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MR: ACL condemns latest attack against heart of Christianity in Middle East
· April 08, 2013 10:00 AM
Monday, 8th April 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern at the latest attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt which occurred at the epicentre of the International Coptic Orthodox community and has urged the Australian Government to denounce these attacks.
ACL’s Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said the latest attack against Copts at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, in which a person died, was at the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.
“The Coptic Community in Australia sees this as a symbolic attack on Christianity on Egypt which is incomprehensible,” he said.
“No minority in any country should be subjected to fear of expressing their faith. Sadly violence against Copts has escalated since the Muslim Brotherhood came to power,” he said.
“It is important that the Prime Minister’s Office and Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs condemns these attacks today and urges action from the Egyptian Government to protect its citizens and to uphold freedom of religion.
“The Coptic Community is in a minority position in a Muslim country. This is simply another incident in a long line of suffering for these people by attackers deliberately targeting them for their faith,” he said
Lyle Shelton discusses anti-discrimination legislation on the Political Spot
· March 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses the government's decision to delay introducing legislation to consolidate anti-discrimination legislation. Mr Shelton said it's a good decision because the laws went further than consolidating existing laws and impacted on religious freedom.
MR: ACL welcomes government’s decision to delay anti-discrimination legislation
· March 20, 2013 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed today’s announcement by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus to rework consolidating anti-discrimination laws.
Managing Director Jim Wallace said what had started as a sensible consolidation of anti-discrimination laws into one had gone well off track threatening freedom of religion and other fundamental human rights.
“ACL denounces the overreach in this exercise and particularly the uncertainty around religious freedom exemptions and the proposal to review them every three years," he said.
“Christian schools, charities, hospitals and churches should always be free to positively discriminate in the hiring of staff in order to protect their ethos and in determining what services they deliver.
“It is the shared faith ethos of an organisation’s people that make it an attractive charity or service provider and our society would become sterile if this diversity was lost,” Mr Wallace said.
The ACL made a submission to the government’s consolidation of Anti-Discrimination laws in December 2012 calling for the religious freedoms to be protected
In January 2013 former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said conduct that insults or offends will be removed from legislation. ACL said threats to religious freedom still remained.
In February 2013 the senate committee investigating the laws recommended removing religious exemptions and exceptions from the law. ACL urged the government to reject the recommendation.
Dan Flynn on the Political Spot
· March 19, 2013 11:00 AM
Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He was a delegate at the
Religious Freedoms Conference: The scope and limits of religious freedom in Australia
recently held at the University of Sydney. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the conference.
MR: Christian Lobby congratulates WA Premier on election win
· March 09, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Saturday, 9th March 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has congratulated the Liberal Party on its resounding win in the Western Australian election and looks forward to the government following through on its commitments to the Christian constituency.
ACL’s WA director Rhys Vallance said Christians welcomed Premier Colin Barnett comments regarding euthanasia, religious freedom and chaplaincy at last month’s
attended by more than 800 Christians.
“On euthanasia, Mr Barnett reiterated his opposition to creating “a legal structure that established a framework for ending a life” and Christians expect this to be honoured in the next four years,” Mr Vallance said.
“He also spoke of his support for religious freedom and faith based education when he said ‘freedom of choice, freedom of religion is fundamental to Australian society and a logical consequence of that is freedom in education’.
“On the importance of chaplains in schools Mr Barnett committed an extra $2 million dollars per year for chaplaincy if re-elected,” Mr Vallance said.
Mr Vallance said that in relation to prostitution reform in the state, the ACL would continue to lobby the government to investigate the Swedish example which criminalises the purchase of sex.
“Although the Premier refused to commit to send a parliamentary delegation to Sweden to investigate this policy, he did suggest it could be investigated when the new parliament sits,” Mr Vallance said.
