News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200Some of the items this week need a commentary and explanation… perhaps I’m having recollections about the sort of article I used to write for the Journal!

Just a sample…

-      An update on reactions to the ‘marriage ad’,
-      More Muslim boys going to fight with ISIS/Islamic State
-      The federal government gives $500,000 to the Islamic Museum for ‘online education’,
-      A homosexual man in the UK has a son using his MOTHER as a surrogate!
Next week there won’t be a News Update – just a couple of information emails…

If you live in NSW, the election is on 28 March - check out our Election Overview (and the Christian Values Checklist).

Happy reading!

Jenny

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News Update – 12 March 2015

Australian news
1. Federal government gives $500,000 to Islamic Museum!

2. GOOD NEWS!  Ashley Madison ADS BANNED by the Advertising Standards Board
3. Catholic psychologist BANNED because of statements on homosexuality
4. Update on the marriage ad – responses, petitions, banning and more
5. Launceston Council votes AGAINST homosexual ‘marriage’
6. More Australian teenagers fighting with ISIS/Islamic State

     6.1 Melbourne teenager fighting – and dying - with ISIS
    6.2 Two brothers prevented from leaving Sydney
    6.3 Responses of Muslim leaders
7. Halal certification - update
8. Overseas food – loophole regarding New Zealand


Overseas News
1. UK: Mother is surrogate for homosexual son

2. Climate Change & Religion – IPPC Chief leaves

Ongoing Action
1. TV standards – submission to Free TV Review of Standards
2. Victoria: Submission on adoption by same-sex couples
3. FamilyVoice Campaign – Letters to Mr Abbott opposing funding for ‘Safe Schools Coalition’

4. Victoria – Euthanasia motion – please write to MLCs

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News Update – 12 March 2015

Australian news

1. Federal government gives $500,000 to Islamic Museum!
The federal government has just given $500,000 to the Islamic Museum in Melbourne for ‘online education…’ The state government gave another $450,000.

The questions we should ask are, “WHY is the government giving this money to the museum?” and “WHAT SORT or education will it be?”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who announced the funding at a ‘gala dinner’, said the education was to promote ‘social cohesion and cross-cultural understanding in a world where it was important to understand our history to give us a sense of future’. She said, “The Islamic Museum of Australia is key to promoting a greater understanding of Islamic faith, heritage, history, and its cultural significance and connection to Australia.”

It is of enormous concern that the government is funding the promotion of Islam!

Also of great concern is that the Saudi government is giving $1 million to the museum for ‘infrastructure’…
Will the Saudi government have influence over the type of ‘education’ to be provided?

Article: Islamic Museum of Australia gets government cash to develop online education program, Herald Sun, 5/3/2015.


2. GOOD NEWS!  Ashley Madison ADS BANNED by the Advertising Standards Board
During 2014 and 2015, a company called Ashley Madison, which is an online ‘dating agency’, screened ads that encourage people to engage in extra-marital affairs – the ad featured a man “looking for someone other than my wife”.

Many people complained about the ads – and the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has now BANNED the ad. In August 2014, the ASB rejected the complaints, but then received a huge number of complaints about the ad in the following months.

With the extra complaints, and new members on the Board, the ASB re-considered complaints about the ad. This time they decided to BAN the ad!

Smart Company reports, “While the Ad Standards Board stated there is no restriction on a service such as Ashley Madison being advertised in Australia, it found it did breach Section 2.1 of the Advertising Code, which prohibits the discrimination and vilification of a person or section of the community on the basis of gender. The Board said, “The emphasis on the term ‘wife’ gave a strong message that wives are inadequate or somehow lacking … this suggestion is degrading to wives and does amount to material that demeans or makes people think less of wives”.”

There were a total of 481 complaints against the ad – this is the HIGHEST number of complaints the ASB has received about an ad since 1998!
Overall the ASB received 5,600 complaints this year, the highest number of complaints recorded since 1998 (source).

This is a timely reminder that ACTION does work – so please be persistent and don’t give up!

Media report: Ashley Madison forced to pull “immoral” ad after flood of complaints to advertising watchdog, Smart Company, 10/3/2015.

ASB DecisionsAugust 2014February 2015


3. Catholic psychologist BANNED because of statements on homosexuality
Philip Pocock, a Catholic psychologist in Canberra, has been banned from practising psychology ‘until further notice’. The Canberra Times reported, “Philip Pocock's case is one of the rare occasions when the nation's medical watchdog has suspended a practitioner without any complaints received by patients”. 

Last year the Psychology Board, which sits under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and considers cases as part of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, placed severe restrictions on him, including “further education and an assessment by a psychiatrist”. The report states, “In August the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled Mr Pocock could not have his public utterances regarded as "personal views" if they were accompanied by declarations he was a psychologist.”

It appears Mr Pocock ran for election as an MLA in the ACT and made public statements about sex and homosexual relationships. Apparently Mr Pocock refused to undertake the ‘further education’ and it now seems that the Board has banned him from practising until further notice whilst they ‘assess professional reports about him’.

Mr Pocock says he is ‘considering leaving the profession’ because he ‘doesn’t want his free speech curtailed’. “I said I'll resign my registration because I feel I've got the right to make public statements."

Article: Catholic psychologist banned from practising due to views on homosexual relationships, Canberra Times, 18/2/2015.
Decison re Mr Pocock - click here.

4. Update on the marriage ad – responses, petitions, banning and more
This week, David Van Gend’s Facebook page was REMOVED after the homosexual lobby complained about the Australian Marriage Forum’s ads promoting heterosexual marriage and opposing same-sex ‘marriage’ because of the rights of the child. So much for tolerance!

As we mentioned in our email, Andrew Bolt was almost a lone voice supporting the right to screen such ads. Since then, Dean Smith (Liberal, WA) and David Leyonhjelm (LDP, NSW) have said they support free speech and said that SBS was wrong to dump the ad (source).

Mind you, it wasn’t because they support the ad Dean Smith is openly homosexual and supports homosexual ‘marriage’ - and David Leyonhjelm is planning to introduce a Bill to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’!

Apparently many people complained to the Advertising Standard Board – the ASB has stated on their website/blog that they will NOT be taking complaints about the advertisement because they say it “falls under the scope of political advertising” (Read ASB Statement.)

Petition: A website called the ‘Sum of Us’ is running a petition calling for Channels 7 and 9 to “apologise”.
They urge, “Tell Channels 7 and 9 to apologise now and make amends by broadcasting ads that promote marriage equality.”

You could write to them, commending them for showing the ad – Channel 7Channel 9.

The Toowoomba Chronicle (David is from Toowoomba) reported that local church supporters raised the money for the ads – the newspaper also ran a POLL (also on Rural Weekly and Queensland Times):

Are children raised in same-sex families at a disadvantage?
This morning the result was: Yes - 19% No - 80%

Click here to vote in the POLL.

Of course, these polls aren’t scientific – but this poll doesn’t give the total number of votes, and it allows people to vote repeatedly!

A comment on the reasons for opposing homosexual ‘marriage’ and homosexuality

Some of our readers questioned the campaign on the basis that it opposed homosexual ‘marriage’ because of the ‘child’.

In opposing homosexual ‘marriage’, and homosexuality, at Salt Shakers we always begin with the principle that God says in His Word that homosexuality, and thus homosexual relationships, is a sin. In addition, there are a lot of other reasons for opposing homosexual ‘marriage’, and we can use secular reasons for opposing the normalisation of homosexuality. But we must always begin with the Bible and God’s authority.

Regarding homosexual ‘marriage’ and children, some Australian states have already legalised adoption by homosexual couples, as well as surrogacy and IVF, without having homosexual ‘marriage’ or ‘relationship registers’.

5. Launceston Council votes AGAINST homosexual ‘marriage’
This week the Council in Launceston, Tasmania, voted AGAINST a motion supporting same-sex ‘marriage’ by eight votes to three. Some councillors complained that there had been no public consultation, and some said their community were against the motion.

Homosexual activists such as Rodney Croome were angry that the Council voted against the motion. The Australian Christian Lobby had campaigned for a ‘No’ vote – they congratulated the councillors for not passing the motion and criticised Mr Croome’s response as being “intolerant”.

But WHY should a Council be even considering views on homosexual ‘marriage’?
Local government should be about ratepayers, local roads, collecting garbage and so on.

Of course, Launceston isn’t the first Council to consider such a motion (or to introduce ‘relationship registers). We have seen local Councils around the nation succumb to the demands of homosexual activists!

