News Update - 4 April 2014 - Sex 'not specified', WA election, New G-G, Mosques, 'marriage' in UK, Fred Phelps dies

News with hand-SXC-1109654 23086232 320x200Catching up on news from the past week or two.
As always, it is a matter of selecting a range of news from the vast amount I have to choose from!

I've put the News Update into a pdf document so you can print it out to read or distribute as well as posting on our website!



News Update - 4 April

Australian News
1. Kevin Andrews address: “Make it Mutual”
2. “Sex - not specified” – decision by High Court
3. WA Senate election
4. New Governor General – Peter Cosgrove
5. Mosque proposed for Bendigo – and protests

Overseas News
1. UK: First homosexual ‘marriages’ take place
2. UK: Labour would appoint ‘gay rights envoy’ if elected
3. USA: Chick-fil-A STOPS talking about same-sex ‘marriage’
4. Christian MP in Vanuatu
5. USA: FBI removes SPLC ‘hate groups’ list
6. The importance of truth AND love – Fred Phelps dies
7. UK liberalises laws on abortion
8. UK Update – from Christian Concern

On the Issues
Update on the ‘Noah’ film

Ongoing campaigns
Racial hatred – submissions on proposed amendments


News Update - 4 April

Australian News

1. Kevin Andrews address: “Make it Mutual”
Kevin Andrews, the federal Minister for Family and Community Services, recently gave an excellent address at the National Press Club to the “Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals”.

In the speech, Kevin highlighted the history of the ‘mutual societies’ and contrasted it with the current government welfare situation. He referred to the ‘Beveridge Report’ from the UK… “In both Britain and Australia, the Beveridge ideals of a lighter-touch safety net was swept away by an ambitious but bureaucratic welfarism in which social insurance models were replaced by state-run entitlements programmes. . . “
A very insightful look at ‘what is’ and ‘what used to be’…
Address - National Press Club Address - “Make it Mutual”– 17/3/2014.

2. “Sex - not specified” – decision by High Court
We’re all used to filling in forms that asks us to state whether we are ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ (the question used to be labelled ‘Sex’ but is increasingly referred to as ‘Gender’).

But that could all change – with the High Court ruling this week that a person called ‘Norrie’ can use the term ‘Sex – Not specified’ and that the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages must register her ‘sex’ in this way.

Norrie was born a biological male, but had gender re-assignment surgery to become a 'woman'. However, Norrie wanted to NOT have a specified ‘male or female sex’.

The Registry initially issued a new birth certificate with ‘Sex – not specified’ then later withdrew it and replaced it with one saying ‘Sex – not stated’. Norrie objected and took the complaint to the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and lost – then lost at appeal, but won at the NSW Court of Appeal. The Registrar then took the case to the High Court. The Court’s summary (below) outlines the case.

Of course, the Bible tells us, in Genesis 1:27, “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Article: Neither man nor woman: Norrie wins gender appeal, SMH, 2/4/2014.


FULL Decision - NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie [2014] HCA 11 (2 April 2014)

3. WA Senate election
Click here for information on our website about the WA Senate election.
Includes candidate lists, Group Voting Tickets and the Christian Values Checklist.
Click here for summaries of the PREFERENCE flows.

4. New Governor General – Peter Cosgrove
The new Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove, has begun his duties. With the recent introduction of knighthoods, he is now ‘Sir’ Peter Cosgrove.

We congratulate him, as well as congratulate the outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce, for their dedication to civic life in this important role of Governor-General.

Te Governor-General's official title is “His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)”

Visit the Governor-General’s official website – click here.

5. Mosque proposed for Bendigo – and protests
Many residents in Bendigo (Vic) are upset about plans for a large mosque to be built in the city. Councillors are reported to unanimously say they have no religious or cultural objections to the mosque being built. The issue was reported in local papers in January 2014.
A Facebook page was set up to oppose the mosque – called ‘No Mosque in Bendigo’. They have been told this week that their bank – Bendigo Bank – is closing their account. They state: “CLOSE BANK ACCOUNT: Friday we received notice to close our Bendigo Bank account—because caring about the safety of our community is not considered in keeping with the banks values of "Diversity" and "Inclusiveness".”

The Australian Defence League is planning a “protest rally” in Bendigo in April.

From a different angle, Bernard Gaynor posted an article from ‘Melodious Ocean’ which is run by a Buddhist. The writer highlights the battle for dominance in Bendigo between Buddhists and Muslims. The Buddhists are currently building “The Giant Stupa of Universal Compassion”.

Facebook page – ‘No Mosque in Bendigo’ – click here.

Media reports
- Bendigo's first mosque in pipeline, Bendigo Advertiser, 10/1/2014.
- Residents relaxed about proposed mosque, 12/1/2014.
- Group rallies against mosque proposal, 14/1/2014.
- All welcome at new mosque, 17/1/2014.
- Hate group rallies to halt mosque, Bendigo Weekly, 1/3/2014.
- Bernard Gaynor: Why Islam must push its presence into Bendigo

Overseas News

1. UK: First homosexual ‘marriages’ take place
The first homosexual couples ‘married’ last weekend under the UK’s new law that allows any two people to ‘marry’. Currently if two homosexuals already have a ‘civil partnership’ they can’t marry. However, the government is changing the law to allow them to ‘marry’ – it is expected to be changed by the end of 2014.
Media reports:
- Britain's first same-sex marriages take place as PM speaks of 'powerful message', Guardian, 29/3/2014.
- Civil partners must wait until late 2014 to marry in the U.K., GayNewsNetwork, 31/3/2014.

Comment from Christian Concern:
Dismantling traditional marriage: a regressive step for society

2. UK: Labour would appoint ‘gay rights envoy’ if elected
Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, recently told a homosexual magazine, “I’m going to appoint an envoy on these issues, around the international agenda of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] rights, because I think it’s a really important issue for an incoming Labour government.” 
Article: Labour would appoint gay rights envoy to tackle international discrimination, says Ed Miliband, The Independent, 27/3/2014.

3. USA: Chick-fil-A STOPS talking about same-sex ‘marriage’
We’ve previously reported on the stand taken by Chick-Fil-A on the issue of same-sex ‘marriage’.

But now they have decided to ‘stop talking about the issue’. The leader of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, who is a Christian, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that ‘he’s learned lessons’ and now wants to stay out of the battle. He’s also apparently stopped donating to groups that support traditional marriage! See media report here.

He says it isn’t because of the homosexual activists complaining about his statements …. Or the boycotts. Hmmm!

Meanwhile, homosexual activists are celebrating the change of mind – see here.
But there is politics in LGBT circles too, with some not wanting to support Chick-Fil-A just yet – read that article here.

4. Christian MP in Vanuatu
One of our readers from Vanuatu has asked us to pray for a Christian man, Andrew Napuat, who is expected to be elected to the parliament on April 16, 2014.
Please pray that Andrew is elected and will ‘make a difference’ for God in the Vanuatu parliament.

5. USA: FBI removes SPLC ‘hate groups’ list
Defend Christians reports that, for many years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has published a list of ‘hate groups’ that oppose the normalisation of homosexuality – the list included mainstream organisations such as “American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries, Liberty Council, Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition and the National Organization for Marriage.”

Some sections of the US government had relied on those lists – and they were used in US Army training materials!

Defend Christians has “worked to lobby Congress to restrict federal law enforcement from relying on the biased SPLC reports”. Now Dr Gary Cass reveals that the FBI has removed the list from their website!
That’s a good first step! Read their report – click here.

6. The importance of truth AND love – Fred Phelps dies
When we speak about the Biblical position on homosexuality, some homosexual activists claim that anyone who has any objections to homosexuality is ‘like Fred Phelps’, of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in the USA. Fred and his followers have engaged in extremely offensive actions, such as holding posters stating ‘God hates fags’ at funerals of AIDS patients and holding protests at the funerals of US servicemen killed in action.
We have repeatedly said that we oppose such actions.

In everything we do or say, we must remember to ‘speak the truth in love’.

Fred Phelps died recently - Joe Dallas, a former homosexual now involved in ministry, reflects on Fred Phelps’ life and actions, and how the fact that there was an audience for his comments contributed to the situation…
Article: Fred Phelps: The Symptom of our Sickness, Joe Dallas, 21/3/2014.

