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Persecution of Christians: Dr Patrick Sookhdeo speaking at Barnabas Fund event in Sydney
· September 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Barnabas Fund warmly invites you to attend special 'Proclaim Freedom' events in Bankstown and Parramatta, where its International Director, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo will tackle the question:
"How can we remain silent while Christians are being persecuted?"
Barnabas Fund exists to provide practical aid for the Church where Christians face persecution, discrimination or disadvantage in various countries around the world.
We encourage you to support the work of the Fund by attending this event in light of the persecution Christians face daily around the world.
Details for the events are below.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
Revesby Presbyterian Church
55 Tower Street, Revesby NSW
Wednesday 17 October 2012
St. John's Cathedral Hall
195 Church Street, Parramatta NSW
Jim Wallace & Dan Flynn attend opening of new Coptic church in Victoria
· September 19, 2012 10:00 AM
On Saturday 15 September, ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace and ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn were among the guests of His Grace Bishop Suriel at the grand opening of the Saint Mina & Saint Marina's Coptic Church in Hallam, Victoria. Guests included numerous Federal and State MP's and Councillors from the City of Casey.
In March 1993, the late Coptic Pope visited the site in Hallam to lay the foundation stone and famously declared that "just as our Lord Jesus Christ was born in a manger, so too we will build the church in this cattle shed".
The unrelenting efforts of the congregation has resulted in the completion of a $6 million three story church which is a prominent landmark in the City of Casey. The new church is the home parish to approximately 600 families. Many of these families have recently arrived in Melbourne after fleeing persecution in Egypt.
Father Abanoub Attalla, the Parish Priest of St Mina & St Marina, was warmly acknowledged for his pastoral leadership of the families and youth of the Coptic community in Hallam and integration of Egyptian refugees. Presenting the inaugural "Key of the City of Casey" to Bishop Suriel, the Mayor of Casey, Cr Sam Aziz praised him for his strength of leadership and example saying he had showed courage in standing “ against those whose superficial quest for so called political correctness constantly outweighs their moral integrity".
In keeping with these convictions, Bishop Suriel has been a prominent supporter of traditional marriage and recently signed a statement delivered to the Federal Parliament, together with 19 of Australia's denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders, urging the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act. The statement says:
"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."
Lyle Shelton on The Political Spot
· September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the ACL's Chief-of-Staff. He spoke with Daniel Simon about religious freedom, the ACL National Conference, and Julia Gillard's decision to withdraw from the conference following Jim Wallace's comments about the health risks of homosexuality.
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.”
Bob McCoskrie on The Political Spot
· September 04, 2012 10:00 AM
Bob McCoskrie is the National Director of the lobby group Family First New Zealand. He spoke with ACL's Daniel Simon about a bill to redefine marriage in the New Zealand
, and the impact this might have on religious freedom in New Zealand.
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
MR: ACL calls on Australian government to pressure Pakistan on religious freedom
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Australian government to place pressure on Pakistan to change its outrageous blasphemy laws.
The call comes with the news that an 11-year-old Christian Pakistani girl was arrested and now faces a possible death sentence after being accused of burning a Koran.
ACL urges Foreign Minister Bob Carr to make representations to the Pakistani Ambassador in Canberra for the girl to be released from prison and placed in child protection.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said the Australian government should insist that Pakistan allow religious freedom and compel its government to change its inhumane blasphemy laws.
“Every effort must be made to save the life of this young child and remove the death penalty for any blasphemy law in Pakistan,” Mr Wallace said.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and our government must do everything it can to pressure the Pakistani government to meet its international human rights obligations,” Mr Wallace said.
This year’s ACL National Conference, running from the 5
of October, focuses on the issue of religious freedom, and its important value in every society.
Lyle Shelton on The Political Spot
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
The ACT Parliament plans to introduce an amendment to the
adding religion as a protected attribute under the Act. ACL's Daniel Simon spoke with Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton about the proposed religious vilification laws.
MR: Lack of consultation means vilification laws should be put on hold
· August 19, 2012 10:00 AM
For Release: Sunday August 19, 2012
The ACT's proposed religious vilification laws should be put on hold until consultation was held with religious communities, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said it was extremely disappointing that such controversial laws were being rushed into the Assembly this week when there had been no consultation at all with Canberra's Christian constituency.
Similar laws in Victoria were extremely controversial and led to protracted and expensive legal action which proved counterproductive to social cohesion, Mr Wallace said.
"These same laws were deemed completely unnecessary by the former New South Wales Labor Government which rejected them out of hand.
“While no right thinking person supports vilification of anyone, creating a big legal stick to wield if groups felt vilified would end up suppressing free speech,” Mr Wallace said.
"In a society such as ours which determines its values through the contest of ideas, there needs to be the freedom to engage in robust debate without fear of a legal process being initiated by someone who feels offended.
"The ACT, like the rest of Australia, has defamation laws and these should apply when free speech crosses the line and causes injury."
Mr Wallace said it was wrong that offensive posters had been circulated targeting Canberra's Muslim community but vilification laws were not the way to address this.
MR: ACT religious vilification laws to stifle religious freedom
· August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 14th August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern at the ACT Government’s intent in introducing religious vilification legislation in the Assembly.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said religious vilification legislation was an overreaction to an isolated incident that would stifle religious freedom rather than enhance it.
“The experience of the ‘two Dannies’ case under Victorian religious vilification legislation shows that rather than protecting religious freedom, such laws have a detrimental effect on the ability of people to act in accordance with their conscience,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Victorian experience showed that religious vilification laws diminish social cohesion and lead to expensive and acrimonious legal processes.
“Religious vilification legislation also had a suppressing effect on free speech, with the threat of legal action and tribunal hearings causing people to step back from important public discussion,” he said.
“We hold very strong reservations for religious freedom and free speech under the proposed ACT legislation.”
Mr Wallace said that ACL supported the freedom of people of all faiths and none to express their views in the public square without the threat of legal action, which is necessary for the proper functioning of a democracy.
Mr Wallace said the government should at least wait until the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council had reviewed the Discrimination Act, including a thorough public consultation process, before moving on such a contentious policy issue.
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