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MR: Leading UK QC warns teachers who refuse to teach gay marriage will be sacked
· September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its concern about the consequences of same-sex marriage after a
senior UK QC advised
that teachers could possibly be sacked for refusing to endorse it in the classroom.
An expert on religious freedom and human rights, Aidan O’Neill also advised that parents would not be able to pull their children out of lessons if they object to them being taught about gay marriage.
“It is naïve for our government to think that religious freedom would not be challenged in Australia if the definition of marriage is changed,” ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
Not only does Mr O’Neill mention the influence it would have on education systems, he also refers to the most serious consequence being felt within the church where vicars and priests could be taken to court if they refuse to conduct a gay marriage ceremony.
“The Government must bring this issue to a head through a vote in the Parliament next week,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is totally irresponsible for a government to create a legal vulnerability to people in the exercise of their fundamental human right of religious freedom and conscience.”
MR: Christian leaders urge Parliament to protect the definition of marriage
· September 10, 2012 10:00 AM
Sunday 9 September 2012
With Parliamentary debate on marriage beginning again tomorrow in Canberra, 19 of Australia’s denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders have urged the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act.
The leaders have signed a joint statement calling for the Act to remain unchanged.
There are four bills to change the definition of marriage before the Parliament, two of which are expected to be voted on in coming weeks.
“Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children,”
The statement says.
Joint Statement on the Significance of Marriage
Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children.
As Christian leaders representing different denominations or churches, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage. We honour the unique love between husbands and wives; the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children; and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and mother.
Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society, as it has done for thousands of years. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is therefore not a special or limited interest, but serves the common good, particularly the good of children.
We call on Parliament to:
protect this definition of marriage in Australian law, and
not change the meaning of marriage by adding to it different kinds of relationships.
MEDIA INQUIRIES TO SIGNATORIES
Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
The Most Reverend Peter Jensen, Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney, ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Tim Jack, National Leader, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastor David McDonald, National Chairman, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE AUSTRALIA
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC, Archbishop of Sydney, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
Pastor Mark Connor, Senior Minister, CITYLIFE CHURCH
Reverend Dr Margaret Court, Senior Pastor, VICTORY LIFE CENTRE INCORPORATED
Very Rev Dr Michael Protopopov OAM, Australian & New Zealand Diocese, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
Pastor Bill Vasilakis, National Chairman, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
The Right Reverend David Jones, Moderator General, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
His Grace Bishop Suriel, Diocese of Melbourne & Affiliated Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros El-Bakhoumi, Diocese of Sydney & Affiliation Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Commissioner James Condon, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY EASTERN TERRITORY
Commissioner Raymond Finger, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY
Pastor Ken Vogel, General Secretary, Australian Union Conference, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Pastor Graham Nelson, Senior Minister, LIFE MINISTRY CENTRE
The Most Reverend Denis Hart, President, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
Reverend Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, AUSTRALIAN BAPTIST MINISTRIES, BAPTIST UNION OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Father Abram Abdelmalek, Parish Priest, HEAD OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WA
Pastor Gloria J Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Senior Elder Barry K Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Allinson, Associate Pastor, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Faamanuia Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor Ruta Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor David Alston, LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, A FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH
Pastor Craig Anderson, Senior Pastor, PLENTY VALLEY CHURCH
Reverend Matthew Anstey, GOLD COAST CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Keith Applegate, KENMORE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Appleton, LOGAN CITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Father Matthew Attia, ST GEORGE CHURCH KENSINGTON, NSW
