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7 November 2013

In this issue:

“Greatest massacre of Christians in Syria”: dozens killed in Islamist siege

Elizabeth Kendal on the Political Spot about persecution in Eritrea

Jeanette on the Political Spot about International Days of Prayer for persecuted Christians

Rod McGarvie on the political spot about new role with ACL

ACL Gap Week

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

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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If ever the desperate need for principled public leadership was on display it was during the infamous November 4 episode of ABC1’s Q&A program

Host Tony Jones presided over one hour of trashing everything that is beautiful and true about human relationships all in the name of ‘dangerous ideas’.

An anything goes approach to sex and a chilling disdain for the life of unborn babies (mandatory abortion to control the population) was celebrated and cheered.

American homosexual activist Dan Savage was crass and said things that would not be appropriate to repeat here as he and the other panellists pilloried the Christian intellectual Peter Hitchens, the bravest person at the Sydney Opera House that night.

Streaming the program from the internet, I felt like I was watching the disintegration of civil society unfold in front of my iPad.

Well, we can and should be righteously angry. But we need to do something. This is why ACL is launching its inaugural Gap Week next January for young people interested in politics, public policy, the law or media.

There is a place for an alternative cultural narrative in a free society. Gap Week aims to give young people a taste of theology, history and understanding of culture that will set them on a path of public leadership.

If you are 18-25 or know someone who is with these interests, please check out the website.

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

“Greatest massacre of Christians in Syria”: dozens killed in Islamist siege

From Barnabas Fund

Dozens of people were killed when Islamist rebels besieged the Christian towns of Saddad and Haffar in Syria. As churches, homes and schools were looted and destroyed, 2,500 families fled while 1,500 were held as a human shield.

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Elizabeth Kendal on the Political Spot about persecution in Eritrea

Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about the situation in Eritrea and the persecution of Christians in that East African country.

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Jeanette on the Political Spot about International Days of Prayer for persecuted Christians

Jeanette is from Open Doors Australia. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about the International Days of Prayer initiative from November 3-10 to pray for persecuted Christians.

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Rod McGarvie on the political spot about new role with ACL

Rod McGarvie is the newly appointed Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman he chats briefly about his career working in the Army, Wycliffe Bible Translators and most recently attempting to enter politics.

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ACL Gap Week

The Australian Christian Lobby, in conjunction with the Lachlan Macquarie Internship, is pleased to announce the first ever ACL Gap Week.

University-aged Christians seeking to understand and engage in public leadership from a biblical perspective are invited to apply to attend the six-day, live-in course.

Held on the outskirts of Canberra from the 19th-24th January 2014, ACL Gap Week will involve instruction from top thinkers and leaders, and community with like-minded believers.

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

In the last week, ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as redefining marriage and outdoor advertising.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

8 November – Breakfast, “Know the Times” with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

3-10 November – International Days of Prayer for persecuted Christians

13 November – Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart