WHY SOME POLITICAL CAUSES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
by Lyle Shelton Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.
Recently I got up at 4am and drove five hours to Finley in the New South Wales Riverina. Finley is a long way from the rainbow flags of inner city Sydney and Canberra where I had been the previous day. John Everingham, a local farmer, organised a seminar to help people understand the consequences of redefining marriage and the implications of the so-called “Safe Schools” program. Sophie York from Marriage Alliance and Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch were the other speakers. More than 100 people from as far away as Shepparton and Griffith attended. That they stayed until 3pm, asking questions and listening intently showed me that there is real concern brewing. Parents, grandparents and teachers can’t understand why a government-funded program is teaching children that their biological gender is fluid.
People are rightly concerned about whether or not it will be okay to speak out loud one’s view that marriage is between one man and one woman, if it is redefined in law. This is not a far-fetched fear. A local NSW Ambulance Officer was warned by his superiors not to attend the Finley seminar in uniform. Normally he is encouraged to participate in community events in uniform. Recently the NSW Ambulance had a float with uniformed personal participating in the gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. When I recited this anecdote on Sky News, even host Patricia Karvelas, a strong advocate for redefining marriage, admitted live on air that this was a double standard. Yet people all over Australia, like those in Finley, now live in fear of violating the new “rainbow code”.
What will it be like if the law ever changes? Also at the Mardi Gras’s celebration of sexual anarchy, the Australian Army again marched in uniform. But this time the Army’s sacred rising sun badge had been modified to have the rainbow political colours encircling it. The Mardi Gras of course is a political protest march and the theme of redefining marriage ran through the entire event again. So what does the rainbow flag stand for? Essentially it is three things. Firstly, it stands for redefining marriage and therefore redefining family. This means deliberately denying some children the right to the love of their mother and father. Not because of tragedy or desertion, but to satisfy the desires of adults of the same gender.
Secondly, the rainbow flag represents the political agenda to ensure children are taught through “safe schools” and “respectful relationships” programs that their biological gender is fluid. Thirdly, the rainbow flag represents fining Australians under “hate speech” laws who disagree with redefining marriage. For our military, police and emergency services to be co-opted into the rainbow political agenda should concern all Australians, regardless of what their view on redefining marriage is. It is doubtful these personnel would be granted permission to march in uniform for other political causes such as one of the growing pro-life marches around our nation. To paraphrase a line from George Orwell’s book Animal Farm, some political causes are more equal than others. It is time to push back, it is time to call out “the emperor has no clothes”.
WHEN A WOMAN CAN BE BULLIED TO ABORT HER BABY THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG
The Australian Christian Lobby has called for urgent reforms to punish men who pressure women to ‘choose’ to abort their baby. It follows news that a rugby league ‘fixer’ was allegedly brought in to bully an ex-girlfriend of Panther star Bryce Cartwright to abort her unborn baby in return for a $50,000 payment. The woman is said to be traumatised and undergoing counselling following the November abortion. The Daily Telegraph quoted the woman as saying: “I felt I had no other option than to get rid of the baby, the pressure was relentless,” she said. “I was bullied. They showed no compassion towards the baby and me.” ACL spokesperson for women, Wendy Francis, said while the story had captured the headlines because of the public profile of Mr Cartwright, it was in no way unique, being repeated thousands of times each year in homes across Australia.
“Women are told by the abortion industry and their lobbyists that having easy access to abortion was giving them choice,” Ms Francis said. “But it does not feel like that to the women who are pressured by their boyfriends or bosses to have an abortion to keep their relationship or job.” Ms Francis said the story was particularly disturbing because of the payment that was being offered. “Any woman who has been pregnant knows that no payment is sufficient to compensate for the loss of a baby,” Ms Francis said. “It is not a surprise to those who counsel women post-abortion, or to the thousands of women who have gone through abortion, to hear that this woman is now traumatised. “The current laws that make it unlawful to badger and threaten someone verbally or physically needs to encompass incidents where women are forced to have an abortion by someone close to them.”