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Politics in Focus
· August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Get a Christian perspective of news and politics with the latest political commentary from ACL on “The Politics in Focus
. This TV segment airs fortnightly on the Australian Christian Channel as part of Seventh Day Adventist Media’s weekly InFocus program. Tune in on Fridays at 7pm or Saturdays at 12pm.
In this week's edition, ACL's managing director Lyle Shelton welcomes the Australian Government's announcement of 4,400 refugee places for Christians and Yazidis fleeing ISIS violence. He also weighs in on the debate regarding legalising cannabis for medicinal use.
Iraqi refugees; legalising cannabis - Politics InFocus
ACL’s Lyle Shelton addresses rally for persecuted Iraqi Christians in Melbourne
· August 05, 2014 10:00 AM
Last Saturday, ACL's managing director Lyle Shelton called for an increase to Australia’s humanitarian intake when he addressed a crowd of about 4,000 who rallied in Melbourne to condemn the persecution of Christians in Iraq.
The rally was organised by leaders from Australian churches with Middle Eastern roots as a show of solidarity with the hundreds and thousands of Christians who have been driven from their homes in northern Iraq under the threat of 'convert to Islam or die' by Islamic state militants.
Mr Shelton said he wants the government to increase its intake from the current 13,700 refugees a year it takes. ACL has launched a campaign calling on the federal government to increase Australia's humanitarian migrant intake and to offer asylum to those fleeing persecution. You can add your voice by signing the petition at
"The Australian Christian Lobby is calling upon the federal government to increase our humanitarian intake so that we can take some of these refugees and share some of the burden," Mr Shelton told the crowd.
Other speakers on the day included Bernie Finn MLC, Bishop Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Father Geoff Harvey of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, as well as other leaders from the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean churches.
ACL supporter Collin Nunis, who was also at the rally, said that "Though this rally was born out of very unfortunate circumstances, the rally was also a blessing as it brought Australian Christian churches together in solidarity and spirit; Christians from all walks of life professing one faith."
We continue to hear stories of persecution Christians are facing in Syria and Iraq.
An ACL supporter in Victoria said he has received a text message from a Syrian business associate based in Abu Dhabi about the continuing persecution of Christians in his homeland.
The text message he received from the associate said:
Yesterday my relatives - a woman and child - were killed in Damascus and terrorists gunmen now occupy their home.
The situation is very bad in the capital.
I told you more than 120,000 Syrian Christians threatened with death in the coming days.
It's really holocaust for the Christians in Syria and Iraq.
I have no home to go back to it, but we trust in Christ to help us.
Last week, ACL's Katherine Spackman interviewed religious liberty analyst Elizabeth Kendal about the plight of Iraqi Christians who have been ordered by ISIS militants to leave the city of Mosul or convert to Islam. You can listen to the interview
Time to stand with the persecuted
· July 31, 2014 10:00 AM
rally in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians
this Saturday, 1:30pm, Federation Square
We thought we had learned from the ethnic and religious purges of the Holocaust and the Balkans.
‘Never again’ was the vain refrain.
But this week hundreds of thousands of Christians have been driven from their homes in northern Iraq under the threat of convert to Islam or die by Islamic state militants.
Chilling images of decapitation, crucifixions and summary mass executions have filled news websites all week.
The images are hard to verify but the reports indicate that the killings include Shiites, former Iraqi army members and Christians.
Churches are being ransacked and destroyed.
In alarming echoes of the Holocaust where Jews were marked with the Star of David, Christian homes have been marked with the Arabic letter ‘N’ to signify that they are followers of the Nazarene, Jesus.
Christians have been in this region for 2000 years and now almost all have fled.
Many of my Facebook friends have changed their profile picture to the Arabic letter ‘N’ as a show of solidarity.
It was also good to see prominent global
Muslim leaders condemn the violence
With world leaders understandably paralysed by the other numbing tragic crises in Gaza and Ukraine, much of what is occurring in northern Iraq is going on under the radar.
However, it was also good to see the Australian
government pledge $5 million in aid
This week, religious liberty analyst
Elizabeth Kendal spoke to ACL’s Katherine Spackman
about the plight of Iraqi Christians who have been ordered by ISIS militants to leave the city of Mosul or convert to Islam.
Leaders of Australian churches with Middle Eastern roots are understandably very concerned. Many have loved ones in war-torn Syria and Iraq.
They have organised a
rally at Melbourne’s Federation Square
this Saturday at 1:30pm.
ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn and I will be there. If you can, please join us as a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering.
Australia called on to assist persecuted Iraqi Christians
· November 18, 2010 11:00 AM
The exodus of Christians fleeing extreme persecution in Iraq has gathered pace in recent weeks following the massacre of 58 Christians – including children - in a church in Baghdad on October 31. Another three Christians were killed and 26 were wounded when their homes were bombed in Baghdad last week.
ACL joins calls for the Australian Government to do more to assist persecuted Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted specifically for their faith and face the unrelenting threats of violence and murder. Many end up in refugee camps in Syria and Jordan.
Public rallies have been held in several Australian cities in recent days, calling for an end to the persecution of Christians in Iraq.
On Tuesday 500 protestors gathered in Martin Place in Sydney and chanted "stop the violence, stop the killing". Click
for more details.
It is estimated that prior to the start of the Iraq conflict in 2003 there were 1.2 million Christians in Iraq but now less than 400,000 remain. According to an
ABC radio news report
the horrific attacks of the past two weeks have seen “Iraqi Christians packing up and leaving like never before”.
And with good reason. Al Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq have reportedly issued a statement saying all Christians are legitimate targets.
ACL would like to see the Australian Government doing more to assure the safety of Christians living in Iraq and also more to assist Christian refugees who have been forced to flee the country. We encourage supporters to email Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at
and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen at
to urge them to assist Iraqi Christians.
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