If you can’t view this email correctly, it can be viewed on the web here.  

Australian Christian Lobby
 
 

 

 

3 October 2013

In this issue:

Labor should appeal to the mainstream on marriage

Tas euthanasia bill – a sign of misaligned priorities

Paul Russell on the Political Spot about Tas euthanasia bill

Peter James on the Political Spot about second High Court challenge to chaplaincy

Caroline Norma on the Political Spot about calls for the UN to decriminalise prostitution

Australian Barnabas Fund 20th Anniversary Tour by UK International Directors

March for the Babies – Saturday 12th October

ACL’s Jim Wallace to speak at the COSEK Conference in Melbourne

Position vacant: Development Manager

In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

Make a Donation    Staying in touch with ACL  Connect with us on Facebook  Stay in touch with our RSS Feed  Connect with us on Twitter  Visit our website

 

I’m sorry that this is longer than usual, but please stick with me. I begin with this quote.

“I want tonight to urge my party to finally disown this phony notion that we should be affording equal respect to both sides of the gay marriage debate.”

Excuse me. Disown respect for the notion that a baby deserves, wherever possible, her mother and father? Disown respect for the millions of Australians and Labor voters who believe marriage is between a man and a woman?

The above quote was delivered last night by the Labor power-broker and union leader Paul Howes.

Thankfully the two ALP leadership aspirants, Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese were quick to reject his idea but they both support “marriage equality” and presumably the inequality this bestows on kids.

But senior ALP figure Senator Penny Wong agrees with Howes.

Those of us who believe the truth about marriage and the right of children to be raised, wherever possible, with their biological mother and father should be concerned.

What is Howes saying? It is similar to what Kevin Rudd implied in his pre-election Q&A bullying of Brisbane pastor Matt Prater. In their view, there is no place in Australia for people who do not fall in line with gay marriage ideology.

It’s been a whacky week in politics on this issue.

Bill Shorten called for quotas to boost homosexual representation in Parliament.

It is unbelievable that such a low order issue with voters is dominating the ALP leadership contest. Have they learned nothing from the Federal election?

Meanwhile, nine people in the ACT Legislative Assembly are  preparing to vote this month on changing the definition of marriage in defiance of Commonwealth responsibility for marriage.

We need to speak up.

Please write to the new Prime Minister Tony Abbott and urge him to put a bill into the Federal Parliament to override the ACT’s deconstruction of marriage. Please urge Mr Abbott and his government to work to protect marriage between a man and a woman for the sake of children.

Sure two men can love a baby. But no matter how hard they try, they can’t replace the love of her mother.

Mr Abbott can be contacted here. A handwritten letter is most effective but e-mail will do if you don’t have time to run to the post office. Please tell all your friends to do the same. Cut and paste the words of this email and put them on Facebook. You might cop some flak, but social justice for children and standing up for the truth about marriage means we should not be afraid.

If the ideas of Paul Howes and Penny Wong are not enough to wake us up now, by the time we do, it will be too late. Too late for kids and too late for freedom of speech and freedom of belief. Once a new definition of marriage is legislated, good luck with keeping the freedom to speak publicly about the truth of marriage. People like Paul Howes, Penny Wong and Kevin Rudd will see to it that this ‘phony notion’ is disowned by Australian society. The law will back them.

I’m sorry to be so frank but this debate is running away. Ideas have consequences. Let’s speak up before bad ideas take further root. It’s not too late to make a difference. But we must speak.

Lyle Shelton

ACL Managing Director

 

Labor should appeal to the mainstream on marriage

The Australian Christian Lobby said it would be a mistake for the Labor Party to lock its MPs into supporting same-sex marriage when voters are looking to both sides of politics to move on from the issue.

Read more

Tas euthanasia bill – a sign of misaligned priorities

The Australian Christian Lobby believes the latest attempt at legalising euthanasia in Tasmania is another indication of misaligned priorities. “At a time when one would expect Labor to be distancing themselves from the Greens it appears Premier Lara Giddings has learned nothing from the last term of federal parliament where alignment with the Greens has damaged the Labor brand with mainstream voters,” said ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown.

Read more

Paul Russell on the Political Spot about Tas euthanasia bill

Paul Russell is from Hope: preventing euthanasia and assisted suicide. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the private members bill introduced by the Premier and Greens leader to legalise euthanasia in the state.  

Read more plus audio interview

Peter James on the Political Spot about second High Court challenge to chaplaincy

Peter James is the CEO of Scripture Union Queensland. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the second High Court challenge that has been launched against the National School Chaplaincy Program.

Read more plus audio interview

Caroline Norma on the Political Spot about calls for the UN to decriminalise prostitution

Caroline Norma is from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about recent calls for the UN to decriminalise prostitution.  

Read more plus audio interview

Australian Barnabas Fund 20th Anniversary Tour by UK International Directors

The international directors of Barnabas Fund Dr Patrick Sookhdeo and his wife Rosemary will be touring Australia this month talking about God’s provision of the organisation since it began 20 years ago.

Read more

March for the Babies – Saturday 12th October

This year’s March for the Babies will be held on Saturday 12th October. The March has been held each year in Victoria since 2009, and is in response to the Abortion Law Reform Act passed in 2008 in Victoria, which makes abortion available for any reason up to 24 weeks.

Read more

ACL’s Jim Wallace to speak at the COSEK Conference in Melbourne

ACL’s Jim Wallace will be speaking at the COSEK Conference in Melbourne alongside Family First Senator-elect Bob Day, and marketplace Church planter Sean Morris. The conference is designed to help inspire and network Christian leaders to transform our nation for Christ. If you are interested it is on Saturday the 2nd November from 9-5pm at 488 Swanston st, Carlton VIC and the cost is $95. More information can be found here.

Position vacant: Development Manager

ACL is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the full-time role of Development Manager in its national office, Canberra.

Read more

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 issues such as euthanasia, abortion, marriage and television classification.

Read more

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

4 − 13 October – Australian Barnabas Fund 20th Anniversary Tour, nationwide

11 October – Abortion Symposium: Ideology and Informed Consent, Melbourne

12 October – March for the Babies, Melbourne

31 October – Public talk, Q & A: Would we be better off without Christianity?, Hobart

2 November – Cosek Conference, Melbourne

13 November – Breakfast: Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart