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Australian Christian Lobby

6 June 2013

In this issue:

Too early to draw conclusions with same-sex parenting study

ACL urges prostitution reform in WA

Dr Mark Durie on the Political Spot about persecution of Syrian Christians

Greg Melleuish on the Political Spot about children being both a private and public good

Uncle Boydie on the Political Spot about petition to prevent extinction of aborigines

Vishal Mangalwadi to tour Australia in August

Lachlan Macquarie Internship

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

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Politics is often a game of boasting and one-upmanship – especially as we head into an election. In the heady issues of the day, it is easy to lose perspective.

My reading this morning was from Jeremiah 23-24: Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

This is a great expression of what God wants to see on our planet.

God’s reference to the boastful, mighty and rich should encourage us that contrary to popular opinion, that these methods will not ultimately win the day.

I was talking with a Christian psychologist this week who is spending a lot of time helping Christians with mental health problems.

I asked him, a little mischievously, what would happen if Christians read their Bibles and prayed every day.

He looked at me with a knowing smile as if to say ‘touché’.
The challenging issues we deal with at ACL on a day to day basis require us to keep our faith in God, see his perspective.

This is done best through spending time getting to know him through his word and through prayer.

A people who know there God will see Jeremiah’s vision expressed on earth.

With this challenge there is great hope.
God bless,

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

Too early to draw conclusions with same-sex parenting study

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged caution regarding interim findings from a study into children of same-sex families which showed positive outcomes. Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the interim one-page report by the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families only questioned the parents.

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ACL urges prostitution reform in WA

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the conviction of three men in Perth for purchasing women for sex but says there is still a need for law reform. ACL spokesperson on prostitution and human trafficking Wendy Francis said the high number of cases of street prostitution highlighted a culture of belief that there is nothing wrong with a man purchasing a woman’s body for sex.

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Dr Mark Durie on the Political Spot about persecution of Syrian Christians

Dr Mark Durie is a Melbourne Anglican Vicar and an Associate Fellow at the Middle Eastern Forum. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman Dr Durie talks about a recent prayer walk in Jordan where a Dutch man met some Christian refugees in Syria.

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Greg Melleuish on the Political Spot about children being both a private and public good

Greg Melleuish is an Australian associate professor of history and politics at the University of Wollongong. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he says the government’s decision to axe the baby bonus was bad decision because families need to be supported because children are both a private and public good.

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Uncle Boydie on the Political Spot about petition to prevent extinction of aborigines

Uncle Boydie (pictured) is the grandson of Uncle William Cooper who 70 years ago started a petition to King George V of England to prevent the extinction of the Aboriginal race and to grant Aborigines representation in Federal Parliament.

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Vishal Mangalwadi to tour Australia in August

Vishal Mangalwadi, international Bible teacher, cultural and political columnist, and author of thirteen books, will be touring Australia in August, and you are invited to attend. The event is hosted by Family Voice Australia in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Lachlan Macquarie Internship

Interested in a career in public policy or know someone who is? Consider applying for the Lachlan Macquarie Internship. A three-month course located on the outskirts of Canberra. Generous scholarships are available. Next course begins in August 2013.

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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 persecution of Christians in Syria, and on marriage.

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