Pastor Ray Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Anne Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Reverend Father Paula Elkomos Balamon, POPE SHENOUDA COPTIC CENTRE, LONG POINT NSW
Reverend Peter Barber, ST ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TOWNSVILLE (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIAN IN QLD)
Pastor Russell Barker, ROCKY CAPE FAMILY CHURCH, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastors John and Jenny Barnes, HOUSE OF THE ROCK CHURCH, GISBORNE
Reverend Father Arsanious Barsoum, THE APOSTLE & ST ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Youhanna Bastawrous, ST MARY & ST MERCURIOUS CHURCH, RHODES NSW
Reverend Jay Beatty, CHUWAR BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Benz, GATTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Brian and Annette Bernays, C3 CHURCH TAMWORTH
Pastor Lorenzo Berry, HERVEY BAY & MARYBOROUGH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
Reverend Stuart Bonnington, SCOTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FREMANTLE
Pastors Paul and Trischa Botha, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Noel Bowditch, Rector, THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF BURNIE
Pastors Mark and Rina Bowhay, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Father Anastasios Bozikis, GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF ST GEORGE, BRISBANE
Pastor B.E. Bramblet, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH QLD
Reverend Andrew J Bray, Immediate Past Moderator PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA & Interim Moderator, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GEELONG
Captain Dale Brooks, Corps Officer, Northside Corps, THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY
Pastors Roger and Linda Brown, MORNING STAR MINISTRIES, QLD
Pastor Philip Brown, PORT CITY CHURCH
Elder Ken Bruce, COC BASSENDEAN
Reverend Tony Burgum, FERNTREE GULLY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Philip Burns, BENDIGO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Gordon Busse, CALOUNDRA CITYLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Cameron Butcher, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BALLARAT
Reverend David Butterfield, JIMBOOMBA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Murray Campbell, Lead Pastor, MENTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Mike Cardy, LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH, LANCELIN
Reverend Greg Carle, KANGAROO FLAT BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Bruce Chant, Executive Pastor, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Geoff Charles, SPRINGWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Charmayne and Steven Chinnery, SIGNS MINISTRIES
Pastor Steve Christian, TOOWOOMBA NORTH CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Malcolm Clard, MERREDIN CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Josh Cocks, BEAUDESERT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Greg Coleman, Associate Pastor, DESTINY CHURCH, CABOOLTURE
Pastor Dean Comeford, GYMPIE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Kerry Connell, Executive Pastor, SOUTH BANK BAPTIS CHURCH
Pastor Peter Constantine, RIVERCITY FAMILY CHURCH
Pastor Ken Conwell, BEENLEIGH & DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Tim Cooper, LIFEHOUSE CHURCH, MAITLAND
Pastor Andrew Corbett, LAGANA CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Pastor Dermot Cottuli, Tasmanian State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC)
Reverend Warren Crank, NORTHREACH BAPTIST CHURCH, TOWNSVILLE
Pastor Mike Cronin, Australian Missions Director, CRC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
Pastor Daron Crothers, C2C Minister, LIFESTREAMS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOUTH PERTH
Pastor Greg Cumming, KING'S CHRISTIAN CENTRE, GOLD COAST
Pastor Shayne Cunningham, COASTWIDE CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Millin Curtis, CONNECT CHURCH CABOOLTURE, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Pastors Nigel and Margaret Darch, THE LIFE CENTRE CHURCH, BROADBEACH, GOLD COAST, QLD
Pastor Paul Dare, MUNDUBBERA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Michael Dasey, GUNGAHLIN ANGLICAN CHURCH
Thomas Davenport, National Leader, DADS IN FAMILIES FOUNDATION
Reverend Dr Max Davidson, MALYON COLLEGE
Pastor Fred Davis, ACACIA RIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Kevan Denny, SUNNYBANK CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Father Mina Diskoros, ST. ABRAM CHURCH MACQUARIE FIELDS, NSW
Reverend Bruce Docker, ANNERLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Chris Downes SILVERDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Jonathan Downs, Assistant Pastor, CALVARY CHAPEL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, CANBERRA ACT
Pastor John W Downs, General Superintendent, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Dr Mark Durie, Vicar, ST MARY'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAULFIELD VIC
Reverend Tim Dyer, KILSYTH SOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Bill Eckersley, DALBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Edwards, LONGREACH BAPTIST CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Augustinos El-Antony, ST. ABU NOFER CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Misael El-Antony, ST. MARY & ST. SIDHOM BESHAY CHURCH, DURAL NSW
Reverend Father Stephanos El-Antony, ST. MOSES THE MIGHTY & ST'S MAXIMOUS & DOMADIOS CHURCH, GOULBURN NSW
