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MR: Consequences of gay marriage a concern after Brazil's three person civil union
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby remains unconvinced that gay marriage will stop the push for polygamous ‘marriage equality’ in Australia in light of
this week of a civil union between three people.
Greens politicians and Labor supporters of same-sex marriage keep downplaying calls from Greens members and officials and the poly community for ‘marriage equality’ to be extended beyond two people.
In May former
High Court Justice Michael Kirby told a Senate inquiry
(pg. 13) that if same-sex marriage is passed, there could be further redefinitions in the future.
“The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the question of equality for homosexual people,” Justice Kirby said
“There may be in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament I suggest, is that you take matters step by step,” he said.
ACL Managing Director Jim wallace said he was concerned that the Greens will push the marriage debate even further to the extent that polygamous and polyamorous relationships would be considered a part of the ‘marriage equality’ push.
The ACT Greens political party convenor, Simon Copland,
wrote on his blog:
“I just think we need to use it (the same-sex marriage campaign) as a step to the broader goal of sexual liberation, not the end in and of itself.”
MR: Labor has chance to equal Coalition by protecting marriage
· August 11, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Sunday, 12th August, 2012
The Federal Government must intervene to stop Australia’s marriage laws from becoming a ‘hodge podge’ according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The call follows announcements by the South Australian and ACT Governments to introduce homosexual marriage or marriage-mimicking laws.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said Prime Minister Julia Gillard went to the 2010 election
promising to up-hold marriage
between a man and a woman.
“Gay activists and Green politicians are now leading Labor States like Tasmania and South Australia by the nose towards homosexual ‘marriage’,” Mr Wallace said.
“Integrity does matter in politics and Federal Labor could choose to equal the Coalition’s integrity on marriage by intervening to stop South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT from legislating a new definition of marriage.
“The Coalition’s resolve to keep its election promise is to be applauded, despite the Greens and activists wanting it broken.
“The Government needs to act swiftly before Australia ends up with different marriage laws between States and the Commonwealth.
“The Attorney General must defend marriage against attempts by States and Territories to redefine it, even if it means going to the High Court,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Government also must signal that it will use the powers of the Parliament to overturn any marriage-mimicking law passed in the coming week by the Greens and Labor in the ACT.”
US gold medallist humiliated by intolerant activists
· May 12, 2011 10:00 AM
Pressure from homosexual activists has forced the recently appointed
chef de mission
for the United States at the London Olympic Games
to resign from the position
Peter Vidmar, a former Olympic gymnastics gold medallist and now a prominent motivational speaker, participated in a rally supporting Proposition 8 and donated $2,000 to the cause. The successful Californian referendum amended the state’s Constitution to provide that marriage is only between one man and one woman.
Vidmar, a Mormon, made no attempt to hide his religion or his support for Proposition 8, and said it was irrelevant to his role representing the US Olympic team as their head. The United States Olympic Committee chairman praised Vidmar as a “natural leader and an extraordinary individual”. But his appointment was
by homosexual groups. Vidmar felt compelled to resign amidst the controversy, stating that he did not want his presence to “become a detriment to the US Olympic family”.
This is another example of the intolerance pervasive through much of the homosexual movement. Any dissent from their activist agenda is regarded as “bigoted” and “homophobic”. This disdain of different opinions quashes freedom of opinion and religious beliefs and tramples freedom of speech.
This case is disturbing because homosexual activists seem intent on driving from public life anyone who does not agree with them.
This is not the first time that their radical agenda has defeated freedom of speech. Apple has pulled two applications from its iPhone,
one from the pro-marriage group Manhattan Declaration
another from Exodus International
, which offers support to homosexuals trying to leave the lifestyle. Potential Miss USA winner Carrie Prejean
lost the crown due to her statement
that she believes marriage is for a man and a woman.
While not as vocal in Australia, similar bullying resulted in
ANZ and IBM pulling advertising
from Online Opinion as a result of one pro-traditional marriage article amongst many articles arguing for same-sex marriage. Online Opinion stopped accepting articles in support of real marriage as a result of this bullying.
Vidmar’s case is concerning to anyone who values free speech and freedom of religion. The minority whose complaints have led to these situations does not represent the entire homosexual community, let alone the majority of the population. It is ironic that a group which has fought for increased tolerance is now so vocally intolerant of anyone who expresses a different view.
The global nature of homosexual activism raises serious questions about what will happen to freedom of speech in Australia should the activists succeed in having marriage redefined.
MR: Vic EO Commission oversteps mark in promoting homosexuality
· March 30, 2011 11:00 AM
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It is not the job of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner to promote homosexuality as normal, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Responding to comments by Dr Helen Szoke around the launch of the “Fair go, sport!” program, ACL’s Victorian Director Rob Ward said the commission’s role was to focus on issues of practical discrimination, not normalising the lifestyle of two percent of the Australian population.
"The suggestion that the aim is to have the sexual orientation of “gay, lesbian and transgender sportspeople....so public that it’s normal, so people don’t think about it” is very troubling," he said.
