Same-sex marriage threatening free speech.
29 September 2015
The reporting of Hobart’s Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous to government authorities for speaking up for marriage between one man and one woman should be of concern to all freedom loving Australians.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said regardless of where people stood on the marriage debate, no one should be reported to an anti-discrimination commission for their views.
Mr Shelton said Archbishop Porteous would now have to go through a mandatory process to respond to the allegations against him.
“This is particularly chilling considering all he did was distribute Catholic teaching on marriage to parents of children enrolled in Catholic schools.”
The complaint concerns a booklet printed by the Catholic Church defending gender-complementary marriage, entitled Don’t Mess With Marriage. It is respectful in tone and explains why changing the definition of marriage takes away rights of children.
Archbishop Porteous is right to point out that the action taken against him is a threat to free speech in Australia.
“Across the few countries which have redefined marriage, this is what we see. People who will always believe that marriage is the gender-diverse institution that binds the love of mother and father to their children are attacked and run out of polite society”, Mr Shelton said.
“A view cannot be bigoted if it is based on defensible reasoning. It might be a different view, one some people don’t agree with, but it is not bigoted and those who hold such a view should not be punished by the law.”
“Archbishop Julian Porteous’ booklet was reasonable, based on careful arguments, and respectful. Not only that, but it actually defends the law of the land.
“If the marriage law is to change, then in combination with anti-discrimination laws, it will be a very powerful weapon to silence dissenters and punish good citizens for being ‘bigots’ and ‘haters’.”
Mr Shelton said it was particularly concerning that the leader of the political lobby to change the definition of marriage, Australian Marriage Equality’s Rodney Croome, had urged people to report Archbishop Porteous to Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commission.
A peoples’ vote on marriage is not a ‘cop out’ or something to be feared, Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said today.
“Changing the definition of marriage is the biggest social change a society can make with enormous consequences for the rights of children and for freedom of conscience,” Mr Shelton said.
“If motherlessness or fatherlessness is to be institutionalised by law, the people should have a say first.
“If Australians who support the timeless understanding of marriage are to be considered bigoted under same-sex marriage and associated anti-discrimination laws, then the people should have a say first.
“It is not for politicians, at the behest of a well-organised lobby, to redefine marriage for all Australians.”
Mr Shelton said it would be far more divisive for the nation if politicians redefined marriage without giving the people a say.
“Very few issues have had the parliamentary time expended on them as the push for same-sex marriage. It is time for the people to decide, something opinion polling consistently shows they are keen to do.”
A recent Essential Poll found 67pc of Australians wanted a peoples’ vote to resolve the definition of marriage (see p. 16).
“If politicians and same-sex marriage activists are worried that a people’s vote might ‘sink reform’, their commitment to democratic principles must be called into question.”
Mr Shelton commended Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull for honouring the Coalition’s decision to take the issue to the people after the election.
“Because the overwhelming weight of media coverage has favoured changing the definition of marriage, time is needed for the other side of the debate to be put.
“Also, the cost of a plebiscite is justified because a price can’t be put on public policy which requires children to miss out on their mother or father.
“This is a big decision and anyone who things changing the definition of marriage will not lead to further calls for the liberalisation of surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology laws is naïve.”
The pope addressed the UN in New York on Friday 25th September.
One of the most important things he said went pretty much un-reported by the pro-homosexual media. Clearly able to see the dangers ahead for the West, from embracing and enshrining in law sexual immorality and corrupting marriage and family, by allowing the onslaught of the same-sex juggernaut to overrun free societies, he warned the West against imposing Western "values" (really un-values) on the rest of the world via "an ideological colonization by the imposition of anomalous models and lifestyles which are alien to people's identity."
"I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life."
There are two vice lists in Paul’s letters, and both are relevant to the discussion of homosexuality.
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).
"But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience." (Ephesians 5:3–6).
These lists definitely name homosexuality and other forms of sexual immorality (like all sins) are things which exclude a person from the Kingdom of God. But this is not the whole message of either passage. They go on to state:
"And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God "(1 Corinthians 6:11).
"Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord." (Ephesians 5:7–8a).
In other words, Paul is writing to Christians, some of whom used to be slanderers, some of whom were idolators, some of whom were homosexuals and thieves and drunkards. But he doesn’t see any Christian as continuing to engage in that lifestyle because of the transformative power of salvation in Christ.
From Lita Cosner: Source
Speak up while you still can. Once same-sex "marriage" takes a hold of Australia's legal system there may well be no turning back. The next three months are crucial if we are to be one of the few western countries to be free of the strangle-hold of this grand deception. The media will not put forth the case for defending traditional family and marriage. If this case is going to reach Australians it will only happen if a grass-roots movement rises up. Email your politicians. Distribute the "5 Reasons" page. Print it out and letter-box drop as many as you can in your local area and even beyond. Post copies to politicians. Hand them out on street corners and at supermarkets and train stations. Use social media. Start blogs.
Once marriage and family are gone, that is that. It will be almost impossible to go back.
“People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” Paul, almost 2000 years ago, talking about future generations to come. This sounds like todays "secular" West?
If Gender Matters in Jury Selection, Why Not in Parenting?
