IRELAND ABANDONS ITS CHILDREN – LET US NOT DO THE SAME
Ireland has written a social suicide note and we grieve for her. The Irish have voted for homosexual marriage, seduced by celebrities to violate something they once held sacred: the life between mother, father and child. The Irish Constitution now assumes a mother does not matter to a baby, and a father is irrelevant to his son. That is madness. A constitutional right to same-sex marriage means a constitutional right to same-sex adoption and surrogacy, and that means motherless and fatherless families are now enshrined as an ideal in the Irish Constitution. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the vote was “Yes to love” — but there are children who will never know the love of their mother because of this constitutional amendment.
He said it was “Yes to inclusion” — but it deliberately excludes children of same-sex couples from “the natural and fundamental unit of society”, which is how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the trinity of mother, father and child. If equality for gay adults means inequality for kids, where is the justice in that? If removing discrimination against gay adults means imposing discrimination on children who are deliberately deprived of a mother or a father, what is the reason to celebrate? Gay Irish celebrity blogger Paddy Manning rejected claims of discrimination against gay couples, saying, “Marriage is, at its heart, about children and providing those children with their biological parents. Recognising difference is not discrimination.”
Here in Australia, there is no unjust discrimination against same-sex couples in any way, be it taxation, superannuation, Medicare, next of kin status or any other matter, since Federal Parliament amended eighty-five laws in 2008. Same sex couples have full relationship equality and are free to live as they choose; but they do not have the right to choose a motherless or fatherless existence for a little child. Here in Australia, we will resist the dementia that is afflicting the decadent West. If we are the last country standing, we will still not abolish a child’s birthright to the love of her mum or her dad just to gratify the demands of homosexual adults.
Nor will we let our children be taught in school, by force of law, that the sexual relationship of two men is no different, legally or morally, to a child’s mother and father in marriage. For gay activists the greatest cultural gain of this referendum will be that all Irish children must now be instructed in the constitutional normality of homosexual behaviour, and conscientious objectors will be silenced by the anti-discrimination law. We have observed many instances of homosexual enforcement in jurisdictions that have legalised gay marriage: parents in Massachusetts have been denied the right to withdraw their child from lessons by gay activists and church adoption agencies in England have had to close rather than adopt babies to homosexual households.
A teacher in London was demoted for refusing to read a storybook to her class promoting same-sex marriage, and the former Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, was reported to police for teaching Christian doctrine on marriage during a sermon. This is the future under a gay marriage regime, to which the Irish succumbed. They were trying to be kind to the 2% of Irish people who identify as same-sex attracted, without understanding that gay strategists have despised marriage for decades as a patriarchal repressive institution and only want it now because it brings with it the power to compel social attitudes. There are ways of being kind to our gay folk that do not involve violating the foundational relationship of human society: mother, father, child.
Source: by David Van Gend President of the Australian Marriage Forum
NSW COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AFFIRMS MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN
The NSW Council of Churches has restated its view that the Australian Parliament should define marriage as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. “Christians are guided by the teaching of the Bible, which never condones the marriage of persons of the same sex or other alternatives to the traditional norm, which is the union between a man and a woman,” Council President, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said. “For practical purposes, marriage has been understood as a man-woman union since the dawn of time, and Australian law reflects that consensus,” Dr Clifford said.
“Changing the meaning of marriage would be a risky social experiment. Children have the right to know and be cared for by their natural parents. The law should reflect best practice. Amid the emotion and hype, principled arguments in favour of retaining the current definition of marriage in Australian law deserve the consideration of every federal politician,” Dr Clifford said. In response to the announcement that federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten would introduce a same sex marriage bill to Parliament, Dr Clifford called on church leaders and church members to contact their local federal members and senators to clarify whether they now supported federal same sex marriage laws, and how they would vote if allowed a conscience vote.
“There may also be unknown and unintended negative consequences if same sex marriage legislation is enacted in Australia. For example, some ministers of religion may not be permitted or prepared to continue to celebrate any marriage under such an Act,” Dr Clifford said. “The Australian electorate is growing tired of this seemingly endless debate. There are many more important issues to focus the minds and hearts of legislators, church leaders and voters. We have had more than ten costly, time-consuming attempts to change state or federal law with respect to marriage in Australia. All of them have failed. It is time to move on,” he said.
Source: Press Release from NSW Council of Churches
30 days of Prayer is an international movement of Intercession for the Muslim world. The purpose is to mobilise the church to pray! The origin of this call to prayer and fasting for the Muslim world came about as a group of Christian leaders were praying about the Islamic world during a meeting in the Middle East in April 1992. God put a burden on the hearts of these men and women to call as many Christians as possible to pray for the Muslim world. Today this event draws Christians worldwide to a united, global prayer meeting. The 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer guide is produced in many languages each Ramadan and distributed from regional offices around the world.
Millions of Christians have joined together in prayer, across denominations, languages and cultures to pray for the Muslim world since it began. As a result, a wave of mission mobilisation and Muslim mission awareness is occurring across the globe. This prayer event is planned to coincide with the Islamic month of Ramadan so that we, the Body of Christ, would get God’s heart for the Muslim world. Ramadan is a great way to “pin” a prayer movement on something Christians can understand and relate to. When Christians hear in the media that Ramadan is coming, it reminds them to pray. Christians pray more seriously as they see their Muslim neighbours also fasting, praying and seeking an encounter with God during Ramadan.
For more information and to order the 30 Days of Prayer booklet go to www.30days.com.au
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DOWN AS AUSTRALIANS GO EASY ON THE BINGE
Australians are consuming less alcohol than any at time in the past 50 years, as abstinence, self-restraint and, in some cases, drug use, combine to reshape the nation’s drinking culture. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there were an estimated 9.7 litres of pure alcohol per person consumed in 2013-14. That is the lowest rate since 1962-63 and continues a downward trend that defies public perception. Apparent alcohol consumption in Australia peaked in 1974-75, at 13.1 litres per person, and then fell away. It began to rise again in the middle of the last decade, but has been on the decline for six consecutive years, due to factors ranging from health concerns and personal circumstances to price and personal safety.
Separate government survey data charts an increase in illicit drug use and pharmaceutical drug misuse. It also shows that daily alcohol intake has fallen to 6.5% of the population, the lowest since 1991; the proportion of the population never to have had a standard drink has increased to 13.8% and the age of first alcohol drink is older, now 15.7 years on average. Even for the nation’s drinkers there have been notable changes. The ABS data shows beer is still being shunned by people, to the point where wine has almost become Australia’s favourite tipple. The consumption of spirits, in contrast, has remained relatively steady, apart from a slight increase in the first half of the last decade before the Rudd government introduced a controversial alcopops tax.
in recent years, cider has grown in popularity. “Fifty years ago, beer made up 75% of all alcohol consumed, but now makes up under half at 41%,” said Louise Gates from the ABS. “Wine’s share has increased over the same period from 12% to 38%.” White wine is still more popular than red, while, surprisingly given the overall trends, full-strength beer has remained relatively strong against alternatives. “Over the past decade we have seen the popularity of mid-strength beer grow at the expense of low-strength beer,” Ms Gates said. “Mid-strength beer now makes up 19% of all beer consumed in Australia, while low-strength beer accounts for 5%.” The government surveys show 18.2% of Australians are still drinking more than recommended.