In his regular weekly blog, ACL’s Lyle Shelton talks about tolerance in the context of the debate around redefining marriage. American Pastor Rick Warren has said “Tolerance…used to mean we treat each other with mutual respect, even if we have major disagreements.”
Tolerance does not mean all views are equally valid
By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director
Federal parliament resumed this week and one of the key issues on the agenda of the Greens political party is yet another bill to redefine marriage. Last December the High Court struck down the ACT’s same-sex marriage law and effectively cut off the legal pathway for states and territories to legislate for this.
Christian Schools Australia chats about National Curriculum Review
In January, Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced that Professor Ken Wiltshire and Dr Kevin Donnelly would lead a review of the National Curriculum. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Stephen O’Doherty from Christian Schools Australia discusses the curriculum review.
Church service to mark the Commencement of the Parliamentary Year
A church service has been held to mark the commencement of the 2014 Parliamentary Year. ACL’s Katherine Spackman went along to the church service in Canberra which was attended by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten. She has produced a 10 minute radio package of the service.
The Centre for Bioethics and Culture has produced a film called Breeder: A subclass of women? which explores the issue of surrogacy and the implications it has on women, children, and families. They talk to surrogates, physicians, psychologists, and activists across the political and ideological spectrum to find out more about this complex and sensitive issue.
In the lead up to the 2014 Tasmanian election, the ACL will be running Meet Your Candidate Forums in each electorate to give you the opportunity to meet and question the people who are seeking your vote.
Tasmania’s new Catholic archbishop Julian Porteous, who began his role September, has in a recent blog sent a strong message about the need for Christian engagement in the public square. He points out three foundations of society currently under great threat – the sacredness of life, the true nature of marriage and family, and religious freedom.
If you’re in Queensland, we encourage you to show your support for the national school chaplaincy program by getting involved in the ‘Back Our Chappies’ bus tour, which will be travelling to more than 20 communities across the state. The tour will commence on the 10th of March and run for three weeks.
Join in this year’s Rally for Life in Queensland and hear ACL’s Wendy Francis speak on her personal experience of the blessings for all who choose life.The purpose of the rally is to send a strong message to the Queensland government that abortion should not be legalised in the state.
National Day of Prayer and Fasting, Sunday 2nd March
This year’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting (NDOPF) will be on Sunday 2nd March 2014 in Canberra and around Australia. The prayer service in Canberra will take place at in the Great Hall of Parliament House from 10am – 4pm.
In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton commented on two state political issues this week including G-rated billboards and other outdoor advertising in Queensland, and on a controversial one-man performance planned for Adelaide’s Fringe Festival, called “Heckle the Christ” in this week’s Politics InFocus.