News with man Fotolia 60714122 320x200The Victorian parliament passed the ‘safe access’ zone Bill, the Tasmanian discrimination case goes to ‘conciliation, rumblings in the federal Liberal Party and more…

Jenny

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News Update 20 Nov 2015

Australian News
1. Tasmania: Discrimination case goes to ‘conciliation’ and Premier REVIEWS anti-discrimination law
2. Tasmania: Motion passed to give “in-principle support” for homosexual ‘marriage’
3. Victoria: Safe access zones around abortion clinics – BILL PASSED
4. Federal politics – Liberals ahead, Bill Shorten has only 15% as preferred Prime Minister
5. Victoria: Premier announces overhaul of ‘sperm donor’ law
6. Army chaplains hat badge to be changed – to avoid offending Muslims
7. Australian Muslim Party formed
8. AUSTRAC: Big increase in suspicious ‘terrorism funding’ in Australia
9. ISIS threatens a ‘revenge attack on Australia’ in video

Overseas News
1. Canada: Christian group banned from singing in the public square!
2. USA – Utah 1: Mormons decide to not allow homosexual ‘marriage’ – people resign!
3. USA – Utah 2: Utah judge and foster care by a lesbian couple
4. USA – Utah 3: Lesbian elected as mayor of Salt Lake City
5. UK: Cinemas refuse to show ad featuring ‘Lord’s Prayer’

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News Update 20 Nov 2015

Australian News

1. Tasmania: Discrimination case goes to ‘conciliation’ and Premier REVIEWS anti-discrimination law
In Tasmania, Archbishop Julian Porteous (and the ACBC) has agreed to attempt ‘conciliation’ to try and resolve the case against him by transgender activist Martine Delaney.

From past experience, we’ve found that ‘conciliation’ talks inevitably lead to calls for compromise. If you aren’t prepared to compromise or admit ‘guilt’ then the case inevitably ends up in the Tribunal. Archbishop Porteous is already saying that he ‘regrets if anyone has been offended by the booklet’ – but one of Delaney’s demands is that ‘LGBTI awareness’ be introduced into Catholic schools!

Tasmania’s Liberal Premier, Will Hodgman, has announced a REVIEW of the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act, following concern that Tasmania’s draconian provisions in the ACT relating to ‘vilification’ would inhibit debate in a plebiscite on homosexual ‘marriage. The Review will look at Section 17 (1) of the Act, which prohibits conduct that a reasonable person would judge as causing “offence, humiliation, intimidation, insult or ridicule”, on the basis of attributes including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. The section covers ALL the attributes in the Act, including ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’.

Statement from Archbishop Porteous: Conciliation likely in anti-discrimination complaint

Articles:
Anti-discrimination changes to give security in marriage debate, Australian, 20/11/2015.
Conciliation in Tas same-sex marriage case, AAP, 19/11/2015.


2. Tasmania: Motion passed to give “in-principle support” for homosexual ‘marriage’
The Greens have again pushed the issue of homosexual ‘marriage’ in the Tasmanian parliament. This time it was a motion to give ‘in-principle support’ for federal homosexual ‘marriage’ which was passed by a vote of 15 to 9 in the lower house, the House of Assembly.

Of course, each time they hope to persuade a few more politicians to vote in favour. This time Liberal Premier Will Hodgman and Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff voted in FAVOUR.

MP Michael Ferguson, who voted against the motion, reported on the debate and the freedom of speech issues around the case against Archbishop Porteous, and that a motion was out forward by the Liberals to support freedom of speech in the debate on marriage – click here.

Family Voice noted that the motion was a political stunt by the Greens, that marriage would be harmed by the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage’, and that free speech was essential in the debate on marriage.

Article: State MPs give in-principle support to same-sex marriage, Mercury, 18/11/2015.


3. Victoria: Safe access zones around abortion clinics – BILL PASSED
Victoria’s Legislative Council has passed a Bill that establishes a 150 metre ‘safe access’ zone around abortion clinics and places where abortions are done. The Bill was debated on Tuesday and passed at the Second Reading on 24 November. A ‘Committee stage’ followed on Thursday 26 Nov – after a 12 hour debate it was finally passed in the early hours of Friday morning. Labor, the Greens and the Sex Party all voted for the Bill, whilst the Coalition gave Members a conscience vote. Only 8 MLCs voted against the Bill.

We are concerned at the size of the exclusion zone, 150 metres, and the excessive penalty of up to 12 months in prison. In addition, the government has failed to say if silent prayer is allowed within the zones, saying it would be up to the courts to determine if that is legal.

During the Committee stage, some amendments were put up regarding the excessive aspects of the Bill. Liberal MLC Bernie Finn moved amendments to reduce the maximum prison term to 1 month and to state that prohibited behaviour “does not include praying or other forms of religious expression;" and Liberal MLC Richard Dalla-Riva put forward an amendment to reduce the distance from 150 metres to 15 metres. NONE of the amendments were passed.

For full details see the parliament’s page for the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2015 – click here.
The Hansard for 26 Nov – click here (pages 90 to 120)

Congratulations to the EIGHT MLCs who voted against the Bill – Mr Bourman, Mrs Peulich, Mrs Carling-Jenkins, Dr Purcell, Mr Dalla-Riva, Mr Rich-Phillips, Mr Finn, Mr Young.

Article: Abortion clinic protest buffer zone legislation expected to pass Victorian Parliament, ABC, 24/11/2015.
Article: Abortion clinic protest buffer zone law passes Victorian Upper House, ABC, 27/11/2015.


4. Federal politics – Liberals ahead, Bill Shorten has only 15% as preferred Prime Minister
Since the removal of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister, and his replacement by Malcolm Turnbull, the fortunes of the Coalition have risen in the polls: The “latest Newspoll results have Labor behind the Coalition 47 per cent to 53 per cent on a two-party preferred basis”.
As for ‘preferred Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has 64% compared to Bill Shorten with just 15%. Perhaps that says more about Mr Shorten than it says about Mr Turnbull…

Article: 'I never give up': Bill Shorten defends standing amid slump in polls, SMH, 24/11/2015.

Re the Liberal Party, it was reported that a number of ‘conservative Liberals’ have been meeting weekly for lunch (and that Tony Abbott even attended a recent lunch and brought cake) – Malcolm Turnbull moved to quash any suggestion that there was disharmony in the ranks.

Article: Angry Liberal MPs question Tony Abbott 'resistance movement' and Monkey Pod lunches, SMH, 24/11/2015.

5. Victoria: Premier announces overhaul of ‘sperm donor’ law
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the government plans to change the law regarding the provision of information about sperm donors to the children subsequently conceived through IVF.

Prior to 1988, sperm donors could donate anonymously. The law has since been changed to allow people conceived after 1988 to obtain identifying information about the sperm donor if the donor consents. People born after 1998 have been able to have unconditional access to details about the sperm donor.

Mr Andrews wants to change the law so that all people – no matter when they were conceived – will be able to obtain the details of the sperm donor. If the child wants to make contact with the sperm donor, the donor would have to consent, according to the proposal.

Some men who donated sperm prior to 1988 are not very happy about those details now being made available – some called it ‘staggering’. Back in September, one man who donated sperm said he feared that many young adults would want to contact him and develop relationships. After the law was changed, the number of sperm donors decreased dramatically, mostly because the promise of anonymity was removed.

On the other side, people who feel deprived of their identity because they don’t know anything about their ‘sperm donor’ have sought to obtain access to the information and formed a group called ‘Tangled Web’.

Of course, if there wasn’t sperm donation and IVF we wouldn’t be in this dilemma!

Article: Andrews to overhaul laws guaranteeing sperm donor anonymity, The Age, 22/11/2015.


6. Army chaplains hat badge to be changed – to avoid offending Muslims
The hat badge worn by chaplains in the Australian Army is set to change. It currently features a cross and a motto “In this sign conquer”. The badge is 102 years old, but now the logo is set to be changed – what the new motto will be has not been decided yet!

The Daily Telegraph reports, “The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join ­Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June.”

As they point out, the badge has been worn by Christian chaplains – and the Jewish chaplains have their own badge with a Star of David – so, presumably, if Muslim chaplains were appointed they would have their own hat badge. So why the need to change the CHRISTIAN hat badge?

Article: Army chaplains to remove ‘conquer’ from 102-year-old motto because it is offensive to Muslims, Daily Telegraph, 21/11/2015.

Meanwhile Bernard Gaynor has called on the Defence Forces to sack the imam on the Committee, Mohammadu Nawas Saleem. Bernard points out that the imam has called for sharia law to be implemented in Australia and supported Hizb ut-Tahrir. He is the Treasurer of the Australian National Imams Council, which opposed laws “prohibiting the advocating of terrorism” and said that military intervention was one of the causes of the Paris attacks.

The imam’s role includes recruiting more Muslims to join the armed services… will they have the same ideas as the imam?
Blog Article: If it is serious about security, the government will sack the Defence imam, Bernard Gaynor, 19/11/2015.
ALA Media Release: ADF Imam Must Go Following Statement On Paris Terrorist Attack, 18/11/2015.


7. Australian Muslim Party formed

Another political party – this time one formed by Muslims and called the ‘Australian Muslim Party’.

The party is the initiative of Diaa Mohamed, who started the ‘My Peace’ organisation which put up billboards in Sydney claiming "Jesus: a prophet of Islam". He said the establishment of the Party was in part a response to ‘six anti-Islam parties’. He says he would not support any Australian military intervention in a Muslim-majority nation.

