Just when we think we are managing to deal with the current issues, along come another half-dozen!
News Update - 11 April 2014
1. Imam fined $500 for performing ‘marriage’ of 12 year old GIRL
Recently we reported that an imam at a mosque in Newcastle had performed a ‘marriage’ between a 12 year old girl and a 26 year old man (see News Update, No 6). The imam, Muhammad Riaz Tasawar, who was in Australia on a ‘religious workers visa’, has pleaded guilty to solemnising the marriage and has been fined just $500.
This is an incredibly low penalty. The maximum penalty is just six months jail, which seems rather too little a penalty for breaching the law in this way!
Apparently the imam carried out the ‘marriage’ in the girl’s home, without the permission of the mosque’s governing body, the Islamic Centre of Newcastle. The imam has been sacked – he was placed in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre and is likely to be deported.
Article: Imam Muhammad Riaz Tasawar fined $500 after performing marriage of 12-year-old girl, News.com, 3/4/2014.
2. Blasphemous show at Melbourne Comedy Festival – ‘Come Heckle Christ’
In February we reported that the blasphemous show ‘Come Heckle Christ’ was being performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival – we also noted that it had been a part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. In the show, people are encouraged to hurl abuse at the figure portraying the character of Jesus Christ. (See our report.)
Now the show is part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival – this is a more mainstream event. The show was performed on 6 April and will be performed again on 20 April.
The Melbourne Comedy Festival is being sponsored by mainstream organisations such as the Victorian government, City of Melbourne, Herald Sun, Channel Ten, ABC 774, Ticketmaster and a whole host of other supporters – see list below.
WHY are all these organisations supporting this show which sets out to deliberately offend and vilify?
To contact [some of the] sponsors, click on these links:
Channel Ten - http://tenplay.com.au/contact-us
ABC 774 – http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/contact/
3. New group formed - Mayors supporting homosexual ‘marriage’
The Byron Shire Council (Mullumbimby, NSW), representing only 29,000 citizens, has drafted a statement of ‘marriage equality’ which supports homosexual ‘marriage’. They are seeking contributions from their community to the draft.
Then they plan to ask Mayors from AROUND AUSTRALIA to sign this ‘Proclamation of Local Government Support for Marriage Equality’ – and send it to Prime Minister Tony Abbott!
The Byron Shire Council already provides a “symbolic Byron Shire Certificate of Marriage when requested for same sex marriage ceremonies within the Shire.”
Article: Byron seeks support from Aussie mayors for gay marriage, Northern Star, 4/4/2014.
4. Religious education in Victorian schools
In February there was media report about Bibles being handed out at Torquay College (a primary school in Victoria). Some Year 6 students received ‘Biblezines’ which contained the text of the Bible as well as additional articles, including one on sexuality. They were apparently provided by local churches as a ‘graduation gift’.
Access Ministries, which runs Christian Religious Education (CRE) in Victorian primary schools, said that they were immediately withdrawn, on the day, when it was realised they contained additional material (original article).
The school has now ‘suspended Christian religion education’ whilst an Inquiry is being conducted by the Education Department.
Article: Inquiry into religious instruction in Victorian schools, The Age, 9/3/2014.
5. Bendigo Bank still plans to CLOSE account of group opposing mosque
Last week we reported that Bendigo Bank had told the ‘No Mosque for Bendigo’ group that they had to close their account because the group’s activity was “inconsistent with the bank’s values”.
A controversy erupted, especially on social media – this was covered by the ABC’s World Today program on 6 April. In response to the controversy, Bendigo Bank issued a statement. They then defended their position in an interview on the ABC’s ‘World Today’ programon 8 April.
Local councillor Elise Chapman has accused the bank of trying to be the 'moral police'.
Q Society have told their supporters they have closed their Bendigo Bank account.
In another development, Bendigo Bank was the MAJOR sponsor of ‘Earth Hour’ this year – click here.
Statement from Bendigo Bank – click here.
The ‘No Mosque for Bendigo’ Facebook page - click here.
Article by Bernard Gaynor – Banking on Islam, 5/4/2014.
World Today: Bank's values judgement prompts backlash, ABC World Today, 6/4/2014.
Article: Bank orders anti-mosque account to be closed, Bendigo Advertiser, 7/4/2014.
Article: Bendigo Bank closes mosque opponents' account, ABC, 7/4/2014.
World Today: Bendigo Bank stands by decision to close account of anti-mosque group, ABC World Today, 8/4/2014.
If you want to politely CONTACT Bendigo Bank about their decision, click here for contact page.
6. Violence in Sydney – man concerned about Islam is fired at
A number of violent attacks have occurred in Sydney in recent months – involving gangs, drug trafficking and more. Whilst the media will report on these ‘offences’ there is reticence to use any word that might identify some of the perpetrators as followers of Islam.
However, when the leader of a group that is concerned about the influence of Islam is shot at, the word Islamic is used – ‘anti-Islamic’, that is.
Nathan Abela, the leader of the Australian Defence League (ADL), which often stridently objects to the spread of Islam, was portrayed as a ‘racist’….
But what about the people who fired eight shots into his apartment, injuring his shoulder as he ducked for cover?
Article: Sydney police probe anti-Islamic posts, Ninemsn, 4/4/2014.
Article: Anti-Islamic extremist group member targeted in shooting, SMH, 4/4/2014.
Bill Muehlenberg wrote about the Bendigo bank and the attack on Nathan Abela.
Australian Sharia and Dhimmitude, 6/4/2014.
7. AFL and other Aussie sports codes UNITE for 'anti-homophobia' campaign
Yes, it is everywhere. Last year the AFL had a campaign against 'homophobia'. In January the AFL announced 'counselling' for players about homophobia and an education campaign called 'Respect and Responsibility' - read about that here.
The NRL has also launched its own campaign against homophobia – aimed at “silencing those who discriminate against an individual based on their sexual orientation” - click here.
This week the AFL chief Andrew Demetriousaid that the AFL is 'ready to embrace their first openly gay player' (click here for article).
Now they have combined with a variety of other sports to commit to have policies in place by August this year to 'combat homophobia' - the timing is planned to coincide with the 'Bingham Cup', the 'world cup of homosexual rugby union'.
The organisers of the Bingham Cup claim they are responsible for this development!
Click here for article.
Read what they all said - click here.
1. Africa, AIDS and the UN Commission on the Status of Women
African delegates at a United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting on AIDS have abandoned the resolution that had already been ‘negotiated’. Last minute amendments were made and passed. They claim that the conference was ‘hijacked by progressives’!
“African delegates had tailored the resolution to address HIV/AIDS as a public health tragedy. The U.S., European and a few Latin countries view the disease as a platform to de-stigmatize sex in any form….”
No surprise there!
Article: Africans abandon AIDS resolution at UN after hijacked by “sexual progressives” from US and Europe, Lifesite, 27/3/2014.
2. USA: Supreme Court refuses to hear ‘photographer’ case
The US Supreme Court has decided NOT to hear a case about whether a Christian couple, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, who are wedding photographers, were legally able to refuse to film a ‘commitment ceremony’ for a homosexual couple!
The New Mexico Supreme Court “rejected the Huguenins' arguments that using Elaine's artistic ability in recording the event would violate her religious beliefs.” Now the US Supreme Court has refused to review their case, even thought it hinges on ‘free speech’ which is protected by the US Constitution.
Todd Starnes concludes, “The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who oppose gay marriage, said Jordan Lorence, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represents the Huguenins.
"I believe militant gay rights groups will start targeting churches that own fellowship halls. I believe they will start targeting pastors who preach against homosexuality. And I believe they will go after individuals who attend those kinds of churches.
