It’s hard to believe it is April already. At the end of each quarter, I like to reflect on what God has done.
Three months down in 2017 and we are in a good position, thanks to your prayers and support.
Marriage remains held and there is movement in the Parliament to recognise ISIS genocide against Christians and other religious minorities.
These are big achievements to which you as ACL supporters have made a significant contribution.
In Queensland state director Wendy Francis joined with fantastic pro-life allies and together they saw the biggest pro-life win in decades – the withdrawal of Cairns MP Rob Pyne’s abortion-to-birth bills.
Wendy also led a successful campaign against Volley Australia who were caught out by the advertising regulator for sexualising children.
Our Western Australia director Dahlia Messiha organised the biggest live event of the election campaign with 800 Christians turning out to hear the Premier and Opposition Leader make their pitch.
Mark McGowan, who later became WA Premier, confirmed his support for teaching children their gender is fluid through the so-called “Safe Schools” program. He also signalled support for euthanasia, something his health minister is already working on.
It’s going to be a tough four years in WA, but together we are up for it.
Back in Canberra, the on-going relentless efforts to cause the Parliament to redefine marriage were thwarted.
Same-sex marriage political activists threw everything at the February – March parliamentary sittings.
Big money was spent on television and airport advertising campaigns and many of Australia’s corporate business leaders were co-opted into a campaign to pressure the Prime Minister to break his election promise of no change without a people’s vote.
Thankfully the Government showed great integrity and held firm.
While the battle is far from over, political activists for same-sex marriage exposed themselves to the nation as anti-freedom, a streak we always knew lay at the heart of this movement.
They harassed Lachlan Macquarie Institute board members at work, threatening their livelihood for the crime of being associated with a Christian organisation that supports marriage.
The Coopers Beer fiasco was further evidence of their lack of tolerance.
The other side is fighting back with another big advertising campaign.
But lights are now starting to come on in people’s thinking about this issue.
I could say so much more about what else has been achieved by the ACL Team around the nation so far this year thanks to your prayer and support.
It’s been a great start. We should take courage.