News Update - 17 Jan 2014 - Elections, Greens and prayer, Christianity under threat, adoption and more...

Newspaper and glasses SX 953849 15854849 320x200Our first News Update for 2014 covers a range of news from the past month. Some is from this week - election news, prayer in parliament ... - whilst some covers some key news from the past month.  We pray that this year will be a time when Christians are increasingly prepared to 'give a defence for their faith' both in doctrinal matters and the issues confronting society.
May God bless you all 
Jenny
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Australian News

1. Election: Tasmanian election to be held on March 15
The Tasmanian Premier, Labor’s Lara Giddings announced this week that the Tasmanian state election for the House of Assembly will be held on 15 March.

She also announced the end of the alliance that Labor had formed with the Greens to gain government and declared that a re-elected Labor government would NOT form an alliance with the Greens! The Premier also sacked the two Greens Ministers in the Cabinet!

Media Report: Giddings rolls dice and the Greens, Examiner (Launceston), 17/1/2014.

Visit the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website for full information on the election.


2. More elections around Australia. . .

A number of elections will be held this year. . .

First up is the by-election for Kevin Rudd’s (former) seat of Griffith in Queensland – on February 8, 2014. The list of candidates will be published on the AEC site today (17 January).

Resources:
- Antony Green’s profile for the by-election - click here
- Official AEC information for the by-election – click here.

Then we have the South Australian election on 15 March (the same day as the Tasmanian election). 
Information: Electoral Commission South Australia

The Victorian election will be held on 29 November. 
Victorian Electoral Commission website – click here.

We could also have a re-run of the WA Senate election depending on the outcome of the current High Court challenge – the AEC ‘lost’ ballot papers and the result is being challenged. The challenge is due to be heard in late January - Media report here
Media article: Coalition set for clean sweep as year of elections begins
, SMH, 16/1/2014.


3. Greens move to ban prayers in Parliament
It’s so predictable. The Greens do it every year – move to ban the saying of prayers in parliament.

This time it is Senator Richard di Natale – but he says that the lone Greens House of Representatives member, Adam Bandt, will move a similar motion in the House.

The Greens have been doing this since 1997, with former leader Bob Brown leading the charge with moving similar motions.

The Australian has written a good editorial supporting prayer in parliament – congratulations to them!

Ros Phillips of FamilyVoice pointed out, “The Speaker and the President read out two short prayers at the beginning of each parliamentary day,” Ros Phillips said.  “They are an expression of the Christian foundation of our nation.  Our Westminster-style parliament and democracy stem from our Christian heritage.” 

Ros said, “No MP is required to be present during the prayers, or to join in praying them – but they are an important reminder that ultimately, we must all answer to a higher authority,”
Article: Time to scrap Lord's Prayer in Parliament: Greens, SMH, 14/1/2013.

The Australian - Editorial and Article.


4. Christianity under threat 

A compelling editorial was published by The Australian on December 26, 2013. It highlighted the persecution facing Christians around the world.

We congratulate The Australian for writing such a forthright piece!

A grim outlook for Christianity - Editorial in THE AUSTRALIAN

The editorial begins, “RESEARCH showing Christianity is now the most widely persecuted religious group in the world should be an urgent wake-up call to all who value the principles of religious freedom and tolerance enshrined in the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted 65 years ago this month. Indeed, Christianity could, after 2000 years, be facing the threat of extinction in its birthplace in the Middle East. . .” Please read it all here.


5. Australian Muslims fighting in Syria

In recent months there has been increased fighting in Syria between various groups opposed to the Assad government. One of the rebel groups fighting in Syria is called the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’ (ISIS), a terrorist group formerly known as "al-Qa'ida in Iraq".

ASIO has intelligence that Australians have joined ISIS – in December 2013, federal Attorney-General George Brandis listed it as a terrorist organisation. The listing means those caught fighting for the group face up to 25 years' jail when they return.

A Sydney Muslim couple has recently died in Syria. The wife went to Syria to join her husband, Yusuf Ali, who went there last year. Some media reports initially said the man went there to help in ‘humanitarian areas’ – but some associates and relatives of the couple posted Facebook messages saying they are ‘martyrs’. This week, court documents lodged in Sydney, against Hamdi Al Qudsi, who is charged with recruiting Muslims to fight in Syria, allege that Yusuf Ali was one of the men recruited to fight.

Read a report about the increase in violence in Syria, the government’s Media Release about ISIS being listed as a terrorist group, an ABC outline of ISIS and a report about the death of the Australian Muslim couple. The latest report is about the current Sydney court case.


6. Education: Review of the National Curriculum
When the Labor government introduced the ‘national Curriculum (currently covering four areas -  (implemented by ACARA) – there was criticism about some elements of the curriculum, especially about the proposed history curriculum’.

The Abbott government, through Education Minister Christopher Pyne, has recently announced a REVIEW of the National Curriculum, to be led by Professor Ken Wiltshire and Dr Kevin Donnelly.

Naturally there was an uproar from those who supported the original curriculum…

However, Professor Wiltshire has written an erudite defence of the review, pointing out that ACARA and ACER support the review! 
Government Media Release about the review: click here.


7. Overseas adoption – PM promises to make it ‘easier’ 

In December 2013, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that he plans to overhaul and reform the overseas adoption process to make it easier for couples to adopt children from overseas.

Mr Abbott said, “The Commonwealth Government will work with premiers and chief ministers to try to ensure overseas adoption is working in the best way possible. Last week, the Council of Australian Government (COAG) agreed to put the subject of overseas adoption on the agenda for our next meeting in April 2014. I have asked my Department to establish and chair an interdepartmental committee on overseas adoption. The committee will consult extensively and report to me in March 2014 including on the immediate steps that could be taken to make inter-country adoption easier and faster for Australian couples. The committee’s report will help to inform discussion at the next COAG meeting in April 2014.”

The Australian commented, “Mr Abbott's proposed changes mark a dramatic shift from the former Labor government which closed the flag ship Ethiopian adoption program in June last year.”

Indeed – the Labor government seemed more intent on providing funds for family planning and abortions in overseas countries, through our overseas aid program!

Prime Minister’s Media release - Making overseas adoption easier for Australian families, 19/12/2013.

Media report: Adoption reform: show us the baby, say parents, The Australian, 20/12/2013.


8. Politics – Bob Kernohan’s statements on the AWU scandal and Julia Gillard 
In September 2011, Michael Smith was suspended from 2UE because he planned to talk to Bob Kernohan, about the AWU scandal and misappropriation of funds.
He was told to sign a ‘gag order’ but instead set up his own website, Michael Smith News.

In early January Michael hosted an interview on 2GB – with Bob Kernohan, who was President of the  AWU at the time the events took place. He speaks about Bruce Wilson who is alleged to have taken money from the AWU, Julia Gillard (who was the girlfriend of Wilson at the time and did legal work for him) and Bill Shorten (who was also in the Union at the time and told him to ‘move on’).