"It’s not out of the realm of possibility that one day Americans could be forced to answer this question: Do you know or have you ever been a member of a church that opposes gay marriage? The religious cleansing of America has begun.”
Supreme Court declines photographers' appeal, Baptist Press, 7/4/2014.
Do gay rights trump religious rights? Supreme Court won't hear wedding photographers' case, Todd Starnes, Fox News, 7/4/2014.
3. Update: World Vision USA
One Board Member of World Vision USA has resigned over the reversal of their policy on same-sex ‘marriage’. Jacquelline Fuller was also the director of corporate giving for Google Inc and said she did not agree with the new World Vision USA HR policy.
For the record, I’ve also given a link to an article by Michael Brown – he was the first person to break the story about the initial World Vision USA position.
Article: World Vision Board Member Resigns Following Charity's Reversal on Same-Sex Marriage for US Employees, Christian Post, 4/4/2014.
Article: The Apostasy of World Vision Embracing Gay Marriage, Michael Brown, Christian Post, 25/3/2014.
4. Update: Mozilla – and those SUPPORTING same-sex ‘marriage’
Yes, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WINS!
This week we reported that Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, had been forced to resign because he had given $1,000 to a campaign supporting ‘Proposition 8’ to keep marriage between a man and a woman.
Why isn’t there ANY fuss about all the people who SUPPORT same-sex ‘marriage’?
People who hold traditional views on this matter are being ostracized.
Have a look at this very interesting article. It lists the TOP 23 supporters of homosexual ‘marriage’ in the USA – many have provided HUGE amounts of financial support – including to the OPPOSING side of Proposition 8!
Ironically, in talking about internet browsers, two of Google’s co-founders donated $140,000 in 2008 to OPPOSE Proposition 8 (and support same-sex ‘marriage’)!
Article: The Top 23 Gay Marriage Supporters in Business Today, Benzinga, 26/6/2013.
5. Update: Mozilla and World Vision – ‘homosexual rights’ & BUSINESS
Several articles this week, from NON-Christian sources, have commented on the increasing frequency of homosexuals activists targeting BUSINESSES.
One writer said, “debates over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual Americans have been waged in courtrooms, congressional halls and at the ballot box. Now the boardroom is becoming the next battleground as two major – but very different – private institutions, World Vision U.S. and Mozilla, have had to answer for internal decisions that had repercussions for the gay community."
In the second article, Casey Cep analyses the homosexual rights movement and these two recent controversies, and says, “For the new moral majority in support of gay rights, there is an unexpected challenge: to live with dissent while continuing to advance the cause of equality.”
- The Gay Rights Battle Moves to the Boardroom, US News, 8/4/2014.
- What comes after the gay-rights victory?, New Yorker, 4/4/2014.
On the Issues
Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey on a national tour…
Bill Muehlenberg writes, “When you get Rob "No Hell" Bell and New Age promoter Oprah Winfrey together on a national tour, you know this is diabolical deception big time. Be forewarned.”
Article: Bell and Oprah lovefest – no surprises here
Federal ‘Racial hatred’ laws – submissions close 30 April
Don’t forget to start preparing your submission to the federal government’s proposed amendments to the Commonwealth racial hatred law.
Submissions CLOSE on 30 April, 2014.
Some interesting articles:
We can speak for ourselves, thanks, Herald Sun, 6/4/2014.
A woman born in America of Iranian parents, writes that some imams and Waleed Aly don’t represent her – she discusses the ‘free speech’ issue.
The Canberra Declaration team are encouraging everyone to urge the government to fully repeal Section 18C.
In their email this week, they stated, “According to Brendan O'Neil, a visiting editor from UK who will be speaking in Sydney this week on 'The New Enemies of Freedom', modern hate speech legislation was born just before World War II. A ban on hate speech helped the Nazis rise to power during the Weimar Republic of the 30s. And it was the authoritarian Soviet Union under Stalin that called for laws against hate speech to curb fascist hysteria.
Then again in 1948, when world leaders gathered to put together the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Soviet Union argued to include stipulations for hate speech in the section on free speech. The free Western nations seeing this as "extremely dangerous" were able to block this. And so we see that hate speech laws began with atheistic governments while the free West vigorously opposed them.”
They also noted “The Canadian Parliament has now repealed the vilification law under which Mark Steyn was harassed.”
Mark Steyn said, "the process is the punishment", a sentiment we would endorse!
Article by Brendan O'Neill...
How a ban on hate speech helped the Nazis, The Australian, 29/3/2014.
"WHAT could an eccentric Swedish pastor, a drunk British student and Brigitte Bardot possibly have in common?
All have been imprisoned or threatened with imprisonment for saying offensive things about minority groups."
I've put the News Update into a pdf document so you can print it out to read or distribute as well as posting on our website!
1. Kevin Andrews address: “Make it Mutual”
2. “Sex - not specified” – decision by High Court
3. WA Senate election
4. New Governor General – Peter Cosgrove
5. Mosque proposed for Bendigo – and protests
1. UK: First homosexual ‘marriages’ take place
2. UK: Labour would appoint ‘gay rights envoy’ if elected
3. USA: Chick-fil-A STOPS talking about same-sex ‘marriage’
4. Christian MP in Vanuatu
5. USA: FBI removes SPLC ‘hate groups’ list
6. The importance of truth AND love – Fred Phelps dies
7. UK liberalises laws on abortion
8. UK Update – from Christian Concern
On the Issues
Update on the ‘Noah’ film
Racial hatred – submissions on proposed amendments
1. Kevin Andrews address: “Make it Mutual”
Kevin Andrews, the federal Minister for Family and Community Services, recently gave an excellent address at the National Press Club to the “Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals”.
In the speech, Kevin highlighted the history of the ‘mutual societies’ and contrasted it with the current government welfare situation. He referred to the ‘Beveridge Report’ from the UK… “In both Britain and Australia, the Beveridge ideals of a lighter-touch safety net was swept away by an ambitious but bureaucratic welfarism in which social insurance models were replaced by state-run entitlements programmes. . . “
A very insightful look at ‘what is’ and ‘what used to be’…
Address - National Press Club Address - “Make it Mutual”– 17/3/2014.
2. “Sex - not specified” – decision by High Court
We’re all used to filling in forms that asks us to state whether we are ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ (the question used to be labelled ‘Sex’ but is increasingly referred to as ‘Gender’).
But that could all change – with the High Court ruling this week that a person called ‘Norrie’ can use the term ‘Sex – Not specified’ and that the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages must register her ‘sex’ in this way.
Norrie was born a biological male, but had gender re-assignment surgery to become a 'woman'. However, Norrie wanted to NOT have a specified ‘male or female sex’.
The Registry initially issued a new birth certificate with ‘Sex – not specified’ then later withdrew it and replaced it with one saying ‘Sex – not stated’. Norrie objected and took the complaint to the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and lost – then lost at appeal, but won at the NSW Court of Appeal. The Registrar then took the case to the High Court. The Court’s summary (below) outlines the case.
Of course, the Bible tells us, in Genesis 1:27, “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
SUMMARY of Court decision (1 page): NSW REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES v NORRIE  HCA 11
3. WA Senate election
Click here for information on our website about the WA Senate election.
Includes candidate lists, Group Voting Tickets and the Christian Values Checklist.
Click here for summaries of the PREFERENCE flows.
4. New Governor General – Peter Cosgrove
The new Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove, has begun his duties. With the recent introduction of knighthoods, he is now ‘Sir’ Peter Cosgrove.
We congratulate him, as well as congratulate the outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce, for their dedication to civic life in this important role of Governor-General.
Te Governor-General's official title is “His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)”
Visit the Governor-General’s official website – click here.
