News Update – 17 October – Homosexual convictions, porn in parliament, racism, censorship, discrimination…

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200I started this News Update thinking there wasn’t much to report – but, as always, there is a lot going on, both here in Australia and overseas…

The Victorian parliament passed legislation to remove ‘convictions for homosexual sex’, a former adviser claims pornography was distributed in the Victorian parliament, kinders claim ‘Baa baa black sheep is ‘racist’, ‘Secularist Manifesto’ signed in the UK (by a homosexual activist’) and the City of Houston demands to see pastors’ sermons (as part of a legal case regarding homosexuality and city ordinances)….

Jenny

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News for 17 October 2014

Australian News

1. Vic: Parliament passes legislation to “expunge historical convictions relating to homosexual sex’

2. Claim: Pornography distributed inside Victorian parliament

3. ‘Baa black sheep’ accused of being ‘racist’ (and ‘purple penguins’)

4. Australia - decrease in asylum seeker deaths
5. Norfolk Island Homosexual Marriage Bill

Overseas News

1. UK: Secularist Manifesto calls for removal of religion and likens Christians to terrorists

2. USA: Now it’s ‘National Coming Out Day’

3. USA: Houston demands pastors SUBMIT THEIR SERMONS

4. Refusing to print homosexual ‘Pride’ T-Shirts – against the law!

Coming Events

International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the Persecuted Church
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Australian News

1. Vic: Parliament passes legislation to “expunge historical convictions relating to homosexual sex’
The Victorian Parliament has passed legislation that will enable people who have convictions for homosexual sexual activity prior to 1981, when homosexuality was decriminalised, to have them ‘expunged’ or removed from their criminal record.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said,

"It is generally accepted that consensual sexual acts between two adult men should never have been a crime, and the legislation passed today recognises this. Historical convictions have caused ongoing harm and hurt to those who were prosecuted and can limit their employment, travel and volunteering options. People should not be subjected to unjust discrimination on account of their sexuality, and this reform will help to put an end to the harm these convictions have caused."

Mr Clark’s statement continued:

“Mr Clark said people who were convicted of a range of offences designed to target homosexual behaviour such as buggery, gross indecency and public morality offences (such as loitering for homosexual purposes) will be able to apply to have these convictions expunged.

Under the scheme, a person with such a conviction will be able to make a confidential application to the Secretary of the Department of Justice. Applications will also be able to be made on behalf of a person who is deceased.

The Secretary will assess the application together with any relevant official records to determine whether the person was convicted because of the homosexual nature of the conduct and whether that conduct would be legal today.

When an application is approved, the Secretary will notify the courts, police and office of public prosecutions and the records of the conviction will be expunged.

"Once a conviction is expunged, the applicant will be treated as if the conviction had never occurred," Mr Clark said.

Attorney-General’s Media release: Historical homosexual convictions to be expunged, 16/10/2014.

 

2. Claim: Pornography distributed inside Victorian parliament
Former political adviser Don Coulson has claimed that he distributed pornography from inside the Premier’s office whilst he was working as an adviser to former Liberal Premier Ted Baillieu.

Coulson is suing the government for ‘wrongful dismissal’ – he was sacked shortly after Denis Napthine became the Premier. The Premier said he was sacked for an unrelated matter, but in ‘cleaning out the office’, pornography was found on USB memory sticks. It is said that the pornography was “inappropriate” but “not illegal”.

Coulson is now claiming the pornography was not for his own use, but was ‘exchanged’ amongst Members and staff so they did not have to download it on to government computers.

Mr Napthine has said that the story is “bizarre” and that during meetings with Mr Coulson and his advisers the ‘pornography story’ had not been mentioned.

Articles:
Former Liberal adviser says pornography was distributed inside Victorian Parliament, The Age, 16/10/2014.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine: MP porn claims bizarre and absurdThe Australian, 16/10/2014.

 

3. ‘Baa black sheep’ accused of being ‘racist’ (and ‘purple penguins’) 
First we had restrictions on ‘golliwogs’ because they were thought to be racist – Enid Blyton’s ‘Noddy’ books were ‘rewritten in the 1980s with the golliwogs being replaced by teddy bears…

Now, in the latest example of political correctness, some kindergartens have BANNED ‘Baa black sheep’ because of some perceived connection to ‘racism’! Well, at least the ‘black’ is being banned - the colours of the sheep might be changed “to reflect a multicultural community”. Fortunately one pre-school, Bubbles, said they were sticking with the original words.

Of course, the fact that some sheep ARE black seems to have totally escaped the politically correct brigade.

But some kindergarten teachers said there was also consideration being given to changing the line, “one for the little boy who lives down the lane” in case it could be deemed sexist!!

Article: Racial connotations over black sheep prompts changes to Baa Baa Black Sheep at Victorian kindersHerald Sun, 17/10/2014.

Meanwhile, on the subject of 'gender',  in the USA, one school district in Nebraska provided information to teachers about how to be more ‘gender inclusive’ – one suggestion was to call the children ‘purple penguins’ instead of ‘boys and girls’ or ‘guys’!
Some reports claimed that was a mandated instruction to teachers, but the schools have said it was just some information provided to teachers! Nevertheless, a lot of information was provided to teachers by the ‘gender equity office’ – read more details at this article…

Article: Purple Penguins and the Radical Gender Agenda, Front Page, 15/10/2014.

 

4. Australia - decrease in asylum seeker deaths 
The Inter­national Organisation for Migration has released a report highlighting the dramatic decrease in deaths of people trying to reach Australia by boat.

The Australian states, “The 212-page report — Fatal Journeys, Tracking Lives Lost during Migration — counts one asylum-seeker death in 2014– there was one death last year… The one recorded death compares with 212 fatalities in 2013 and 356 in 2012 during the flood of asylum-seeker boats under Labor…”

In contrast there were “up to 3072 migrants are believed to have died in the Mediterranean — accounting for about 75 per cent of all migration-­related deaths — and “making it the deadliest sea in the world for migrants’’. This compared with an estimated 700 deaths in 2013...”. 
Article: Dramatic decrease in asylum-seeker deaths, The Australian, 14/10/2014.

Click here for IOM Press release and the REPORT.


5. Norfolk Island Homosexual Marriage Bill
Please continue to pray about the debate on this private member’s Bill.
If you would still like to write, please contact the Administrator Mr Gary Hardgrave, asking that he not give his ‘assent’ to the Bill.

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Overseas News

1. UK: Secularist Manifesto calls for removal of religion and likens Christians to terrorists

Christian Institute reports,

“A manifesto calling for the establishment of an “international front against the religious-Right and for secularism” has been signed by homosexual-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, the National Secular Society’s president Terry Sanderson and prominent atheist A C Grayling. The Christian Institute has criticised the signatories for equating Christians with groups such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram….”

Of course, these people ALSO have a WORLDVIEW that is equally forthright – if someone called for ‘secular’ ideals’ to be removed from public life they would be outraged!

Listing Christian groups alongside Boko Haram and Islamic State as ‘terrorist’ groups is totally offensive.

Homosexual activist Peter Tatchell commented:

“The launch of the Manifesto for Secularism is a challenge to the global rise of the Religious Right and its menacing values. Even when religion has little or no formal political power, such as in the UK and US, the Religious Right has often sabotaged women’s reproductive rights and equality for LGBT people.”

Interestingly the Manifesto is not available online at the original link on Peter Tatchell’s website.

Read the Christian Institute’s report…

Christians likened to terrorist groups in secularist manifesto, Christian Institute, 15/10/2014.


