative comments about him being a Muslim on his Facebook page. Although the media accused the comment-ers of being racist, most expressed concern about the undermining of our culture by using the Quran. Ed Husic said that people were free to express their views.

Ed Husic says he is a non-practising Muslim, so one has to ask if he endorses what is in the Quran! In addition, the Oath of Office includes the words, "So help me, God". It was obviously written in a time when it meant the God of the Bible. 

We would want to ask, which God is he referring to?

Media Articles:

- New MP is first in Australia to be sworn in with Koran, The Australian, 28/9/2013.
- Ed Husic becomes first Muslim frontbencher, The Australian, 1/7/2013.
- 'Shame, shame, shame': Australia's first Muslim frontbencher abused for taking oath on Koran, SMH, The Age, 2/7/2013.

Bill Muehlenberg has written an article on this development:
Husic, Parliament and Creeping Sharia

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