Reverend Father Moussa El-Antony, ST. MINA & ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, COOPERPLAINS QLD
Reverend Rowan Evans, Associate Pastor, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Karl Faase, GYMEA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Christian Fandrich, REDEEMER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor George Ferguson, WATER OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, MOUNT ISA QLD
Reverend Geoff Findlay, WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BELCONNEN
Pastor Dom Fiocco, WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
Reverend Peter Francis, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Peter Frogley, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastors Steve and Grace Fuhrmann, GOOD NEWS CHURCH, BUNBURY
Reverend Father Hanna Gad, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANSIOS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Reverend Father Basilios Gad, ST. PAUL & ST. REWAIS CHURCH, COLAROY NSW
Reverend Dr Chris Ganter, ROCKHAMPTON BAPTIST TABERNACLE
Pastor Steven Gellatly, MURGON DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Larry Gibb, CHURCH OF CHRIST, KALGOORLIE WA
Pastors Paul and Robyn Glazbrook, COVENANT FAMILY CHURCH, SA
Pastor Garth Grant, MONTMORENCY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Father Abdelmessieh Guirgis, ST. MARY & ST. BAKHOMIOS CHURCH, KIRRAWEE NSW
Reverend Geoff Haase, CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE
Very Reverend Father Pavlos Hanna, ST. ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Pastor David Helyar, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN SA
Pastor Barry Henderson, TOWNSVILLE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INC.
Pastor Damien Heres, DREAMBUILDERS CHURCH, SMITHTON
Pastor V.L. Hinds, TAMAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Reverend Paul Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Tracy Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Patrick Humberston, CORNERSTONE CHURCH
Reverend Matt Hunt, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor John Hunt, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, QLD/NT
Reverend Father Athanasios Ibrahim, ST. MARY & ST. COSMAN & DEMIAN CHURCH, HARRIS PARK NSW
Pastor Adrian Iles, AGNES WATER BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Paul Inglis, UNITING CHURCH COMMUNITY MINISTER, QLD
Reverend Rob Isaachsen, Founder, TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE
Reverend Father Jonathan Ishak, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Very Reverend Father Rafael Iskander, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Pastor Paul Jackson, PARK RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Lance Jackson JP, GLEN INNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Debra Jenkins, APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL FAITH CHURCH
Pastor Royree Jensen, RIVER OF LIFE CITY CHURCH
Pastor Stephen Jobe, M CITY CHURCH, MARYBOROUGH QLD
Pastor Roy John Johnston, NCCC
Reverend Kim L Jones, LIBERTY FAMILY CHURCH, GOSFORD NSW
Elder Norman Kalagayan, JESUS IS LORD CHURCH, CANBERRA
Reverend Charles Kennedy, ULVERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Peter Kentley, Convenor, RIVER OF LIFE CONFERENCE
Very Reverend Father Macros Khela, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Rueben Kositsin, SLAVIC EVANGELICAL FULL GOSPEL CHURCH OF TASMANIA
Pastor Candance Lahr, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Grant Lawry, CANTERBURY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Clinton Le Page, DONVALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Murray Lean, CITY NORTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Morris Lee, GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Gary Lockyer, KNOX COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Loder, General Superintendent, QUEENSLAND BAPTISTS
Reverend Albert Loder, BUNDABERG BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Logan, ARMIDALE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Wayne Lyons, HIGH STREET CHURCH, QUEANBEYAN
The Ven Peter MacPherson, Archdeacon of Box Hill, Senior Minister, ST. ALFRED'S BLACKBURN NORTH
Very Reverend Father Yacoub Magdy, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father David Mahrous, VIRGIN MARY CHURCH, CALAMVALE QLD
Pastor Slawomir Malarek, EDENS LANDING SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Reverend Allan Male, CHURCH OF CHRIST, BOONDALL QLD
Very Reverend Father Luke Malik, ST. MARY & ST. MARINA CHURCH, PENRITH NSW
Reverend Father Shenouda Mansour, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILDFORD NSW
Pastor Eric Marquez, JESUS IS LORD, CANBERRA
Pastor Ed Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Jenny Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell Matthews, Associa e Pastor, WINDSOR ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
Colonel Wayne Maxwell, Chief Secretary, THE SALVATION ARMY, AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TERRITORY
Reverend Dr Edgar Mayer, LIVING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor David McAllan, ECHUCA COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Stuart McClelland, President, FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Garry McDonald, METRO CHURCH
Reverend Ian McIver, CALOUNDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor John McMartin, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN NSW
Lewis C McMaster, Director, EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS & MINISTRIES INC.
Pastor Tim McMenamin, SANCTUARY PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST, NAMBOUR
Pastor Sandy McMillan, ST. AIDAN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA
Reverend Frank Meijer, FAITHPOINT, SHELLHARBOUR NSW
Very Reverend Father Michael Michael, ST. MARY & ST. MINA CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Pastors Gary and Gloria Middleton, HOLYROUND MINISTRIES, WA
Alexander Minchenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, SYNDEY NSW
Pastor Don Modarelli, NORTHERN BEACHES PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEACON HILL NSW
Pastor Duncan Moody, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Rod Morris, ST. STEPHEN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, GREYTHORN NORTH BALWYN
Reverend Vivian Morse, WYNYARD BAPTIST CHURCH, TASMANIA
Pastor Lyall Muller, GLADSTONE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Gary Mulquiney, KAMBAH ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Father Augustinos Nada, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father George Nakhil, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANASIOUS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Leonid Nehoroshev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, GOLD COAST QLD
Dr Haydn Nelson, RIVERVIEW CHURCH, PERTH
Pastor Larry Nelson, GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH, WANNEROO WA
Reverend Doug Newman, ST. PAUL'S, SPENCE ACT
Pastor Wayne Nichols, HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTRE & GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jenny Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Steve Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Rob Nyhuis, SOUTH EASTERN CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jonathan Oastler, CITILIFE CHURCH TOOWOOMBA (CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE)
Reverend David O'Brien, WAVERLEY BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Maurie O'Connell, HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH, JERRABOMBERRA
Pastor Eddie Olsen, TUMUT VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Pastors Tim and Sharon O'Neill, Senior Leaders, NEW DIRECTIONS, LAUNCESTON TAS
Pastor Mark Oommen, VICTORY LIFE CHURCH, BROOME
Pastor Phil Oster, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastor David Palmer, BELIEVE CHURCH, QLD
Reverend Neil Pattemore, FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Ruth Peckman, TOOWOOMBA COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Minister Greg Peisley, PITT TOWN ANGLICAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Geoff Pengilly, NORTH BELCONNEN BAPTIST
Pastor Randy Perkins, NORTHPOINTE BAPTIST CHURCH, GUNGAHLIN ACT
Reverend Stewart Pieper, GLADSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Peter Pilt, Senior Pastor, COC, NOWRA NSW
Pastor Andy Pitt, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Matt Prater, NEW HOPE BRISBANE
Pastor Stuart Quarterman, Campus Pastor, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Father Peter B Quin, ST. IGNATIUS PARISH, TOOWONG
Very Reverend Father Georgious Ramandious, ST. GORGE & PRINCE TADROS CHURCH, LIVERPOOL NSW
Reverend Dr Andrew Reid, Lead Pastor, HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH, VIC
Reverend Steve Roberts, ALBION PARK ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Brian Robertson, CORAL COAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, A BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY
Reverend David Rock, CHURCH BY THE BAY, PORTARLINGTON
Pastor Steve Rodda, HORNSBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Bob Rogers, STAFFORD HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Len Rossow, GENESIS CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Pastor Moa Sailor, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEULAH CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros Samaan, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILFORD NSW
Reverend Ashley Saunders, IPSWICH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Richard Schoenmaker, MT EVELYN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Pastor Darryl Schwarz, SPIRIT SONG CHURCH, HORSHAM VIC
Reverend Father James Sculy, THE FOUR INCORPOREAL CREATURES CHURCH, NINGI QLD
Reverend Craig Semple, PHILLIP ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Graeme R Semple, MOOLAP BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ian Shelton, TOOWOOMBA CITY CHURCH
Pastor Malcolm Shooter, DUBBO CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE & GILGANDRA CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Reverend Ian Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Diane Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Gifford Smith, WITHCOTT CHURCH OF CHRIST
Very Reverend Father Moussa Soliman, ST. ABRAM CHURCH, PEAKHURST NSW
Pastor Victor Soo, REACH COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Treverendor Springate, CHRISTIAN VICTORY CENTRE, WARWICK QLD
Pastor Jenny Spyve, RIVERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Sean Stanton, CANBERRA CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE, ACT
Pastor Dale Stephenson, CROSSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Keith Stevenson, HERVEY BAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Don Stewart, BUNDAMBA & SPRINGFIELD OASIS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Ron Stocks, CALOUNDRA CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Peter Sweetman, BRIDGEMAN BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
Gregory Tarasenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ORANGE NSW
Pastor Carneliu Telegaru, RISING SUN INTERNATIONAL, CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN QLD
Reverend Stephen Thomas, STANLEY RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Peter M Thompson, VISION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Church Elder Bruce Thomson, TUGGERANONG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ACT
Reverend Peter Tuchyna, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA INC. IN ACT
Pastor Richard Utber, NOWRA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell van Delden, ARUNDEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Nico Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Marcel Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Ivan Vinaev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ADELAIDE SA
Pastor Trevor B Vinnell, SOUTHLAKES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INC.
Pastor Glen Vonhoff, CHURCH OF CHRIST, MURGON
Very Reverend Father Samuel Wadie, ST. MARY CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Reverend Father Mattaous Wahba, ST. MINA & ST. ANTHONY CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor Myles Waldron, MACKAY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Neil Walthew, Rector, ST. PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, WANNEROO
Pastor Simon Ward, ARANA HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Keith Ware, BYFORD BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Neil Warner, THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, BURLEIGH HEADS, GOLD COAST QLD
Pastor John Warwick, WA ACC STATE PRESIDENT
Reverend Father Yastos Wasef, ST. MARY & ST. JOHN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Martin Weatherston, Authorised Marriage Celebrant, ZEBULUN HOME FELLOWSHIPS, WA
Reverend John Westendrop, Moderator, CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Geoff Westlake, CHEERS NEIGHBOURS NETWORK
Pastor Graham Wheat, COOMERA CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Pastor Rodney Whitford, WESTERN PORT CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH, TYABB VIC
Pastor Bruce Wilding, WONDAI BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Nathanael Wood, SEAVIEW CHURCH
Pastor Anthony Woodward, CANNON HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Martin Woodward, SOUTHERNLIFE CHURCH INC. NSW
David Worboys, Warden, ST. MARTIN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, NSW
Pastor David Wright, CAIRNS FAMILY CHURCH, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
Hank Wurtz, HUTTERITE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, DETENTION RIVER TAS
Very Reverend Father Bishoy Yassa, ST. MARY & ST. ABU SEFEIN CHURCH, CONCORD NSW
Reverend Father Gabriel Yassa, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL CHURCH, MT. DRUITT NSW
Pastor Li Fang Zhou, CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH IN CANBERRA
ACL declines Kennett offer to replace PM at conference
· September 08, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Saturday, September 8, 2012
The ACL has politely declined Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett’s offer to replace the Prime Minister at its National Conference.
Mr Wallace said Mr Kennett had also been the victim of aggressive gay activist bullying after he wrote a column in the Herald Sun saying: “
there is no substitute for parents of both genders
“Unlike Mr Kennett, who
funding was threatened
, ACL stands by its principles that kids should wherever possible have the opportunity to be raised by their biological mother and father,” Mr Wallace said.
