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MR: Gay activists deliberately misleading to shut down debate
· September 06, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday 6 September 2012
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace says gay activists have misrepresented his comments about smoking in a deliberate attempt to demonise and to shut down debate.
“I was not comparing homosexuality with smoking at all. What I was saying is that on one hand we are vocal on our discouragement of people to smoke and on the other we are suppressing public dialogue about the health risks associated with homosexuality.
“Instead of more free speech-suppressing vitriol and demonisation from the gay activists, there needs to be an open and honest debate before Parliament changes the definition of marriage,” Mr Wallace said.
He called on Tasmanian activist Rodney Croome to stop spreading misinformation to the media, and more importantly through it, to young people.
Mr Wallace said Mr Croome gave wrong information to the media yesterday which was uncritically reported without comment being sought from ACL.
In his answer to a student’s question at UTAS, Mr Wallace was referring to Canadian gay activists who in 2009 said years of legal gay marriage had not solved the health crisis in their community.
"By the activists’ own admission in this submission gay marriage did not solve the mental and other chronic physical health problems associated with the gay lifestyle," Mr Wallace said.
"Far from being out of date information we know that every year over 80 per cent of newly acquired HIV infections are the result of male homosexuality and this is verified in the 2011 report of the Kirby Institute at UNSW,” Mr Wallace said.
"2011 is about as up to date as you can get.” (See HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia Annual Surveillance Report 2011 - the Kirby Institute , UNSW
"We rightly warn of the health impacts of smoking. Surely we cannot allow these aggressive activists to conceal the facts of a lifestyle that accounts for over eighty percent of new HIV cases in Australia annually.
“If we warn against smoking because it carries health dangers, we should also be warning young people in particular about activity which clearly carries health risks.”
Mr Wallace also called Mr Croome to account on the claim that gay marriage would solve the tragic rates of depression, suicide and drug use in the homosexual community.
"In the very few countries which have redefined marriage, this has not improved gay health or caused the suicide rate to drop. Massachusetts is a case in point where the tragic rate of suicide in gay teens was four times that of their heterosexual peers both four years before and four years after the legislation of gay marriage,” Mr Wallace said.
"This is not "equal love" in its health consequences, and we need to consider the message we send to young people struggling with their sexuality in according it equal status through marriage," said Mr Wallace.
"As I said yesterday, I am deeply saddened by the human suffering that is behind the poor health data of the gay community.
"This can only be addressed by looking at the real issues that cause it, not by changing the definition of marriage and certainly not by vilifying those with a different view to the activists," Mr Wallace said.
Commenting on Mr Croome's statement that his comments had dealt ACL out of the debate Mr Wallace said "Mr Croome would like ACL driven out of the debate as they have bullied everyone else so that they can spread their misinformation unchallenged - but we will not be."
MR: Greens’ farce of Parliament coincides with public’s fatigue of Greens
· September 04, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
At a time when the Greens are making a farce of the Federal Parliament with their influence being mainly behind four same-sex marriage bills, their Newspoll results have slumped to the lowest level since 2009.
“The Greens’ tactic is always to try and legislate their radical social policies by fatigue but it seems like the public are becoming fatigued with them,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
There is a lesson for Labor in this which has sadly aligned itself with the Greens campaign for same-sex marriage in Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT.
“While two of the four same-sex marriage bills in the Federal Parliament have been put forward privately by a Labor MP and Senators, it is undoubtedly Greens’ influence that has led to this Parliamentary farce,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is obvious that the Greens’ high profile championing of the redefinition of marriage is not translating into mainstream political support.
“The Gillard Government must reassert some authority and bring this long-running matter to a head when Parliament resumes next week,” Mr Wallace said.
MR: Demonisation campaign against gay parenting study foiled as researcher cleared
· September 03, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Monday, September 3, 2012
A campaign of demonisation by gay activists against a study critical of gay parenting has been exposed by the clearance of its author of claims his methodology was flawed.
The University of Texas said sociologist Dr Mark Regnerus had no case of “scientific misconduct” to answer.
Dr Regnerus had been the subject of a vitriolic campaign by activists since his
New Family Structures study
, published in the peer reviewed journal
Social Science Research
, found that there were disadvantages to children being raised by same-sex couples on 25 out of 40 measures. The study stated: “children appear most apt to succeed well as adults – on multiple counts and across a variety of domains – when they spend their entire childhood with their married mother and father”.
Activists disputed the validity of his study and called for an inquiry, after which the review panel said no investigation was warranted.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said the clearing of Dr Regnerus was a win for academic freedom.
“Rather than involving ’scientific misconduct’, this study is one of the best ever done on same-sex parenting, using a large, national probability sampled population, acknowledged even by critics as the ‘gold standard for all social sciences’,” Mr Wallace said.
“This meant it was able to avoid some of the flaws in previous studies, such as self-selection and small sample sizes.”
In the same edition of
Social Science Research
, Loren Marks published
of previous studies, many of which have been used by organisations such as the American Psychological Association and the Australian Psychological Society to assert that studies do not find any difference between same-sex and opposite-sex parenting.
Mr Wallace said Marks and Regnerus had challenged the common assertion made by gay activists that children parented by same-sex couples did just as well as those raised by their intact biological parents.
Marks analysed 59 studies and found that every one had serious methodological flaws, and failed to use large, random, representative samples of children from same-sex households.
In light of the flaws in previous studies, Regnerus’ study is an important one in the debate about same-sex parenting and same-sex marriage.
Mr Wallace urged Federal MPs and Senators about to resume debate on the four bills in Parliament to redefine marriage to consider the research about same-sex parenting.
“Same-sex marriage implies a right to same-sex parenting but it is obvious from the research that this is a big social experiment that may not be in the best interests of children,” Mr Wallace said.
“The vitriolic attacks by same-sex activists and allegations of misconduct when Regnerus’ study did not agree with them have been proven to be without substance. The dismissal of the case against him is a victory for academic freedom.”
“Debate around this issue should likewise be conducted with respect for those who disagree with the political agenda of gay activists,” Mr Wallace said.
Mark Regnerus (2012), ‘How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study’,
Social Science Research
, 41 (2012) 752-770, 766.
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 brand damage among Christians in rural seats partly to blame for NT election result
· August 26, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Sunday August 26
The Australian Christian Lobby said the Northern Territory election outcome reinforced its prediction that the heavily Christian indigenous communities would reject the Labor brand when it is so tainted with its association with the Greens and their faith-offensive policies.
Commenting on NT Labor President Senator Trish Crossin’s statement that this might be “the first time in this nation's history, in any state or territory, the outcome has been decided by people in the bush, indigenous people," Mr Wallace said part of that backlash is from indigenous Christians who have been repelled by Federal Labor’s compromising the definition of marriage.
“The NT rural electorates are the most Christian in the country,” said Mr Wallace.
“While it may not have been the prime issue for indigenous voters, ALP strategists need to consider how their failure to uphold marriage will have impacted the large percentage of Christians in these communities.
“Labor’s support for gay marriage is offensive to the great majority of faith communities, and if the Federal election is to be as close as Labor hopes, it will cost Labor deeply in 2013 too,” said Mr Wallace.
Former Labor Senator John Black’s Australian Development Strategies
analysis of the 2007 election
found that the religious affiliation of swinging voters played a more decisive role in determining the outcome than any other single factor. This was a swing that many believe carried Labor to victory on the back of Kevin Rudd’s appeal to the faith communities.
“Labor’s support of same sex marriage, and the farce currently been played out in the Federal Parliament with four same sex marriage bills wasting parliamentary time, are sure to resonate similarly in the marginal seats of SE Qld and Western Sydney,” said Mr Wallace.
“The NT result should give Labor good cause to move this issue quickly off the parliamentary agenda, by bringing it to a vote in the next session and even more to reconsider the political sense of the policy,” said Mr Wallace.
The Coalition has retained its position of marriage being between a man and a woman that that is a matter of party policy, and honoured its commitment to that.