By Marissa Poulson Posted on: | May 14, 2015 Do you agree that men and women are different? Do you believe that they have different perspectives? That they often express emotions differently?
If you were on trial, would you care if the jury was all-male or all-female? What if the Supreme Court was made up of all males? Would you be okay with that?
Katy Faust, who was raised by her mom and her mother's partner, addresses some of these important questions about the sexes and why a mom and dad aren't interchangeable in the life of a child.
Saying that a mom or a dad doesn't matter to a child's development is simply at odds with how our culture has always recognized the differences between men and women. Men and women always bring something unique to the table, and to ignore that is not just unfair to children, it's unfair to moms and dads.
What happens if the law suddenly calls something good which millions of its citizens believe is bad? Laws teach. They protect. They promote that which they protect. So what happens when these millions of people refuse to agree with the law and maintain their belief that the behavior which the law is now promoting is still bad? The law will have to punish those people.
Christians and Jews and many other faiths all hold to the truth that marriage is, has always been and can only ever be between a man and a woman. The Bible teaches this. The Bible is the best selling book the world has ever known. Billions of people around the world believe what the Bible teaches about marriage, human sexuality, family. What will the SS "marriage" juggernaut do once they succeed in changing the law of the land to pretend that marriage can now be between two people of the same sex? Will they close down churches and synagogues? Will they classify the Bible as hate literature?
If the marriage law changes, no Australian will legally be free to openly say that "homosexual behavior is sinful, bad, unnatural, unhealthy, damaging to children, damaging to human mental and physical health,." No Australians will be able to publicly share these views. Therefore there will be a new "religion" effectively imposed on Australia by the law. To refuse to bow the knee will result in punishment by the law.
No Australian will be able to openly object to this new "religion" without the threat of jail or fines or black-listing. Anyone who maintains a belief that God created human beings male and female to be joined together for life in marriage, anyone who holds to the traditional view of human sexuality, will be labelled as hateful bigots.
The full resources of the state will be available to the secular humanists to subjugate anyone who is religious.
Once the marriage law changes, "secular humanism" will ratchet up the legal push to remove "God," the Bible, and all competing religions from the public sphere in their vain attempt to create a "secular utopia."
Freedom of religion and free speech will be the first major casualties. Christians and Jews will be silenced and subjugated. But it will not end there.
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." (Martin Niemoller).
There is nothing new under the sun. The world has seen tyranny before and will see it again, possibly very soon in Australia. But fear not, they never win in the end. Human freedom is a powerful force and I believe it will prevail. The final victory has already been secured, no matter what the defeated remnant guerilla army throws up, they are still defeated. Eternity has been engraved on people's hearts, you know it to be true. There is more to this life that fighting for selfish things which ultimately do not satisfy. Seek the bigger picture. Think it through.
Malcolm Turnbull has stated publicly, specifically talking about the policy to have a referendum on homosexual marriage, that "any policy can be changed."
17th September 2015:
© REUTERS/David Gray
The majority report from Labor and the crossbench recommends that a parliamentary conscience vote to change the Marriage Act be held instead.
A Senate report has warned the Government that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be too expensive and too potentially harmful to children and other vulnerable people in the gay and lesbian community.
The majority report from Labor and the crossbench recommends that a parliamentary conscience vote to change the Marriage Act be held instead.
"This issue of marriage equality involves people, and people will be attacked through very nasty and very aggressive advertising campaigns," the chair of the committee, independent senator Glenn Lazarus, said.
He said evidence from LGBTI groups and psychologists was particularly convincing.
"[They were] very worried about the effect it would have on children, particularly children who have same-sex parents," Senator Lazarus said.
Senator Lazarus said he expected the inquiry by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee would show support for a public vote, but that he was wrong.
"Quite clearly people that are for and against marriage equality would rather have the Parliament decide the outcome rather than going to a plebiscite," he said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's support for same-sex marriage is well known, but since ousting Tony Abbott he has been careful to stick to existing Coalition policy.
"Our policy is to have [a plebiscite] after the next federal election," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday night.
"Any policy can be changed but it would have to be considered by the Cabinet and then obviously the party room."
By Lyle Shelton/ @LyleShelton
Australian politicians have again treated the nation like a failed Pacific Island state, launching yet another coup to topple a serving prime minister.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott was cut down by one of his Liberal Party cabinet ministers, Malcolm Turnbull, in a party room vote brought on Monday.
Abbott, a conservative, visited the Heritage Foundation in 2012 when he was leader of the opposition.
The Australian prime minister has changed five times in five years after the Labor Party also deposed a serving prime minister, Kevin Rudd, in his first term in 2010.
Like the United Kingdom, Australia has a Westminster parliamentary system where the prime minister is not directly elected by the people but rather by his or her party colleagues.
If the polls are bad, the colleagues get spooked and the axe comes out.
But there were other factors.
A major one was the issue of same-sex marriage. Abbott, a social conservative, had been effective in holding back a relentless campaign to change the definition of marriage in recent years.
Emboldened by the Irish referendum and then the Obergefell decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Australia’s same-sex marriage political movement went into overdrive cheered on by a campaigning media.
This pressure culminated last month in a marathon six-hour debate behind closed doors in the ruling Liberal-National coalition party room to try and resolve the issue.
