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.

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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.

 

News Update: 5 Sept 2014 - Father's Day, Chaplaincy, Royal Commissions, homosexual 'marriage'

News hand Fotolia 43542893 320x200Have a great week ... News from the past couple of weeks... Father's Day, chaplaincy funding, Graham Preston, Royal Commissions, Safe Schools, marriage... 

Jenny
 
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News Update

Australian News 

1. Happy Father's Day – great TV ad… 
2. Chaplaincy program – funding delivered through the states
3. Charges against Graham Preston DROPPED
4. Update: Royal Commissions on child sexual abuse, unions and ‘insulation’ 
    4.1 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
    4.2 Union Corruption 
    4.3 Insulation provided under Labor’s ‘stimulus package’
5. Safe Schools Coalition – Motion in Tas parliament
6. Queensland Labor motion – for all Labor MPs to support same-sex ‘marriage’
7. Homosexual ‘marriages’ in Australia under BRITISH law!
8. Australia – and ‘military action’ in Iraq and Ukraine

Overseas News

1. UK: A win for Christian freedom – Registrar re-instated!
2. UK: PM David Cameron warns of ‘Islamic Caliphate’
3. Richard Dawkins and abortions for Down Syndrome
4. Luxembourg: Prime Minister to be one of first ‘homosexual marriages’
5. New York: Couple fined for not hosting same-sex wedding
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News Update

Australian News 

1. Happy Father's Day – great TV ad… 
An inspiring TV community service ad has been produced and screened this week for ‘Father’s Day’ (this coming Sunday). The ad was produced by Fatherhood Foundation - Dads 4 Kids, which is led by Warwick Marsh.

Watch the 60 second ad and share with all your friends and your church!

There are also 15 second and 30 second versions (click here).

Watch the 60 sec AD: Dads4Kids 'Love Your Children' (60 Second TV CSA)


2. Chaplaincy program – funding delivered through the states

Good news! The federal government has announced that they will give the money allocated for the federal ‘chaplaincy in schools’ program to the states – and the states will distribute it. This decision came about because of the recent High Court ruling, which found that the funding of the program by the federal government was invalid.

At the recent briefing, the Victorian Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, assured us that when the federal government passes the chaplaincy money to the states it will be directly distributed to the chaplaincy program, as intended by the federal government! At least in Victoria!
Article: Chaplaincy program goes ahead, The Australian, 27/8/2014.


3. Charges against Graham Preston DROPPED

Pro-life advocate Graham Preston was the first person to be charged under Tasmania’s draconian abortion law, the Reproductive Health Act, which bans protests within 150 metres of an abortion clinic.  

Graham appeared in court yesterday and police DROPPED CHARGES, telling the court they no longer felt they could ‘prove’ the charge. The Magistrate ordered the prosecution to pay Graham $1,000 in legal costs!

Graham displayed his posters on the street when he left the court!

Article: Hobart abortion clinic protest charges against Brisbane man dropped, ABC, 4/9/2014.


4. Update: Royal Commissions on child sexual abuse, unions and ‘insulation’

There are currently three federal Royal Commissions…

4.1 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Website - click here.

The Royal Commission recently met in Melbourne, where they heard from the Catholic Church about the ‘Melbourne’ Response’ which allocated payments to survivors who complained of sexual abuse by priests and brothers. Some media reports said the Church, and particular Archbishops, were criticised for telling the survivors, if they went ahead with court action, the Church would oppose them. 

Gerard Henderson responded, noting that two Archbishops who were criticised by the ABC for their responses to the child abuse scandal were not in those positions when the abuse occurred.
Article: ABC preys on conservative Catholics over church response to sexual abuse, Sydney Institute, 16/8/2014.

A community forum was held in Geelong on 13 August - next week private sessions will be held in Ballarat to hear the stories of 21 survivors of child sexual abuse.

The federal government has just announced an extension of two more years, which was requested by the Royal Commission. Attorney-General George Brandis also announced that an extra $125 million in funding will be provided. (Read AG’s Media Release).

Mr Brandis said this will enable the Commission to conduct an additional 30 public hearings, conduct another 3000 private sessions and carry out 52 research projects.


4.2 Union Corruption
Last week the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption heard evidence relating to the Health Services Union – this week it was the CFMEU (transcripts).

Next week, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard will appear before the Commission, to be questioned about her role in the setting up of the ‘slush fund’ set up by her former boyfriend and union official Bruce Wilson. The Commission has also “heard allegations she was given money from a union slush fund to pay for repairs to her house” and will question her about those allegations". (SMH article)


4.3 Insulation provided under Labor’s ‘stimulus package’
The Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program has released its Report.
See website and read report – click here.

The Commission found that the Rudd Labor Government’s ‘undue haste’ in implementing the scheme led to grave errors in the program – which resulted in poor training, house fires and four deaths. The Commission criticised senior management and former Ministers Peter Garrett and Mark Arbib. Mr Hanger said, "In the case of the HIP, the failings of senior management assured the failure of the project".