MR: Fourth gay marriage bill making a farce of Parliament
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Friday, 24 August, 2012
The fourth same-sex marriage bill to be tabled is a farcical attempt by Green-Labor politicians to give false prominence to an issue they know doesn’t have Parliamentary support, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The bill follows an identical private member’s bill by Labor’s Stephen Jones, and similar bills by Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie in the lower house, and a further bill by Greens’ Senator Sarah Hanson-Young in the Senate.
“The longer this drags on, the more farcical it becomes,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said today.
“What an insult to MPs that activist have loaded the Parliament with four bills, and that parliamentarians would become complicit in such an obvious waste of Parliamentary time.
“All this follows three Parliamentary inquiries in the past two years, none of which presented evidence of any discrimination against same-sex couples,” Mr Wallace said.
”Labor should think about the damage this is doing to their brand and put some distance between themselves and this shameful Greens-inspired activism,” Mr Wallace said.
Change to tax law could mean less money to world’s poor
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes the introduction of legislation to establish the new Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) but is concerned about the impact of some provisions in the bill for churches and other not-for-profit organisations.
Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury introduced draft legislation to establish the ACNC and also to amend special conditions for tax exemption.
bill will establish a new “in Australia” test, which will require that an organisation must operate principally in Australia to retain tax exempt status. This means that organisations which operate overseas or direct funds to overseas operations risk losing tax exempt status, which in turn means less money going to the world’s poor.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace says that the bill is alarming for charities and not-for-profit organisations.
“There is concern that charitable organisations providing overseas aid may be significantly impacted by this bill,” he said.
“Further, there will be less incentive for businesses or individuals to make charitable donations if they are not tax deductible.”
“Charities and not-for-profits make enormous contributions, not only in Australian society, but where it is most needed in other parts of the world,” he said.
“It is essential that in a wealthy country like Australia, charities can continue to operate efficiently and people are encouraged to give generously to help those in need.”
MR: ACL welcomes increase in humanitarian intake
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Friday, 24 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes yesterday’s move by the federal government to increase Australia’s refugee intake.
The humanitarian program will increase Australia’s refugee intake by 6,000 every year, and will focus on bringing people from problem regions such as the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
ACL supports the generosity of our nation, and any attempts of the Australian government in putting an end to the dangerous people smuggling trade and looking after displaced persons.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace supports the new move, and says that Australia’s increase in humanitarian intervention should be an example to the rest of the world.
“ACL has long advocated that Australia raise its humanitarian intake,” Mr Wallace said.
“Too many people have died over the years waiting for us to deliberate over the asylum seeker policy. I praise the government’s move in preventing further loss of life,” he said.
Managing Director Jim Wallace attends Governor's Prayer Breakfast
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace attended the governor's prayer breakfast in Western Australia on Thursday.
The breakfast was a celebration of 20 years of the event. It is a time where Western Australia's leaders and the community get together for fellowship, to display unity across Christian denominations, and to express the needs and aspirations of the community.
This year's guest speaker was the Hon John Anderson AO, National party leader and later Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. You can listen to the audio of his speech
Speakers at the event over the last 20 years - of which Mr Wallace is one - were invited to dine with the governor the evening before the breakfast (please see attached image of attendees).
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· August 22, 2012 10:00 AM
In the last week the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as marriage, religious freedom and social policy. See below for links to mentions in the media.
The ACL’s Lyle Shelton had an opinion piece published in The Punch regarding same-sex marriage:
The Punch -
Gay marriage debate is more complex than "free love"
Mr Shelton also commented on religious vilification in Australia:
The Canberra Times -
Christian lobby takes govt to task
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace wrote an opinion piece for The Mercury on social policy:
The Mercury -
Social policy lesson for Labor
The ACL also commented on religious freedom in Pakistan:
ACL calls on Australian government to pressure Pakistan on religious freedom
The ACL’s Wendy Francis commented on the creation of a new Christian lobby group:
Brisbane Times -
Liberal Christians speak out
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