The word “innocent” was used again! The SMH reported that he said he would ‘never condone the killing of innocents as seen on the streets of Paris’!

Some Muslims were not very supportive - Dr Jamal Rifi said he encouraged Muslims to join the major parties (Labor, Liberal, Greens)!

As for the question of religion and politics, Diaa Mohamed said that it wasn’t a “religious party - "We're going to be talking about social issues, not so much religious issues, to be honest. I mean, Islam is a faith based on social issues and that's what we're going to be focused on."

Article: Australian Muslim Party aims to contest federal and state elections, SMH, 16/11/2015.

Article: Grand Mufti probably wrong: Muslim Party, NT News, AAP, 19/11/2015.


8. AUSTRAC: Big increase in suspicious ‘terrorism funding’ in Australia
AUSTRAC is Australia’s agency that tracks MONEY and investigates suspicious payments that could be used to fund terrorism. Their website states, “Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) is Australia's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regulator and specialist financial intelligence unit (FIU).”

In their recent annual report, AUSTRAC noted that there were 367 reported “suspicious matter reports" in 2014-15 (up from 118 a year earlier). The amount involved was around $53 million.
The report said, "The volume of terrorism financing in Australia is linked to the number of Australians travelling to join terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq" and noted the payments could be used for a number of items including paying family members who died in operations.

AUSTRAC Annual Report 2014-2015 – click here.

Article: Australian intelligence says spike in 'terrorism' funding investigations, World, Reuters, 4/11/2015.


9. ISIS threatens a ‘revenge attack on Australia’ in video
Yes, anyone who is fighting against them in Syria and Iraq is in their sights.

The Herald Sun reports, “THE bloodthirsty monsters of ­Islamic State have threatened revenge attacks in Australia. In a vile new propaganda video, IS leaders are filmed gloating over the 129 deaths in Paris and swearing vengeance against all nations uniting to punish them.

They praise their “brothers” who have planned or launched terrorist attacks in Australia, and call for supporters worldwide to “fight the infidels”.

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, senior IS propagandist, promises violence “worse and more bitter” than Paris, including in Australia. Referring to IS massacres and plots over the past year, he says: “You have seen what one Muslim has done to Canada and its infidel parliament, and what our brothers have done in France, Australia and Belgium. There are many more like them who have killed, ran over others and terrorised until we have seen the crusaders’ ­armies go on alert in Australia, Canada and Belgium.”

Article: IS terrorists threaten Australian revenge attacks in propaganda video, Herald Sun, 17/11/2015.

 

Overseas News

1. Canada: Christian group banned from singing in the public square!
A Christian group called Voices of the Nations planned to hold its annual music festival in the square in the middle of Toronto. They’ve been holding it there for FIVE years!

But the manager of events refused to grant them a permit ‘because she deemed the singing during the multi-denominational event was “proselytizing” and therefore against city policy.’

Now the group has collected 40,000 signatures on a petition to present to the Mayor.
They plan to take legal action, as they say that the managers of the Square are violating their rights as set out in a Charter of Rights.
Article: Christian group banned for singing about Jesus delivers 40,000+ petition to Toronto mayor: vows to keep fighting, Lifesite, 9/11/2015.


2. USA – Utah 1: Mormons decide to not allow homosexual ‘marriage’ – people resign!
Whenever an organisation adopts a firm policy on an issue there are inevitably people who don’t agree - and resign. This time it was the Mormons in the USA, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), which has ruled that they will not accept homosexual ‘marriage’ and that children of same-sex couples, where the primary residence is with that couple, will not be eligible for baptism until they turn 18.

More than 1500 people submitted letters of resignation, and protests were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, near the headquarters of the LDS.

Article: About 1,500 Mormons resign from church in protest of same-sex policy, Reuters, 16/11/2015.


3. USA – Utah 2: Utah judge and foster care by a lesbian couple
Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services agency has begun placing foster care children with homosexual couples.

Judge Scott Johansen recently ordered that a foster care child be removed from a lesbian couple because “children do better in heterosexual homes”. The lesbian couple accused the judge of acting according to his own “religious convictions” and ‘vaguely citing “myriad” studies.’

The Director of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services agency said, “For us, it’s what’s best for the child. Any loving couple if they are legally married, and meet the requirements, we want them to be involved.”

The agency said it would appeal against the decision (here). Unsurprisingly, the lesbian couple was supported by Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who tweeted: “Being a good parent has nothing to do with sexual orientation – thousands of families prove that.”

Days later, the Judge reversed his decision saying the child could stay with the women - a formal custody case is due to be held on 4 December. Following calls for impeachment, the Judge has now stepped aside from the case!

Article: Judge orders baby removed from lesbian foster parents because children 'do better in heterosexual homes', Independent, 12/11/2015.
Article: Utah judge removes himself from same-sex couple foster baby case, Guardian, 17/11/2015.


4. USA – Utah 3: Lesbian elected as mayor of Salt Lake City
Yes, homosexual rights seem to be front and centre in Utah, which has been known as a religious and conservative state in the past.

The third item regarding Utah – a lesbian has been elected as the new mayor!

Article: Jackie Biskupski elected as Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor, Guardian, 18/11/2015.


5. UK: Cinemas refuse to show ad featuring ‘Lord’s Prayer’
A group called Just Pray has prepared a 60 second ad featuring a range of people saying one line each of the Lord’s Prayer. They planned to have the ad screened just prior to the new Star Wars film, due for release on 18 December.

The ad was “cleared by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the British Board of Film Classification, but the Odeon, Cineworld and Vue chains – which control 80% of screens around the country – have refused to show the advert because they believe it “carries the risk of upsetting, or offending, audiences”.”

The Church of England was reported to say ‘the move could have a “chilling effect on free speech” and said it was at a loss to understand the logic behind the decision.’

Giles Fraser wrote ‘Banning the Lord’s Prayer is nonsense on stilts!

Article: Cinemas refuse to show Church of England advert featuring Lord's Prayer, Guardian, 22/11/2015.

 

 

News ball Fotolia 31010118 320x200Back into the fray after a couple of weeks holiday!

A lot has been happening – I’ve tried to just include some of the key developments from the past few weeks! Please read, pray and act…

Jenny

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News Update 13 November 2015

Australian News
1. NSW: Conviction in Australia’s first genital mutilation trial
2. Victoria: Legislation for ‘safe access zones’ around abortion clinics PASSES Assembly
3. Canberra: Legislation passed in impose ‘protest-free privacy zones’
4. VIC: Religious instruction in pre-schools
5. Geert Wilders launches Australian Liberty Alliance – along with the usual protesters!
6. Child abuse – survivor speaks out
7. Sen Abetz in the news – marriage, Liberal leadership and refugees
8. NSW: Countering ‘radicalisation’ – just DON’T mention ‘Islam’!
9. Vic: Same-sex adoption law passed by Assembly – NOW in Council
10. Halal certification – should the GOVERNMENT do the halal certification?
11. Maleny Dairies – featuring the fish symbol on their labels

Overseas news
1. Belgium: Euthanasia doctor could face criminal charges
2. Germany: Making churches ‘friendly’ to refugees by REMOVING crosses etc
3. USA: Ambiguous parish sign appeared to support homosexual ‘marriage’ – now REMOVED!
4. An unexpected ally – Feminist Germaine Greer is highly critical of Bruce Jenner and the transgender agenda

News Update 13 November 2015

Australian News

1. NSW: Conviction in Australia’s first genital mutilation trial
A mother, a midwife and a sheik, all members of the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community in Sydney, have been found guilty of performing ‘female genital mutilation’ on two young girls. The mother had arranged the FGM and the midwife carried it out, whilst the sheik was found guilty of being ‘an accessory after the fact’. They will be sentenced next February.

Article: Mother, midwife and sheikh guilty in Australia's first genital mutilation trial, SMH, 12/11/2015.


2. Victoria: Legislation for ‘safe access zones’ around abortion clinics PASSES Assembly
The Victorian Labor government has introduced the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2015 into the Legislative Assembly. [Actual text of Bill here.] The Bill has an ‘exclusion zone’ of 150 metres – and the penalty is a prison term of up to 12 months! The Bill was passed by the Legislative Assembly on 12 Nov – 69 votes to 13.

The government-sponsored Bill is based on a private member’s Bill introduced by Sex Party MLC Fiona Patten.

Whilst everyone agrees that there should not be ‘intimidation’ or harassment of the women, the law ALREADY states that a person cannot harass, intimidate, obstruct, impede another person going about their lawful business!

However, there is grave concern about the sort of behaviour that would be prohibited by this legislation. Prohibited behaviour includes ‘communicating about abortion’ in a way that is ‘likely to cause distress or anxiety’! During the debate questions were raised as to whether that would include ‘silent prayer’ - the government had said in a briefing that the COURTS would test that to determine if that was banned or not!

The Bill was passed by the Legislative Assembly on Thursday 12 November – the vote was 69 in favour to 13 votes against.
For details, speeches, etc click here.
Full Hansard details (draft) – click here. VOTE on page 70. Debate from page 34, then from page 70.

The Bill had its second reading in the Legislative Council on the same day – and will be debated in the next sitting week of parliament – 24 to 26 November.
An ACTION email for Victorians to write to their Members in the Legislative Council will be sent out NEXT week!


3. Canberra: Legislation passed in impose ‘protest-free privacy zones’
The ACT Legislative Assembly has PASSED a law, the Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015, to impose an exclusion zone around medical premises that provide abortions. The Bill was introduced by the Greens and supported by Labor – an amendment was made to set the distance of the exclusion zone at 50 metres around approved medical facilities. The exclusion zone will apply at ‘certain times of the day’.