“I’m not sure what purpose would be served in having Jeff Kennett speak. This is a man who compromised his principles in the face of the aggressive gay activist campaign against him,” Mr Wallace said.
“At ACL truth is not something to be compromised for political or financial favour.”
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: Tas surrogacy laws set up another stolen generation
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
Last night the upper house of the Tasmanian parliament passed surrogacy laws allowing singles, heterosexual and same-sex couples to have access to altruistic surrogacy.
ACL is disappointed to see the rights to children once again put second place to the desires of adults.
“The ACL holds the view that the law should dissuade adults from entering into surrogacy arrangements because it is a practice fraught with legal and emotional complexities for all parties,” said ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown.
“The Bill passed last night denies a child’s fundamental right to at least begin life with a mother and father by allowing singles and same-sex couples to access surrogacy.”
“Are we in 20 years going to see another apology made, as in the case of forced adoptions, to children who may be deprived of, or in some cases even knowing, a mother or father?”
“Having learned nothing from the past, we are setting up another stolen generation of kids denied their biological mother or father,” Mr Brown said.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of a Child states that the child:
...shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother
“Wherever possible, our government should be affirming this, and in the best interests of children, give them the right to at least begin life with their natural mother and father.”
“It is disappointing to see the Parliament ignore the vast body of evidence of harm caused to children brought about through donor conception who are denied their biological heritage.”
The danger of Savulescu's genetic screening argument
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
Last week, well-known philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu caused a stir in the United Kingdom when he suggested that we have a “moral obligation” to create so-called designer babies using genetic screening. According to Savulescu – who made his comments in the latest edition of Reader’s Digest - doing so would cause children to grow up “ethically better.” He also believes that giving parents the opportunity to screen out personality flaws would produce offspring less likely to harm themselves and others.
Aside from the basic moral and ethical dilemmas this logic presents – the human desire to play ‘god’, for instance – the consequences of a genetically modified society would be disastrous.
There are a number of critical problems in Savulescu’s thinking:
Savulescu contradicts himself; on the one hand, he describes genetic screening as a “moral obligation” for our society whilst on the other, he advocates for it to be voluntary. In his article, he states that it would be different to the eugenics movements the Nazis use because the nature of it would be voluntary.
system Savulescu suggests is a problem in itself. Allowing a system of voluntary genetic modification creates a future divided society and the prospect of a new and more serious form of segregation based on genotype. Not only would it discourage a person to be themselves, it would deflate the idea of being a unique individual. It would cause a significant rift between those who can afford genetic modification and those who cannot. If society embraces the choice for genetic screening, it will normalise the process. This would mean that should parents decide not to comply, they would be regarded as ‘abnormal,’ and will thus result in a dreadful cultural norm.
He states that by screening in and screening out certain genes in the embryos, it should be possible to influence how a child turns out. The process of genetic screening as identified by Savulescu has no influence on how a child turns out. Rather, it discards the embryos that we do not like and keeps the ones we do. In an interview with the Australian Christian Lobby, Dr Greg Pike, a bioethicist from Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, said that there is one fundamental problem underlying Savulescu’s thinking: genes are influential in determining physical traits such as eye colour, but it is extremely difficult to connect a person’s genes to behaviours such as violence.
It is significant to also note that although Savulescu has stated he opposes legalising infanticide – killing a baby within one year of birth – he defended a controversial article published earlier in the year by two of his colleagues in the
Journal of Medical Ethics
(he is the editor of the publication) which contended that newborn babies are not “actual persons” and parents should have the right to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. Peter Singer, a renowned ethicist and philosopher, holds similar beliefs. He argues that persons with very severe disabilities have a lesser right to life and believes that because of this, parents should be able to choose before or after birth whether they want their child to live or die.
