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2 May 2015
Every week brings new challenges and new issues for us to understand and deal with… this week is no exception!
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20 May 2015
I regularly receive articles relating to many of the issues we deal with – and feel compelled to share them with you. Here are some from the past month or so…
The dangers of Gardasil causing early menopause, the links between abortion and breast cancer and the impacts of abortion on adolescents and young adults and their children, the teaching of ‘jihad’ (and Christianity) in Australian school textbooks – and a revealing story by a lesbian mother about how she copes with being the ‘other mum’.
On the Issues
1. Is the Gardasil vaccine safe for your daughter?
We have consistently warned of the medical problems arising from the use of the Gardasil vaccine, used to vaccinate children and adults against HPV (human papilloma virus), as a possible ‘preventative action’ against ovarian cancer.
This article by Carolyn Moynihan from Mercatornet contains alarming information about early menopause in teenage girls in NSW… the article refers to studies done by an Australian doctor, Dr Deidre Little, in rural NSW – the results have been published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports, October to December 2014.
“Dr Deirdre Little is a vaccination supporter. She employs a nurse in her medical practice in northern NSW to vaccinate children and adults. But when a teenage girl consulted her after her periods had become irregular then stopped completely following Gardasil injections, Dr Little found that the girl's ovaries had failed, leading to menopause at age 16 - an event so rare there were no figures for it.
“Dr Little investigated possible causes. What she found deeply concerned her - in particular, the lack of adequate trials before Gardasil was routinely given at taxpayers' expense to Australian girls and boys in their very early teens. The trials were sponsored by the makers of Gardasil, and the "placebo" control injection was not the salt solution that it should have been, but part of the vaccine. The effect of the vaccine on rat ovaries was not properly tested.
“Read the full report by Carolyn Moynihan and decide for yourself whether the benefits outweigh the possible risk of permanent sterility:
Article: How safe is Gardasil for young girls?, Carolyn Moynihan, Mercatornet, 4/5/2015.
2. On being the ‘other Mum’ in a lesbian relationship
We often report on problems concerning homosexual parenting and the flawed research. In contrast, this article is promoting lesbian couple parenting and is written by the lesbian partner of a biological mother – but it helps to understand another aspect of the debate – to know what they ‘think’ as she copes with being the ‘other mum’!
When the child is taunted for not having a father he calls her ‘Dad’ – and later stats calling the fathers of other children ‘Mama’.
Article: How I learned to embrace being 'the other mum', Adele Levine, Daily Life, 13/5/2015.
3. Abortion and breast cancer link – ‘young women must be told’
The American College of Pediatricians has made a statement calling for women to be informed about the link between abortion and breast cancer—at the same time recognizing the medical establishment has been reticent to admit the connection.
"Although the medical community has been reluctant to acknowledge the link, induced abortion prior to a full term delivery, and prior to 32 weeks of gestation, increases the likelihood that a woman will develop breast cancer," the physicians' organization stated on April 7. "This risk is especially increased for adolescents."
"The American College of Pediatricians urges women to 'Know your ABCs,' since abortion appears to be linked to breast cancer," it said. The "ABC" acronym refers to the "Abortion-Breast Cancer link." The College's December 2013 study Abortion and the Risk of Breast Cancer: Information for the Adolescent Woman and Her Parents, formed the basis for the release.
The study found an increased incidence of metastatic breast cancer in U.S. young women between the ages of 25 and 39. Coupled with other studies from China, India, and Romania their findings demonstrate a greater risk of breast cancer as abortions increased, what they called a, "dose effect" showing a breast cancer becomes more likely with each subsequent abortion. . .”
Read article: Pediatricians group: Young Women Must be Told of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link, Breaking Christian News, 22/4/2015.
Media Release from American College of Pediatricians:
Know Your ABCs: The Abortion Breast Cancer Link, 7/4/2015.
4. Induced abortion – risks that may impact adolescents, young adults & their children
"The American College of Pediatricians has also released a Position Statement, Induced Abortion: Risks That May Impact Adolescents, Young Adults, and Their Children.
"The College urges women who are contemplating an abortion to become aware of the many risks associated with the procedure. The statement presents the results of a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on induced abortion. In addition to the harsh reality that abortion intentionally ends the life of an unborn child, extensive medical and sociological data demonstrate it also poses significant health risks for the pregnant woman and her future children. . ."
Media release: Induced Abortion: Women have a Right to Know, 12/5/2015.
Position Statement: Induced Abortion: Risks That May Impact Adolescents, Young Adults, and Their Children (Feb 2015)
5. Australian school textbooks – jihad and Christianity
Kevin Donnelly recently wrote about a number of school textbooks being used in Australian schools – that are undermining Christianity and glossing over Islamic jihad events …
He writes, “Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benedict XVI, in Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity and Islam, details the rising tide of secularism that seeks to banish Christianity from European history and the public square. While the situation in Australia appears nowhere near as dire, it is the case here that Christianity is often misrepresented and undermined….
He specifically addresses these textbooks…
“Such is not the case with textbooks such as Jacaranda’s SOSE Alive 2 (2004), Oxford University Press’s Big Ideas Australian Curriculum History 8 (2012), and Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools (2010), published by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at Melbourne University….”
We have previously written about the distortion of history in some of our school textbooks – Kevin’s article provides a good review of what is being printed and taught in our schools.
Article: School textbooks gloss over jihad and undermine Christianity, The Australian, Kevin Donnelly, March 28, 2015.
A longer version of the article was published in the April edition of Quadrant:
The Place of Religion in a Secular Curriculum, Quadrant, April 2015.
(This article was originally available only to subscribers but is NOW ONLINE).
Critiques of ‘Learning from one another’
We have regularly criticised the ‘Learning From One Another’ book. It has been written by Muslims with an aim of presenting a favourable view of Islam – it has been accompanied by ‘training’ of teachers in how to teach the principles to their students.
The actual 120 page document:
Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools
Information about the program at NCEIS – click here.
Vickie Janson has written a short RESPONSE to this – click here to read it.
Recently Daniel Scot has published a detailed critique of the ‘Learning from one another’ book.
Elizabeth Kendal has written an excellent review of Daniel Scot’s book:
Daniel Scot’s, Critique of LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER
18 May 2015
Being thankful to others is an important part of living in a community. Saying ‘Thank You’ is the focus of the annual Australian National Day of Thanksgiving (NDOT). This year it will be held on Saturday 30 May, 2015 (the day before ‘Pentecost Sunday’).
The NDOT team have chosen two groups of people to specifically pray for and thank (and well as thanking everyone!) [source]
Churches get involved in a wide range of activities – breakfasts, morning teas at work or in the community, ‘acts of kindness’ such as food and gardening for others.
* Order a free "Church Info Pack" for more information and ideas as to how your Church can be more involved in the NDOT – to order, go to www.thanksgiving.org.au
Schools can get involved – the NDOT organisers suggest that each class could do an ‘act of kindness in the community’, invite people from the 2015 targeted group/s to your school to thank them and to learn more about what they do in the community, and get each student to send 1 or 2 cards and ribbons to someone they want to say thank you to…
* Order a free electronic "Schools Info Pack" by going to www.thanksgiving.org.au for more information.
As individuals, we can send a ‘Thank You’ card, do a ‘random act of kindness or thanks’, hold a neighbourhood BBQ and help out in community or church events.
For FULL details of the National Day of Thanksgiving including events held around the nation, posters, cards, fliers, messages of support etc...
Visit the National Day of Thanksgiving website.
You can sign up for their Newsletter on the website.
Visit Salt Shakers website page for the NDOT - click here.
The NDOT website says, "The National Day of Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for Australians to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation, and to demonstrate the values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow man. It is a day for Australians to pause as a nation and say thank you to God, and to each other for those many things we often take for granted, those things that really make our lives worth living. Let us use this Day each year to be a blessing to those who have been a blessing to us. National Day of Thanksgiving is run by a non-denominational group of volunteers across the country.”
The National Day of Thanksgiving committee has prepared a variety of resources, including cards and ribbons that you can purchase to give to someone to express your thanks - that might include your MPs, or those who work in the community, your children’s teachers or the mailman. In fact, anyone you want to thank!
Online resources – DVD, posters etc
There is a DVD, printable info packs, posters and name tags, logos and audio community service ads.
Click here for Resources.
Products – cards, balloons and ribbons
Thanksgiving Day Cards, Balloons and Ribbons are available from Koorong stores Australia wide from March to the end of May each year. You can purchase from a Koorong store near you or go to www.koorong.com to place an online order.
These are ALSO available from the National Day of Thanksgiving website – click here to view them and to order.
Downloads – Church and School info packs…
Links all available on the front page of the NDOT website – click here.
For a Church Info pack, click here.
For a School info pack, click here.
All the news for the week - halal, childcare, bombs, elections and more...
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This Briefing covers the promotion of IDAHOT, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, by the pro-homosexual Safe Schools Coalition. It also covers the increasing promotion of IDAHOT by local Councils (including flying the homosexual flag over the ‘City Hall’ and finally, some background about the day and its expansion from initially covering ‘homophobia’ to now list other groups as well.
We have repeatedly expressed concern about the Safe Schools Coalition, and their promotion of homosexuality and homosexual rights. The Safe Schools Coalition started in Victoria in 2010 – but is now being pushed in every Australian state as a result of funding granted by the previous Labor federal government. If your child attends a school that is part of the Safe Schools Coalition, you need to know what they do!
Safe Schools Coalition promotes IDAHOT
The Safe Schools Coalition is calling on all schools to join the campaign against ‘homophobia’ and ‘transphobia’. Of course, campaigning against 'homophobia' is what the Safe Schools Coalition’s whole agenda is about, but it gains a great deal of momentum next week as they ‘celebrate’ the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, known as IDAHOT in Australia. It’s usually held on 17 May, but, since that’s a Sunday, they’ve made it May 17 AND May 18 so that schools will be able to celebrate on Monday 18 May!
They have a special webpage telling schools how they can ‘celebrate’ the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” (IDAHOT)”.
It’s titled “Is your school ready for IDAHOT 2015?”
The theme is BeBetter or BeBetter Allies – in response to the question, ‘Why?’, they write,
“Because we can all #bebetter to support our same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, teachers and families right across Australia - and the world - this #idahotDay!”
In conjunction with Minus 18, the Safe Schools Coalition has provided a three page ‘Action Pack’ with lots of ideas for schools …including holding events (such as a BBQ, concert or assembly), wearing a rainbow colour (usually purple) and raising funds for LGBT charities or the school’s ‘diversity group’, running a project or discussion and posting photos online.
As well as the international IDAHO website, there’s even an Australian IDAHOT website – with stories, activities and promotions focused on students. All part of the campaign to encourage schools to participate.
Who’s paying for all this?
The Action Pack states, “IDAHOT and Minus 18 are funded by the Victorian government.” But the Safe Schools Coalition is also funded by the federal government.
The Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union promoted participation in IDAHOT in their recent Newsletter, under the heading “Schools urged to mark IDAHOT day”.
Earlier this year, the AEU announced their support for the Safe Schools Coalition, and launched a “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Policy”.
If your child or grandchild attends a school that is part of the Safe Schools Coalition, you need to be aware of what activities are being undertaken as part of the ‘celebration’…
Click here for the current list of 301 schools that are part of the Safe Schools Coalition.
Plus there are lots of other activities being promoted by the Safe Schools Coalition:
For the Safe Schools Coalition official ‘Guide’ to their activities and programs, called “Safe Schools do better”, click here.
Local Councils participating in IDAHOT
Of course the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is much bigger than just schools (see main IDAHO website).
Homosexual activists have worked hard to get local Councils to support the day – by holding events and flying the homosexual flag – the Star Observer has a roundup of the Councils participating around Australia – see here.
In Melbourne, Hobson’s Bay, Moonee Valley, Geelong, Moreland, Darebin and Banyule Councils all participate. The City of Sydney takes part… this year Brisbane is as well. Homosexual activists are really busy speaking at such events – click here to see homosexual Daniel Witthaus’ speaking agenda in Melbourne in 2014!
The background of IDAHOT Day
There have been some changes over the years, with more groups being ‘added’ to the day… The International Day against Homophobia – known as I.DA.HO. - began in 2004. The main website is called http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/
Since then, the Day has expanded to cover more sections of the so-called ‘sexually and gender diverse’ community. Their ‘About Us’ page notes that “In 2009, Transphobia was added explicitly in the title of the name, in the recognition of the very different issues at stake between sexual orientation and gender expression.”
In 2015, they’ve added another one:
“Since 2015, biphobia is added to the title, to acknowledge the specific issues faced by bisexual people.”
The even note just how diverse and inclusive they are being:
“To ensure even more inclusion and reflect the diversity of sexual and gender minorities, we have created at global level the baseline “A global celebration of sexual and gender diversities”.
They state that, “The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.”
Some groups want to extend it further…
Moonee Valley Council (which recently launched a Draft Action Plan for promoting LGBTIQ issues) is celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. Perhaps they’ll have to add something for the I (for intersex) and maybe something for Q (for ‘queer’) as well…
Hobson’s Bay Council, which flies a homosexual rainbow flag to mark the day, actually calls it IDAHOBIT (adding in the Bisexuals)!