Kernohan says he was offered a place in Parliament, but the inference was that he not speak of his concerns…

If you’ve wondered what all this is about, listen to the interview and read the overview in the article…

Interview – click here (1 hour plus)
Transcript available here.

The Australian reported on the interview here – Scan of article here.

 

Overseas News

1. UK: Marks and Spencer – and Muslim staff
UK department store Marks and Spencer is facing a backlash from customers, including calls for a boycott, because of its response to Muslim staff saying they would not serve customers pork or alcohol because of their religion. The issue became public when a customer was told to go to another cash register by a Muslim staff member. The store said they had breached their own internal policy – that staff should be able to decide which areas were ‘inappropriate’ to work in according to their religion!

Media Reports – Telegraph
- M&S faces furious backlash from customers over Muslim policy 
- Muslim staff at Marks & Spencer can refuse to sell alcohol and pork


2. Croatia bans homosexual ‘marriage’

The people of Croatia have voted overwhelmingly to ban homosexual ‘marriage’. A constitutional referendum was held on Dec 1, 2013. 

Mass Resistance reports, “The constitutional amendment was passed by 66%-34%. This was despite enormous pressure from the Croation government, the press, homosexual activists, and even the US State Department to reject it.”


3. Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty
You may have heard about the controversy surrounding ‘Duck Dynasty’ a popular US reality TV program featuring the Robertson family. When Phil Robertson made comments about black Americans and homosexuality (in a personal conversation he compared heterosexual and homosexual sex in somewhat blunt terms and called it ‘sin’) which were printed by a reporter he was accused of racism and homophobia.

The A&E Network moved to suspend Mr Robertson on Dec 18 because of the outcry about his comments. Following a backlash from those supporting his right to freedom of speech, A&E announced on Dec 27 that he would not be suspended after all.
The family had refused to accept Phil’s suspension – and without the family, there is no show!

Meanwhile, lunchtime school prayer meetings have been inspired by the show – click here.
Michelle Malkin wrote that he isn’t the first person to be targeted by the Left and GLAAD – read her article.
A New York Times critique of the controversy – click here.
A NYT report of the ‘re-instatement’ – click here.

Bill Muehlenberg’s articles – click here and here


4. USA: Utah and benefits for same-sex ‘marriage’

Utah held a referendum on whether marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The homosexual activists appealed against the constitutional amendment vote and the US Federal Court ruled, in December 2013, that the amendment was unconstitutional. The decision is being appealed.

However, in the wake of the federal court decision, thousands of ‘marriage’ licences were issued to homosexual couples in Utah.

Now US federal Attorney-general Eric Holder has ruled that the ‘marriages’ in Utah will  receive the same ‘benefits’ as other ‘married’ same-sex couples. He cited the recent US Supreme Court rulings on ‘marriage’. Utah’s legislators claim the federal government should have waited until the appeal process is completed before making such a ruling.

Read Citizen Link’s report – click here.


5. UN Panel questions Vatican over child abuse allegations
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is holding a special hearing in Geneva into child abuse allegations.

The Panel questioned Vatican officials about the abuse of children in the church. The officials said the Vatican wanted to act to eliminate child abuse by clergy or church personnel. They denied that there had been a ‘cover-up’. The officials said that legally the Holy See is only responsible for child abuse within the Vatican itself.

In December 2013, the Pope ‘ordered the formation of a team of experts to look into the sexual abuse of minors by the church , which he called ‘the shame of the church’.

Read the ABC’s report – click here.


6. Italy: Government RULES for journalists re homosexuality

Lifesite reports that the Italian government has issued GUIDELINES for journalists. The Ministry for Equal Opportunities has issued guidelines ordering journalists to write without “discriminating” against homosexuals and transsexuals, threatening the possibility of professional sanctions and even potential jail time.

The Ministry’s Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali (National Bureau Against Racial Discrimination, UNAR) has issued what has been called the “rainbow paper” – the document sets out national guidelines for journalists that echo point for point the assertions and demands of the international homosexualist lobby!
Read full report – click here.

News Update - 20 Dec - Homosexual 'marriage' update, forced marriage, Gambling, Age of Consent...

s-s men on cake 320x200 320x200Our final News Update for the year!

Some items are from this week – others are ‘catching up’ from while we were on holiday!  
We;ll be updating our website over January - News Updates will begin in mid January.

May God bless you all,

Jenny

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Australian News

1. Homosexual ‘marriage’ – Malcolm Turnbull speaks out in favour
Following the High Court’s decision, Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has openly supported homosexual ‘marriage’ in an interview with Sky News last weekend. Turnbull talked about the nations that already allow homosexual ‘marriage’ and said, ''It does start to look as if we're the ones out of step. . . If a free vote is allowed, I will certainly vote in favour of a marriage equality bill.'' He also said that he expects that the Coalition will eventually allow a conscience vote.

Two Liberals, Senator Cory Bernardi and MP Dennis Jensen, criticised his comments, saying that, as a frontbencher, he should not be commenting on ‘fringe issues that were not party policy’. In fact, as Cory Bernardi said, “Our longstanding party policy is that marriage is between a man and a woman. We should expect that all frontbenchers will reflect party policy.” They called for him to resign from the front bench.

Unfortunately, Tony Abbott stated that, on this issue, there were a range of views and Mr Turnbull was free to express his views. He also said he didn’t expect a homosexual ‘marriage’ Bill to come before the parliament.

Labor MP and Deputy Leader Tania Plibersek has announced she will introduce a private member's bill to legalise gay marriage, but only if Mr Abbott allows a conscience vote. She is trying to get Malcolm Turnbull to co-sponsor it, but he can’t as a Cabinet Minister. Meanwhile Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has introduced ANOTHER same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill into the Senate!

Articles:
- Turnbull backs free vote on marriage, Sky News, 15/12/2013.
- Tanya Plibersek seeks Malcolm Turnbull's help on gay marriage bid, SMH, 15/12/2013.
- Liberal colleagues Cory Bernardi and Dennis Jensen criticise Malcolm Turnbull over gay marriage comments, SMH, 16/12/2013.
- Abbott 'does not expect' marriage bill, Sky, 15/12/2013.
- Tony Abbott backs Malcolm Turnbull in clash with Cory Bernardi over same-sex marriageThe Australian, 17/12/2013.


2. WA: Homosexual ‘marriage’ Bill introduced
On the same day the High Court handed down its decision on the ACT same-sex 'marriage' law, a Bill to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’ was introduced into the WA parliament by Greens MP Lynn MacLaren. There is an important difference between this Bill and the ACT Bill – it attempts to set up a new SYSTEM of ‘same-sex marriage’ rather than trying to re-define marriage itself. 
Professor George Williams had advised the ACT government to re-write their Bill in similar terms.

The High Court decision has put the FULL power of ‘marriage’ with the Commonwealth (read decision and our comments), but the activists think this strategy ‘might’ still get around the High Court ruling.
Article: WA Greens MP Lynn MacLaren introduces Same Sex Marriage Bill 2013 to State Parliament, ABC, 12/12/2013.


