The election is taking a lot of our attention at present. In particular, Kevin Rudd's promotion of the same-sex 'marriage' issue was highlighted in the debate last weekend (read our report).
Since then, Mr Rudd has launched a VIDEO, with Rainbow Labor, supporting 'marriage equality' and calling for people to vote for him on that basis (see item 3).
The Australian Christian Values Checklist will be published TOMORROW (Friday).
We will distribute it by email and it will be published on our website and on the Australian Christian Values Institute website. Please distribute it to your friends and churches to let them know where the parties stand on a range of moral and ethical issues.
May God bless you as you follow Him and ask Him to help you discern what is happening!
News Update for August 16 2013
1. Election update
The election is in full swing. Both Labor and Liberal have launched major campaign ads. Kevin Rudd’s is all about ‘A new way’ but many commentators are pointing out that it is really the same 'old' way…
It features Kevin talking on the verandah of his home. Watch it here.
Many of the recent Labor ads have been attacking Tony Abbott – and this from the man who called for a ‘positive campaign’! (See Australian Labor ads)
Tony Abbott’s feature ad only showed him at the very end of the ad. Watch it here.
Senator John Madigan of the DLP used a ‘Kevin Rudd lookalike’ to highlight overseas aid – noting that we give Indonesia $647 million in foreign aid and they in turn spends $8 billion on its military! And some of that is used on persecution of minorities by the military in West Papua. Click here for report and scroll to bottom to watch Sen Madigan’s ad.
2. Update on same-sex ‘marriage’ in Australia
Homosexual activist group Australian Marriage Equality is claiming that Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party will gain votes from younger people as a result of saying that, if elected, they will introduce a Bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ within the first 100 days.
They are planning to target marginal Coalition seats, such as that held by Christopher Pyne. They are already distributing pamphlets in Teresa Gambaro’s seat of Brisbane, which she holds by just 1.1 per cent.
In a press conference on Monday (12/8), Mr Abbott was asked about his position. He reiterated that the Liberal Party had higher priorities and reiterated that, if the issue came up, the Coalition Party Room would decide whether to allow a conscience vote.
He stated he personally opposed same-sex ‘marriage’ and would remain consistent on that.
Article: Kevin Rudd's support for gay marriage 'could swing marginal seats', SMH/The Age, 12/8/2013.
Transcript of Mr Abbott’s Press Conference – click here.
3. Kevin Rudd does a VIDEO to support same-sex ‘marriage’
Yes, Kevin has even taken to video to promote his SUPPORT for same-sex ‘marriage’ and his promise to introduce a Bill to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’ within 100 days of being re-elected. It was posted on the ‘Australian Labor’ You Tube channel on 12 August!
Watch it here – it’s only 1.5 minutes long – but it shows his true colours.
He says he will need the voters’ help to get elected so he can carry out this promise!
Labor – with its sub-branch Rainbow Labor - has also set up a SPECIAL website called
It’s time for Marriage Equality. It features the video, and a petition and comment section supporting same-sex ‘marriage’.
What was that about Kevin’s promise NOT to campaign on this issue?
Back in May, when he announced his change in position, Mr Rudd wrote, “For the record, I will not be taking any leadership role on this issue nationally. My core interest is to be clear-cut about the change in my position locally on this highly controversial issue before the next election, so that my constituents are fully aware of my position when they next visit the ballot box. That, I believe, is the right thing to do.”
Read statement by Kevin Rudd.
Another BROKEN promise!
4. Where your MP stands on same-sex ‘marriage’
Meanwhile, homosexual activist group Australian Marriage Equality has set up a website to let voters know which MPs SUPPORT same-sex ‘marriage’. They are encouraging their supporters to vote for candidates who would vote FOR same-sex ‘marriage’. (Media report.)
The website – http://www.australianmarriageequality.com/whereyourmpstands/
We can look at it to see which Members and Candidates NOT to vote for!
- Just enter your POSTCODE and click ‘Go’.
- The website then gives the Member and their position.
- It also tells you the position of the Senators in your state.
- Scroll to the BOTTOM of the page and select a ‘state’ and it gives the position of all MPs and Senators in that state.
The website also has a letter from to encourage people to contact their MPs.
We also encourage you to contact them – but please DON'T use the CONTACT FORM provided. You can just use the email address given - or these links to get email addresses and contact forms – House of Reps – Senate.
5. New US Ambassador to Australia ‘marries’ his homosexual partner
The newly appointed Ambassador to Australia, John Berry, has ‘married’ his male partner in Washington DC – at St Margaret's Episcopal Church.
Same-sex ‘marriage’ was legalised in Washington DC in December 2009.
Mr Berry will take over as the US Ambassador to Australia when the current Ambassador, Jeffrey Bleich, steps down.
Homosexual activists are already focusing on this, saying that Australia will be embarrassed that Mr Berry’s ‘marriage’ will not be recognised by Australia!
Article: US ambassador to Australia marries in private same-sex ceremony, News.com, 12/8/2013.
6. Queensland – Prostitution
There are calls by the so-called ‘sex industry’ – in other words brothel owners – in Queensland to expand prostitution. In particular, they want to be able to do ‘house’ or ‘hotel’ calls outside of brothel venues. They claim they are not getting enough business due to the economic downturn.
We’d say that is a good thing! And we oppose any extension of the law!
According to an ABC/7.30 Qld Report last week, the Queensland government is doing a review of the law which bans ‘outcalls’.
However, they report “moves to revise and liberalise Queensland's Prostitution Act have been twice rejected by the Crime and Misconduct Commission on the grounds of preventing organised crime. The CMC has not examined the Queensland brothel industry's financial viability since 2006.” Read report / watch 7.30 segment.
