AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER
- ADULT CHILDREN OF HOMOSEXUAL PARENTS TESTIFY AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
- U.K. GOVERNMENT TELLS FAITH SCHOOLS PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY OR FACE CLOSURE
- VIOLENCE LOOMS AHEAD OF ELECTION IN NIGERIA
- IRAQI CHRISTIANS STILL HELD BY ISLAMIC STATE AGAINST THEIR WILL
- KENYA BANS NEW CHURCHES AMID MIRACLE-FAKING SPREE
- JAPANESE CHRISTIAN HOSTAGE BEHEADED BY ISLAMIC STATE
ADULT CHILDREN OF HOMOSEXUAL PARENTS TESTIFY AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
As the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether to strike down laws banning same-sex “marriage,” four adult children of homosexual parents have filed court briefings arguing that government-sanctioned homosexual unions could lead to disaster for thousands of kids. The 4, who were all raised by homosexual parents, each submitted briefs opposing the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” Recounting childhood memories of deeply dysfunctional households and the radical subculture that went along with their “gay” identities, all 4 argued that redefining marriage will likely lead to the exploitation and abuse of countless children for political and personal gain.
“I grew up with a parent and her partners in an atmosphere of repression, retribution and abuse,” wrote B.N. Klein. “Children in gay households often become props to be publicly displayed to prove that gay families are just like heterosexual ones. I know that the gay community has never in my lifetime put forward children as anything other than a piece of property, a past mistake, or a political tool to be dressed up and taken out as part of a dog-and-pony show to impress the well-meaning,” Klein wrote. She added that as a child she was pressured to pay “constant homage” to her mother’s gay identity and taught that “Jews and Christians were stupid, hated gays, and were violent.”
Robert Lopez told the court that the lack of a father figure in his life, combined with the influence of the radical gay culture in which he was raised, gave rise to confusion about his own sexuality and led to his becoming a homosexual prostitute. Lopez wrote. “I had an inexplicable compulsion to have sex with older males who were my father’s age, though at the time I could scarcely understand what I was doing.” Lopez said that dozens of other adult children of homosexuals have similar stories of pain and damage inflicted by the absence of a biological parent and the unwanted demands of their homosexual parents’ lovers and were afraid to speak out for fear that the homosexual lobby would target them.
Katy Faust testified that children of homosexuals are intimidated into silence by gay activists who threaten public shaming, job interference, and worse for daring to speak out against same-sex “marriage.” Faust continued. “For much of my adult life I kept my opinions on marriage to myself. But I now realize that silence allows the conversation to be dominated by those who claim that only ignorance or indoctrination, could lead one to oppose ‘marriage equality.’” Faust said “When we institutionalize same-sex marriage … we move from permitting citizens the freedom to live as they choose, to promoting same-sex households,” Faust wrote. “In such a structure a child is deprived of a relationship with at least one natural parent.
Dawn Stefanowicz, in a frank testimony of her childhood with a promiscuous homosexual father said “I was often forced to approve and tolerate all forms of expressed sexuality, and was not allowed to express my disagreement, pain and confusion,” wrote Stefanowicz. “Most adult children from gay households do not feel safe or free to publicly express their stories. They fear losing professional licenses, not obtaining employment in their chosen field, being cut off from some family members or losing whatever relationship they have with their gay parents. Some gay parents have threatened to leave no inheritance, if the children don’t accept their parent’s partner.”
Source: LifeSite News
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U.K. GOVERNMENT TELLS FAITH SCHOOLS PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY OR FACE CLOSURE
The British government’s schools inspector has closed two Christian schools and threatened others in its zeal to enforce new guidelines to promote “British values” in religious schools that it sees as inherently “homophobic.” Christian and Jewish school leaders are complaining of a string of such incidents in recent months. They say it is a case of the government seeking to impose a heavy-handed pro homosexual agenda. Since October 2014, the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED), has launched a series of surprise checks on Christian and Jewish schools. Two have had their funding pulled for failure to comply with new guidelines.
OFSTED issued new guidelines last year to help schools inculcate “British values” into their students. One school principal Chris Gray, wrote that the manner in which government inspectors questioned students and teachers was “hostile and inappropriate.” Parents had complained that their children were subjected to “intrusive personal questioning” including questions to primary school children about what they knew about lesbianism, Gray added. Inspectors made it clear that the school was expected to “force pupils to celebrate non-Christian religious festivals.” “This would breach our Christian foundation. No one should be told by a government official to celebrate any religion. Learn about it, yes. Celebrate its festivals, no.”