As well as considering the deaths of four young men involved in installing insulation, the report looked at health and safety issues, the design and implementation of the scheme and the impact on businesses of closing the scheme.

Mr Hanger said, “In my view each death would, and should, not have occurred had the HIP been properly designed and implemented. The decision to permit the use of reflective foil sheeting as ceiling insulation was, in my view, fundamentally flawed.”

He also stated, “There was an inevitable and predictable conflict or tension between the two aims of the HIP. One aim was to insulate 2.2 million homes and the other was to stimulate the economy. Both were doubtless admirable aims but there was an inherent conflict between them: the first required detailed and careful planning over time, and the other required speed.”

Media report: Insulation blame sheeted home to ALP by royal commission, The Australian, 2/9/2014.


5. Safe Schools Coalition – Motion in Tas parliament
The ‘Safe Schools Coalition Victoria’ has been expanded to cover all of Australia – with an $8 million grant signed off by former Minister Penny Wong before Labor left power.

Recently Tasmanian Labor MP Michelle O’Byrne moved a MOTION commending the Safe Schools program – and condemning Family Voice, for their ‘vile attack’ on the program. Family Voice, along with us, has expressed concern about the program’s promotion of homosexuality.
Two months ago, Greens MP Nick McKim also moved a motion commending SSC and calling on the government to condemn Family Voice’s statements.

Source: House of Assembly Motions
Michelle O’Byrne’s motion – No 220 – 21 August, 2014 – Page 371.
Nick McKim’s motion – No 142 – 24 June, 2014 – Page 339.


6. Queensland Labor motion – for all Labor MPs to support same-sex ‘marriage’
The recent conference of the Queensland branch of the Labor Party has passed a motion calling on all Labor MPs to support same-sex ‘marriage’ – on other words, REQUIRING all Labor MPs to vote FOR homosexual ‘marriage’!

At present ALP Members have a conscience vote on the issue, but the Queensland and Tasmanian branches have now voted to force Labor MPs to vote FOR ssm in line with Party policy – rather than having a conscience vote as they currently do.

Of course, homosexual group Australian Marriage Equality thought that was a ‘great move forward’!
AME Media Release: QLD Labor Calls On MPs To Abide By Pro-Marriage Equality Party Policy, 24/8/2014.


7. Homosexual ‘marriages’ in Australia under BRITISH law!
Homosexual couples are now allowed to ‘marry’ in Australia under the British same-sex ‘marriage’ law – so long as one of the couple is British, they can ‘marry’ at the UK Consulates.

It was announced in March 2014 that these homosexual ‘marriages’ could take place in British Consulates in Australia – the starting date was set in early June - and the first homosexual ‘marriage’ was held on 27 June, 2014.

Fortunately these homosexual ‘marriages’ are not recognised under Australian law – but would be if the current Greens Bill in the Senate was passed!
Articles:
Same-sex couples can marry in UK consulates from June, SMH, 28/3/2014.

Date set: same-sex couples can use British laws to marry in Australia, SMH, 5/6/2014.

First same-sex couple marry in Australia under British law, SMH, 27/6/2014.


8. Australia – and ‘military action’ in Iraq and Ukraine
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has committed Australia to provide both humanitarian aid and military supplies in Iraq in opposition to Islamic State.

This week, some nations have imposed additional sanctions on Russia, blaming Russia for providing aid to rebels in Ukraine and even ‘invading’ Ukraine. Tony Abbott went a step further – promising in parliament to send “civil and military capacity-building assistance” including military advisers.
Article: Australia to step up civil and military assistance for Ukraine as Tony Abbott takes greater position on world stage, SMH, 3/9/2014.

But what is really happening in Ukraine?
The elected government was opposed by rebels in the streets, who were supported by the West. The Opposition then took over governing the country! The people in eastern Ukraine then voted to be part of Russia. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine opposed Ukrainian troops. . .

Recently a Dutch intellectual wrote a letter about the situation – apologising to Russian President Putin… it was signed by ‘dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors…’
Article: Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine..., EIN News, 27/8/2014.

Overseas News

1. UK: A win for Christian freedom – Registrar re-instated! 
Christian Concern reports, “A Christian registrar who was sacked for indicating she would not be willing to conduct same-sex weddings has been reinstated after a successful appeal. Margaret Jones (54), a Senior Deputy Registrar at Bedford register office, was asked by her employers in 2013 whether her Christian beliefs would prevent her from conducting same-sex weddings in light of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.”

- On 28 March 2014, just one day before the first same-sex 'marriages' were due to be performed in the UK, Margaret met with management.
- Confirmed she couldn’t conduct same-sex weddings because of her beliefs.
- Margaret was told ‘that she either perform same-sex 'marriages' or resign’. 
- April 2014 - formal investigation launched. Margaret accused of "gross misconduct". 
- Internal disciplinary process followed. Margaret offered to complete the administrative tasks involved but not conduct the ceremony.
- In May 2014, Margaret was dismissed on the basis that her refusal to perform same-sex weddings breached equality laws and "brought the council into disrepute".  
- But no ‘same-sex weddings’ had actually taken place – Margaret claimed she was sacked because of her ‘beliefs’.