Abbott emerged from that meeting announcing the coalition had decided to use its numbers to block the introduction into the Australian Parliament of yet another bill to change the definition of marriage.
Instead, a people’s vote known as a plebiscite would be held sometime after the 2016 election, kicking the issue into the long grass (putting the issue off) and blunting the momentum of same-sex marriage lobbyists.
This infuriated supporters of Turnbull, a prominent advocate for changing the definition of marriage, leading to further white-anting (erosion) of Abbott’s leadership.
This has wrong-footed the same-sex marriage lobby and the Greens Party who thought a Turnbull prime ministership was their ticket to bringing the issue back to the parliament before Christmas.
Despite the circumstances of his axing, Abbott’s two-year prime ministership will be judged by history as one of substance.
In a gracious concession speech, Abbott said:
“Poll-driven panic has produced a revolving-door prime ministership, which can’t be good for the country, and a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery.”
He quoted from the first Christian sermon preached on Australian soil the day after the First Fleet carrying English convicts landed at what is now Sydney in 1788.
“The Reverend Richard Johnson took as his text, ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his blessings to me?’
“At this, my final statement as Prime Minister, I say: I have rendered all and I am proud of my service.
“My love for this country is as strong as ever and may God bless this great Commonwealth.”
FAMILY AND SOCIETY
They don't want diversity but to impose conformity.
by Patrick J. Byrne
News Weekly, September 12, 2015
There were howls of protest from the same-sex marriage lobby when Sydney’s Daily Telegraph recently reported parents objecting to a documentary on gay families being compulsory viewing in a Sydney high school.
Senator Penny Wong tweeted that this was “bullying”, automatically classing as bullies parents wanting to teach a different value system to the same-sex marriage lobby. 
Fairfax Media’s Brisbane writer, Rebecca Shaw, who describes herself as a well-adjusted lesbian in her 30s, wrote an article saying, “I won’t accept your ‘tolerance’” and demanded “complete acceptance” (The Age, August 30, 2015). 
Effectively, Shaw demands that all those who believe in man+woman marriage must now abandon their beliefs and accept the view that marriage is between any two people with any combination of numerous sexual orientations and sexual identities.
If the same-sex marriage lobby can make such demands on everyone, then why can’t the Labor Party demand that all Liberals abandon the values that make them Liberals and embrace only Labor values?
Why can’t anti-religious secularists demand that Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists – all people who hold religious beliefs – must completely abandon their beliefs and completely accept secular beliefs?
Rebecca Shaw’s demand for “complete acceptance” is a demand for complete uniformity of beliefs to create a homogenised society.
Complete acceptance of one value system destroys diversity and creates uniformity. It is authoritarianism.
Has the same-sex marriage lobby lost its pride in diversity?
The ground rule for a liberal democracy is tolerance of another person whose views differ from yours.
You can disagree with your neighbour’s values but tolerate your neighbour who believes them. You can disagree with your neighbour’s lifestyle without inflicting on them vitriolic abuse, hatred, bullying, denigration and threats of legal action.
This is most clearly demonstrated by civil debate between opposing groups.
The demand for “complete acceptance”, not just of same-sex marriage but also of writing sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) into anti-discrimination law, is itself intolerant.
“Complete acceptance” abandons diversity for universal conformity.
If realised, this demand moves society from a liberal democracy to an authoritarian state where only one belief system is promoted by government and the institutions that make up the state.
When democracies cease to be tolerant, they can quickly become tyrannical.
Around three hundred companies have publicly supported same-sex marriage. Last week, former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett and the board of his Beyond Blue organisation used an advertisement in The Australian (September 1, 2015) to argue that it will “not make any difference to the lives of the majority, including married heterosexuals … ”
Are these pillars of liberal democracy ignorant of how same-sex marriage and SOGI laws push us towards an authoritarian state? After all, it’s not just people with religious faith who recognise this fundamental threat to liberal democracy.
"Just think, if it weren't for marriage, men would go through life, thinking they had no faults at all."
"The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday, is to forget it once. "
"Young Son: 'Is it true, Dad, I heard that in some parts of Africa, a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?" Dad: 'That happens in every country, son.'
"A lady placed an ad in the classifieds : 'Husband wanted.' The next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: 'You can have mine.'
10 Reasons Why Homosexual “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed
1. It Is Not Marriage
Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. The union between two men or two women denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women which find their complementarity in marriage. It also denies the specific primary purpose of marriage: the perpetuation of the human race and the raising of children. Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing.
2. It Violates Natural Law
Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law. Any situation which institutionalizes the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates natural law and the objective norm of morality. Doing the sexual acts that homosexual men do to each other or women do to each other violates natural law.
3. It Always Denies a Child Either a Father or a Mother
It is in the child’s best interests that he be raised under the influence of his natural father and mother. This rule is confirmed by the evident difficulties faced by the many children who are orphans or are raised by a single parent, a relative, or a foster parent.
Same-sex “marriage” ignores a child’s best interests.
4. It Validates and Promotes the Homosexual Lifestyle
In the name of the “family,” same-sex “marriage” serves to validate not only such unions but the whole homosexual lifestyle in all its bisexual and transgender deviations.