5. Mosque proposed for Bendigo – and protests
Many residents in Bendigo (Vic) are upset about plans for a large mosque to be built in the city. Councillors are reported to unanimously say they have no religious or cultural objections to the mosque being built. The issue was reported in local papers in January 2014.
A Facebook page was set up to oppose the mosque – called ‘No Mosque in Bendigo’. They have been told this week that their bank – Bendigo Bank – is closing their account. They state: “CLOSE BANK ACCOUNT: Friday we received notice to close our Bendigo Bank account—because caring about the safety of our community is not considered in keeping with the banks values of "Diversity" and "Inclusiveness".”
The Australian Defence League is planning a “protest rally” in Bendigo in April.
From a different angle, Bernard Gaynor posted an article from ‘Melodious Ocean’ which is run by a Buddhist. The writer highlights the battle for dominance in Bendigo between Buddhists and Muslims. The Buddhists are currently building “The Giant Stupa of Universal Compassion”.
Facebook page – ‘No Mosque in Bendigo’ – click here.
- Bendigo's first mosque in pipeline, Bendigo Advertiser, 10/1/2014.
- Residents relaxed about proposed mosque, 12/1/2014.
- Group rallies against mosque proposal, 14/1/2014.
- All welcome at new mosque, 17/1/2014.
- Hate group rallies to halt mosque, Bendigo Weekly, 1/3/2014.
- Bernard Gaynor: Why Islam must push its presence into Bendigo
1. UK: First homosexual ‘marriages’ take place
The first homosexual couples ‘married’ last weekend under the UK’s new law that allows any two people to ‘marry’. Currently if two homosexuals already have a ‘civil partnership’ they can’t marry. However, the government is changing the law to allow them to ‘marry’ – it is expected to be changed by the end of 2014.
- Britain's first same-sex marriages take place as PM speaks of 'powerful message', Guardian, 29/3/2014.
- Civil partners must wait until late 2014 to marry in the U.K., GayNewsNetwork, 31/3/2014.
Comment from Christian Concern:
Dismantling traditional marriage: a regressive step for society
2. UK: Labour would appoint ‘gay rights envoy’ if elected
Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, recently told a homosexual magazine, “I’m going to appoint an envoy on these issues, around the international agenda of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] rights, because I think it’s a really important issue for an incoming Labour government.”
Article: Labour would appoint gay rights envoy to tackle international discrimination, says Ed Miliband, The Independent, 27/3/2014.
3. USA: Chick-fil-A STOPS talking about same-sex ‘marriage’
We’ve previously reported on the stand taken by Chick-Fil-A on the issue of same-sex ‘marriage’.
But now they have decided to ‘stop talking about the issue’. The leader of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, who is a Christian, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that ‘he’s learned lessons’ and now wants to stay out of the battle. He’s also apparently stopped donating to groups that support traditional marriage! See media report here.
He says it isn’t because of the homosexual activists complaining about his statements …. Or the boycotts. Hmmm!
Meanwhile, homosexual activists are celebrating the change of mind – see here.
But there is politics in LGBT circles too, with some not wanting to support Chick-Fil-A just yet – read that article here.
4. Christian MP in Vanuatu
One of our readers from Vanuatu has asked us to pray for a Christian man, Andrew Napuat, who is expected to be elected to the parliament on April 16, 2014.
Please pray that Andrew is elected and will ‘make a difference’ for God in the Vanuatu parliament.
5. USA: FBI removes SPLC ‘hate groups’ list
Defend Christians reports that, for many years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has published a list of ‘hate groups’ that oppose the normalisation of homosexuality – the list included mainstream organisations such as “American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries, Liberty Council, Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition and the National Organization for Marriage.”
Some sections of the US government had relied on those lists – and they were used in US Army training materials!
Defend Christians has “worked to lobby Congress to restrict federal law enforcement from relying on the biased SPLC reports”. Now Dr Gary Cass reveals that the FBI has removed the list from their website!
That’s a good first step! Read their report – click here.
6. The importance of truth AND love – Fred Phelps dies
When we speak about the Biblical position on homosexuality, some homosexual activists claim that anyone who has any objections to homosexuality is ‘like Fred Phelps’, of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in the USA. Fred and his followers have engaged in extremely offensive actions, such as holding posters stating ‘God hates fags’ at funerals of AIDS patients and holding protests at the funerals of US servicemen killed in action.
We have repeatedly said that we oppose such actions.
In everything we do or say, we must remember to ‘speak the truth in love’.
Fred Phelps died recently - Joe Dallas, a former homosexual now involved in ministry, reflects on Fred Phelps’ life and actions, and how the fact that there was an audience for his comments contributed to the situation…
Article: Fred Phelps: The Symptom of our Sickness, Joe Dallas, 21/3/2014.
7. UK liberalises laws on abortion
The UK government, a coalition of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, has recently CHANGED the regulations relating to abortion.
Dr Peter Saunders, of Christian Medical Comment, writes, “Prime Minister David Cameron has presided over the largest liberalisation of abortion practice since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. Under his leadership, former health minister Andrew Lansley, working closely with abortion providers and senior figures at the Department of Health, has managed to smuggle in what is in effect a nurse-led abortion service without the issue ever being discussed in parliament and without the knowledge of most of his own party colleagues.”
Read his article for the full story… Dr Saunders provides a great overview of HOW the regulation has been changed, in ‘stepwise fashion’, to now allow nurses, as ‘Members of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to play a role in seeking information from the woman’ to replace doctors!
Article: David Cameron presides over largest liberalisation of abortion practice since 1967 Abortion Act, Peter Saunders, 12/3/2014.
8. UK Update – from Christian Concern
Do you receive ‘Christian Concern emails’ from the UK?
They provide very informative updates on what is happening in the UK and elsewhere. To sign up, fill in your email address on the front page of their website – click here.
Here are items from the past couple of weeks from their ‘Weekly Update’ emails:
Traditional views on sexuality silenced by new liberal "censoriousness", says Lord Neuberger
Britain’s most senior judge has warned that traditional views on sexuality are being shut out of debate as part of a liberal “censoriousness” about what views can be expressed in public. Read more >
Christian guesthouse owners seek justice in Europe rather than UK
Two Christian guesthouse owners, Jeff and Sue Green, who have been accused of discriminating against same-sex couples by offering double rooms to married people only, are taking their case directly to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In the meantime, they have decided to ONLY offer single beds! Read more >
UKIP U-turn on same-sex 'marriage'
Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party has reversed party policy on same-sex 'marriage', announcing that if UKIP wins the next General Election, it will recognise same-sex couples as legally married and strip traditional Christian wedding ceremonies of their legal status. Read more (Telegraph) >
Watch a moving video message to mothers carrying a child with Down's syndrome
At Christian Concern, we are urging supporters to view and share a moving video aimed at encouraging mothers who are expecting a baby with Down's syndrome, and who may be considering an abortion.
The video, by the campaign #DearFutureMom, hears from 15 young people with Down's syndrome who describe how fulfilled their lives are and how they have added to the happiness of their families.
View the encouraging message for mothers in support of the life of the unborn here >
Miracle baby survives repeat abortion attempts
A baby who was born at 24 weeks after miraculously surviving a number of abortion attempts is alive and healthy two years later, it has been revealed.
On the Issues
Update on the ‘Noah’ film
After sending our email on the new ‘Noah’ film, a number of readers told me about the column by Andrew Bolt. Andrew, who isn't a Christian, highlights the fact that it doesn’t follow the Biblical account – doesn’t mention ‘God’ once - and promotes ‘green environmentalism’, where the ‘Creator’ is killing humans for destroying the planet!
Andrew’s column: The Noah film is afloat with extremism
Several other very good reviews… for your information…
* Graphic of the problems with the movie – click here.
* Albert Mohler – Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”
* Dr Brian Mattson: Sympathy For The Devil – and follow up here.