Margaret’s appeal has been upheld UNANIMOUSLY by a ‘panel of Central Bedfordshire Council Members’.

Read Christian Concern’s report: Victory for Christian registrar dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex 'marriages' 


2. UK: PM David Cameron warns of ‘Islamic Caliphate’
David Cameron recently wrote an article in The Telegraph warning of the direct threat to Britain that arises from the establishment, by ISIL or Islamic State, of an ‘extremist Islamic Caliphate’ in Iraq.

He wrote, “The creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and extending into Syria is not a problem miles away from home. Nor is it a problem that should be defined by a war 10 years ago. t is our concern here and now. Because if we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain. We already know that it has the murderous intent. Indeed, the first ISIL-inspired terrorist acts on the continent of Europe have already taken place.”

David Cameron: Isil poses a direct and deadly threat to Britain, Telegraph, 16/8/2014.

Meanwhile, Britain has raised the ‘terror threat’ level to ‘severe’.
Article: Britain on red alert: Terror threat level raised to ‘severe’, Washington Times, 29/8/2014.


3. Richard Dawkins and abortions for Down Syndrome
A furore recently erupted over comments made by Richard Dawkins about abortions for babies that are ‘diagnosed’ with having Down Syndrome.

What did he say?
In a Twitter conversation about abortion in Ireland, someone mentioned the ethical dilemma of abortion when a child has Down Syndrome. Dawkins tweeted, “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

The truth is, though, that most babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome ARE aborted in the West – including in Australia! Many doctors advise their patients about the availability of abortion if the pre-born baby is suspected of having the condition.

Dawkins responded: "In point of fact, a majority of Down syndrome foetuses in Europe and USA are aborted. What I recommended is not outlandish but the norm."

Charities helping people with Down Syndrome criticised his statements. Dawkins made a distinction between supporting people who have Downs, and the abortion of pre-born babies. “There's a profound moral difference between 'This foetus should now be aborted' and 'This person should have been aborted years ago'."
Article: Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world', Independent, 20/8/2014.


4. Luxembourg: Prime Minister to be one of first ‘homosexual marriages’
Luxembourg has just legalised homosexual ‘marriage’ – the law will take effect on January 1, 2015.Now Luxembourg’s Prime Minster Xavier Bettel has announced he will ‘marry’ his male partner as soon as the law takes effect!

This shows just how far the world is advancing in this direction!

Articles:
Luxembourg Prime Minister engaged to be married, Wort.lu, 21/8/2014.
Luxembourg’s prime minister will be among first ‘gay marriages’ under new law, Lifesite, 27/8/2014.


5. New York: Couple fined for not hosting same-sex wedding
Yet another case of a couple being fined for discriminating - a Catholic couple have been fined $13,000 for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to ‘marry’ at their farm. They had even offered to have the reception there – just not the ceremony – but that wasn’t enough for the homosexual couple, who then took legal action!

PLUS – the “Giffords must provide sensitivity training to their staff, and prominently display a poster highlighting state anti-discrimination laws.”

So much for freedom of expression!

Article: Catholic couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host same-sex ‘wedding’ at their farm, Lifesite, 20/8/2014.

 

News Update - 22 August - 18C, homosexual surrogacy, Islam and terrorism laws, marriage and more

News ball Fotolia 31010118 320x200This has been a very busy week - on Thursday I appeared before the Senate Committee conducting an Inquiry into the Greens' 'Recognition of foreign marriages Bill' (aimed at recognising HOMOSEXUAL foreign same-sex marriages). I represented the National Marriage Coalition, along with Bill Muehlenberg. As well as the actual presentation, we spent a lot of time preparing an Opening Statement.

... Then there was the submission to the Senate Inquiry into euthanasia/assisted suicide.

We've also been working on the Guidelines about 'Special Religious Instruction' in Victoria and advocating to get amendments to the Ministerial Direction 141 and the Education Department Policy Guide.

We're pleased to announce that the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, has now released an AMENDED Ministerial Direction - and the Education Department has published a REVISED Policy Guide.

The Policy Guide has REMOVED the statements about OTHER religious activities being banned at schools and now states that those lunchtime activities are allowed.

The revisions to the Ministerial Direction remove some of the more onerous restrictions that had been placed on SRI and clarifies that students can distribute religious material.
I'll prepare an overview of the changes and send it by email next week. In the meantime, see the NEW Ministerial Direction and the REVISED Policy Guide.

In this report we highlight the situation around Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, and the important developments surrounding the proposed anti-terrorism laws, with the Prime Minister meeting Muslim groups and the varying reactions from Muslims.

Keep reading!