Civil laws influence patterns of thought and behavior. They externally shape the life of society.
5. It Turns a Moral Wrong into a Civil Right
Homosexual activists argue that same-sex “marriage” is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s. This is false.First of all, sexual behavior and race are essentially different realities. The two individuals are still man and woman, and thus the requirements of nature are respected.
6. It Does Not Create a Family but a Naturally Sterile Union
If the “spouses” want a child, they must circumvent nature by costly and artificial means or employ surrogates. The natural tendency of such a union is not to create families.
7. It Defeats the State’s Purpose of Benefiting Marriage
One of the main reasons why the State bestows numerous benefits on marriage is that by its very nature and design, marriage provides the normal conditions for a stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere that is beneficial to the upbringing of children perpetuating the nation and strengthening society, an evident interest of the State.
Homosexual “marriage” does not provide such conditions. Its primary purpose, objectively speaking, is the personal gratification of two individuals whose union is sterile by nature. It is not entitled, therefore, to the protection the State extends to true marriage.
8. It Imposes Its Acceptance on All Society
By legalizing same-sex “marriage,” the State becomes its official and active promoter. The State calls on public officials to officiate at the new civil ceremony, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes any state employee who expresses disapproval.
9. It Is the Cutting Edge of the Sexual Revolution
In the 1960s, society was pressured to accept all kinds of immoral sexual relationships between men and women. Today we are seeing a new sexual revolution where society is being asked to accept sodomy and same-sex “marriage.”
If homosexual “marriage” is universally accepted as the present step in sexual “freedom,” what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behavior?
10. It is the Opposite of True Marriage:
“God created man in His image; in the Divine image he created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.’” (Gen. 1:28-29)
“From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife.” (Mark 10:6-7).
This is an abbreviated version of a TFP article.
By Emily Conley
Now, more than ever, the pressure is on to give up and accept the new sexual morality. Christian organizations, churches, business people, all of us face a choice - to give up or keep standing for what we know is right, even when it’s unpopular.
There are at least three reasons (to keep defending truth):
1. Marriage is marriage. True marriage is between a man and a woman because the two genders coming together sexually in a lifelong commitment separates it from every other relationship. Only male-female relationships can produce children, and having parents committed to each other is best for children. A woman can be a great mom, but she can never be a dad, and a great dad can never be a mom.
Dr. Russell Moore wrote recently: “We have no authority to revise what Jesus has handed down to us. Our vision of marriage is not the equivalent of a church constitution and by-laws, adaptable by a majority vote. Marriage is not simply a cultural or legal practice, but is instead an icon of the union between Christ and his church, embedded in the creation (Eph. 5:22-31). Without a Christian vision of marriage, we have no Christian vision of the gospel.”
2. Marriage is creative, diverse, and beautiful. Marriage is a lifelong union between husband and wife. Humanity has always been, and will always be, composed of men and women. That can’t change, and that’s why the timeless institution of marriage can’t be changed by a court. Marriage celebrates humanity’s diversity, not only because of the complementary of the sexes in marriage, but because throughout history and across cultures, different races and ethnicities have always married.
Yes, the divorce rate is high. Now, more than ever, we must commit to strengthening our own marriages, affirming the value of marriage publicly, and championing the beauty of marriage in our culture.
3. This is not just about marriage. Redefining marriage policy is about more than just creating same-sex marriage – it is about deconstructing the role and nature of marriage in our society.
It’s about marginalizing the Christian sexual ethic and enforcing a new sexual morality. Those who disagree with this new morality are first marginalized, then punished. We’re already seeing this happen with the city of Houston issuing subpoenas for pastors’ communications, the ousting of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich, and attacks on Christian business people, like Rob and Cynthia Gifford of Liberty Ridge Farm, Jim and Mary O’Reilly of Wildflower Inn, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop, Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers, Blaine Adamson of Hands on Originals, Elaine and Jon Huguenin of Elane Photography, and Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of a bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
For these people, and the many more who will risk everything for their right to live by their faith, we will continue to stand for marriage. And because we understand what marriage is, we will continue to promote the truth, value, and beauty of marriage in our culture.
Will you stand with us?
1- Islam is a political as well as religious ideology. It's aim is to spread Islam and convert Western countries to Islam, not to integrate into Western cultures. Islam has no room for any opposition to this aim. Muslim people are smart enough to see that the Same-Sex Marriage movement is a Trojan horse which will completely dismantle two of the main foundations of Western societies: traditional family and marriage. The SS movement will do the work of undermining Western society for them. They therefore will not oppose the movement. Yet! They may well see it as strategically smart to finance and encourage the movement. But, when it has done its job, and when Islam has control of parliament, homosexuality will be criminalized and homosexuals will know the meaning of discrimination, intolerance and persecution.
2- Islam allows men to have multiple wives. So Sharia law is going to dismantle Western marriage laws anyway. Why not let the homosexuals open this can of worms for them. It will make it easier to then insist that the law should be changed again to accommodate Sharia law.