A stunning analysis of the film – Brian highlights the Gnostic and pagan elements of the film, along with Kabbalah references (a form of Jewish mysticism). He highlights the use of the serpent, including ‘Noah’ wrapping serpent skin around his arm…
He says, “So let me tell you what the real scandal in all of this is. . . The scandal is this: of all the Christian leaders who went to great lengths to endorse this movie (for whatever reasons: “it’s a conversation starter,” “at least Hollywood is doing something on the Bible,” etc.), and all of the Christian leaders who panned it for “not following the Bible”… Not one of them could identify a blatantly Gnostic subversion of the biblical story when it was right in front of their faces.”
* The review by Summit discusses what is Biblical and unbiblical about the film – including Gnostic and Kabbalah references. Summit talks about how Christians can use the film to engage in conversation with non-Christians.
Summit: How Should Christians Approach ‘Noah,’ America’s Number One Film?
- What’s Wrong with Noah? This review, by Movieguide’s Kat Butler, highlights the references to the Book of 1 Enoch – but shows that even this reference is then badly distorted.
Racial hatred – submissions on proposed amendments
Visit our Campaign page for information on making a submission on the proposed changes to the Commonwealth ‘Racial Hatred’ laws. Submissions close April 30, 2014.
An interesting article in The Australian:
Survivor wary of ‘velvet totalitarianism’
Professor John Furedy has spoken out in support of the changes and against the current law. As a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary, he experienced both Nazism and Communism. He says speech needs to be free so that we don’t end up with ‘velvet totalitarianism’ where people are fearful of speaking up. He said, “the only protection against stupid speech is better speech.”
1. Election results – Tasmania and South Australia
The Liberal Party has won government in Tasmania – they have won at least 14 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly – with a 12% swing. The new Premier is Will Hodgman.
Since the previous numbers were almost equal, with Labor only forming government with the support of the Greens, the swing to the Liberals has meant a sizeable majority for them.
Homosexual lobby group Australian Marriage Equality is already saying they will hold the Premier to his pre-election commitment that he would allow a conscience vote on a same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill.
Click here for the official results to date on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) website. Or click here for the TEC website.
Media report: Premier-elect Will Hodgman tells political opponents to face up to election loss, ABC, 18/3/2014.
The result in South Australia was very close. In fact, the outcome is still undecided. It may be that two Independents will hold the key to which of the major parties, Labor and Liberal, will be able to form government. Yesterday (Tuesday 18) Adelaide Now reported, “About 3 per cent of votes were counted – between 860 and 1600 votes in each seat – reducing the total still to be counted to 28 per cent. At the end of the day’s counting, a hung parliament continued to be the most likely outcome. Labor still looked likely to win 23 seats and the Liberals 22. Two seats have been won by independents to make the total of 47 seats.”
Electoral Commission of South Australia website – click here.
Recent media report - Liberals gain ground in South Australian election, Adelaide Now, 18/3/2014.
2. Andrew Forrest and the abolition of slavery
We all recall that William Wilberforce, the British MP who was motivated by his Christian faith, actively worked for the end of the slave trade and banning the owning of slaves.
Now Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has set out to tray and eradicate modern-day slavery.
This report from the SMH says, “At the Vatican on Monday West Australian iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest launched the Global Freedom Network - a new organisation led by the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar in Egypt. The network aims to free the world's estimated 30 million slaves, and has set itself specific, ambitious targets to achieve this.”
For Andrew Forrest, it was a personal experience of his daughter’s, followed by him meeting the victims of child sex trafficking, which led him to start this organisation.
We would all like to see the end of child sex trafficking and of slavery in general – let us pray that the group focuses on the goal of eliminating slavery and not on some multi-faith agenda with Islam.
Article: Andrew Forrest's dream to stop all slavery, SMH, 18/3/2014.
3. Abortion in Victoria – Bernie Finn’s comments
The media has highlighted comments made by Victorian pro-life MP Bernie Finn.
Some of the media just quoted a statement about rapists and those involved in incest using abortion to remove the ‘evidence’. But Bernie also said, "I've spoken to a number of women who have been raped and then had abortions and they told me that from their point of view having an abortion was like being raped a second time. I don't think abortion is acceptable under any circumstances and I don't see why we should be killing babies for the crime of the father."
Meanwhile, Geoff Shaw, the Independent MP who holds the balance of power, has said he is drafting a private member’s bill to remove the restriction on doctors’ consciences.
Article: State MP Bernie Finn says there is no acceptable reason for abortion, The Age, 18/3/2014.
4. Bernard Gaynor – article about his comments on Islam & homosexuality
We’ve regularly reported on Bernard Gaynor’s comments on Islam and homosexuality – now journalist Paul Sheehan has written about the situation…
Bernard spoke at the recent ‘Symposium on Islam and Liberty’ in Melbourne about Islam and the Australian Defence Forces. One of the reasons Bernard has been under investigation by the ADF is because of his comments about Islam and violence.
To see how important Bernard’s warning is, read the following item, about the death of an Australian Muslim army officer fighting for the REBELS in Syria and being killed…
- The text of Bernard’s speech at the Symposium:
The Australian Defence Force & Islam | Bernard Gaynor
- Bernard’s post about the ADF and Islam from June 2013:
The Australian Defence Force protects Islam | Bernard Gaynor
- Article by Paul Sheehan: Criticising Islam, gays sets army major up for a fall - SMH, 17/3/2014.
5. Former Australian soldier killed whilst fighting for Syrian jihadis
An Australian Muslim who was a soldier in the Australian Defence Forces has been killed whilst fighting with rebel Islamic groups in Syria.
According to an interview with the Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert, and other media reports, Caner Temel went AWOL (absent without leave) more than three years ago, in September 2010.
Mr Robert noted that if the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) can’t find someone within 28 days then they are ‘discharged’.
Caner Temel, also known as Abu Moussa, was recruited by Islamic jihadi groups in Syria. The former soldier, from western Sydney, was a ‘combat engineer’ with some training in arms and explosives. He served in the ADF for 17 months. He was ‘killed two months ago two months ago while fighting alongside the fundamentalist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.’
Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert gave the facts of the situation on ABC Radio – click here for the interview (4 minutes).
Articles: Ex-soldier killed in Syria, Caner Temel, trained in arms and explosives, The Australian, 19/3/2014.
6. Child pornography: Australian victims in US child porn ring
Another disturbing revelation of child pornography. . . Thankfully, the authorities have busted this ring that distributed child pornography around the world!
Some of the victims came from Australia. One media report said, “US authorities have arrested and charged 14 suspects in the secret, members-only online network, which had more than 27,000 subscribers. . . Investigators said the website's juvenile victims, who numbered more than 250, reside in five foreign countries and 39 US states’. . . Authorities said the victims, were, for the most part, boys between the ages of 10 and 17. . . the illegal website contained more than 2000 shared webcam-captured videos of mostly juvenile boys enticed by the website's operators to produce sexually explicit material.”
Article: Australian victims in massive US child porn ring, The Age, 19/3/2014.
7. More promotion of homosexuality…
a) Two men and surrogate twins
The Today show on Channel 9 has featured a story about two homosexual men and their surrogate twins…
The two men used a surrogate in Thailand: two eggs were harvested from one woman - each egg was fertilised by one of the men, the embryos were implanted in two separate surrogate women who carried the two babies.
Things are getting more weird by the day...
Story segment: Modern Family, Today, Ninenmsn, 18/3/2014.
b) Same-sex ‘marriage’ – another celebrity lesbian gets ‘engaged’
Although same-sex ‘marriage’ is not legal in Australia, high profile people continue to get ‘engaged’ – perhaps for the political statement it makes. We’ve recently had Christine Forster, the sister of Tony Abbott. The latest is model, singer and TV presenter Ruby Rose…
Article: Wedding belles: Ruby Rose is engaged to Phoebe Dahl, SMH, 18/3/2014.
c) Glossy fashion magazines featuring lesbian poses
Yes, in women’s fashion magazines – women posed in sexualised photographs…
Article: Fashion has a weird thing about lesbians, Daily Life.
8. Paedophile priest pleads guilty to 30 MORE charges
Gerald Ridsdale, a former Catholic priest who is already serving a long jail sentence for multiple child sexual abuse offences, has pleaded guilty to 30 more charges.
In a shocking testimonial, the court heard that Ridsdale told a nine-year-old altar boy that he was doing 'the Lord's work' as he abused him.
Article: Priest called abuse the 'Lord's work', Sky News, 18/3/2014.
9. Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse
The Royal Commission continues. This week the Commission has investigated a paedophile bus driver who worked for St Ann’s Special School (for disabled children), which was run by the Catholic Church in Adelaide. The Commission heard that Brian Perkins already had a criminal record for sexual abuse when he began working at the school - St Ann's Special School.
Brian Perkins sexually abused up to 30 boys from the school in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Perkins was arrested in 2001 and sentenced to 10 years in jail where he died in 2009.
Some of the families of victims have taken a civil case against the Catholic Church but it has dragged on for 12 years. In February 2014 the Catholic Church released a statement on the St Ann's situation. The following article includes the statement made by Archbishop Philip Wilson in February 2014 which outlined his apology to victims and their families and payments made to victims.
Article: Royal commission: Family fight Catholic Church after abuse by paedophile bus driver, ABC, 17/3/2014.
Royal Commission website – click here.
Case Study 9 – St Ann’s Special School – click here.
1. Arizona, USA – Homosexual group complains about marriage amendment
In 2008, voters in Arizona passed an amendment to the state’s constitution that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Last week, Lambda Legal, a homosexual group, filed a complaint on behalf of same-sex couples – they claim the law violates the state Constitution. A similar complaint was filed earlier this year.
Fortunately, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is defending the constitution’s definition of marriage.
Citizen Link reports that homosexual activists are BUSY trying to change the definition of marriage in a number of states in the USA: “Earlier today, a legal group filed what is now the fourth lawsuit challenging Indiana’s marriage statute. These complaints follow the state General Assembly’s approval earlier this year of a weaker version of a proposed marriage amendment. And earlier this week, the ACLU filed suit against Florida; eight same-sex couples, who married outside the state, want Florida to recognize their unions. The District of Columbia and 17 states have redefined marriage by legislation or court order.”
Article: Same-Sex Couples Challenge Arizona’s Constitutional Marriage Amendment, Citizen Link, 14/3/2014.
2. USA: Case of HIV transmission from woman to woman
A rare case of HIV being transmitted from a HIV-positive woman to her lesbian partner has been recorded in the USA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the official US health body, said that the 46-year-old woman “likely acquired” human immunodeficiency virus while in a monogamous relationship with an HIV-positive female partner in Texas. She had no other sexual partner in the preceding six months and had no other risk factors (such as injection drug use, organ transplant, tattoos, acupuncture or unprotected sex with multiple partners).
This report says, ‘The CDC warned that although such cases are rare, “female-to-female transmission is possible because HIV can be found in vaginal fluid and menstrual blood”.’
Article: US reports rare case of woman-to-woman HIV transmission, AFP, 14/3/2014.
The official CDC report:
Likely Female-to-Female Sexual Transmission of HIV — Texas, 2012 – 14/3/2014.
3. Hobby Lobby goes to the Supreme Court to fight for religious freedom
The owners of US firm ‘Hobby Lobby’, David and Barbara Green, are Christians who started the chain of art and craft stores in 1972. Today they employ 28,000 people in more than 500 stores.
They have refused to pay for abortion drugs under the new ‘Obamacare’ program – Citizen Link writes, “The Obama administration required for-profit businesses to offer potential abortion inducing drugs in employee health plans by August 2012. Nonprofits — many of which are faith-based — had a so-called safe-harbor from the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate until January.”
The US Supreme Court will hear the case next week on March 25 – if the court rules against Hobby Lobby, the fines could be more than $1 million a day. David Green says he would rather close the company than comply! There are currently more than 90 lawsuits on this matter - courts have granted 52 injunctions, halting the mandate for 33 for-profit businesses and for 19 non-profit organizations. Last year, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hobby Lobby a temporary reprieve from the mandate.
Article: Hobby Lobby Heads to Supreme Court Next Week — to Fight for Religious Freedom, Citizen Link.
On the Issues
The movie ‘Frozen’ – what is it about?
The latest Disney movie ‘Frozen’ is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Snow Queen'.
Moveieguide, the Christian ministry which reviews films and assesses their Christian content, has written a review about the film, explaining why they have given it the “Teddy Bear Award for Best 2013 Movie for Families.” They highlight comments by one pastor and a Mormon woman who claimed it was promoting homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage’ – and explain why they reject those claims!
They write, “The press, including the left-wing propaganda website Huffington Post, has jumped all over this story, probably to make people of faith and values look as bad and as ignorant as possible. Respectfully, MOVIEGUIDE disagrees with the Christian pastor and the Mormon lady.”
The article concludes, “Ultimately, FROZEN is a validation of Christian truth, not a politically correct piece of leftist propaganda.”
Read what they say… Does FROZEN Promote a Politically Correct Agenda?, Movieguide, 14/3/2014.
This News Update begins with a reminder to make a submission to the Review of the National Curriculum, and information about the state elections being held this weekend.
In this Update, our focus in the next few items is on paedophilia – specifically the sexual abuse of boys – with the Four Corners account of two homosexuals using their son for sex and the conviction of the killer of Daniel Morcombe.
Please pray as you read - for protection and for God's love, grace and conviction to shine in dark places.
1. National curriculum – Submissions CLOSE TODAY
The deadline for submissions on the National Curriculum has been EXTENDED to TODAY - Friday 14 March.
See our E-News on Thursday 13 March or online on our website.
Make your SHORT submission ONLINE – click here.
2. Elections: Tasmanian and South Australia - Saturday 15 March 2014
Elections for Tasmania (House of Assembly) and South Australia (House of Assembly and Legislative Council) will be held this weekend.
If you live in these states, please check our webpage on these elections.
It includes links to the Electoral Commission websites (with group voting ticket for SA Legislative Council), information on candidates, Christian Values Checklist and more.
Also, check out FamilyVoice’s website – they have now released the responses from candidates (and the party replies where they were provided) for the two elections.
Click here for South Australia and here for Tasmania.
3. Election fraud – multiple voting, no ID etc
We have had serious concerns about the election system in Australia for a long time – in particular, it is easy for people to vote more than once – and to vote using someone else’s name since NO ID IS REQUIRED!
The Australian Electoral Commission has discovered around 19,000 cases of multiple voting at the last federal poll! As this article states, it is harder to pick up a parcel at the Post Office than it is to vote since you have to show ID at the Post Office! The writer notes, “Australia is one of eight countries in the world not to check people’s bona fides before handing over the ballot paper – and yet we’re the only one on that list with compulsory voting."
It’s time that was changed – let’s hope the current review of the election process makes some changes this time.
Article: A vote of no confidence, Daily Telegraph, 3/3/2014.
4. Four Corners – Shocking account of paedophile ring
Last Monday’s Four Corners program on the ABC was an account of a shocking paedophile ring called the ‘Man Boy Love Network’. We have previously reported on the Australian connection – a man named Peter Truong and his American homosexual partner, Mark Newton. Both men have now been jailed in the USA for their crimes.