Article: Anger over Launceston council vote rejecting gay marriage, ABC, 11/3/2015.

 

6. More Australian teenagers fighting with ISIS/Islamic State

6.1 Melbourne teenager fighting – and dying - with ISIS
Early this week, an 18 year old boy, who is fighting with ISIS/Islamic State, was identified as coming from Craigieburn, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. In December 2014 he was described as ‘‘Britain’s White Jihadi with the baby face".

Jake Bilardi’, now known as “Abu Abdullah Al Australia”, apparently dropped out of school last year, after converting to Islam. He is reported to have attended two local mosques/Islamic centres, and then headed to the Middle East to fight with ISIS. The Herald Sun reports that he had lived with his older siblings after his mother died a few years ago.

Just days later, reports claim that he has now died in a ‘suicide mission’ for ISIS/Islamic State. A BBC journalist who interviewed him in December 2014 said that ‘Jake’ told him he was “chasing death” and planned to carry out a suicide attack. ISIS posted photos on Twitter and claimed that he was a ‘martyr’. Another media report states that a blog, thought to have been written by Bilardi, talked of carrying out terror attacks in Melbourne.

Articles:
‘British White Jihadi’ revealed as Melbourne teenager, The Australian, 9/3/2015.
‘Shy’ Melbourne teenager called Jake joins Islamic State, Herald Sun, 9/3/2015.
Here's what we know about Jake, 'Britain's white jihadi' who was a talented maths student from Melbourne, Business Insider, 9/3/2015.
Islamic State: Melbourne teen Jake Bilardi in suicide attack — reports, Herald Sun, 12/3/2015.


6.2 Two brothers prevented from leaving Sydney
Two teenage brothers, aged 16 and 17, have been stopped from leaving Australia – a bag search found ‘extremist’ literature, and authorities suspected they were planning to fight with ISIS/Islamic State. They were handed over to their parents and have now been placed on a ‘Watch List’.
Article: Teen brothers stopped at Sydney Airport suspected of trying to join Islamic State in Syria, ABC, 9/3/2015.


6.3 Responses of Muslim leaders
In response to the news that more Australian teens are going to fight with ISIS/Islamic State, there are calls for ‘help’ from some Muslim leaders such as Dr Jamal Rifi… who says ‘nothing works…’

But just two weeks ago, another Muslim leader, Dr Ameer Ali, placed the responsibility squarely with Muslim leaders… He said, when commenting on a Perth uni student leaving to fight, that religious leaders need to voice their OPPOSITION to Islamic State. “I haven't heard so far any single imam in this country that has named IS and condemned it. They should have done this very often in their sermons but I haven't come across any of this."

Article: Islamic State: Perth university student Muhammed Sheglabo joins fighters in Middle East, ABC, 21/2/2015.


7. Halal certification - update
The court case against Q Society and Kirralie of Halal Choices, by Mohammed El-Mouelhy of the Halal Certification Authority, will have another directions hearing on 27 March – but the case is unlikely to be heard then.
Support Kirralie – check out her website – click here.

Bernard Gaynor writes about Mr Mohammed El-Mouelhy’s claim that he isn’t working to install sharia law in Australia.
Article: Halal certification without Sharia Law? You bewdy


8. Overseas food – loophole regarding New Zealand
Over the years we have all been encouraged to ‘Buy Australian made’. In recent years, that has become increasingly difficult as we have seen clothing, footwear and homewares increasingly made in China and other countries where labour is cheaper.

But we still had much of our FOOD coming from Australia. The recent scare about frozen berries from China has alerted people even more to the importing of food from overseas. We may have seen the ‘Made from Australian and imported ingredients’ label!

One loophole in the law is that some foods that are labelled ‘Product of New Zealand’ actually come from China. They may be packaged in NZ and are then sent to Australia with a label that makes us think they are grown in NZ!

I recently changed the brand of peas I buy – I had noticed they didn’t taste the same – then a close inspection of the label said they were a ‘Product of New Zealand’. In the supermarket I noted that some packets of peas were now labelled on the FRONT ‘Australian grown peas’ to emphasise that they ARE Australian grown!

We may have lost a lot of our manufacturing overseas markets to overseas producers – but let’s protect our farmers by buying ‘Australian grown’ whenever we can!

CHOICE conducted an investigation – their report gives a helpful overview of the labels and their meaning – including WHICH frozen fruit and vegetables are GROWN in Australia!

Choice is running a campaign calling for CLEARER LABELLING!

Report: Australians can't be sure where their frozen fruit and veggies come from, Choice, 21/2/2015.


Overseas News

1. UK: Mother is surrogate for homosexual son
The reader who sent me this item said, ‘Words fail me!’

A single homosexual man in the UK has had a baby son – his mother acted as a surrogate for a baby who was created from a donated egg from an anonymous donor and the sperm of the homosexual son!

Yet, it doesn’t surprise me. Many years ago, when we did a TV panel on IVF and surrogacy for homosexuals, lesbians and single women, there was one woman and her homosexual son on the program. They explained their story - the boy would get a lesbian friend to donate an egg and the mother would be the surrogate.
Even the presenter said, ‘What are you thinking?’

Article: A mum, her son and THEIR baby: Mother reveals how she became a surrogate for gay supermarket worker who was desperate to become a father, Daily Mail, 7/3/2015.


2. Climate Change & Religion – IPPC Chief leaves
The UN IPCC Chief has GONE – Mr Pachauri has ‘resigned’ following a complaint of sexual harassment.

In his resignation letter, he made the following comment about environment and ‘religion’!

'For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.' 

UN IPCC critic Journalist Donna Laframboise responds:

'Yes, the IPCC – which we’re told to take seriously because it is a scientific body producing scientific reports – has, in fact, been led by an environmentalist on a mission. By someone for whom protecting the planet is a religious calling.'

Articles:

- Outgoing UN IPCC Chief reveals global warming ‘is my religion and my dharma’ 
- IPCC Chair Pachauri forced out at UN climate panel after sexual harassment complaint

 

Ongoing Action

1. TV standards – submission to Free TV Review of Standards
Free TV is conducting a review of TV standards.
Submissions close on 3 April, 2015.

Send your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See our Campaign page for details – click here.

Tell them we want the Code of Practice to stay as it is…
Reject the proposed changes:
- removal of G-rated times and replaced with PG all day
- M-rated timeslots move from 8.30 pm back to 7.30 pm (currently it is PG from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm);
- MA-rated timeslots proposed for 8.30pm (currently 9.30 pm);

Please note that advertising prohibitions on alcohol and gambling also change as they are tied to the ‘ratings’.


2. Victoria: Submission on adoption by same-sex couples
The Victorian Government is doing an Inquiry into same-sex adoption.

Click here for our webpage about this Inquiry.
Submissions close on 23 March, 2015.

 

3. FamilyVoice Campaign – Letters to Mr Abbott opposing funding for ‘Safe Schools Coalition’
Thank you to those who have sent in signed letters to FamilyVoice, urging Mr Abbott to stop the funding of the Safe Schools Coalition.

The date for sending letters has been extended to the end of March.

If you haven’t sent in your letter, please click here to read our postlease click here to read our post.
OR read the Open Letter – direct link.

 

4. Victoria – Euthanasia motion – please write to MLCs
See our previous post – click here – for details about Greens’ MLC Colleen Hartland’s motion to get the Victorian Law Reform Commission to conduct an Inquiry into euthanasia.

Motion could be debated on 18 March. So please write now if you haven’t done so!

 

News Update – 6 March 2015 – Islam, abortion, sex ed, ‘civil unions’…

News mike Fotolia 57267122 320x200It’s always a challenge to select a few items that are significant in our endeavours to highlight the way society is drifting from the Biblical model laid out in Scripture as the ideal.

Jenny

News Update – 6 March 2015

Australian News
1. Islam – threat to Jacquie Lambie – ‘introduce sharia law or be beheaded’
2. Protests outside abortion clinics – now there are ‘counter protests’
3. Mardi gras – SBS interview with Tony Abbott’s sister & Police liaison
4. Defence Forces to appoint imam to ADF ‘religious advisory committee’
5. Queensland brings back ‘civil unions’ for homosexuals
6. Increase in number of Muslim school students in Victoria
7. Update: Court case against Kirralie of Halal Choices and Q Society
8. Vic: Royal Commission on family violence – Terms of Reference
9. Alcohol and domestic violence

Overseas news
1. The pursuit of science – growing the kidneys of aborted babies in animals
2. UK: Labour will make ‘LGBTI-inclusive’ sex ed COMPULSORY!
3. UK: House of Lords APPROVES ‘three-parent babies’

Ongoing Action
1. TV standards – submission to Free TV Review of Standards
2. Victoria: Submission on adoption by same-sex couples

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News Update – 6 March 2015

Australian News

1. Islam – threat to Sen Jacqui Lambie – ‘introduce sharia law or be beheaded’
Senator Jacqui Lambie has been outspoken regarding Islam, terrorism, halal certification and sharia law. During the past week, a letter was sent to her office, demanding that Senator Lambie convert to Islam and help introduce sharia law in Australia BY 18 March – or face BEHEADING!