"Is Dr Szoke now trying to control what people think and believe? Is this the thought police at work?" he said.
“We have supported the removal of practical discrimination in State and Commonwealth law which has granted legal equality to same-sex couples.
“Taxpayers money is rightly spent addressing issues of justice but not promoting a particular lifestyle as normal. Dr Szoke's statement encouraging sports people to “come out” would appear to be her personal opinion.
“Australians hold a diversity of opinions and views on homosexuality and it is not the job of the Commission to tell people they have to think any particular lifestyle is normal,” Mr Ward said.
Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979.
Schools should not be used to recruit kids to ‘gay pride’ march
· December 16, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today responded to a call by the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) for schools to bring children along to a gay pride event.
“All schools should be safe schools, but using Government funding to persuade children to attend a ‘gay pride’ march is not how our tax dollars should be spent,” according to ACL’s Victorian Director Rob Ward.
“Teachers taking students along to this kind of event is outside the purposes for which schools exist. Educating students should be the priority not promoting alternative lifestyles.
“There is no place for bullying in our schools, whatever the motivation, however this call by SSCV demonstrates how one group can push an ideological agenda using government funding.”
Mr Ward said so called ‘gay pride’ marches were no place for young children as they were often sexually explicit and contained content inappropriate for children.
Mr Ward also questioned the use of a LaTrobe University letterhead to write to schools seeking to recruit children to the march.
“We call upon the new Baillieu government to rein in funding for groups like SSCV and instead promote programs that address bullying in a wider context, teaching respect and understanding across the whole school system.”
ACL submission to the AHRC on anti-discrimination law
· November 26, 2010 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Public Consultation on Protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity.
ACL submission on blood donation
· November 06, 2010 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Review of Australian Blood Donor Deferrals Relating to Sexual Activity.
Intolerance stifling freedom of religion
· October 14, 2010 11:00 AM
Freedom for religion, once a no-brainer in Australia, is coming under increasing pressure from the tiny but influential homosexual lobby.
This week we have seen a
Victorian Christian youth camp fined
$5000 for exercising their Christian convictions in not allowing a group which promotes homosexuality to young people use its facility.
Intolerance towards a Christian worldview now comes with a monetary fine in Australia.
It is hoped this will not be the end of the matter and that an appeal will be lodged.
But the point is this. If freedom of religion was being respected in Victoria, the time and considerable expense fighting legal battles like this would be unnecessary.
Recently, a Christian television program, Believers Voice of Victory, was taken off air by Channel 10 because of comments made some months ago about homosexuality. ACL understands this was because of a single complaint. Not thousands of complaints, just one.
Despite Channel 10’s breaches of the Broadcasting Code of Conduct and the numerous complaints generated about
(not to mention the show’s vilification of Christianity – the main character had sex with a nun in a church), it remained on air.
(Please write to Mr Nick Falloon, Executive Chairman, Network Ten, GPO Box 10, Sydney NSW 2001 – Ph 02 9650 1111, fax 02 9650 1111).
This week the Australian Human Rights Commission has
launched a consultation
process aimed at finding ways to protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual identity.
This is a process that could lead to legislation further reducing freedom of speech and freedom of religion. You might want to consider getting involved before it is too late.
While fair minded people, and certainly Christians, do not condone hate speech of any kind, it is important that religions be allowed to promote their teachings. Groups which disagree with religious teachings and practice should be tolerant enough to respect this in a free society.
Sadly it seems tolerance is becoming a one way street.
Survey undermines size of gay community
· October 07, 2010 11:00 AM
A comprehensive and credible national survey in the United Kingdom has revealed that only 1.5% of Britons say they are homosexual, lesbian or bisexual, which is much less than the most commonly used estimate of 5 to 7 percent.
The findings were based on interviews with more than 450,000 people by the Office of National Statistics (the UK equivalent of the Australian Bureau of Statistics). The ONS has said that it had produced an accurate estimate based on a question of self-perceived sexual identity, with a valid response to the relevant question provided by 96% of those surveyed.
The homosexual lobby have however downplayed the significance of the findings, claiming that the figure of 1.5% is likely to be an underestimate because people might be reluctant to disclose their true sexual identity. They also lobbied for Civil Partnership legislation in 2003 on the basis of the inflated figure of seven percent, which was accepted by the then Labour Government.
The same survey also revealed that 71% of people in the UK identify as Christians. There has been plenty of press coverage of these significant statistics in the UK, but surprisingly little in the Australian mainstream media. Two of the many UK articles can be found by clicking
ACL’s Vic Director Rob Ward defends religious freedom on ABC’s Stateline
· July 09, 2010 10:00 AM
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A homosexual youth group is seeking damages from a Christian campsite in Victoria because it did not wish to rent its facilities to a group that promoted homosexuality to young people.
The case could have wide-ranging ramifications for Christian schools, churches, charities and other organisations wishing to exercise religious freedom to follow Biblical teachings on sexuality.
ACL’s Victorian Director appeared on Stateline tonight defending religious freedom. Please
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