News ball Fotolia 31010118 320x200There is so much going on with the promotion of homosexual rights these days, so I’ve included numerous items report on the latest developments… but there is also news on Islam and euthanasia…

With our Prayer Focus last week, this News Update covers news from the past couple of weeks… browse and read the items that interest you – or cause concern!

I liked this quote from Mark Twain:

“If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

At Salt Shakers, we aim to help sort the rhetoric from the truth…

Blessings

Jenny

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News Update 12 Feb 2016

Australian News

1. Midsumma Pride March - Bill Shorten and Daniel Andrews MARCH
2. Tasmania to ‘apologise’ for former laws against homosexuality
3. Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop – statement seems to allow students to bring ‘same-sex partner’ to school formals
4. Victoria: Same-sex partners for a school ‘Deb Ball’…
5. Play School – all kinds of families including TWO HOMOSEXUAL FATHERS
6. SA: Government changes law to allow lesbian partners to be on a child’s birth certificate
7. SA: Euthanasia Bill introduced by Steph Key
8. Homosexual marriage – MP numbers and news
     8.1 Activists claim they ‘have the numbers’ in the parliament to approve homosexual ‘marriage’
     8.2 Nationals Senator says she ‘won’t support’ homosexual ‘marriage’!
9. Kevin Rudd lobbying for the UN Secretary-General position
10. Lesbian couple, ‘quasi adoption’ and the biological mother

Overseas News

1. ITALY considers legislation for homosexual ‘unions’ & adoption
2. Norway: Largest bank calls for the country to STOP using cash
3. David Daleiden charged - lead investigator into Planned Parenthood’s sale of ‘baby parts’
4. Europe: Abuse by ‘migrants’
5. USA: Professor at Christian college who wore HIJAB LEAVES the college
6. Oregon USA: Doctor-prescribed suicides (euthanasia) INCREASE

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News Update 12 Feb 2016

Australian News

1. Midsumma Pride March - Bill Shorten and Daniel Andrews MARCH

Shorten and Andrews Pride March 2016 CustomFederal Labor leader Bill Shorten joined Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to march in Melbourne’s homosexual Pride March on Sunday 31 January. Both men spoke to the crowd after the March. Bill Shorten reiterated his promise to introduce legislation for “marriage equality” within 100 days of being elected – they ‘tweeted’ and posted on Facebook about their participation (see here for example)!

Daniel Andrews also supported homosexual ‘marriage’ and announced that the Victorian Labor government will give a formal ‘apology’ to homosexual men who were convicted of ‘homosexuality crimes’ in Victoria prior to 1980, when homosexuality was legalised. Mr Andrews said the apology would be given in the parliament in May. The government passed a law last year, which came into effect in September 2015, which “expunges” these criminal convictions for “consensual sex and fraternisation”. The Age reports that “about 12 people so far have applied through the Department of Justice to have their records wiped.”

For the first time, AFL footballers marched under a club banner, with St Kilda Football Club taking part. The Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, also marched for the first time – along with Victoria's Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen. Deborah Glass said, “For me it's very much about a demonstration of my personal commitment, both to a diverse community and to a diverse workforce. It's a message around me being an Ombudsman for all Victorians – whatever their background, their culture, their race, or their sexuality."

Premier Daniel Andrews’ Media Release: Righting The Wrong: Date Set For Historic State Apology
Article: Same-sex marriage needs to be legalised, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews tells Midsumma Pride March, ABC, 31/1/2016.
Article: Righting the wrongs: Gay community to receive formal state apology, The Age, 31/1/2016.
Photo from homosexual paper, Star Observer article – click here.

2. Tasmania to ‘apologise’ for former laws against homosexuality
It seems that Daniel Andrews is trying to keep up with Tasmania… The Tasmanian Liberal Government announced in December 2015 that it will ‘apologise’ to people who were convicted of homosexual acts prior to 1997, when homosexuality was decriminalised. The government will also ‘expunge’ their criminal records. Other states have ‘expunged’ criminal records – South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT - but Tasmania was the first state to announce an ‘apology’.

Tasmanian Liberal Media Release: Expunging historic homosexual convictions, 17/12/2015. 
Article: Homosexual convictions to be expunged by Tasmanian Government, ABC, 17/12/2015.
Article: Tasmania to officially apologise for former laws against homosexuality, IB Times, 19/12/2016.


3. Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop – statement seems to allow students to bring ‘same-sex partner’ to school formals
Last year, a Catholic school in Melbourne, Academy of Mary Immaculate, decided to allow a female student to bring a same-sex partner to a school formal. The girl was initially refused permission, but the school changed its stance after the girl ran a petition on Change.org.

Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop, Denis Hart, was recently asked about the situation by Fairfax – he said schools should be ‘sensitive’ and ‘respectful’. They report that, in a statement to Fairfax, he made comments that indicated schools could allow students to take a same-sex partner to school formals: “Students in a secondary school are growing up and in developmental stages where relationships are more like strong friendships and are not usually permanent, they are not in a situation where they are committing.” He added, “The Catholic Church respects any relationship but always sticks quite firmly with its teaching that a relationship in the eyes of the church is heterosexual, between a male and female, and that is something we would always stand by." He said schools would make their own decisions.

Article: Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart gives green light to gay couples at Catholic school formals, The Age, 22/1/2016.


4. Victoria: Same-sex partners for a school ‘Deb Ball’…
The Victorian government actually ruled EIGHT years ago that students in government secondary schools could take a same-sex partner to a school formal.

The latest campaign has been over whether a student could have a same-sex partner in a school debutante ball- a classic male-female event! Two girls from Bundoora Secondary College have been granted the right to participate together - the girls are not actually a ‘couple’ but decided they wanted to “promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality and the value of friendship” and “pushed for the school to accommodate ‘changing times’.They also ran a petition on Change.orgto get the school to agree…

Article: Melbourne teen girls granted right to participate in debutante ball as same sex pair, Yahoo, 5/2/2016.
2008 Article: Gay students get OK for school formals, Herald Sun, 15/4/2008.


5. Play School – all kinds of families including TWO HOMOSEXUAL FATHERS
The ABC’s Play School has been criticised this week for deciding to include two homosexual fathers in their Through the Windows “My Family, Your Family” segment later this year.

It’s 12 YEARS since Play School was in the centre of a similar controversy… by having a segment about a ‘girl with two Mums’ in 2004.

The executive producer of the show confirmed this week that they are featuring lots of different families… “an adopted family, an extended family, a blended family, an Indigenous nuclear family and a family with two dads…”

We are concerned at this development – other Christian groups have called for the segment to not be shown – ACL called for the ABC to ‘Keep rainbow politics out of Play School’.

It’s insightful to compare the responses in 2004 to the responses in 2016… In 2004, Prime Minister John Howard was highly critical of the move
– in 2016, where is PM Malcolm Turnbull???

CONTACT the ABC to voice your concern – click here for the Contact page and feedback info.

Article: Play School segment to feature gay fathers, SMH, 4/2/2016.
2004 Article: Play School's lesbian tale sparks outrage, SMH, 4/6/2004.
2004 Article: PM accuses Play School over gays, The Age, 7/6/2004.


6. SA: Government changes law to allow lesbian partners to be on a child’s birth certificate

South Australia’s House of Assembly has passed legislation, 29-12 in a conscience vote, to allow two female same sex parents of a child to be registered on a child’s birth certificate.

Up to now, the law had required that the lesbian couple had to have lived together for three years prior to conception in order to put both of them on the child’s birth certificate.

The Bill, introduced by the Greens’ Tammy Franks into the Legislative Council last year, was passed by that House in June 2015. Since some amendments were made by the House of Assembly, the Bill will go back to the Legislative Council for final approval. (See details of Bill here and the Bill itself here.)

Article: Female same-sex parents win right for both to be on child's birth certificate as SA Parliament backs rule change, ABC, 11/2/2016.


7. SA: Euthanasia Bill introduced by Steph Key
The push to legalise euthanasia continues. This time, it’s South Australia. A bill to legalise euthanasia, called the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016, was introduced this week into the House of Assembly by Labor MP Steph Key (she’s already tried to get euthanasia legalised before!).

FamilyVoice South Australia Director David d’Lima has warned of the dangers of passing the Bill: “Incredibly, the proposal would grant medically assisted suicide to people whether they are terminally ill or simply unwell.” Ms Key said that the central requirement for assisted suicide is that the person’s suffering is ‘unbearable’ and ‘hopeless’.  Mr d’Lima said, “These are highly subjective terms.  What is deemed ‘unbearable’ one day may become bearable the next, depending on the circumstances…”

If you live in SA, please contact your MPs in both Houses to ask them to vote AGAINST this Bill. Click here for contact details.

FamilyVoice Media release: Euthanasia bill warning, 11/2/2016.


8. Homosexual marriage – MP numbers and news

8.1 Activists claim they ‘have the numbers’ in the parliament to approve homosexual ‘marriage’
Homosexual activist Rodney Croome, leader of Australian Marriage Equality, recently claimed that they now ‘have the numbers’ to pass a Bill to allow homosexual ‘marriage’ in Australia. He told the media, “We're confident the numbers are there for marriage equality to pass both houses of federal Parliament right now if a free vote is granted to Coalition members." He added, there was "no need for an expensive and divisive plebiscite".

The media reported, “AME's assessment puts support for a broadening of the definition of marriage, at a conservative 76 in the 150-member House, and at 41 in the 76-seat Senate. And it says its talks with several others suggests they too were leaning towards change, if given a free vote.”

A list was provided to the media – there are 72 MPs in the House of Representatives who have ‘publicly supported’ homosexual ‘, and another six who AME claims have "confidentially" flagged their intentions’. Since the numbers come from Rodney Croome, it is impossible to verify his claims at this point.

Article: Majority of MPs would back marriage equality, SMH, 30/1/2016.

8.2 Nationals Senator says she ‘won’t support’ homosexual ‘marriage’!
Some good news. Bridget McKenzie, a Nationals Senator for Victoria, has said she would vote against same-sex ‘marriage’ regardless of the result of a plebiscite. Congratulations!

Unfortunately, one of her Nationals colleagues, Michael McCormack (MP, Riverina), told the same media conference, “If the plebiscite said yes to same-sex marriage, I would support the fact that the will of the people said that.”

Article: Gay marriage: Senator Bridget McKenzie vows to vote against change, contradicting colleague at media conference, ABC, 28/1/2016.


9. Kevin Rudd lobbying for the UN Secretary-General position
Yes, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appears to be lobbying for the job… this week he was offering advice on the handling of North Korea.

The Turnbull government is “considering” whether they will back Mr Rudd for the job – and say they’ll wait until he “puts his hand up for the job”.

Meanwhile, Julie Bishop criticised Tony Abbott for supporting another candidate for the job, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clarke, leading to a strong commentary from Andrew Bolt, saying the government would be ‘crazy’ to support Rudd”. He wrote, “Rudd was not only one of our worst prime ministers, branded dysfunctional even by his Labor colleagues. He also stands for Big Government and the erosion of national sovereignty — values no Liberal government should promote.”

Article: Kevin Rudd ramps up his bid for United Nations Secretary General, News.com.au, 10/2/2016.
Article: We'll consider backing Kevin Rudd for top UN spot: Julie Bishop, SMH, 24/1/2016.


10. Lesbian couple, ‘quasi adoption’ and the biological mother
This story shows how problematic the issues of surrogacy, ‘adoption’, and non-biological parents can be…

In this case, the Australian Family Court has ordered a lesbian couple to hand back a toddler to its biological mother. During the mother’s pregnancy, the mother decided to give her baby, once it was born, to the lesbian couple, who had tried to have a child through IVF but failed. A legal agreement was drawn up by a lawyer. All three women are deaf and communicate using Auslan.

The mother has since ‘changed her mind’ about giving her child to the lesbian couple. The girl is now almost three years old – and the Family Court has ordered that the child be returned to the biological mother and her half-siblings, although she will continue to have contact with the lesbian couple.

Article: Lesbian couple ordered to hand toddler back to biological mother, SMH, 30/12/2016.


Overseas News

1. ITALY considers legislation for homosexual ‘unions’ & adoption

The Italian Senate is currently considering a Bill that would legalise homosexual ‘civil partnerships’ and adoption by homosexual couples.

A huge rally was held in ROME in late January to protest against the proposed legislation.

How many attended?
It depends who you listen to… Breitbart reported that more than one million attended, the organisers were quoted as saying either one million OR two million (Guardian report) – but some media said it was just ‘thousands’, Yahoo stated “tens of thousands”, with journalists doing the estimating!

Last year the European Union condemned Italy for not having a law to allow ‘civil partnerships’ for homosexuals. But Italian politicians across the parties are objecting. As the debate continued, Pope Francis recently spoke out defending the traditional family and marriage.

Article: Pope defends traditional marriage as Italy debates civil unions, Reuters, 22/1/2016.


2. Norway: Largest bank calls for the country to STOP using cash
An interesting development in Norway – some banks have stopped issuing cash – and now the country’s largest bank has called on the country to stop using cash…

The reason? To prevent money laundering!

Article: Norway's Biggest Bank Calls For Country To Stop Using Cash, IB Times, 22/1/2016.


3. David Daleiden charged - lead investigator into Planned Parenthood’s sale of ‘baby parts’

Bill Muehlenberg writes, “When the rule of law and the criminal justice system is broken, and broken badly, then no country can last for long. That is exactly what we find occurring in the United States with the recent shock announcement that charges would be laid – not against the baby killing and baby parts selling Goliath but the David who caught them out. This is what has just happened:

“The lead investigator behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos faces up to 20 years in prison after a Houston grand jury decided on Monday not to charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing – and instead indicted him for offering to purchase human organs from the abortion provider….”

Article: Planned Parenthood, Daleiden, and the Inversion of Justice, 27/1/2016.


4. Europe: Abuse by ‘migrants’
We have read numerous accounts of abuse by the ‘migrants’ that have been flooding into Europe form Syria, Iraq and other places. Often the reports do NOT mention the religion of the person…

In this recent account, a 10 year old Austrian boy was raped at a swimming pool – by a 20 year old Iraqi man who had ‘entered the country in September from the Balkans’…

Article: 10-year-old raped by Iraqi migrant at swimming pool in Vienna, News.com.au, 8/2/2016.


5. USA: Professor at Christian college who wore HIJAB LEAVES the college
When Larycia Hawkins, a professor at Wheaton College, a ‘small Christian school outside of Chicago’ wore a HIJAB to proclaim her "solidarity" with Muslims, in December 2015, there was an outcry. She had also said that ‘Christians and Muslims worship the same god!

It has now been announced she will leave the school. Rick Moran discusses the ‘processes’ undertaken, including talk of her being suspended or ‘resigning’.

He concludes, “That the Wheaton administrators bowed to political correctness on such a fundamental issue of faith is troubling. If I were a parent and was sending my child to a Christian school because of its purported dedication to Christian principles, I would think twice about enrolling them in Wheaton.”

Article: Professor at Christian college who wore hijab in 'solidarity' with Muslims leaves school, American Thinker, 7/2/2016.


6. Oregon USA: Doctor-prescribed suicides (euthanasia) INCREASE

Citizen Link reports…

“The numbers are in and doctor-prescribed suicides in Oregon are on the rise: 132 people last year. The number of deaths has gone up each year since the state legalized it.

“If much of the nation succumbs to assisted-suicide advocacy,” said Wesley J. Smith with the Center for Bioethics and Culture, “and the numbers keep climbing consistently as is the usual pattern wherever assisted suicide/euthanasia are legalized – it would not be long before tens of thousands of people died by lethal prescription or injection, each year.”…

Article: Oregon doctor-prescribed suicides increase, Citizen Link, 11/2/2016.

 

News with man Fotolia 60714122 320x200When I started analysing the news this week, there were several items that deserved some ‘in-depth’ reporting. Rather than fill your Inbox with emails, I’ve reported on several current items in more depth in this News Update… Happy reading!

I hope to see some of you at Endeavour Forum’s Birthday meeting next Friday (5 Jan) to hear Liberal MP George Christensen and DLP MP Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins (see LAST item). I’ll be chairing the meeting.

Jenny

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News Update – 29 January 2016

Australian News

1. National Day of Prayer and Fasting – Sunday 7th February
2. Victoria: Labor plans to legislate to ‘crack down’ on “Gay 'conversion' therapy”
3. Australian of the Year – more politically correct ‘causes’
4. Melbourne’s ‘Midsumma’ - homosexual Pride March
5. Tony Abbott speaks to pro-family ‘Alliance Defending Freedom’ in the USA
6. Marriage Equality – will the plebiscite be a ‘binding vote’ on MPs?
7. Endeavour Forum - Public Meeting for their 37th Birthday – Friday 5 Feb

News Update – 29 January 2016

Australian News

1. National Day of Prayer and Fasting – Sunday 7th February

This year the National Day of Prayer and Fasting will be held on Sunday 7th February – the theme is ‘JESUS’. The key event will be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra from 10 am to 4 pm.

For those who can’t be in Canberra, you’re encouraged to participate where you are – either personally or at your church. Full information is on the National Day of Prayer website – click here.  Suggestions, including a Declaration and Prayer for Australia, are posted there, as well as Posters, Guidelines and a 2 minute promotional video.   You can also REGISTER on the website.

The National Day of Prayer and Fasting will be followed by 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting from 10 February – 20 March 2016!


2. Victoria: Labor plans to legislate to ‘crack down’ on “Gay 'conversion' therapy”

This week the Victorian Labor government, led by Daniel Andrews, confirmed that they will introduce legislation to ‘clamp down’ on any therapy or assistance that is provided to people who choose to deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. This is particularly targeted at Christian groups and churches that provide such support.

The Age has been running articles opposing any kind of support or counselling that addresses homosexuality. The latest article, on 24 January, stated that, 

“Legislation will be introduced into parliament later this year to establish a new watchdog – the Health Complaints Commissioner – with the power to investigate and sanction anyone claiming they can treat homosexuality. While registered practitioners can already be investigated by authorities, the legislation will close a loophole that currently exists regarding unregistered practitioners making unproven claims that they can covert gay people.”

The Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, said, “If they are found to be making false claims and to be acting in a manner that puts people's physical, mental or psychological health, safety or welfare at risk, the Commissioner will be able to ban them from providing such services."

WHO will to decide what is ‘false’?
WHO will decide what is putting someone’s mental health ‘at risk’?

Premier Daniel Andrews posted the article on his Facebook page with the comment “Gay 'conversion' therapy? In the bin.”

This proposal is actually in the Victorian Labor Platform 2014 on Page 48:

“Ensure the Health Services Commissioner and Consumer Affairs Victorian have the necessary powers to investigate people conducting unregulated and unproven therapies, such as ‘gay-conversion therapy’ or ‘miracle cancer cures’.”

The website, documentary and interviews at the website insideexgay have been targeting such counselling and therapy, with calls to close down any groups offering this kind of support. Last year, Nicole Conner, wife of City Life senior pastor Mark Conner, did an extended interview on insideexgay, where she agreed with the proposal that these groups should be shut down (from 48:40). Anthony Venn-Brown, the founder of a support group for homosexuals in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, Freedom2Be, has also been campaigning for the closure of such groups.

Churches and groups that provide support to people who seek help and WANT to change in the area of same-sex attraction are concerned that their activities, teaching and counselling could be targeted under such legislation.

Bill Muehlenberg wrote about the Age articles this week – click here.

Media reports:

Zero tolerance: Andrews to crack down on gay 'conversion' therapy, The Age, 24/1/2016.
Calls to investigate 'ex-gay' movement, The Age, 17/1/2016.

 

3. Australian of the Year – more politically correct ‘causes’

In recent years we have seen a trend towards selecting people as ‘Australian of the Year’ who use the platform to promote left-wing political ideas.

As Miranda Devine rightly said, “The award, which ought to ­reflect and unite this great ­nation, has evolved into a mere plaything of social engineers and reflects all of the unhealthy preoccupations of the Left. The lucky recipients announced on Australia Day then spend a year lecturing the rest of us about how backward and awful we all are compared to their enlightened selves. From Adam Goodes to Rosie Batty and now Morrison, you would think we are an irredeemably racist, sexist nation in which every man is an incipient wife basher…”

This year the recipient is David Morrison, who was Chief of Army for four years before he retired. In his time as Army Chief he focused on ‘gender equality’ – trying to increase the number of women in the Army and complaining about sexism and following the ideology of left-leaning feminists.

Miranda writes, “Then, of course, there was his celebrated 2013 video lambasting as sexists the male soldiers who were risking their lives in service of our country. The video catapulted him into the pantheon of politically correct saints.” The speech was partly written by Group Captain Cate McGregor, the transgender army officer [formerly Malcolm] who has been celebrated by the left as the epitome of ‘acceptance’.

