21 January 2009 - Barack Obama's inauguration
Barack Hussein Obama has been inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
Click here for a video and transcript of his inauguration speech. (Photo: official photo from Whitehouse website .)
There are many pressing issues for him to deal with - a global financial crisis and two wars, to start with. Please pray that he would seek wisdom from Almighty God as he leads the USA.
Of concern to Christians is his stand on life issues. One pro-life group says he is the most 'anti-life' President the USA has ever had.
In January 2008, he said that "Throughout my career, I've been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America."
In July 2007 he told Planned Parenthood that the first thing he would do as President is to sign the "Freedom of Choice Act", a bill to nullify any state or federal law that would "interfere with" access to abortion.
He ahs also said he supports abortion because he wouldn't want to se this two daughters punished with a baby!
To see these comments on video, along with more details, click here and scroll down to the videos.
Prayer at the inauguration
Matters relating to prayer at his inauguration events have caused controversy. He asked Rick Warren to say the Invocation prayer at the inauguration. Homosexual groups protested - because Warren had opposed same-sex 'marriage'.
Concerns have been raised about the mention in Rick Warren's prayer, when referring to various forms of the name of Jesus, of 'Isa, the Muslim form.
He also used the expression 'compassionate and merciful one' which is a Muslim form of address for Allah.
Barack Obama also asked Gene Robinson , the openly homosexual Episcopalian bishop, to say the prayer at the pre-inauguration concert.
Robinson's prayer was to "O God of our many understandings"!
He prayed "Bless us with anger - at discrimination . . " and "Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance - replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger."
Click here for a transcript of Robinson's prayer.
The National Prayer Service following the inauguration was an INTERFAITH service - as well as Protestants and Roman Catholics, there were two Jewish leaders, a female Muslim scholar and a female Hindu priest! Click here for official list of participants.
Click here for a report highlighting the Hindu priest.
The Muslim woman, Ingrid Mattson, is the President of the Islamic Society of North America. ISNA has been named, but not charged in court proceedings of providing funding to terrorist groups such as Hamas.
See AP report:
Obama prayer leader from group
By MATT APUZZO AP 17 January 2009.
See Robert Spencer's article of concern about ISNA and Ingrid Mattson at Frontpage .
14 January 2009 - Starting the year...
We're back in the office after a break over Christmas and the New Year, followed by a week at the Creation Ministries camp.
We're heading into another busy year. With Inquiries into adoption by homosexual couples in NSW, a federal Bill of Rights and the HREOC's (AHRC) 'Freedom of Religion and Belief' it is already looking like 2009 will be a very busy year.
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19 December 2008 - Climate change UPDATE...
The Poznan conference concluded last week - this was a preparatory meeting for next year's international 'greenhouse gas' negotiations for a post-Kyoto agreement.
NOT everyone agrees with the idea that human-caused greenhouse gases (such as CO2) are causing global warming. A US Senate Minority Report records 650 scientists (up 250 during 2008) who disagree with the UN IPCC on 'global warming'.
Lifesite released this report:
More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims
Click here for the full US Senate Minority Report .
Rudd - carbon emissions
Meanwhile the Rudd government released its plan for carbon and emissions trading - they selected a 5% cut in emissions by 2020 on 2000 levels. When factoring in the increase expected in that time, this is a very significant reduction that will affect industry and increase energy prices for the average person - you and me.
The 'green' groups were furious - they wanted a 20% + cut in emissions.
We've put up a page on our 'Global Warming' section with links to articles
- click here for more.
16 December 2008 - UPDATE on legislation...
We've been interstate for a couple of weeks. In that time, parliaments around Australia have been busy passing legislation before they ended the year- some of which we have been opposing for much of the year! A long post - but a brief summary of each major issue...
Federal - homosexual rights legislation
The three bills giving additional rights to homosexual couples have ALL been passed by the federal parliament - these cover superannuation, access to the Family Court and amendments to a large number of Acts (more than 60) giving homosexual couples equivalent rights to heterosexual de facto couples.
NSW - adoption for homosexuals
The NSW government has announced an Inquiry to investigate giving adoption rights to same-sex couples. The Inquiry will be held by the Law and Justice Committee.
ACTION: Submissions are invited - and are due by 13 February.
Click here for details of the Inquiry and how to make a submission.
Please oppose this move!
The South Australian Upper House did not consider the cloning bill before the end of the parliamentary year. The Bill will be considered when parliament resumes in February.
The Victorian Legislative Council voted to pass the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Bill by 20 votes to 18 on 4 December.
Victoria - Caring Relationships
On 4 December, the Victorian Legislative Assembly voted to support amendments to the Relationships Register to allow caring relationships to be registered. The Coalition parties did not oppose the Bill and a division was not called. Click here for debate.
The Bill then went to the Legislative Council and had its second reading. The Bill will be debated by the Legislative Council when Parliament resumes in 2009.
Western Australia - Surrogacy
The Western Australian government has passed surrogacy laws that allow a single person or couple to use surrogacy for the production of a child. After passing the upper house last month, the lower house passed the Bill by 36 votes to 16 on 3 December. Click here for media report.
ACTION: If you live in WA, did your MPs vote against the Bill?
Please write and thank them! The Vote in the Legislative Assembly is attached.
Click here for contact details for your MPs.
Federal Bill of Rights
The federal government has established a panel to conduct an Inquiry into whether
14 December 2008 - Humanism in religious education classes?
In Victoria the law allows for 30 minutes of religious instruction each week in primary schools. This is generally Christian religious instruction - accredited by Access Ministries - although Buddhism and Baha'i also have 'accredited programs.
Now 'Humanism' has applied to provide classes on 'applied humanist ethics' in the RELIGIOUS education classes!
The irony here is that humanism has often denied it is a religion and tried, especially in the USA, to 'get religion out of schools'!
Islam is also about to be accredited.
The person responsible for accrediting non-Christian religious education and instructors is Des Cahill, Australian convenor of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, organiser of the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, writer of the multifaith book 'Religion, Cultural Diversity and Safeguarding Australia' (click here for our report on that), and one of the people running the AHRC Inquiry on Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century - he is a promoter of interfaith activities!
Click here for the article on Page 1 of the Sunday Age , with quotes from Jenny included.