7. UK liberalises laws on abortion
The UK government, a coalition of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, has recently CHANGED the regulations relating to abortion.
Dr Peter Saunders, of Christian Medical Comment, writes, “Prime Minister David Cameron has presided over the largest liberalisation of abortion practice since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. Under his leadership, former health minister Andrew Lansley, working closely with abortion providers and senior figures at the Department of Health, has managed to smuggle in what is in effect a nurse-led abortion service without the issue ever being discussed in parliament and without the knowledge of most of his own party colleagues.”

Read his article for the full story… Dr Saunders provides a great overview of HOW the regulation has been changed, in ‘stepwise fashion’, to now allow nurses, as ‘Members of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to play a role in seeking information from the woman’ to replace doctors!

Article: David Cameron presides over largest liberalisation of abortion practice since 1967 Abortion Act, Peter Saunders, 12/3/2014.

8. UK Update – from Christian Concern
Do you receive ‘Christian Concern emails’ from the UK?

They provide very informative updates on what is happening in the UK and elsewhere. To sign up, fill in your email address on the front page of their website – click here.

Here are items from the past couple of weeks from their ‘Weekly Update’ emails:

Traditional views on sexuality silenced by new liberal "censoriousness", says Lord Neuberger 
Britain’s most senior judge has warned that traditional views on sexuality are being shut out of debate as part of a liberal “censoriousness” about what views can be expressed in public.  Read more >

Christian guesthouse owners seek justice in Europe rather than UK
Two Christian guesthouse owners, Jeff and Sue Green, who have been accused of discriminating against same-sex couples by offering double rooms to married people only, are taking their case directly to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In the meantime, they have decided to ONLY offer single beds! Read more >

UKIP U-turn on same-sex 'marriage'
Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party has reversed party policy on same-sex 'marriage', announcing that if UKIP wins the next General Election, it will recognise same-sex couples as legally married and strip traditional Christian wedding ceremonies of their legal status. Read more (Telegraph) >

Watch a moving video message to mothers carrying a child with Down's syndrome
At Christian Concern, we are urging supporters to view and share a moving video aimed at encouraging mothers who are expecting a baby with Down's syndrome, and who may be considering an abortion. 
The video, by the campaign #DearFutureMom, hears from 15 young people with Down's syndrome who describe how fulfilled their lives are and how they have added to the happiness of their families.
View the encouraging message for mothers in support of the life of the unborn here >

Miracle baby survives repeat abortion attempts 
A baby who was born at 24 weeks after miraculously surviving a number of abortion attempts is alive and healthy two years later, it has been revealed.
Read more.

On the Issues

Update on the ‘Noah’ film
After sending our email on the new ‘Noah’ film, a number of readers told me about the column by Andrew Bolt. Andrew, who isn't a Christian, highlights the fact that it doesn’t follow the Biblical account – doesn’t mention ‘God’ once - and promotes ‘green environmentalism’, where the ‘Creator’ is killing humans for destroying the planet!
Andrew’s column: The Noah film is afloat with extremism      

Several other very good reviews… for your information…

* Graphic of the problems with the movie – click here.

* Albert MohlerDrowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

* Dr Brian Mattson: Sympathy For The Devil – and follow up here.
A stunning analysis of the film – Brian highlights the Gnostic and pagan elements of the film, along with Kabbalah references (a form of Jewish mysticism). He highlights the use of the serpent, including ‘Noah’ wrapping serpent skin around his arm…

He says, “So let me tell you what the real scandal in all of this is. . . The scandal is this: of all the Christian leaders who went to great lengths to endorse this movie (for whatever reasons: “it’s a conversation starter,” “at least Hollywood is doing something on the Bible,” etc.), and all of the Christian leaders who panned it for “not following the Bible”… Not one of them could identify a blatantly Gnostic subversion of the biblical story when it was right in front of their faces.”

* The review by Summit discusses what is Biblical and unbiblical about the film – including Gnostic and Kabbalah references. Summit talks about how Christians can use the film to engage in conversation with non-Christians.
Summit: How Should Christians Approach ‘Noah,’ America’s Number One Film?

- What’s Wrong with Noah? This review, by Movieguide’s Kat Butler, highlights the references to the Book of 1 Enoch – but shows that even this reference is then badly distorted.

Ongoing campaigns

Racial hatred – submissions on proposed amendments
Visit our Campaign page for information on making a submission on the proposed changes to the Commonwealth ‘Racial Hatred’ laws. Submissions close April 30, 2014.
An interesting article in The Australian:
Survivor wary of ‘velvet totalitarianism’
Professor John Furedy has spoken out in support of the changes and against the current law. As a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary, he experienced both Nazism and Communism. He says speech needs to be free so that we don’t end up with ‘velvet totalitarianism’ where people are fearful of speaking up. He said, “the only protection against stupid speech is better speech.”


News Update - 20 March 2014 - elections, slavery, abortion, Islam, child pornography...

News with man Fotolia 60714122 320x200Another week where almost every area that we cover has been in the news....

News Update

Australian News

1. Election results – Tasmania and South Australia

The Liberal Party has won government in Tasmania – they have won at least 14 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly – with a 12% swing. The new Premier is Will Hodgman.
Since the previous numbers were almost equal, with Labor only forming government with the support of the Greens, the swing to the Liberals has meant a sizeable majority for them.
Homosexual lobby group Australian Marriage Equality is already saying they will hold the Premier to his pre-election commitment that he would allow a conscience vote on a same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill.

Click here for the official results to date on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) website. Or click here for the TEC website.
Media report: Premier-elect Will Hodgman tells political opponents to face up to election loss, ABC, 18/3/2014.

South Australia
The result in South Australia was very close. In fact, the outcome is still undecided. It may be that two Independents will hold the key to which of the major parties, Labor and Liberal, will be able to form government. Yesterday (Tuesday 18) Adelaide Now reported, “About 3 per cent of votes were counted – between 860 and 1600 votes in each seat – reducing the total still to be counted to 28 per cent. At the end of the day’s counting, a hung parliament continued to be the most likely outcome. Labor still looked likely to win 23 seats and the Liberals 22. Two seats have been won by independents to make the total of 47 seats.”
Electoral Commission of South Australia website – click here.
Recent media report - Liberals gain ground in South Australian election, Adelaide Now, 18/3/2014. 

2. Andrew Forrest and the abolition of slavery
We all recall that William Wilberforce, the British MP who was motivated by his Christian faith, actively worked for the end of the slave trade and banning the owning of slaves.
Now Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has set out to tray and eradicate modern-day slavery.
This report from the SMH says, “At the Vatican on Monday West Australian iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest launched the Global Freedom Network - a new organisation led by the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar in Egypt. The network aims to free the world's estimated 30 million slaves, and has set itself specific, ambitious targets to achieve this.”

For Andrew Forrest, it was a personal experience of his daughter’s, followed by him meeting the victims of child sex trafficking, which led him to start this organisation.

We would all like to see the end of child sex trafficking and of slavery in general – let us pray that the group focuses on the goal of eliminating slavery and not on some multi-faith agenda with Islam.
Article: Andrew Forrest's dream to stop all slavery, SMH, 18/3/2014.

3. Abortion in Victoria – Bernie Finn’s comments
The media has highlighted comments made by Victorian pro-life MP Bernie Finn.
Some of the media just quoted a statement about rapists and those involved in incest using abortion to remove the ‘evidence’. But Bernie also said, "I've spoken to a number of women who have been raped and then had abortions and they told me that from their point of view having an abortion was like being raped a second time. I don't think abortion is acceptable under any circumstances and I don't see why we should be killing babies for the crime of the father."
Meanwhile, Geoff Shaw, the Independent MP who holds the balance of power, has said he is drafting a private member’s bill to remove the restriction on doctors’ consciences.

Article: State MP Bernie Finn says there is no acceptable reason for abortion, The Age, 18/3/2014.

4. Bernard Gaynor – article about his comments on Islam & homosexuality
We’ve regularly reported on Bernard Gaynor’s comments on Islam and homosexuality – now journalist Paul Sheehan has written about the situation…
Bernard spoke at the recent ‘Symposium on Islam and Liberty’ in Melbourne about Islam and the Australian Defence Forces. One of the reasons Bernard has been under investigation by the ADF is because of his comments about Islam and violence.
To see how important Bernard’s warning is, read the following item, about the death of an Australian Muslim army officer fighting for the REBELS in Syria and being killed…

- The text of Bernard’s speech at the Symposium:
The Australian Defence Force & Islam | Bernard Gaynor

- Bernard’s post about the ADF and Islam from June 2013:
The Australian Defence Force protects Islam | Bernard Gaynor

- Article by Paul Sheehan: Criticising Islam, gays sets army major up for a fall - SMH, 17/3/2014.