When David Morrison retired he became Chair of the Board of the Diversity Council of Australia – which focuses on gender equality, homosexual rights, racism, sexism, etc. David Morrison has added ALL of these causes to his MISSION for the year ahead. In addition, in his acceptance speech, he said he supported a REPUBLIC, and would use his time as Australian of the Year to campaign for that as well!

David Morrison also said there is ‘religious discrimination’ in Australia which needs to be addressed. He wasn’t talking about discrimination against Christians – he was saying we must all be nicer to Muslims and Islam. The day after his appointment he told ABC Breakfast Radio,

"We hold people back in this country for the most peculiar of reasons — their gender or the god they believe in or the colour of their skin or sexual orientation."

On Islam, he said, “ "I think we need to listen to the men and women of Islamic faith who are part of Australia's society. We need to understand the challenges they face. We need to see where the rest of Australia can work with them. And, of course, there are issues within the Islamic community that only they can solve, but that's OK." (Watch the 7 minute video here.)

Michael Smith highlighted David Morrison’s statements about Islam and religious discrimination, noting some of the “issues within the Islamic community” and concluded, ”The material makes me feel too ill to go on.   That stuff makes me very sick, but something here is worse.  You David.  Anyone who could say "but that's OK" about this stuff is no Australian of the Year.”

 

Even Morrison's support for ‘diversity’ wasn’t enough for Catherine (or Cate) McGregor, a fellow finalist, who told the homosexual paper Star Observer that Morrison was a ‘weak choice’ and that the Board missed the opportunity of appointing an LGBTI person! McGregor also said, “He’s on a steep learning curve when it comes to LGBTI and trans issues, he needs to learn a lot and rapidly” – and offered to ‘help’ him! McGregor later apologised for the comments… see ABC report.

Regardless of who the title went to, Catherine McGregor announced, in late December, a planned retirement from the defence force to advocate for transgender rights … to “make this a year in which, if I achieve anything, it is to show just the common humanity of transgendered people to the rest of Australia". 

Back to David Morrison…

As Miranda concluded, “The bottom line is that a former chief of army honoured with the title of Australian of the Year in 2016 should be advocating for wounded returned soldiers and those suffering post-traumatic stress rather than treading the overtilled ground of gender complaint and a republic.”

Family Voice called for ‘an Australian of the Year who unites us’ rather than another ‘social engineer’ - a sentiment we heartily endorse!

Sources:
Miranda Devine
: Sorry David, but it’s the wrong fight, Daily Telegraph, 27/1/2016. Article ATTACHED.
David Morrison ‘Acceptance speech’ – click here.
David Morrison – 2013 video - Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison message about unacceptable behaviour
Media report: Australian of the Year David Morrison pulls no punches in first speech, News.com.au, 26/1/2016.
Family Voice Media Release: Oh for an Australian of the Year who unites us!
Michael Smith: “David Morrison - Australia must change to suit Muslims. On Muslim problems with West, "that's OK".


4. Melbourne’s ‘Midsumma’ - homosexual Pride March

Melbourne’s homosexual festival ‘Midsumma’ is in full swing… from 17 January to 7 February.

The Pride March will be held in St Kilda this Sunday, 31 Jan. They’re still claiming to have 50,000 people there – they’ve maintained this ‘estimate’ for years, although we’ve counted the crowd and the marchers in previous years to show this number is hugely inflated!

Each year more groups are persuaded to participate – with companies and even the emergency services being encouraged to ‘accept diversity’ by groups such as the Diversity Council. The CFA marched last year with the emergency services and are planning to participate again. There is even a CFA Pride group and three ‘Ambassadors’! (See CFA News report – click here).

Last year, Premier Daniel Andrews LED the Pride March (report here). This year the Equality Minister, Martin Foley, is planning to march (see his Facebook page).

As for sponsors, AGL energy is one of the ‘partners’, promoting diversity… they even have a new acronym … DGS – “diverse gender and sexuality” communities. See their statement and Media Release.

Partners include the City of Melbourne, Yarra Trams, Australia Post, Herald Sun, NAB, IBM, Telstra, Seek, Jetstar, Coles, Creative Victoria and more – see list here.


5. Tony Abbott speaks to pro-family ‘Alliance Defending Freedom’ in the USA

This week Tony Abbott spoke to a meeting in New York organised by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The ADF promotes religious freedom and Biblical values and is opposed to homosexual ‘marriage’ and abortion. The ‘About Us’ page states, “Alliance Defending Freedom advocates for your right to freely live out your faith”. It was started in 1994 by more than 30 Christian leaders – with founders including James Dobson, James Kennedy, Larry Burkett and Marlin Maddoux. The ADF provides legal assistance to people who are subject to discrimination claims.

Tony Abbott’s speech was on “the importance of family". We applaud Tony Abbott for speaking at the meeting.

Outcry in Australian media…

But to read the media reports in Australia, one would think that this is a nasty and furtive ‘hate group’! Some media reports claimed the meeting was ‘secretive’ – since details of the location weren’t public. The ADF said it was a private function for members and thus event details were not publicised. We can understand that, since such events are regularly targeted by left-wing activists!

A report in the SMH called the ADF “one of the religious right's most reactionary bodies” – and highlighted the “trenchant criticism from the left” when the ADF “opposed "tolerance training" for schools aimed at reducing bullying of LGBTI students.”

Alan Sears, the President and CEO, was said to have “argued that America's growing tolerance of homosexuality was being achieved through the indoctrination of children, tacit support of corporate America, and through "positive" television depictions of alternative family structures.”

Sounds like the right conclusions to us, but the media meant this to be a criticism!

Some of the media focused on the response from Malcolm Turnbull.

He was asked a question about Tony Abbott speaking to the ADF by Waleed Aly on The Project on 26 January (see episode here). Waleed stated that the group was an “anti-gay” group and said that Mr Abbott was “defending Yanks’ rights to preach hate”. [Of course, Waleed made no comment about what ISLAMIC groups think on the subject!]

Mr Turnbull stated, “There are people in the Parliament, there are colleagues, there are, you know, fellow members of the Coalition, who have different views, and they are...entitled to express them, and I respect their right to do so, just as they would respect my right to disagree with them.”

How did the MEDIA report the events…?

It’s always interesting to see how the media reports such events – it often gives a clear indication of their bias!

The Australian’s headline was “Tony Abbott to speak at US family event in New York” (article available to subscribers). The ABC’s headline was “Tony Abbott to address US conservative Christian lobby group on marriage views” – but they later focused on the response by Malcolm Turnbull (see here).

Almost every other media report was condemning…

The Guardian’s headline said Mr Abbott was speaking to a ‘far right US lobby group”. The Sydney Morning Herald’s headline was Tony Abbott jets to US to address abortion and gay-marriage opponents Alliance Defending Freedom. The SMH ran another article about the ADF, calling it a “gay hate group”. The headline of one SBS’ article was “Abbott to deliver speech to US group opposing abortion, same-sex marriage” and a follow-up article published by SBS highlighted the fact that Tony’s lesbian sister was “disappointed”.

Then The Monthly joined in, to discuss Malcolm Turnbull not censoring Tony Abbott…


6. Marriage Equality – will the plebiscite be a ‘binding vote’ on MPs?

The plebiscite on homosexual ‘marriage’ that has been proposed by the federal Coalition government is a huge ‘opinion poll’ to find out ‘what the people think ‘.

In October 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull indicated that, if the people vote in favour of homosexual ‘marriage’ in the plebiscite then the parliament WILL pass legislation to legalise homosexual ‘marriage', saying, "When the Australian people make their decision, that decision will stick... It will be decisive. It will be respected by this government and by this parliament and this nation."

However, this week Senator Eric Abetz has stated that a plebiscite result in favour would NOT ‘bind his vote’ and will NOT force him to vote FOR homosexual ‘marriage’ in the parliament.

The Guardian reported that he said, “Every member of parliament will make up his or her mind after the plebiscite is held. People will take into account the views of the electorate, the views of the nation and their own personal views."

Senator Cory Bernardi said that he would vote AGAINST legalising homosexual ‘marriage’, even if a plebiscite was ‘in favour’. See a media report on the controversy here.

Congratulations to Sen Abetz, Sen Bernardi and other conservatives who refuse to be dictated to by political leaders or the masses.

Interestingly, Rodney Croome, leader of pro-homosexual group Australian Marriage Equality, used the statement by Sen Abetz to call for an immediate vote in parliament:

“With or without a plebiscite, this issue will be resolved by a free vote of all members of the parliament, so let’s just get on and have that vote. People are attracted to the idea of a plebiscite because at first glance it seems like a circuit breaker, but what Eric Abetz is saying shows it won’t be conclusive at all, and he’s right about that."

Meanwhile, it was reported that Attorney-General George Brandis is drafting the legislation for the plebiscite:

“The attorney general, George Brandis, is drafting legislation to define the question to be put to a plebiscite after the federal election, the exemptions that would apply to churches and other organisations, and whether voting would be compulsory. It will go to cabinet, and the Coalition party room, next month.”

Who is ‘helping him’ draft the plebiscite question?

Warren Entsch, a Liberal MP who is strongly in favour of homosexual ‘marriage’!

Articles:

Eric Abetz Says Marriage Equality Plebiscite Would Not Bind His Vote, Huffington Post Australia, 27/1/2016.
Eric Abetz: Coalition MPs will not be bound by plebiscite on marriage equality, The Guardian, 27/1/2016.
'Bizarre and extraordinary': Coalition tensions flare over same-sex marriage, SMH, 27/1/2016.
Same-sex marriage threatens Coalition unity, SMH, 27/1/2016.


7. Endeavour Forum - Public Meeting for their 37th Birthday

Hope to see you at this meeting if you can make it – I’ll be chairing the meeting, which has TWO excellent speakers!

When?
7.20 pm, Friday, 5th February 2016

Where?
The O'Hanlon Centre, Mitchell St., Mentone, Vic. 3194.

Speakers:
Mr. George Christensen (LNP, Qld) on "The Culture Wars"
Dr. Rachel Carling-Jenkins (DLP, Vic) on "The Infant Viability Bill".

Babette writes,
“All welcome, free attendance, donations gratefully accepted. . ."

 

 

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200A range of issues from the past week.

This is our final News Update for 2015.
We will re-commence the News Updates at the end of January. More on that tomorrow…

In the meantime, read on to catch up on what’s been happening...