3- Homosexuality is infertile. It is self-destroying for a society. Some talk about wanting children and using surrogacy etc. but the reality is it is a selfish movement with no time or interest in looking after children (unless they are pedophiles). If Western laws teach that homosexual sex acts are normal, good, and to be encouraged, then the birth rates in Western countries will decline even faster than they already are. Combined with the phenomenal increases in Islamic birth rates in Western countries (as Muslim men have four or more wives each and have 10 or more children per wife - you do the math) it does not take a genius to work out that within a generation Australia's parliament will be majority Muslim and voting for the implementation of sharia law. Sharia law does not like homosexual behavior!
By Bill Muehlenberg
Political Prisoner Kim Davis Freed – For Now After languishing in jail for six days for upholding the laws of Kentucky which she was elected to do, and for resisting judicial tyranny, and for standing strong for Christian conscience, Kim Davis has been freed from jail. This is wonderful news indeed.
Here is how one news report covers her release:
The Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples was released Tuesday after five days behind bars, emerging to a tumultuous hero’s welcome from thousands of supporters waving large white crosses.
“I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people,” Kim Davis told the crowd after stepping outside, her arms raised like a victorious boxer, to the blaring “Rocky”-sequel theme song “Eye of the Tiger.” Her lawyer refused to say whether she would defy the courts again.
“Kim cannot and will not violate her conscience,” said Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, the Christian law firm representing Davis. As for whether she will issue licenses, Staver said only: “You’ll find out in the near future.”
As the surprise news of her impending release spread, a crowd of dozens of supporters who had gathered on the jailhouse lawn for a previously scheduled rally swelled to thousands. They broke into “Amazing Grace” and “God Bless America” and waved signs, flags and crosses.
Cries of thanks to Jesus echoed through the crowd as Davis emerged next to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and her husband, Joe, who was in overalls and a straw hat. Huckabee and fellow GOP White House candidate Sen. Ted Cruz visited her at the jail just after the decision came down.
“If somebody has to go to jail, I’m willing to go in her place,” said Huckabee, a former Baptist minister and Arkansas governor. He added: “She has shown more courage than any politician I know.”
If you do just one thing to help defend marriage and family please distribute this video far and wide, email it to everyone in your contact lists, post it on your Facebook page and everywhere else. Please. This issue is damaging children. Do it for them.
12 Shocking Quotes: "Marriage Equality" Spells the Death of Marriage
By John Ritchie
The runaway train of the sexual revolution will not stop at same-sex "marriage." Just as civil unions were a mere stepping stone to reach same-sex "marriage," the movement to redefine marriage will continue on its reckless course until it shatters the concept of true marriage and family. But don't take my word for it. See what pro-homosexual writers, professors and activists say for themselves. It's a real eye-opener.
As the Supreme Court ponders the future of marriage, every defender of God-ordered marriage can use the following quotes to unmask the final goal of the so-called "marriage equality" movement. [emphasis in bold is mine]
Death of marriage = "progress"
1. "Opting out of marriage altogether will provide a quicker path to progress, as only the death of marriage can bring about the dawn of equality for all." - Dr. Meagan Tyler,
Lecturer in Sociology at Victoria University.
Who needs marriage anymore
2. "The real question that should be debated is not whether gay marriage should be allowed, but rather, is marriage really something we need anymore?" - David Vakalis
Redefine the institution
3. "A middle ground might be to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution. [Legalizing "same-sex marriage"] is also a chance to wholly transform the definition of family in American culture.” - Michelangelo Signorile,
OUT magazine, December/January 1994
We are advocating destruction
4. "And after all, we are advocating the destruction of the centrality of marriage and the nuclear family unit... ." - Ryan Conrad
Next step: Abolish
5. "But perhaps the next step isn’t to, once again, expand the otherwise narrow definition of marriage but to altogether abolish the false distinction between married families and other equally valid but unrecognized partnerships." - Sally Kohn, Prop 8: Let’s Get Rid of Marriage Instead!
The death of marriage
6. "Wouldn't marriage's death as a state institution, including for straight people, be the best solution? ...Scrap the civil register; make no distinction in the state's eyes between married and unmarried citizens." - Alex Gabriel, Politics.co.uk
Stoke the flames
7. "Marriage is the proverbial burning building. Instead of pounding on the door to be let in... queers should be stoking the flames!"- National Conference on Organized Resistance
Marriage erodes "freedom"
8. "Marriage should not be a goal; it should be a choice. One choice available out of many recognized as valid by society. But it isn’t. Not yet. Right now, as far as society is concerned, you are married or you are not yet married. And as that notion becomes further codified our freedom to make other choices steadily erodes." - David McGee
A moral revolution
9. "The gay movement, whether we acknowledge it or not, is not a civil rights movement, not even a sexual liberation movement, but a moral revolution aimed at changing people's view of homosexuality." - Paul Varnell, Chicago Free Press
Abolish the family
10. "We must aim at the abolition of the family, so that the sexist, male supremacist system can no longer be nurtured there." - Gay Liberation Front: Manifesto, London, 1971, revised 1978
11. “Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society. ... We must keep our eyes on the goal ... of radically reordering society’s views of reality." [source] - Paula Ettelbrick, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Marriage should not exist
12. "... fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there—because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist." - Masha Gessen, journalist. During a pannel discussion at the Sydney Writers Festival
These quotes combined with our popular post 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex "Marriage" is Harmful and Must be Opposed will give you ample information to more boldly defend the sacred institution of marriage. For the future of the family, please post and tweet this article far and wide.
"In America today they jail Christians, not for breaking any law, but for standing true to their Christian convictions. Kim Davis is now in jail because she had the audacity to resist the pink mafia, and to stand against judicial tyranny. That is what has now become of the land of the free.
Perversion is now politically protected, while marriage and family and purity are under attack. This is a war against Christianity, and of course a war against the One True God. A country founded on biblical principles and the notion of freedom, especially religious freedom, is now a nation at war with Christianity."
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By Cronshaw Jones.
The celebrations and rejoicing by the militant homosexual mob over Kim Davis' imprisonment in the U.S. last week is very telling, and frightening. It should send a chill down the spine of the sleeping majority who are not speaking up for traditional marriage and family.
This is where we are heading in Australia too if we allow the same-sex Trojan horse to decimate the sanctity of marriage.
The minority of homosexual people who are genuine in their desire for recognition of their love for each other are being manipulated by groups of politicians, unions, fascist, totalitarians and left-wing social anarchists who see the opportunity for this "same-sex juggernaut" to do what Lenin, Marx, Engels and Mao could not fully achieve: destroy the family and replace it with the State.
Their cause has been hi-jacked by groups whose extremism will cause an eventual anti-homosexual tidal wave as its equal but opposite extreme response.
Homosexuals should speak up now and stop this extremism in its tracks.
Up until a few short years ago it was considered normal for marriage to mean between a man and a woman only. Now, due to the bullying and intimidation of the homo-fascists, if you dare to live by that long-held foundational principle you will be lynched by the ugly mob.
Today for Kim Davis it is prison. But tomorrow it will be death for someone standing up for their faith and their conscience. That is where such a wave of mob hatred leads.
The Bible says homosexual behavior is not acceptable, that it is wrong, that it is harmful, that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Christians, if they be true to their faith, to their God, must say the same thing, and it must shape their actions. The militants are after those nasty Christians. They will not stop at changing laws to pretend it is okay for a man to "marry" another man, and do the sexual acts they do to each other. They will have to go after the Bible, Christians and Jews, and...
As Niemoller reminds us, “In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
The tsunami of hatred on its way in the West will soon see Christians (who, for those unfamiliar with them, are human beings too) killed by the ugly mob for being faithful to their beliefs. Why not. There is nothing new under the sun, and as Orwell said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
Just as the ugly mob insisted on killing Jesus and mocked Him as He suffered excruciating pain leading to death on the cross, so His followers will face persecution from the ugly mob.
The witness of His followers, like Kim Davis, during such persecution though, reveals the difference between the persecutors and the persecuted.
We are ALL naturally on the side of the ugly mob. But for the grace of God Christians would still be there. Christians need to embrace this opportunity to reveal the truth of Jesus to the lost world. Jesus remained faithful and obedient to the truth during His crucifixion. Knowing the truth about this fallen, temporary, passing world, and about the glory to come, He was able, in spite of the extreme pain, to speak and forgive the mob. They were not ugly to Him, they were lost sinners in need of divine forgiveness.
Steven, the first Christian martyr, was likewise able (only with God's help), having seen a glimpse of the glory of God, to ask God to forgive the ugly mob while they were stoning him to death! One of that mob, Paul, became one of the greatest Christian leaders of all time, by the grace of God alone.
While the Christians continue to stand for the truth and begin to be imprisoned for it and ultimately die for it, the Christian-hating, Bible-hating, (and then ultimately everyone else-hating, ugly mob will continue to march proudly and loudly as, “They parade their sin like Sodom. They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought disaster upon themselves.” (Isaiah 3:9). Yet, Christians will generally continue to pray for God to forgive the ugly mob. That is the difference. That is love for ones fellow human.
Jesus died that day. over 2000 years ago, in the place of all those members of the ugly mob who put their trust in Him, from then to now and beyond, who turn from their anti-God behavior and who follow Jesus and live the way God has revealed is best for humans, not the way humans think is best for them.
BUT it didn't end there! Jesus rose from the dead on the third day! He proved that He is God, that He controls death, that He has defeated death. All those who put their trust in Him and follow Him will no longer suffer eternal death. Their sins were paid in full on the cross by Jesus, and they receive new life, immediately changing their life here and now and forever. While they will still suffer physical death in this life, at death they instantly are translated to eternity in the presence of God in heaven forever.
Christians will continue to be and need to be faithful and obedient to God. We also need to pray for those of our brothers and sisters who will be the current generation of martyrs. We need to speak up for them, as Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has spoken up for Kim Davis, saying, "Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America. I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision.
Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so. I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now."