5. Former Australian soldier killed whilst fighting for Syrian jihadis
An Australian Muslim who was a soldier in the Australian Defence Forces has been killed whilst fighting with rebel Islamic groups in Syria.
According to an interview with the Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert, and other media reports, Caner Temel went AWOL (absent without leave) more than three years ago, in September 2010.
Mr Robert noted that if the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) can’t find someone within 28 days then they are ‘discharged’.

Caner Temel, also known as Abu Moussa, was recruited by Islamic jihadi groups in Syria. The former soldier, from western Sydney, was a ‘combat engineer’ with some training in arms and explosives. He served in the ADF for 17 months. He was ‘killed two months ago two months ago while fighting alongside the fundamentalist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.’
Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert gave the facts of the situation on ABC Radioclick here for the interview (4 minutes).

Articles: Ex-soldier killed in Syria, Caner Temel, trained in arms and explosives, The Australian, 19/3/2014.

6. Child pornography: Australian victims in US child porn ring
Another disturbing revelation of child pornography. . . Thankfully, the authorities have busted this ring that distributed child pornography around the world!

Some of the victims came from Australia. One media report said, “US authorities have arrested and charged 14 suspects in the secret, members-only online network, which had more than 27,000 subscribers. . . Investigators said the website's juvenile victims, who numbered more than 250, reside in five foreign countries and 39 US states’. . . Authorities said the victims, were, for the most part, boys between the ages of 10 and 17. . . the illegal website contained more than 2000 shared webcam-captured videos of mostly juvenile boys enticed by the website's operators to produce sexually explicit material.”
Article: Australian victims in massive US child porn ring, The Age, 19/3/2014.

7. More promotion of homosexuality…
a) Two men and surrogate twins
The Today show on Channel 9 has featured a story about two homosexual men and their surrogate twins…
The two men used a surrogate in Thailand: two eggs were harvested from one woman - each egg was fertilised by one of the men, the embryos were implanted in two separate surrogate women who carried the two babies.
Things are getting more weird by the day...
Story segment: Modern Family, Today, Ninenmsn, 18/3/2014.

b) Same-sex ‘marriage’ – another celebrity lesbian gets ‘engaged’
Although same-sex ‘marriage’ is not legal in Australia, high profile people continue to get ‘engaged’ – perhaps for the political statement it makes. We’ve recently had Christine Forster, the sister of Tony Abbott. The latest is model, singer and TV presenter Ruby Rose…
Article: Wedding belles: Ruby Rose is engaged to Phoebe Dahl, SMH, 18/3/2014.

c) Glossy fashion magazines featuring lesbian poses
Yes, in women’s fashion magazines – women posed in sexualised photographs…
Article: Fashion has a weird thing about lesbians, Daily Life.

8. Paedophile priest pleads guilty to 30 MORE charges
Gerald Ridsdale, a former Catholic priest who is already serving a long jail sentence for multiple child sexual abuse offences, has pleaded guilty to 30 more charges.
In a shocking testimonial, the court heard that Ridsdale told a nine-year-old altar boy that he was doing 'the Lord's work' as he abused him.
Article: Priest called abuse the 'Lord's work', Sky News, 18/3/2014.

9. Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse
The Royal Commission continues. This week the Commission has investigated a paedophile bus driver who worked for St Ann’s Special School (for disabled children), which was run by the Catholic Church in Adelaide. The Commission heard that Brian Perkins already had a criminal record for sexual abuse when he began working at the school - St Ann's Special School.

Brian Perkins sexually abused up to 30 boys from the school in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Perkins was arrested in 2001 and sentenced to 10 years in jail where he died in 2009.

Some of the families of victims have taken a civil case against the Catholic Church but it has dragged on for 12 years. In February 2014 the Catholic Church released a statement on the St Ann's situation. The following article includes the statement made by Archbishop Philip Wilson in February 2014 which outlined his apology to victims and their families and payments made to victims.

Article: Royal commission: Family fight Catholic Church after abuse by paedophile bus driver, ABC, 17/3/2014.
Royal Commission website – click here.
Case Study 9 – St Ann’s Special School – click here.

Overseas News

1. Arizona, USA – Homosexual group complains about marriage amendment
In 2008, voters in Arizona passed an amendment to the state’s constitution that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Last week, Lambda Legal, a homosexual group, filed a complaint on behalf of same-sex couples – they claim the law violates the state Constitution. A similar complaint was filed earlier this year.

Fortunately, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is defending the constitution’s definition of marriage.

Citizen Link reports that homosexual activists are BUSY trying to change the definition of marriage in a number of states in the USA: “Earlier today, a legal group filed what is now the fourth lawsuit challenging Indiana’s marriage statute. These complaints follow the state General Assembly’s approval earlier this year of a weaker version of a proposed marriage amendment. And earlier this week, the ACLU filed suit against Florida; eight same-sex couples, who married outside the state, want Florida to recognize their unions. The District of Columbia and 17 states have redefined marriage by legislation or court order.”
Article: Same-Sex Couples Challenge Arizona’s Constitutional Marriage Amendment, Citizen Link, 14/3/2014.

2. USA: Case of HIV transmission from woman to woman
A rare case of HIV being transmitted from a HIV-positive woman to her lesbian partner has been recorded in the USA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the official US health body, said that the 46-year-old woman “likely acquired” human immunodeficiency virus while in a monogamous relationship with an HIV-positive female partner in Texas. She had no other sexual partner in the preceding six months and had no other risk factors (such as injection drug use, organ transplant, tattoos, acupuncture or unprotected sex with multiple partners).

This report says, ‘The CDC warned that although such cases are rare, “female-to-female transmission is possible because HIV can be found in vaginal fluid and menstrual blood”.’
Article: US reports rare case of woman-to-woman HIV transmission, AFP, 14/3/2014.

The official CDC report:
Likely Female-to-Female Sexual Transmission of HIV — Texas, 2012 – 14/3/2014.

3. Hobby Lobby goes to the Supreme Court to fight for religious freedom
The owners of US firm ‘Hobby Lobby’, David and Barbara Green, are Christians who started the chain of art and craft stores in 1972. Today they employ 28,000 people in more than 500 stores.

They have refused to pay for abortion drugs under the new ‘Obamacare’ program – Citizen Link writes, “The Obama administration required for-profit businesses to offer potential abortion inducing drugs in employee health plans by August 2012. Nonprofits — many of which are faith-based — had a so-called safe-harbor from the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate until January.”

The US Supreme Court will hear the case next week on March 25 – if the court rules against Hobby Lobby, the fines could be more than $1 million a day. David Green says he would rather close the company than comply! There are currently more than 90 lawsuits on this matter - courts have granted 52 injunctions, halting the mandate for 33 for-profit businesses and for 19 non-profit organizations. Last year, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hobby Lobby a temporary reprieve from the mandate.

Article: Hobby Lobby Heads to Supreme Court Next Week — to Fight for Religious Freedom, Citizen Link.

On the Issues

The movie ‘Frozen’ – what is it about?
The latest Disney movie ‘Frozen’ is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Snow Queen'.

Moveieguide, the Christian ministry which reviews films and assesses their Christian content, has written a review about the film, explaining why they have given it the “Teddy Bear Award for Best 2013 Movie for Families.” They highlight comments by one pastor and a Mormon woman who claimed it was promoting homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage’ – and explain why they reject those claims!

They write, “The press, including the left-wing propaganda website Huffington Post, has jumped all over this story, probably to make people of faith and values look as bad and as ignorant as possible. Respectfully, MOVIEGUIDE disagrees with the Christian pastor and the Mormon lady.”
The article concludes, “Ultimately, FROZEN is a validation of Christian truth, not a politically correct piece of leftist propaganda.”

Read what they say… Does FROZEN Promote a Politically Correct Agenda?, Movieguide, 14/3/2014.



News Update - 14 March 2014 - National Curriculum, Elections and fraud, Paedophilia and abuse of boys, Katy Perry's occult theme

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200With a public holiday and guests staying in our home, it has been a busy week. 

This News Update begins with a reminder to make a submission to the Review of the National Curriculum, and information about the state elections being held this weekend.

In this Update, our focus in the next few items is on paedophilia – specifically the sexual abuse of boys – with the Four Corners account of two homosexuals using their son for sex and the conviction of the killer of Daniel Morcombe.
Please pray as you read - for protection and for God's love, grace and conviction to shine in dark places.


News Update

Australian News

1. National curriculum – Submissions CLOSE TODAY 
The deadline for submissions on the National Curriculum has been EXTENDED to TODAY - Friday 14 March.
See our E-News on Thursday 13 March or online on our website
Make your SHORT submission ONLINE – click here.

2. Elections: Tasmanian and South Australia - Saturday 15 March 2014
Elections for Tasmania (House of Assembly) and South Australia (House of Assembly and Legislative Council) will be held this weekend.
If you live in these states, please check our webpage on these elections.
It includes links to the Electoral Commission websites (with group voting ticket for SA Legislative Council), information on candidates, Christian Values Checklist and more.

Also, check out FamilyVoice’s website – they have now released the responses from candidates (and the party replies where they were provided) for the two elections.
Click here for South Australia and here for Tasmania.

3. Election fraud – multiple voting, no ID etc 
We have had serious concerns about the election system in Australia for a long time – in particular, it is easy for people to vote more than once – and to vote using someone else’s name since NO ID IS REQUIRED!

The Australian Electoral Commission has discovered around 19,000 cases of multiple voting at the last federal poll! As this article states, it is harder to pick up a parcel at the Post Office than it is to vote since you have to show ID at the Post Office! The writer notes, “Australia is one of eight countries in the world not to check people’s bona fides before handing over the ballot paper – and yet we’re the only one on that list with compulsory voting."

It’s time that was changed – let’s hope the current review of the election process makes some changes this time. 
Article: A vote of no confidence, Daily Telegraph, 3/3/2014.

4. Four Corners – Shocking account of paedophile ring
Last Monday’s Four Corners program on the ABC was an account of a shocking paedophile ring called the ‘Man Boy Love Network’. We have previously reported on the Australian connection – a man named Peter Truong and his American homosexual partner, Mark Newton. Both men have now been jailed in the USA for their crimes.

The two men obtained a young baby – they initially said it was born through a surrogate - and were reported as a ‘happy homosexual family’. In fact, as Four Corners reports, they purchased the child for $8,000. When the child was around twenty months old, the two men began having sexual relationships with the child. The men then travelled around the world with the boy, allowing other men in the paedophile network to have sex with the child, and films to be made of the abuse.

This is a horrifying story – but it was encouraging to hear the accounts of the investigating authorities and officers from around the world who diligently followed up leads and eventually found and prosecuted those involved.

Four Corners program: The Boy with the henna tattoo
The introduction to the program reads, “To the world they appeared as model parents with a beautiful son. But the happy facade set up by Australian citizen Peter Truong and his American partner Mark Newton concealed the darkest of secrets. They claimed he was their surrogate child. But Newton and Truong had actually bought him for US$8,000, the result of an unwanted pregnancy. They sexually trained and groomed their son to be exploited by a network of men around the world, known as 'Boy Lovers'. The abuse began when he was less than two years old."
FULL TRANSCRIPT available – as well as the film of the program.

5. Homosexual parenting and the Four Corners report 
Of course, the words ‘gay’ and homosexual’ were rarely used in the Four Corners film. They were NEVER used to describe the real situation – that these were homosexual men abusing boys.The word ‘gay’ appeared once – when Peter Truong told ABC radio in Cairns, ‘We are gay dads.’ The word ‘homosexual’ was used once – in stating that Peter, at the age of 14, “started to show homosexual tendencies”.

But presenter Kerry O’Brien, in his concluding remarks, stated, “There's a footnote to tonight's story, it's worth observing that it does not reflect on gay parenting but on the action of two individuals, it's also worth remembering that most child sex offenders relate to crimes against young girls, not young boys and the predator is usually known to the family.”

His statement that ‘most child sex offenders relate to crimes against young girls’ needs to be considered in context.

Yes, more girls are sexually abused. The official Australian statistics, issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in their 2011-2012 ‘Child Protection Australia’ report, note that there were 19,343 substantiations of abuse against girls, of which 17% were sexual abuse (4,738). There were 18,134 substantiations of abuse against boys, of which 7% were sexual abuse (1,450). (Child Protection 2011-2012, Pages 15-16)
BUT that means 30% of all sexual abuse substantiations were against boys.

Consider the fact that the abusers were male (rarely is a woman responsible for sexual abuse) and consider that less than 2% of the adult population is homosexual… and draw your own conclusions about the nature of the abuse. But dare to use the two words together – homosexual paedophilia – and one is soundly castigated!

6. Daniel Morcombe’s killer convicted
Brett Peter Cowan
, the man charged with killing Daniel Morcombe, was found guilty by a jury in Brisbane this week and sentenced to life in prison.
The first of the articles below reports on the case, as well as giving a description of the undercover police investigation that led to his confession and to him showing police where Daniel’s body was located.
The second article provides an insight into Brett Peter Cowan – the two previous times he had served prison sentences for abusing boys, his attempt at reform and attendance at a Christian church, his marriage and children, followed by his adduction and murder of Daniel Morcombe.

In March 2011, when he was called to give evidence at Daniel Morcombe’s inquest, he told the court he had been ‘bullied at school’ and ‘came to struggle with his bisexuality’. The second media report below states, ‘He admitted something else as he tried to convince the inquest he wasn’t involved in Daniel’s disappearance. “I wasn’t interested in teenage boys. I was interested in six, seven and eight-year-old boys”.’

Following on from the above two items, this account of Brett Peter Cowan starkly provides another example of the abuse of boys by a man.
But just don’t mention ‘that’ word!

Article: Daniel Morcombe murder trial verdict: Brett Peter Cowan found guilty, Brisbane Times, 13/3/2014.

Article: Daniel Morcombe verdict: Brett Cowan, portrait of a monster, Brisbane Times, 13/3/2014.

7. Muslim marriage – and Centrelink benefits
Following our email containing Mark Durie’s two excellent articles about marriage in Islam (posted online here), we received an email commenting on Muslim marriages and Centrelink benefits. We have previously reported on a Today Tonight and similar programs showing a Muslim man with more than one ‘wife’ claiming benefits.

Centrelink regularly reports on the number of cases they investigate relating to payments to ‘members of a couple’. They state that they are not concerned with the legal aspects of polygamy – they just assess the situation and pay each person what they are entitled to: "It's not our concern if they are a member of a polygamist relationship. We look at whether they are receiving the correct rate of payment. We treat each couple independently."
Growing number of Muslim men and multiple wives exploiting loophole for taxpayer handouts, Herald Sun, 5/3/2010. 
Muslim women walk from husband to debt, The Australian, 22/8/2012.

Local Muslim clerics accused, The Age, 21/11/2008.
This article by Barney Zwartz from 2008 reports on a study by the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria – the study highlights the role of imams in relation to instances of polygamy, underage marriage and domestic violence in Islamic communities.

Interestingly, a recent book called ‘Family Law and Australian Muslim Women notes that it is “not illegal” for a man to have a wife and a de facto relationship and for both to receive benefits from Centrelink depending on the overall circumstances (see Footnote 71).

8. ‘March in March’ – protest by the left in Canberra
This ‘March in March’ event begins tomorrow – and has a protest in Canberra on Monday. An article in The Australian by Chris Kenny highlighted the protest (article here, but only available to subscribers).

A colleague who is a pastor, along with Noel & Barbara Bell (formerly, founders of Intercessors For Australia) ask us to pray about this event. Our colleague states, “Although the union movement is staying clear of it the Facebook page has 27,000 “Likes” on it, with promises to stage marches in all capital cities, country towns as well as “non partisan citizens’” marches and rallies, at Federal Parliament, to protest against government decisions that are against the “common good” of our nation” They write, “It has all the hallmarks of the 1996 “Cavalcade on Canberra” just six months after the election of the Howard government.  About 60 police and protesters were injured and 50 were arrested.  And a handful of protesters were charged and convicted.”

Please pray for protection and wisdom for our government – and please pray that people will not participate in these protests.

9. UPDATE: mardi gras and school participation
One school marched in the Sydney homosexual mardi gras – Macquarie Grammar. They have participated for the past four years.
Bernard Gaynor reported on their participation – outlining all the groups and participants that the students were exposed to during the event.