It is important to question where this agenda and type of thinking is headed. If genetically modifying unborn children becomes the norm in society, we are essentially allowing ourselves to tamper with what is inherently natural. We are cleaning up the human gene pool of all the ‘bad stuff,’ making judgements on whom we want around and who we would rather be rid of. This mentality goes against the very core moral conscience of humanity. If we are allowing our medical professionals to tamper with human life, to abort our unborn children, or kill them even when they are born, what is next? Will we allow doctors to kill any person, young or old, with a disability, and then get punished for it if we do not comply? We cannot allow such dangerous thinking to remain uncontested and take root in society’s moral and ethical behaviour patterns.
Patrick Secker delivers speech supporting marriage
· August 22, 2012 10:00 AM
Parliamentary debate on the marriage amendment bill began on Monday night in the House of Representatives. Liberal MP Patrick Secker was among five Members who spoke, of which three spoke against any amendment to the current definition of marriage in the
Mr Secker, the Member for the South Australian seat of Barker, said he believes that "marriage should be between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others."
He also spoke of the importance of politicians keeping their election promises, referring to the Labor Party's promise to retain the current definition of marriage.
Citing the situation in the US state of Massachusetts, where parents have lost the right to withdraw their primary school children from classes which teach same-sex marriage, Mr Secker also expressed great concern about what effect a change to the
might have on the rights of parents in Australia.
To read Mr Secker's speech, click
. To read all five speeches given on Monday night, click
and read from page 108.
Vic director debates same-sex marriage at Monash University
· August 16, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Dan Flynn's speech begins at the 58 minute part in the above video.
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On Wednesday the 1st of August, the ACL’s Victorian State Director Dan Flynn participated in the Annual Monash University Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Public Debate to more than 150 people. The topic was on same-sex marriage.
Mr Flynn was on the negative team to answer the question “Should same-sex marriage be legalised?” He was joined by debater Gemma Buckley and Prof. Nicholas Tonti-Filippini of the
John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.
The affirmative team consisting of Sue Pennicuik MLC, A/Professor Paula Gerber and Ms Madeline Schultz argued among other things that since 9 out of 192 countries having legalised same-sex marriage (SSM) Australia was “falling behind”. They further argued that SSM was a human right that should be afforded to gay couples.
Gemma Buckley, first negative, took the position that marriage would confer no benefits to gay couples and that there was no discrimination remaining against them.
Prof. Tonti-Filippini contended that marriage was a biological institution involving mutual and unilateral obligations of motherhood and fatherhood that have a biological origin.
He said that this process of redefinition of parenthood would be a cause of great injustice to children denying them the right to know, to have access to and be nurtured by their biological parents, especially fathers but also mothers.
“We are in danger of creating another stolen generation,” he told the audience.
[caption id="attachment_20627" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="ACL Vic Director Dan Flynn - Photo Courtesy of Monash University"]
Mr Flynn stated that the power of marriage comes from a tradition that emphasizes permanence through monogamy and commitment for life.
He contended that legalising SSM is likely to reduce the commitment to permanence in the institution because the male gay culture is not a monogamous culture and gay activists have contributed to a view of marriage that is not so much about “till death us do part” but for as long as both parties find satisfaction in it.
Mr Flynn went on to develop the “grand bargain”
(as coined by Prof. Robert George of Princeton University)
being offered by revisionists, namely:
“We will accept your redefinition of marriage. You will respect our right to act on our conscience without penalty...”
Mr Flynn said that this bargain will never be honoured by revisionists except in the short term for tactical reasons to achieve marriage redefinition.
After detailing curtailments on civil liberties and freedom of conscience that will flow from redefinition of marriage, Mr Flynn pointed out that support for SSM has fallen from 62% to 50% from February to May this year and that 73% of people believe children are best with their biological parents.
Mr Flynn said that discrimination was removed against same-sex couples when the government changed laws in 2008.
The debate was followed by extensive question and answer session.
When a member of the audience challenged the importance of biological parentage to a child, Mr Flynn said that Elton John thought it mattered when he said that his son Zachery “will be heartbroken when he finds out he hasn’t got a mother”.
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