Jenny


News Update - 22 August 2014

Australian News

1. Senator Cory Bernardi co-sponsors Bob Day’s ‘18C’ Bill
2. Thai surrogacy – babies for Australian homosexual couples
3. Vic politics: Three minor parties sign Statement on preferences
4. Prime Minister meets with Muslim communities
5. After the ‘talks’ - Rift in Islamic community over anti-terrorism laws
6. ‘Islamic state’ – continuing barbaric acts – and support for ‘Islamic State’

Overseas News

1. USA: Homosexuals target bridal shop that refused service to lesbians
2. USA: Marriage survives court challenge in Tennessee
3. European Court of Human Rights – no ‘right’ to same-sex ‘marriage’
4. UK: Travelodge removes Gideons Bibles from hotel rooms

Coming Events

1. Adelaide – Christians to pray for Iraq – Sat 23 August
2. World Congress of Families – regional event in Melbourne

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News Update - 22 August 2014

Australian News

1. Senator Cory Bernardi co-sponsors Bob Day’s ‘18C’ Bill 
Congratulations to Cory Bernardi, who has announced that he plans to ‘co-sponsor’ the Bill proposed by Family First Senator Bob Day to repeal the ‘offend’ and ‘insult’ clauses fromSection 18CSection 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Cory told Fairfax Media, “We promised to reform Section 18c at the last election and I intend to honour that promise."

Senator Day’s Bill is proposing a MINIMAL change – just removing the words ‘insult’ and ‘offend’ from Section 18C. Some other Liberals are supportive of the move. As Andrew Bolt says, “I cannot see how Liberals could not vote for the most minimal changes to an act they were actually insisting had to be gutted - until the Government caved to Jewish and Muslim lobbyists… I know of at least two more Liberal senators who feel honor-bound to vote for this, and I suspect up to half a dozen more could join them. A principle must be defended.”

Liberal Senator James McGrath has told the Australian Liberal Students Federation that he plans to ‘cross the floor’ to support Senator Day’s Bill.

Media reports:
- Cory Bernardi to defy PM by co-sponsoring bill aimed at altering 'Bolt laws', SMH, 15/8/2014.
- Proposal to remove words 'offend' and 'insult' from Discrimination Act could divide government, SMH, 14/8/2014.
- Senator James McGrath announces he will cross the floor on 18C

Andrew Bolt’s comment:
Bernardi backs free speech reforms. Other Liberals will, too, 15/8/2014.

 

2. Thai surrogacy – babies for Australian homosexual couples 
The ‘Baby Gammy’ story has prompted the Thai government to clamp down on surrogacy arrangements. Media reports have focused on couples who have ‘surrogacy arrangements’ or babies who have been unable to leave Thailand. Most of the stories so far have featured heterosexual couples.

But The Age this week featured the story – and video - of a male homosexual couple who used a commercial surrogate in Thailand to have a child… they already have a 2 year old daughter called Aleisha using a surrogate in India.

This is an increasingly frequent occurrence which is of great concern..

Article: Thailand surrogacy: Australian couple caught in crackdown break their silence, The Age, 19/8/2014.


3. Vic politics: Three minor parties sign Statement on preferences 
Three of the minor political parties in Victoria that support ‘Christian values’ have signed a “Public Assurance of Cooperation" statement that assures voters they will allocate preferences to each other in support of their ‘shared values’. The parties are Australian Christians, Democratic Labour Party and Rise Up Australia Party.

Of course, media reports focused on ‘some’ values – the brief Channel 9 report focused on the issue of abortion, as did the Herald Sun headline!

The Statement reads: “We hereby undertake to work cooperatively in this 2014 Victorian State Election and commit to preference according to shared values rather than personal strategic advantage. We offer an assurance that your vote will flow 1st to those who share your values. Therefore, you can confidently Vote 1 for the above mentioned parties in the 29 November 2014 Victoria state election, knowing we will support your vote for values. We are determined to see our shared values represented in our Victorian Parliament. Together we can achieve so much more. Make your vote count.”

Statement and Channel 9 report: Public Assurance of Cooperation, 18/8/2014.

Media Release: Press Release: Australian Christians (AC), Democratic Labor Party (DLP), and Rise Up Australia Party (RUAP) co-signed a ‘Public Assurance of Cooperation’ for 2014 Victorian State Election (on RUAP website)

Media report: Abortion view to determine minor party preferences, Herald Sun, 18/8/2014.


4. Prime Minister meets with Muslim communities 
Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked to meet with Muslim communities this week to discuss the proposed restrictions on anti-terrorism laws.
Tony Abbott and federal MP Craig Laundy (whose electorate has a high proportion of Muslims) spoke to the ethnic media representativeness (2 min video - SMH article).

Some Muslim leaders expressed concern about the new laws, including the restriction on visiting places identified as ‘war zones’ where jihadi fighters are active – they claimed that they needed to visit these places for family and humanitarian reasons.

A meeting was held in Sydney – but the Islamic Council of Victoria refused to attend the Melbourne meeting and the Secretary of the ICV, Ghaith Krayem, put out a statement and spoke on ABC radio.After the meetings, Muslim leaders continued to criticise the proposed laws.

Andrew Bolt asked, “Why is Keysar Trad advising the PM on national security?" – he points out that “Trad was the former spokesman of the pro-Hezbollah Mufti of Australia, the extremist Sheik Taj Al-Din Al-Hilaly… [Trad] had been a translator for the pro-Osama bin Laden and pro-jihadist Nida’ul Islam magazine, where he wrote: ``The criminal dregs of white society colonised this country . . . and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us.’’