The ‘Liberal Party moved to amend the bill to allow for peaceful protest, but was unsuccessful.’ ACT Right to Life said their presence was always silent and they never approached anyone!

Article: Canberra abortion clinics to get protest-free 'privacy zones', ABC, 29/10/2015.


4. VIC: Religious instruction in pre-schools
As we’ve reported, the Victorian state government is planning to stop Special Religious Instruction (SRI) classes being held during CLASS time in government schools.

ACCESS Ministries has begun offering SRI sessions, called Explore Christianity, to pre-school centres – religious content in the centres is not covered by government regulations.
The Emmanuel Early Learning Centre in Endeavour Hills, which runs a wide range of ‘extra activities’, is happy with the program, saying enrolments have increased – and children not participating are engaged in other activities - but FIRIS, the lobby group that actively opposes religious education in schools, is NOT happy!

For a Centre with the name ‘Emanuel’, and a statement that “We provide a rich, development environment for your child’s spiritual, cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth,” the special religious instruction classes are undoubtedly in accordance with their ethos…

Article: A controversial religious instruction program is being taught at preschool, The Age, 10/11/2015.


5. Geert Wilders launches Australian Liberty Alliance – along with the usual protesters!
When Geert Wilders visited Australia to launch the new political party, Australian Liberty Alliance, on 21 October, his Media Conference was disrupted by protesters, including the Socialist Alliance, who like to protest at almost every conservative meeting or rally!

The official launch of the new political party was held the night before at a secret location, which the media was not invited to. Read more about the launch on the ALA website – click here.

Along with Debbie Robinson, the President of the new party (and President of Q Society), other Senate candidates include Bernard Gaynor (Queensland) and Kirralie Smith (NSW).

As for free speech – Liberal Premier Colin Barnett stated that ‘Mr Wilders was not welcome in WA’ and that he ‘would not have access to any state-owned buildings or facilities’. Mr Barnett said, “I am concerned about a political party that takes such a discriminatory position on religion but it is a free country and people are entitled to freedom of speech.”
Not much free speech there!

Article: Dutch MP Geert Wilders thanks police for protection during Perth launch of Australian Liberty Alliance, News.com.au, 21/10/2015.


6. Child abuse – survivor speaks out
In the past few weeks Fiona Barnett has spoken out about being abused as a child – by an elite paedophile ring. She spoke outside the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last month.
This has taken a great deal of courage – Fiona was disappointed by the comments of some media, especially the ABC’s Media Watch, and has now published her ‘letter of complaint’ to the ABC.

Please read Fiona’s story and her letter of complaint – and pray for her and another woman who has also reported similar abuse.

Letter of complaint re ABC Media watch’s account – click here.

Article: Political elite were part of paedophile ring, alleged victim Fiona Barnett claims, SMH, 23/10/2015.


7. Sen Abetz in the news – marriage, Liberal leadership and refugees
Senator Eric Abetz put forward a motion on marriage in the Senate this week – to protect the right of the Catholic Church to distribute the bookDon’t Mess with Marriage’ – and for Australians to be able to speak openly about homosexual ‘marriage. Of course, in Tasmania, where Eric is a Senator, the Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous is being taken to the Ant-Discrimination Tribunal because he distributed the book… Eric had cross-bench support for the motion, but it was blocked by the Greens and Labor being it could even be debated.

Senator Abetz highlighted the restriction of free speech, saying, “Free speech is a key pillar of our society and the tricky tactics used by Labor in an effort to shut down debate and run a protection racket for the extreme Greens flies in the face of the open discussion we should be having about marriage. The motion firmly supports not only the right of the Catholic archbishop of Hobart and the Australian Catholic bishops conference but all Australians to engage in open discussion about the truth of marriage.

Article: Greens and Labor thwart Eric Abetz anti-marriage equality booklet motion, The Guardian, 12/11/2015.

Liberal leadership - When a new book, Battleground, “revealed that the deputy Liberal leader's (Julie Bishop), chief of staff Murray Hansen attended a meeting on the eve of the spill at the home of Liberal MP Peter Hendy in Queanbeyan outside Canberra”, questions have been asked by Senator Abetz and Cory Bernardi about how much Julie Bishop knew about the plotting…The meeting comprised Malcolm Turnbull and his chief number crunchers: senators Arthur Sinodinos, Scott Ryan, James McGrath and MPs Wyatt Roy and Mal Brough.

In response, Julie Bishop said her Chief of Staff thought he was ‘going to drinks’ at Mr Hendy’s home…

Article: Julie Bishop has new questions to answer on her role in Liberal leadership coup, says Eric Abetz, SMH, 12/11/2015.

Refugees - Finally, a group of supporters of refugees have protested outside Eric’s office in Hobart… he says they should be thankful that Liberal policies saved many people from being drowned at sea.
Please pray for Eric and his family at this time.
Article: Senator Eric Abetz says refugee rights groups should thank him not protest against him, Mercury, 12/11/2015.

 

8. NSW: Countering ‘radicalisation’ – just DON’T mention ‘Islam’!
NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced a $47 million plan to “fight extremism” in NSW – there are initiatives for countering radicalisation in NSW schools, with the remainder spent on ‘community cohesion and cultural harmony programs’.

Mr Baird said, ‘More counselling and support services will be provided to students in NSW schools and staff will have access to additional training to assist our schools in countering violent extremism (CVE)’. Training will be available for counsellors and other school staff for the start of the 2016 school year to ensure they have the skills to identify vulnerable young people, and help them access support programs.’

He said, “Violent extremism is a willingness to use or support unlawful violence to promote a political, ideological or religious goal. As we have seen, recently and tragically in our own community, it includes the willingness to use or support terrorism.”

Although the announcement of the program was a response to the murder of police employee Curtis Cheng, by a Muslim teenager who had just attended prayers at Parramatta Mosque, there was NO mention of Islam of Muslim in the Premier’s media release!

Articles:
Premier’s Media release: Countering violent extremism, 2/11/2015.

Premier Mike Baird announces $47 million plan to fight extremism in NSW schools, Daily Telegraph, 3/11/2015.

Catholic Schools Support State Govt's Plans to Combat Extremism, Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 2/11/2015.


9. Vic: Same-sex adoption law passed by Assembly – NOW in Council
The Victorian Legislative Assembly has voted 54 votes to 26 to support adoption by homosexual couples (Bill and info – click here).
The Bill will now go to the Legislative Council for a debate and vote.
Full details for the Bill, speeches in the Legislative Assembly and so on – click here.

In the Assembly, the Bill was supported by Labor, the Greens, the sole independent (Suzanna Sheed, Shepparton) AND by SIX out of the eight Nationals MPs. Age journalist Farrah Tomazin highlighted the more ‘liberal’ views of the new, younger, Nationals MPs. Only two Nationals - leader Peter Walsh and Mildura's Peter Crisp – voted against the Bill.

The Liberals ALL voted against the Bill in the Legislative Assembly, despite being given a conscience vote – it appears they voted that way because of the REMOVAL of exemptions for faith-based adoption agencies which would force them to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

Stephanie Ryan, the Nationals Deputy leader, moved an amendment to retain the religious exemption for faith based agencies (read it here) but the amendment was DEFEATED. Despite that, six of the Nationals, including Ms Ryan, voted FOR the Bill.

In her article, Tomazin points out that, ‘Of the three faith-based agencies that provide adoption services in Victoria, only one – Catholic Care, which did five adoptions last year – objected to the legislation.’ She added, ‘The other two providers, Anglicare and Connections Uniting Care, did not share the same concerns. “The bottom line for us isn't about gender, race, religion or sexual preference," Anglicare chief executive Paul McDonald told The Sunday Age earlier this year. "It's about the ability to provide a loving and caring home for the child."

Article: Victoria's younger, more gender-diverse Nationals have come a long way, The Age, 8/11/2015.


10. Halal certification – should the GOVERNMENT do the halal certification?
That’s what some of the meat producers are saying – they have multiple Islamic organisations asking to be their ‘halal certifiers’ – often they sign up with one group, only to have that group not recognised by some overseas country!

Of course, the halal certifiers don’t agree with the proposal!

And we don’t want ANY halal certification!

Article: Halal certification: Australian meat processors say Government takeover needed to safeguard market access, ABC, 10/11/2015.


11. Maleny Dairies – featuring the fish symbol on their labels
In November 2014, Maleny Dairies in Queensland refused to have the Islamic ‘halal certification’ for their milk products. We certainly appreciated their action!
Read their account – click here.

After receiving an email this week about Maleny Dairies having a Christian fish symbol on their labels, I investigated further.
Back in 2012, a local Queensland website featured a story about Maleny Diaries and the fish symbol – it includes a lovely short video with Kaye and Ross from Maleny Diaries explaining their use of the fish symbol on their labels, and giving God the glory for the success of their business! Of course, this is a personal expression from the owners, not a ‘paid’ certification!

Article and video: The Sign of the Fish – We love Maleny Dairies, Glasshouse Country, 10/11/2012.
Video also on You Tube – click here.


Overseas news

1. Belgium: Euthanasia doctor could face criminal charges
After helping a woman die because she was depressed, with it all filmed by an Australian crew, euthanasia doctor Marc Van Hoey could face criminal charges…

Bio Edge reports: “A doctor in Belgium could be charged with murder after euthanizing an 85-year-old woman suffering from depression. Marc Van Hoey, one of the leading euthanasia practitioners in Belgium, is facing criminal prosecution after supplying a liquid barbiturate to elderly woman Simona De Moor.

