It’s been a dreadful week for our Egyptian Coptic brothers and sisters who are under persecution from extremist Muslims.
It was great to see both the Government and Opposition release statements condemning the violence. ACL is continuing to work bring before Government the plight of vulnerable but courageous Christians in the Middle East, in particular. Read the story here.
Whilst life and limb are not under attack in Australia, courage nevertheless was displayed by Tasmanian church ministers who united to tell their government it was on the wrong track on social policy. I hope we are all inspired by the Salamanca Declaration. Read the story here
Responding to public pressure, the Tasmanian health minister Michelle O’Byrne took a tentative step back from her abortion-to-birth bill. She needs to keep going. See update here
There was good news today in Queensland where the Attorney General has announced the Government will legislate to make outdoor advertising G-rated. Along with other child advocates, ACL’s Qld Director Wendy Francis has been a prominent campaigner. Read story here
The pressure on marriage continues and this week we are asking those of you who live in Liberal electorates to e-mail your MP and ask them to keep marriage party policy. It is the strategy of the activists to have the Libs water down their policy to allow a conscience vote. We think on an issue as important as marriage, a party should have policy, not a free for all vote. Read more here.
Finally, the unsettled issue of abortion demands action by all of us. The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has a bill before the Federal Parliament to ban Medicare funding of gendercide. This is the killing of a baby in utero because it is not the desired gender. Critics say it is unnecessary because it rarely happens. If that’s the case, they have nothing to fear from ensuring it doesn’t. Today’s E-news encourages all of us to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry looking into the Madigan Bill. Please take the time to write a short submission supporting his initiative. Read more here
Lyle Shelton Chief of Staff
ACL condemns latest attack against heart of Christianity in Middle East
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern at the latest attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt which occurred at the epicentre of the International Coptic Orthodox community and has urged the Australian Government to denounce these attacks. ACL’s Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said the latest attack against Copts at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, in which a person died, was at the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.
Submissions open into bill to remove medicare funding for sex selection abortions
Last month, Senator John Madigan introduced into the Senate the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill that would remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions.
Tas church rising to the challenges of government’s social reform agenda
Over three hundred Tasmanians packed out the Hobart Town Hall this week to hear how decriminalising abortion in the state would have devastating effects on the rights of the unborn and the consciences of doctors and counsellors. The forum on Monday night was organised by local churches with the help of the Australian Christian Lobby and FamilyVoice Australia.
Queensland moves a step towards outdoor advertising becoming G-Rated
Queensland’s Attorney-General The Hon Jarrod Bleijie has held a media conference today to announce there will be a committee formed to establish legislation that will regulate outdoor advertising in the same way that children’s television is regulated. This is a huge win for our children and our society.
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Tasmanian Government to reject changes to adoption laws expected to be debated this week in parliament that would deny children the right to be raised by a mother and father. ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said not only does it ignore the rights of the child but there is no need for the laws to change with very few children surrendered for adoption.
Legalising brothels not the answer to protecting women in WA
The Australian Christian Lobby today backed a push to oppose the reintroduction of legislation legalising brothels in Western Australia. “Legalising brothels is a failed experiment and we know there is a link between legal brothels and human trafficking,” said Wendy Francis, ACL spokesperson on Prostitution and Human Trafficking.
Mark Brown on the Political Spot about churches’ response to Tas social reform legislation
Mark Brown is the Tasmanian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Mr Brown discusses how the church has united in Tasmania to respond to legislative attempts to introduce abortion, adoption for same-sex and single couples, anti-discrimination legislation, prostitution reform and euthanasia.
The World Congress of Families (WCF) invites you to join them from 15 – 18 May in Sydney to explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society. The WCF seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society. Note the discount offered for ACL supporters.
National Day of Thanksgiving products now available at Koorong
The National Day of Thanksgiving (NDOT) is on Saturday 25 May 2013. NDOT products have not been distributed to Koorong stores across Australia. They are available for purchase across the counter in all stores, or online. For those unable to access a Koorong store, the products may also be purchased through the NDOT office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9939 2133. Go to the official NDOT website for more information on the products and how to order.
In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on the issue of religious persecution in Egypt and on proposed changes to abortion legislation in Tasmania.