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Pages tagged "France"
Call to ban face coverings in public
· September 16, 2014 10:00 AM
Christian Democratic Party leader the Reverend Fred Nile wants a ban on the wearing of face coverings in public.
Last week Rev Nile introduced a private members bill into the NSW parliament outlining the plan. The bill will be debated in state parliament this week.
Issues of national security and the threat of Islamic State are reasons for the bill, according to Rev Nile.
“We also face the new Islamic State terrorist threat, whose black uniforms for both men and women include face coverings to prevent identification,” Rev Nile said.
In 2010, Rev Nile introduced a similar ban that failed to pass through parliament. Belgium and France had passed laws that same year banning face coverings.
The bill proposes a $550 fine for a person who covers their face in public. An $1100 penalty would also be issued to a person who forces someone else to cover his or her face.
Face coverings would only be allowed under certain circumstances including during a parade or religious services.
Recently, Rev Nile joined calls for a
ban on the IS flag
after reports of one being auctioned at a Sydney mosque.
“They fly the flag as something to be proud of – they should be ashamed of beheading people and selling women into slavery,” he said.
In recent months, Christians and other religious minority groups have suffered under the brutal regime of IS in Iraq. Christians are being forced to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax, or face death.
The Australian government last week committed to sending planes and troops to Iraq to fight IS militants.
“Australia is prepared to engage in these operations because of the threat that this murderous death cult poses ... because it has ambitions beyond any other group to arise so far,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
In response to the persecution, ACL launched a
calling on the federal government to increase its humanitarian intake.
to Iraqi-born Assistant Parish Priest Father Paul Mingana speak about refugee places for persecuted Christians with ACL’s Katherine Spackman.
Collective Shout's Melinda Liszewski on the Political Spot about France's new law banning beauty pageants for children
· September 24, 2013 10:00 AM
Melinda Liszewski is a spokeswoman from Collective Shout. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she talks about a new law that has passed in the French Senate which bans beauty pageants for those under 16 years of age.
French marriage rally speech by President of La Manif Pour Tous
· May 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Last Sunday the president of La Manif Pour Tous (meaning the protest of the demonstration for all) addressed those who attended the peaceful mass rally against the government's decision to legalise same-sex marriage. La Manif Pour Tous said over a million people marched in the event. The ACL's Katherine Spackman interviewed Sydney representative of La Manif Pour Tous on the Political Spot (see interview
A copy of the speech by Ludovine de la Rochère has been published on
We Will Surrender Nothing
There you are, such an enormous crowd—thank you!
Thank you to all the volunteers of La Manif pour Tous, in Paris, in the provinces too; and of course our spokespeople, among them the first of all, Frigide Barjot. You made possible our Manif pour Tous.
Thank you to intellectuals, jurists, union members, researchers, doctors, elected officials, all of whom have taken up our case. They had the courage to engage in free and independent thought.
Thanks most of all to you! The French of the metropolis, those overseas and abroad. You have the energy that was necessary to raise us up yesterday and today. And tomorrow you will lift us up also!
Keep reading the article
Maxime Lagorce on the Political Spot about French marriage rally on Sunday
· May 28, 2013 10:00 AM
Maxime Lagorce is a French marriage activist from La Manif Pour Tous Sydney. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about what La Manif Pour Tous stands for and the recent marriage protests that have been happening in France in the lead up and after the government decided to redefine marriage. See also MercatorNet's story about Maxime Lagorce titled
French marriage activists vow to fight on
MR: Uncertainty over marriage policy could drive voters to minor parties
· May 07, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, 7th May 2013
Coalition uncertainty over voting policy on marriage may force many Australians to consider minor parties who are clear on the issue at the September 14 election, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
“Upper House elections in Tasmania at the weekend which returned pro-marriage candidates showed there is little appetite for radical social policy such as redefining marriage,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“Those supporting marriage were rewarded at the ballot box after an expensive and high profile campaign failed to unseat them,” Mr Shelton said.
While ACL had welcomed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s clarity on the issue, it was concerned proponents of redefining marriage were pressuring Coalition candidates to support watering down Coalition marriage policy.
ACL was preparing to target key marginal seats in the lead-up to the September 14 election with leaflets to highlight the social benefits of keeping marriage between a man and a woman.
“We want to highlight to the constituency those candidates and parties who support marriage and let voters know where a candidate is in favour of redefining marriage.”
Mr Shelton said it was regrettable that redefining marriage was becoming an election issue so soon after it was resoundingly defeated in the Australian Parliament last September.
“The Parliament has already spoken but if advocates for redefining marriage are so sure of public support, why don’t they back a referendum?”
protests in France against the Hollande Government yesterday
have been motivated in part by his legislating a new definition of marriage and UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party has
suffered an embarrassing setback in local council elections
after he supported redefining marriage.
“I have great confidence in the ability of Australians, particularly under 35s, to think critically about this issue as long as an alternative view is allowed to be put in the public debate,” Mr Shelton said.
“There are consequences in redefining marriage for children, free speech and freedom of religion and this needs further public discussion.
“A referendum would be the ideal forum in which to have a balanced debate.”
What you need to know about marriage
· May 06, 2013 10:00 AM
The US Supreme Court is currently reviewing challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union between a man and woman. Specifically it’s looking at The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and Proposition 8 an amendment to the California constitution passed in 2008 by voters in that state.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. It has released a brochure aimed at educating Americans on the important questions and answers driving the marriage debate.
With the recent passing of legislation in both France and New Zealand allowing same-sex couples to marry, same-sex marriage activists in Australia are attempting to pressure our government to follow suit. This is despite the Australian Parliament’s resounding rejection of redefining marriage last September by a margin of almost two-one.
Now more than ever, the onus lies with the Christian constituency to uphold the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and to advocate for the rights of children to have both a mother and a father.
With this in mind, we encourage you to download and read the ADF brochure. It is a very relevant and useful resource defending marriage.
It explores questions such as:
What is marriage?
Why does marriage matter to the government?
What are the consequences of redefining marriage?
Hasn’t divorce already harmed the institution you’re trying to preserve?
What does the research say?
Why shouldn’t everyone be able to marry the one they love?
Why would allowing same-sex couples to marry be bad for marriage?
and many more.
Download a free copy of the brochure
French politicians want to replace mum and dad with parent '1' and '2'
· November 14, 2012 11:00 AM
France's new government wants to remove the terms 'mother' and 'father' and replace them with 'parent 1' and 'parent 2' to foster a more gender equal environment for families, and to pave the way for legalising same-sex marriage. A
Herald Sun article
last month explained that such ideas have moved to other places like Sweden as well, which is looking to create a separate term 'hen' to replace the words 'his' and 'hers.'
These ideas are nonsensical as they completely obliterate the importance of motherhood and fatherhood in the upbringing of children. Fathers and mothers parent differently from one another, and providing that diversity in a child's upbringing is contributing to the development of a well-rounded and balanced person.
Take, for example, the building of confidence in a child. When families go to any playground, dads encourage kids to swing a little higher, to ride their bikes a little faster, while mums tend to want to protect them. Having both characteristics in each parent keeps each other in balance, and helps their children remain safe while expanding their experiences and confidence.
To cut out 'mum' and 'dad' is to remove from society the fundamental nature of human beings and their interaction with one another. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
French push for gay marriage includes ban on 'mother' and 'father'
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
France is planning to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all its official documents and replace them with the word 'parents' under new moves to legalise same-sex marriage.
An article published by The Telegraph newspaper tells of these controversial plans and the concern by the French Catholic church which has spoken out against the changes. A French Catholic Cardinal warned of the consequences of gay marriage, saying that it could lead to polygamy and the taboo on incest falling.
This issue brings to light the possible consequences should gay marriage be legalised. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
For more information, please read
The Telegraph article
France may criminalise the purchase of sex
· April 14, 2011 10:00 AM
In a welcome development for the welfare of women and children in particular, France may join other European countries in criminalising the purchase of sex.
According to a Guardian
, a group of French MPs have made the recommendation, saying 80 per cent of prostitutes in the country are victims of slavery and trafficking.
Already, Sweden, Norway and Iceland have passed legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex in recognition that prostitution is an issue of female equality and human rights.
The scheme in Sweden has been very successful, with the Swedish police saying in the Prohibition of the purchase of sexual services[ii] report last year that its ban on the purchase of sex acts was a barrier to human traffickers and procurers who are considering establishing themselves in Sweden.
The Australian Christian Lobby is calling for similar legislation to be passed in Australia and recently made a submission to the ACT Prostitution Inquiry to that effect. The ACL believes the Swedish approach the only model that lessens the amount of women exploited in prostitution.
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