Jenny

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News Update 17 Dec 2015

Australian News

1. Sydney - one year on from the Lindt café siege by Muslim sheik Man Haron Monis
2. Bendigo mosque – Court of Appeal refuses to hear appeal
3. COAG and Domestic Violence – national scheme for orders; funding; summit
4. COAG – efforts to combat” violent extremism”
5. NSW: The teenager charged with terrorism last week had been arrested BEFORE!
6. Baby seriously injured – another ‘boyfriend’ to blame
7. Islamic DAWAH tour coming to Australia
8. Former sex worker tells of abuse by ‘pedophile ring’ in NSW
9. Royal College of GPs runs course to help GPs understand LGBT mental health issues

Overseas News

1. Middle East: Saudi Arabia announces ‘coalition’ of 34 ‘Islamic states’ to fight ‘terrorism’
2. UK: 85 Islamic sharia’ courts dispense ‘justice’
3. ISIS wants to kill children with Down syndrome
4. Article on Islam: Mark Durie addresses the claim that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’
5. United Nations pushes abortion
6. Sex with horses on the increase in Switzerland

News Update 17 Dec 2015

Australian News

1. Sydney - one year on from the Lindt café siege by Muslim sheik Man Haron Monis
It’s a year since the siege of the Lindt Café in Sydney – with the perpetrator being Man Haron Monis, an Islamic sheik.

But Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, has controversially stated that the attack was “NOT a terrorist event” but rather was just an attack carried out by a man suffering from mental illness!

Why did she say that?
She explained, “I didn’t want our multicultural harmonious community to be divided.”

Clover Moore initially made the claim in an article in Huffington Post – all about the ‘resilience’ of Sydney as a city. The context of the article was ‘climate change’ but she managed to include weather, cyber attacks and the siege by Monis in the article!

Article: Sydney siege ‘wasn’t terrorist event’, Lord Mayor Clover Moore says, Daily Telegraph, 15/12/2015.
Clover Moore’s article: Resilient Cities Will Be Critical For Australia's Future, Huffington Post, 14/12/2015.

Kevin Donnelly has written on the subject of the differing treatments handed out to Christianity and Islam…
Article: Christianity crucified while Islam is idolised, Daily Telegraph, 16/12/2015.

Posted at Press Reader – click here.

2. Bendigo mosque – Court of Appeal refuses to hear appeal

The Victorian Supreme Court, Court of Appeal has declined to hear an appeal against the building of a large mosque in Bendigo… the City of Bendigo approved the building of the mosque in June 2014 and VCAT approved it in August 2014. Residents objecting to the mosque took it to the Court of Appeal.

“On Wednesday morning, the court rejected the residents' claims that the mosque would bring negative social effects to Bendigo. The judges said Victoria's Charter of Human Rights protected freedom of religion, and said the mere practice of religious worship could not be considered to be an adverse "social effect".”

Article: Bendigo mosque appeal thrown out of court, The Age, 16/12/2015


3. COAG and Domestic Violence – national scheme for orders; funding; summit

We’ve often commented on the fact that often ‘laws’ change at state borders.

On Friday 11 December COAG, the Council of Australian Governments (the meeting of federal, state and territory leaders) considered the matter of ‘domestic violence’.

They decided to make a “national scheme” for “domestic violence orders”

– “introduce a national Domestic Violence Order (DVO) scheme so DVOs issued in one state will be recognised in all others, with every jurisdiction committing to introduce laws to give effect to this in the first half of 2016;

COAG is also planning a Summit…
“COAG agreed to a national summit on preventing violence against women and their children in the last quarter of 2016 to profile best practice and review progress.”

It would be good if they broadened this to include ALL violence committed in family situations.

Meanwhile, the Greens called for additional funding, and the ‘restoring’ of funds, for women’s refuges – and Legal Aid!

Article: Move towards national scheme for domestic violence orders 'a major achievement', ABC, 14/12/2015.

Article: COAG: Federal Government domestic violence funding in focus as leaders commit to national summit, ABC, 11/12/2015.


4. COAG – efforts to combat "violent extremism”

Another of COAG’s initiatives last Friday was to discuss ‘Countering violent extremism’. They referred to the recent attack by a Muslim youth in Sydney:

“Since COAG met in July, tragic terrorist events have occurred overseas. Australia has also been affected by terrorism with the shooting of a New South Wales police employee by a fifteen-year old school boy…”

They went on to say, “All governments have made significant efforts to address violent extremism. However, keeping Australians safe from home-grown terrorism is a complex and evolving field that requires ongoing attention.” Then COAG offered a range of strategies to try and deal with ‘violent extremism’.

But NO MENTION of the words Muslim, Islamic or Islam.

Until our governments are prepared to confront the REAL nature of the ‘violent extremism’ we are facing, then we are in real trouble!

See COAG report, under the heading “Countering violent extremism” – click here.

5. NSW: The teenager charged with terrorism last week had been arrested BEFORE!

Last week we reported that 5 men in Sydney were charged with terrorism offences. Three were already in custody in Goulburn Supermax Prison – of the other two, one was 20 and one was just 15. The media reports did NOT mention Islam or Muslim, despite the fact that there were links with those involved in Curtis Cheng’s murder – and we know the perpetrator of that crime, and his associates, were Muslim.

The 15 year old boy was refused bail – this isn’t the first time he has come to the attention of police. Four months ago he was ‘convicted of possessing a rifle and given an 18 month good behaviour bond’. In December 2014 he was arrested and released – and ordered to get counselling.

This week it was reported that, “A 15-year-old Sydney boy accused of planning to target government buildings in an alleged terror plot was arrested last year and allowed to walk free.”

Yes, arrested in December 2014 – and allowed to go free so long as he did COUNSELLING! The Court ordered that he do ‘counselling’ with Hanan Dover, a psychologist in Bankstown in Sydney's south west and lectures at the Western Sydney University.

And what does she think about Muslim teenagers and extreme violence?

Last week, she told the 2nd Australasian Conference on Islam: Radicalisation & Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships & Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies that teenagers are just ‘acting out’.

“Young teenagers act out, yet their ­acting out has been criminalised. The way they talk... is being criminalised as opposed to it being teenage speak. It is quite unfair, and there is no previous indicators or violence or tendency, yet they are placed in maximum-security prison with other convicted criminals, until the AFP decide they don't have enough evidence and are released.”

Article: Accused terrorist, 15, was arrested a year ago and released to undergo 'counselling' sessions - with a Muslim academic who said young men charged with terror offences are just 'teenagers acting out', Daily Mail Australia, 11/12/2015.

 

6. Baby seriously injured – another ‘boyfriend’ to blame

Yet another example of a young baby being seriously injured as a result of actions by the mother’s boyfriend. In this case the man left the 10 month old baby under a scalding hot shower and went to ‘smoke a cigarette’ – the baby is in an induced coma with 40 per cent burns to his body. Police also said that the baby had other injuries that “appear to be consistent with blunt force trauma” and he has now been charged with assault as well.

Miranda Devine wrote recently, when addressing ‘domestic violence’, that the most dangerous situation for an infant is to be with the mother’s boyfriend who is NOT the biological father of the child…

Article: Man, 23, accused of attempted murder after he 'put a baby boy in a scalding hot shower' while he went to 'smoke a cigarette' has five more charges laid against him, Daily Mail, 14/12/2015.

 

7. Islamic DAWAH tour coming to Australia

One Islamic group, based in Melbourne, is planning a ‘dawah’ or ‘Islamic evangelism’ TOUR of Australia. IREA, the Islamic Research & Educational Academy, which is led by Waseem Razvi, is planning to purchase a bus and travel around capital cities and 20 country towns to ‘spread the word’ about Islam. They’re calling it ‘Dawah Tour De Australia’ and plan to visit “30 towns, 30 days”.

They are currently raising funds to buy a bus and purchase the 100,000 Qurans they plan to give out (see photo on banner here). They’re also planning to give out pamphlets and DVDs.

So who is Waseem Razvi?
His website proclaims that he is a “presenter of Islam to Non-Muslims in Australia in the tradition of Sheikh Ahmad Deedat & Br Imran who happens to be his mentor.” Sheikh Ahmad Deedat is an Islamic preacher who lived in South Africa – Daniel Scot questioned Deedat when he visited Australia, which was raised by lawyers in the vilification case.

Razvi ran the Australian Islamic Peace Conference (AIPC) which was conducted in March 2013. He aims to get ‘interfaith support’ for his mission.

He has a “Vision of starting Islamic School in Australia in order to generate the future pioneers of Islam in Australia.” In 2013, Vickie Janson of Australian Christians wrote, that IREA was planning “to open 20 Islamic schools designed to foster these ideas, 4 of which are planned for Melbourne”.

In 2014, IREA opened a ‘dawah centre’ called an “iHub” “touting the institution as “a youth centre in the western suburbs to be a hub for dawah (conversion) activities throughout Australia”. In a speech in December 2012, as the Australian reports, “IREA president Waseem Razvi discussed the centre as part of an Australia-wide system of Islamic schools and dawah centres he hoped to establish, using school salaries to pay for dawah.”

News.com.au did a report of hate preachers in October 2014, and wrote: “Waseem Razvi leads radical organisation IREA, which hit the headlines in March 2013 when he organised “Australia’s biggest Muslim conference” — a controversial event that was allegedly just a roll call of bigots and extremists. A series of posters at the conference designed to clear up “misconceptions’’ about Islam included one entitled “Hijab: A ­solution for rape”, The Australian reported. IREA has made plans to use school funding to pay full-time preachers and train children as young as five to convert non-Muslims.”

Article: School funding to pay for radical Muslim preachers, The Australian, 30/9/2014.
Article: Hate preachers in Australia uncovered after fiery Lateline interview, News.com.au, 10/10/2014.

See the IREA website – click here. Details of their recent fundraiser – click here.
Details of Waseem Razvi – click here.

Please pray that the IREA Dawah tour will not be successful.

 

8. Former sex worker tells of abuse by ‘pedophile ring’ in NSW

The Royal Commission has led a lot of people to come forward and make statements about abuse they suffered as children. This article is a compelling account by a man who went through abuse by high profile “judges, lawyers, navy captains, a prominent lord mayor and business executives”.

He was prostituted on the Darlinghurst Wall, and encouraged to lure other boys into the pedophile net. He named former Wollongong mayor Toney Bevan as one of the ‘ringleaders’. Evidence was also given at the Wood Royal Commission.

For this man there was a happy ending: “Dave said after four years as a sex worker, he met the “love of (his) life” in a bar who helped change his life. He is now happily married and works part time as a cleaner.”