Dr Phyllis Chesler has written an article commending her for her stand, highlighting Mark Durie’s article on jihad in broken Hill, and urging people to be aware.

She writes, “Jihad has been building for years in Australia … These jihadists are not crazy or stupid or impoverished or justifiably angry because they have been persecuted. This is, pure and simple, “a manifestation of Islamic theology.” Westerners, especially our leaders and elites, do not want to believe this. As I have pointed out elsewhere, contrary to Western myth, many Islamic terrorists come from stable homes and have advanced educations; their leaders are often men of enormous wealth.”

Phyllis has an interesting story – as an American feminist of Jewish background, she married an overseas student from Afghanistan and found herself trapped by Islamic practices in that country… she wrote about her experiences in ‘An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir’.

Article: ISLAMISTS DEMAND AUSTRALIAN SENATOR ‘INTRODUCE SHARIA LAW’ OR BE BEHEADED, Dr Phyllis Chesler, Breitbart, 2/3/2015.

Media report: Jacqui Lambie receives beheading threat, ordering her to help implement Sharia law in Australia, ABC, 1/3/2015.


2. Protests outside abortion clinics – now there are ‘counter protests’
The Tasmanian government has outlawed any ‘protests’ outside abortion clinics. In Victoria, the Sex Party want ‘protest exclusion zones’ outside abortion clinics to ban ‘protesters’. (Read report.)

Currently 40 Days for Life are conducting a prayer vigil outside abortion clinics, providing information and support to women who are considering having an abortion.
Now some pro-abortion activists have decided to have a counter protest in Sydney… to encourage women seeking an abortion to go ahead with it… and criticise those praying.

Article: How to beat anti-choice protesters at their own game, Daily Life, 2/3/2015.


3. Mardi gras – SBS interview with Tony Abbott’s sister & Police liaison
In our mardi gras BRIEFING, we mentioned that SBS, along with broadcasting a program on the ‘pride parade’, had done an interview with Christine Forster, Tony Abbott’s sister. Of course, the interview covered the issues of politics and marriage. The 6 minute story was on ‘The Feed’ on SBS2 and is now online.

Article/Video: SBS journalist and Mardi Gras host Patrick Abboud reveals rare insight into the life of Tony Abbott’s lesbian sister, News.com.au, 26/2/2015.

Video on You Tube SBS2 – click here.

Meanwhile the NSW Police are ‘celebrating’ and ‘GLLO-ing’ about the fact that it is 25 years since they introduced the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO) program. They launched an exhibition for mardi gras – and announced that there are now more than 200 GLLOs across NSW.

Police Media Release - '25 years and GLLO-ing' NSW Police celebrates GLLO anniversary as 2015 Mardi Gras is officially launched, 20/2/2015.


4. Defence Forces to appoint imam to ADF ‘religious advisory committee’
Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert told federal parliament this week that he is asking the Defence forces to "renew efforts" on recruiting a more "culturally and linguistically diverse workforce". He said that he wants to appoint a part-time imam to serve on the ADF’s religious advisory committee, which ‘provides advice to the force on policies to meet its personnel's spiritual needs’.

Mr Robert said, “I have asked my department to move as quickly as possible to identify a part-time Islamic Imam to join the ADF's religious advisory committee to ensure those 96 ADF members of an Islamic faith have appropriate representation.”

The advisory committee currently has five Christian members and one Jewish member.

The ADF has chaplains in all sections of the defence forces. The chaplains belong to a list of religious denominations and faith groups that are approved by the religious advisory committee. “These denominations are currently the Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Uniting Church, Presbyterian Church, Baptist Union of Australia, Lutheran Church of Australia, Churches of Christ, Salvation Army and Council of Australian Jewry.”

As to the number of chaplains, as of 2012, “there are 67 Regular Army and 83 Army Reserve Chaplains (commonly known as "padres") in the Australian Army; these belong to either one of several Christian churches, or to the Jewish faith” (source). See this webpage for details of the job of ‘army chaplain’. In addition, there are chaplains in the other services.

There are currently 96 Muslims members in the ADF – but there are moves to increase that number – see here, here and here. There is currently no chaplain for Buddhist or Muslim personnel. With an imam joining the religious advisory committee, that could well change!’
Bernard Gaynor was not impressed – he highlighted the fact that Stuart Robert announced he wanted to recruit more Muslims, in the name of ‘capability through diversity’. Bernard noted, “Then, about 48 hours later, the Prime Minister stood up in front of the national media to warn about the very real risk of insider attacks against Australian diggers. Oh, the irony. It’s killing me….”

Article: Australian Defence Force to get its first Muslim Imam, SMH, 2/3/2015.

Commentary: Stupid is as stupid does: the Australian Defence Force ordered to recruit Muslims, Bernard Gaynor, 4/3/2015.

As for official Australian Defence Forces publications on RELIGION:

The ADF has published an extensive official guide to religion, belief and diversity – revealing reading!

Guide to Religion and Belief in the Australian Defence Force

In 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Hoglin, wrote an extensive article calling for more ‘religious diversity’ in the Australian Defence Force.
Religious Diversity in the Australian Army: The Next Diversity Frontier?
Australian Army Journal, Culture edition 2013, Volume X, Number 3.


5. Queensland brings back ‘civil unions’ for homosexuals
The Queensland Labor Party is wasting no time in introducing their pro-homosexual policies. The Labor Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath, has announced the government will re-introduce ‘civil unions’ for homosexuals. The previous Labor government introduced them just before the last election – and the Liberal National Party CHANGED them to be ‘Registered Relationships’. Heterosexual couples are ALSO able to ‘register a relationship’.
No ‘timeframe’ has been announced yet for the proposed change.

How many couples have ACTUALLY registered their relationships?
The Australian notes that the number of homosexual couples formalising their relationships has fallen, inferring that there were more when they were called ‘civil unions’…
- In the first half of 2012, 466 couples took out ‘civil unions’.
- In the second half of 2012, after the Newman LNP government changed it to ‘registered relationships’, another 138 homosexual couples registered their relationships.
- In 2013, there were 227 and in 2014, there were 184.
This gives a total of 1,015 homosexual relationships.

Perhaps the reason for the ‘decline’ is that there actually aren’t very many homosexual couples who WANT to formally register their relationships!

Of particular concern is the fact that “4,677 heterosexual couples have also registered their relationships”. This is creating a second tier of relationships, or ‘marriage lite’…

Article: Queensland moves to bring back gay civil unions, The Australian, 25/2/2015.

 

6. Increase in number of Muslim school students in Victoria
The number of students attending Islamic schools in Victoria has grown markedly in recent years. It is reported that enrolments have increased by 70% over the past eight years.

The Age reports that, “Of the 9040 students enrolled at Islamic schools last year, 5874 were primary school aged and 3166 were secondary school aged.”

Article: Victorian students flock to Islamic schools as Muslim population grows, The Age, 28/2/2015.


7. Update: Court case against Kirralie of Halal Choices and Q Society
The defamation claim brought by Mohamed El-Mouelhy, of the Halal Certification Authority against Kirralie Smith of Halal Choices and Q Society has now had three appearances (Directions hearings or 'mentions') in the NSW Supreme Court. Last Friday Mr El-Mouelhy’s barrister “indicated that he would supply particulars of his case by next Monday (2/2/2015) to allow the defendants to consider any objections they wish to take to the statement of claim. . . The matter will have a further mention on 6 March.”

Thank you for your support of Kirralie and Halal Choices, and Q Society as they defend themselves in court.
WebsitesHalal Choices - Q Society


8. Vic: Royal Commission on family violence – Terms of Reference
The Victorian government has released the ‘Terms of Reference’ for the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Whilst it is important to address the increase in ‘family violence’, it is also vital that we as a society consider some of the causes… the use and abuse of alcohol is often a contributing factor, as is the increase in sexual permissiveness and pornography. There have been a number of cases of babies being killed by the de facto boyfriend of the mother where he is not the biological father…

On the other hand, we must promote what is good, noble and right! We must promote the importance of marriage and family, and the ideal of a married mother and father bringing up their children in accord with God’s word.