3. Islam - Case against Q Society DISMISSED
During the recent visit to Australia by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, that was co-ordinated by the Q Society, a burqa-clad person was refused admission to a lecture held in Sydney when the person refused to remove their face covering (except to police for ID) and their burqa.

Some time later the person contacted the organiser (a third party) and wanted a refund. The organiser declined, as they had made it clear that people attending would have to undergo a range of security measures before being allowed to enter as part of the admission/ticket requirements.

The person took made a formal complaint, which led to two separate legal enquiries, the more recent involving the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. 
The Tribunal has just DISMISSED the complaint!

Q Society's President, Debbie Robinson, reports, 'Eight months later, on the 15th November 2013 the Tribunal made the following order. "The application is dismissed because having considered the material placed before it, the Tribunal is not satisfied (at the civil standard of proof) that the grounds required to make the orders sought have been established." In other words the applicant or ticket holder lost the case and the request for a refund was dismissed.'

That's good news!

Read Debbie Robinson's important FULL report at the Q Society website:
What Hides Beneath Dark Veils


4. NSW: Trafficking - forced marriage and sexual exploitation  
An Inquiry conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW has found that “The exploitation of people frequently happens in family homes and businesses”.

The inquiry into human trafficking found that “exploitation continues to involve women in the sex industry, but that forced marriages and labour exploitation also occur.”

The Report documents the incidence of forced marriage – we have recently reported that this has been occurring with Muslim girls. However, the Report does not mention the words Islam or Muslim! The only mention of ‘religion’ is in the concluding paragraph, which notes that, “The lack of specific public sector data collection on basic characteristics of clients such as ethnicity, religion, and country of origin in general, shows there is a long way to go in developing reliable quantitative data on trafficked people.”
Read the Overview of the report – click here.
Read the Report (40 pages) - Inquiry into the exploitation of people through trafficking, in all its forms in NSW


5. NSW: Inquiry into the impact of gambling 
The NSW parliament is to conduct an inquiry into the social impact of gambling. The Inquiry, to be chaired by Fred Nile, will focus on the design and regulation of electronic gaming machines, access to cash and credit in and around gaming venues, the regulation of telephone and internet gambling services and gambling advertising, and the adequacy and effectiveness of problem gambling help services, public health measures to reduce risk of gambling harm, and strategies and models for consumer protection. 

The NSW Council of Churches has congratulated the Premier for conducting the Inquiry.

The Legislative Council’s Select Committee on Gambling called for submissions on 12 December.
 – Submissions close on 7 March 2014.

Links:
NSW Government Inquiry home page – click here.
Click here for the Terms of Reference.

NSW Council of Churches Media release – click here


6. Shark attack - Christian witness as surfer dies
The Australian reports that when surfer Zac Young was attacked by a shark near Coffs Harbour recently, he called for help from his mates and prayed with them before lapsing into unconsciousness and dying…. He prayed, “Please God, my lord and Saviour, help protect my friends and help me through this time of need' . . .
Story: Shark attack victim Zac Young prayed with mates before dying, The Australian, 2/12/2013.


7. Homosexuality – Australian army has homosexual cuff links! 
Bernard Gaynor reports on the latest endorsement of homosexuality by the Australian Army… 
They have issued special cuff links featuring the army emblem on a rainbow flag!
Read Bernard’s report…. ‘Gaying the Army’ 


8. Victoria – Abortion, Denis Napthine and the Liberal Party
At the beginning of December, the Victorian Liberal State Council supported a motion to move an amendment to the Victorian abortion laws to allow doctors’ conscience (Section 8). The motion was presented in response to petitions from doctors and citizens to amend the law. (Source)
That was good news!

However, Premier Denis Napthine has since said that he has no plans to change the Abortion Law. This is very disappointing. Dr Napthine voted against the law in 2008.

In early December, the media reported that the Premier may be prepared to support a move by Independent MP Geoff Shaw to amend the law (source), Dr Napthine said he would ‘assess any move by Mr Shaw - or any other MP - to wind back the existing laws on merit’. He told The Sunday Age he would allow a conscience vote on the issue. But within two days, the Premier made an online video, saying "As Premier, neither I, nor my government, have any intention of introducing legislation, that would reduce a woman's right to choose. This issue was vigorously debated in the community, and settled in the Parliament, in 2008. Let me again be crystal clear about this: I have no intention, whatsoever, of introducing, or supporting legislation that would reduce a woman’s right to choose." (source)

The reality is that the only way the law would/could be changed is through a PRIVATE Member’s Bill.

 

Overseas News

1. USA: Judge throws out part of Utah’s law against polygamy
It’s less than six months since the US Supreme Court struck down section of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.
Now a Judge in Utah has thrown out part of Utah’s law which prohibits polygamy, saying it is unconstitutional!

The ruling effectively decriminalises polygamy! The case was brought by Koby Brown and his wives – they were featured in the TV series ‘Sister Wives’.

That’s what happens when you REMOVE the definition of marriage as ‘one man and one woman, voluntarily joined together for life’. . .

Last week we revealed that the Australian High Court decision stated that marriage could include polygamy – and that the parliament had the power to decide what ‘marriage’ means.

Ros Phillips referred to that in her Media Release, "last Thursday’s ruling by the Australian High Court (32, 33) has paved the way for similar law changes here. The Court clearly implied that the meaning of marriage in the Constitution could include polygamy. Yet polygamy hurts women and it hurts children.”

We like Ros’ last line: “When marriage means anything, it will ultimately mean nothing.” 
Media report: Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional Salt Lake Ttribune, 13/12/2013.
- Includes links to several subsequent articles…


2. Pornography - feminist says pornography is destroying modern sex lives
Feminist Naomi Wolf has written an interesting article – saying the reason Britons are having LESS sex is that they are watching MORE pornography!
Article: How porn is destroying modern sex lives: Feminist writer Naomi Wolf has an unsettling explanation for why Britons are having less sex, Daily Mail, 12/12/2013.


3. USA: Support for the cake-maker!
Hundreds of people have flocked to Jack Phillips’ cake-shop to support him. This was the man referred to in the article by Albert Mohler we sent out last week.…

Jack was sued for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple.
“Last week, administrative law judge Robert Spencer made a ruling on the case. He said Phillips would have to sell gay couples wedding cakes or risk facing penalties and fines.

“On Friday, Phillips’ supporters fired back by supporting his business and making donations. . .”
Good news – common sense still exists!
Article: Hundreds turn out to support cake shop owner who refused same sex wedding, Go the Daily Dose, 16/12/2013


4. Homosexuality – Apple approves ‘gay app’ for 12 year olds
One app developer was annoyed with the ‘sex’ promoted on homosexual apps and websites… so he has developed a new app which provides info on events, ticketing, restaurants etc…

But Apple’s iTunes has approved it for those 12 and over. This new app isn’t supposed to talk about ‘sex’ – but it will exert negative influences on teens who naturally have friendships with others of the same sex that aren’t sexual. This will confuse them even more!