The two men obtained a young baby – they initially said it was born through a surrogate - and were reported as a ‘happy homosexual family’. In fact, as Four Corners reports, they purchased the child for $8,000. When the child was around twenty months old, the two men began having sexual relationships with the child. The men then travelled around the world with the boy, allowing other men in the paedophile network to have sex with the child, and films to be made of the abuse.
This is a horrifying story – but it was encouraging to hear the accounts of the investigating authorities and officers from around the world who diligently followed up leads and eventually found and prosecuted those involved.
Four Corners program: The Boy with the henna tattoo
The introduction to the program reads, “To the world they appeared as model parents with a beautiful son. But the happy facade set up by Australian citizen Peter Truong and his American partner Mark Newton concealed the darkest of secrets. They claimed he was their surrogate child. But Newton and Truong had actually bought him for US$8,000, the result of an unwanted pregnancy. They sexually trained and groomed their son to be exploited by a network of men around the world, known as 'Boy Lovers'. The abuse began when he was less than two years old."
FULL TRANSCRIPT available – as well as the film of the program.
5. Homosexual parenting and the Four Corners report
Of course, the words ‘gay’ and homosexual’ were rarely used in the Four Corners film. They were NEVER used to describe the real situation – that these were homosexual men abusing boys.The word ‘gay’ appeared once – when Peter Truong told ABC radio in Cairns, ‘We are gay dads.’ The word ‘homosexual’ was used once – in stating that Peter, at the age of 14, “started to show homosexual tendencies”.
But presenter Kerry O’Brien, in his concluding remarks, stated, “There's a footnote to tonight's story, it's worth observing that it does not reflect on gay parenting but on the action of two individuals, it's also worth remembering that most child sex offenders relate to crimes against young girls, not young boys and the predator is usually known to the family.”
His statement that ‘most child sex offenders relate to crimes against young girls’ needs to be considered in context.
Yes, more girls are sexually abused. The official Australian statistics, issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in their 2011-2012 ‘Child Protection Australia’ report, note that there were 19,343 substantiations of abuse against girls, of which 17% were sexual abuse (4,738). There were 18,134 substantiations of abuse against boys, of which 7% were sexual abuse (1,450). (Child Protection 2011-2012, Pages 15-16)
BUT that means 30% of all sexual abuse substantiations were against boys.
Consider the fact that the abusers were male (rarely is a woman responsible for sexual abuse) and consider that less than 2% of the adult population is homosexual… and draw your own conclusions about the nature of the abuse. But dare to use the two words together – homosexual paedophilia – and one is soundly castigated!
6. Daniel Morcombe’s killer convicted
Brett Peter Cowan, the man charged with killing Daniel Morcombe, was found guilty by a jury in Brisbane this week and sentenced to life in prison.
The first of the articles below reports on the case, as well as giving a description of the undercover police investigation that led to his confession and to him showing police where Daniel’s body was located.
The second article provides an insight into Brett Peter Cowan – the two previous times he had served prison sentences for abusing boys, his attempt at reform and attendance at a Christian church, his marriage and children, followed by his adduction and murder of Daniel Morcombe.
In March 2011, when he was called to give evidence at Daniel Morcombe’s inquest, he told the court he had been ‘bullied at school’ and ‘came to struggle with his bisexuality’. The second media report below states, ‘He admitted something else as he tried to convince the inquest he wasn’t involved in Daniel’s disappearance. “I wasn’t interested in teenage boys. I was interested in six, seven and eight-year-old boys”.’
Following on from the above two items, this account of Brett Peter Cowan starkly provides another example of the abuse of boys by a man.
But just don’t mention ‘that’ word!
Article: Daniel Morcombe murder trial verdict: Brett Peter Cowan found guilty, Brisbane Times, 13/3/2014.
Article: Daniel Morcombe verdict: Brett Cowan, portrait of a monster, Brisbane Times, 13/3/2014.
7. Muslim marriage – and Centrelink benefits
Following our email containing Mark Durie’s two excellent articles about marriage in Islam (posted online here), we received an email commenting on Muslim marriages and Centrelink benefits. We have previously reported on a Today Tonight and similar programs showing a Muslim man with more than one ‘wife’ claiming benefits.
Centrelink regularly reports on the number of cases they investigate relating to payments to ‘members of a couple’. They state that they are not concerned with the legal aspects of polygamy – they just assess the situation and pay each person what they are entitled to: "It's not our concern if they are a member of a polygamist relationship. We look at whether they are receiving the correct rate of payment. We treat each couple independently."
Growing number of Muslim men and multiple wives exploiting loophole for taxpayer handouts, Herald Sun, 5/3/2010.
Muslim women walk from husband to debt, The Australian, 22/8/2012.
Local Muslim clerics accused, The Age, 21/11/2008.
This article by Barney Zwartz from 2008 reports on a study by the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria – the study highlights the role of imams in relation to instances of polygamy, underage marriage and domestic violence in Islamic communities.
Interestingly, a recent book called ‘Family Law and Australian Muslim Women’ notes that it is “not illegal” for a man to have a wife and a de facto relationship and for both to receive benefits from Centrelink depending on the overall circumstances (see Footnote 71).
8. ‘March in March’ – protest by the left in Canberra
This ‘March in March’ event begins tomorrow – and has a protest in Canberra on Monday. An article in The Australian by Chris Kenny highlighted the protest (article here, but only available to subscribers).
A colleague who is a pastor, along with Noel & Barbara Bell (formerly, founders of Intercessors For Australia) ask us to pray about this event. Our colleague states, “Although the union movement is staying clear of it the Facebook page has 27,000 “Likes” on it, with promises to stage marches in all capital cities, country towns as well as “non partisan citizens’” marches and rallies, at Federal Parliament, to protest against government decisions that are against the “common good” of our nation” They write, “It has all the hallmarks of the 1996 “Cavalcade on Canberra” just six months after the election of the Howard government. About 60 police and protesters were injured and 50 were arrested. And a handful of protesters were charged and convicted.”
Please pray for protection and wisdom for our government – and please pray that people will not participate in these protests.
9. UPDATE: mardi gras and school participation
One school marched in the Sydney homosexual mardi gras – Macquarie Grammar. They have participated for the past four years.
Bernard Gaynor reported on their participation – outlining all the groups and participants that the students were exposed to during the event.
According to media reports the Principal, Dr Darryl Gauld stated that he was letting his students march in the mardi gras to promote the Macquarie Grammar School. The Daily Telegraph reported, “There is again only one school joining in Sydney’s mardi gras parade but Macquarie Grammar principal Darryl Gauld almost said no to participating this year. He changed his mind when he heard the parade was going to be televised.”
All in the name of publicity!
The Principal has now threatened to sue Bernard for defamation – presumably for pointing out what the students could see or be exposed to!
Bernard pointed out that one of the groups marching is ‘Sydney Leather Pride Association’ and that, on their website they posted a ‘handkerchief code’ that included instructions on what colour hanky to wear if you were interested in pederasty or ‘looking for a boy’. Bernard wrote, “Now, I’m prepared to accept that Dr Darryl Gauld and the staff at the Macquarie Grammar School did not know about the fact that the Sydney Leather Pride Association webpage explains how one can signal their interest in pederasty.”
But they didn’t thank Bernard for telling them!
Interestingly, since Bernard wrote the article on March 6, the two sections relating to those activities have been REMOVED from the group’s website. I'm not giving a link - it's too awful!
Article: Millstones & Macquarie Grammar School, Bernard Gaynor, 6/3/2014.
10. Telstra sponsors Katy Perry tour of Australia - with its occult themes
In the past we’ve seen Telstra sponsor all kinds of events. Years ago they were a sponsor of the homosexual mardi gras.