Read the Terms of Reference – click here


9. Alcohol and domestic violence
A new research report has found that ‘ALCOHOL abuse is behind up to half of all child protection and reported domestic violence cases…’

The report found that ‘More than 10,000 are in the child protection system because of a carer’s drinking, and more than one in four people say they have been harmed by the drinking of a family member.’

The Report has been done by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and Centre for Alcohol Policy Research.

Article: FAMILY members who abuse alcohol behind half of reported child protection and domestic violence cases, News.com.au, 24/2/2015.

REPORT: The hidden harm: Alcohol’s impact on children and families
Available for purchase from FARE at a cost of $35. Click here for details.


Overseas news

1. The pursuit of science – growing the kidneys of aborted babies in animals
Over the years we have reported on the concerning sale of parts of aborted babies to ‘scientific institutions’ for research. Recently World Net Daily reported that science is lauding a new research project where the kidneys of aborted babies are transplanted into animals and then grown to become ‘organs for transplant’! More unethical behaviour, similar to the use of embryonic stem cells.

The article begins: “Science publications are hailing research breakthroughs in a new life-saving procedure that harvests the organs of aborted children and transplants them in animals, where they can grow and then be made available to patients. The Genetic Literacy Project website calls the process Xenotransplantation and suggests the biggest question would be, “Would you accept an organ from a pig, cow, baboon or a chimpanzee to save your child’s life, or your own?”…

The work was published in the American Journal of Transplantation. A lot of groups are expressing concerns about the ethics of such activity, but the researchers claim they are just using ‘available material’.

Article: Scientists grow kidneys of aborted babies in animals, WND, 4/3/2015.


2. UK: Labour will make ‘LGBTI-inclusive’ sex ed COMPULSORY!
UK’s Labour Party has announced plans to radically change sex education in schools. They have released a report titled, End homophobia together - Supporting LGBT young people and teachers.

Homosexual activist Peter Tatchell said, “The party's Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, wants to make age-appropriate, gay-inclusive sex and relationship education compulsory and ensure that all teachers are trained to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.”

Even though this proposal is a huge imposition on families and children who do not support homosexuality, Mr Tatchell still isn’t happy – he wants them to go further!

Regarding the option of withdrawing their children from sex ed classes, he wrote, “Labour and other parties should pledge to either scrap the parental opt-out completely or require parents to come to the school and physically take their child out of each SRE lesson.”

He also wants MORE emphasis put on equality and diversity: “That's why I believe equality and diversity education against all prejudice - including racism, misogyny and homophobia - should be part of the core national curriculum and required teaching in every school….”

Article: Labour plans on gay sex education and homophobic bullying need to go further, IBT, 5/2/2015.


3. UK: House of Lords APPROVES ‘three-parent babies’
Recently we reported that the House of Commons has passed a law allowing the use of genetic material from THREE people in the IVF creation of a baby.

The House of Lords has now passed the law, making the United Kingdom the FIRST country in the world to allow this technique when genetic material from a second woman is used to replace ‘faulty DNA’ from the first woman’s egg.

This is a concerning development, since the genetic, and spiritual, integrity of the child is destroyed when the genetic material of THREE people is used.

Article: Britain's House of Lords approves conception of three-person babies, Guardian, 25/2/2015.

 

Ongoing Action

1. TV standards – submission to Free TV Review of Standards
Free TV is conducting a review of TV standards.
Submissions close on 3 April, 2015.

Send your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See our Campaign page for details – click here.

Tell them we want the Code of Practice to stay as it is…
Reject these proposed changes:
- removal of G-rated times and replaced with PG all day
- M-rated timeslots move from 8.30 pm back to 7.30 pm (currently it is PG from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm);
- MA-rated timeslots proposed for 8.30pm (currently 9.30 pm);
Please note that advertising prohibitions on alcohol and gambling also change as they are tied to the ‘ratings’.


2. Victoria: Submission on adoption by same-sex couples
The Victorian Government is doing an Inquiry into same-sex adoption.
Click here for our webpage about this Inquiry.
Submissions close on 23 March, 2015.

 

News ball Fotolia 31010118 320x200Every week seems to be full of news… much of it concerning!

Here is a selection from the past week: the Sydney mardi gras is starting, Labor has ‘won’ the Queensland election, a woman loses ‘polyamory’ court case, a Muslim man is being sentenced in Sydney after ‘marrying’ a 12 year old (who became pregnant), the case regarding halal certification goes to court…

Next week we will send out our monthly Prayer Focus, so the next News Update will be on 6 March. In the next week or so, there will be several posts (on the front page) relating to recent developments regarding some of the issues we deal with…

Jenny
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News Update 20 Feb 2015

Australian News

1. Sydney homosexual mardi gras begins 20 February – Parade on 7 March
2. Queensland election – Labor forms government
3. Woman sues Catholic Church for sacking her for being 'polyamorous' – case DISMISSED!
4. Homosexual groups CONTINUE CAMPAIGN for homosexual ‘marriage’
5. Sydney: Muslim man charged with sex offences - 12 year old ‘bride’ pregnant
6. Halal funding under scrutiny – court case and Jacqui Lambie’s Bill

Overseas News

1. USA: SPLC apologies to Ben Carson
2. USA: Texas Supreme Court STOPS homosexual ‘marriage’
3. India: Supreme Court ruling – BAN on multiple wives for Muslims
4. Persecution of Christians continues – please pray
5. USA: Duke Uni, minarets and multiculturalism
6. UK: Christian magistrate DISCIPLINED for belief about family
7. Pope Francis: Parents can smack their children for bad behaviour
8. UK: Sign petition opposing ‘three-parent babies’ through IVF
9. UK: Number of Muslim children increases – and ‘British Muslims’ stats
10. New Zealand: Bob McCoskrie, of Family First, resigns as a marriage celebrant
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News Update 20 Feb 2015

Australian News

1. Sydney homosexual mardi gras begins 20 February – Parade on 7 March
The homosexual mardi gras festival in Sydney begins this week (20 Feb). They always have a huge number of events – they call it an “extravaganza”. The parade, or, as they are now calling it, the ‘pride parade’, is on Saturday 7 March…
The mardi gras website has full details – please be discerning when viewing it.

In the next week or two we will have a separate email about the events, sponsors, messages of support from politicians and so on.
Please pray for those caught up in these events, and for Christians who provide support to the people attending events and offer help to those who seek it.


2. Queensland election – Labor forms government

With the finalisation of the vote by the Queensland Electoral Commission, Labor gained 44 seats out of 89, so the Governor invited Labor to form government. They have the support of the Independent Peter Wellington to give them a majority. The government was sworn in on 14 February.
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3. Woman sues Catholic Church for sacking her for being 'polyamorous' – case DISMISSED!

Important court decision – an Australian Federal Circuit Court judge has ruled that ‘polyamory’ is NOT a sexual orientation that is protected by the federal Sex Discrimination Act. Instead, the Judge ruled that the woman’s polyamorous sexual activities are ‘sexual BEHAVIOUR’, rather than ‘sexual orientation’ – thus they are NOT protected by the Act. He also explained how his decision related to OTHER legal and illegal ‘sexual behaviours’ (see quote below)…

The case involved a woman who sued the Catholic Church’s Brisbane Centacare social services agency after she was sacked for being polyamorous or ‘having too many sexual partners’. The agency found she was listed as a ‘poly-friendly counsellor’ on the Brisbane Poly Group’s website and also on a list of the group’s members. After questioning the woman, the agency sacked her, on the basis that her actions were inconsistent with the ethical standards of the Catholic Church.

The woman made a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission, claiming discrimination on the basis of ‘sexual orientation’. That was dismissed by the AHRC – she then took a case to the court, adding complaints about the length of notice given, etc. The Judge DISMISSED her case, saying she had NO CLAIM under the Sex Discrimination Act. He noted that the Act covers ‘sexual orientation’ which is defined in the Act as homosexual, lesbian or bisexual – the judge defined ‘orientation’ as a ‘state of being’, and said the Act does NOT cover ‘sexual activity’ or ‘lawful sexual activity’!

The woman claimed that sexual behaviour was a SUBSET of sexual orientation but the Judge rejected that argument.

Justice Vasta said, “If the contention of the applicant were correct, many people whose sexual activity might label them as sado-masochists, coprophiliacs or urophiliacs could claim that such is more than mere behaviour; it is in fact their very sexual orientation. If the contention were correct, then the illegal activities of paedophilia and necrophilia may have the protection of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984."

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4. Homosexual groups CONTINUE CAMPAIGN for homosexual ‘marriage’
The homosexual lobby groups are NOT resting – a new campaign has been launched by the homosexual lobby group Australian Marriage Equality, led by Rodney Croome. The campaign is supported by Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…

There is an ongoing campaign called ‘Say I DOugh’. The new campaign is part of that – it uses social media, with a hashtag of #EqualityCalling. The campaign “will allow voters who support marriage equality to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media….”

A 1300 phone hotline has been set up, and a ‘phone box’ will be set up at mardi gras events to encourage people to make the recorded messages.
The details of the campaign were outlined in the Australian Marriage Equality Media Release.  

Are you talking to your federal politicians about this issue?They are certainly hearing from the OTHER SIDE! Click here for federal MP and Senator details.


5. Sydney: Court case - sentencing of Muslim man - sex offences - 12 year old ‘bride’ pregnant
We have previously reported on this case - now the court is considering sentencing...
From the Daily Telegraph:
“A 12-YEAR-OLD bride was found to be pregnant after the 27-year-old man she had ­“married” in an Islamic ceremony was charged with child sex offences. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was initially charged with 25 counts of having sexual intercourse with a child in February last year. He later pleaded guilty to one count of persistent sexual abuse of a child, which carries a 25-year maximum jail ­sentence…”

The Lebanese man arrived in Australia on a student visa in 2013 and a 'marraige ceremony' was performed in January 2014.
He pleaded guilty to "one count of persistent sexual abuse of a child" in October 2014 - the court is currently considering a sentence. The man's student visa has been cancelled and he is being detained in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

The sentence for the imam who performed the 'Islamic marriage' in a private home.... ?
"In March 2014 Tasawar, 35, plea to the offence of solemnisation of a marriage by an unauthorised person. He was fined $500 and his Religious Leaders visa was cancelled."

Article: A 12-year-old bride was found to be pregnant after the man she married was charged with multiple sex offences, Daily Telegraph, February 12, 2015.


6. Halal certification under scrutiny – court case and Jacqui Lambie’s Bill
With more than 20 organisations – Islamic bodies and private businesses – offering ‘halal certification' in Australia, and competing for business, this issue is coming under more scrutiny.

The Q Society, and Kirralie Smith of Halal Choices, are currently being sued by Mohamed El-Mouelhy, of the Halal Certification Authority Pty Ltd – see SBS report with audio – with video here); and Guardian report here).

Q Society has posted an explanation AND the legal ‘Statement of claim’ on their website – click here.

Please pray for Kirralie, Q Society and their lawyers at this time – for wisdom and discernment.

With Islamic bodies like AFIC, the halal certification money goes into their coffers and, at the very least, assists in their promotion of Islam in Australia. But there are reports internationally of some ‘halal’ money funding terrorism. Senator Jacqui Lambie is saying she plans to introduce a private Senator’s Bill to prevent any “halal money” going to fund Islamic state. Her Senate speech is on You Tube (click here).

Senator Lambie asked the Parliamentary Library to provide answers to her questions on halal certification in Australia and they provided a helpful OVERVIEW.
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Overseas News

1. USA: SPLC apologies to Ben Carson
The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) has a list of ‘hate groups’ which includes many Christian leaders and organisations that speak out against the acceptance of homosexuality. Recently they APOLOGISED to Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon and potential presidential candidate, who gave an inspiring speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.

Dr Michael Brown asks, ‘When are they going to apologise to ME and other Christian leaders?”

Article: The SPLC Owes Me an Apology Too, Charisma, 13/2/2015.


2. USA: Texas Supreme Court STOPS homosexual ‘marriage’
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled this week to STOP the issuing of homosexual ‘marriage’ licences – one female couple had ‘married’ on 9 February, but this new ruling makes it unlikely that further licences will be issued…
Article: Texas Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage licenses, CNN, 19/2/2015.

3. India: Supreme Court ruling – BAN on multiple wives for Muslims
The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that that ‘a Muslim's fundamental right to profess Islam did not include practicing polygamy.’

The Justices said, “What was protected under Article 25 (right to practice and propagate any religion) was the religious faith and not a practice which may run counter to public order, health or morality. Polygamy was not integral part of religion and monogamy was a reform within the power of the State under Article 25." The Times noted, ‘The bench said that polygamy was not integral to religion and the practice of polygamy did not acquire sanction of religion simply because it was permitted. . .’

Article: Polygamy not integral part of Islam: SC, Times of India, 10/2/2015.


4. Persecution of Christians continues – please pray
There has been a shocking escalation of persecution of Christians by Muslims in a number of nations. The murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by ISIS/Islamic State has shocked the world.

Video of Melbourne rally
If you weren’t able to attend the recent Melbourne rally that highlighted the plight of persecuted Christians, the video of the rally is now ONLINE. There were some excellent speakers - including Elizabeth Kendal, Vickie Janson and representatives from the Iranian, Iraqi and Pakistani communities.


5. USA: Duke Uni, minarets and multiculturalism
ACTION works! The church bell tower on the chapel has been a long-time feature at Duke University, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. When the Muslim group applied to have their Friday call to prayer broadest from the Bell Tower, the university agreed. However, huge protests ensued and the university REVERSED its decision less than 24 hours later!

So no more using the Bell Tower on the chapel as a ‘minaret’ – the Muslim group continues to meet in the basement of the chapel but will broadcast their ‘call to prayer’ from OUTSIDE the chapel!

Article: From Church Bell Tower to Minaret and Back Again, American Spectator, 16/1/2015.


6. UK: Christian magistrate DISCIPLINED for belief about family
Christian Concern reports, “A Cabinet minister and England's highest judge have together disciplined a Christian Magistrate for saying that a child's best interests lie in being raised by both a mother and a father, telling him that his Christian beliefs about the family must not influence his work whilst sitting on the Bench. Richard Page, who has served as a Justice of the Peace in Kent for 15 years and is a well-respected member of the panel, expressed the view during a closed-door consultation with colleagues in an adoption case. . . “
Report: Lord Chief Justice disciplines Christian Magistrate for belief about family, Christian Concern, 19/1/2015.

Lifesite report: British judge suspended and ‘re-educated’ for thinking children do best with a mom and dad


7. Pope Francis: Parents can smack their children for bad behaviour
The Telegraph reports, that in one of his “weekly general audiences in St Peter’s Square, during a homily about the responsibilities of fatherhood, Pope Francis said that it was acceptable for a parent to smack their children for bad behaviour.”

Of course, there was lots of criticism of the statement, and the Telegraph reported, “The endorsement of corporal punishment was condemned by campaign groups . . .”

Article: Pope Francis: parents can smack their children for bad behaviour, Telegraph, 5/2/2015.


8. UK: Sign petition opposing ‘three-parent babies’ through IVF
We recently reported on the “recent vote in the United Kingdom Parliament where members voted overwhelmingly 382-128 to allow an IVF technique called mitochondrial DNA transfer. This technique replaces faulty mitchondrial DNA in an egg or embryo with healthy DNA from a female donor. Effectively this process means embryos are able to be made with the genetic material of three people: a man and two women.”

Citizen Go have a petition opposing this …. They write, “This law would allow man-made creation of a completely new kind of human embryo. There are also increased risks for the safety of both the pregnant mother and the baby with this experimental procedure. The bill to authorise the change in law still needs to be passed by the House of Lords so please sign this petition to oppose the change.”

Click here to SIGN the PETITION.


9. UK: Number of Muslim children increases – and ‘British Muslims’ stats
The Telegraph reports, “The number of children growing up as Muslims in the UK has almost doubled in a decade in what experts have described as an “unprecedented” shift in Britain’s social make-up. One in 12 schoolchildren in England and Wales are now officially classed as Muslim after a decade which saw the number of followers of Islam surge by just over 1.1 million, according to the most detailed study of its kind ever published. . .”

This statement is significant: “But the study of official census data by the Muslim Council of Britain also concludes that the Muslim population will continue expanding for “many decades” to come – something experts said could transform everything from social attitudes to foreign policy.”

Article: Number of ‘Muslim’ children in Britain doubles in a decade, The Telegraph, 11/2/2015.