2. USA: Now it’s ‘National Coming Out Day’

The US lobby group, the National LGBTQ Task Force, is always celebrating SOMETHING! 
Last week the National LGBTQ Task Force celebrated ‘Bisexual Awareness Week’, saying bisexuals are “misunderstood”. That, of course, is mostly because they embrace BOTH homosexual AND heterosexual relationships!

This week, they are celebrating the “26th Annual National Coming Out Day” with the tagline “Be You!”

Interestingly, they state, “We know that coming out, sharing our personal stories, has significantly contributed to the rise in support for the LGBTQ community. In fact, today 75% of Americans say they have a family member, friend, or co-worker that is LGBTQ—compared to only 24% in 1985.”

Which just goes to prove how MUCH acceptance they have gained in recent years – yet they still claim ‘prejudice’ and ‘discrimination’!

3. USA: Houston demands pastors SUBMIT THEIR SERMONS

Yes, the city of Houston is demanding that pastors submit their sermons for inspection by local government authorities. Any sermons dealing with dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker (the mayor) are being asked for!

Why has that happened?
The city has a new ‘discrimination ordinance’ - they passed the ‘Equal Rights Ordinance’ in May 2014. Among other things, it allowed men to use women’s restrooms.

World Net Daily reports, “A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals and transgender persons as a protected class.” The lawsuit was filed against the city and the Mayor by a coalition of people, including some local pastors.

WND reports that the city wants to see the sermons as part of their defence of the lawsuit against the city: “The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.

The mayor, Annise Parker, is a lesbian who “married" her female partner in California earlier this year. She has acknowledged that the ordinance “is all about me”.

The Alliance Defence Fund is defending the pastors and opposing the subpoena that demands the sermons to be submitted!

Article: Houston demands oversight of sermons, World Net Daily, 14/10/2014.

Bill Muehlenberg comments:  Revealed: Big brother is a homosexual activist


4. Refusing to print homosexual ‘Pride’ T-Shirts – against the law!

A Christian who refused to print T-shirts for the Lexington homosexual Pride Festival has been found to have acted unlawfully…

Christian Institute reports:
“The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) asked Hands On Originals, a Christian-run business, to print t-shirts for its Pride Festival in 2012. Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals, which is based in the Lexington-Fayette area of Kentucky, declined the order because he did not want to promote the message of the event.

But last week an administrative law judge Greg Munson concluded that the Christian printer had acted unlawfully by refusing the order. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission will now decide whether to adopt or modify Munson’s recommended ruling….”

But would a homosexual owned printing company want to print T-Shirts saying ‘Homosexuality is a sin’ or something similar?
Perhaps more importantly, would they be FORCED to by the law?

Article: US Christian’s refusal to print gay pride t-shirts ‘unlawful, Christian Institute, 16/10/2014.

 

Coming Events


International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the Persecuted Church
IDOP 2014: Sunday 2 or 9 Nov.  
For full information and prayer points, see: Critical Prayer Requests (CPR) 

 

News Update - 10 Oct 2014 - Child marriage, Child abuse, Drugs, Transsexuality...

News with hand-SXC-1109654 23086232 320x200News from the past fortnight - on child marriage, homosexual 'marriage', drugs, child abuse, transsexuality and more. . .

Don't forget two upcoming events
- the March for the Babies in Melbourne on Sat 11 October at 1 pm and our Annual Dinner next Saturday 18 October.
Jenny

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News Update - 10 Oct 2014

Australian News

1. Child brides – “assault on values” says Scott Morrison
2. Marriage Update
    2.1 Norfolk Island - Bill
    2.2 Glen Eira Council passes motion on same-sex ‘marriage’
3. Royal Commission on Child Abuse: Case Study – responses by Australian Christian Churches
4. Islam: Money possibly sent from Sydney to the Middle East for fighting
5. Transsexual prostitute killed by husband
6. Legalising marijuana – Insight discussion and POLL
7. Victoria: Young people addicted to ICE
8. Victorian election – campaign on in earnest

Overseas News
1. USA: Supreme Court WON’T HEAR marriage cases
2. USA: 'National Bisexual Awareness Week'
3. UK: Couple called racist for singing ‘Peppa Pig’
4. Transsexuality – Manning sues US Defence Dept
5. USA: Southern Baptists expel church that supports homosexual ‘marriage’

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News Update - 10 Oct 2014

Australian News

1. Child brides – “assault on values” says Scott Morrison
A 14 year old girl was detained at Sydney Airport recently - it is alleged that she was leaving for an ‘arranged marriage’ in Lebanon. The girl and her uncle were prevented from leaving Australia.Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the practice was “an assault on Australian values” and that "Where children are involved (arranged marriage) is an abomination."

The article below doesn’t mention the word ‘Muslim’, but there have been a number of Australian cases where underage girls have gone overseas to marry, and others where they have been forced to marry here in Australia. Recently, 'Islamic State' make a public call for young women to travel to the Middle East to be ‘brides’ for 'Islamic State' fighters.

Scott Morrison’s interview on 2GB (29/9/2014) – click here.

Article: Child brides 'assault on values': Morrison, AAP, 28/9/2014. 

 

2. Marriage Update
2.1 Norfolk Island - Bill on same-sex 'marraige'
On Wednesday we mentioned that the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly will be debating a private member’s Bill on same-sex ‘marriage' next week.
We asked you to write to Attorney General George Brandis and Prime Minister Tony Abbott to ask them to ensure that this Bill is overturned if the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly passes the Bill.

ACTION: If you haven’t written to them yet, please write to them TODAY!

Attorney-General George Brandis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott - contact form: https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

2.2 Glen Eira Council passes motion on same-sex ‘marriage’
The Glen Eira Council in Melbourne has voted to publicly support same-sex ‘marriage’.
Of course, this has no effect on legislation – it is largely symbolic but it seeks to further undermine the Marriage Act. Other councils, such as Geelong, have already passed similar motions. Watch out to see if YOUR Council is planning simialr moves!

Article: Council backs same-sex marriage, 3AW, 25/9/2014.

 

3. Royal Commission on Child Abuse: Case Study – responses by Australian Christian Churches
This week the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse is investigating the responses by the Australian Christian Churches (formerly Assemblies of God) and some associated churches.

In particular, they are investigating:
1. The response of the Sydney Christian Life Centre and Hills Christian Life Centre (now Hillsong Church) and Assemblies of God in Australia (now Australian Christian Churches) to allegations of child sexual abuse made against William Francis “Frank” Houston.
2. The response of the Northside Christian College and the Northside Christian Centre (now Encompass Church) in Bundoora, Victoria and Assemblies of God in Australia (now Australian Christian Churches) to allegations of child sexual abuse made against former teacher Kenneth Sandilands.
3. The response of Australian Christian Churches to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Jonathan Baldwin.
4. The systems, policies, practices and procedures for the reporting of and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse of:

Click here for the Case Study 18 webpage, with full details and live streaming of the public hearing.

On Thursday, 9 October, Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong, was questioned about his handling of the child sex abuse allegations against his father – at the time, in 1999, Brian Houston was the President of the AOG - counsel at the Royal Commission questioned him about a possible ‘conflict of interest’ because of his personal relationship with Frank Houston. Brian Houston told the Commission that he was shocked by the revelation but didn’t report it to the police because, at the time the allegations were revealed, the man was about 35 and the abuse had happened in 1969 -1970.

ABC PM program - audio and transcript of the questions and responses at the Royal Commission – click here.