Now they are sponsoring a tour by singer Katy Perry later this year – with ‘Telstra Thanks’ pre-sale tickets (click here for info on the sponsorship). Katy Perry uses sexualised images in her videos and her music is aimed at teens.
Whilst some of her music as aimed at being 'inoffensive', the music video for her latest album ‘Dark Horse’ uses an Egyptian theme and promotes magic and the occult. The video includes Egyptian religious ideas, the Egyptian god Isis and the eye of Horus. Katy Perry is shown pole dancing and shown naked surrounded by Egyptian gods. At the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks we also saw the ‘Eye of Horus’ symbolism so this theme is gaining prominence.
Why is Telstra promoting music tours anyway?
Christian station Light FM plays Katy Perry songs such as ‘Unconditionally’ (lyrics here) – hopefully they won’t play the new song! Unfortunately, if people think Katy Perry is a good singer, they will inevitably listen to later songs.
The following links are provided for your information and discernment – please pray for God’s protection before reading and viewing!
If you have teenagers and they listen to Katy Perry’s music, you need to be aware of what the music includes!
An analysis of the music video by ‘Vigilant Citizen’ analyses the links to the occult, the Illuminati and Egyptian religion. . .
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”: One Big, Children-Friendly Tribute to the Illuminati, 24/2/2014.
Video at Katy Perry’s website (click here).
1. Comparative religion – including Wiccan and pagan rites
It’s one thing to teach ABOUT other religions – but quite another to teach that they are EQUALLY VALID. That’s the issue being debated in Canada at present. In 2008 Quebec introduced a course called “Ethics and Religious Culture” that is ‘mandatory for all public and private schools. The course presents all religions, from Christianity to Wiccan, “as equally valid” and requires schools to teach the beliefs in that fashion’. The law also requires that teachers, even in faith-based schools, don’t express their view that their own faith is ‘superior’.
One Catholic school, Loyola High School has objected – they have said they would teach about other religions but maintain that they MUST be able to teach that Christianity is the correct faith.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is supporting the school in a court case, says that any other private faith-based school would also be affected by this law.
Article: Christians ordered to teach Wicca, Pagan Rites, WND, 12/3/2014.
2. South Africa: Action leads to Christians being exempted from law
Some good news!
Family Policy Institute in South Africa reports, “As a result of submissions by “Freedom of Religion SA” (FORSA), “the Justice Alliance of SA” (JASA) & “Cause for Justice,” the Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill was amended to exempt Churches and NGO’s from complying with government enforced quota systems. This exemption signals an important victory for Christian religious freedoms in South Africa.
If the WEGE Bill was passed by Parliament without the amendments, the Christian Church would have been compelled by law to ensure 50 percent female representation in their leadership. The submissions made to Parliament by these excellent Christian organisations illustrate the importance of Christians properly engaging government when critical public policy is formulated. . . “
Read their report on the amended Bill… click here.
3. Atheist Group Sues to Remove Cross from 9/11 Memorial
Yes, atheists in the USA don’t want a CROSS on public display – so they are suing to get it removed from the 9/11 site. The cross was made from steel beams found in the rubble after the 9/11 attacks.
Article: Atheists sue to remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ from 9/11 museum, Washington Times, 10/3/2014.
4. Syria: Return of the dhimma – Christians forced to pay ‘protection tax’
News from Syria that Christians are being forced to pay money in order to have ‘protection’… a common practice under the Islamic dhimma…
Media report: Militant Islamist group in Syria orders Christians to pay tax for their protection, Telegraph, 27/2/2014.
A previous report, by Martin Janssen in Amman, Jordan from June 2013 - the article begins with quotes from Mark Durie’s book, The Third Choice, and documents what is happening in Syria. Posted on Mark’s blog.
Article: The Dhimma Returns to Syria
The Christian Values Checklists for the SA and Tasmanian elections will be distributed later today.
God bless you!
News Update - 7 March 2014
1. WA Senate election date… Saturday 5 April, 2014
The date for the Western Australia Senate election has been announced by the WA Governor - it will be held on Saturday 5 April.
Campaigning has already begun – it is expected that MORE candidates will contest the election!
For FULL information on the election: visit the AEC’s WA Senate election webpage.
Media report: Campaigning begins in WA after Senate re-election date announced, ABC, 1/3/2014.
2. Elections for Tasmania and South Australia on March 15
Two state elections will be held on Saturday 15 March, 2014 – Tasmania and South Australia.
In Tasmania, the election is ONLY for the House of Assembly – in South Australia it is for BOTH the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.
If you live in these states, please check our webpage with information on the election – includes the information from yesterday’s email.
3. Australian Story – Transsexuality, Lieutenant Colonel McGregor and Tony Abbott
Last week’s Australian Story on the ABC featured Lieutenant Colonel McGregor, who had entered the Army as a man, Malcolm, but has in later life changed his ‘sex’ to become ‘Cate’. After serving in the Army, Malcolm McGregor worked for various politicians as a speech writer before re-joining the Army.
The program was introduced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott – he said in the introduction that he had been a friend since university days. Unfortunately, the introduction serves as an endorsement of the action taken – when one holds such a high profile position it is no longer just a ‘personal account’.
Australian Story – ‘Call me Cate’ – click here for episode (includes video and transcript).
Immediately prior to the Australian Story episode, the 7.30 program featured a surfer, Peter Drouyn, who had also had a sex change to become ‘Westerly Windina’. Lt Col McGregor cited this story as influential in deciding to ‘transition’ to being a woman.
The 7.30 report about Peter Drouyn – click here for video and transcript.
4. NSW: Zoe’s law to be debated in the NSW Legislative Council SOON!
Family Voice ask us all to act on this Bill…
“A bill to recognise a 20-week-old unborn baby as a person needs your support!
"The Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill (No 2) 2013, which passed the Legislative Assembly last year, needs support in the Legislative Council where it could be debated as soon as next Thursday, 11 March.
The bill is called Zoe’s Law after baby Zoe, who was killed when her mother Brodie Donegan was eight months pregnant. A driver, high on methadone and valium, ran into Brodie on Christmas Day 2009. The driver was charged with assaulting Brodie, but not with killing Zoe – because the law does not recognise her as a person.
"Zoe’s Law opponents see the legislation as a threat to the absolute right to abortion – even though medical procedures are specifically excluded from the bill, which is solely about recognition of the unborn in cases like Zoe’s.
"Upper house MPs have been deluged with emails opposing Zoe’s Law from pro-abortion zealots. They have had hardly any emails from people supporting Zoe’s Law. Numbers for and against the bill are very close, but you could make a difference.”
ACTION: If you live in NSW, please phone or email all MLCs, urging them to support Zoe’s Law!
Click here for ALL the NSW Legislative Council Members – names, email addresses and phone numbers.
5. Federal – Labor’s Tanya Plibersek plans another homosexual ‘marriage’ Bill
Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has announced that she plans to introduce a private member’s Bill to the federal parliament to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’.
She is now seeking a Coalition MP to co-sponsor the Bill – as she knows that would put even MORE pressure on Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
Gay marriage: Labor's Tanya Plibersek to introduce private members bill, ABC, 25/2/2014.
Plibersek tells Libs to act on gay marriage, Australian, 3/3/2014.
6. Vic: Mary Wooldridge loses pre-selection for Kew
Coalition government Minister Mary Wooldridge is looking for a new seat in Victoria's Parliament because her current seat of Doncaster has been abolished in the re-distribution of electoral boundaries. Last weekend she lost pre-selection for the seat of Kew. High profile Liberals had supported her bid – many local people and pro-life groups were concerned about her being pre-selected, since Mary Wooldridge voted for the Abortion Law Reform Act and she is also supportive of homosexual rights.
The Victorian election will be held on Saturday 29 November, 2014 - click here for info.