ACTION: If you live in Queensland, please contact the Premier Campbell Newman, Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie and your Member in the Legislative Assembly.
Ask them NOT to expand the prostitution law to allow ‘outcalls’ from brothels.
Click here for contact details.
1. USA: Drug dealers charged over drug overdose deaths
With an increasing number of drug overdose deaths from heroin, some law enforcement agencies are charging the drug dealers over the deaths.
In New Jersey they are using the state’s “strict liability for drug death” law – which holds the dealers responsible and carries a maximum 20 year prison sentence.
Perhaps this will cause the dealers to think about the consequences of their actions!
Article: Dealers Now Being Charged in Drug Overdose Deaths, AP, 11/8/2013.
2. Germany: Medics assaulted by Muslim family members at pool
You’d think that people would APPRECIATE being helped by medics when they are injured!
Recently, in Germany, medics attempted to treat an injured woman from an Arab family at a swimming pool in Berlin. But family members got upset that a male medic was touching a woman and ‘violating the family’s honour’ – so they started punching the medics. Police were called (ten patrol cars, dogs and some in bulletproof vests) and the pool later had to employ additional security.
Act for America ask, “Did the typical German see this coming thirty years ago? Unlikely. Like sharia courts in the UK and “no-go zones” in France, do we want this in the U.S.? [Or Australia?] This isn’t about being anti-immigrant. It’s about recognizing the aspects of sharia culture that simply aren’t compatible with the mores of Western Civilization.”
Article: The hazards of bathing in Neukölln, Daily Caller, 12/8/2013.
3. USA – Lesbian claims ‘spouse’ priveledges in not testifying
A lesbian in Kentucky, USA, Geneva Case, is claiming ‘spousal priveledge’ to try and avoid testifying in a case where her lover has been charged with murder.
The law is being challenged . . .
Kentucky doesn’t allow – or recognise – same-sex ‘marriage’. The women have a civil union from Vermont in 2004, which was before Vermont legalised same-sex ‘marriage’.
The woman’s attorney is claiming the case “could ultimately lead to a court-ordered reversal of Kentucky’s marriage amendment, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.”
Time will tell…. but these challenges are continuing to arise. Once certain rights have been granted it is a like can of worms – or the mythical Pandora’s box - you can’t put the lid back on!
Lifesite report - Lesbian tries to invoke spousal privilege to avoid testifying in lover’s murder trial, 13/8/2013.
4. California: Gov signs bill on transgender students
The Californian Governor, Jerry Brown, has signed a Bill that makes it legal for self-identifying “transgender” children to use bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, and changing rooms designated for children of the opposite biological sex.
But what of all the children who are confronted by a person of the opposite biological sex in their change-room – for instance a biological boy being in a girls change room/bathroom.
They all get IGNORED!
CBS reports that students will also be able to CHOOSE which sports team they play for – they sate that the new law gives students the right "to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender!
Lifesite report – click here. CBS report – click here.
5. Gospel singer removed from concert because he WAS homosexual!
Yes, gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, a black American, has been removed from performing at a memorial concert for Martin Luther King.
Donnie is a former homosexual – he believes homosexuality is a “curse” which can be overcome through prayer and determination.
Several homosexual activists contacted the Mayor’s office to complain - they said they would organise a protest if he participated.
The Washington DC Mayor responded by telling Donnie that he wasn’t welcome any longer! Initially the ‘story’ was that Donnie ‘offered’ not to participate, but Donnie wrote about what really happened on Facebook – and the Mayor has now admitted the truth- that he cancelled his appearance!
Report: D.C. Mayor axes gospel singer from MLK memorial concert because he is an ‘ex-gay’, Lifesite, 13/8/2013.
6. USA: ABC to produce mini series on homosexual rights movement
Yes, the US broadcaster ABC is to produce an 8 hour mini series on the history of the homosexual rights movement.
Is this unbiased? NO.
The writer of the series is homosexual writer and director Dustin Lance Black. Throughout his career he has been a homosexual activist – producing films and documentaries about homosexuality. He is the co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind the lawsuit to overturn California’s voter-approved Proposition 8 gay ‘marriage’ ban.
Lifesite report: ABC hires gay activist to write 8-hour miniseries about the history of the ‘gay rights’ movement, 14/8/2013.
1. Salt Shakers Dinner
The Dinner will now be held on Saturday 5 October – 7.30 pm.
Book soon to join us at the Dinner.
Speakers – Bruce Coleman and Shane Varcoe.
2. CMI's 'Proclaiming Creation' seminar
The CMI Seminar had a packed house in Brisbane last weekend.
This weekend (tomorrow, Saturday Aug 17) the seminar will be in Melbourne at Life Ministries Centre in Chirnside Park.
Click here for FULL details.
3. Vishal Mangalwadi tour
Vishal is a Christian philosopher, worldview and Bible teacher from India. He is visiting Australia in August for a tour organised by Family Voice – called, “What Good is Christianity?”
Click here for full details.
Vishal is also speaking at a FORUM at Monash University in MELBOURNE…
DETAILS: Monash Uni, Clayton, Campus Centre Cinema
Date: 20th August 11 am-12:30 pm?
Everyone welcome - and it's free!
4. March for the Babies – Melbourne Sat 12 October
Book your diary NOW and plan to be at the annual ‘March for the Babies’ in Melbourne.
Saturday 12 October, 2013.
Meet at 1 pm at Treasury Gardens.
The March goes to Parliament House for a rally.
Check the website for details - http://marchforthebabies.org.au/