Andrew added, "In 2009, the New South Wales Supreme Court found that Mr Trad ‘incites people to commit acts of violence’, ‘incites people to have racist attitudes’ and is a ‘dangerous and disgraceful individual’. This stemmed from a defamation case that Mr Trad brought against Harbour Radio…”

Media articles: 
- Vic Islam group pulls out of Abbott talks, The Australian, 19/8/2014.

- Islamic Council of Victoria to boycott 'media stunt' meeting with Tony Abbott, SMH, 19/8/2014.


5. After the ‘talks’ - Rift in Islamic community over anti-terrorism laws 
Whilst some Islamic leaders who attend talks with Tony Abbott described them as productive, other Muslim leaders and Islamic organisations were highly critical of the proposals.

The ‘Grand Mufti’ Ibrahim Abu ­Mohamed attended the talks and released a statement highlighting the matters discussed. The Mufti noted that ‘safeguarding and protecting Australia’s safety and security  is part of our creed’ – the Statement raised a number of concerns with the proposals as well as the treatment of Muslims.
Press Release: Muslim Community Leaders meet with the Hon Tony Abbott

Some Islamic groups issued a statement which strongly objected to the laws

- it was signed by 80 individuals and organisations - a wide range of Islamic leaders (including a number of ‘Sheiks’) and organisations including Islamic associations, university Islamic groups, some Islamic women’s groups and some rather more ‘extreme’ groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, IISCA and Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. One of the ‘signers’ was Junaid Thorne, the man we recently reported had been banned from visiting Perth prisons because of his support for ‘radical groups’.

The statement accused the government of supporting “dictatorial regimes” and supporting the “heinous violence” against Gaza.

The Australian reports, “The statement says the primary basis of the new laws was a "trumped-up threat" from radicalised Muslims returning from Iraq or Syria. There is no solid evidence to substantiate this threat…”

The Statement from these Muslim community leaders states, “We also reject government attempts to divide the Muslim community into ‘radicals’ and ‘moderates’ and to use the community for its agenda.”

This is in stark contrast to much of the media which tries to draw this distinction. Are they saying it is ‘all Islam’?

Media articles:

Muslim groups reject new terror laws, The Australian, 21/8/2014.

- Australian Muslim leadership in chaos: Radicals reject Australia, boycott Tony Abbott, Daily Telegraph, 20/8/2014.

Statement OPPOSING the PM and the laws:  

Muslim Community denounces ‘anti-terror’ law proposals, Islam in Australia, 20/8/2014.


6. ‘Islamic state’ – continuing barbaric acts – and support for ‘Islamic State’ 
This week we heard the that US journalist James Foley had been beheaded by IS in Iraq – supposedly in retaliation for US air strikes on the militants.

Some Muslim leaders in Australia condemned the action, and said they feared it would ‘spark a backlash’ against local Muslims.

A recent SBS Insight program showed a teenage supporter of IS, who uses the Islamic alias Abu Bakr, walking off the set after a heated exchange about his support for IS and the cancellation of his passport (report). He has since been arrested for ‘verbally abusing’ and intimidating a cleaner at a shopping centre.

Insight program: Joining the Fight, 12/8/2014.

Media report: Teenage supporter of Islamic State arrested, SMH, 18/8/2014.


Overseas News

1. USA: Homosexuals target bridal shop that refused service to lesbians
When Victoria Miller, a committed Christian and the owner of W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania refused to provide wedding dresses to a lesbian couple based on her religious beliefs, she was mercilessly targeted on social media… Victoria has now hired an attorney, who told reporters that his client has a “liberty interest” in refusing to accept business that would force her to violate her “firmly and honestly held religious beliefs.”

New American reports, “According to the New York Daily News, the Bloomsburg Town Council has also waded into the conflict with discussions about a possible ordinance that would prohibit businesses from refusing to serve same-sex couples, even for religious reasons.”

Article: Pennsylvania Bridal Shop Latest Target of Angry Homosexuals, New American, 15/8/2014.


2. USA: Marriage survives court challenge in Tennessee
Good news - A court in Tennessee has ruled that Tennessee does not violate the federal US Constitution by refusing to allow homosexual couples to ‘marry’ – or by refusing to recognise homosexual ‘marriages’ from other states.

Roane County Circuit Judge Russell Simmons wrote, “The Supreme Court does not go the final step and find that a state that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Further, the Supreme Court does not find that one state’s refusal to accept another state’s valid same-sex marriage to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

Article: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Survives Challenge in Tennessee, Time, 11/8/2014.


3. European Court of Human Rights – no ‘right’ to same-sex ‘marriage’
Christian Concern reports, “The European Court of Human Rights has re-affirmed its position that member states do not have to recognise same-sex ‘marriage’. In its decision, the ECHR highlighted the fact that there is no European consensus on same-sex ‘marriage’ - 37 countries within the Council of Europe area do not recognise it and only 10 are in favour of it.”