According to media reports the Principal, Dr Darryl Gauld stated that he was letting his students march in the mardi gras to promote the Macquarie Grammar School. The Daily Telegraph reported, “There is again only one school joining in Sydney’s mardi gras parade but Macquarie Grammar principal Darryl Gauld almost said no to participating this year. He changed his mind when he heard the parade was going to be televised.”

All in the name of publicity!

The Principal has now threatened to sue Bernard for defamation – presumably for pointing out what the students could see or be exposed to!

Bernard pointed out that one of the groups marching is ‘Sydney Leather Pride Association’ and that, on their website they posted a ‘handkerchief code’ that included instructions on what colour hanky to wear if you were interested in pederasty or ‘looking for a boy’. Bernard wrote, “Now, I’m prepared to accept that Dr Darryl Gauld and the staff at the Macquarie Grammar School did not know about the fact that the Sydney Leather Pride Association webpage explains how one can signal their interest in pederasty.”
But they didn’t thank Bernard for telling them!

Interestingly, since Bernard wrote the article on March 6, the two sections relating to those activities have been REMOVED from the group’s website. I'm not giving a link - it's too awful!

Article: Millstones & Macquarie Grammar School, Bernard Gaynor, 6/3/2014.

10. Telstra sponsors Katy Perry tour of Australia - with its occult themes 
In the past we’ve seen Telstra sponsor all kinds of events. Years ago they were a sponsor of the homosexual mardi gras.

Now they are sponsoring a tour by singer Katy Perry later this year – with ‘Telstra Thanks’ pre-sale tickets (click here for info on the sponsorship). Katy Perry uses sexualised images in her videos and her music is aimed at teens.
Whilst some of her music as aimed at being 'inoffensive', the music video for her latest album ‘Dark Horse’ uses an Egyptian theme and promotes magic and the occult. The video includes Egyptian religious ideas, the Egyptian god Isis and the eye of Horus. Katy Perry is shown pole dancing and shown naked surrounded by Egyptian gods. At the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks we also saw the ‘Eye of Horus’ symbolism so this theme is gaining prominence.
Why is Telstra promoting music tours anyway?

Christian station Light FM plays Katy Perry songs such as ‘Unconditionally’ (lyrics here) – hopefully they won’t play the new song! Unfortunately, if people think Katy Perry is a good singer, they will inevitably listen to later songs.

The following links are provided for your information and discernment – please pray for God’s protection before reading and viewing!
If you have teenagers and they listen to Katy Perry’s music, you need to be aware of what the music includes!

An analysis of the music video by ‘Vigilant Citizen’ analyses the links to the occult, the Illuminati and Egyptian religion. . .
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”: One Big, Children-Friendly Tribute to the Illuminati, 24/2/2014.

Video at Katy Perry’s website (click here).

Overseas News

1. Comparative religion – including Wiccan and pagan rites 
It’s one thing to teach ABOUT other religions – but quite another to teach that they are EQUALLY VALID. That’s the issue being debated in Canada at present. In 2008 Quebec introduced a course called “Ethics and Religious Culture” that is ‘mandatory for all public and private schools. The course presents all religions, from Christianity to Wiccan, “as equally valid” and requires schools to teach the beliefs in that fashion’. The law also requires that teachers, even in faith-based schools, don’t express their view that their own faith is ‘superior’.

One Catholic school, Loyola High School has objected – they have said they would teach about other religions but maintain that they MUST be able to teach that Christianity is the correct faith.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is supporting the school in a court case, says that any other private faith-based school would also be affected by this law.

Article: Christians ordered to teach Wicca, Pagan Rites, WND, 12/3/2014.

2. South Africa: Action leads to Christians being exempted from law 
Some good news!
Family Policy Institute in South Africa reports, “As a result of submissions by “Freedom of Religion SA” (FORSA), “the Justice Alliance of SA” (JASA) & “Cause for Justice,” the Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill was amended to exempt Churches and NGO’s from complying with government enforced quota systems. This exemption signals an important victory for Christian religious freedoms in South Africa.

If the WEGE Bill was passed by Parliament without the amendments, the Christian Church would have been compelled by law to ensure 50 percent female representation in their leadership. The submissions made to Parliament by these excellent Christian organisations illustrate the importance of Christians properly engaging government when critical public policy is formulated. . . “
Read their report on the amended Bill… click here.

3. Atheist Group Sues to Remove Cross from 9/11 Memorial
Yes, atheists in the USA don’t want a CROSS on public display – so they are suing to get it removed from the 9/11 site. The cross was made from steel beams found in the rubble after the 9/11 attacks.

Article: Atheists sue to remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ from 9/11 museum, Washington Times, 10/3/2014.

4. Syria: Return of the dhimma – Christians forced to pay ‘protection tax’ 
News from Syria that Christians are being forced to pay money in order to have ‘protection’… a common practice under the Islamic dhimma…

Media report: Militant Islamist group in Syria orders Christians to pay tax for their protection, Telegraph, 27/2/2014.

A previous report, by Martin Janssen in Amman, Jordan from June 2013 - the article begins with quotes from Mark Durie’s book, The Third Choice, and documents what is happening in Syria. Posted on Mark’s blog.

Article:  The Dhimma Returns to Syria


News Update - 7 March - Elections, Transsexuality promoted, Zoe's Law, homosexual 'marriage, paedophilia

News mike Fotolia 57267122 320x200First the news on the upcoming elections, then a wide variety of news items form the past fortnight.

The Christian Values Checklists for the SA and Tasmanian elections will be distributed later today.

God bless you!


News Update - 7 March 2014

Australian News 

1. WA Senate election date… Saturday 5 April, 2014
The date for the Western Australia Senate election has been announced by the WA Governor - it will be held on Saturday 5 April.
Campaigning has already begun – it is expected that MORE candidates will contest the election!
For FULL information on the election: visit the AEC’s WA Senate election webpage.
Media report: Campaigning begins in WA after Senate re-election date announced, ABC, 1/3/2014.

2. Elections for Tasmania and South Australia on March 15
Two state elections will be held on Saturday 15 March, 2014 – Tasmania and South Australia.
In Tasmania, the election is ONLY for the House of Assembly – in South Australia it is for BOTH the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.
If you live in these states, please check our webpage with information on the election – includes the information from yesterday’s email.

3. Australian Story – Transsexuality, Lieutenant Colonel McGregor and Tony Abbott
Last week’s Australian Story on the ABC featured Lieutenant Colonel McGregor, who had entered the Army as a man, Malcolm, but has in later life changed his ‘sex’ to become ‘Cate’. After serving in the Army, Malcolm McGregor worked for various politicians as a speech writer before re-joining the Army.
The program was introduced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott – he said in the introduction that he had been a friend since university days. Unfortunately, the introduction serves as an endorsement of the action taken – when one holds such a high profile position it is no longer just a ‘personal account’.
Australian Story – ‘Call me Cate’ – click here for episode (includes video and transcript).

Immediately prior to the Australian Story episode, the 7.30 program featured a surfer, Peter Drouyn, who had also had a sex change to become ‘Westerly Windina’. Lt Col McGregor cited this story as influential in deciding to ‘transition’ to being a woman.
The 7.30 report about Peter Drouyn – click here for video and transcript.

4. NSW: Zoe’s law to be debated in the NSW Legislative Council SOON!
Family Voice ask us all to act on this Bill…
“A bill to recognise a 20-week-old unborn baby as a person needs your support!
"The Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill (No 2) 2013, which passed the Legislative Assembly last year,  needs support in the Legislative Council where it could be debated as soon as next Thursday, 11 March. 
The bill is called Zoe’s Law after baby Zoe, who was killed when her mother Brodie Donegan was eight months pregnant.  A driver, high on methadone and valium, ran into Brodie on Christmas Day 2009.  The driver was charged with assaulting Brodie, but not with killing Zoe – because the law does not recognise her as a person.
"Zoe’s Law opponents see the legislation as a threat to the absolute right to abortion – even though medical procedures are specifically excluded from the bill, which is solely about recognition of the unborn in cases like Zoe’s. 
"Upper house MPs have been deluged with emails opposing Zoe’s Law from pro-abortion zealots.  They have had hardly any emails from people supporting Zoe’s Law. Numbers for and against the bill are very close, but you could make a difference.”