The REPORT by the Muslims Council of Britain: British Muslims in Numbers
The MCB says that this is the “first detailed study of the characteristics of the Muslim population emerging from the 2011 Census. It is the only comprehensive report looking at Muslims from a data perspective prepared from within Muslim civil society.”


10. New Zealand: Bob McCoskrie, of Family First, resigns as a marriage celebrant
Bob McCoskrie, the leader of the Family First political group in New Zealand, opposed the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage – it was eventually legalised in NZ in August 2014.

Now Bob has formally resigned as a ‘marriage celebrant’ in protest to the new law.

Mr McCoskrie says that ‘he will still perform marriage ceremonies [for heterosexual couples], but couples would need to go to a registry office before or after to "receive the state's recognition and benefits (if there are any benefits left!). He said, “But it would be wrong of me to allow myself to be appointed by the state to carry out that duty while rejecting the distorted definition that the state has adopted."

Some Christian ministers here in Australia are seriously considering resigning as state-registered marriage celebrants if Australia was to legalise homosexual 'marriage'.
Article: Bob McCoskrie resigns as celebrant, 3 News, 9/2/2015.

Some news from the week, and catching up on a few interesting – and concerning - items in the overseas news!

Jenny
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News Update 13 Feb 2015

Australian News
1. Tony Abbott wins Liberal leadership ‘spill motion’
2. Vic parliament – Legislative Council – maiden speeches
3. Victoria – Euthanasia – Greens want Inquiry by Law Reform Commission
4. Sydney - Two men charged over ‘beheading plot’
5. NSW: Female genital mutilation case

Overseas News
1. Canada: Court rules to legalise assisted suicide
2. USA: Alabama and same–sex ‘marriage’
3. USA: Censorship of Darrell Waltrip’s speech
4. UK: Faith schools told to promote homosexuality & other faiths
5. Homosexual superhero has his OWN COMIC series
6. Big Brother is LISTENING to you – through the Samsung Smart TV!
7. Sweden: Microchips under the skin of hands to allow office access

On the Issues
Follow-up: Responding to the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie

 

Events
National Day of Prayer and Fasting - 15th February 2015

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News Update 13 Feb 2015

Australian News

1. Tony Abbott wins Liberal leadership ‘spill motion’
Thank you to everyone who prayed for our nation and our leaders last weekend. The matter is settled for now, although some think that the issue has caused damage to the leadership of the Liberal Party and Tony Abbott. Please continue to pray for our nation and our political leaders.
What happened… Following speculation about the leadership of the federal Liberal Party, several Liberal backbenchers moved a “spill motion” in the party room which was WHETHER a vote on the leadership would be taken. Essentially it was about a ‘vote of confidence in Tony Abbott as leader and Prime Minister’. Initially scheduled for Tuesday, Tony Abbott moved the vote to 9am on Monday, to settle the matter before Parliament resumed sitting. The motion was DEFEATED by 69 votes to 39 votes.

Article: Prime Minister Tony Abbott avoids leadership spill, SMH, 9/2/2015.


2. Vic parliament – Legislative Council – maiden speeches
This week, the Victorian Legislative Council heard maiden speeches from the new MLCs.
Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, a DLP Member, promised to be a ‘voice for the voiceless’, promote healthy relationships, and to challenge abortion laws including sex selection abortions and freedom of conscience for doctors. Meanwhile, the Sex Party’s Fiona Patten said she wanted euthanasia and marijuana legalised!

Read Rachel Carling-Jenkins speech - click here.
Article: Victorian upper house MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins promises to fight abortion, The Age, 12/2/2015.


3. Victoria – Euthanasia – Greens want Inquiry by Law Reform Commission
In December 2014, Colleen Hartland, a Greens member in the Legislative Council, gave notice of a motion calling for the Legislative Council to refer the matter of ‘euthanasia’ to the Law Reform Commission for an ‘inquiry’. The notice of motion was given on 23 December – and appeared on the Notice Paper for the first week of parliament (beginning 10 February 2015) (read Motion – Notice Paper No 1, No 5, page 3).

These people do NOT give up – she moved a private member’s bill in 2008 – and in 2010 also called for the issue to be referred to the Law Reform Commission!

ACTION: If you live in Victoria, please contact your FIVE Members in the Legislative Council – ask them to oppose euthanasia and to oppose this motion by Colleen Hartland.

 

4. Sydney - Two men charged over ‘beheading plot’
Two Muslim men, from Fairfield in western Sydney, have been arrested and charged over a ‘plot to behead’ people in Sydney. The men were unknown to police – police received a ‘tip-off’…

According to media reports, police alleged that the men were ‘hours away’ from attempting the public beheading. Police found a hunting knife, a machete and an ISIS flag in their flat. The Daily Telegraph reports the video allegedly included one off the men saying, in Arabic, “We will carry out the first operation for soldiers of the caliphate on Australia. We are going to retribute (sic) for our sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers in the name of the caliphate.”

Mr Abbott spoke about the video in Parliament – he said he had been shown the video by security forces, and that the message began with the words, “I swear to almighty Allah, we will carry out…

Articles: Soldiers of the Islamic State death cult: The plot to behead on our streets, Daily Telegraph, 12/2/2015.
Sydney terror plot: Suspect arrived in Australia illegally on false passport, Daily Telegraph, 12/2/2015.


5. NSW: Female genital mutilation case
In December 2014, it was announced that the NSW Supreme Court will hear the first case against people charged with carrying out ‘female genital mutilation’. Three people will be tried in the case – an elderly woman (a retired nurse), the mother of the two young girls (aged 6 and 7) on whom the mutilation was carried out in 2010-2012, and a Sydney sheik/imam, Sheik Shabbir Vaziri. The elderly woman has pleaded not guilty.

The SMH reports, “The NSW Senior Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, said the case would tackle a number of "significant legal issues" including the scope of female genital mutilation covered under the Crimes Act.” That report says the maximum penalty is 21 years' jail….

The three were committed to stand trial for the offences in May 2014. That report stated that the maximum penalty is seven years. The trial will begin in August 2105.

Article: First female genital mutilation case to go to trial in NSW Supreme Court, SMH, 9/12/2014.
Article: Sydney sheik, mum and nurse to face mutilation judgment, Daily Telegraph, 24/5/2014.

 

Overseas News

1. Canada: Court rules to legalise assisted suicide
Lifesite reports that, on February 6, “Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage…

In the case, called “Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as Oregon and Washington, in allowing assisted suicide. . .”

Article: Canada’s top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law, Lifesite, 6/2/2015.

2. USA: Alabama and same–sex ‘marriage’
On Monday this week (9/2) the USA Supreme Court refused to stop homosexual ‘marriages’ being performed in Alabama.

In 2006, residents in Alabama passed an amendment to the state’s constitution, called the Amendment 774 or the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment. It banned same-sex ‘marriage’, and was passed with over 80 percent of the vote.

But two homosexual couples filed a legal suit, claiming the ban was unconstitutional. Last month, a US District Judge ruled that the state’s ban on homosexual ‘marriage’ was unconstitutional – and allowed two weeks for the state to appeal before the homosexual ‘marriages’ began.

The state appealed to the US Supreme Court, asking that they stop the ‘marriages’ commencing, whilst an appeal was held. But the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, refused.

On Monday, homosexual couples started applying for licences and having ‘marriages’ in Alabama. Alabama’s Chief Judge, Roy Moore, ordered local judges NOT to issue licences, but judges in some counties ignored his ruling! The video at this link ALSO SHOWS comments by Mr Obama... saying he thinks the Supreme Court should allow same-sex ‘marriage’…

Tony Perkins analysed the situation and commended the two judges who supported Alabama’s request for a ‘hold’ on same-sex ‘marriages’ occurring - Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

Article: Alabama Starts Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples After Supreme Court Denies State's Request for a Hold, Christian Post, 9/2/2015.

Article: SCOTUS Rolls against Alabama Tide on Marriage, Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, 10/2/2015.


3. USA: Censorship of Darrell Waltrip’s speech
Some of you have mentioned that you couldn’t access the link to Darrell Waltrip’s challenging message at the National Prayer Breakfast in USA – or that you used the C-Span link.
others mentioned the ‘censorship’ outlined below…

The speech has been CENSORED on the C-Span website which streamed the original video (see video, scroll to 1hr 2 min)- and then the link to ‘Tellmenow.com’ (which we used) was CHANGED.

What was censored? The words, “You’re gonna go to hell” have been SILENCED!

This is the original – "I thought I was a pretty good guy, but folks, let me tell you something. Good guys go to Hell," he said. "If you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if you don't have a relationship [with Him], if He's not the master of your life, if you've never gotten on your knees and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, [and] you're just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal, you're going to go to Hell. Think about that. I did."

The words “you’re gonna go to hell” are audible in this recording at Freedom Outpost – scroll along to 16.50 minutes.

Interestingly, this site links to the C-Span You Tube page (see 16.50 min +) which has ALL the words! It seems that they FORGOT to censor that version!


4. UK: Faith schools told to promote homosexuality & other faiths
The UK government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED), has implemented new rules for schools to ensure they teach “British values” – they are supposedly to help prevent extremism.

However some faith schools are complaining - that two schools have been closed – and others threatened with closure - because they aren’t promoting the acceptance of homosexuality or teaching about other faiths. ..

Article: UK gvmt to faith schools: promote homosexuality and other religions or face closure, Lifesite News, 2/2/2015.


5. Homosexual superhero has his OWN COMIC series
If you thought you’d seen it all, with TV and film portraying homosexual characters, now a major comic producer, DC Comics, is planning to launch a new monthly comic series featuring ‘Midnighter’ in June this year.

Apparently the character has been around since 1998, as a member of “the rogue superhero team, The Authority” – this report says, “he appeared along with his long-term partner (now husband) Apollo…”

The author of the new comics is Steve Orlando, who said, “Midnighter was a huge character for me when I was young. Showed me there was no one way to be confident, LGBT and awesome.”

And, yes, he’s written other material featuring homosexual characters!

Now feature comics join the list of publications that encourage our young people to think that being homosexual is ‘normal’!

Article: Meet Midnighter, the gay superhero about to hit the big time, The Independent, 10/2/2015.


6. Big Brother is LISTENING to you – through the Samsung Smart TV!
The new Samsung Smart TVs have a microphone that allows voice commands to be transmitted to their server. Now Samsung has warned users that any private conversations could be also captured and transmitted!

Reminds me of ‘Big Brother is watching you’ in George Orwell’s novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (info here). At least, for the moment, it is only voice recognition – and at least you can turn the Samsung Smart TV’s voice recognition OFF!

Tech Crunch provide a timely warning about the growing number of ‘intelligent technological devices’:

“An Internet connected TV that might be eavesdropping on the stuff you say when you’re sitting on the sofa is just the latest overreaching privacy intrusion to come to light in the tech sphere. It’s unlikely to be the worst, and sure won’t be the last. But as more of these egregious, overreaching policies come to light — and as more of the objects with which we are surrounded in our homes, cars and lives are networked up and brought online, and thus given (at very least) the technical ability to snoop on us — there is a growing imperative to clean up the darker corners of the digital commerce sphere. To set some boundaries on what is and is not acceptable. Or risk growing consumer mistrust.

When all the objects in your home have networked ears that are fine-tuned for commercial intelligence gathering, where will you go to talk about “personal” or “sensitive” stuff?”

Article: Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, Tech Crunch, 8/2/2015.


7. Sweden: Microchips under the skin of hands to allow office access
A concerning report from the BBC about a Swedish office block that is implementing a plan to insert microchips in the hands of staff to allow them access to the building, photocopier use – and perhaps eventually payment at the café!

We’ve often reported about such developments – as many are concerned about the Biblical warning of not accepting a mark on the hand or the forehead.

The BBC journalist who investigate it reports, “But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin. Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier.

That's all because he has a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted in his hand. Soon, others among the 700 people expected to occupy the complex will also be offered the chance to be chipped. Along with access to doors and photocopiers, they're promised further services in the longer run, including the ability to pay in the cafe with a touch of a hand….”
Article: Office puts chips under staff's skin, BBC, 29/1/2015.


On the Issues

Follow-up: Responding to the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie
A helpful article or two on Movieguide about avoiding the movie – and how you might respond…
Michelle, a pastor’s wife and writer, says, “Our words have power, and with the right amount of momentum, they can translate into action. Individually, we may not be able to stop movies like FIFTY SHADES OF GREY from showing on the silver screen. But, if we link arm in arm and come together for this cause, we can show the world a glimpse of the redemptive God we serve. . .”
Michelle suggests that we Give, Pray, Share and Support…

By the way, Movieguide provides REVIEWS and information about MOVIES from a Chrian and family perspective! Check it out BEFORE going to see a film!

Article: Four Ways to Respond to the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Movie, Movieguide.

 

 

Events

National Day of Prayer and Fasting - 15th February 2015
The ‘National Day of Prayer and Fasting’ will be held on 15th February 2015 – an event is held in Canberra, with a webcast and local events enabling everyone around Australia to participate. The Theme for 2015 is DESTINY.
Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra – 10 am to 4 pm.
Click here for the NDOPF website.

 

News Update – 5 Feb 2015 – Tony Abbott, Vic election, Royal Commissions, Islam, RU 486, Three parent babies...

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200Another year – and already we are overwhelmed with new proposals to change the fabric of society… This News Update catches up on some key developments of the past month, as well as recent events…

In Australia, the TGA has extended the use of the abortion drug RU 486 and the Victorian government is establishing a ‘Royal Commission into Family Violence’. Federal Liberal leadership speculation is being highlighted by news media, and tensions surrounding Islam and jihad continue.

Overseas, in the UK, there are proposals for ‘three parent babies’, and a court case regarding gender selection abortions, whilst the US Supreme Court is set to consider whether homosexual ‘marriage’ is an unalienable constitutional right. (I’ve kept some until next week, to avoid overwhelming you!)

Jenny

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News Update – 6 Feb 2015

Australian News

1. PM Tony Abbott’s SPEECH at the National Press Club – and leadership
2. Victoria – final seats in the Legislative Council
3. Royal Commission investigates Jewish Yeshiva centres
4. Actor charged with more than 100 child sex abuse offences
5. War in the Middle East “longer” – more Aussies sign up
6. Call by Islamist to form a Muslim army in Australia to establish an Islamic caliphate
7. Australian of the year awards – increasingly political
8. Victoria – Royal Commission into family violence
9. RU 486 (medical abortion) access EXTENDED to 9 weeks

Overseas News
1. UK THREE parent babies – MPs agree to change in law
2. UK: Gender selection abortion
3. USA: Supreme Court agrees to rule on question of homosexual ‘marriage’
4. UK: Oxford uni Press BANS sausages and pigs from books
5. Germany: Priest banned after speaking at ‘anti-islam protest’

Events
National Day of Prayer and Fasting - 15th February 2015

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News Update – 6 Feb 2015

Australian News

1. PM Tony Abbott’s SPEECH at the National Press Club – and leadership
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s speech on Monday 2 February, was aimed at “outlining the Government’s priorities for 2015 to grow the economy, create jobs, help families and maintain Australia’s national security.”   Read speech – click here.

One proposal that we support is his dumping of his ‘pet policy’, the Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

Mr Abbott’s leadership of the Liberal Party (and as Prime Minister) is continuing to come under attack in the media and there is unrest amongst some Liberal backbenchers.

It is important for the stability of government that these leadership speculations cease – and that the Party unites in their quest to put Australia back on a firm financial footing. We’re reminded of the instability that was caused by the leadership changes of the previous Labor government. Mr Abbott has steadfastly opposed same-sex ‘marriage’ and a carbon tax, and is far more conservative than some of the other leadership options such as Malcolm Turnbull.

Media report with key points of the speech:
Tony Abbott uses Press Club speech to warn against 'infighting'; says he has 'listened and learned' over unpopular 'captain's picks', ABC, 2/2/2015.

What can we do?
- Contact Mr Abbott to express your support - https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

- Ask your Liberal Party MPs and Senators to support the current leadership.
To email ALL federal Liberal MPs and Senators in ONE email, click here to use the Australian Family Association contact list.

2. Victoria – final seats in the Legislative Council
Following the election in November 2014, the Legislative Council contains a large number of Members from small parties: there are now five Greens MPs in the Upper House, along with two Shooters and Fishers Party MPs, a Democratic Labor Party MP, a Sex Party MP, and a Vote 1 Local Jobs MP.
Labor has 14 MLCs, Liberals have 10 and The Nationals have 6.

For Bills that are rejected by the Coalition, Labor will need to get SEVEN votes from the TEN people in the Greens and the micro parties to get legislation through parliament.

In the Legislative Assembly, Labor ended up with 47 seats, Liberals 30, The Nationals 8, The Greens gained 2 and an Independent from Shepparton was elected.

Article: Andrews Government faces bill battle in mixed Upper House, Herald Sun, 16/12/2015.

VIEW the RESULTS of the Victorian election at the VEC website.


3. Royal Commission investigates Jewish Yeshiva centres
The federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the ‘role a Jewish code of silence played in the handling of abuse allegations at the Yeshivah centres in Melbourne and Sydney’.A public hearing commenced on Monday 2 February.

Article: Child sex abuse royal commission: Jewish 'code of silence' at Yeshiva centres under spotlight at inquiry, ABC, 2/2/2015.

Website - Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Royal Commission - Media release about public hearings re Yeshiva Centres


4. Actor charged with more than 100 child sex abuse offences
Of course, the sexual abuse of children doesn’t just happen in ‘institutions’ - in December, Melbourne-based actor Jeremy Kewley was charged with more than 100 child sex abuse offences and for possessing child pornography. The offences are alleged to have occurred in 2011, under the guise of conducting screen tests for young boys – and the child pornography offences in 2013.
Article: Actor Jeremy Kewley charged with more than 100 child sexual offences, ABC, 19/12/2014.

 

5. War in the Middle East “longer” – more Aussies sign up
The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has warned that the war against ISIS/Islamic State could go on for a long time… the media reports that that 400 more Australians have signed up to join the ‘jihad’…

Article: Julie Bishop flags longer war as 400 Aussies sign up for jihad’s team terror, Daily Telegraph, 27/1/2015.


6. Call by Islamist to form a Muslim army in Australia to establish an Islamic caliphate
At a Hizb ut-Tahrir rally in Lakemba in January, one of the speakers, Bilal Merhi, said, “We will continue to stand up and oppose your freedom to insult our Messenger! Takbir! Allahu Akbar! Takbir! Allahu Akbar!”

Journalist Bryan Seymour attended the rally, writing that Merhi rejected the authority of Australia, and said, “Now they say are brave, they have their freedoms… yeah because you have no state, no authority, you have no representation, they can be brave! But be brave when we have authority! Come forward when we have a representation with an army! Ready to defend the honour of Allah and his Messenger. They will not. They will not. And that's what we have to understand.”

Bilal Merhi was investigated last year for “coaching children as young as six to chant extremist slogans.”

Article: Call for Muslim army in Australia, 7 News, 19/1/2015.

 

7. Australian of the year awards – increasingly political
The ‘Australian of the Year’ has traditionally been awarded, by the Australia Day Council, in recognition of long-term service to the nation. This year the award was given to Rosie Batty, for her campaigning against domestic violence. Following the incredibly sad and tragic murder of her son by his father in 2014, she has been outspoken about family violence.

The award has become increasingly political in recent times – last year the awardee was Adam Goodes, an aboriginal football player who campaigns about ‘racism’.

Rosie Batty has already called on the Prime Minister to reinstate funding for community services cut under the 2014 Budget! Mr Abbott has since announced that she will be a founding member of the COAG Advisory Panel on violence against women.

Homosexuals have also been nominated in recent years. This year, the Tasmanian of the Year for 2015 (announced in October 2014) was homosexual activist Rodney Croome – for his services to homosexual causes … and he could have been the Australian of the Year!

In 2014, the Victorian candidate for Australian of the Year was John Caldwell, nominated for his anti-bullying activities. (source) John is a homosexual - he is a patron of Joy FM and is a 2015 Midsumma Champion.



8. Victoria – Royal Commission into family violence
With all the recent publicity about the problems of family violence, the Victorian Labor government has announced that they are holding a “Royal Commission into Family Violence”.

The Premier’s Media Release says, “The Royal Commission will investigate the entire family violence support system and justice system from the ground up, including government and non-government organisations, courts, prosecutors, police, corrections and child protection. Its focus will be on preventing family violence, increasing early intervention, improving victim support, making perpetrators accountable and helping agencies better coordinate their response. The Andrews Labor Government will accept its recommendations.”

The inquiry will be conducted by Justice Marcia Neave, will begin its work in February and run for 12 months.

Read the Premier’s Media Release, 23/12/2014.

 

9. RU 486 (medical abortion) access EXTENDED to 9 weeks

Access to the abortion drug RU 486 is now controlled by the federal Therapeutic Goods Administration. In recent years they have granted access initially to a few doctors – then extended that to Marie Stopes’s abortion clinics, with them responsible for training doctors.

Now the TGA has decided to allow the RU 486 drug to be used up to 63 days (9 weeks) gestation – it was previously allowed up to 49 days (7 weeks).

Article: Medical abortion access extended, Medical Journal of Australia, 27/1/2015.

 

Overseas News

1. UK THREE parent babies – MPs agree to change in law
In the UK, MPs in the House of Commons have voted in favour of a law that will allow babies to have THREE parents

The change in the law will allow the use of genetic material from a second woman to be used during IVF processes – and is supposed to be used for cases where the mother is at risk of passing on a disease such as muscular dystrophy through mitochondrial DNA. But opponents (as we are) argued that this would amount to genetic modification of babies and the scientific consequences were unknown.

The Telegraph writes, “Under the new rules, IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) clinics will be able to replace an egg's defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor's egg. It is controversial because it would result in babies having DNA from three people – and effectively, two mothers.”

The report notes, “Experts from across the world warned that Britain would be making an ‘historic mistake’ by amending the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and said children born from the procedure were at risk of cancer and disability.  44 MEPs also wrote an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, expressing concerns about the procedure, and claiming that the UK may be breaking European laws in seeking to modify the germ line. “

In the final vote, “MPS voted in favour 382 in favour to 128 against. The House of Lords will vote on the issue next month although it is unlikely to derail the amendment.”
Article: Three-parent babies to be born in Britain as MPs say yes to law change, Telegraph, 3/2/2015.

2. UK: Gender selection abortion
This week a UK court will hear a case against Dr Prabha Silvaraman, who is accused of conspiracy to procure an illegal abortion. Christian Concern reports that, “in a concerning development, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been asked to take over the case and drop it.”

As a consequence, “Aisling Hubert launched a private prosecution, supported by the Christian Legal Centre.”

There is a move in the UK to introduce legislation to BAN gender-selection abortion.
“Fiona Bruce MP has tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill that would confirm that 'gender-abortion' is illegal. The amendment already has the backing of over 70 MPs. In November, MPs backed a 10 minute rule bill with a similar aim, by a margin of 181 - 1.”

A special website, Stop Gendercide, has been set up to oppose sex selection and encourage people to campaign for changes to the law.
Click here to see the ‘’Stop Gendercide’ website.

 

3. USA: Supreme Court agrees to rule on question of homosexual ‘marriage’
In mid-January, the US Supreme Court agreed to rule on whether same-sex “marriage” is an unalienable constitutional right.

Lifesite reported, “Justices announced Friday that they had consolidated four cases from the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, scheduling two hearings for April.

"According to the Court's document, the first 90-minute session will ask, “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?” The second session, scheduled to last one hour, will ask, “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”

Article: U.S. Supreme Court will rule on gay ‘marriage’ issue, Lifesite, 16/1/2015.

 

4. UK: Oxford uni Press BANS sausages and pigs from books
Yes, in order to accommodate Muslim sensitivities, the OUP has BANNED references to sausages and PUGS from children’s books. Of course, one of the most popular children’s books include Peppa Pig – which has also been objected to by Muslims…
Article: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BANS SAUSAGES AND PIGS FROM CHILDREN’S BOOKS TO AVOID OFFENDING MUSLIMS, Breibart, 14/1/2015.

 

5. Germany: Priest banned after speaking at ‘anti-islam protest’
So much for religious freedom!

Catholic priest Paul Spaetling has been banned from preaching and the church said it rejected his comments on Islam. AP reports, “Paul Spaetling had taken part in a rally in the western city of Duisburg on Monday. It was organized by a group that associates itself with the organization Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, which has staged large weekly rallies in Dresden for about three months…”
Article: German priest muzzled for speaking at anti-Islam protest, AP, 21/1/2015.


Events

National Day of Prayer and Fasting - 15th February 2015
The ‘National Day of Prayer and Fasting’ will be held on 15th February 2015 – an event is held in Canberra, with a webcast and local events enabling everyone around Australia to participate. The Theme for 2015 is DESTINY.
MORE details next week...

Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra – 10 am to 4 pm.
Click here for the NDOPF website.

 

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