Belgium’s Federal Commission of Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia has reviewed over 8000 reported cases of euthanasia, yet this is the first time since legalisation in 2002 that it has referred a case to a public prosecutor. On June 22 Van Hoey was filmed by an Australian documentary crew administering the barbiturate to De Moor, who died just five minutes later. Van Hoey said in the documentary that he was assisting De Moor as she was suffering from “reactive depression”. “

Article: Belgian euthanasia doctor faces criminal charges, Bio Edge, 31/10/2015.


2. Germany: Making churches ‘friendly’ to refugees by REMOVING crosses etc
Last month, a lesbian Swedish Lutheran bishop urged churches to remove crosses to make their church ‘accessible’ to visiting Muslims.

Now a church in Germany, the Protestant church in Oberhausen, has offered to make a group of 50 refugees feel more welcome by removing Christian crosses, the altar, pulpit, font and even the seats!

Article: Church REMOVES altar, pulpits and Christian crosses 'to make refugees feel welcome', Express, 2/11/2015.


3. USA: Ambiguous parish sign appeared to support homosexual ‘marriage’ – now REMOVED!
Lifesite reports, “The bishop of Buffalo (in New York state) has intervened after a furore over a message a local parish priest posted outside his church that appeared to endorse same-sex “marriage.” Ss. Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church’s sign read: “Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine.”   

The announcement made it onto the internet and generated numerous inquiries to the diocese. “The situation has been resolved and the sign has been removed,” Executive Assistant to Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone Siobhan O’Connor said. . .”

The parish priest had said he meant the sign to refer to a child who has a “father and a stepfather”! Thankfully, the church agreed to remove the sign when it was pointed out that the ‘slogan’ is often used to support homosexual ‘marriage’ – see some of the previous uses and controversies over the slogan – click here. This sign was also used by the pro-homosexual Gosford Anglican Church in NSW – click here.

Article: Bishop intervenes after Buffalo parish sign appears to endorse gay ‘marriage’, Lifesite, 9/11/2015


4. An unexpected ally – Feminist Germaine Greer is highly critical of Bruce Jenner and the transgender agenda
Germaine Greer, the radical feminist from the 1960s, has been outspoken on the transgender issue. The most recent instance was when she told BBC that ‘transgender "women," such as Bruce Jenner, are not women and that they don't "look like, sound like, or behave like women.”

The comments were made by Germaine Greer after Jenner had been named Glamour magazine’s "Woman of the Year" – she said, "I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman.”

Germaine has been so outspoken that "leftist activists had organised a PETITION to ‘try and get Cardiff University to cancel a lecture scheduled for November 18 because of her history of making statements questioning transgenderism."

The comments to BBC were in response to the petition!

Article: Feminist icon: Transgender ‘women’ like Bruce Jenner aren’t women. They’re delusional, Lifesite, 26/10/2016.

 

News with hand SXC 1109654 23086232 320x200With our Prayer Focus last week, it’s been a couple of weeks since our last News Update – and a LOT has happened! Scroll through and read the items that interest (or concern) you! Happy reading….

Jenny

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News Update 16 October 2015

Australian News
1. Bernard Gaynor wins case – “NO jurisdiction”!
2. Victoria: Law Reform Commission SUPPORTS ‘medicinal cannabis’
3. Marriage Update – Anglican Archbishop and the ANZ Bank!
3.1 Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop urges Christians to ‘defend marriage’!
3.2 ANZ says homosexual ‘marriage’ will boost economy
4. Free speech – Another Liberal Senator supports changes on ‘race hate’ law
5. Muslim man found guilty of planning to fight with terrorists in Syria
6. ACT: Exclusion zones around abortion clinics
7. Sydney: Police employee killed by 15 year old Muslim teenager
8. Vic – ‘Infant Viability Act’ proposed by DLP MLC Rachel Carling-Jenkins

Overseas News
1. Religious leaders ‘BLESS’ an abortion clinic and support abortion
2. USA: Why is Hillary Clinton running for President?
3. USA: Ben Carson’s hilarious video on creative uses for Hillary’s new book!
4. Swedish Lesbian bishop calls for crosses to be removed and for signs to point to Mecca
5. California: Euthanasia Bill PASSED
6. On climate change – making it illegal to ‘question’ AND ‘Pell vs Pope’!
6.1 Illegal to question ‘climate change’?
6.2 Pell vs Pope on climate change (and divorce)
7. USA: PORK removed from prisoners’ menu!

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News Update 16 October 2015

Australian News

1. Bernard Gaynor wins case – “NO jurisdiction”!
Self-proclaimed ‘anti-discrimination activist’ Gary Burns has been taking a huge number of complaints against Bernard Gaynor (and others) to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division).

This week Bernard had a WIN when the Tribunal dismissed three complaints and ruled that the NSW Tribunal has ‘no jurisdiction’ over an act done in another state. The Judge stated, “there was no public act in NSW by Mr Gaynor” - since he had made comments on his computer whilst in Queensland! The actual matters of the complaints were not ruled on by the Tribunal.

This is good news – and a great precedent! We have long said that a state Tribunal shouldn’t have ‘jurisdiction’ to take action against actions done in other states or against residents of another state. In the ‘Two Dannys case’ Daniel Scot was a Queensland resident – but the Tribunal proceeded with the case anyway. (In that case, Daniel had given a lecture in Victoria). NSW politician David Oldfield was sued for religious vilification by a Victorian Muslim because of a website. In the case against the Gaiaguys (by the OTO), they were in NSW and had a website in NSW – but the Victorian courts ruled they were had to face the Victorian Tribunal and had them extradited to Victoria!


2. Victoria: Law Reform Commission SUPPORTS ‘medicinal cannabis’
We are extremely concerned about moves to grow cannabis in Victoria, for producing cannabis oil, since much of the research shows there are problems with such products.

Earlier this year the Victorian Law Reform Commission conducted an Inquiry into so-called ‘medicinal cannabis’. The Report from the VLRC was tabled in parliament on 6 October and has now been published. The VLRC states, “The Report contains 42 recommendations on changing the law to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances. They include recommendations on: Who should be eligible to be treated with medicinal cannabis, What medicinal cannabis products should be available for this purpose, How the products would be produced and distributed.”

The VLRC note, “The Victorian Government has announced that it fully accepts 40 recommendations, and accepts two recommendations in principle. The Government will legalise access to locally manufactured medicinal cannabis products for use in exceptional circumstances from 2017.”

Dalgarno Institute, an advocacy group concerned about the legalisation of drugs, reported that “The VLRC at the Melbourne consultation had an unambiguous agenda of manufacturing a consensus in favour of changing the law regardless of medical and other scientific recommendations challenging the efficacy of new ‘methods’ on this drug use development that negate TGA and AMA protocols.”
Read Dalgarno’ s compassionate stance on ‘CANNABIS AS MEDICINE? CAUTION NEEDED!’ – click here

THE VLRC REPORT – posted on the VLRC website
- Download the medicinal cannabis report.


3. Marriage Update – Anglican Archbishop and the ANZ Bank!

3.1 Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop urges Christians to ‘defend marriage’!
In his speech to the opening of the recent NSW Anglican SYNOD meetings, Archbishop Glenn Davies urged Christians to strongly defend marriage and oppose the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage’.

Article: Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies' call to arms over same-sex marriage, SMH, 12/10/2015.


3.2 ANZ says homosexual ‘marriage’ will boost economy
Now the ANZ Bank says that legalising homosexual ‘marriage’ will give a BOOST to the Australian economy of over $550 million in the first year!
ANZ Report: Five ways to count the marriage equality boom

Most media reports said ‘$500 million’ – but homosexual paper Star Observer claimed the benefit would be OVER $1 BILLION in their headline!

How did the ANZ get THE figures?

  • By stating that there are 34,000 same-sex couples in Australia at the 2011 Census’, an ‘increase of 32 per cent on the number in 2006’.
  • By increasing the number using ‘half the growth rate of the past 5 years’ to get 38,000 same-sex couples.
  • By stating, “We've assumed that around half of those couples would choose to get married (based on a 2010 study by the University of Queensland) and only half of those of these marry within 12 months of marriage equality.”
  • By assuming that they will all have ‘big ticket venues and pricey ceremonies’ at an average cost of $51,000!
  • By referring to claims that homosexual couples EARN MORE!

The figures include money gained by the STATE from marriage license fees and from ‘conducting on-site ceremonies in state-run registries of births, deaths, and marriages’.

The Star Observer’s ‘$1 billion’ comes from the ANZ stating that if HALF the couples marry in the first 12 months then it would be “over $1 billion”. Of course, there would not be much of a ‘boost’ in the following years!

Of course, there are some problems with the figures:

  • The number of couples doesn’t necessarily increase at a consistent rate (it may actually go down!)
  • Overseas data shows that FEW homosexual couples actually ‘marry’ after homosexual ‘marriage’ is legalised. An IMAPP research article (2006) shows the figure is often between 1% and 5% - with the Netherlands having between 2-6% of homosexual couples ‘marrying’ after 5 years. Even official Dutch reports state that the number of ‘marriages’ in the first ten years is certainly less than 20%.
  • 2013 IMAPP Research Brief states that the figure in the USA is about 2 to 4 percent in total. In the states where homosexual ‘marriage was legal at the time, they state that the ‘Percentage of gay and lesbian couples who are married’ is between 4.7% and 16%.

