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Conservative commentators are becoming more outspoken – in particular, they are highlighting the consequences IF Labor is elected: the promotion of leftist causes, the inevitability of homosexual ‘marriage’ and the implementation of the Safe Schools Coalition program, and continuing attacks on Christianity and freedom of religion… This will be even more pronounced if the GREENS have the balance of power in the Senate!
We have been saying all of these things, so it is great to see these views being expressed more widely, especially by non-Christians. This post includes three great articles – by Piers Akerman, Rowan Dean and Andrew Bolt. They are ‘essential reading’. I posted Andrew Bolt’s article on Facebook yesterday and asked people to LIKE and SHARE it – it has had a huge reach as a result. If you are on Facebook, please do that with our posts, and good articles you see elsewhere!
In his most recent column in the Daily Telegraph, Piers Akerman says plainly that if Labor wins the election and Bill Shorten becomes the Prime Minister then we WILL have homosexual marriage within 100 days!
He writes, “This has nothing to do with fairness, equality, human rights or any other humbug the homosexual lobby and the Marxists lurking close behind their agenda may wish you to believe. This is about Labor being pushed to the Left by the Greens, radically altering customary practice, dramatically changing the way children are reared by removing either a male or a female figure from the family unit, and setting the stage for a generation who will forever be robbed of a better shot at life.”
Piers added, “For it is the demonstrably evident fact that children raised in stable heterosexual families will, on the best available statistics, be best equipped to deal with the world. . .”
Piers goes on to talk about the massive social change that will result – and severely criticises the so-called Safe Schools Coalition and their cohorts. He says “Shorten, should he be elected, won’t just redefine marriage, he’ll destroy it.”
Piers quotes the Russian lesbian activist and author Masha Gessen, who said,
“Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there. Because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change. It’s going to change and it should change.”
Piers Akerman’s article about what will happen to marriage (and the Safe Schools program) if Labor is elected was preceded by two articles in the past fortnight where he addressed the issue of the contrast between Malcolm Turnbull (who is not the favourite of conservatives) and Bill Shorten.
On 7 May, Piers wrote, “Australian voters will be presented with a choice between a fairly moderate centrist government led by Malcolm Turnbull and the most left-wing government the nation has ever had the misfortune to suffer under, led by Bill Shorten.”
A week later, he wrote, “THE notion that a slew of disgruntled conservative voters will strap on suicide vests and blow up the Liberal Party is a fantasy. While it is true that some Liberal voters still harbour deep resentment toward Malcolm Turnbull for the manner in which he deposed Tony Abbott, the importance of keeping Labor out of office must be the imperative in this election….”
Rowan Dean, another conservative columnist, wrote about the dilemma facing life-long conservative voters. After describing a conversation in a café, he writes, “The confusion of many lifetime Liberals and conservatives on where to cast their vote on July 2 is as real and widespread as it is infuriating.”
After describing the landslide win by Tony Abbott, and reflecting on the heritage of John Howard and Peter Costello, he asks, “How on Earth, less than three years later, can it have come to the point where these same decent Australians are bewildered as to whether or not to vote for this same party?”
Of course, the answer is ‘Malcolm Turnbull’! But, as Rowan Dean writes, that answer is too simplistic.
He writes, “The reality goes much deeper and is more disturbing: It is the “culture wars” and the Left’s extraordinarily successful tactics in winning battle after battle. The Left in Australia is a Hydra-like beast; a snake of many heads. The most poisonous head is that of the Greens and the more extreme parts of Labor, while the more benign heads lie within the ABC and elements of the press. But combined, they pack a real punch…”
As Dean writes, it isn’t just about ‘marriage’ or ‘equal rights’ – but being forced to accept the rest of the ‘agenda’, including notions of ‘gender fluidity’!
Andrew Bolt wrote a very insightful article about the ‘War on Christianity’. He highlights numerous recent cases of persecution of Christians in Australia. One of the examples he uses is the Greens’ demand to strip away any rights for religious organisations and remove our FREEDOMS. Andrew goes on to talk about the heritage of Christianity, comparing the teachings and principles of Jesus and Mohammed, Christianity and Islam.
“Consider: which societies are safest for nonbelievers? Which the most likely to be democracies? Which the least likely to treat terrorists as heroes?
Which are least likely to allow humans to be destroyed for an allegedly higher cause?
Each time, the answer is Christian. Christianity profoundly inspires the values of those societies, even if many of their citizens despise it.
I am no Christian, but I do have a faith in Christianity. Will we be this safe once it’s gone?”
Vote Labor in haste, regret at your leisure, Daily Telegraph, 21/5/2016.
The two preceding articles
We can’t let Mal-aise boost Bill into power
Piers Akerman, Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2016.
Even muddled PM is better than bungle Bill
Piers Akerman, Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2016.
Malcolm Turnbull fails conservatives and leaves lifetime Liberals not knowing how to vote
Rowan Dean, The Courier-Mail, May 23, 2016.
War on Christianity is fuelled by ignorance
Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, 19/5/2016.
23 May 2016
Over the coming weeks we'll be sending out emails on a wide range of topics relating to the federal election, which will be held on Saturday 2 July.
We've set up an Election 2016 - This election will affect our nation!' webpage...
The outcome of this election will determine the future of our nation regarding moral and ethical issues.
The webpage will include this introductory Briefing (included below) and then the UPDATES that we send out over the next few weeks...
Introduction & Overview
The result of the coming federal election, to be held on Saturday 2 July, 2016, will affect our nation for YEARS to come.
Salt Shakers has always highlighted the policies of the parties on moral and ethical issues, since the moral foundation of our nation affects our culture and our children. If we move away from God’s plan for marriage and family, and the ‘rules’ of society (including adultery, stealing and murder) that are based on the ‘Ten Commandments’, then society will fall into decay.
Yes, there are important issues across a range of areas – such as national security, economic policy, health and education. But, increasingly, we are seeing that the moral foundation of a political party or their leaders affects the POSITION of the party on many of those issues.
For instance, if a political party supports the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ and the sexuality and gender ideology behind it, then their position on education policy will be affected.
We need to clearly understand that, if LABOR is elected, we will get a Bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ within 100 DAYS – and they will renew their support and funding for the UN-Safe Schools Coalition.
The Greens are totally supportive of these 'initiatives', as evidenced by their LGBTIQ election policy, launched recently. If Labor wins and the Greens get the 'balance of power' in the Senate, they will push Labor to adopt their agenda.
In the coming weeks, we will provide you with a wide range of information to enable you to make an INFORMED vote. PLEASE SHARE the information with your friends and your church…
On this Election 2016 webpage we'll be posting information about the election that will be published in weeks to come.
Read more below or on the Election 2016 webpage. . .
There are so many issues confronting society, that we might well ask, ‘Where are we going?’
We would prefer not to have to write about all these developments, and to concentrate on ‘real life’ and faith instead….
But the issues continue, and Jesus said we need to ‘occupy’ until He returns!
Read the News Update:
All around us, the issues continue. The media and the left push their agenda, and we are being marginalised and called ‘bigots’ if we disagree.
It’s time for action– finding out what’s happening, speaking up, talking to our friends, praying for wisdom, contacting our politicians (especially in Victoria about the Infant Viability Bill – click here for action) and preparing for the election and plebiscite on marriage.
Here are articles on three of the issues… domestic violence, same-sex ‘marriage’, religious freedom…
1. Domestic violence – is it all ‘violence against women’?
If you believed what the media, and even the government, is telling you, you’d think that all domestic violence is carried out by men against women.
Of course, the reality is that there is also violence by women against men, men against children, women against children, children against parents and siblings against each other. We should be speaking out against ALL of it!
Augusto Zimmermann, Senior Lecturer in Law at Murdoch University in WA, has written about the demonisation of men in the current ‘campaign against domestic violence’. Augusto highlights some of the statistics, and notes that violence by women against men is part of the problem…
Article: Gender symmetry: women can be as abusive as men, News Weekly, Relating to Men, 17/5/2016.
2. What happens when a lesbian couple wants to DIVORCE?
If the lesbian couple has ‘married’ overseas, returned to Australia, and the ‘marriage’ falls apart, they’re often stuck.
This article by a lesbian is interesting. She begins by saying something we’ve heard from others in the homosexual community: “I didn't used to want to get married, so marriage equality for me was something I wanted to happen on principle rather than on a personal level.”
But she met someone and decided to get “married” in New Zealand. But the relationship fell apart. She writes poignantly, “It was all very beautiful, until it wasn't. She left me for one of my closest friends whilst I was overseas. It was horrific.”
Now she wants to get “divorced”… she explains that she CAN’T get divorced because of the laws and residency requirements of various countries, and writes, “It seems, at this stage, short of moving to New Zealand, this marriage really is forever. Or at least until same sex marriage is legislated for in Australia. If we get our timing right, we could potentially be one of the first same sex divorces in Australia's history.” She also notes that she can’t marry anyone, of either gender, in most places: “By marrying a same sex partner overseas, I have essentially now forfeited my right to marry at all.”
Of course, she goes on to talk about why marriage should be extended to include same-sex couples (and even ‘poly’ relationships). Her bottom line is that IF Australia legalised same-sex ‘marriage’, then she WOULD be able to get divorced – so she is in favour of same-sex ‘marriage’!
Article: I got same-sex married abroad and now I can't get divorced, Daily Life, 2/5/2016.
3. Religious freedom under attack around the world
Rick Moran writes, “The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has issued its annual report and it contains very worrying information about the state of religious freedom in the world.
The report claims that faith groups are “under serious and sustained assault” in places like China, North Korea, and the Middle East and that the situation has worsened substantially…”
This article highlights the problems relating to the lack of religious freedom in places like China, Egypt, North Korea and so on – Christianity is at the receiving end of much of the persecution and the loss of religious freedom…
Article: Report: Religious freedom under attack around the world, American Thinker, 3/5/2016
The 2016 USCIRF Annual Report – click here.
A few upcoming events for your diary – if you live in Victoria!
The RALLY for the Infant Viability Bill is on THIS SATURDAY, 21 May on the steps of the Parliament at 2 pm.
We hope to see you ALL there, along with your friends!
Murray Adamthwaite, one of our longstanding writers and supporters of Salt Shakers - and a member of our Reference Panel - is launching his new BOOK on the HYMNS of Charles Wesley this Friday night, 20 May, in Dandenong.
Join us to celebrate with Murray!
The third event – Australian Christians are holding their Victorian conference on Saturday 4 June… Speakers include Elizabeth Kendal and Col Stringer.
1. RALLY for the Infant Viability Bill
Saturday 21 May at 2pm – steps of Parliament.