4. Islam: Money possibly sent from Sydney to the Middle East for fighting
A Sydney money transfer business that is owned by “the sister and brother-in-law of Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf will be permanently shut down after it failed to convince authorities that millions of dollars sent to the Middle East concerns were not being used to fund terrorism.”

Article: Fears firm sent $21m to terrorists, SMH, 30/9/2014.

 

5. Transsexual prostitute killed by husband
This might seem like a rather grisly story – a man who killed and cooked his wife, who then took his own life.

But behind it is another story, showing the results of lives lived outside of God’s plan.
The murdered wife was a pre-operative transsexual, advertising as a ‘shemale’ for sex to help support family in Indonesia…. And there have been further revelations that the man, Marcus Volke, had also worked in a brothel as a prostitute. A former friend of Marcus Volke said he had mental health problems and was involved in playing the online computer game, ‘World of Warcraft’.

Articles:
- Killed and cooked trans woman was high-class sex worker, Herald Sun, 7/10/2014.
- Killer chef Marcus Volke worked as sex worker before murdering wife at Teneriffe, Courier Mail, 8/10/2014.
- Teneriffe murder-suicide: Former friend describes Marcus Volke as paranoid, in poor mental health, ABC, 9/10/2014.


6. Legalising marijuana – Insight discussion and POLL
The SBS Insight program this week discussed the legalisation of marijuana.
Click here for the PROGRAM episode website.

Of course, there is a confused mix as to whether this is about the legalisation of ALL marijuana (as in the POLL below) or ‘medicinal marijuana’ as in the program title, “Is medicinal marijuana doing good or harm?”

Even regarding the use of ‘medicalised cannabis’, some groups are calling for ALL marijuana to be legalised for medical purposes whilst others are talking about only pharmaceutical substances that are approved by the TGA.
More on the campaign around ‘legalising marijuana’ next week and the positions of the political parties in Victoria.

The vote poll at this stage has 87% saying it should be legalised.
Click here to VOTE NO!

 

7. Victoria: Young people addicted to ICE
A Victorian Regional Court Judge, Magistrate Stella Stuthridge, has spoken about the huge increase in the use of the drug ICE by young people – and also children as young as 11 on ICE….

Compelling listening…

SBS Video and article: Kids as young as 11 addicts in towns gripped by drug ice, 25/9/2014.

Listen to the interview on ABC 774click here.

 

8. Victorian election – campaign on in earnest
In Victoria, the major parties are campaigning for votes, with funding announcements being made daily in the lead up to the November 29 election.

We’ve previously reported that Australian Christians, Democratic Labor Party and Rise Up Australia Party have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ to exchange preferences to increase the prospects of pro-family, pro-life candidates being elected.

Last week, one media report noted that pamphlets highlighting the ‘pro-abortion’ views of some candidates are already being letter-boxed. Labor MP Danielle Green, who was the target of such pamphlets, complained that the pamphlets weren’t properly ‘authorised’.

Danielle Green is a member of Emily's List (click here) and also voted for the Abortion Law Reform Act and AGAINST any of the amendments (see Life Vote for voting record).

Article: Anti-abortionists target state's most marginal seat, The Age, 29/9/2014.


Overseas News

1. USA: Supreme Court WON’T HEAR marriage cases
The US Supreme Court has decided that it will DECLINE to hear appeals in cases dealing with same-sex ‘marriage’!
This will effectively allow lower courts to make the decisions. The court has refused to hear appeals relating to five states, where lower courts had overturned referendums which supported marriage between a man and a woman. Six other states are also waiting for appeals to be heard, and are also likely to be affected.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, was highly critical of the decision.

Article: U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear marriage cases, allows judges to redefine marriage in up to 11 states, Lifesite, 6/10/2014.

Read Media Release, National Organisation for Marriage, 6/8/2014.

 

2. USA: 'National Bisexual Awareness Week'
Yes, I’m not kidding. The main homosexual rights group in the USA, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, recently held their first ‘National Bisexual Awareness Week’.

Their aim: “Educating the public about people who identify as bisexual.”

They obviously think the public understand homosexuals fairly well – now they state, “Bisexual people are some of the most misunderstood members of our LGBTQ community.”

Read their Press Releaseclick here.


3. UK: Couple called racist for singing ‘Peppa Pig’
A couple who were singing the ‘Peppa Pig’ song to their 15 month old autistic daughter on a bus were accused by a Muslim passenger of being ‘racist’ because she thought the ‘pig noises’ were defamatory to Islam – the couple say they were then ordered to get off the bus!

Article: Couple singing Peppa Pig tune to toddler 'forced off bus after complaints they were being racist' because it goes against Muslim pork ban, Daily Mail, 26/9/2014.


4. Transsexuality – Manning sues US Defence Dept
Army private Bradley Manning is currently serving a 35 year sentence for leaking security information.

Bradley Manning, who now says he is a woman called Chelsea, is suing the US Defence department because they aren’t providing enough ‘treatment’ for his gender identity disorder…

Article: Manning sues over gender treatment in US, AAP, 24/9/2014.

 

5. USA: Southern Baptists expel church that supports homosexual ‘marriage’
World Magazine reports, “The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday voted to remove a Los Angeles-area church from its membership after its pastor, Danny Cortez, announced support for same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships. The national organization’s action came 10 days after the California Southern Baptist Convention voted to remove New Heart Community Church from its fellowship . . .”

Article: Southern Baptists expel church that defied marriage doctrine, World Magazine, 24/9/2014.

 

News Update - 26 Sept - homosexual 'marriage', jihad in Australia, mosques, 'climate disruption' summit

Newspaper-dog shutterstock-SmAnother busy week - with an update on homosexual 'marriage' and various reports relating to the Islamic terrorism threat in Australia...

Jenny

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News Update - 26 Sept 

Australian News

1. Update: homosexual ‘marriage’ in Australia
    1.1 Senate Committee opposes recognition of foreign same-sex ‘marriages’
    1.2 Liberal Craig Laundy changes view on conscience vote
    1.3 Julia Gillard says homosexual ‘marriage’ will be legalised in Australia

2. SRI & ACCESS Ministries – Uniting Church resolution expresses ‘concerns’

3. Islam and jihad in Australia
    3.1 Islamic State leaders call for followers to ‘kill infidels’
    3.2 Muslims near Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor in Sydney questioned by police
    3.3 Muslim teen attacks police and is shot at Endeavour Hills
    3.4 Goulburn jail – convicted terrorists using ‘secret code’ to communicate
    3.5 Goulburn Jail riot – shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’
    3.6 Sydney teen charged over ‘IS death threat’ at school and church
    3.7 Religious leaders – statement calling for calm
    3.8 Article by Paul Sheehan on terrorism

4. Queensland: church properties now used for MOSQUES

Overseas News 
1. UN Climate Change Summit - Global warming, then climate change – now “climate disruption”
2. Arab Bank and connection to Hamas – US court decision

Coming Events
- Salt Shakers Dinner – Sat 18 October – BOOK NOW!
- Kameel Majdali’s lecture: The Big 'I'

Australian News

1. Update: homosexual ‘marriage’ in Australia

1.1 Senate Committee opposes recognition of foreign same-sex ‘marriages’
Good news! The Senate Committee that conducted an Inquiry into the Greens’ ‘Recognition of foreign same-sex marriages Bill’ has opposed the Bill.
The Committee only made one recommendation: “The committee recommends that the Bill not be passed.”

The Greens and one Labor Senator, who support the Bill, made ‘Dissenting reports’.

Committee page on the Bill – click here.

REPORT on the Billclick here.


1.2 Liberal Craig Laundy changes view on conscience vote
Liberal MP Craig Laundy recently stated that he no longer supports a ‘conscience’ vote on homosexual ‘marriage’ for Coalition MPs – partly because he realises MPs would be the subject of ‘vigorous lobbying’ from both sides!
Craig personally opposes homosexual ‘marriage’ because of his religious beliefs.
Article: Same-sex marriage: Liberal MP Craig Laundy changes stance on free vote, SMH, 21/9/2014.


1.3 Julia Gillard says homosexual ‘marriage’ will be legalised in Australia
In an interview on Channel 9 this week, titled Julia Gillard: The Whole Truth former Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Ray Martin, “I accept the course of human history now is that we are going to see same-sex marriage here and in, you know, most parts of the developed world."  As you know, during her time as PM she refused to support homosexual ‘marriage’.

Why did she oppose it? Because her feminist beliefs led her to support relationships outside of ‘traditional marriage’. This comment is revealing: “I've got what may be in the modern age a kind of old-fashioned, feminist view about, can we take the traditional institution of marriage and stretch it? Or do you create some other way of solemnising relationships and recognising them as of worth and status? When I was a young feminist I would've said overwhelmingly the gay community was on that track too, but things have changed.”

Of course, the homosexual groups now support ‘marriage’ because it would ‘normalise their relationships’ and because it would change the actual meaning of marriage and destroy the church’s influence and involvement in marriage itself.

The interview this week came just before her memoir ‘My Story’, was released – which Kevin Rudd, not surprisingly, has already dismissed as inaccurate

Article: Julia Gillard on gay marriage: Former PM says only a matter of time before same-sex unions legal in Australia, ABC, 23/9/2014.

Article: Julia Gillard's memoirs a 'fiction', says Kevin Rudd, Nine, 24/9/2014.
Range of media reports on the interview and memoirclick here

 

2. SRI & ACCESS Ministries – Uniting Church resolution expresses ‘concerns’
The Uniting Church in Victoria passed a resolution on religious instruction in schools at their synod this week. It expressed concern about some elements of the operation of ACCESS (which runs Christian SRI in Victorian schools) including consultation, governance, the training of instructors and payment of a ‘compulsory’ fee by volunteers - and gave them until July 2015 to respond to their concerns. The resolution follows ‘a three-year investigation by a Uniting Church task group’.

In recent times ACCESS has improved training, and the payment of a fee is currently under discussion as some volunteers are concerned about this new requirement.

ACCESS says they are working with the Uniting Church and all member denominations. This is an internal matter between ACCESS and the Uniting Church – but the media highlighted it after the Uniting Church issued a Media Release with their ‘five requests’! The media report focused on what they saw as the most controversial aspects – the training of volunteers and payment of the fee.

Article:   Uniting Church threatens withdrawal from Access Ministries' religious instruction program, Age, 24/9/2014.


3. Islam and jihad in Australia
In the past week there has been an escalation of threats of ‘jihad’ and violence relating to ISIL/Islamic State. In response, Mr Abbott has introduced even more changes to the anti-terrorism laws relating to detention of suspects. Jason Wood, an MP and former member of Victoria Police’s anti-terrorism squad, says the laws need to be even stronger, with increased questioning powers.

Some of the incidents relating to Islam from the past week:

3.1 Islamic State leaders call for followers to ‘kill infidels’
This week, a leader of Islamic State made a PUBLIC call for followers to take action and kill non-Muslims at random in countries that are taking action against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – and that includes Australia. The statement said, “If you can kill an American or European infidel – especially the spiteful and cursed French – or an Australian or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the infidel fighters ... then rely upon God and kill them in any way possible. Do not consult with anyone and do not seek anyone's advice. Whether they are civilian or military, the same ruling applies.”
The public, all-encompassing instruction may be a way of them avoiding being ‘tracked’ when phones are used to receive messages, as was the case in the raids last week!
Article: Islamic State: Militant group calls on supporters to kill Australians 'in any possible way', ABC, 23/9/2014.


3.2 Muslims near Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor in Sydney questioned by police

Five Muslims, whose cars were parked 100 metres from the entrance to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney, were questioned by police – and then released.
Lucas Heights was the target of the foiled Pendennis terror plot involving Australian-born terrorist Mohamed Elomar (now fighting with ISIL) – so it’s not surprising the police responded quickly!
Article: Australia: Five Muslims released after police called to area near nuclear reactor, Jihad Watch, 22/9/2014.


3.3 Muslim teenager attacks police and is shot at Endeavour Hills
A Muslim teenager, whose passport had been cancelled by ASIO to prevent him leaving Australia to fight with ISIL, attacked and stabbed two police outside the Endeavour Hills police station this week – the police then shot and killed the teenager.
One report said he was a “known terrorist suspect and past member of radical Islamic group Al Furqan.” Some reports said he had tracked Mr Abbott's movements.
Almost immediately Muslim leaders called for a ‘full investigation’ into the Muslim man’s death. TheICV Media ReleaseICV Media Release said the government needed to “deal with” the root causes of “alienation and disaffection” – but didn’t mention terrorism or Islamic State.

Sheik Omran, from another ‘radical group’, visited the family home and radical preacher Junaid Thorne claimed the teenager was “innocent: “we see that he was killed - he was innocent and he was killed unjustly, so we want justice brought to him.”

Article: Muslim leaders call for full investigation into Melbourne teen terror suspect shooting, Herald Sun, 24/9/2014.
7.30 Report: Melbourne shooting - picture emerges of a journey into radicalism, 25/9/2014.


3.4 Goulburn jail – convicted terrorists using ‘secret code’ to communicate
Senior corrections officials have told the Daily Telegraph that they are concerned that convicted terrorists in high security section of Goulburn Jail are communicating freely with the outside world – through visits, mail and phone calls. Prison sources told the paper that the prisoners communicate via a prepared code. Khaled Sharrouf, now fighting with ISIL, claimed on Twitter to have received religious instruction from one inmate via the jail phone!
Article: Cell block terror: Jailed terrorists continue jihadi activities from inside Goulburn Supermax, Daily Telegraph, 21/9/2014. 


3.5 Goulburn Jail riot – shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’
When some aboriginal prisoners were denied a BBQ, they protested – and were supported by Muslim prisoners shouting Allahu Akbar! Seven prisoners were segregated and some had minor injuries in the ensuing riot.

We have frequently reported that some aboriginal people in prison are becoming Muslims, so it wasn’t a surprise to see the Muslims ‘supporting’ aboriginal prisoners.
Article: Goulburn Jail: Allah is the cry in the worst riot for ten years, Daily Telegraph, 22/9/2014,


3.6 Sydney teen charged over ‘IS death threat’ at school and church
Last week we reported about threats to kill Christians that were made outside a school in Sydney – a 14 year old boy has been arrested and charged over the incident.
Article: Sydney teen charged over ‘IS death threat’ at school and church, News.com.au, 24/9/2014.


3.7 Religious leaders – statement calling for calm
In the wake of the ISIL call to kill people, several religious leaders in Australia issued a statement and held a media conference, calling for calm.
“The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, joined senior leaders from the Greek Christian, Maronite and Catholic Churches” to “call for calm” and to reject the fatwas from ISIL/Islamic State calling for Australians to be killed.
Article: Religious leaders called for restraint in the face of escalated terrorism fears within Australia, ABC, 24/9/2014.


3.8 Article by Paul Sheehan on terrorism
Article: It only takes one drop to swell the tide of terrorism

An insightful article on the current threat by Paul Sheehan. He points out that only a small number of Muslims may be involved in ‘terrorism’ – he notes that it only takes 1% of the population committed to an ideology to take over – in previous times that was Communists or Maoists, but now it is "Islamists”.

Paul writes, “The Muslim world has about 1.5 billion adherents. If just one hundredth of one per cent interpret the Koran as a command to perform unforgiving jihad, then 150,000 people will engage in violent war. That is what we are seeing. One per cent of one per cent. It is a statistic we must not forget….”


4. Queensland: church properties now used for MOSQUES
Maroochydore – the ‘Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast’ is planning to build a mosque and Islamic Centre on land formerly owned by the Uniting Church – the land, in Church Street, is next to the Catholic Church and just up the street from the Anglican Church. [Article]

Since then, a ‘Stop the Mosque in Maroochydore’ Facebook page has been set up, and is planning a peaceful protest at the site – a spokeswoman said, “There is currently no approval for use of the site as a 'place of worship' and this would need to be obtained”. [Article]

Toowoomba – in January 2014, the Islamic Society of Toowoomba opened a mosque in a property that had previously been the home of Westside Christian Church. In his speech, founding President of the Islamic Society, Dr Shahjahan Khan, said “… the worshippers will worship the same Almighty God, the Lord of all prophets …” [Article]

Really? We don't think so!

He then went on to state that this mosque will actually be a place to worship ALLAH and knowing about ISLAM!This will serve as a source of Divine inspiration, spiritual guidance, and revealed knowledge for the benefit of humanity.  It will remain open to everyone interested in worshipping Allah or knowing about Islam and Muslims, followers of the second largest religion on earth.”

Another story then emerged – Westside Christian Church had been renting the property for 14 years – and was critical that their landlord, Lifeworks Uniting Church, gave them very short notice to leave when they decided to SELL the property. [Article]

Meanwhile, this week a controversial mosque proposed for the Gold Coast was REJECTED by the local Council. Opponents of the mosque were present at the Council meeting. [Article]

Overseas News

1. UN Climate Change Summit - Global warming, then climate change – now “climate disruption”
The United Nations held a summit on ‘climate’ in New York this week. UN and world leaders have said it is the ‘biggest ever threat to humanity’. The ABC's report is typical - saying that UN leader Ban Ki-Moon said this is the greatest challenge we have faced - "The human environmental and financial cost of climate change is fast becoming unbearable."

Barack Obama echoed those sentiments... Hollywood actors urged everyone to ACT!

Tony Abbott didn't attend - he sent Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who outlined Australia's 'direct action plan' to deal with 'climate change'. The leaders of Russia, China, India and Canada didn't attend either!

Another meeting to 'plan action' is scheduled for next year...

But the terminology has changed – some leaders said it should not be called ‘global warming’ or even the revised term ‘climate change’ – but is should now be called ‘climate disruption’!

Read Townhall's news item:  The UN Has Renamed Global Warming/Climate Change Again

Perhaps the word ‘disruption’ comes from the new documentary on climate called 'Disruption'!
See http://watchdisruption.com/about/

Read the OFFICIAL UN page on the Climate Summit – click here.

Article: Climate summit: Humanity has never faced a greater challenge, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon says, ABC, 24/9/2014

2. Arab Bank and connection to Hamas – US court decision

In a historic decision, Arab Bank PLC has been found to have knowingly passed funds to Hamas that were used for terrorist activities. The decision was made by a jury in the US federal court. The Arab Bank, which has its HQ in Jordan but has branches around the world, says it will appeal against the decision.
Arab Bank also operates in Australia – Arab Bank Australia is "a wholly owned subsidiary of Arab Bank plc, the first private sector financial institution in the Arab world, with over 80 years of experience." (source Bank website)
Article: Arab Bank found liable over Hamas attacks, US jury says, Jerusalem Post, 22/9/2014.

Article: Arab Bank Found Liable for Providing Assistance to Hamas, Wall St Journal, 22/9/2014.

Coming Events

Salt Shakers Dinner – Sat 18 October – BOOK NOW!

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Kameel Majdali’s lecture: The Big 'I'

Dr Kameel Majdali teaches around the world through his ministry 'Teach All Nations' - he also holds meetings in Melbourne that address world affairs, in particular what is happening in the Middle East. Kameel is the former Principal of Harvest Bible College in Melbourne, and ran the 'Trends' conferences.

Kameel's next lecture is titled 'The Big 'I' - where Islam stands for Iraq, Iran, Islamic State and Israel. He's subtitled it, "What's next for the Middle East and the World".

Date: Monday 6 October at 7.30 pm

Venue: Christian Life Assembly, 374-378 Blackburn Rd, Glen Waverley (Mel 70 J3)
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News Update 19 Sept - Marriage Week; Jihad threats in Australia; AFL supports ssm; Child care; Persecuted Christians

News with man Fotolia 60714122 320x200This week is 'Marriage Week' so it is an opportunity to focus on what is good!
However, there is a lot happening around us that is 'not so good'! With the raids and arrests relating to terror threats in Australia, that is a major focus in this report...

Jenny

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News Update - 19 September

Australian News

1. Marriage Week in Australia: 14-20 September
2. Jihad In Australia – IS/ISIL terrorism
3. Charities and the funding of IS terror and jihad
4. PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie says ‘sharia supporters should leave’
5. AFL officially supports same-sex ‘marriage’
6. Expert warns of problems with ‘long day care’
7. Fred Nile moves his ‘face covering Bill” in NSW

Overseas News

1. Miss America worked at Planned Parenthood . . .
2. On persecuted Christians – please pray and act

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News Update - 19 September

Australian News

1. Marriage Week in Australia: 14-20 September
Starting with the good news! This week is ‘Marriage Week’ in Australia and it’s a special opportunity to focus on the importance of marriage.

See the National Marriage Week website for ideas to strengthen marriage and to promote the value of marriage based on the Bible, with God’s design laid out for us in Genesis. Some events are being held across Australia – a variety of resources are available for you to read and download. Spread the word and celebrate marriage!

2. Jihad In Australia – IS/ISIL terrorism
Yesterday (Thursday) police conducted raids on more than a dozen properties in Sydney and Brisbane – the raids were conducted after specific information was obtained regarding IS/ISIL leaders exhorting their followers in Australia to carry out ‘public beheadings’ in Australia.
Mr Abbott said, “The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country. So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”

Today, it was revealed that terrorists were suspected of planning an attack on Parliament House and our leaders. Security at Parliament House has been immediately upgraded, with the Australian Federal Police taking control of security and armed officers protecting the Prime Minister’s office and Ministerial wing.

Earlier this week, a Christian school in Sydney received deaths – they came from men who were in car and displaying an Islamic flag.

Andrew Bolt provides a good overview of who is involved in the ‘terror cell’ and how events have unfolded – read Jihadists in our suburbs
He also notes with concern that Waleed Aly, who he describes as "in my opinion, our most prominent apologist for Muslim extremism”, rejects any claim that ISIL is committing ‘genocide’ – Andrew also points out that Waleed Aly, in his article on yesterday’s raids, doesn’t mention the word ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’ (Aly’s article here).
Yet Waleed Aly is a favourite on ABC radio and a lecturer in politics and ‘global terrorism’ at Monash University!

Media reports:
- Police swoop on Sydney, Brisbane homes in terror raids, The Australian, 18/9/2014.
- Terror raids: Red alert over the plot to attack our nation’s leaders, Daily Telegraph, 19/9/2014.
- Sydney Christian school targeted by death threats from car with flag 'similar to Islamic State's', SMH, 18/9/2014.
- Click here for a range of responses from political and community leaders.

Bill Muehlenberg writes about these events… Jihad in Australia


3. Charities and the funding of IS terror and jihad
New reports of Islamic organisations being used to raise funds that are then siphoned off to support terrorist activities…
The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) raised the concerns in their just-released 2014 ‘Australian Terrorism Financing’ report.

The report says, “Some Australian based charities and NPOs (non-profit organisations) have been exploited by terrorist groups to raise money. The risks associated with the misuse of charities and NPOs are high as these organisations offer the capacity for groups to raise relatively large amounts of money over time. Domestic charities and NPOs are at risk of being misused by overseas terrorist groups which have a supporter base among communities in Australia.’’

Article: Charity ruse is funding terror of Islamic State, Daily Telegraph, 16/9/2014.

AUSTRAC terror finance report - on their website http://www.austrac.gov.au/

Actual report at http://www.austrac.gov.au/terrorism-financing-in-australia-2014.html


4. PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie says ‘sharia supporters should leave’
Jacqui Lambie, the outspoken Tasmanian Senator for the Palmer United Party, made the headlines again this week with a call for those who support sharia law in Australia to leave the country. She said, “Anybody that supports Sharia law in Australia should not have the right to vote, should not be given government handouts and should probably pack up their bags and get out of here. Anybody supporting or calling for sharia law in Australia can get out. Simple as that.”

Article: Lambie: Sharia law supporters 'get out', News.com.au, 15/9/2014.


5. AFL officially supports same-sex ‘marriage’
Since when was football about homosexuality and the political battle over marriage?
Not only do we have ‘anti-homophobia’ campaigns by the AFL (as a result of action by homosexual activist)… Now the AFL has announced that they SUPPORT homosexual ‘marriage’!

Apparently the AFL stated their decision to endorse homosexual ‘marriage’ in their response to a letter from Geelong woman Sharyn Faulkner, whose son is homosexual. A former local mayor, she is actively campaigning for the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage’.
Of course, the pro-homosexual group Australian Marriage Equality then made the response PUBLIC in a Media Release!

But what if a woman writes that her son is in a polygamous relationship and wants to ‘marry’ them all? Would the AFL endorse polygamy in order to ‘not discriminate’?

ACTION – Write to AFL’s Chief Executive, Mr Gillon McLachlan, and express your concern at their endorsement of homosexual ‘marriage’. You could encourage them to stick to FOOTBALL! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Article: AFL supports same-sex marriage, SMH, 1/9/2014.


6. Expert warns of problems with ‘long day care’
Dr Sue Packer, ‘a respected pediatrician and vice-president of the leading advocacy body for prevention of child abuse and neglect (NAPCAN) says leaving babies in long-day care can be a form of child abuse’ when the child finds it “traumatic”.

Dr Packer said, “There is a looming risk for children brought up in an untested environment (long-day care). They are a social experiment now. We will see how much alternative care they than cope with without compromising development.''

She was particularly critical of parents who put their children in long-day-care when they were less than 12 months old.

Article: Long day-care 'form of child abuse': Expert': Expert, Sunshine Coast Daily, 16/9/2014.

VOTE IN POLL: Do you think children today need more attention from their parents?
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7. Fred Nile moves his ‘face covering Bill” in NSW
Fred Nile has again moved a Bill in the NSW Parliament to ban the wearing of ‘face coverings’ in public. Of course, many media reports and politicians have condemned him and claim he is using it to criticise the wearing of Islamic burqas.

Yes, the Bill does deal with burqas, and other face coverings. His Media Release stated, “It follows similar bans in Belgium, France Italy and Switzerland etc.
Rev Nile denies the bill is anti-Muslim, saying his concern lies with national security and the ISIS threat.”

Fred’s Second Reading speech on the Bill outlined the major concerns.
The Bill is yet to be debated and voted on. If you live in NSW, please encourage your MPs to vote FOR the Bill – click here for MP contact details.
Article: Christian Democrat Rev Fred Nile again moves to ban burqa in NSW, SMH, 11/9/2014.

Fred Nile’s second reading speechclick here.


Overseas News

1. Miss America worked at Planned Parenthood . . .
Joe Miller, of Restoring Liberty, writes, “Kira Kazantsev, who represented New York state as Miss New York, worked at the Planned Parenthood abortion business — the nation’s biggest abortion company…”

He writes, “According to her Linked-In profile, Kazantsev interned at Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York. Her job duties at the company that snuffs out of the lives of young baby girls? “Assisted delivery of programs in local public schools, teaching children about mutual respect & self-esteem” and “Conducted research on Planned Parenthood Education.

Article: Newly-Crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev Worked at Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz, Joe Miller, 16/9/2014.


2. On persecuted Christians – please pray and act

CUP- petition and letter writing…
As we mentioned earlier this week, ‘Christians Under Persecution’ ask us to WRITE letters to PM Tony Abbott, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Joe Hockey, as well as our own federal MPs and Senators – and also sign a petition asking the government to act regarding religious persecution.
See the CUP Facebook page for details.

Citizen Go petition – provide shelter for Christians in Iraq
Citizen Go is running a petition… “Please help by calling on the European Union to provide immediate shelter to the persecuted Christians of Iraq. As a community, we cannot look away any longer. . ." 
To sign the petition, click here.

Barnabas Fund petition
Barnabas Fund is running a petition titled ‘Save the Christians of the Middle East’.
The petition calls on our nation and the United Nations
“to intervene actively to protect Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, from genocide, persecution and terror; to allow Christian refugees into our countries and to take active steps to promote humanitarian asylum and a positive welcome; and to support and give humanitarian aid to Christians in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and to provide assistance to those fleeing as refugees.”
Click here to sign the petition.

 

News Update - 12 Sept - Chaplaincy & states, politics & politicians, Islam & terrorism, microchips and more

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200This week I've included a number of items related to Islam, as the government has just raised the 'terror alert' in Australia to HIGH.
Some items about our Independent Senators and policies, the latest on the schools chaplaincy program and more...
Relax (well, try to!) and read on!
Jenny
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News Update - 12 Sept 2014
Australian News
1. Chaplaincy – states given to TODAY to sign up!
2. Senator Madigan leaves the DLP
3. Senator Leyonhjelm – legalise drugs, assisted suicide, homosexual ‘marriage’…
4. Microchips in the hand? Australian man leads the way
5. Greens want to outlaw the word ‘terrorist’!
6. Islam Update - terror alert level, Arrests in Brisbane, Muslims4Australia...
    6.1 Australian ‘terror alert’ raised to HIGH 
    6.2 Raids on Islamic bookstore in Brisbane – 2 arrested 
    6.3 Muslim leaders condemn PM Tony Abbott instead of the ISIL terrorists 
    6.4 Mosque in Liverpool NSW auctions Islamic flag 
   6.5 Death threats for Muslim leader who opposes ISIL // Muslims4Australia BBQ 
   6.6 ASIO and Australian Defence Forces urge Muslims to enlist!     

Overseas News
1. UK: London grandmother beheaded in her garden
2. UK: Teacher sent to prison for lesbian affair with student
3. UK: Another case of ‘selective surrogacy’ - and disability

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News Update - 12 Sept 2014

Australian News

1. Chaplaincy – states given to TODAY to sign up!
Last week we noted that the federal government is planning to give the money to states to distribute for the schools chaplaincy program because of the recent High Court ruling. They set a deadline of TODAY for states to sign up to distribute the funds.