The ‘Electoral Boundaries Commission’ published its report in October 2013, re-drawing the electoral boundaries. Click here for their report.
The Victorian Electoral Commission has an interactive map which will enable you to easily find your DISTRICT (Legislative Assembly) and REGION (Legislative Council) electorates by typing in your address.
7. Graham Preston – arrested for protesting outside Tasmanian abortion clinic
Graham Preston has been arrested for protesting outside a Tasmanian abortion clinic in the middle of Hobart – for holding two placards and handing out leaflets.The new Tasmanian abortion law (the Reproductive Health Act) prohibits anyone from protesting within 150 metres of an abortion clinic.
Graham has previously been jailed for refusing to pay fines associated with similar protests in Brisbane. Graham was released on bail and will appear in court at a later date.
Please pray for Graham and his family.
Media report: Brisbane man charged over anti-abortion protest in Hobart, ABC, 4/3/2014.
Bill Muehlenberg writes:
“Graham Preston has been arrested again. Is he a serial rapist? A fire bug? A convicted child abuser? No, much worse, apparently: he seeks to rescue unborn babies from their slaughter..."
Article: Stand up for babies, you will be arrested
8. Update - Overseas adoption laws to be changed
The federal government, through Prime Minster Tony Abbott, has announced the first change to the overseas adoption law to make it easier for Australian couples to adopt children.
As a first step, the government will alter court processes so that people adopting children from countries which have not signed up to The Hague Convention, but have bilateral agreements with Australia, will have the full adoptions will be recognised automatically in Australia – these include Ethiopia, Taiwan and South Korea. Currently this can take up to 12 months in the court system.
Mr Abbott has already established an inter-departmental committee to look at how to simplify the process. That report is in its final stages.
Media report: Federal Government to introduce changes to regulations for overseas adoptions, ABC, 4/3/2014.
Government media release: Automatically recognising overseas adoptions from Taiwan and South Korea
9. Augusto Zimmermann: Call to amend Family Law Act
Augusto Zimmermann, our friend who is a lecturer in law at Murdoch University in WA, has recently spoken out on the flaws in the Family Law Act and called for changes to be made. He is particularly concerned about the nature of the ‘no-fault law’, stating, “To stabilise marriage, the Family Law Act must be amended to remove the present incentive of no-fault divorce, which enables a spouse to unilaterally leave a marriage without any fear of losing custody of children and property. This egregious legal anomaly is a standing invitation to irresponsible behaviour.”
Following this article in News Weekly, Augusto was invited to do a couple of media interviews.
Article: FAMILY LAW: The innocent victims of 'no-fault' divorce
Augusto Zimmermann - News Weekly, March 1, 2014.
Interview on 2GB – Sunday March 2, 2014 - The link to the podcast of Augusto’s interview – click here.
Click on ‘download audio’ to listen (around 20 minutes).
Radio interview about this article on the ACL’s Political Spot (6 min) – click here.
10. New political party – Australian Liberty Alliance
A new political party, the Australian Liberty Alliance, will be launched in Perth next year – Dutch MP Geert Wilders is planning to visit Perth to launch the party. A media report from News.com connected the party to the Q Society because they hosted a visit by Geert Wilders last year – and are running the ‘Symposium on Liberty and Islam’ in Melbourne this weekend, along with SION.
The Party is not connected to the Q Society which will remain as a group analysing Islam in society.
Article: Australian Liberty Alliance, backed by anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders, set for launch, News.com, 4/3/2014.
11. Royal Commission into institutional child abuse continues
The Royal Commission investigating child sexual abuse within institutions is continuing.
This week they have been investigating horrific reports of abuse and rape at Parramatta Girls’ Training School, which was run by the NSW government (Case Study 7).
See media reports – ABC and Daily Telegraph.
Royal Commission website - http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/
Case Study 7 – click here.
In Case Study 6, the Royal Commission considered the ‘the response by the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to allegations of child sexual abuse’ – this related to allegations of abuse at a Catholic primary school in Toowoomba.
Click here for Case Study 6.
1. UK: Pro-paedophile group in the NEWS
Media reports from the UK reveal that the former Labour Secretary for Health, Patricia Hewett, was the General Secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties (now called Liberty) in the 1970s when the pro-paedophilia group ‘Paedophile Information Exchange’ (PIE) was an active member of the group.
PIE has since been disbanded.
Quite separately, I recently came across information about the ‘Paedophile Information Exchange’ whilst investigating activist campaigns for lowering the age of consent in the UK. Peter Tatchell had recently called for lowering the age of consent to 14, with a two year gap between minors, but puts a disclaimer on his website saying he opposes paedophilia (read his article online).
However, this interesting article by journalist Enza Ferreri notes that “Peter Tatchell wrote the chapter "Questioning Ages of Majority and Ages of Consent" for a book openly advocating paedophilia and finding ways "to make paedophilia acceptable". This book, published in 1986 and called The Betrayal of Youth (spelling BOY), was edited by Warren Middleton, then vice-chairperson of the now-disbanded Paedophile Information Exchange, Britain’s number one paedophile advocacy group.”
So it is a huge web….
On the current matter of Labour MPs and PIE, the Daily Mail ran their first article in December 2013, and more articles in recent weeks:
- The truth about Labour's apologists for paedophilia: Police probe child sex campaign group linked to three top party officials in wake of Savile scandal, Daily Mail, 18/2/2014.
- Apologists for paedophiles: How Labour Deputy Harriet Harman, her shadow minister husband and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt were all linked to a group lobbying for the right to have sex with children, Daily Mail, 14/12/2014.
Christian Voice has an insightful overview (more info in Comments section):
Labour Figures’ Bizarre Link to Paedophile Groups, Jan 2014.
Enza Ferreri quoted Stephen Green, of Christian Voice: “Stephen Green writes: "The book was part of a campaign to abolish all ages of consent, destroy the responsibilities of parents for their children, deny any ill-effects on children of interference by paedophiles, and withal to make it easier for paedophiles to gain sexual access to children." (Quote from this 2010 article about the book and Peter Tatchell’s chapter.)
The BBC News Magazine ran a detailed article recently:
They write, “It's part of the story of how paedophiles tried to go mainstream in the 1970s. The group behind the attempt - the Paedophile Information Exchange - is back in the news because of a series of stories run by the Daily Mail about Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman. . . Many of the revelations are not in fact new. The story's return to the front pages demonstrates the shock people feel about how a group with "paedophile" in its name could operate so openly for so long….”
Article: How did the pro-paedophile group PIE exist openly for 10 years? BBC, 27/2/2014.
2. Belgium: King signs child euthanasia law
On Thursday 28 February the organisers of the petition that asked King Phillippe of Belgium NOT to sign the law allowing the euthanasia of children travelled to Belgium and presented a petition of more than 200,000 names to the King.
Unfortunately, the media now reports that King Phillippe has signed the Bill into law.
Article: Children’s euthanasia bill signed by Belgium king, RT News, 3/3/2014.
Commentary: Lessons to be learned as Belgium King signs measure legalizing child euthanasia National Right to Life, 3/3/2014.
In this article, Dave Andrusko analyses the decision, and reflects on how we actually got to this position of euthanasia for children. Most compelling is the statement from Dr Peter Saunders, “I have never been convinced by the term ‘slippery slope’ which implies passive change over time. What we are seeing in Belgium is more accurately termed ‘incremental extension’, the steady intentional escalation of numbers with a gradual widening of the categories of patients to be included. . . “The lessons are clear. Once you relax the law on euthanasia or assisted suicide steady extension will follow as night follows day.”
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Revival and Transformation of Australia
This follows on from the National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
You can sign up to receive prayer points and to participate at www.40daysofprayer.com.au