Article: Apple approves 'only gay social app for ages 12 and up', CNET, 14/12/2013.


5. Hallmark and the ‘fun’ ornament
US Card maker Hallmark has found itself in controversy – they produced a Christmas ornament with the words, ‘Don we now our FUN apparel’ – replacing the original ‘gay apparel’.

Lots of people were unhappy, including homosexual activists (here). Pro-family people had mixed responses - some thought Hallmark was appeasing homosexuals, whilst others supported the change as they felt that we have ‘lost’ the word ‘gay’ as it now is thought to mean homosexual!  

Hallmark issued a press release, explaining the change, on 30 October but said they wouldn’t change it back, and proceeded to continue selling the ornament!
But just a day later they issued another statement ‘Update’, apologising and saying, “we're sorry to have caused so much concern. We never intend to offend or make political statements with our products and in hindsight, we realize we shouldn't have changed the lyrics on the ornament (both statements here).

So much for responding to the PRESSURE from activists!
Article: Hallmark's War on 'Gay' Christmas, Bloomberg Business Week, 1/11/2013.


6. Europe: Abortion not a ‘right’ – Good News!
A bit of good news coming out of Europe: The European Parliament today rejected a report that recommended that EU nations declare abortion to be a human right and to make abortion available within all public health systems of member countries. Adoption of the report would have placed more pressure on pro-life nations like Ireland, Poland and Malta to legalize abortion on demand. 

Read Lifesite’s Report – click here.


7. UK: Homosexual Peter Tatchell supports age of consent of 14

UK activist Peter Tatchell (formerly Australian) has recently said he supports an age of consent for sex of 14 – because young people are having sex by that age!
See article BY Peter Tatchell at Pink News.

He claims on his website he doesn’t support sex between children and adults… he has copped some criticism since his article was written!

However journalist Enza Ferreri has an interesting article about the PREVIOUS comments and activism by Peter Tatchell on the issue of ‘age of consent’! She points out he broke the age of consent laws when he first arrived in the UK, and that he openly criticises the CONCEPT of ‘age of consent’.

She writes, “Peter Tatchell wrote the chapter "Questioning Ages of Majority and Ages of Consent" for a book openly advocating paedophilia and finding ways "to make paedophilia acceptable". This book, published in 1986 and called The Betrayal of Youth (spelling BOY), was edited by Warren Middleton, then vice-chairperson of the now-disbanded Paedophile Information Exchange, Britain’s number one paedophile advocacy group. In the book chapter, “Tatchell wrote that that the age of sexual consent is "Re-inforcing a set of increasingly quaint, minority moral values left over from the Victorian era".

Not quite the same as he says he thinks now! What is his REAL view?
Read her article which reports on Tatchell and other homosexual activists…


8. USA: Employment Non Discrimination Act passes Senate
The US Senate has passed the controversial Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. The controversial Bill now goes to the House.

Matt Barber, writing at WorldNetDaily, says that homosexuals actually admit that the real purpose of ENDA is to outlaw Christian morality – or our right to ‘OBJECT”!  
Article: Gays’ Admit ENDA game: Outlaw Christian Morality, 12/11/2013.

Tony Perkins of Family Research Council says ‘It’s the ENDA the world as we know it!” Read his report.

 

 

News Update - 13 Dec – Homosexuality, Islam, Tasmania passes abortion Bill, ‘Lingerie football’, persecution…

Newspaper-dog shutterstock-SmA collection of news from the past three weeks, from the time we were away on holiday - various Bills passed and other news…

Australian News

1. NSW – Greenwich withdraws Bill to remove religious exemption for schools
Homosexual activist MP Alex Greenwich has withdrawn his Bill that would have amended NSW’s Anti-Discrimination Bill, removing the ability for religious schools to ‘expel’ homosexual students.

Faith-based schools said the new law would remove their religious freedom to teach their ethos and values.

Greenwich withdrew the Bill when it became obvious that the Coalition government would not support it. However, he plans to re-introduce it next year depending on the outcome of a Board of Studies investigation into ‘bullying’!

Article: Greenwich's gay student bill on hold, SMH, 21/11/2013.

 

2. NSW – Muslim Keysar Trad ordered to repay $10,000 to Alan Jones
Sydney radio broadcaster Alan Jones has won the right to appeal against a NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal’s 2009 decision that found he had ‘incited hatred’ against Lebanese Muslims – by comments made in 2005! NSW has racial (and sexuality) vilification laws, but not a religious vilification law.

The Tribunal had ordered that Alan Jones pay Keysar Trad $10,000 as ‘compensation’. The Supreme Court, in granting the right to appeal, also ordered that Trad REPAY the $10,000 to Alan Jones.

Good to see that the appeal has finally been allowed. These ‘vilification’ laws are often incredibly long-running!

Article: Muslim leader ordered to repay Alan Jones $10,000, SMH, 20/11/2013.

 

3. Tasmania – Abortion law passed
The Tasmanian parliament has passed the Reproductive Health Bill, which expands abortion law. Five MLCs voted against the Bill.

FamilyVoice points out that Tasmania already allowed abortion throughout pregnancy provided specialist counselling is provided – but the new law removes the requirement for counselling about the risks involved in abortion. The new Tasmanian law also removes the right of conscience for doctors, as is the case in Victoria.

Read FamilyVoice’s Media Release - A sad day for Tasmanian women

 

4. NSW – ‘Zoe’s Bill’ passes NSW Legislative Assembly
The NSW Legislative Assembly passed a Bill, known as ‘Zoe’s Law’ on 21/11/2013. The Bill recognises the unborn child as a person from 20 weeks after conception. Zoe was an unborn child who died when her mother was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver in 2009.

Fred Nile, who introduced the original Bill, congratulated the 63 members of the Legislative Assembly who voted for the Bill – only 26 Members voted against it.

The Bill was introduced to the Legislative Council on 26 November and will be debated early in 2014.

Fred Nile’s Media Release: ZOE’S BILL PASSES LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 
Actual Bill: Crimes Amendment (Zoe's Law) Bill 2013 (No. 2)


5. Channel 7 airs ‘lingerie football’ games
Channel 7 is continuing with plans to broadcast what is known as ‘Lingerie football’ on its 7 Mate channel, starting on 14 December. The competition involves scantily clad women playing gridiron football (see story).

Collective Shout, a group concerned about the exploitation of women, is opposing the program, saying it is soft pron and exploits women. They are running a petition, calling on Channel 7 not to exploit women through this program. To sign the petition, click here.
The page includes accounts of former US players who speak about abuse and exploitation.

To write to Channel 7 to object about the program, click here.

Bill Muehlenberg wrote an article opposing the ‘Lingerie Football League’ and then wrote about the responses he had from readers.

 

6. NSW- Horrifying case of incest and child abuse revealed
The NSW Children’s Court has revealed details of a horrifying case of incest and child abuse. Four generations of a family living in a secluded valley south-west of Sydney engaged in repeated incest. The family history traces back to a pair of great-grandparents who were brother and sister. Subsequent generations continued with incest and child sexual activity.

