AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER
COMMERCIAL PRINTER REFUSES TO PRINT BOOK AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Editor’s note: The homosexual lobby insists that Christians who refuse to provide marriage related services to members of their community be prosecuted, jailed or fined. In another example of gross hypocrisy and double standards it is obviously OK if supporters of same-sex marriage refuse service to Christians with impunity.
A much-anticipated book by Dr David van Gend, President of the Australian Marriage Forum was recently released but not without some controversy. The book is titled, Stealing from a Child: the Injustice of ‘Marriage Equality’, and had sold over two thousand copies prior to its release. It is described as “a manifesto in defence of society’s inviolable foundation: Father, Mother, Child”. Prior to its release the publisher, Connor Court, was notified by the printer, McPherson’s, in writing: “Due to the subject matter and content of your book, unfortunately I have been instructed by senior management not to proceed with printing this title.” McPherson’s is a printer in regional Victoria now owned by OpusGroup, headquartered in Sydney.
McPherson’s has had a ten year relationship with Connor Court, publishing controversial books such as Ian Plimer’s best-seller, Heaven and Earth, and Cory Bernardi’s Conservative Revolution. Never before has the publisher known a printer to refuse to print a book on political grounds. Dr van Gend said “This was a shock, because you don’t expect a printing firm to act as a political censor for the gay lobby. It is also a shock because it came just days after the Mercure International Hotel in Sydney cancelled the venue for the gathering of groups opposing same-sex ‘marriage’, after gay activists threatened hotel staff if they let us meet there. We had to find a different venue in Sydney at short notice, just as we had to find a different printer at short notice, but we will not be silenced.
“I defy anyone to find a single word in my book that should not be printed. I can understand the gay lobby being worried about a book that so clearly exposes the harms of genderless ‘marriage’ and of the whole genderless package deal that comes with it, but they should not try to shut down our side of the debate by banning a book! Dr van Gend said. “We have been through this censorship already, with our TV Ad last year for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras banned at the last minute by SBS – but that led to widespread condemnation of SBS, and I hope this act of political censorship by a corporation gets the condemnation it deserves. “We are meant to be an open society where great issues are debated freely. What’s the difference between burning books and banning them being printed?
“The printing company, OpusGroup, had my book with them for two weeks – why did they wait until the day before the launch to pull the plug? If they were trying to make it impossible for me to supply books for my national tour to promote the book, they failed, because the heavy early demand for books meant we had to run off a few thousand interim copies digitally at a different company and we were able to supply demand until we found a new offset-printer. “I can only say to people, read the book and try to find anything that could justify this printing company acting as a branch of the Thought Police. A Member of Parliament messaged me and said, “I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a clarion call to the complacent – a wonderfully kind but persuasive read.”
Source: Australian Marriage Forum
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SUICIDE RATE IN AUSTRALIA REACHES 10 YEAR HIGH
Suicide has reached a 10-year high in Australia as 3027 people killed themselves last year, the largest cause of death among 15 to 44-year-olds. Last year, 12.6 people in every 100,000 suicided compared to 12 the year before, 11.4 in 2012 and a low of 10.4 in 2006. Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women and men aged over 85 have the highest rate of any age or gender in the country: they die by their own hand at a rate of almost 40 people in every 100,000. Lifeline Australia has called for the establishment of a National Summit to Stop Suicide. “We do not want 3000 lives lost when it comes to deaths by suicide each year in Australia,” Lifeline Australia chief executive Pete Shmigel said. “We as a sector and community are failing our most vulnerable and we must do more and do better.
“This means starting a national conversation about how we can respond differently. While we’re prescribing more medication for mental illness than ever before, including a doubling in the rate of antidepressant use since 2000, we are not doing enough to combat social factors that lead so many to choose death over living.” Despite people in their 80s and 40s dying at a higher rate, those in their late teens and in their 20s made up the vast majority of total deaths last year. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children between the ages of five and 17 died at a rate of almost 10 in every 100,000 between 2011-2015 compared to a rate of 1.8 for non-indigenous children. Indigenous people died by suicide at more than double the rate of non-indigenous people across all age groups.
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SAME-SEX PROPONENT SEEKS FINES FOR BUSINESSES DECLINING SERVICES TO SAME-SEX COUPLES
Freedom to publicly and practically hold the timeless view of marriage will be lost if same-sex marriage is legislated. Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said he was very concerned by comments by same-sex marriage proponent Warren Entsch that people who disagree should be fined. “Forcing business owners who believe marriage is exclusively man-woman to participate in same-sex weddings is a denial of their human rights,” Mr Shelton said. “It is a shame the same-sex marriage activists are not prepared to live and let live. “I don’t think Australians want to follow the American path of having same-sex marriage activists litigating against florists, cake makers, photographers and wedding venue owners simply because of their beliefs.”
While the government had signalled there would be exemptions for clergy, Mr Shelton said non-clergy also had freedom of conscience and freedom of religion rights under UN conventions which should be accommodated. “Why should a priest’s conscience be protected but not that of someone who owns a wedding function centre?” Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous was taken to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission for distributing Christian teaching on marriage. Recently leaders of pro-man-woman marriage organisations were forced to meet in secret after same-sex marriage activists organised a campaign of demonization against the Mercure Hotel at Sydney Airport. “Australians are only just starting to wake up to the consequences of changing the definition of marriage,” Mr Shelton said.
Source: Australian Christian Lobby
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