But for others who were abused, they have suffered mental illness and ongoing abuse. Please pray for victims of sexual abuse, that the ‘darkness’ will be uncovered, and that they will seek healing from God.

Article: Former Kings Cross sex worker opens little black book on high profile clients, News.com.au, 7/12/2015.

 

9. Royal College of GPs runs course to help GPs understand LGBT mental health issues

We have previously reported that the homosexual community has higher rates of alcohol and drug problems and mental health issues.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is currently running a course (Nov/Dec) to train GPs to deal with these problems. The course is only 1 hour long, so we’re not sure how much training they’ll get!

They begin, “When compared to the heterosexual population, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, have higher rates of problematic substance use (eg substance use disorders) and continue heavy drinking into later life.”

But they link the substance abuse to ‘societal attitudes’ including homophobia and heterosexism!

They write, “influencing factors that are unique to this community. General practitioners who understand and are sensitive to the issues surrounding sexual and gender identity, homophobia and heterosexism can help LGBT patients feel comfortable and safe, enabling discussion and management of substance use issues. This activity explores the impact of negative social attitudes on the health of LGBT patients.”

Read more about the course:
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners course - 30595 - Alcohol and drug issues in the LGBT community

 

Overseas News

1. Middle East: Saudi Arabia announces ‘coalition’ of 34 ‘Islamic states’ to fight ‘terrorism’

Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a coalition of Islamic states to fight ‘terrorism’.

That might sound good – but what does it really mean?

The Coalition ONLY includes ‘Sunni’ Islam states. Shite states like Syria and Iran are NOT included.

What is ‘terrorism’?
The announcement cited "a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations whatever their sect and name, which wreak death and corruption on Earth and aim to terrorise the innocent."

There’s that word ‘innocent’ again - Remember – under Islam, the only INNOCENT ones are those who are following the ‘True’ Islam. Non-believers and Muslims who follow another sect are not deemed to be ‘innocent’.

Also relevant is the fact that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbours have been “locked in nine months of warfare with Iran-allied rebels in neighbouring Yemen, launching hundreds of air strikes there.” Although a cease-fire has been announced, this fact needs to be considered when ‘interpreting the announcement of their ‘coalition’!

Article: Saudi Arabia announces formation of 34-state Islamic military coalition to fight against terrorism, ABC, Reuters, 15/12/2015.

 

2. UK: 85 Islamic sharia’ courts dispense ‘justice’

In recent years, the number of Islamic shari’a courts in the UK has grown considerably., This report notes there are now 85 such ‘courts’ operating in the UK, according to Civitas, although other estimates are lower. They are usually attached to mosques, and deal with financial, family and marital disputes according to Islamic shari’a principles. The shari’a courts are allowed to operate under

A new 200 page book by Machteld Zee, a Dutch academic, called Choosing Sharia “carries a detailed description of events that Zee claims took place over three days in 2013, when she was allowed to observe goings-on in two of Britain’s busiest Sharia courts, or councils.” The book will be launched at an event organised by libertarian think-tank, the Henry Jackson Society, in the Houses of Parliament on 12 January.

Ms Zee is critical of the shari’a law courts, saying “it downgrades women and is incompatible with European human rights legislation.” She said the Birmingham sharia court was more sympathetic to women than the London one she observed.

This article highlights some of the ‘justice’ handed out by imams and others – in short, the women are not treated equally as they must seek the sanction of clerics for a ‘religious divorce’ whereas men only need to say ‘I divorce you’ three times. For instance, one woman, whose husband has ‘married’ another woman, is told she must accept polygamy.

Other groups are also expressing concern about the sharia courts. On “Thursday 10 December, the International Day of Human Rights, groups including One Law For All will deliver a petition of more than 200 signatories to 10 Downing Street calling for the government “to dismantle parallel legal systems.”

Article: Inside Britain's Sharia courts: There are now EIGHTY-FIVE Islamic courts dispensing 'justice' across the UK. This investigation into what really goes on behind their doors will shock you to the core, Daily Mail, 14/12/2015.

Article: Sharia in the UK: The courts in the shadow of British law offering rough justice for Muslim women, Independent, 5/12/2015.

Details of the book Choosing Sharia, based on a PhD thesis – click here.

 

3. ISIS wants to kill children with Down syndrome

In the latest barbarity announced by ISIS/Islamic State, as the Courier Mail reports, “IS militants have reportedly issued a fatwa to its members authorising them to “kill newborn babies with Down syndrome.” According to activist group Mosul Eye, 38 babies have already been killed since the religious decree was issued.

Islamic State followers have already killed people in other groups they don’t like – “MEN, women, the elderly, foreigners, non-believers and gay people.” Of course, they also kill other Muslims they don’t think are being ‘true followers of Islam’!

Their treatment of homosexuals is shocking - in a recent sickening “video they released, masked militants can be seen dangling men over the edge of buildings by their legs to drop them headfirst or tossing them over the edge.”

As for killing children with Down Syndrome, in the West pre-born children are often killed if they are diagnosed with Down Syndrome… In 2010, Chris Meney wrote, “Of about 300 pregnancy terminations in NSW every year due to detected birth defects, 77 per cent are associated with a chromosomal abnormality. The most common is Down syndrome.” In Victoria, Health Department figures show that ‘more than twice as many babies with Down syndrome were aborted than were born with the condition - in 2006, 146 were terminated and 62 were born.” (source)

The difference with ISIS is that the babies are being killed AFTER birth instead of BEFORE birth!.

Article: ISIS wants to kill kids with Down syndrome, Mosul Eye says, Courier Mail, 14/12/2015.

 

4. Article on Islam: Mark Durie addresses the claim that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’

In another enlightening article, Mark Durie deals with the phrase used by some our world leaders, including Barack Obama, that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’…

Mark writes, “It is high time for western political leaders to stop responding to terrorism by naming Islam as ‘the religion of peace’. It is time to have a hard conversation about Islam. The West is in the throes of acute cognitive dissonance over Islam, whose brands are at war with each other. On the one hand we are told that Islam is the Religion of Peace. On the other hand we are confronted with an unending sequence of acts of terror committed in the name of the faith. There is a depressing connection between the two brands: the louder one brand becomes, the more the volume is turned up on the other. . .”

Article: Anyone Using The Phrase ‘Islam Is A Religion Of Peace’ Needs To Read This, Mark Durie, 17/12/2015.

 

5. United Nations pushes abortion

The United Nations is not a ‘neutral body’ that assists nations. Lifesite reports that “a UN body recently insisted that POLAND remove restrictions on abortion and eliminate "windows of life" that allow babies to be safely abandoned, all in the name of children's rights.”

“The newspaper Spoleczenstwo (Society) noted that the U.N. has no authority to compel compliance from Poland, adding, "The document gives the impression that it was written at the request of leftist politicians." 

“The socially conservative, pro-life Law and Justice Party won a majority in the recent national elections” and Poland has a majority of Catholics. They do not want the UN telling them what to do!

Lifesite reported, “After reviewing the country's performance, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child sent the Polish government a stiff and lengthy note pointing out numerous violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. What is causing the negative reaction is the call for the government "to make the conditions for abortion less restrictive and, in relation to adolescent girls, to reflect the right of the child to express her views and the best interests of the child." That would be the "interests" of the teenage child equated with her wish for an abortion….”

As for ‘baby windows, “The committee also called for the closure of Poland's 57 "windows of life" or "baby hatches," which are streetside warm access ports in convents, allowing passerby to abandon unwanted babies. But the country's ombudsman for children, Marek Michalak, defended them, claiming they had saved 77 babies who might otherwise have been left in forests to die.”

Article: UN tells Poland to allow abortion-on-demand - in the name of ‘children’s rights, Lifesite, 24/11/2015.


6. Sex with horses on the increase in Switzerland

An awful report to end the final News Update for the year… but perhaps it shows where society is heading.

“EXPERTS have warned horses are increasingly at risk of sex attacks amid a shock surge in abuse in Switzerland. There were 105 cases of the maltreatment of horses in Switzerland in 2014 — 10 per cent of which involved people having sex with them, according to Tier im Recht, an animal welfare group. . .”

When people turn away from God, they think they can do whatever they like, as Roman 1 tells us so compellingly.

Article: The amount of people having sex with horses is on the rise in Switzerland, News.com.au, 29/11/2015.

Article: Fears over rise in horse sex abuse in Switzerland, Independent, 28/11/2015.

 

News ball Fotolia 31010118 320x200With Tony Abbott speaking out on Islam (and more arrests of Muslims in Sydney on terrorism charges), the climate talks in Paris, Queensland re-introducing ‘civil partnerships’, Victoria approving adoption by homosexual couples, and street preachers arrested for preaching on sin, it’s been a busy week…

I did a long interview about the Paris climate talks and the ‘Draft Agreement’ on Vision Radio yesterday- rather than including some information about the talks her, I’ll do that in a separate email!

Happy reading – browse and select what interests you ...

Jenny

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News Update 11 December 2015

Australian News
1. Tony Abbott says Islam must change, and we shouldn’t apologise for our Western values
2. Royal Commission – Report on responses by Australian Christian Churches and Brian Houston
3. Australia signs up to ‘Open Government agreement’
4. John Madigan and Cross-bench call for review of the Family Court
5. FIVE charged following Sydney TERROR raids – one is 15
6. Bernard Gaynor wins case – wrongful termination of his Army commission
7. Victoria: Government introduces legislation for ‘medicinal cannabis’
8. Queensland: Government re-introduces ‘civil partnerships’
9. Vic: Same-sex adoption – Bill passed WITH AMENDMENT to protect religious freedom
10. Senate Inquiry – ‘Online access to porn by children’
11. Arrested for speaking about SIN!
12. Victoria: Inquiry into ‘electronic voting’
13. Open homosexual elected in by-election – and vows to PUSH for homosexual ‘marriage’

Overseas News
1. Ireland – Parliament BANS ‘religious discrimination’ against LGBTI
2. UK: Schools offered a £30,000 grant to ‘fast-track transgender teachers’
3. Brad Wilcox – Article on ‘Family Structure’
4. USA: Attacks in San Bernardino by Muslims sympathetic to IS
5. UK: Street preacher appeals conviction for using ‘wrong Bible verse’

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News Update 11 December 2015

Australian News

1. Tony Abbott says Islam must change, and we shouldn’t apologise for our Western values
As you may have heard, Tony Abbott has given an interview on Sky News and written an article for the Daily Telegraph. He has also given a speech in Singapore this week. They all referred to the need to stand up against terrorism and the need for Islam to be REFORMED.