The group of 40 people was living in squalid conditions; the children had developmental problems and physical deformities caused by the incest.

The Daily Telegraph reports, “The NSW Children's Court has taken the rare step of publishing its judgment of actions taken to remove children from the Colt family (a court-appointed pseudonym to protect identification of minors).”  The case came to light when authorities investigated reports of children not attending school. The children have been removed and placed in foster care.

Please be warned that the details of this are repulsive and shocking – but it reveals the depravity that man can descend to when restraints are removed. God and His Word are the only answer to man’s sin.

Article: The case of incest and depravity which came to rest in the hills of a quiet country town, DT, 11/12/2013.

 

7. Governor-General speaks out on marriage and a republic
The Governor General, Quentin Bryce, is due to retire in four months time. When she was appointed as Governor-General, we wrote about her past history of activism on human rights issues and expressed concern that her personal views might be expressed during her term as Governor-General.

Ros Phillips from FamilyVoice notes that the Governor-General has refrained from doing this: “I was delighted that, as a non-political Governor-General, Ms Bryce refrained from commenting on divisive issues.  She conducted herself with grace and dignity – promoting unity and pride in this great country of ours.”

But Ros notes that, in the recent Boyer Lectures series on the ABC, the Governor-General talked about her personal views – “Ms Bryce argued that Australia should become a republic and redefine marriage to mean anything people choose.”
Quentin Bryce ended the lectures by stating that she hoped Australia might become a nation where ''people are free to love and marry whom they choose. And where perhaps, my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation's first head of state''.

It is disappointing that Ms Bryce has spoilt her record in this way. She could have waited until after her term as Governor-General finished before speaking on these controversial issues. If you would like to contact the Governor-General to politely express your concern, you can contact the GG - click here.

Media article on the controversy: click here.
Family Voice Media Release – click here.
Boyer Lectures – click here for overviews and listen/download.

 

8. Carbon tax – repealed in House of Reps
The House of Representatives has passed the Bill to repeal the carbon tax that was introduced by the Labor government. The Bill now goes to the Senate – the Coalition doesn’t have the numbers to pass the Bill as Labor and the Greens have the majority.

Pressure is mounting on Labor to support the repeal of the tax. Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGGI) latest figures reveal that the $6 billion tax has reduced Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by just 0.1%. The Daily Telegraph reports that the GGI figures show that, following the introduction of the carbon tax, there was a reduction of 300,000 tonnes in the first full financial year of operation. . . ‘in the financial year before the carbon tax was introduced Australia produced 546.2 million tonnes of emissions. After the carbon tax was introduced, the emissions dropped to just 545.9 million tonnes. These figures do not include fuels and refrigerants’.

The Sunday Telegraph did the maths: “While the carbon tax is now $24 a tonne, the effective cost of the emissions reduction on the basis of revenue raised is $21,000 per tonne.”!

That is very expensive carbon dioxide!

Article: Labor under pressure to axe the carbon tax, DT, 7/12/2013.
Official NGGI page – click here.

 

9. Australian men – controversy over new paper
Warwick Marsh, our colleague who is the founder of the Fatherhood Foundation, recently found himself embroiled in controversy.

Warwick recently hosted a “Men and Fathers Strategic Roundtable” Forum at Parliament House in Canberra, with politicians from both sides of parliament present as well as representatives from across the ‘Men’s Movement’. The Forum addressed the needs of men in our society.

At the Forum, ‘The Modern Aussie Man Whitepaper’ was launched. It was actually written by a woman, Carolyn Managh, who is the senior researcher for advertising firm M&C Saatchi.

Whilst several media outlets reported fairly on the document and launch, Warwick reports that several feminist journalists criticised it harshly.

Read Warwick’s assessment/outline of the report and the responses:
The Attack Against the Modern Aussie Man

 

10. NW Australian Anglicans may ‘opt out of marriage’
From the Church of England Newspaper
“The Bishop of North West Australia has warned that if the state or federal governments legalize same-sex marriage, Anglican clergy in his diocese would no longer serve as marriage registrars.
The statement by the Rt. Rev. Gary Nelson follows the decision last month by the Australian Capital Territory to legalize same-sex marriage – a move that has been challenged by the federal government as being unconstitutional.
Bishop Nelson told the Western Australian “If we were compelled as marriage celebrants to marry same-sex couples then, as far as this diocese is concerned, I would be withdrawing my approval for ministers to act as marriage celebrants. . .”

Article: Australian diocese warns it may opt out of marriage: Church of England Newspaper, November 8, 2013

 

11. Welfare – and jihad activity
In Sydney, Muslim Hamdi Alqudsi has been arrested for organising for several Sydney Muslims to go to Syria to fight with the rebels. It is alleged the men were to work with the Islamic group, Jahbat al-Nusrah, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and is proscribed by the Australian government as a terrorist organisation.

Earlier this year he had said he was planning to go to Syria himself to fight with the rebels. Alqudsi has two wives –one of whom is Carnita Matthews, who gained notoriety for refusing to remove her face covering when pulled over by police for a traffic offence (see articles here). Alqudsi also travelled to Mecca on the hajj this year. But his lawyer claimed he was a disability pensioner and only had $500 and couldn’t afford bail.

Peter Costello expressed concern about the huge blowout in the number of people on disability pensions - the scheme rose by more than $5 billion or 60% during the Rudd-Gillard government. The Daily Telegraph reported, “There are 822,000 people receiving the Disability Support Pension (DSP). To put that in context, only 710,000 Australians are classified unemployed. DSP payments blew out $430 million last financial year to $15 billion, despite the number of people on DSPs falling by 5000.”

Mr Costello also made wide-ranging comments about the Budget deficit.

Regarding Alqudsi, he said, “"If you are well enough to fight in a war I don't think you should be classified as disabled."

Article: Alleged recruiter faces charges of finding men to join Syria terrorists, SMH, 4/12/2013
Article: Welfare warfare: disability pensioner Hamdi Alqudsi 'funds Syrian rebels'
Article: Peter Costello wants cuts in services to reduce Australia's debt, News, 7/12/2013.

 

Overseas News

1. Overseas aid – and corruption
One of our concerns about the distribution of overseas aid is the corruption of local officials in overseas nations.

Recently, in the Philippines, following the recent typhoon, food flown in from Britain has been found in shops in the capital Manila… In addition, rice is being stockpiled and equipment locked up in warehouses…

Article: Philippines aid scandal: Food flown in from Britain ends up in shops hundreds of miles from typhoon, Daily Mail, 7/12/2013

 

2. Persecution and massacre of Christians in Syria ignored
Raymond Ibrahim reports on the recent massacre of Christians in Syria by the rebels and how it has been ignored by the media.

Article: 'Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria' Ignored, Raymond Ibrahim, ME Forum, 21/11/2013.

News Update - 20 Nov - Tas abortion, Union super, GM vaccine trial, religious freedom

11 weeks-preborn-708077The 'News Update' is early this week. Regegular News Updates will resume on 12 December.