“The ECHR affirmed an earlier decision in 2012 that there was no “right” to same–sex ‘marriage’ under the European Convention on Human Rights. Judges in Strasbourg made the earlier ruling in the case of a lesbian couple in a civil partnership who complained that French courts would not allow them to adopt a child. The current case involved a Finnish couple – the husband had undergone a transsexual operation and wanted to be ‘married’."
Reports:
European Court rules that same sex marriage is not a right, Christian Concern.
European court: Gay marriage is not a human right, Lifesite, 25/8/2014.


4. UK: Travelodge removes Gideons Bibles from hotel rooms 
Yes, they removed the Bibles in the name of ‘diversity’ and NOT upsetting non-Christians – in case people were ‘offended’! Some- but not all – of the Travelodge hotels have the Bibles available at reception on ‘request’.

Media report: Travelodge removes the Bible from every room: No one had complained... but chain 'doesn't want to discriminate', Daily Mail, 16/8/2014.


Coming Events

Adelaide – Christians to pray for Iraq – Sat 23 August 
A rally on the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide from 11.30 am – 1 pm on Saturday (23 August), to pray for divine intervention in Iraq. 
Cathryn Crosby-Wright, who has organised the rally, said: “We are shocked at the mass murder by beheading of men and children, burying children alive, crucifixions, firing squads and untold cruelty to women and forced conversions. We are alarmed at the inability of civilised governments to control the situation.  We see that an appeal to God is an important first step for drastic action.”

One of the rally speakers is Father Seraphim of Adelaide’s Coptic Orthodox Church who is very concerned as his people in the Middle East have become targets for radical Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (IS).

For more information, contact: Cathryn Crosby-Wright, 0402 268 291


World Congress of Families – regional event in Melbourne 
“Life, Family, Freedom” – Saturday 30 August – 9am to 5.30 pm. 
Conference details – click here
Updated program – click here
Admission free - donations invited. 
“Owing to security concerns pre-Registration is essential. As space is limited, to avoid disappointment register early.

 

News Update - 15 August - Visas, WCF 'sponsors', Update on 18C and SRI and more

News with man Fotolia 60714122 320x200The government announces humanitarian visas for persecuted Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, Salt Shakers makes the media as a 'sponsor' of the WCF event, Australian Muslims fighting in Iraq, more Liberals criticise the dropping of 18C changes, update on SRI and more...
Jenny

News Update

Australian news 
1. Government announces 4,000 humanitarian visas for Iraqis
2. WCF – Salt Shakers makes the news as a ‘sponsor’ of the WCF
3. More on the abortion breast cancer link controversy
4. More Liberals oppose backdown on ‘race hate law’
5. Victoria – Special Religious Instruction in schools opposed by FIRIS 
6. Update - Proposed change to constitution re indigenous recognition
7. Liberal candidates dropped for ‘homophobic’ and racist comments
8. Australian Muslim Khaled Sharrouf’s son holds severed head
9. Government cuts welfare payments to suspected jihadis

Overseas News
1. USA: Senate Democrats vote for pro-abortion Bills
2. UK Euthanasia assisted suicide Bill passes House of Lords

Coming Events
World Congress of Families – regional event in Melbourne

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News Update

Australian news 

1. Government announces 4,000 humanitarian visas for Iraqis
In welcome news, the federal government has announced that 4,000 of the humanitarian visas allocated this year will be made available to Christians and Yazidis from Iraq who are currently being killed and persecuted by the Islamic State.

With tens of thousands fleeing for their lives in Iraq, this will only assist a small number of the Christians and other minorities who are being persecuted.

Article: Australia to offer refugee visas to Iraqi Christians and Yazidis, ABC, 14/8/2014.

 

2. WCF – Salt Shakers makes the news as a ‘sponsor’ of the WCF
The media are continuing to try and find ways to discredit the upcoming World Congress of Families event to be held in Melbourne later this month. This was especially evident on the Q & A “Theology, Terror and Metadata” program on Monday night (read transcript/video).

Having already targeted politicians and speakers, this week News.com journalist Lauren Wilson decided to target the ‘sponsors’ of the event. We received a phone call about our ‘controversial’ and ‘radical’ views. Peter asked her what was ‘controversial’ about them…
A long conversation ensued, where she was challenged to look at the actual research rather than relying on her own ‘views’ – for example, she noted that we said homosexuality was ‘unhealthy’. Peter replied that more than 80% of people who have contracted AIDS in Australia are homosexual men. The journalist asked, ‘Where did you get that from?’. Peter noted she hadn’t done her research, and said they were the official government statistics!

Her final article mentioned a number of sponsors (Catch the Fire Ministries and Mecuman Institute) as well as us…

There was just ONE small paragraph about Salt Shakers: “Evangelical group Salt Shakers, which does not endorse the use of contraception and describes homosexuality as “dangerous” is another “sponsoring organisation”.”
Somewhat brief and out of context, and ignoring the evidence, but hardly showing we were 'extreme'!