Of course, one of the key problems here is that Muslim leaders believe the Qur’an is ‘perfect’. Australia’s grand mufti and other imams in Australia, including the Grand Mufti, responded by saying that Islam doesn’t need to be ‘reformed’ (here).

Mr Abbott’s comments were timely – close to the anniversary of the siege and killings at Sydney’s Lindt Café by an Islamic sheik. But he was criticised by some . . .
-      PM Malcolm Turnbull said it was OK for Tony Abbott to make the comments but said he didn’t agree with him (here)
-      Labor compared Tony Abbott to the US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who recently made comments about stopping Muslim immigration to the US (here).

Waleed Aly wrote a piece calling Mr Abbott “ill-informed” for calling for ‘reform’ of Islam.

But Vickie Janson, who has written a book countering Waleed Aly’s ideas, has written an excellent response, highlighting the fact that Mr Abbott cited Eypt’s President el-Sisi who has said that reform of Islam is needed and that, “This week the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) hosted an historic conference bringing together free thinking Islamic leaders concerned about the global state of Islam and calling for a reformation.”
Click here to read Vickie’s important article.

Sources:
Tony Abbott’s speech in Singapore – click here.
Tony Abbott – interview on Sky News:
   - Overview of interview and excerpt – click here.
   - Media report at News.com.au – click here.

Article in Daily Telegraph – click here. LInk may go to ‘subscriber page’.
This SMH article contains some excerpts – click here.

2. Royal Commission – Report on responses by Australian Christian Churches and Brian Houston
On November 23, the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down a report that criticised Hillsong’s Senior Pastor Brian Houston for the way he and the Assemblies of God (now Australian Christian Churches), of which Brian was President at the time, handled allegations of child sexual abuse that had been made against Brian’s father, Frank Houston, in 2000.

The report was critical of the fact that Brian and the Church had not reported the allegations to police. In response, Hillsong Church issued a statement, noting that the victim of the abuse was 36 when Brian found out about the abuse, and he had asked that police not be informed. They highlighted that Brian had been open about the abuse having occurred once they found out.

SMH reported, “In a report released on Monday, the commissioners found that Mr Houston and the church's executive team failed the victim, known as AHA, who was molested by Frank Houston for a number of years from the age of seven. When the allegations surfaced almost 30 years later in 1999, Mr Houston confronted his father, who admitted abusing AHA. The commissioners found that Brian Houston, then national president of the Assemblies of God in Australia, did not inform authorities.”

This week, Brian did an extensive 15 minute interview this week on Sky News, on Richo’s program. The interview covered the growth and ministry of Hillsong. The matter of the Royal Commission’s finding was raised. The report said, Brian Houston “has responded to the criticism levelled at him by the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission, conceding he should have reported the allegations surrounding his father, but denying any type of cover-up.”

Report from the Royal Commission:
Findings released into Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches(23/11/2015)

Statement from Hillsong Church Board and Elders – click here.

Article: Royal Commission sex abuse inquiry censures Hillsong head Brian Houston, SMH, 23/11/2015.

Video and Article: Hillsong pastor says facing father was 'hell', Sky News, AAP, 9/12/2015. Includes video of interview.

3. Australia signs up to ‘Open Government agreement’
Malcolm Turnbull recently signed Australia up to an international agreement about governments being ‘open, accountable and transparent’. The partnership was launched in 2011 and the Gillard government had apparently considered signing the agreement – but the Abbott government had not signed it.

Signing up means the federal government will have to submit a ‘plan’ by July about how they are open and transparent!

What happened to independent, national governments?

Article: Malcolm Turnbull signs up to international open government partnership, The Age, 6/12/2015.


4. John Madigan and Cross-bench call for review of the Family Court
Independent Senator John Madigan (formerly DLP, Victoria), has issued a Media Release calling for a ‘root and branch’ review of the Family Court, saying that it not functioning properly and children are often being harmed by being denied access to one of their parents. A motion will be presented to the Senate next year.

The Media Release stated, “The motion also calls for a complete revision of the Family Law Act 1975, saying it should be simplified, shortened and based on core principles that support the long-term welfare of children, gender equality and equal parental care and responsibility, when neither parent has been proven unfit.”

Media Release: Crossbench supports root-and-branch review of the Family Court, 7/12/2015.


5. FIVE charged following Sydney TERROR raids – one is 15
Police have charged five people and accused them of plotting terrorist attacks. Two of the men, a 20 year old man and a 15 year old boy, were arrested and charged following raids on homes – three others are already in custody. They are accused of involvement in an “alleged terrorist plot targeting federal police headquarters.”

This was the third time the boy’s home was raided – the first was in 2013.

Apparently Education Department officials had contacted law enforcement officers with concerns that the boy was “radicalising” other students at his high school.

Even though he and the men charged had connections to the killer of police accountant Curtis Cheng, and we know he was Muslim and obtained the gun from an associate at Parramatta Mosque, there is NO mention of the words ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islam’ in these media reports!

The teenager has been refused bail – see Sky News video here.

Article: Sydney counter-terrorism raids: 15yo boy among five charged as part of Operation Appleby was known to police, ABC, 11/12/2015.

Article: Police charge five over alleged terror plot, Sky News, 10/12/2015.


6. Bernard Gaynor wins case – wrongful termination of his Army commission
The Federal Court has ruled that the Chief of the Australian Defence Force should NOT have terminated Bernard Gaynor’s army commission. The Army Chief decided to get rid of Bernard, following his forthright comments about Islam and homosexuality – in particular the participation by defence officers in the mardi gras.

Paul Sheehan has written a very good overview of the situation… he begins, “The Australian Defence Force has just suffered an embarrassing defeat in which the armed forces appear primarily as a federal government department rather than a combat force. Most of the fighting is done behind desks. . . For much of this year, in the Federal Court of Australia, the extensive resources of the ADF have been pitted against the threadbare resources of a single, sacked Army Reserve officer who the ADF is determined to ostracise, humiliate and terminate….”

“Last Friday, a judgment handed down by Justice Robert Buchanan, Bernard Gaynor v Chief of the Defence Force (2015), found that the ADF had acted unlawfully in terminating the commission of Army Reserve Major Bernard (Bernie) Gaynor jnr.”

Bernard writes, “I hope that the leadership of the Australian Defence Force will use this Federal Court decision to return to its pre-2013 policies. These policies prohibited Defence members from political activity or attendance at political events in their official capacities, but allowed all Defence members to express private views, join political parties and even run for office. These policies are still in force today, but they are ignored. I have only ever sought to uphold these policies.”

In a follow up post, Bernard highlighted the hypocrisy of those who accuse him of ‘hate’ in a very ‘hateful’ way!

Sources:
From Bernard Gaynor: Statement regarding Federal Court decision in Gaynor v Chief of Defence Force, 9/12/2015.
Paul Sheehan’s article: Don't mention the war: Army can't kill off troublesome officer Bernard Gaynor, SMH, 9/12/2015.
Article: Soldier reinstated after criticism of gay mardi gras, THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/12/2015.


7. Victoria: Government introduces legislation for ‘medicinal cannabis’
The Victorian Labor government has introduced legislation to the parliament this week (the last sitting week for the year) that will legalise the growing of marijuana in a ‘controlled’ situation and the distribution of ‘medicinal marijuana’ or ‘medicinal cannabis’ products.

The Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the government’s intention to legalise ‘medicinal marijuana’ in October 2015 and referred to them implementing 40 of the proposals (and two others in principle) made by the Victorian Law Reform Commission after they conducted an Inquiry (read the VLRC Report here). Mr Andrews stated they would allow “locally manufactured medicinal cannabis products for use in exceptional circumstances from 2017.”

This means growing marijuana in supervised situations and then using the marijuana to make ‘products’ – as explained in their Media Release. There is no guide to what the ‘products’ might actually be!

We oppose the growing and distribution of ‘medicinal marijuana’. There are already some medically tested products available that incorporate marijuana. Some of the proposals regarding the marijuana grown in Victoria could include non-medically-tested products such as ‘marijuana oil’ and perhaps even leaf.

Premier Daniel Andrews – Media Release: Medicinal Cannabis To Be Legalised In Victoria, 6/10/2015.

Article: Medicinal marijuana: Cannabis cultivation legislation to be introduced into Victorian Parliament, ABC, 8/12/2015.

 

8. Queensland: Government re-introduces ‘civil partnerships’
The Queensland government has passed legislation that re-instates ‘civil partnerships’ for homosexual couples – the Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015.

It also allows civil partnerships for heterosexual couples – leading to a form of ‘marriage lite’, and to a watering down of marriage.

In 2012, just prior to their election defeat, the Labor government passed a law allowing ‘civil partnerships’ for homosexual AND heterosexual couples.

When Campbell Newman’s Liberal National government won office in 2012, they REPLACED the ‘Civil Partnerships Act’ with a ‘Registered Relationships Act’ (source). As well as the name change to “registered relationships”, the government scrapped ‘state-endorsed ceremonies’.

Then Labor won in 2015, with a promise to re-instate ‘civil partnerships‘ – and that’s what they’ve now done! They also re-instated ‘state-recognised ‘ceremonies’. This time about HALF the LNP Members voted with Labor, after being allowed a ‘conscience vote’.

The Premier’s comment?

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, "By reinstating these ceremonies we reinforce the message that these are healthy and loving relationships. We reinforce acceptance and tolerance." As if ‘ceremonies’ could actually do that!

The numbers - In Queensland, more heterosexual couples than homosexuals have either had a civil partnership or registered relationship – from 2012 to February 2015, there were 1,019 homosexual couples and 4,677 heterosexual couples!

As for Australian Marriage Equality, the main homosexual lobby group campaigning for homosexual ‘marriage’ in Australia, they don’t see any real differences between ‘civil unions’, ‘civil partnerships’ and ‘registered relationships’. They lump them all together as ‘civil unions’ (and go on to say that none of them are good enough)! “Australia currently allows same-sex couples to enter civil unions in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales”.

Legally, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania have ‘registered relationships’, the ACT has ‘civil unions’ and Queensland now has (again) ‘civil partnerships’.

The Queensland Bill: Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015
Article: Same-sex couples' civil partnerships to again be recognised in Queensland, ABC, 3/12/2015.

 

9. Vic: Same-sex adoption – Bill passed WITH AMENDMENT to protect religious freedom
On Wednesday 9 December the Victorian Legislative Assembly PASSED the Bill to allow adoption by homosexual couples – with the AMENDMENT passed by the Legislative Council.

On 12 November, the Legislative Council agreed to PASS the Bill with one amendment - which was to REMOVE the section of the proposed Bill that made it IMPOSSIBLE for religious adoption agencies to choose to NOT offer babies for adoption by homosexual ‘couples’, thus removing their freedom of religion.

See the parliament’s webpage for the BILL – scroll to ‘Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015’

Article: Same-sex adoption laws pass Victorian Parliament after Government accepts religious exemptions, ABC, 9/12/2015.


10. Senate Inquiry – ‘Online access to porn by children’

As we recently reported, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications is conducting an Inquiry into the harmful impact of pornography on children. The Inquiry was initiated by a motion from Labor Senator Joe Bullock and Liberal Senator Chris Back (both from WA).

The Committee has now published the DETAILS of the Inquiry.

SUBMISSIONS close on 10 March 2016.

If you have expert evidence on the harm of internet pornography on children – or personal stories – please make a submission. If you don’t have personal accounts, please make a submission expressing your concern about the growing amount of internet pornography, the increasing accessibility for children, and the harm it does. In making a submission, please address the ‘Terms of Reference’ which give a structured way of responding to the concerns the Committee will address.

Start collecting information and working on your submission over the ‘summer holidays’!

Inquiry website: Online access to porn

Terms of Reference – click here.


11. Arrested for speaking about SIN! 
A concerning report from the Gold Coast…

Family Voice report, “George, a Queensland street preacher with the Operation 513 group, was arrested on Friday night, despite being authorised to assemble and preach peacefully in the Surfers Paradise Cavill Mall under the state’s Peaceful Assembly Act.  Operation 513 had preached in Cavill Mall on several previous occasions without any complaints.  

“At about 10.30 pm, a police sergeant approached George and told him to “move on” after he had mentioned some sins listed in the Bible (eg 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) – such as adultery, slander, theft, greed, swindling and homosexual conduct. . .”

The police sergeant went on to tell him he was offending people by talking about homosexuality and speaking negatively about other religions. A senior officer arrived and told him to ‘move on or he would be arrested’. “George refused to move on.  He was handcuffed and arrested for disobeying a police direction. He was later released and issued with a notice to appear in court later this month.”

Please pray for George as he faces court.

FamilyVoice Media Release: Gold Coast preacher arrested for talking about sin, 7/12/2015.


12. Victoria: Inquiry into ‘electronic voting’ 
Victoria’s parliament is conducting an Inquiry into ‘electronic voting’ (what is currently being used in Victoria and elsewhere and their ‘effectiveness’). The Inquiry, being conducted by the Electoral Matters Committee, will look at the integrity and security of electronic voting, and will report by 30 April 2017.

The group Australians For Honest Elections (AFHE), states that there are huge problems with fraud in the electoral system generally. They also have concerns that any form of electronic voting would not be secure. Their recent media release analysed the voter turnout in the federal Canning bi-election and the Electoral Roll in North Sydney.

AFHE has published a list of NINE recommendations to improve the integrity of elections in general – click here to read their recommendations.

The Inquiry: Inquiry into Electronic Voting – click here for the Inquiry website.

13. Open homosexual elected in by-election – and vows to PUSH for homosexual ‘marriage’
In the lead-up to the Sydney by-election, to fill the North Sydney electorate position vacated by Joe Hockey, there were virtually no mainstream media reports that the Liberal candidate Trent Zimmerman is openly homosexual.

The homosexual media did, with one homosexual paper, Out in Perth, asking if he would be the first open homosexual for the Coalition (or any party) in the House of Representatives. Up to now open homosexuals have only been in the Senate. Trent is a former vice-president of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, and was on the local Council. He is the acting President of the NSW Liberal Party and a former staffer of Joe Hockey.

With the election of Trent Zimmerman, the media were openly reporting on his homosexuality – and Trent was saying he would be a strong advocate FOR homosexual ‘marriage’ – in fact, he supports a VOTE in the parliament. As for a plebiscite, he said, “I think the trick with the plebiscite will be to have a respectful debate.’’

Article: Liberal candidate Trent Zimmerman wins by-election in North Sydney seat vacated by Joe Hockey, ABC, 6/12/2015.

 

Overseas News

1. Ireland – Parliament BANS ‘religious discrimination’ against LGBTI
Just months after Ireland legalised homosexual ‘marriage’, the Irish parliament has passed an amendment to the Employment Equality Act – to REMOVE exemptions which had previously allowed religious institutions to choose to NOT employ homosexuals.

This applies to schools and to other ‘religious institutions’. Lifesite notes that 90% of Ireland’s schools are run by the Catholic Church, and that this will force them to employ open homosexuals!

The church-affiliated schools are funded by the government.

“The Iona Institute, a non-profit organization set up to defend the Catholic faith” says the ban is unconstitutional, and ‘believes that the exemption is supported by Section 44.2.1 of the Irish Constitution which states that “Freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion are, subject to public order and morality, guaranteed to every citizen.” ’

This is exactly the sort of legislation that the Victorian government has promised to re-introduce (they passed it prior to losing the 2010 election but the Coalition re-instated the right for religious groups to discriminate, for employment, with regard to sexuality and marital status).

Of course this is the MAIN GAME – it isn’t just all about homosexuals getting the right to ‘marry’.

Homosexuals want FULL acceptance – and want laws to BAN anyone criticising their behaviour and to STOP any form of ‘discrimination’ against them.

Article: New Irish law forces Catholic schools to employ open homosexuals, Lifesite, 9/12/2015.

Article: Irish parliament bans religious discrimination against LGBTI people, Gay News Network, 4/12/2015.


2. UK: Schools offered a £30,000 grant to ‘fast-track transgender teachers’
In a case where it seems political correctness has REALLY gone mad, schools in the UK are being offered a grant of up to £30,000 to ‘hire and promote gay and transgender teachers.’

Critics, including Civitas, have described the policy as "profoundly misguided" and warned it will oblige head teachers to favour some staff over others, regardless of their ability.

Article: Fast-track transgender teachers for a £30,000 grant, school heads told, Telegraph, 6/12/2015.

 

3. Brad Wilcox – Article on ‘Family Structure’
In our email earlier in the week about ‘Family Structure Maters – Science Proves It’ by Brad Wilcox, I mistakenly wrote his name as Bradley, when it is actually Bradford, or Brad for short. Apologies.

If you missed reading our report on Brad’s excellent article on the recent research showing that marriage and the natural family DO matter, read it here.

 

4. USA: Attacks in San Bernardino by Muslims sympathetic to IS 
Following early reports on the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, it has been revealed that the man involved in the shootings was a devout Muslim – and that the shooters were sympathetic to Islamic State/ISIS. An in-depth report by Matthew Vadum…

Opinion article: JIHAD IN SAN BERNARDINO AND CAIR’S COVER-UP, Front Page, 10/12/2015.

 

5. UK: Street preacher appeals conviction for using ‘wrong Bible verse’
Christian Concern report that street preacher Mike Overd will appeal against a public order conviction for using the 'wrong' Bible verse in public! They write, “Mike was convicted of a public order offence in March, following a conversation with a man self-identifying as homosexual, who objected to Mike's preaching.” Mike says it amounts to ‘public censorship’ of the Bible.

Christian Concern write, “This is an important case in protecting the freedom to express biblical teaching in public and in highlighting the flaws in the government's "Counter Extremism Strategy".”

Please pray for Mike and his legal team as they appeal. 

Report: Street preacher appeals conviction for using the 'wrong' Bible verse, Christian Concern, 10/12/2015.

 

News jigsaw Fotolia 59083953 320x200This week, I’ve chosen five key items for the Australian News and given more detail on them from a range of sources:

  • A Senate Inquiry into the impact of online pornography on children.
  • The Victorian Labor government releases the NEW SRI Guidelines for 2016, which restrict Special Religious Education to lunchtime and before or after school.
  • Australia’s involvement at the ‘Paris climate talks’
  • The Islamic advisor to the Australian Navy – and her support for the mufti and criticism of Tony Abbott
  • The NEW Code of Practice for Free to air TV – ‘G’ rating scrapped – ‘M’ rating from 7.30 pm!

Please pray as you read – and put into action what you can!

Jenny

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News Update 4 December 2015

Australian News
1. Senate to investigate impact of pornography on children
2. Vic: Andrews Labor government releases ‘Guidelines’ for Special Religious Instruction
3. Update on Australia’s involvement at the Paris climate talks
4. Islam in the Australian NAVY
5. TV Ratings changed – ‘G’ rating scrapped, ‘M’ rating from 7.30 pm
6. Aboriginal – LGBTIQ
Overseas News
1. Ireland: Pastor on trial for ‘offending Islam’
2. Canada: Anglican Church discuses homosexual ‘marriage’.

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News Update 4 December 2015

Australian News

1. Senate to investigate impact of pornography on children

The Senate has passed – without dissent - a cross-party motion, introduced by Senator Joe Bullock (ALP, WA) and Senator Chris Back (Lib, WA), to investigate the impact of pornography on Australian children.

The motion was in two parts – the first part was noting a number of facts: children’s use of smartphones, tablets and computers has “increased markedly”; online pornography is easily accessed and more children are viewing it; studies showing exposure to pornography has negative effects on the brain and behaviour; that online pornography is increasingly violent and ‘violence toward and abuse of children is often linked to early and repeated exposure to pornography’.

The second part of the motion was that the Environment and Communications References Committee conduct an Inquiry, with a report being presented by December 2016 – it will cover ‘trends in online consumption of pornography’ by children, harm minimisation methods in other countries, and methods that could be used in Australia to minimise the impact of online pornography on children.

Ros Phillips, of FamilyVoice, said, “There is mounting evidence that pornography can act like an addictive drug in vulnerable young people, leading to serious relationship and other problems. This inquiry is long overdue!”

Senate motion – click here.

Reference: Senate will investigate porn impact on children, FamilyVoice Australia, Media Release, 2/12/2015.


2. Vic: Andrews Labor government releases ‘Guidelines’ for Special Religious Instruction

Earlier this year, the Victorian Labor government announced that Special Religious Instruction (SRI) would be BANNED from class time in Victorian state primary schools – instead, classes would have to be run in lunch times, or before or after school, and that the same strict conditions would be applied. (Premier’s Media Release, August 2015.)

The Minister for Education, James Merlino, has now issued Ministerial Direction 145 which provides an outline of how SRI will operate in schools from the start of 2016.