Australian News

1. Tasmania: Abortion debate and vote in Legislative Council
The Tasmanian Parliament’s upper house, the Legislative Council, debated the Bill on abortion law this week – the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013.

Media report: Upper House abortion debate coverage, Examiner, 19/11/2013.

A 'second reading vote' was held on Tuesday night - it PASSED by 9 votes to 5.
Some of those supporting the Bill expressed concern about fines for doctors/counsellors if they don't refer a patient on to someone who supports abortion - the final vote will depend on amendments made to the Bill.
Media: Decriminalising abortion closer, Examiner, 19/11/2013.

Last week the Legislative Council Sessional Committee Government Administration A handed down their Final Report into this Bill.

– Click here for the Inquiry webpage
– Click here for the actual Final Report.

Please pray that the Members vote against the Bill at the final reading.

 

2. Paul Keating’s speech on Remembrance Day – real history?
Merv Bendle, a former academic, has had a close look at what Paul Keating said about World War 1 in his Remembrance Day speech.
This is the start of his article:
“PAUL Keating's assertions about the nature of World War I demand a response if the memory of all those who served and died is not to be betrayed. His speech at the Australian War Memorial on Remembrance Day is a lamentable example of the nihilist view of that epoch-defining conflict  The nihilist perspective has long been the default historical interpretation on the Left and it has its roots in V. I. Lenin's communist polemic, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (1917). According to this view the war was a murderous spasm of a racist, patriarchal, and imperialist civilisation, which should have been avoided and ultimately achieved nothing. In Keating's words, it was "a war devoid of any virtue".

Such a view is often dismissed derisively by professional historians as the Blackadder version of the war . . .
In fact, this nihilist view of the war is quite unhistorical. German expansionism under the Prussian military caste was a pressing military imperative that had to be confronted and Australia had no choice but to enter the war once Great Britain was committed. Moreover, as the war unfolded the necessity for us to see the task through to the end became only more obvious. . .”
Article:  Keating's Remembrance Day speech echoed Leninist nihilism, Australian, 18/11/2013.

 

3.Union super and ‘The New Daily’ – Judith Sloan responds
Professor Judith Sloan, an economist (info), has written a forthright article criticising the investment of union members’ super funds in an online news service. She also published the letter she wrote to Heather Ridout, the chairwoman of AustralianSuper, one of the three ‘investors’.

Judith points out that she didn’t really want to join AustralianSuper but did so whilst she was a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission. She highlights the fact that the scheme is not expected to make a profit for at least three years – “But the real kicker is the uncommercial nature of the whole venture. We are told by Bruce Guthrie, editorial director of the new website and former editor of The Age and Herald Sun, that the investment by the superannuation funds is effectively unlimited. He predicts the venture will not make any money for three to five years but may turn a profit after that. It rather makes a mockery of AustralianSuper's motto, "It's your money, your life".”

That’s hardly a good investment for the super funds of union members!

Judith calls on the government to legislate to ensure that ‘a majority of the trustees of industry superannuation funds are independent’.

Article:  I've got some news for you: not with my super you don't, Australian, 16/11/2013.

 

4. Possible GM Vaccine trial for cholera in Australia
We’ve all heard of the controversy over ‘Genetically Modified’ crops. But now a company, PaxVax, has applied for a licence from Australia’s Gene Technology Regulator (GTR) “for the intentional release of a genetically modified (GM) bacterial vaccine into the environment.”

The official GTR website says, “PaxVax is seeking approval to conduct a clinical trial of a GM live bacterial vaccine against cholera. Once underway the trial is expected to be completed within one year, with trial sites selected from local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. The trial will involve the inoculation of approximately 1000 children and adults. The applicant has proposed a number of control measures to restrict the spread and persistence of the GM vaccine and its introduced genetic material.”

The current cholera vaccine is ‘inactivated’ – click here for info.
Cases of cholera in Australia (about 2 to 6 cases a year) almost always occur in individuals who have been infected in endemic areas overseas.

This proposed trial would involve LIVE ‘Genetically Modified’ bacteria!

Will you be volunteering to be vaccinated in this trial?

The public are expected to be asked for COMMENT on this proposal in January 2014. Mark this site…
DIR 126 - Notification of application 
Receipt of licence application (DIR 126) from PaxVax Australia Pty Ltd for a clinical trial of a GM cholera vaccine

 

5. Islamic presentation at St James Centre
Recently the St James Ethics Centre in Sydney ran one of their IQ2 debates.
I was phoned to see if I would publicise it - but I wasn't impressed with their topic or their plans!

At that point they were planning to have Anwar Ibrahim from Malaysia as one of the speakers - in favour of Islamic laws to stop free speech. That didn't eventuate.

But the topic says it all: “Should God and His Prophets Be Protected From Insult?”

On the 'For' side were human rights lawyer Julian Burnside and the Spokesman for radical Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Uthman Badar!

On the 'Against' side were Tom Keneally and a Muslim woman, Yasmin Abdel-Magied, Founder of Youth without Borders.
According to this eye-witness report from a member of Party for Freedom, she ended up agreeing with the other side most of the time! And free speech was condemned!

Read the report - St James Centre - not so ethical after all

 

6. Journalism and Truth
Nick Cater, former senior editor of The Australian (source), has written a compelling critique on the Australian media, saying they have abandoned the TRUTH and the FACTS in their reporting. He writes, “It is not the government that is in trouble but the news industry itself. Journalism has succumbed to a culture of dependency and is losing that most basic of skills: the ability to nail the facts.”

He highlights the difference between the Rudd/Gillard approach to the media – and that of the new Abbott government.

I loved this statement: “Today, the news industry is content to outsource information-gathering to public relations professionals and advocacy groups, accepting the facts they provide on trust."

And this one: “The truth has become secondary to what American comedian Stephen Colbert calls "truthiness", the selection of facts one wishes to be true, rather than facts known to be true.”

Nick goes on to say that the former Chairman of the ABC, Maurice Newman, has been very outspoken recently about the way the ABC seems to have abandoned the TRUTH and FACTS in reporting. Me Newman said, "What passes for journalism these days shows no respect for the facts," he says. "It is particularly apparent in the reporting of issues like climate change, where the evidence simply doesn't matter any more."

Mr Newman was very critical of journalism schools: “"Students who are not taught to be curious or approach a topic with an open mind will struggle to bring rigour to journalism."

On Lateline this week, Mr Newman continued with his comments – with a stinging assessment of the former Labor government’s debt and opposing the promotion of wind farms.

Media report: Nick Cater's article,  Australian Journalism giving up on the search for truth, The Australian, 2/11/2013.

 

Overseas News

1. USA: Supreme Court hears THREE religious liberty cases
Manhattan Declaration reports that the US Supreme Court will hear three cases on November 26.
They write, “The questions that are being asked of the Supreme Court are simple and fundamental:
- May the government order citizens to violate their sincerely held religious convictions?
- Does the free exercise clause of our Constitution mean anything anymore?
- Should the United States be a refuge for those fleeing religious persecution?”
They go on to describe the three cases. Read their report at this blog.

 

2. USA: Hawaii passes same-sex ‘marriage’ law
Hawaii has passed a law to allow homosexual ’marriage’ – more than twenty years after they were the first US state to have a court case over the issue.

And a lesbian legislator, Jo Jordan, voted AGAINST same-sex ‘marriage’!
Why? Because the religious liberty protections were not strong enough!
But the rest of the parliament PASSED the Bill and the Governor has signed it.
Article:  Governor signs bill to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii, FoxNews, 13/11/2013.

Article:  Why-Rep-Jo-Jordan-voted-against-Marriage-Equality 

 

3. Denmark: Free speech and criticising Islam - fine or prison!
A Danish Court has UPHELD the conviction of an Iranian-Danish woman – who made remarks that were critical of Islam. Artist Firoozeh Bazrafkan is a former Muslim who wrote about the treatment of women in Islam, saying she was "very convinced that Muslim men around the world rape, abuse and kill their daughters." Such abuse resulted "according to my understanding as a Danish-Iranian" from a "defective and inhumane culture—if you can even call it a culture at all." Bazrafkan deemed Islam a "defective and inhumane religion whose textbook, the Koran, is more immoral, deplorable and crazy than manuals of the two other global religions combined."

The comment was based on one by free speech activist Lars Kragh Andersen – who was convicted under the Danish Penal Code. Section 266b punishes any public "pronouncement or other communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation."

Bazrafkan claims that the criticism of RELIGION should be allowed under free speech provisions. The REAL PROBLEM – just as in Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, the problem is that the law is about how people FEEL, not whether it is TRUE or not. In another case, Jesper Langballe said that Section 266b's "sole criterion of culpability…is whether someone feels offended…not whether what I have said is true or false."

Bazrafkan has been ordered to pay a 5,000 Kroner fine or five days in prison.
She plans to appeal to the Danish Supreme Court – if that fails, she says she will go to prison instead of paying the fine.

Article: Many Things Rotten in Denmark, Andrew E. Harrod, FrontPage, 13/11/2013.

 

4. North Korea: Public executions – some for possessing a Bible or watching videos
Dan Wooding of Assist Ministries, reports that “As many as 80 people were publicly executed in North Korea earlier this month, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible, according to a story in Fox News.”
The report details the horrific treatment of some of these people, including some who were tied to stakes and shot in front of a stadium full of people.
Article: North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says, 12/11/2013.

 

5. Brunei to enact sharia law next year
Elizabeth Kendal of Religious Liberty Monitoring writes about this situation and asks us to PRAY. . .
BRUNEI: TO ENACT SHARIA CRIMINAL LAW
“Commencing April 2014, Brunei will enact Sharia criminal law, including amputation, lashing, stoning and execution. The Sultan signed the bill on 22 October. As reported by the Jakarta Post, 'Hudud crimes cover areas including theft, illicit sexual relations, making unproven accusations of illicit sex, causing physical hurt, drinking intoxicants, apostasy, and acts contrary to Islamic belief.'

The laws supposedly will apply only to Brunei's Muslims (about 65 percent of the population). However, wherever Hudud laws are enforced, Christians especially become extremely vulnerable to rape and other violent crimes. If they report rape they risk being punished for making 'false' claims as they will not be able to get four adult male Muslim eye witnesses required to corroborate their claim. The Sharia criminal penalty of death for apostasy will remove any pretence of religious liberty, making witness and conversion even more dangerous than it is already.
Pray for the Church in Brunei. 
Elizabeth’s reportBRUNEI: TO ENACT SHARIA CRIMINAL LAW
Media reports:  Reuters – Jakarta Post

On the Issues

1. Mum and Dad together as it should be
Reflective short article on marriage and family… AWR Hawkins describes his experience of Mum, Dad and HOME.
He concludes: “Why are so many willing to take away a child's opportunity to press his or her face against the glass and yearn for Mom to be home with Dad, where the whole family can sit together and children can learn early lessons about structure, authority, and joy?  And what will we say to children when they one day ask why they have been intentionally deprived of the love of either a father or a mother?
Many things change with time, but the structure of essential matters -- like the family -- ought never change.
Article:  Mom and Dad Together, as It Should Be, AWR Hawkins, American Thinker, 3/10/2013.

 

2. On the growth of ‘Chrislam’ in the USA – Rick Warren and others…
Since Rick Warren spoke to a Muslim group in 2009 and mentioned what Christianity and Islam have in common – then there was the ‘A Common Word’ document signed by Christian leaders and addressed to Muslims…
Anyway, it hasn’t gone away – this recent article highlights some of the developments: 
Rick Warren’s Chrislam Becomes One Of The Fastest Growing Religions In America, Before It’s News, 13/11/2013.

 

 

News Update - 15 Nov - NSW 'marriage' bill defeated, Vic child abuse Inquiry, Kevin Rudd resigns, Alex Greenwich's activism...

taking notes Another busy week - with the NSW Parliament defeating the proposed same-sex 'marriage' Bill, the Victorian Parliament handing down its report on child abuse and Kevin Rudd resigning...

Read on...  May God bless you as you follow Him and also monitor what is happening in the world!

Jenny

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Australian News 

1. NSW – homosexual ‘marriage Bill DEFEATED by two votes
Good News! Yesterday (14 Nov) the New South Wales Legislative Council defeated a Bill to legalise ‘marriage’ between two people of the same sex.
The vote was 21 to 19.
Two Liberals voted FOR the Bill - Catherine Cusack and Greg Pearce.
Two Nationals supported the Bill - Sarah Mitchell and Trevor Khan.

Fred Nile said the outcome was ''a great victory for marriage in the NSW upper house''. He noted that he had encouraged the Premier Barry O’Farrell to make a statement saying he would vote against the Bill if it came to the Legislative Assembly.
A huge thank you to all the Members who voted AGAINST the Bill!

Click here for the Parliament’s official page for this Bill – it includes the Bill, second reading speeches.
Click here for the Hansard record of the debate and VOTE on the ‘Same-sex marriage Bill 2013’.

Article: Same-sex marriage bill defeated in NSW upper house, SMH, 14/11/2013.

 

2. Vic Parliament Inquiry into child abuse hands down report: “Betrayal of Trust”
The Chair of the Inquiry into child sexual abuse by religious and other organisations in Victoria has condemned the amount of sexual abuse and been very critical of the handling of allegations of abuse by organisations.

The Victorian Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee has handed down the Report from their “Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations”. The Report has been titled ‘Betrayal of Trust’- as that sums up what the Committee found in its Inquiry.

The Report is particularly critical of the handing of allegations of abuse by the Catholic Church. Among 15 main recommendations made by the committee is a call for laws that make it a crime to conceal child abuse offences, to groom a child for sexual abuse and to place a child at risk.

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has spoken publicly, admitting errors in the handling of cases, and saying the damage is “irreparable”.

Official Inquiry webpage – click here.