Trinity Christian School in Reading also fell foul of OFSTED. John Charles, chairman of the School, in a letter to Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, said OFSTED was using the guidelines to bully religious schools. Trinity’s letter said, “the OFSTED inspector told the school they were likely to be closed because they had failed to invite “representatives of other faiths” to “lead assemblies and lessons,” nor taken steps to “actively promote other faiths.” They were told that the school “should actively promote equality.” “Pupils must learn about people with protected characteristics” and the school “must not give a viewpoint that certain lifestyles are wrong,” nor “should the school promote a particular lifestyle.”
The Christian Institute, which is defending the Christian schools, says inspectors asked 11 to 13-year-olds at Durham Free School, “Have you had ‘The Talk’?” and “have you learned how to make a baby?” One boy reportedly did not know how to answer the question, “What is a Muslim?” resulting in him being labelled a “bigot” because he had mentioned terrorism. Petrina Douglas, a parent governor of Durham Free School said “It feels like the school has been made a scapegoat. Durham county is primarily white British so knowledge of other cultures is not as prevalent. But I don’t think the children are bigoted.”
In October, OFSTED was forced to issue a public statement denying that it was bullying students at Orthodox Jewish schools. The Jewish Schools said their students were left “traumatised and ashamed” after OFSTED inspectors had grilled them about sex and “gay marriage.” Rabbi Nessanel Lieberman, an Orthodox Jewish school head and one of OFSTED’s own inspectors, accused the watchdog of attempting to impose Left-wing ideals” on the pretext of fostering “British values.” Lieberman told the National Jewish Education Conference in London that OFSTED has an “agenda” to attack faith schools because they do not conform to the leading liberal secularist ideologies.
Source: LifeSite News
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VIOLENCE LOOMS AHEAD OF ELECTION IN NIGERIA
Nigerians will go to the polls on 14 February to elect federal and state parliaments and a president. These elections will largely be a contest between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), widely regarded as a Christian alliance with a strong presence in the south which has ruled Nigeria since 1999, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), a new party formed in February 2013 through the merger of four opposition parties. It is widely expected to be a close contest, with a presidential run-off likely. It is also expected that violence could erupt and quickly evolve into religious conflict. The PDP has a policy of rotating its presidential candidates between north and south every two terms.
In 1999 and 2003 the PDP presidential candidate was a southern Christian. In 2007, the Muslim former governor of Katsina in Nigeria’s north won the presidency for PDP. When he died in May 2010 his Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian, assumed the presidency. Jonathan was then elected president in 2011. The Nigerian constitution does allow for candidates to be elected twice, therefore Jonathan is within his rights to stand for re-election with his current Vice President, Namadi Sambo, a Muslim, as his running mate. However, northern Muslims believe it is the North’s turn to hold the presidency. Therefore this could see Jonathan and the PDP lose some support across the north.
The APC is a Muslim alliance with a strong presence in the north. It’s presidential candidate is retired Major General Buhari. Buhari is hugely popular in the north. In 2011 he campaigned on an Islamist platform and is again attempting to soften his image as an Islamic fundamentalist by taking a southern Christian pastor as his running mate. Prof Osinbajo is a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God the largest Pentecostal church in Nigeria with some 23,880 parishes and a membership of 12 million. Regardless of that, the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria have thrown their support behind the PDP and are endorsing Jonathan for president.
Polls indicate that Buhari is gaining traction in the mostly Christian south. Goodluck Jonathan has poured vast sums of money into the Niger Delta region; now militants there are threatening to return to conflict if Jonathan is not returned to power. The DP and APC are accusing each other of fuelling the Boko Haram insurgency. How will Nigeria’s million displaced persons vote when the electoral law states that voters must vote where they are registered? How will voting take place in war-wracked states where Boko Haram either totally or partially control them? The nation is polarising, the stakes are high, the economy is struggling due to record low oil prices and there is widespread disillusionment and anger.
PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY THAT GOD WILL:
* draw his faithful believers close, that they may find their security, peace and comfort in him. Pray especially for Christians in the volatile Middle Belt states and for the exceedingly vulnerable minority Christians in the Sharia states of the north, especially if voting does not go the way Muslims want it to go.
* protect, preserve and provide for his people; may they stand firm in faith and not only endure but shine as lights for his glory. Pray for the Church in Nigeria
* use his awesome strength to still ‘the tumult of the peoples’.
STOP PRESS: In late breaking news it has been announced that the Nigerian election have been postponed for 6 weeks due to security concerns and will now be held on March 28.
Source: Religious Liberty Monitoring
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IRAQI CHRISTIANS STILL HELD BY ISLAMIC STATE AGAINST THEIR WILL
More news has emerged about the situation of Christians still being detained by Islamic State (IS) after 10 elderly Christians, some with disabilities, managed to escape. The group, eight men and two women, were ‘expelled’ by IS militants for refusing to convert to Islam. They spent two days travelling and arrived in Kirkuk, an area now under the control of Kurdish Peshmerga Forces on January 7. The group had been living in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, for nearly three months after IS militants forced them out of a nursing home in Qaraqosh on Oct. 24, said a nun Sister Teresa who met them. Teresa has worked at a monastery in Erbil having fled Islamic State six months ago when its rebels attacked Qaraqosh.