So why is the ANZ exaggerating the financial impact?
The ANZ Bank is very supportive of homosexual ‘causes – they are the Principal Partner of the Sydney mardi gras – and had lots of “decorated GAyTMs’ for the mardi gras.
Article: Same sex marriage worth $550 million to Australian economy, report finds, Herald Sun, 6/10/2015.


4. Free speech – Another Liberal Senator supports changes on ‘race hate’ law
Another Liberal Senator, Zed Seselja, has joined the growing group of Liberal Senators who are prepared to support changes to the federal Racial Discrimination Act to REMOVE “insult and offend” from the list of proscribed conduct in Section 18C!

“Liberal senator Zed Seselja told the Senate on Thursday that the current act, which makes it an offence to "insult" or "offend" someone on the basis of their race, was too subjective for a court to decide.” He commented on his own ethic background in his speech.

Senator Bob Day, of Family First, has put up a Bill to remove ‘offend or insult’ from the law following the failure of the Coalition to keep their election promise on this matter. SMH reports that Mr Turnbull has asked Bob Day to delay any vote on the Bill.

Andrew Bolt’s commentary contains Zed’s full speech – click here.

Article: Rebellion over race hate laws, with half a dozen Turnbull government MPs set to cross the floor, SMH, 15/10/2015.

Article: Abbott government senators prepared to cross floor over Racial Discrimination Act, SMH, 13/2/2015.


5. Muslim man found guilty of planning to fight with terrorists in Syria
Amin Mohamed, a 24 year old Melbourne Muslim man, has been found guilty by the Supreme Court on terrorism-related charges. He was alleged to have planned to go to Syria to fight with found to have planned who planned to take up arms and fight in Syria to obtain martyrdom has been found guilty of terror-related charges.

The Herald Sun reports, “He had pleaded not guilty to three charges related to him obtaining a passport, buying tickets and liaising with a man to gain entry into the battle zone.” Sentencing is in December.

Article: Would-be Aussie martyr Amin Mohamed found guilty of Syria fight plan, Herald Sun, 13/10/2015.


6. ACT: Exclusion zones around abortion clinics
Paul Monagle, of AFA reports, “The ACT Government has introduced a bill which proposes a ban on “a protest, by any means, in the protected period in relation to the provision of abortions in the approved medical facility”. This would prohibit silent vigils, prayer vigils, and even a sole individual standing silently with a sign.”

Paul writes, “However, the proposed ban on peaceful protests and prayer vigils must surely run counter to provisions about peaceful assembly, freedom to demonstrate your religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression in the ACT Human Rights Act 2004.

If you live in the ACT, please write to members of the ACT Legislative Assembly to oppose the proposed ban.
Some points to make include (but use your own words):
·       The peaceful prayer vigils have been taking place for 16 years with no disturbance to public order
·       There is no record of a complaint against the prayer vigil people by any public service staff working in the building
·       This is an unwarranted attack on freedom of protest and freedom of religion
·       Attacks on the freedom of assembly are always the first target of insecure politicians
Click here for details and email addresses for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly.


7. Sydney: Police employee killed by 15 year old Muslim teenager
The latest Islamic attack on Australian soil occurred on 2 October when a 15 year old boy, Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who had just left prayers at Parramatta Mosque, shot and killed police employee Curtis Cheng as he was leaving his work at the police headquarters in Parramatta. He continued firing and was shot and killed in a shoot-out with police. It has now been revealed that he met with a group of men at the mosque and acquired a gun whilst at the mosque (article).

In the wake of that attack, police carried out raids and arrested other men. A boy who attended the same school was detained for questioning and was charged (article).

Numerous comments and articles ensued – about what causes a young man, who ‘seemed’ to be ‘normal’ to carry out such an attack – which was praised by IS…

Police have now said he was recruited by western Sydney extremists’ to carry out a terror attack because they thought they were under too much surveillance to do it themselves (article). They have made further arrests, including the man who allegedly provided him with the gun.

Some Muslim leaders called on parents to be mindful of what their teenagers were doing and saying. NSW Police Minister Troy Grant said youths can be ‘radicalised’ in as little as THREE DAYS and called on the Muslim community to “do more” to counter radical beliefs (article).

The federal government has announced this week that anti-terrorism laws will be tightened to allow police to apply a ‘control order’ to suspects from the age of 14 (it is currently 16) (article).

A wide range of media articles – click here.

Andrew Bolt commented on Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement, just before the Parramatta shooting, that he would take a ‘more sensitive’ approach to Muslims, Islam and extremism. Andrew highlights the real problems we face in Australia regarding so-called ‘radical’ Islamic ideas.

Article: Parramatta shooting: Soft talk won’t hide hard truths about Islamic extremism


8. Vic – ‘Infant Viability Act’ proposed by DLP MLC Rachel Carling-Jenkins
Rachel Caring-Jenkins, the DLP Member in the Legislative Council, has announced that she will introduce the ‘Infant Viability Bill’ into the Legislative Council. The Bill aims to reduce the time limit for abortions down to 20 weeks. Rachel’s Media Release states, “Under the proposal, abortion would not be allowed after the 20th week of pregnancy, except in the case of a medical emergency.” 

Rachel is expected to introduce the Bill next week, and give a Second Reading speech, but it won’t be debated until 2016.
You can express your support by ‘LIKING’ the Facebook group – click here.

Overseas News

1. Religious leaders ‘BLESS’ an abortion clinic and support abortion
Yes, it might seem unbelievable but, “More than a dozen religious leaders from a variety of denominations gathered last week to support abortion and "bless" a Cleveland abortion facility. The "blessing" of the Preterm facility was initiated and coordinated by Rev. Laura Young, a Methodist priestess and the executive director of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’s (RCRC) Ohio chapter.”

One of the religious leaders is a “married homosexual”!
Perhaps that isn’t surprising – when people adopt ‘liberal’ Christianity they reject much of what the Bible says!

Article: Methodist, Episcopal clergy ‘bless’ Cleveland abortion clinic in prayer service, Lifesite, 12/10/2015.


2. USA: Why is Hillary Clinton running for President?
At the recent annual meeting of the Human Rights Campaign (a VERY pro-homosexual lobby group), Hillary Clinton said, “I’m running for president to stand up for the fundamental rights of LGBT Americans.”

Clinton said, “I’ve been fighting alongside you and others for equal rights and I’m just getting warmed up.” She ‘promised to work to pass legislation that would end discrimination, lower costs for HIV treatment and stop funding child welfare agencies that discriminate against gay parents’ and ‘committed to pushing equal rights in the military, including for transgender people’.

Her position has SHIFTED
An interesting comment by AP is, “But like much of the Democratic Party and the country, her position shifted in recent years.” They point out that she supported Bill Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, and said in a Senate speech in 2004 that marriage between a man and a woman was a “fundamental bedrock principle. In 2007, she “dodged when asked whether she agreed with a statement from the then-Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman that homosexuality was immoral”!

By 2011 she told a Geneva conference that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” In 2013 she released a video supporting homosexual ‘marriage’ and referenced that statement two years later when she released a video saying she backed gay marriage “personally, and as a matter of policy and law.” She then released ‘a statement voicing her support for making gay marriage a constitutional right’!

Article: Clinton to make LGBT rights a campaign focus, PBS, AP, 3/10/2015.


3. USA: Ben Carson’s hilarious video on creative uses for Hillary’s new book!
Ben Carson, the Christian doctor who is running for the Republican Party as President for the 2016 election, has released a funny video that has gone viral…

It features his campaign staff finding creative ways to use the FREE copy that Hillary Clinton sent them of her new book, ‘Hard Choices’. Uses include a coaster, step stool, door stopper and an exercise weight – with each person saying ‘Thanks Hillary!’

Watch the You Tube video: Thanks Hillary

Read Western Journalism’s post:
Watch: Hillary Sent Ben Carson A Copy Of Her Book. What He Did With It Is Going Viral,
9/10/2015.


4. Swedish Lesbian bishop calls for crosses to be removed and for signs to point to Mecca
A lesbian bishop in the Church of Sweden, Eva Brunne, has called for crosses to be removed from a church and signs placed to indicate the ‘direction to Mecca’ for Muslims… the church is the Seaman’s Mission in Stockholm, which has numerous overseas visitors – but the precedent is breathtaking!

Andrew Bolt begins his article with this revealing statement: “Once you start trashing church traditions you kind of get in the habit of making stuff up as you go along until suddenly there’s nothing left of what you inherited. Which brings me to the dying of Christian Europe…”

He concludes, “Think the imams will reciprocate the bishop’s hospitality? This is submission.”

Andrew Bolt writes: Tear down the crucifix to make Muslims welcome, Herald Sun, 6/10/2015.


5. California: Euthanasia Bill PASSED
The Californian legislature has passed legislation that ‘allows doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs’ to terminally ill patients’… and Governor Jerry Brown has SIGNED the Bill. Having been a Jesuit seminarian, he said he was ‘torn’ on the issue, but didn’t want to deny people to choice of ending their lives.

There are now FIVE US states which allow euthanasia or assisted suicide – Oregon passed a Bill in 1997. The Supreme Court affirmed the law in 2006 – since then, Washington, Montana and Vermont have also approved assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Article: California passes euthanasia bill: Governor Jerry Brown signs measure into law, Brisbane Times, 6/10/2015.


6. On climate change – making it illegal to ‘question’ AND ‘Pell vs Pope’!

6.1 Illegal to question ‘climate change’?
Yes, “Christopher Booker warns of moves that could make it illegal to question global warming alarmism and the useless policies alarmists impose…”

Booker details a conference of top judges, held in a courtroom in Britain that discussed making such actions ILLEGAL.
He writes, “We might think that a semi-secret, international conference of top judges, held in the highest courtroom in Britain, to propose that it should be made illegal for anyone to question the scientific evidence for man-made global warming, was odd enough to be worthy of front-page coverage… But only a series of startling posts by a sharp-eyed Canadian blogger, Donna Laframboise (on Nofrakkingconsensus), have alerted us to what a bizarre event this judicial gathering turned out to be (the organisers even refused to give her the names of those who attended). Including senior judges and lawyers from across the world, the three-day conference on “Climate Change and the Law” was staged in London’s Supreme Court. It was funded, inter alia, by the Supreme Court itself, the UK government and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)…”

What was proposed is startling – to find out more, read Booker’s article:
Judges plan to outlaw climate change 'denial’, Telegraph, 11/10/2015.

6.2 Pell vs Pope on climate change (and divorce)
Andrew Bolt
has an interesting article noting that, in July, Cardinal George Pell criticised the Pope for his public position of supporting ‘climate change’ and for placing it at the ‘top of the Catholic Church’s agenda’.

Andrew writes, “It is now close to all-out war: Civil war has erupted at the top of the Catholic Church, with 13 ­cardinals, including Australia’s George Pell, warning the Pope in a letter that the church is in ­danger of collapsing like liberal Protestant churches in the modern era. The cardinals say the threat of collapse has been accelerated by the “abandonment of key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of pastoral adaptation’’.

“The row centres on the three-week Synod on the Family under way in Rome and being attended by about 300 delegates, mainly bishops, from around the world… The letter complained the ­process seemed “designed to ­facilitate predetermined results on important disputed questions’. . . One point of contention is whether long-established rules should be changed to allow divorced and civilly remarried Cath­olics to receive communion…"

Article: Pell vs Pope


7. USA: PORK removed from prisoners’ menu!
Yes, pork has been removed from the prison menus in the USA by the Obama administration. Apparently a survey of ‘preferences’ was conducted… and pork wasn’t ‘popular’!

But the pork producers aren’t happy – and can’t believe that prisoners really don’t want BACON! They claim those prisoners who want it should be able to have it!

The authorities say the decision was not based on Islam (as Muslims don’t eat pork) and Islamic group CAIR say they didn’t ask for a ban!

But one county that banned pork six years ago did it for religious and medical reasons…
Article: Prisoners have a beef after pork chopped from federal prison menus, Fox News, 13/10/2015.

 

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200UPDATE: Troy Newman has lost his court bid to stay in Australia.

Read ABC rport - click here

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Another busy week – we start with an Update on Troy Newman, than look at marriage, the abortion drug RU 486, mosques, the Pope in the USA and the situation in Europe…
We conclude with some forthcoming events – our DINNER, March for the Babies and a lecture by Kameel Majdali…
Jenny
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News Update 2 October 2015

UPDATE on Troy Newman – and detention in Australia
At a court hearing on Thursday evening (1/10), High Court justice Geoffrey Nettle granted a temporary reprieve of 24 hours to Troy Newman before he could be deported. This was so that Immigration Minster Peter Dutton could consider the matter overnight. It was reported that, shortly after Mr Newman’s counsel outlined their case, the lawyers for the Commonwealth stated, “We propose an undertaking this man will not be removed for the next 24 hours. There will be discussions between the parties so that the matters can be resolved."

The hearing has been adjourned until FRIDAY AFTERNOON at 3 pm. The court was told that Mr Newman had not received official notification that his visa had been cancelled – it had apparently been posted to his US address, but he had already left for Australia! He was simply told about it by airline check-in staff!

On Thursday morning, lawyers for Mr Newman withdrew their application for the matter to be heard in the Federal Court and instead went to the High Court.

In the meantime, Troy Newman has continued to be held in detention at the Maribyrnong Detention Centre (see second article for the latest…)

To clarify Mr Newman’s statements… Regarding Mr Newman’s comments, the letter from Terri Butler (in the first OR report) refers to a book he co-authored, which spoke about abortion being murder, and discussed the role of the state in punishing murderers – and in the USA that includes capital punishment. However, Mr Newman has always advocated non-violent responses. When abortionist George Tiller was killed, he spoke strongly against any such violent action. In any of these situations, we might not say things the same way, but Mr Newman is opposed to violence and is entitled to express his views, even if some find them ‘unpopular’!

Please pray for Troy and his wife Melissa, who is in Australia and being looked after by Right to Life.

Don’t forget to attend the ‘Troy Newman meetings’ – either with or without Troy, they promise to be eventful! Conference in Melbourne FRIDAYEvents in Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns.

Latest report from Operation Rescue - Newman’s Detention in Australia Due to False Accusations Makes International News, 1/10/2015.

Article: US anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman granted temporary reprieve, SMH, 2/10/2015.

Article: US anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman held in detention centre ahead of High Court case: backers, SMH, 2/10/2015.
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Australian News
1. Senate Committee RECOMMENDS parliamentary vote on homosexual ‘marriage’
2. Abortion drug RU 486 – available over the PHONE
3. Activist lodges discrimination case against Catholic Archbishop over marriage booklet
4. Bendigo mosque – protesters evicted from Council meeting

Overseas News
1. Charles Darwin on God and the Bible
2. The Netherlands: Euthanasia promoted in SCHOOLS as ‘NORMAL’
3. Pope in the USA – White House and Congress
4. Germany: Christians segregated as ‘migrant violence escalates’
5. ‘Save Europe’ - Prayer for the West and for Germany

Events
1. March for the Babies
2. Salt Shakers Dinner – Halal Certification – Kirralie Smith is guest speaker
3. Two lectures by Kameel Majdali
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News Update 2 October 2015

UPDATE on Troy Newman

At a court hearing on Thursday evening, High Court justice Geoffrey Nettle granted a temporary reprieve of 24 hours to Troy Newman before he could be deported. This was so that Immigration Minster Peter Dutton could consider the matter overnight. It was reported that, shortly after Mr Newman’s counsel outlined their case, the lawyers for the Commonwealth stated, “We propose an undertaking this man will not be removed for the next 24 hours. There will be discussions between the parties so that the matters can be resolved."

The hearing has been adjourned until FRIDAY AFTERNOON. The court was told that Mr Newman had not received official notification that his visa had been cancelled – it had apparently been posted to his US address, but he had already left for Australia! He was simply told about it by airline check-in staff!

On Thursday morning, lawyers for Mr Newman withdrew their application for the matter to be heard in the Federal Court and instead went to the High Court.

In the meantime, Troy Newman has continued to be held in detention.

To clarify Mr Newman’s statements… Regarding Mr Newman’s comments, the letter from Terri Butler refers to a book he co-authored, which spoke about abortion being murder, and discussed the role of the state in punishing murderers – and in the USA that includes capital punishment. However, Mr Newman has always advocated non-violent responses. When abortionist George Tiller was killed, he spoke strongly against any such violent action.

Please pray for Troy and his wife Melissa, who is in Australia and being looked after by Right to Life.

Don’t forget to attend the ‘Troy Newman meetings’ – either with or without Troy, they promise to be eventful!
Conference in Melbourne FRIDAY Events in Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns.

Latest report from Operation Rescue - Newman’s Detention in Australia Due to False Accusations Makes International News, 1/10/2015.

Article: US anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman granted temporary reprieve, SMH, 2/10/2015.

Australian News

1. Senate Committee RECOMMENDS parliamentary vote on homosexual ‘marriage’
Recently a Senate Committee was asked to consider the matter of a referendum or plebiscite on the question of homosexual ‘marriage’. Specifically, the Committee considered the Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015, which was sponsored by Senators Rice, Lazarus, Leyonhelm, Lambie, Muir and Xenophon. The Bill “provides for a national plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage, to be conducted at the next general election” – with an assurance that, if approved, a Bill to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’ would be passed within six months.

Of course, it proposes that the PRO side get the ‘Yes’ option – with their proposed question being “Do you support Australia allowing marriage between 2 people regardless of their gender?”

What did the Senate Committee recommend?

After considering all the submissions, with all the pro-homosexual groups OPPOSING a referendum or plebiscite – mostly because they say the ‘No’ side (that’s US) would be negative and it would be unpleasant for the homosexuals - the Committee recommended that NO plebiscite be held.

Instead this was their ONE RECOMMENDATION:

Recommendation 1

4.1        The committee recommends that a bill to amend the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 to allow for the marriage between two people regardless of their sex is introduced into the Parliament as a matter of urgency, with all parliamentarians being allowed a conscience vote.


Read the FULL Report – click here.


2. Abortion drug RU 486 – available over the PHONE
Yes, if the Tabbot Foundation has its way, women will be able to phone up, have a ‘psychological assessment’ over the phone and have RU 486 drugs posted out to them (at a cost of $250) to take at home – all without a face-to-face consultation with a doctor!

There is a huge problem with the use of RU 486 – and that is there is often a need for follow up surgery when the ‘medical abortion’ doesn’t completely work. Many doctors have expressed concern at this proposal, as women will be left on their own to take the drug and monitor the ‘after-effects’ and seek emergency medical help when things go wrong!

Australian Medical Association president Dr. Andrew Pesce expressed some concerns, stating, “About 10 to 20 per cent of women who have a medical abortion using mifepristone will not completely miscarry and require a subsequent surgical procedure.”