The federal government has also decided to stick to their commitment to remove ‘secular counsellors’ from the program – following a Cabinet and party room debate where some Liberals argued for leaving the secular counsellors ‘in’ the program. These were added to the original chaplaincy scheme by the previous Labor government.

Now it is up to the states – apparently most states have signed up. All except for the ACT and SA - the ACT Education Minister wants to have a ‘choice’ of chaplains or secular counsellors. One report says that South Australia is refusing to agree to distribute the funds because non-religious workers are excluded.

Articles:
Tony Abbott to keep secular workers out of school chaplaincy program, SMH, 27/8/2014.
SA chaplaincy jobs in doubt as funding row deadline looms, Yahoo, 11/9/2014.


2. Senator Madigan leaves the DLP
Last week Victorian Senator John Madigan announced that he was resigning from the Democratic Labour Party and said he plans to sit as an ‘Independent’ in the Senate for the remainder of his term. Senator Madigan cited a ‘cancer of political intrigue’ within the DLP and problems in the administration of the Party. There had apparently been a high staff turnover, with reports that nine staff members had left in three years.

The Australian reported, “Senator Madigan insisted he remained committed to the socially conservative values of the DLP, including opposition to euthanasia and abortion.”

DLP officials were upset at the announcement and demanded that he ‘resign and hand the seat back to the DLP’.

Articles:
- Crossbench senator John Madigan cites ‘political intrigue’ as he quits Democratic Labour Party, The Australian, 4/9/2014.
- DLP demands John Madigan hand his seat back to the party, Herald Sun, 4/9/2014.


3. Senator Leyonhjelm – legalise drugs, assisted suicide, homosexual ‘marriage’…
NSW Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm has announced that he wants cannabis to be SOLD OPENLY in Australia! In fact, he wants cannabis sold in SUPERMARKETS – and heroin and cocaine available from the GOVERNMENT!

This move comes in the wake of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (which includes some former world leaders) calling for the legalisation of drugs (see report at the Wall Street Journal).

This is Senator David Leyonhjelm’s latest attempt to introduce ‘libertarian policies’ – he has already promised to introduce homosexual ‘marriage’. This week he also had an article in Online Opinion supporting assisted suicide – euthanasia!

On cannabis, Family Voice’s Ros Phillips wrote that his policies could “summed up as ‘Do what you like as long as no one gets hurt’

But Ros pointed out that people DO get hurt from cannabis use… “His trouble is that he has forgotten the last part of that sentence – as long as no one gets hurt.  His latest policy of legalising cannabis for open sale is a case in point – the harm done, particularly to Australian teens, would be enormous. Only today, the prestigious UK medical journal The Lancet has published a paper whose findings point to serious health and other risks from cannabis use. Researchers from the University of New South Wales, led by Professor Richard Mattick, found a range of negative outcomes from cannabis use, including serious depression. They found that teens who smoked cannabis daily before the age of 17 were seven times more likely to attempt suicide.  They were also eight times more likely to use other illicit drugs later in life.”

Family Voice Media Release: Corner shop cannabis and other dopey ideas, Family Voice, 10/9/2014.
Media report: Federal MP wants pot in supermarkets, hard drugs available for addicts to break crime rings, Herald Sun, 9/9/2014.

Paul Russell’s response to Senator Leyonhjelm’s ‘Assisted Suicide’ article:
The Utopian Dream of Controlling the Uncontrollable

4. Microchips in the hand? Australian man leads the way 
We’ve all heard about ‘microchips’ implanted in the hand. It’s often discussed in association with the Biblical reference to a ‘mark of the beast’.
Brisbane man, “Advertising director Ben Slater had the microchip inserted two weeks ago. It was implanted in the webbing of his hand at a Melbourne tattoo parlour.” Media reports said he hoped the newly released iPhone 6 would be able to read the chip – and that he can use the chip to ‘swing his front door open, switch on his lights and store personal information with the flick of his hand’.
Article: Australian man who's had a microchip inserted into his hand so that he can do more with the iPhone 6...maybe, Daily Mail, 7/9/2014.

For more on microchips, read this recent article from Fox News:
Is there a microchip implant in your future?(30/8/2014.)


5. Greens want to outlaw the word ‘terrorist’!
Greens Senator Peter Phish-Wilson told the Senate last week that we shouldn’t use the word ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism’ to describe the Muslim ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State militants who have been beheading journalists, Christians and others in Iraq.

Perhaps most concerning, the reason he gave was that, “Often our forces could be seen by Iraqi civilians as being terrorists."

But comparing our soldiers and these barbaric men as ‘equivalent’ is offensive!

Andrew Bolt wrote, Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson seems to have trouble asserting that Australian soldiers, unlike the Islamic State’s genocidal beheaders and rapists, are not terrorists.”
Source: Blog comment – Andrew Bolt

Greens leader Christine Milne talked to Sky News (10 minute interview) about their call to‘re-define’ the word ‘terrorist’ (whilst having to admit is IS terror)!


6. Islam Update - terror alert level, Arrests in Brisbane, Muslims4Australia...

6.1 Australian ‘terror alert’ raised to HIGH
The Australian government has raised the ‘terror alert’ from ‘Medium’ to ‘HIGH’ on advice from ASIO. A ‘High’ level means ‘A terrorist attack is likely’.

Meanwhile, President Obama has announced increased military action by the US in Iraq and Syria against ISIL/Islamic State.

Articles:
- Tony Abbott raises Australia’s terror threat to high, News.com.au, 12/9/2014.
- New front in war on terror, The Australian, 12/9/2014.


6.2 Raids on Islamic bookstore in Brisbane – 2 arrested
Two Muslim men were arrested following raids on an Islamic bookstore (and other venues) in Brisbane – the charges relate to supporting terrorism, providing funds to Syrian terrorist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra and preparing to enter Syria to engage in hostile activities.
Article: Terror alert to rise as two men arrested after Islamic bookshop raid, SMH, 10/2014.

Bill Muehlenberg wrote about it…
“So an Islamic bookshop in Brisbane is found to be promoting, recruiting and funding terrorism and jihad overseas. Why are we not terribly surprised?”
Article: The house that Muhammad built


6.3 Muslim leaders condemn PM Tony Abbott instead of the ISIL terrorists
When the second journalist was beheaded by ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State jihadists this week, world leaders strongly condemned the barbaric acts.

Andrew Bolt points out that what we wanted to hear from Australian Muslim leaders was condemnation of the atrocities. However, as Andrew writes, “Twice in three weeks, Islamist terrorists have beheaded American journalists as a warning to the West. And both times, prominent Muslim leaders here have not defended us but attacked, like some tag team.”

Last time it was a combination of Islamic groups including the extremist group Hizb ut Tahrir as well as ‘moderate Muslim Women’s Association."
When the second journalist was beheaded, another statement from Muslim leaders…

Andrew writes, “This time it was from the Australian National Imams Council, our highest Muslim body, and quoted the Grand Mufti, Professor Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, our most senior Muslim cleric. Again, it made not one criticism of the Islamic State. Again, it blamed the West for jihadism: “One of the main causative factor (sic) for local radicalisation in the West has been the western governments’ military involvement in the Middle East. It even said the Mufti “opposes the Government’s current decision to transport and provide weapons to the Kurdish forces in Iraq” — arms the Kurds need to save themselves from being massacred by the Islamic State. And there was this warning: “If the Australian Government is serious about reducing the terror threat locally, then it must review its foreign policy decisions with regard to this region.”

