This election is shaping as one of the most important for Christians in recent history.
For the first time we have a Prime Minister openly supporting a change to the definition of marriage which has far-reaching consequences for children, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
It is not for me to judge the sincerity of Mr Rudd’s faith. However, for years he courted the Christian constituency and was a key ally in the struggle to preserve marriage between a man and a woman.
His sudden abandonment of that principle last May and determination as PM to pursue the opposite is deeply disappointing.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, those advocating for a redefinition of marriage are determined to bring on yet another vote in the Parliament.
Mr Abbott does not support changing the definition of marriage and it is Coalition policy to support man-woman marriage. However, Mr Abbott has said that allowing a Liberal Party conscience vote would be a matter for the party room after the election.
Labor policy is to support same-sex marriage but MPs and Senators may exercise a conscience vote.
All of this means that no matter who wins the election, this issue is likely to come up again soon. Legislation by fatigue is the tactic and in a democracy advocates of a cause have this right.
This is why it is vital that we look before we vote at each of our local candidate’s position on marriage.
Yes, the election is about much more than gay marriage and we will have more to say about other issues during the campaign, particularly during our webcast on September 2.
However, it is worth pondering the words of South Australian MP Martin Hamilton Smith.
“If anything, I would appeal to churches of any faith or denomination to be more vocal on this issue. Silence is the enemy. Get out there and express your view as the advocates for the (other) case are expressing their view.”
ACL announces its premier election event Make it Count 2013 Election Panel
The Australian Christian Lobby is pleased to announce its Make it Count 2013 Election Panel event will be webcast live on Monday September 2nd, 2013 in the lead up to the federal election.
The election and the big issues Christians care about
By Lyle Shelton, ACL Managing Director
In the lead-up to the election, the ACL Team will be providing commentary and information to assist Christians cast an informed vote on September 7. ACL never tells people who to vote for, but we do encourage Christians to consider carefully candidate and party positions on issues of concern to them.
ACL urges vote for candidates who support man-woman marriage
The Australian Christian Lobby will email 100,000 people the views of their local candidates on marriage in the lead-up to the election. ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said he had emailed ALP and Coalition candidates and as many minor party candidates as possible seeking their views.
Federal election: ACL asks parties to answer questions on issues such as family and justice
ACL has sent an election questionnaire to political parties in the lead up to the federal election. This is designed to educate voters of party positions on issues of particular importance to Christians, so they can make an informed decision on election day. ACL has asked political parties to respond by Friday, 9th of August. We will inform you of these responses after this date.
Wendy Francis addresses Queensland inquiry into sexualised advertising
By Wendy Francis, ACL Queensland Director
On Wednesday, 7th of August in the Queensland Parliament an inquiry into sexualised advertising commenced. Under consideration is the sexualisation of children and other adverse impacts on children through sexually explicit outdoor advertising. Included in the inquiry is the full range of outdoor advertising, including roadside billboards, shopfront windows, public shelters and public transport.
Sherif Girgis on the Political Spot about defending marriage
Sherif Girgis is a co-author of the new book “What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A defense” with Ryan T Anderson and Robert P George. Mr Girgis was recently in Australia and the ACL’s Katherine Spackman caught up with him to talk about his book.
Dr Phil Flint on the Political Spot about Mission Australia’s Going Place homeless service
Dr Phil Flint is Mission Australia’s North Queensland Area Manager. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about a homeless service, Going Places, which is having positive results in the Cairns region.
The Queensland Government should reject the latest push by the sex industry to further normalise prostitution, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. “Unlike the claims made on ABC1′s 7:30, working in prostitution is not like working at Maccas,” ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said.
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 ACL’s Make it Count 2013 Election Panel webcast, the need for prostitution reform in Queensland, outdoor advertising, the marriage debate as the federal election nears.