The Final Report has been posted on the Parliament’s website - click here.
- Summary and Recommendations – 24 pages (PDF 308Kb)

OR Whole Report:  Volume 1 (PDF 2.2Mb), Volume 2 (PDF 4.0Mb)

Media report:  Catholic Church condemned in abuse report, News.com, 13/11/2013.

 

3. Tasmania: parliamentary report on abortion published
The Tasmanian upper house standing committee has released its report on abortion – they investigated the proposed Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013.
The Committee expressed concern that the $32,000 fine, for counsellors who didn’t mention abortion as an option, was excessive – but they didn’t condemn it outright.
Click here to read the report.

 

4. Kevin Rudd resigns from parliament
Kevin Rudd announced on Wednesday evening (13 November) that he is resigning from federal parliament. He plans to leave by the end of this week. In his statement, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Mr Rudd had been under pressure from some Labor people to resign and allow the new leaders to rebuild the Party.

Media report – includes video of his speech:
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd quits federal politics with emotional speech to Parliament, ABC, 14/11/2013.

 

5. War memorial – Political correctness and the words ‘Unknown to God’
In September, it was reported that the Australian War Memorial was planning to CHANGE the inscription on the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ at the memorial in Canberra.

The inscription, "An Australian soldier of the Great War, known unto God", is a line from Rudyard Kipling and is found on graves of unknown soldiers around the world. It was on the headstone of this soldier in France.

The governing council of the War Memorial had decided to remove the words ‘Known unto God’ and replace them with "We do not know this Australian's name, we never will" – taken from a eulogy given by Paul Keating in 1993 when the body was interred. The words ‘Known to God’ were put there in 1999.

Anyway, numerous complaints ensued, including a plea from Prime Minister Tony Abbott to leave it as it is. The War Memorial Council then decided to leave the words ‘Known unto God’ on the tomb – a plaque with the words of Paul Keating’s eulogy has been placed on the wall!
It was unveiled on Remembrance Day this week. 
Insightful article from Miranda Devine: Turning in their graves, 29/10/2103.

Media reports:
War Memorial to keep 'Known unto God' on tomb of Unknown Soldier, ABC, 29/11/2013.
Paul Keating speaks at Australian War Memorial on 20th anniversary of entombment of the Unknown Soldier, Daily Telegraph, 11/11/2013.

 

6. The New Daily - funded by union super funds...
Yes, a new online news service - it claims to be 'independent' but it is being funded by unions!
Or more accurately, by the SUPER funds of the union members!
Read this assessment, by the H R Nicholls Society, of 'The New Daily" which they label as a 'far-left publication'!
And a media report by the ABC (which will provide 'content'!).

 

7. Activism: Is Alex Greenwich a homosexual activist OR an MP?
NSW Independent MP Alex Greenwich has put ANOTHER amendment relating to homosexual rights in to the NSW parliament.

This time it relates to the new National Disability Insurance Scheme – the NSW Parliament is considering an ‘enabling Bill’. According to media reports, if the Bill is passed, the provision of “disability services, assets and employment” will be transferred to the non-government sector.

Greenwich claims that, since religiously-affiliated disability care providers are exempt from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, disabled homosexuals will be discriminated against. He cites an example where a homosexual might have a disability worker who is homosexual – currently religious groups can choose not to employ homosexuals. Greenwich wants to amend the Bill to REMOVE the right of religious organisations to ‘discriminate’ re employment with respect to ‘sexual orientation’!

This would be a huge change – if passed it will have wide-ranging implications for religious organisations – and would put pressure on other states to follow suit.

Media report: Need to protect disabled gay people: MP, AAP, 12/11/2013.
Statement from Alex Greenwich – click here.

As for being a ‘homosexual activist’ - out of 38 Media releases on his website, 21 are about homosexual issues.
Of the last 10, 8 of them are about homosexual causes – and FOUR relate to actual legislation he has promoted! (See his Media releases.)
The others?
He has also had six media releases opposing the granting of a second casino licence to James Packer and two where he is supporting a euthanasia Bill.

 

Overseas News

1. A view of Syria - A nun talks of how the ‘rebels’ have caused conflict
This is an interesting short video (9 min) - Mother Agnes Mariam to Outside Powers - LEAVE SYRIA ALONE! 

She speaks about the Assad regime, the sectarian conflict and how the rebels are using, and justifying, violence.

 

2. Brave Coptic Bishop tells Episcopalians to return to the gospel
A Coptic Bishop has told Episcopalians to say ‘NO’ to homosexual ordination and same-sex ‘marriage’….
Coptic Hierarch Takes Episcopalians to Task, Coptic World, 12/11/2013.

“A Coptic Orthodox Church observer to the Fourth Global South to South Encounter ripped into the Episcopal Church, stunning some 130 archbishops, bishops, clergy and laity, urging them to say “no to ordination of homosexuals, no to gay marriage, no to such immorality, and that it is time to purify the sanctuary of the Lord from this abomination that causes our God to suffer, bleed and be crucified again everyday.” “You are martyrs without the shedding of blood because you are upholding the teaching of the Gospel handed down once and for all to the apostles,” Bishop Anba Suriel told the stunned delegates….”

“An army of sheep led by a lion is more powerful than an army of lions led by a sheep. I really pray that you lions here, the primates of each of the provinces of the Global South will stand united with one accord against the heresies of The Episcopal Church.”

Original article intro – click here.
Copy of full article at Virtue Online – click here.

 

3. Al-Qaeda Twitters how to ‘gently’ cut someone’s head off
Yes, Al-Qaeda are telling their followers how to cut off heads in a ‘nice’ way!
The tweet was ‘How do you separate the head from the body ‘gently’?”
Article from Conservative Infidel
Original article – Assafir.com

 

On the issues 

Homosexual research and ‘conflict of interest’
We’ve previously written about research on homosexuality often being done by lesbians or homosexuals. One question we have – do they declare a conflict of interest – or declare they are homosexual themselves?

Generally, the answer is NO!

There is Charlotte Patterson, who does research on same-sex parenting – and did a Report on same-sex parenting for the American Psychological Association. She is a lesbian with a partner and children.
See Dr Loren Marks analysis of her Paper click here.

Then there is Lynne Hillier, doing research on SSA young people where they volunteer to respond to a survey (‘Writing themselves in’).
We mentioned her in an E-News this week.
She was named on same-same’s 2010 list of ‘The 25 Most Influential Gays and Lesbians’.

Recently we mentioned Damien Riggs, the Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s Gay and Lesbian Issues Group. He is an active homosexual with a former partner and several foster care children (source).

So what are his areas of research?

One of them is foster care:
An essay published in 2007 is on heterosexism in the foster care system!
It is called: Reassessing the Foster-Care System: Examining the Impact of Heterosexism on Lesbian and Gay Applicants

He’s also written a book on parenting: Becoming Parent: Lesbians, Gay Men and Family

He’s one of the authors of a Literature Review on same-sex parenting published by the Australian Psychological Societyclick here.

They are often reticent at telling everyone about their self-interest. They rarely, if ever, declare their homosexuality in their research!

Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

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