Life News report, “Pro-life physician, Dr. Mary Davenport, described how the two parts of the abortion pill cause the abortion and often hurt women in the process. She said, “Medical [chemical] abortion is actually performed in early pregnancy with TWO pills, the first – RU-486 – mifepristone or Mifeprex, antagonizes the hormone progesterone, which is necessary for pregnancy. This cuts off the nutritional supply to the pregnancy, ending in the unborn baby’s death. One or two days later the woman takes a second pill, misoprostol or Cytotec, which causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy. Medical abortion is frequently a horrible experience for the women, lasting up to 2-4 weeks with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hemorrhage, and intense pain.”

FamilyVoice’s Ros Phillips expressed grave concerns about the lack of supervision and that women would be left on their own, in remote communities, without medical support and back-up.
FamilyVoice Media Release: Abortion by phone – how many will die?

Articles:
RU486: Medical abortion drug mifepristone now available over the phone, ABC, 28/9/2015.
Phone abortions with no face-to-face doctor consultation are now available, SMH, 28/9/2015.

Commentary:
Australia Will Make Dangerous Abortion Pill RU 486 Available for Sale Over the Phone, Life News, 28/9/2015.


3. Activist lodges discrimination case against Catholic Archbishop over marriage booklet
After complaining about the booklet on marriage issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops earlier this year, Tasmanian transgender activist Martine Delaney has now lodged a formal complaint against the Tasmanian Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous. Martine claims the book is ‘insulting and offensive’ – but the book, and the right to express a view that upholds traditional marriage, has been supported by Family First Senator Bob Day and FamilyVoice Australia. And us, of course!

Oh, by the way, Martine Delaney is also a candidate for the Greens at the next federal election!

The Tasmanian anti-discrimination and vilification law is incredibly wide-ranging - it covers behaviour the INSULTS or OFFENDS - read about the Tasmanian law which was expanded in 2013 - click here.

What does Martine want?

  • A public apology for distributing the booklet.
  • The Catholic Church in Tasmania to implement a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex awareness program for all staff and students within the Catholic education system.

Archbishop Porteous released a statement after the complaint was lodged, which justified the booklet and its statements as being legitimate commentary on the current issue. The Catholic Church said that the complaint is ‘representative of a rising intolerance against Christianity’.

Sources:
Archbishop Porteous - Statement in response to complaint lodged with Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
Article: Anti-gay marriage booklet finds support
, 9 News, 29/9/2015.
Article: ‘Intolerance against Christianity', Examiner, 29/9/2015.


4. Bendigo mosque – protesters evicted from Council meeting
Tensions in Bendigo are still high regarding the proposed building of a new mosque in Bendigo. A couple of weeks ago, a group of people who were protesting against the building of the mosque were evicted from the Council meeting. The Mayor closed the meeting and was escorted from the meeting by police!

The group of residents appealed against the decision to build the $3 million mosque, but it was rejected in August by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. After the decision, the United Patriots Front (a more extreme break-away group from Reclaim Australia) held a rally in Bendigo – and the local group joined the rally – this is reported to have changed the nature of the protest…

Article: Anti-mosque protesters hijack meeting as Bendigo councillors get police escort, Herald Sun, 17/9/2015.
Article: How an anti-mosque campaign in Bendigo became a battle ground, The Australian, 26/9/2015.

Overseas News

1. Charles Darwin on God and the Bible
There has often been discussion about whether Charles Darwin believed in God. A letter written in November 1880, has just sold at auction in the USA for US$197,000! The very short letter, written by Charles Darwin, states, “Dear Sir, I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation and therefore not in Jesus Christ as the son of God. Yours faithfully Ch Darwin".

The questioner had asked, “If I am to have pleasure in reading your books I must feel that at the end I shall not have lost my faith in the New Testament. My reason in writing to you therefore is to ask you to give me a Yes or No to the question Do you believe in the New Testament..."

Article: Charles Darwin's Letter on Bible, God Fetches $197,000 at Auction, NDTV, 24/9/2015.


2. The Netherlands: Euthanasia promoted in SCHOOLS as ‘NORMAL’

Once you legalise something, the activists argue that EVERYONE should know about it and SUPPORT it. And it doesn't JUST APPLY to euthanasia!!!

With euthanasia legal in The Netherlands, ‘The Dutch Voluntary End of Life Association (NVVE) is rolling out is latest project to bolster public support and acceptance of euthanasia – a school a school curriculum program called ‘euthanasia – dead normal’.

Bio Edge write, “The curriculum aims to provide high school students with “accessible information” about euthanasia, helping them to “have respect” for those who chose to end their lives. Representatives of the NVVE will visit schools and guide students through the materials. There are videos offering ‘different’ (though all supportive) perspectives on euthanasia: a 26 year old woman with muscular dystrophy who opted for euthanasia; a 17 year old girl who’s grandmother asked for euthanasia; and a doctor who performs euthanasia. There is also a cartoon infographic guiding children through the steps involved in euthanasia…
Article: Dutch right-to-die group promotes euthanasia in schools, Bio Edge, 12/9/2015.


3. Pope in the USA – White House and Congress
Mike Huckabee, Republican candidate for the US President, has been highly critical of the ‘invitations’ to the White House reception for the Pope – the ‘Guest list included pro-choice nun, transgender woman, openly gay retired Episcopal bishop and Catholic teacher fired for marrying her girlfriend’!
When the Pope spoke to the US Congress he was not as firm on matters such as life, abortion and same-sex ‘marriage’ as he could have been – and he also supported ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ at the White House and Congress.

Bill Muehlenberg analysed the Pope’s speech to the Congress: The Pope’s Speech to the US Congress

Article: Huckabee says Obama 'pretends to be' a Christian after papal guest list includes pro-abortion nun, gay marriage bishop, transgender woman and Catholic school teacher sacked for marrying her girlfriend, Daily Mail, 24/9/2015.


4. Germany: Christians segregated as ‘migrant violence escalates’
Please pray for Christians in the refugee camps and in the Middle East and Africa. Breitbart reports that Christians are being targeted.
Extract: “Christian migrants in German asylum centres are living under persistent threat, with many fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within the migrant population attempts to enforce Sharia law in their new host nation. The situation is so bad that Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East.”
Article: GERMANY SEGREGATING CHRISTIANS AS MIGRANT VIOLENCE ESCALATES, Breitbart, 28/9/2015.


5. ‘Save Europe’ - Prayer for the West and for Germany
In the wake of the recent influx of ‘refugees’ into Germany and throughout Europe, a call has been put out to pray for Germany and the West this weekend – 3 and 4 October.

The banner is “Save Europe, Save the West, Save the World. Save Human Rights. Save Freedom of Thought, Speech, Religion.”

Heidi and Elsa are co-ordinating the event.

Who is Heidi?
They write, “Heidi suddenly shot to prominence, about 2 years ago, when she shouted out, in a German church, as an imam was intoning the Islamic call to prayer: 
"Jesus alone is Lord here." 
He was welcome in the church. She was thrown out.”

Elsa heard about Heidi’s proposal to pray for Germany and Europe and wanted to include others who are concerned about the situation but are not Christians – so there are two separate events.

Read more on their website – click here.

Events

1. March for the Babies
Saturday 10 October 2015 – Meet at 1 pm in Melbourne.
The seventh anniversary of the passing of Victoria’s draconian abortion law.
Full details – click here.

2. Salt Shakers Dinner – Halal Certification – Kirralie Smith is guest speaker
Saturday 10 October 2015 – 7 pm

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3. Two lectures by Kameel Majdali
Dr Kameel Majdali is an expert on trends in the Middle East and is the leader of Teach All Nations.

Kameel is presenting his latest message in a couple of weeks:
On the Edge: Atomic Iran, Israel, and the Last Days on Tuesday 13 October 7:30 PM at Grow Church, 100 New Street, Ringwood. Flier - click here.

Kameel and his wife have just finished a 5 week 26 city tour of Australia, speaking on the topic of Understanding the Times.
He’s presenting that message, called Ten Trends: Why Our World is Changing Forever, on Sunday 18 October 6:30 PM at Keilor City Church, 80 Harrick Road, Keilor Park. 

 

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News Update – 25 September 2015

Australian News
1. NSW: Greens push for abortion on demand
2. Queensland plans to RE-INTRODUCE Civil Partnerships
3. Latest research on homosexual sex and condom use
4. Queensland government considers a ‘Bill of Rights’
5. Canning bi-election - and 'creation'
6. Ministry to Muslims – M Cubed – legal battle won!
7. Halal certification – hearing in Sydney

Overseas News
1. Europe: Some countries ONLY taking Christian refugees
2. UK: Socialist elected as leader of the Labour Party
3. UK: Euthanasia or ‘assisted suicide’ Bill DEFEATED
4. The Pope’s visit to the USA – meeting with Mr Obama
5. UK: Gender fluidity promoted to three-year-olds

News Update – 25 September 2015

Australian News

1. NSW: Greens push for abortion on demand
The Greens in NSW are calling for abortion to be legalised. They launched their campaign with a Forum in Albury this week. Leslie Canold, an ethicist who supports abortion, had a novel approach – suggesting that NO laws are needed and that abortion should be treated like removing tonsils or a knee replacement!

A vote line is being held: “Do you think abortion should be decriminalised in NSW?”
PLEASE VOTE – click here to vote NO!