Kim Davis, an elected County clerk in Kentucky, USA, who issues marriage licences as part of her job, refused to hand out licences for homosexual ‘marriages’ because of her Christian faith (and the LAW of Kentucky). This has been a targeted campaign by homosexuals. Watch the video at the ABC (USA) link below – where she is confronted by homosexuals PLUS the media…
After same-sex marriage was ‘legalized’ nationwide in the USA in late June by the Supreme Court, Kim Davis filed a suit in federal court, arguing that she should be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of her "Christian faith." She then refused to hand out marriage licenses to anyone. A District Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against her and ordered her to issue marriage licenses. She then appealed to the US Supreme Court for a ‘stay’ but the “US Supreme Court refused Davis' request for a stay, which was a request to put the lower court's ruling on hold pending appeal.” When she continued to refuse to hand out ‘marriage’ licences to homosexual couples, Kim Davis was sent to jail for ‘contempt of court’ on 2 September. As she was led away, a crowd chanted ‘Love wins’!
On 6 September, Kim and her lawyers lodged an appeal against the contempt order (Liberty Counsel report). Yesterday (7 September) her lawyers lodged an “emergency request for the Governor to accommodate Kim’s religious conviction, which would free her from jail” (LC report).
Importantly, Kim Davis is asking the question, “Under what law am I authorized to issue homosexual couples a marriage license?”
As Mike Huckabee states, “The Supreme Court cannot and did not make a law. They only made a ruling on a law. Congress makes the laws. Because Congress has made no law allowing for same-sex marriage, Kim does not have the Constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples.”
Others have noted (see below) that the Constitution of Kentucky, under which she swore her Oath of Office, still states that marriage is between a man and a woman!
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor, Baptist pastor and Republican presidential candidate, plans to visit Kim at the Carter County Detention Center this week, and will host a rally in her honour after meeting her. Mike said, “Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country,” and added, “What a world, where Hillary Clinton isn’t in jail but Kim Davis is!”
Hillary Clinton OPPOSES Kim’s actions
Hillary Clinton distributed an article about the jailing of Kim Davis and tweeted, “Marriage equality is the law of the land. Officials should be held to their duty to uphold the law—end of story.” (source)
The LAW of Kentucky – marriage between a man and a woman
One commentator notes that Kim Davis swore an oath to uphold the law of Kentucky – and the Kentucky Constitution STILL says that marriage is between a man and a woman – and that anyone marrying any OTHERS apart from a man and a woman commits a misdemeanour and is liable to a fine and removal from office! (See comment and the law here). The commentator claims that SCOTUS doesn’t override that and that the people of Kentucky have to vote to change the Constitution – interesting point!
How YOU can help…
1. Please PRAY for Kim, her family and her lawyers at Liberty Counsel.
2. Please sign these petitions to have Kim released from jail…
Family Research Council – click here.
Mike Huckabee’s petition – click here.
National Organisation for Marriage (NOM) – click here.
Freedom X – click here.
Act Right – click here.
Western Journalism – click here.
References and media articles:
All Liberty Counsel reports – click here.
Liberty Counsel Press Releases – click here.
The post-“gay marriage” revolution
Most pro-family people didn’t see the chilling article that appeared in The Nation, a major left-wing magazine, the day before the U.S. Supreme Court “gay marriage” ruling came out. The article outlines where the LGBT movement is going after “gay marriage.”
The Nation article, “What’s Next for the LGBT Movement?”, quotes four high-profile LGBT activists who reveal that “gay marriage” was never their final goal. The LGBT movement will not be stopping to rest, they say. Their plan is to delegitimize and crush all opposition to their agenda everywhere in America – particularly in the churches -- no matter how small.
Some of the things the article outlines:
ROWAN COUNTY, KY, September 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination believes that Kim Davis deserved to be jailed.
Shortly following Kim Davis' arrest on Thursday afternoon, Hillary Clinton retweeted a story about Davis' arrest for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, saying all elected officials "should be held to their duty to uphold the law - end of story."
The White House seconded that assessment. The punishment - jail time, rather than a fine - was "appropriate," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during his daily press briefing on Thursday.
The Obama administration spokesperson went on to say that "the principle of the rule of law is central to our democracy."
Calls to imprison Christians who refuse to participate in same-sex "marriage" have intensified on the Left since the late June Supreme Court decision that imposed same-sex "marriage" on the nation.
As Davis was taken out of the federal court room to her jail cell, gay activists yelled, "Love won! Love won!"
Shortly after her arrest, opinion writer E.J. Montini wrote that Davis "was found in contempt of court and sent to jail. Good."
Their position could hardly contrast more sharply with those of some Republican presidential contenders.
Mike Huckabee is holding a #ImWithKim rally in Kentucky on Tuesday to support Davis, who remains in jail today.
Sen. Ted Cruz has said the arrest - which was ordered by a Republican-appointed federal judge - constituted "judicial tyranny."
Not all Republicans agree, though. Chris Christie said that he would demand that clerks participate in the public recognition of same-sex "marriage" regardless of their religious convictions. Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina have had similar sentiments.
Happy Father's Day for Sunday. Here is a great article from today's Australian newspaper to encourage fathers, and also mothers. Both a mum and a dad matter to every single child. Your unconditional love for them is valuable. Your love for each other as parents is valuable. Rise to the challenge, spend more time with them and love your children. Love your husband and wife more. For children's sake speak up for and protect marriage and family. You too were once a child.
By Darrell Brown
The clock on the wall was just about to tick over to 3pm. Most guys I knew didn’t finish work until at least five; some didn’t get home until after seven. I was sitting in a boardroom listening to two men talk about the long hours they had been working.