Article: World Congress of Families conference firebrand figures, News.com, 13/8/2014.

 

3. More on the abortion breast cancer link controversy
Following the recent controversy with Senator Eric Abetz being criticised for associating with Dr Angela Lanfranchi who is speaking at the WCF event on the ‘Abortion Breast Cancer’ link, Professor Joel Brind had an informative article in Online Opinion about the recent research from China…

Professor Brind presented the evidence for the latest meta-analysis from China which “reported an overall, statistically significant risk increase of 44% for women who've had one or more induced abortions.”

His conclusion: “Instead, we are treated, in the West, to a great wall of denial from so many recognized authorities on breast cancer risk. My challenge to them is this: Do they think all these brown and yellow people reporting such strong evidence of the ABC link in Asia must be incompetent in epidemiology?”
Article: Abortion breast cancer link explodes in Asia, Online Opinion, Joel Brind, 12/8/2014.

 

4. More Liberals oppose backdown on ‘race hate law’
David Kemp is the latest person to openly criticise Tony Abbott’s backdown on repealing Section 18C which prohibits ‘offending or insulting’ people on the basis of race. David Kemp is an influential figure in the Liberal Party – he was a minister in the Howard government and is a former President of the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party. Interestingly, he was my lecturer in first year politics at university!

In his very insightful article, David notes that a core tenet of the Liberal Party is to protect freedom – and cites the contribution of Robert Menzies. He then goes on to say that, yes, we must fight racism, but says that “the law is a ‘poor ally’”, writing, “It invites prejudice to stay underground, subjects our culture to the discretion of tribunals that easily end up sounding like star chambers, and as we have seen is ineffective against passionate hate. And the implicit message of such laws is that democracy, which depends on free debate, does not work.”

He concludes, “Despite claims from some members of the government, it is obvious that there is a very broad base of support for amending 18C that stretches across the political spectrum and the responsible media. The task is to win the debate, not quit the field.”

Article: Liberal dismay over 18C, David Kemp, The Australian, 15/8/2014.

 

5. Victoria – Special Religious Instruction in schools opposed by FIRIS
A concerted campaign against SRI (Special Religious Instruction) is being run by FIRIS (Fairness in Religion in Schools). They have a Billboard, website, and a Facebook page where they report on schools deciding not to run SRI.  They’re also celebrating the fact that former Labor Minister Bronwyn Pike told homosexual radio station Joy FM she didn’t support religious programs in schools (relevant sections at FIRIS here).

On their website, FIRIS reported they had met with the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, thanked him for his new Ministerial Direction 141 about restricting SRI, told him they were continuing to campaign against SRI in schools and presented him with a ‘secular education’ award.

An article in The Age on 4 August, by teacher and writer Chris Fotinopoulos, continued the theme… Chris attended the recent meeting held by Access Ministries about the SRI program – and cited lots of stories from FIRIS about the operation of SRI in schools. We understand that some schools are being harassed by FIRIS activists.

Please continue to pray for ACCESS, for principals of schools and for SRI volunteers.

We are continuing to monitor any proposed changes to the Victorian Education Department Policy Guide on SRI - at this point the 'offending sections' on 'other religious activities' have been removed!

Article: God save me from those who think I'm lost, The Age, 4/8/2014.

 

6. Update - Proposed change to constitution re indigenous recognition
The federal Parliamentary Committee investigating possible changes to the Constitution to recognise “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples” released its interim report in July.

Barry Maley, a sociologist and anthropologist,  writing in The Australian last week, said, “It is becoming apparent the ­Aboriginal referendum intended for submission to the nation next year is misconceived, potentially dangerous and should be ­abandoned.” He recommends that any changes be abandoned!

He said the report “envisages major alterations to the Constitution, challenging the future of Australia as one united people, subject to the same rule of law.”

Barry notes that “Australians have always been wary of constitutional changes with one outstanding exception: the 1967 referendum to include Aboriginal people in counting the population. It was a resounding vote for equal citizenship for the Aboriginal people and a demonstration of Australians’ abundant goodwill towards them.”

He goes on to note that the proposed change would create UNEQUAL CLASSES of people, in contradiction to that earlier change. Barry goes on to look at the interim recommendations of the Committee – to alter five sections of the Constitution - and comments on each…

We agree that all Australians are Australian and the proposed changes tend to divide people.

Article: Abandon change to constitution, The Australian, 5/8/2014.

Parliament Inquiry
The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is currently accepting submissions for their Inquiry - public hearings are to be held in Darwin and Katherine this week.
Click here for the Committee's Inquiry webpage.
READ Interim Report - click here.

 

7. Liberal candidates dropped for ‘homophobic’ and racist comments
Two candidates for the Liberal Party for the upcoming Victorian election have been ‘dumped’ in recent weeks - both for comments made on social media some time ago.

[And the Labor candidate for Frankston ‘stepped down’ after accusations of bullying at work were made against her (source).]