ACTION: If you live in NSW, please phone or email all MLCs, urging them to support Zoe’s Law!
Click here for ALL the NSW Legislative Council Members – names, email addresses and phone numbers.

5. Federal – Labor’s Tanya Plibersek plans another homosexual ‘marriage’ Bill
Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has announced that she plans to introduce a private member’s Bill to the federal parliament to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’.
She is now seeking a Coalition MP to co-sponsor the Bill – as she knows that would put even MORE pressure on Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
Media reports:
Gay marriage: Labor's Tanya Plibersek to introduce private members bill, ABC, 25/2/2014.
Plibersek tells Libs to act on gay marriage, Australian, 3/3/2014.

6. Vic: Mary Wooldridge loses pre-selection for Kew
Coalition government Minister Mary Wooldridge is looking for a new seat in Victoria's Parliament because her current seat of Doncaster has been abolished in the re-distribution of electoral boundaries. Last weekend she lost pre-selection for the seat of Kew. High profile Liberals had supported her bid – many local people and pro-life groups were concerned about her being pre-selected, since Mary Wooldridge voted for the Abortion Law Reform Act and she is also supportive of homosexual rights.
Election Boundaries
The Victorian election will be held on Saturday 29 November, 2014 - click here for info.
The ‘Electoral Boundaries Commission’ published its report in October 2013, re-drawing the electoral boundaries. Click here for their report.
The Victorian Electoral Commission has an interactive map which will enable you to easily find your DISTRICT (Legislative Assembly) and REGION (Legislative Council) electorates by typing in your address.

Click here for the ACTUAL interactive map page - Click here for the webpage.

7. Graham Preston – arrested for protesting outside Tasmanian abortion clinic
Graham Preston has been arrested for protesting outside a Tasmanian abortion clinic in the middle of Hobart – for holding two placards and handing out leaflets.The new Tasmanian abortion law (the Reproductive Health Act) prohibits anyone from protesting within 150 metres of an abortion clinic.
Graham has previously been jailed for refusing to pay fines associated with similar protests in Brisbane. Graham was released on bail and will appear in court at a later date.
Please pray for Graham and his family.
Media report: Brisbane man charged over anti-abortion protest in Hobart, ABC, 4/3/2014.

Bill Muehlenberg writes:
“Graham Preston has been arrested again. Is he a serial rapist? A fire bug? A convicted child abuser? No, much worse, apparently: he seeks to rescue unborn babies from their slaughter..." 
Article: Stand up for babies, you will be arrested

8. Update - Overseas adoption laws to be changed
The federal government, through Prime Minster Tony Abbott, has announced the first change to the overseas adoption law to make it easier for Australian couples to adopt children.
As a first step, the government will alter court processes so that people adopting children from countries which have not signed up to The Hague Convention, but have bilateral agreements with Australia, will have the full adoptions will be recognised automatically in Australia – these include Ethiopia, Taiwan and South Korea. Currently this can take up to 12 months in the court system.
Mr Abbott has already established an inter-departmental committee to look at how to simplify the process. That report is in its final stages.

Media report: Federal Government to introduce changes to regulations for overseas adoptions, ABC, 4/3/2014.
Government media release: Automatically recognising overseas adoptions from Taiwan and South Korea

9. Augusto Zimmermann: Call to amend Family Law Act
Augusto Zimmermann, our friend who is a lecturer in law at Murdoch University in WA, has recently spoken out on the flaws in the Family Law Act and called for changes to be made. He is particularly concerned about the nature of the ‘no-fault law’, stating, “To stabilise marriage, the Family Law Act must be amended to remove the present incentive of no-fault divorce, which enables a spouse to unilaterally leave a marriage without any fear of losing custody of children and property. This egregious legal anomaly is a standing invitation to irresponsible behaviour.”
Following this article in News Weekly, Augusto was invited to do a couple of media interviews.
Article: FAMILY LAW: The innocent victims of 'no-fault' divorce
Augusto Zimmermann - News Weekly, March 1, 2014.

Interview on 2GB – Sunday March 2, 2014 - The link to the podcast of Augusto’s interview – click here.
Click on ‘download audio’ to listen (around 20 minutes).
Radio interview about this article on the ACL’s Political Spot (6 min) – click here.

10. New political party – Australian Liberty Alliance
A new political party, the Australian Liberty Alliance, will be launched in Perth next year – Dutch MP Geert Wilders is planning to visit Perth to launch the party. A media report from connected the party to the Q Society because they hosted a visit by Geert Wilders last year – and are running the ‘Symposium on Liberty and Islam’ in Melbourne this weekend, along with SION.

The Party is not connected to the Q Society which will remain as a group analysing Islam in society.
Article: Australian Liberty Alliance, backed by anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders, set for launch,, 4/3/2014.

11. Royal Commission into institutional child abuse continues
The Royal Commission investigating child sexual abuse within institutions is continuing.
This week they have been investigating horrific reports of abuse and rape at Parramatta Girls’ Training School, which was run by the NSW government (Case Study 7).
See media reports – ABC and Daily Telegraph.

Royal Commission website -

Case Study 7 – click here.
In Case Study 6, the Royal Commission considered the ‘the response by the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to allegations of child sexual abuse’ – this related to allegations of abuse at a Catholic primary school in Toowoomba.
Click here for Case Study 6.

Overseas News

1. UK: Pro-paedophile group in the NEWS
Media reports from the UK reveal that the former Labour Secretary for Health, Patricia Hewett, was the General Secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties (now called Liberty) in the 1970s when the pro-paedophilia group ‘Paedophile Information Exchange’ (PIE) was an active member of the group.
PIE has since been disbanded.

Quite separately, I recently came across information about the ‘Paedophile Information Exchange’ whilst investigating activist campaigns for lowering the age of consent in the UK. Peter Tatchell had recently called for lowering the age of consent to 14, with a two year gap between minors, but puts a disclaimer on his website saying he opposes paedophilia (read his article online).  

However, this interesting article by journalist Enza Ferreri notes that “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.”

So it is a huge web….

On the current matter of Labour MPs and PIE, the Daily Mail ran their first article in December 2013, and more articles in recent weeks:
The truth about Labour's apologists for paedophilia: Police probe child sex campaign group linked to three top party officials in wake of Savile scandal, Daily Mail, 18/2/2014.
- Apologists for paedophiles: How Labour Deputy Harriet Harman, her shadow minister husband and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt were all linked to a group lobbying for the right to have sex with children, Daily Mail, 14/12/2014.

Christian Voice has an insightful overview (more info in Comments section):
Labour Figures’ Bizarre Link to Paedophile Groups, Jan 2014.  

Enza Ferreri quoted Stephen Green, of Christian Voice: “Stephen Green writes: "The book was part of a campaign to abolish all ages of consent, destroy the responsibilities of parents for their children, deny any ill-effects on children of interference by paedophiles, and withal to make it easier for paedophiles to gain sexual access to children." (Quote from this 2010 article about the book and Peter Tatchell’s chapter.)

The BBC News Magazine ran a detailed article recently:
They write, “It's part of the story of how paedophiles tried to go mainstream in the 1970s. The group behind the attempt - the Paedophile Information Exchange - is back in the news because of a series of stories run by the Daily Mail about Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman. . . Many of the revelations are not in fact new. The story's return to the front pages demonstrates the shock people feel about how a group with "paedophile" in its name could operate so openly for so long….”

Article: How did the pro-paedophile group PIE exist openly for 10 years? BBC, 27/2/2014.

2. Belgium: King signs child euthanasia law
On Thursday 28 February the organisers of the petition that asked King Phillippe of Belgium NOT to sign the law allowing the euthanasia of children travelled to Belgium and presented a petition of more than 200,000 names to the King.

Unfortunately, the media now reports that King Phillippe has signed the Bill into law.
Article: Children’s euthanasia bill signed by Belgium king, RT News, 3/3/2014.

Commentary: Lessons to be learned as Belgium King signs measure legalizing child euthanasia National Right to Life, 3/3/2014.
In this article, Dave Andrusko analyses the decision, and reflects on how we actually got to this position of euthanasia for children. Most compelling is the statement from Dr Peter Saunders, “I have never been convinced by the term ‘slippery slope’ which implies passive change over time. What we are seeing in Belgium is more accurately termed ‘incremental extension’, the steady intentional escalation of numbers with a gradual widening of the categories of patients to be included. . . “The lessons are clear. Once you relax the law on euthanasia or assisted suicide steady extension will follow as night follows day.”


40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Revival and Transformation of Australia
This follows on from the National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
You can sign up to receive prayer points and to participate at


News Update - 21 Feb - WA Senate, Family Breakdown tragedies, Religious education, homosexuality in schools etc

News ball Fotolia 31010118 320x200Another busy week - not surprising! 
- WA voters will go back to the polls, religious education in schools is in the spotlight, three tragic 'family breakdown' stories, marriage in WA, pharmacist dumped... and there are probably twenty more items I could have included!
One piece of good news - the Russian Prime Minister signed a law to ban the adoption of babies to same-sex couples and singles in countries that have legalised same-sex 'marriage'!

News Update - 21 Feb - WA Senate, Family Breakdown tragedies, Religious education, homosexuality in schools etc

Australian News

1. WA Senate – WA voters to go back to the polls
2. Senate rejects dumping of Lord’s Praye
3. Victoria: Labor will REQUIRE ALL public high schools to join the 'Safe Schools Coalition'!
4. Tragic cases – children and family breakdown…
    4.1 Murder of Luke Batty
    4.2. Baby bashed by 15 year old father who is a ward of the state
    4.3. Child calls step-parent ‘Dad’ AND ‘Mum’
5. Government announces Review of ‘Renewable energy’ scheme
6. Pharmacist dropped by Soul Pattinson over action on contraceptive pill
7. WA: Same-sex ‘marriage’ bill
8. Religious education in schools – Vic Principal drops SRI
9. Debate: Faith based education in public schools
10. Coalition – same-sex ‘marriage’
11. Review of National Curriculum - submissions invited by 28 Feb
12. Islamic Museum opens in Melbourne
13. WA – Euthanasia legalisation being pushed
14. Copyright law reform

Overseas News
1. Russia introduces law to restrict adoption
2. UK - Proposed law to ‘ban’ reparative therapy
3. UK: Conference on assisting people with unwanted same-sex attraction

On the issues
Homosexuality – new study claims some link to genes

Coming Events
National Day of Prayer and Fasting. - Sunday 2 March, 2014


Australian News

1. WA Senate – WA voters to go back to the polls
The High Court handed down its decision on the disputed election result for the WA Senate representatives on Thursday 20 February, 2014. Justice Hayne declared the election void. Voters in Western Australia will go back to the polls to vote for the Senate.

The date of the election will be left to Prime Minster Tony Abbott. The poll is expected to cost more than $13 million – more candidates are expected to contest the election this time!.

On Tuesday Justice Kenneth Hayne stated that the loss of those ballot papers meant some electors were prevented from voting and ‘two Senators were not duly elected’ -  indicating a new poll was likely.
Articles: High Court Judge indicates WA likely to go back to polls for fresh Senate election, ABC, 18/2/2014.
Article: High Court judge voids Senate vote, 20/2/2014.

2. Senate rejects dumping of Lord’s Prayer
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to reject a motion brought by Greens Senator Richard di Natale to have the prayer at the opening of each day’s parliamentary proceedings replaced with a minute of silent reflection. Coalition and Labor Senators voted against the motion - the motion took 24 seconds, according to Lifesite!.
Report: Australian Senate defeats move to abandon Lord’s Prayer at start of day, Lifesite, 13/2/2014.

3. Victoria: Labor will REQUIRE ALL public high schools to join the 'Safe Schools Coalition'! 
We’ve previously reported on the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ in Victoria – currently about 120 public schools are members (see our last report – Nov 2013). They run ‘gay-straight alliances” groups in schools and commit to promoting diversity and acceptance of homosexuality.

Labor recently committed, if elected in November 2014, to extending the program to REQUIRE all public high schools to participate in the program! Labor has committed to spend an ADDITIONAL $1 million over four years to expand the program.

The program is aimed at ‘dealing with homophobia’ and includes ‘training for teachers’ to help them support same-sex attracted students!

Article: Victorian ALP plan to support gay students that ''come out'', The Age, 2/2/2014.
The homosexual press report on the promised $1 million - click here.

‘Safe Schools Coalition’ website.

4. Tragic cases – children and family breakdown…
Three tragic events in the past week or two … showing that without God and His principles people quickly lose their way.

4.1.  Murder of Luke Batty
Eleven year old Luke Batty was murdered by his father in Tyabb, Victoria. Luke’s mother had obtained an intervention order, but when Luke asked if he could spend a few minutes with his father after cricket practice, she agreed. The father apparently had mental health problems and there were warrants out for his arrest. Family Voice look at some factors and report that the father used cannabis and was recently charged with watching child pornography in a library.

Family Voice media release – click here.
Media reports:
Father who killed son, Luke Batty, at cricket ground had history of mental illness, says boy's anguished mother, ABC, 14/2/2014. 
Killer dad Greg Anderson was an angry, confused and tortured man, friends say, Herald Sun, 14/2/2014.

4.2. Baby bashed by 15 year old father who is a ward of the state
A teenage father bashed his 28 day old son whilst he was on a visit to the child and mother in hospital in WA – the baby, who was still in hospital after a premature birth, has critical head injuries and is on life support.

The boy has had a troubled past and is ‘under the care of the state’ – he has now been charged.

Media article: Troubled past for baby bashing accused, WA Today, 18/2/2014.

4.3. Child calls step-parent ‘Dad’ AND ‘Mum’
If that sounds confusing, it’s because it IS confusing!

A case before the Family Court in Queensland recently considered an access request from the former partner of a lesbian. The lesbian is the mother of a 7 year old child.

The partner, known as ‘Mr Brown’, had been with the woman when the child was born. The partner has now become transgender - presenting as ‘male’ and growing a beard. This person is now in a relationship with another transgender male.

‘Mr Brown’ was seeking regular access visits with the child – the court heard that the child was confused about Mr Brown’s gender, and called ‘Mr Brown’ both ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’.

The judge granted access visits and said, “I find that it is likely on balance that the child will see (Mr Brown) in the role of parent and because he has a beard she will in her mind probably over time accept him as a “father” or “Dad”.’

Article: Girl, 7, confused about step-parent after woman became transgender male and grew beard, Family Court hears, Courier Mail, 13/2/2014

What a sad and confused world we live in!

5. Government announces Review of ‘Renewable energy’ scheme
The federal government has announced a review of the ‘Renewable Energy Target’.
Media Release: Review of the Renewable Energy Target, 17/2/2014.

The law requires a review to be conducted during 2014. The Review will be headed up by headed by Mr Dick Warburton.
Ministers Greg Hunt and Ian McFarlane said, "In particular, the review will consider the contribution of the RET in reducing emissions, its impact on electricity prices and energy markets, as well as its costs and benefits for the renewable energy sector, the manufacturing sector and Australian households.”

On the ABC’s 7.30 program, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s chief economist, Burchell Wilson, proposed that the scheme should be phased out or at least wound back. He said, “There needs to be more clarity around the cost it's imposing on consumers, the cost it's imposing on industry and the sort of inefficiencies it's giving rise to in the energy sector.”

ABC 7.30 InterviewChief economist backs cut to renewable energy targets, 17/2/2014.

6. Pharmacist dropped by Soul Pattinson over action on contraceptive pill
Simon Horsfall
is a pharmacist in Thurgoona, a suburb of Albury-Wodonga, who objects to the use of the contraceptive pill on the basis of his Catholic beliefs. As a result, he had placed a note in prescriptions of the drug, noting his concerns, and concluding, “If your primary purpose for taking this medication is contraceptive, then it could be appreciated that, in the future, you could respect our views and have your OCP prescription filled elsewhere”.

The local paper reported on the situation in 2005 – and Mr Horsfall has been taking the action for 12 years!
However, the situation recently erupted when someone posted a copy of the note on Facebook. In the aftermath, Soul Pattinson, the pharmacy group that Mr Horsfall had been linked with, has asked him to change his practice or ‘re-brand’ – which effectively removed him from their group.

A Facebook page supporting Mr Horsfall has been set up: “I stand with Simon Horsfall.”

Article: Soul Pattinson drops Catholic chemist owner who discourages customers from buying contraception,, 14/2/2014. 
Article: Thurgoona pharmacist disappointed at being dropped by Soul Pattinson, Border Mail, 14/2/2014.

7. WA: Same-sex ‘marriage’ bill
On the same day the High Court ruled against the ACT same-sex ‘marriage’ law in December 2013, the WA Greens introduced a same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill into the Parliament. The first opportunity that the Greens have to bring the Bill on for debate will be during their allocated session of non-government business on Thursday 20 March.  They will also have opportunities this year on 15 May, 25 September and 27 November.

ACTION: If you live in WA, please write to your Members in the Legislative Council – you have SIX MLCs representing your region. 
Please state that the High Court has ruled this is a debate for the federal parliament, NOT the states – thus it is a waste of the State parliament’s time in debating such a Bill and a waste of money if they have to defend a High Court challenge to the law.

Click here for details of your WA MLCs
Click here for our WA Parliament/MP contact page.

If you don’t know your REGION, click here to find out.

8. Religious education in schools – Vic Principal drops SRI
The subject of ‘Special Religious Instruction’ (SRI) in schools was in the media again this week – and the subject of intensive debate on the ABC! 
The issue was raised when one Principal, Joe Kelly of Cranbourne South Primary School, said he had decided not to have it in his school – it was reported in The Age and on the ABC’s ‘The World Today’.

What are the ACTUAL conditions of SRI in schools?
Primary Schools are supposed to allow time for 30 minutes of SRI a week.
Read the Guidelines at the Department of Education website – click here.

The new Chair of Access Ministries, Elida Brereton, the former Principal of Camberwell High School, spoke on ABC 774 explaining how SRI works.

Article: Primary school principals shut down religious education classes, The Age, 16/2/2014. 
Report: Vic principal calls for abolition of compulsory religious instruction, The World Today, 17/2/2014.

9. Debate: Faith based education in public schools
The subject of whether faith-based education has a place in public schools will be debated in Melbourne soon. The title of the IQ2 debate is “Faith-based Religious Education Has No Place in Public Schools'. It is to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 26 February. If you want to attend, you have to book tickets.
Click here for full details.  

VOTE: You can cast your vote on the MOTION! 
Click here
Please vote AGAINST the motion. 
Thank you for voting last week – the vote was then 38% against. It is now 86% against – but still with only 236 votes.
So PLEASE VOTE NOW – and get all your friends to vote too!

10. Coalition – same-sex ‘marriage’ 
Thank you to everyone who wrote to their federal MPs and Senators on the subject of same-sex ‘marriage’ recently. Some MPs report that they received hundreds of emails. The subject wasn’t raised in the Coalition party room!

ACTION: If you haven’t contacted your MP (if they are Liberal) and your Liberal/National Senators yet, please do so. Ask them to maintain a Coalition policy of supporting marriage between a man and a woman voluntarily entered into for life’ – and to not allow a conscience vote for Coalition MPs.

Click here for MP/Senators details – and how to find your electorate.

11. Review of National Curriculum - submissions invited by 28 Feb 
A review of the National Curriculum is currently being undertaken – the federal government has appointed Professor Ken Wiltshire AO and Dr Kevin Donnelly to do the Review.

The reviewers will provide a preliminary report to the Commonwealth Minister for Education by 31 March 2014. The Panel will provide its final report to the Commonwealth Minister for Education by the 31 July 2014. 
Read the Terms of Reference for the Review - click here.

Making a Submission
Members of the public can make a submission to the review by completing the submission form by Friday 28 February 2014.

Areas you may want to address:
- Including Australia’s Christian heritage in the curriculum. 
- Teaching about the contribution of Christianity to society.
- The teaching of evolution to children and the prohibition on the teaching of creation.

12. Islamic Museum opens in Melbourne
A new $10 million Islamic Museum will open in March in Thornbury, Melbourne. The museum has mostly been privately funded – however one media report stated that around 20% of the funding has come from government sources.

The museum was the idea of former corporate banker Moustafa Fahour, a Muslim – it is reported that he “won funding support from all levels of government, community and industry to bring the project to fruition.”

The Museum aims to get school groups to attend – apparently 30 schools have already enquired about tours.
The Museum has five galleries: Islamic faith, Australian Muslim history, Islamic contributions to civilisation, Islamic architecture and art; the fifth has a series of visiting exhibitions.

One feature – “Students will be able to try on clothes pilgrims to Mecca would wear"!

Media Reports:
Art, history, sweets: our first Islamic museum opens, SMH, 6/2/2014. 
Islamic Museum of Australia opening in Thornbury next month, Northcote Leader, 3/2/2014.

13. WA – Euthanasia legalisation being pushed
The issue of euthanasia has been raised in Western Australia this week. A Perth man, Laurie Strike, who has terminal cancer, is calling for euthanasia to be legalised. The ABC talk back programs were busy discussing the issue!
In 2010, a Bill to legalise euthanasia was introduced by Greens MP Robin Chapple – it was defeated by 24 votes to 11. 

Media article: Terminal cancer patient Laurie Strike says he wants to end his own life by voluntary euthanasia, ABC, 17/2/2014.

14. Copyright law reform
The Australian Law Reform Commission has handed its report of their review of Australia’s copyright laws to the Attorney-General George Brandis, who made it public last week.

The ALRC has recommended changes – including ‘fair use’ provisions.
Here are two articles on the matter:
Copyright reform needed to drive economy: Labor, SMH, 19/2/2014.
Why deny US-style Fair Use copyright laws to Australians? The Age, 19/2/2014.

Overseas News

1. Russia introduces law to restrict adoption
The Russian Prime Minster, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed a decree banning the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples, as well as by unmarried citizens, of countries where same-sex 'marriage' is legal. The new law is based on a law passed in mid-2013 and clarifies what is happening – married adults from those countries will be allowed to adopt.

Following the passing of a law by the Belgium parliament that allows euthanasia of children (read our report), "a Russian MP, Roman Khudyakov, a member of the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, has requested the Russian Foreign Ministry to investigate the Belgian euthanasia law’s implications for children adopted to that country. He wants to see adoption to Belgium banned because of the new law."

Media report:  
Russia bans adoptions by foreign same-sex couples, RT, 13/2/2014. 
Russia tightens gay adoption ban, politician wants to outlaw Belgian adoptions over child euthanasia, Lifesite, 18/2/2014.

2. UK- Proposed law to ‘ban’ reparative therapy 
We mentioned a few weeks ago that the UK Parliament is considering a Private Member's Bill, brought by Labour MP Geraint Davies, called the Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill - it attempts to regulate counsellors generally, but its' real purpose is to ban the use of 'reparative therapy'. 

The Bill proposes a code of ethics, but states, "The code must include a prohibition on gay to straight conversion therapy."
The second reading is scheduled for 28 February, 2014. 

Please pray that the Bill is NOT passed.

INFO - The actual Bill - click here for info on the UK Parliament website.

3. UK: Conference on assisting people with unwanted same-sex attraction
Various groups and individuals who work in the area of assisting people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction met in London at a conference during January. Called ‘Setting Love in Order’, the conference challenged the notion that such therapy is harmful. Interestingly, the conference was opened by Geraint Davies, the Labour MP for Swansea West and the proponent of a bill to regulate the psychotherapy sector in such a way that would ban gay to straight conversion therapies. He argued that conversion therapy was ineffective and harmful, and that a registered psychotherapist should not be allowed to offer them.

Everyone else at the conference opposed that view!

Article: Christians challenge claims that gay conversion therapy is harmful, Christian Today, 17/1/2014.

On the issues

Homosexuality – new study claims some link to genes
Yet another study is claiming some link to genes as a ‘cause’ of homosexuality. 

In this latest study, “Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.”

The lead researcher is Michael Bailey, who has done research studies on identical twins and homosexuality.

One of the matters being discussed is a ‘genetic pre-natal test’ to determine homosexuality. As the Guardian pointed out, “The flawed thinking behind a genetic test for sexual orientation is clear from studies of twins, which show that the identical twin of a gay man, who carries an exact replica of his brother's DNA, is more likely to be straight than gay. That means even a perfect genetic test that picked up every gene linked to sexual orientation would still be less effective than flipping a coin.”
Article: Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows, Guardian, 14/2/2014.

Coming Events

National Day of Prayer and Fasting. - Sunday 2 March, 2014
In Canberra at the Great Hall, Parliament House.
- or wherever you are around Australia!

Date: Sunday 2 March, 2014.
Time: 10 am to 4 pm.
Followed by ’40 days of Prayer and Fasting’

Click here for full details.


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