She confirmed that militants stole the elderly Christians’ money, jewellery and IDs. The group said they were pressured to say the Islamic Shahada, which is a spoken confession of faith to become Muslim. Rahel, one of the women from the group said “We did not want to become Muslim; we just wanted to leave”. Teresa said several Christians are being held against their will throughout the region and that the church is trying to negotiate their release and has already paid IS money to free them. “Among them is a 3-year-old girl that IS has demanded thousands of dollars to release.” She estimates about 40 Christians are still detained in an elderly care home in Mosul.
“Before being released, IS beat us every day,” one of the men said. “They gave us little food. We were taken to Mosul, where we were held in a hall with other people who had been rounded up and detained as well.” He continued, “One day, a member from IS came and called some of our names and said ‘Stand up!’ We thought that they would kill us, but they didn’t so we asked them ‘When are you going to let us go?’ An IS member replied – ‘Not without ransom’.” “They had thrown us out from our homes, so they could occupy them and then we were all clumped together in a residence in Mosul. We managed to survive thanks to the assistance of some Muslim families, who brought us food and what we needed.
We were told we could stay there only if we converted to Islam. I refused said one of the men. The group had to wait before being allowed into the Kurdish region because all roads have been closed between Mosul and Kirkuk. Upon entry they were transferred to the Chaldean Diocese. Meanwhile, on a happier note a young man and a woman from Mosul, both in their late twenties, met in a camp and are now engaged. They explained that in Mosul they hadn’t known each other, but that their newfound circumstances meant that “only a thin mattress wall was separating us from each other.”
Source: World Watch Monitor
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KENYA BANS NEW CHURCHES AMID MIRACLE-FAKING SPREE
Prompted by news coverage of alleged illegal activity by pastors promising miracles, Kenya’s attorney general has banned new religious organizations from registering as the nation moves to enforce stricter regulations on churches, mosques, and temples. The registration ban will be in place indefinitely. Meanwhile, Kenyan attorney general Githu Muigai will meet with religious leaders from the Kenya Episcopal Conference, the National Council of Churches of Kenya, and the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya to discuss what new regulations might look like. Mark Kariuki, chairman of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, said that Muigai’s move to stop church registration and regulate churches amounted to persecution.
Kariuki said “We call on all Christians to stand with us,” he said. The government response came after a TV station broadcast a “Prayer Predators” exposé of preacher Victor Kanyari, whom the station claimed had been making money from his followers by asking them for advance payment for prayers and miracles. Kanyari, who preaches at Salvation Healing Ministry, continued holding services but hired security to screen out visiting journalists. Kanyari admitted he coached members of his church to give false testimonies, but said many people had been “healed and blessed in many ways” by his ministry. He will be investigated for obtaining money by false pretences, according to Kenya’s director of public prosecutions.
Muigai said he wants increased accountability to curb pastors’ “miracle-faking spree.” In Kanyari’s case, police plan to first interview worshippers who claim they were conned. This is not Kenya’s first attempt to regulate rogue preachers: In March 2013, Christianity Today reported on another controversial proposal to weed out “fake pastors” in Kenya, where “tales of dubious healings and questionable behaviour” are common. And in 2012, there were reports on how evangelical groups in Kenya, including the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, banded together in an attempt to self-regulate against pastoral deception and criminal activity, which were “critically hurting the image of the Church.”
Source: Christianity Today
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JAPANESE CHRISTIAN HOSTAGE BEHEADED BY ISLAMIC STATE
Japan has heightened security at airports and at facilities overseas after ISIS beheaded its second Japanese hostage last weekend. Journalist Kenji Goto was also Christian. He had left for Syria in late October, following the birth of his youngest daughter. Reacting to the news of his death, Goto’s wife said she is devastated but proud of her husband. “I remain extremely proud of my husband, who reported the plight of people in conflict areas like Iraq, Somalia, and Syria,” Rinko Jogo said. Meanwhile, the flag at Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence is being flown at half-mast in a display of mourning for Goto and the other Japanese hostage who was killed by the Islamic terror group.
Abe is also defending his policy toward terrorism. He faced criticism for announcing plans to give $200 million in non-military aid to fight against ISIS. That pledge came while he was visiting the Middle East and just days after the jihadists demanded a $200 million ransom for the two hostages. “As international society seeks to restore peace and stability in the Middle East, I thought it would be the most appropriate destination to visit and that I should broadcast my message to the world from there,” Abe explained. “I thought announcing Japan’s contribution to fulfil its responsibility would contribute to the international community’s effort to fight against terrorism and prevent its expansion,” he said.
Source: CBN News
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