Andrew writes “Consider that warning carefully. If we don’t change our policies in the Middle East — and the ANIC hates our support of Israel — then “the Government will be imputed (sic) for further radicalisation locally”. He concludes, “Yes, Islam, itself, is one of the “root causes” of this horror in the Middle East — and in Nigeria, Yemen, Libya, Chechnya and more besides — but it the only “root cause” we dare not publicly debate. True, many young Muslims have rung me on our 2GB show to protest that Islam cannot possibly condone this savagery. And they denounce their supposed “leaders” as unrepresentative, divisive and out of touch. They may be right about Islam, or may simply not know their holy books well.”

Article: Muslim leaders continue to betray Australia by condemning Tony Abbott, Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, 7/9/2014.

ANIC - Imams statement - click here.


6.4 Mosque in Liverpool NSW auctions Islamic flag
Controversy erupted this week when it emerged that an Islamic flag, the same as that used by ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State, was auctioned as a ‘fundraiser' for a Liverpool (Sydney) mosque.

The flag is apparently known as the ‘Shahada’ flag (with the Islamic declaration of Allah as God and Mohammed as his prophet). Premier Mike Baird was critical of the move, saying he would look at banning the Islamic flag.

Some Muslim leaders defended the flag, saying it was a flag of Islam, not a flag specific to ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State. Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi said the flag had been ‘hijacked’ by ISIL and had been used as far back as Mohammed. [So did Keysar Trad!] Jamal Rifi said that the auction was held a couple of months ago, before the most recent atrocities by ISIL. However, when asked about whether the mosque had ‘moderates’ he said the ‘division between moderates and radicals is not helping. He said they are ‘Australian Muslims’.” (2GB audio)

The teenager who posted the video online also posted photos of himself with a ‘jihad flag’.

Article: Hate for sale as Muslim flag adopted by jihadists goes to auction at Sydney mosque, Daily Telegraph, 8/9/2014.


6.5 Death threats for Muslim leader who opposes ISIL / Muslims4Australia BBQ
Sydney Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi has received death threats after he criticised the recent actions of ISIL. Last month (August 2014) Dr Rifi spoke on radio criticising the involvement of Australians with ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State – and was threatened by ISIS fighter Mohamed Elomar. He spoke to the media about his plans to prevent the ‘radicalisation’ of Muslim young people. At the end of August Jamal Rifi made this offer regarding radicalised Muslims fighting in Iraq and Syria: “I’ll buy them a one-way ­ticket out of Australia never to come back.”

Jamal Rifi appeared in the recent SBS documentary Once Upon a time in Punchbowl’ – but even a Muslim Human Rights writer found it difficult to understand his real stance – “Nonetheless, I find myself struggling to understand how exactly Rifi reconciles these thoughtful insights with the many contradictory stances he takes throughout the documentary.

Despite the threats, Dr Jamal Rifi plans to hold a Muslims4Australia BBQ this Sunday 14 Sept 11am to 4pm Parry Park at Lakemba.
2UE reports that he is he is “organising the barbecue with his friend Mamouh Elomar who has disowned his son Mohamed, who is fighting in the Middle East.” Info at 2UE – click here.


6.6   ASIO and Australian Defence Forces urge Muslims to enlist!
In the midst of the current turmoil surrounding ISIL, and Australian Muslim leaders criticising the Australian government, ASIO Chief David Irvine recently urged Muslims to join ASIO, Australia’s security service. Encouraged by Muslim leaders.
In an interview with Sydney Muslim leader, Dr Jamal Rifi (a GP), Mr Irvine said, “That will help us understand better, but this is an organisation that is designed to protect you and you should be part of it.
Article: Aust top spy says Muslims should join ASIO, Sky News, 24/8/2014.

Dr Rifi has also been encouraging Muslims to join the defence forces – back in 2007 he was urging young Australian Muslim women to join the Army Reserve.

The Defence Forces are actively recruiting more Muslims. As far back as 2009, the Defence Force revealed a plan to recruit more ‘ethnically diverse people’ – offering halal meals and regular prayer times and headwear’ (read SMH article).

In August 2013, the Navy appointed a Muslim woman, Mona Shindy, as the ‘Chief of Navy's first strategic adviser on Islamic cultural affairs’. At that time, there were “just 15 Muslims serving in the navy and 88 employed across the Australian Defence Force.” Her role is to “create better understanding amongst Defence members and the wider Islamic community”, to work on recruitment and also “enhancing the diversity and capability of the Navy”.
The navy had then recently approved “Islamic attire as an option for Navy uniform”.
(Navy News report)

The Air Force also has hijabs as part of the uniform for Muslims.


Overseas News

1. UK: London grandmother beheaded in her garden
As an indication of how uncivilised the world is becoming, we were shocked to hear that an about a London grandmother was beheaded in her garden. A 25 year old man was arrested – witnesses said he had a long machete/knife and attacked a car and a cat before killing the woman.

And what do we know about the man?

The Telegraph has since reported that Nicholas Salvadore converted to Islam five years ago.

Articles: Woman beheaded 'with machete' in north London garden, Telegraph, 4/9/2014.


2. UK: Teacher sent to prison for lesbian affair with student
Emily Fox, a teacher at a private girls school in the UK, has been sent to prison for 15 months for having a lesbian affair with a student.

The abuse came to light when a crude email sent by the teacher to the 15 year old girl was printed by the student – it failed to print, but printed out a week later and the mother discovered it.

The parents went to the police and Fox turned herself in, and admitted what she had done in court. The school stated that, “When the school became aware of the allegations, it immediately informed the police and suspended Ms Fox in accordance with its policies. Following Ms Fox’s suspension she did not re-enter the school premises and, after an internal investigation into the allegations, was dismissed for gross misconduct.”

But the prosecutor stated that the teacher “had [ALREADY] been warned about a close friendship she had previously formed with another pupil at the school"!

And the ‘reasons given for her actions?

Fox’s lawyer noted that Emily Fox had some mental/emotional problems – she ‘had been taking antidepressants and had already attempted suicide by overdose in 2011’. The lawyer said she had been ‘lonely and depressed’ after her parents immigrated to America whilst she was completing her university degree in Leeds.

Article: PE teacher's lesbian affair with pupil, 15, exposed by faulty printer, Telegraph, 5/9/2014.


3. UK: Another case of ‘selective surrogacy’ - and disability
A UK mother who had undergone surrogacy, has shocked people by choosing to keep just ONE of the twins the surrogate bore. She kept the healthy boy but abandoned the disabled daughter who had a muscular condition.

The surrogate mother has now decided to adopt the baby girl – a similar outcome we recently saw in the ‘Baby Gammy’ case involving an Australian couple and a Thai surrogate.

It’s time for a huge overview of the ‘surrogacy industry’ – we suggest CLOSING it down!

Lifesite quotes Rickard Newman, director of Family Life, Pro-Life & Child and Youth Protection in the Diocese of Lake Charles, who called the Australian story a “tragedy” that “results from a marketplace that buys and sells children.”

Richard said, “Third-party reproduction is a prism for violations against humanity. IVF and the sperm trade launched a wicked industry that now includes abortion, eugenics, human trafficking, and deliberate family fragmentation.” 

Of course, with a culture that supports abortion for pre-born babies with disabilities, none of this is surprising!

Article:
Shock: UK mom abandons disabled daughter, keeps healthy son after twin surrogacy, Lifesite, 26/8/2014.

 

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