Article: Albury forum launches Greens campaign to decriminalise abortion and establish exclusion zones at clinics, Border Mail, 23/9/2015.


2. Queensland plans to RE-INTRODUCE Civil Partnerships
More activism by homosexuals groups, combined with the policy direction of the Labor government, has led to an announcement that “Civil Partnerships” will be re-introduced in Queensland.

Just prior to the 2012 election, the then Labor government passed a ‘Civil Partnerships’ law. Following the election of the Liberal National Party, they were replaced by ‘Relationships Registers’.

But that wasn’t enough for the homosexuals and the ‘Left’ – now the Labor government, elected earlier this year, plans to bring back ‘Civil Partnerships’! And of course, the ‘Civil Partnerships’ are for heterosexual couples as well as homosexual couples – leading to a watering down of commitment. The homosexual lobby group AME is overjoyed – and sees it as a way to “increase pressure on the Federal Government to provide that dignity through marriage equality”!

Article: Queensland Government moves to restore civil partnerships for couples of any gender, sexual orientation, ABC, 17/9/2015.


3. Latest research on homosexual sex and condom use
The latest research report by the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, reveals that the use of condoms for casual anal sex by homosexual men is at an all-time LOW. This is despite years of campaigns urging homosexual men to use condoms. The Report was released during the World STI and HIV Congress in Brisbane last week.

The Report is called: “Annual report of trends in behaviour 2015 - HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia”.

In response to the unwillingness of homosexual men to use condoms, a new campaign has been promoted amongst homosexuals - in essence, homosexual men are encouraged to take a drug prior to having ‘unprotected sex’ without a condom. The new drug treatment, called PrEP, is seen as a way of reducing the risk on getting HIV/AIDS.
This campaign was highlighted by a graphic poster being put up recently around Melbourne, by a group called SeeItClearly2020. There was some division within homosexual circles about the graphic nature of the posters…
Warning – the Star Observer report is graphic. However, these posters are being put up in the STREET for everyone to read!

A campaign is being run by the manufacturer and homosexual groups to try and get the Therapeutic Goods Administration to APPROVE the PrEP drug Truvada and get it listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

 

4. Queensland government considers a ‘Bill of Rights’
The Queensland Attorney-General has announced that there will be a parliamentary Inquiry into whether Queensland should have a ‘Human Rights Act’ or ‘Charter of Rights’.

We oppose all such ‘Charters or Bills of ‘Rights’… as does FamilyVoice.

FAVA’s Queensland Director Geoffrey Bullock said, “No one should assume such a charter would protect important rights.  There is no evidence that the Victorian charter has done so.  The Soviet dictatorship had a magnificent bill of rights – that protected no one! In a democracy, our laws protect our rights.  If that protection is inadequate, elected MPs can change the law to fix the problem. But once you list rights in a charter, there will inevitably be conflicts about which rights are more important.  And it is unelected judges, not elected MPs, who get to decide.”
Article: Parliamentary inquiry in to Human Rights Act for Queensland, Brisbane Times, 16/9/2015.

Commentary – Barrister Chris Crawford opposes a ‘Charter of Rights’…
Opinion: Palaszczuk’s pointless policy push, Courier Mail, 22/9/2015.


5. Canning bi-election - and 'creation'
The Liberal candidate, Andrew Hastie, has won the bi-election. Andrew was in the SAS and is a Christian. Of course, being a Christian means the media are often out to find fault – during the campaign, the media found out that Andrew’s father, Peter, a Presbyterian minister, had once written an article about horses and evolution, that is published on the Creation Ministries website (a fascinating article, it shows evolutionists doubting the evolutionary ideas…).

Andrew responded that his family should be left out of political campaigning. He acknowledged that he is a Christian, but declined to answer questions about his views about creation.

Article: Creationism rattles Canning's new-chum politician, SMH, 12/9/2015.
The Monthly had a go as well: Question creation

Cameron Spink responded on our Resistance Thinking website, noting that our worldview is affected by our belief about where we came from… Creation changes everything


6. Ministry to Muslims – M Cubed – legal battle won!
Bernie Power, who has a ministry to Muslims in Melbourne, reports that they have had a legal win. A Muslim man had objected to their stall and table in the city – after negotiations at the Magistrates Court, Bernie reports, “He gave an undertaking that he would not come near our stall, or photograph or post on the internet about us. The Magistrate gave him a talk about allowing free speech and not endangering others. He was not very happy about it. But this was a landmark case to show that Christians will not be intimidated while on the streets sharing about Jesus.  We are praising God for this positive outcome.”

Please pray for Bernie and his team…


7. Halal certification – hearing in Sydney
The Senate committee investigating the certification of food held a hearing in Sydney yesterday.
Inquiry webpage here. Hearings here. Submissions here.
Kirralie Smith and Bernard Gaynor made presentations.
Kirralie's submission, Halal Choices, (with names removed) is No 1278, at Page 58.

Senator Cory Bernardi questioned the Australian Crime Commission and AUSTRAC about halal certification fees and terrorism.

Article: Senator Cory Bernardi demands vigilance on halal certification in Australia, Daily Telegraph, 25/9/2015.

Overseas News

1. Europe: Some countries ONLY taking Christian refugees
In the continuing drama over ‘refugees’ flooding into Europe, Hungary completed the erection of a large fence. Germany closed its borders, but still seems to be ‘accepting’ those who arrive. There has been discussion of ‘mandated quotas’ for EU member countries.

Some countries, such as Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, said they won’t take Muslim refugees. Cyprus announced it will allow 300 refugees to take refuge inside its borders, as long as they are Christian. In fact, they said, “We would seek for them to be Orthodox Christians.”

In Australia, Mr Abbott had announced that Australia would take an extra 12,000 Syrian refugees, from official camps, and the focus would be on ‘persecuted minorities’, which includes Christians.

Article: Europe Drops Political Correctness, Says Only Christians, Not Muslim Refugees Welcome, Breaking Israel News, 8/9/2015.

Detailed Commentary: On Europe’s Migration Crisis, the Global-Governance Crowd Dictates Wildly Unrealistic Policies, National Review, 9/9/2015.

 

2. UK: Socialist elected as leader of the Labour Party
In a move that surprised many, Jeremy Corbyn, an avowed ‘socialist’ has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party by a large majority. The leadership of the Labour Party was decided by a vote of Party members – he won 59.5% of the 422,664 votes cast.

The actual Labour Party MPs apparently favoured the more ‘centrist’ candidates – but it seems that the choice of ‘leader’ has been imposed on them! Just like what happened in Australia, with a ‘popular vote’ by Labor Party members electing Bill Shorten as the leader of the ALP!

Article: Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party amid concern over unity, ABC, 13/9/2015.


3. UK: Euthanasia or ‘assisted suicide’ Bill DEFEATED
Good news from the UK – A bill to legalise “assisted suicide”, presented by Rob Marris, a Labour MP, has been defeated by 330 votes to 118.

Michael Cook of Bio Edge reports that 85 MPs debated the motion – and some speeches were excellent. He writes, “I found the speech of Nadine Dorries, a former nurse, particularly interesting… She concluded with a cogent warning, “There are people all over the country who do not have a family member or relative as their next of kin. They do not have loved ones. For them, the next of kin is the state. It sends a shiver of fear down my spine to think that such a Bill might be legislated for and approved when so many people who are protected by the law may not have such protection in future because their next of kin is the state. When they feel that they are a burden or they feel under pressure, who will coerce them and who will feel the budgetary constraints involved in looking after them?”
Michael concludes, “That sums up many of my concerns, as well.”


4. The Pope’s visit to the USA – meeting with Mr Obama
This week the Pope is visiting the USA – he was met by Mr Obama, attended a reception at the White House and gave a speech to Congress.

There was controversy that homosexuals were invited to the White House reception – including Gene Robinson, Mateo Williamson, a transgender Catholic, Vivian Taylor, a transgender Episcopalian. Berean Research notes that Matthew Vines (who promotes being ‘gay and Christian’, celebrated the inclusion of transsexuals. American Thinker ran an opinion piece criticising the move.

In his speeches to Congress and the White House, the Pope supported ‘marriage and family’ and commended Obama on his ‘climate change’ policy.

There was more controversy about Rick Warren, an evangelical, speaking at the Pope’s final US meeting, the World Meeting of Families. He noted that there were significant differences, but there were some common theological beliefs and concerns about the family (article).

Article: Obama’s invite of LGBT activists to pope’s White House ceremony reportedly offends Vatican, Washington Times, 21/9/2015.

Commentary: Obama invites pro-abortion nun, a gay bishop, and a transgender female to meet the pope, Rick Moran, American Thinker, 17/9/2015.


5. UK: Gender fluidity promoted to three-year-olds
You might think the world is going mad, but a UK activist group, GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) has told Parliament that MORE needs to be done to promote gender fluidity to children. Our colleague who worked in this area in the UK has now returned to Australia – and notes that there is no-one objecting to this sort of promotion…

Breitbart reports, “Children as young as three are being taught about transgender issues and encouraged to discuss feelings of transgenderism, Members of Parliament have been told by a pro-trans organisation, but it wants the government to be more proactive on promoting trans issues in school as it says the number of very young children “transitioning” is “increasing rapidly”….

“The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) wants children of all ages to be introduced to transgender issues and has produced a range of teaching materials for the classroom to accomplish this aim. . .”

Article: GENDER FLUIDITY PROMOTED TO CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS THREE, EDUCATORS STILL WANT TO GO FURTHER, Breitbart, 22/9/2015.

 

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