Mr Vallance said the ACL was pleased to engage with both the Liberal and Labor Party in organising the Make it Count event in Perth and also in organising smaller forums for Christians to meet with their local candidates.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· February 27, 2013 11:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as sexualised advertising, religious freedom and anti-discrimination, and the WA Make it Count election event. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On the WA Make it Count event:
McGowan promises to restrict Easter trade
The West Australian -
Leaders tackle tricky moral queries
ABC News -
Barnett and McGowan address Christian group
Leaders quizzed by church leaders on gay marriage, euthanasia and same-sex marriage
The Australian -
WA Labor campaign launch venue cancelled
Perth Now -
Leaders quizzed by church leaders on gay marriage, euthanasia and same-sex marriage
ACL's Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton was also interviewed on the following programs regarding the WA Make it Count event:
Monday 25th February 8:10pm - 6pr Perth with Graham Mabury
Tuesday 26th February 8:40am - Sonshine FM Perth
On religious freedom and anti-discrimination:
ABC News Radio
Calls for religious groups to heed discrimination laws
ABC News -
Religious groups react against anti-discrimination inquiry findings
Australian Conservative -
ACL calls on Gillard Govt to uphold religious freedom
On sexualised advertising:
Herald Sun -
Christians upset over poster of a woman licking a cow to promote a burger chai
Yahoo!7 News -
Burger urge ad 'promotes bestiality'
MR: ACL calls on Gillard Government to uphold religious freedom
· February 21, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Friday, 22nd February 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby is today urging the Gillard Government to reject Senate Committee recommendations which threaten to dramatically undermine freedom of religion.
The parliamentary report into Labor’s new anti-discrimination laws includes a recommendation to remove exemptions and exceptions enjoyed by faith-based organisations in service delivery.
“Faith-based schools and hospitals do not discriminate, they provide a particular range of services consistent with their faith, and government must protect their ability to do that to honour its responsibility to protect human rights,” said ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace.
“The exemptions and exceptions in anti-discrimination legislation are protections for religious freedom, which under international law is a basic or fundamental human right.
“Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s legacy is a complete confusion.
“You cannot sacrifice fundamental human rights like freedom of religion because of a desire not to discriminate. This has created an ideological soup which will threaten basic human rights,” he said.
MR: ACL backs push to better protect basic human rights
· February 20, 2013 11:00 AM
Wednesday, 20th February 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has backed the push by shadow Attorney-General George Brandis to ensure that basic human rights are better protected.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace agreed with concerns raised by Senator Brandis that the Australian Human Rights Commission is focused too much on anti-discrimination to the detriment of basic freedoms such as speech and religion.
“It is important basic human rights are not subordinated to other agendas. Where other right claims conflict with long-established human rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it should be a greater priority of the Australian Human Rights Commission to defend and advocate for these,” he said.
“Whilst non-discrimination and equality are important, it is also important that these do not subordinate human rights which make for a free society.
“It is absolutely essential for free speech and the freedom of religion that people are able to express and live their views about family, marriage and life in the public square without fear of being subject to an anti-discrimination claim because their views differ from others.
“ACL believes human rights are paramount to a well-functioning society and that Christian values contributed to some of the most significant progress in the development of human rights as evidenced through the anti-slavery and civil rights movements,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace urged the Government to also consider the direction of the AHRC and re-orientate its work to protecting basic human rights.
Jim Wallace on the Political Spot
· February 12, 2013 11:00 AM
Jim Wallace is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the recent passing of legislation redefining marriage in the UK.
Vic Director Letter to Supporters - February 2013
· February 11, 2013 11:00 AM
The Victorian Director Dan Flynn’s letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
We have launched what will be a busy and energetic year for ACL in Victoria.
Orthodox priests in the Antioch and Syrian tradition have engaged me in discussions about the deteriorating situation for Christians in Syria. Meetings currently underway will shortly culminate in Jim Wallace, ACL’s Managing Director, leading a high level delegation to the relevant Federal Minister, seeking practical support for persecuted Christians.
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