The Ministerial Direction and the School Policy Advisory Guide (published by the Education Department) refer to the programs that have previously operated DURING class time under the SRI program. In fact, the Policy Guide states the groups authorised to “accredit instructors to deliver SRI” with ACCESS Ministries being the only one listed for “Christianity”.

ACCESS Ministries have expressed concern about the ambiguous nature of some of the Guidelines.

As well as our concerns about SRI having to be held OUTSIDE of class time, we are also concerned that a section in the School Policy Advisory Guide seems to go FURTHER – the Guide refers to a range of programs that are NOT a part of formal SRI programs and wants to ‘include them’ in the new restrictions on SRI

“The content of any program proposed to be delivered by visitors to schools must be examined by principals to ascertain whether the content is based in the religious tenets and beliefs of a particular religion and thus falls within the SRI policy framework.  Examples would include prayer groups, scripture study groups and lunchtime praise groups, where these are facilitated, lead or instructed by a visitor or an external group.” [It does allow prayer groups led by students as being ‘outside’ the SRI restrictions’]

But none of these activities are run by ACCESS Ministries as part of ‘SRI’. So will this ‘ruling’ affect groups like Student Focus and Mustard Seed, which aren’t accredited SRI providers, but do run programs at schools during lunchtime?

The Education Department did this last time – going BEYOND what then Liberal Education Minister Martin Dixon put in his Ministerial Direction. Are they doing the same again?

Sources: Ministerial Direction 145 - Special Religious Instruction in Government Schools

Full MD 145 document – click here.

The Education Department has published a School Policy Advisory Guide titled “Special Religious Instruction 2016”.

Article: Psalm things are off limits at schools, but not Christmas carols, Age, 24/11/2015.

3. Update on Australia’s involvement at the Paris climate talks

Malcolm Turnbull attended the opening meetings at the climate talks in Paris. Each of the world leaders had less than 10 minutes to address the conference. He ‘told leaders at the meeting Australia would make cuts of between 26 per cent to 28 per cent by 2030 as part of a global effort to reduce carbon emissions. He also flagged increasing the target when a review is conducted in five years' time.’

Read Mr Turnbull's speech - click here.
Mr Turnbull then returned to Australia.

Julie Bishop reiterated that the Coalition Party Room would review the targets in 2020 - and there was criticism from Liberal backbenchers..

Greg Hunt, the Minister for the Environment, was with the PM at the start of the COP 21 meetings. He represented Australia for the first week. Julie Bishop will attend the second week.

The Green Climate Fund – redistribution of wealth

Australia has committed to provide $1 billion in funding over five years to the Green Climate Fund, which provides money to poor nations to help them ‘fight climate change’. Australia’s money will go to Pacific Islands, to help them “deal with the threat of rising sea levels”.

Where will the money come from?
The media reported that it won’t be new money – it will come from the foreign aid budget! The Greens pointed out the flaws in that, stating that Australia had recently cut $2.5 million in aid funding to Kiribati, one of the nations involved.

Australia has announced that they will NOT sign a proposal put forward by the New Zealand government – that nations STOP providing subsidies for the use of fossil fuels. The Nationals apparently objected to it, as they fear the diesel subsidy might be at risk, and that would adversely affect farmers.

A price on carbon…

Meanwhile, the World Bank and leaders of SIX nations have called for the climate talks to “Put a PRICE on carbon”… the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said, “We simply cannot afford to continue polluting the planet at the current pace, this was the right time to set the right price on the true cost of carbon on our planet."

They don't mention that they are talking about the clear gas carbon dioxide, not black sooty particles of carbon!

The World Bank states “Ahead of the Paris talks more than 90 developed and developing countries, including the European Union, have indicated plans to use international, regional, or domestic carbon pricing schemes for mitigation action.” The World Bank says that China has now said they will introduce a “national emissions trading system” in 2017 – and this has made a difference in the lead-up to the talks – but China’s carbon emissions will continue to RISE until 2030!

The key for the Paris talks, compared to the failed Copenhagen climate talks, is that negotiators for the UN have worked with nations BEFORE the talks started to try and get an agreement! (source)

Meanwhile the ‘carbon emissions’ used to get all the 40,000 delegates and activists to Paris in their planes, train and private jets are enormous – not to mention the ‘carbon emissions’ from accommodation and food – as well as the REAL cost in dollars!

For your information, our original 2007 article on ‘global warming is online – read it here.

Articles:
Paris climate talks: Bishop defends Government amid COP21 criticism from backbench, ABC, 1/12/2015.
Paris climate talks: Australia won't sign fossil fuel missive due to Nationals concerns about diesel rebate, ABC, 1/12/2015.


4. Islam in the Australian NAVY

Captain Mona Shindy is a Muslim woman who is the chief of navy's ‘Strategic adviser on Islamic cultural affairs’. She also runs the Littoral Warfare and Maritime Support Capability Development Group, which arranges the replacement of naval ships.

When she got the role, Mona Shindy wasn’t wearing a hijab – but, after going to Mecca for the hajj, she decided to wear the hijab as part of her uniform. She now says it makes her a ‘target’!

Some commentators were critical of her Twitter comments about the defeat of Tony Abbott and her support for the mufti of Australia. Ganesh Sahathevan wrote, “Capt Mona Shindy's Twitter posts, particularly in response to the sacking of Tony Abbott, ought to be considered a breach of the chain of command and be grounds for immediate dismissal from service if not demotion.” He went on to say that her comments about Islam would not be accepted in the Malaysian Navy, in a Muslim nation.

Andrew Bolt wrote, “But she has been made the ”Official Royal Australian Navy Islamic Advisor”, and in that role seems to have become the voice for Muslim grievance and victimology. I wonder what other senior member of the Australian Defence Force would be allowed to back a Mufti who blames our foreign policies and “Islamophobia” for Islamist terrorism, to praise a radical Anglican preacher known for calling former Immigration Minister Scott Morrison an international criminal for turning back boats, and to endorse a radical American activist also attacking “Islamophobia”?”

As a navy officer, she should keep out of politics!

Article: If she were in the Islamist Royal Malaysian Navy, the RAN's Capt Mona Shindy would be considered a security threat and sacked, Real Politikasia, 30/11/2015.
Article: A naval captain should not support a Mufti who blames our foreign policy for terrorism, Andrew Bolt, 30/11/2015.
Article: Muslim naval officer Mona Shindy says hijab makes her a target, Canberra Times, 30/11/2015.


5. TV Ratings changed – ‘G’ rating scrapped, ‘M’ rating from 7.30 pm

When we told you earlier this year that the Commercial Television Code of Practice was being reviewed, we were concerned at the proposals, by FreeTV. in their ‘Draft Code’, to REMOVE the 'G' rating for children (from 6am and 8.30am and from 4pm to 7pm).

Did they listen to us or change their mind after reading submissions?

In a word, “NO”!

The new Commercial Television Code of Practice has just been published. The new Code commences from December 1. It does not apply to the SBS, ABC or Foxtel channels. The Code was registered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority after a Consultation period.

  • The ‘G’ rating has been scrapped. The previous ‘G’ times’ will now be PG.
  • The ‘M’ rating will apply from 7.30 pm.
  • The MA15+ rating now begins at 8.30 pm (instead of 9 pm).

Professor Elizabeth Handsley, the President of Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM), expressed grave concerns, saying, “We seem to be moving away from family viewing time.” She noted that many children watch TV from 7 to 8 pm, which will now allow more terror and violence to be viewed by children.

She was also very concerned about the removal of the ‘G’ rating, saying, “It means there’s now no time a parent can sit their child in front of the TV with confidence … knowing that everything shown will be appropriate and not upsetting or disturbing.”

Professor Handsley said the new Code may mean parents shift to other forms of ‘entertainment’ than ‘free TV’. That’s undoubtedly good advice!

Meanwhile, Christian Today recently warned that there are a lot MORE homosexual characters in TV shows designed for children – including CARTOON shows - be warned!

NEW Commercial Television Code of Practice – click here.
Article: Terror on TV at 7.30pm? Networks can now air M-rated shows in family friendly prime time, News Corp, 30/11/2015.
Christian Today report: Parents warned: More gay characters appearing in TV shows for children, 12/8/2015.


6. Aboriginal – LGBTIQ

A new book promotes homosexuality in the aboriginal community – with 20 of them telling their stories. It was launched at the recent Adelaide homosexual ‘Feast Festival’.

In fact, the title refers to “queer” and “trans”… Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Interestingly the media report starts by saying that Anthony Mundine’s view that ‘aboriginality and homosexuality do not mix’ will be challenged by the book…

Of course, Anthony Mundine is now a Muslim – and Islam doesn’t agree with homosexuality. But the writer doesn’t mention that! (Anthony Mundine bio here.)

Article: Colouring the Rainbow: Book shares perspectives of Aboriginal LGBTIQ community, ABC, 22/11/2015.


Overseas News

1. Ireland: Pastor on trial for ‘offending Islam’

Pastor James McConnell, a pastor at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle, is on trial for ‘offending’ Islam. The pastor was “charged with offences against the communications act for part of a message he preached in 2014, where he challenged the Islamic faith.”(Source)

However, Pastor McConnell says that the real issue is freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

His trial is scheduled for 14th, 15th and 16th December - and he is encouraging Christians in Ireland to attend the court for the hearing. Last month he said, “Pray for us. The Muslim issue is over - the issue is the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship and the freedom of preaching the Gospel."

Read his latest reports – click here and here. Visit his website – click here.

Soeren Kern of Gatestone Institute, has a very good article about the case.
Article: Belfast Pastor on Trial for Offending Islam, 18/8/2015.


2. Canada: Anglican Church discuses homosexual ‘marriage’.

The Anglican Church of Canada is scheduled to discuss allowing homosexual ‘marriage’ in the church at their 2016 Synod. The Bishops of the Church “say that they recognise the “deep pain” that will be caused by next year’s General Synod vote on allowing same-sex marriage in Church; and question whether the Synod’s parliamentary-style procedures are “the most helpful way to discern the mind of the Church, or of the Spirit, in this matter.”

"In 2013, Canada’s triennial General Synod approved a resolution asking its Council to prepare and present a motion that would to change the church’s Canon 21 “to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in the same way as opposite-sex couples” with “a conscience clause so that no member of the clergy, bishop, congregation or diocese should be constrained to participate in or authorize such marriages against the dictates of their conscience.”

The Synod will be held in July 2016.

Will the people reject the motion that is actually presented by the Council of the Church?
Please pray that the motion is rejected.

Article: Deep pain” anticipated as Canada prepares to debate same sex marriage, ACNS, 27/10/2015.

 

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