Victorian Liberal Premier Denis Napthine called on candidate Aaron Lane (who was running for Western Victoria in the Legislative Council) to resign after it was reported that he had made ‘homophobic comments’ on TwitterThe Australian reported that Mr Lane, who is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, former Young Liberal President and a former member of the Victorian state Liberal executive, made most of the ‘offensive’ tweets in 2012 and 2013 – using an account that is now closed.

A week later, the state Liberal candidate for Bendigo West, Jack Lyons, a former publican, resigned after the Herald Sun revealed he had made “racist, sexist and offensive” comments on a Facebook page some time ago on a now-closed account.

The Liberal Party called all candidates to an ‘urgent meeting’ to “discuss appropriate social media use”.  The Liberal Party has now pre-selected Michael Langdon, who is well-respected in the community, to represent them in Bendigo West.

We certainly don’t endorse the comments made; however, it is important to note that we seem to be entering a new era of 'political correctness' and that social media comments are being ‘monitored', that the media are ‘investigating’ and political parties are responding…

Articles: Lib star busted for crude tweets tweets, The Australian, 1/8/2014.
- Denis Napthine calls for Liberal candidate Aaron Lane to stand down,Herald Sun, 1/8/2014. 
- Bendigo West Liberal candidate Jack Lyons quits over racist, sexist, offensive jibes including Bendigo ‘needing an enema, Herald Sun, 5/8/2014.
- Liberal Party picks new candidates for Victorian state election, The Age, 8/8/2014.

 

8. Australian Muslim Khaled Sharrouf’s son holds severed head
One of the Australian Muslims fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq is Khaled Sharrouf (who left Australia last year using his brother’s passport). This week he posted a photo of his seven-year-old son holding a Syrian soldier’s head – with the tweeted text, “That’s my boy!”

Naturally, this has resulted in a great deal of consternation and criticism.

Miranda Devine wrote about the development, noting that the ‘Left’ is ignoring the Islamic ideology – she writes that some commentators claimed that people in all religions do these sorts of things, citing the Oklahoma bomber, Timothy McVeigh. Miranda rightly points out that McVeigh was raised a Catholic but rejected religion – that he was actually “a radical libertarian, a secular humanist and a follower of science".

The Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Ghaith Krayem, wrote an Opinion article in the Herald Sun this week, saying that these actions do not represent his religion of Islam.

Undoubtedly, he hadn’t read Dr Michael Brown’s ‘Open Letter to Moderate Muslims’’ – but he doesn’t answer any of the questions that are raised by Dr Brown about the Qur’anic and hadith passages that support Islamic practices.

Article: The Left are hiding from the horrors, Daily Telegraph, 12/8/2014.
Article: This is not what my religion represents, Herald Sun, 13/8/2014.

 

 

9. Government cuts welfare payments to suspected jihadis
The federal government has said they have cut welfare payments to suspected Muslim jihadi fighters to ensure that Australian money isn’t used to fund terrorism.

A spokesperson for Kevin Andrews, said “The Abbott Government has already cancelled welfare payments for a number of individuals who are overseas. The Abbott Government is committed to ensuring Australians engaged in terrorist activities are not receiving taxpayer-funded payments.”

Article: Suspected jihadists have welfare payments cut to stop Australia taxes financing terror, Herald Sun, 14/8/2014.


Overseas News

1. USA: Senate Democrats vote for pro-abortion Bills
As the USA gears up for an election later this year, the Democrats in the Senate are voting for Bills that support abortion.

The pro-life group, ‘Susan B Anthony List’ reports:
“First, Senate Democrats advanced a radical pro-abortion bill, deceptively titled the “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S.1696), which seeks to wipe out almost every pro-life law and enshrine abortion-on-demand for any reason throughout all 9 months of pregnancy in every state!

“Then they voted for S.2578, an anti-religious freedom bill that seeks to undo the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling. This bill is another abortion mandate, pure and simple. It would force Christian, family-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs under Obamacare.”

They are encouraging Americans to ‘vote pro-life’ by signing a pledge.

They note that the USA has a voluntary voting system, and then state, “Why is it so important to make a commitment to vote this November? Because believe it or not, only about 40% of pro-life voters will actually show up at the polls in non-presidential election years. That’s 2 out of every 5 pro-life voters!


2. UK Euthanasia assisted suicide Bill passes House of Lords
The ‘Assisted Suicide Bill’ currently being considered by the UK parliament passed the second reading in the House of Lords in July - without a vote. There were 126 peers who spoke on the Bill. 

Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, who has spinal muscular atrophy and is a wheelchair and has a ventilator to help her breathe, told the House of Lords legalising assisted suicide “frightens me because, in periods of greatest difficulty, I know that I might be tempted to use it”.

Article: Disabled Peer: Assisted suicide Bill ‘frightens’ me, Christian Institute, 21/7/2014.


Coming Events

World Congress of Families – regional event in Melbourne
“Life, Family, Freedom” – Saturday 30 August – 9am to 5.30 pm.
Conference details – click here.
Updated program – click here.
Admission free - donations invited.
“Owing to security concerns pre-Registration is essential. As space is limited, to avoid disappointment register early.

 

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