One was sharp and young, a partner in an advertising agency I was doing some work for. The other was his client, the chief executive of a company that manufactures kitchen stoves and associated appliances.
The chief executive mentioned he had been starting work before 6am and not getting home until after 8pm. Not to be outdone, my agency friend explained that not only had he been working similar hours but he was also taking work home with him that he continued after dinner.
You could see they both wore their long hours as some sort of badge of honour.
My silence in these conversations probably said more than any words could. Instead, my thoughts drifted off in the direction of my two boys and what they might be doing right now without me. I looked across at the chief executive and saw a picture of his family next to the computer on his desk. His wife had given him five beautiful children. Knowing how much time I spent with my two boys, I knew that five must have been a big responsibility. I wondered if he knew his children as well as he knew his business.
My agency friend was also married and had two young children of his own. He had arrived that morning in his new two-door silver sports car. I had asked him somewhat jokingly how he managed to squeeze his two kids into the back seat. He had replied with a smile: “Only just!” I remember thinking how difficult it would be for their little faces to peer out of those tiny windows — the world rushing by and no way to see it.
Sadly, today many men are becoming more detached from their children when they are needed more than ever.
So many men now put corporate success before their family.
Somewhere, our culture took a turn down the wrong path, and I think we’re way past that point when we should all realise we are going the wrong way.
The clock moved towards 3.15pm, signalling my favourite time of day. I loved being home when the boys arrived back from school. It’s an experience shared by only a small group of extremely fortunate fathers. I could always hear their footsteps as they came running down the driveway and along the side of the house. If I timed it right, I could walk out of my office just as they ran straight into my arms.
“Daddy! Daddy!” they would scream. Their small, lightly framed bodies would catapult forward and collide into mine with a thud. Of course, it wasn’t the force of their little bodies that hit me; it was the power of love deep inside. Who would have thought love could be so strong?
It’s funny how nature can sometimes become a metaphor for your own life.
Sitting outside on the back porch one night, I found myself staring at a couple of moths dancing around a light globe. The moths appeared totally mesmerised by the light, the warmth, the brightness and the glow. They would leave the light momentarily to venture off into the darkness, only to return quickly and slam right back into the shining globe.
That was me. I was the light … and my boys were the moths.
If there’s anything more powerful in this world than the love you feel for your children, I haven’t discovered it yet. As with all experiences, you can’t feel anyone else’s love, just your own. Someone can tell you how much they love you, but all you can ever feel is the love you have in return. Since the boys gave me the opportunity to feel the deepest love imaginable, it felt natural to want to spend most of my waking hours around them.
To love this deeply is to find your life’s purpose. Anything beyond that is a bonus, and can only ever take second place. Even finding a cure for cancer wouldn’t measure up. Perhaps if we all could experience a love this pure, there wouldn’t be any cancer.
As a freelance cameraman, I usually would average about three to four days’ work a week. I liked it because I could make a good wage and still have plenty of time to spend with the family. Some people used to ask me why I didn’t start my own production company or expand my talents into other areas.
The truth is, I could never think of anything to do with my time that would be more valuable than being with my boys. Sure, the extra money would have been nice. But at the end of the day it seemed so insignificant compared with the responsibility I had taken on as a father. Many years stretched ahead of me, years in which I could make money. But time with our children is lost with every passing day. Besides, I had never heard of any father lying on his deathbed saying, “If only I’d had made more money.” More often than not, their biggest regret was that they didn’t spend more time with their children.
Now going on 16, my boys will soon be getting their driver’s licences and heading off on their own life journeys. The tiny frail bodies, so soft and subtle as little children, are now tall, strong and hardened with time. However, although their external frames have changed greatly, I feel their hearts have remained the same.
As their father, I still hug them as tightly now as I did back then. A handshake just won’t do. I still kiss them goodnight and tell them how much I love them, every day.
Those big bright eyes and beautiful smiles still remind me how lucky I am to be a dad. I know I can’t get back those early years: changing their nappies and washing those tiny little bums; waking up on Christmas morning to see if Santa and his reindeer had come; climbing up into the tree house and watching the world go by; hearing them coming home from school and then feeling them thunder into my arms.
Even today, I can still hear the distant echoes of laughter from Cody and Taylor, chasing each other down the hallway as fast as their little legs could take them. I can see it as clearly as if it all happened just yesterday. Is this what lies ahead for us? In some ways it doesn’t seem fair.
They say we hold our children’s hands for a while but hold their hearts for eternity. This thought warms my own heart and allows me to breathe a bit easier. I think of the many great years ahead and the possibility of grandchildren. Surely I will still have much to contribute as a grandfather? Maybe that’s another book. One I have yet to live.
I dearly hope that in raising our boys the way we did, Jules and I have given them both a childhood voice that will serve them well in later life. There are no guarantees, but perhaps the constant loving voices of an adoring mother and a strong emotionally available doting father will be enough. As parents, Jules and I were more than happy to be their “best bet”.
I think of two little boys with voices screaming as they ran towards me crying, “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” and how those little voices inspired me to live the greatest life I could.
As a father of two young boys, I did my best to examine my own childhood and look at the things that didn’t work. I am now grateful for all those experiences, and at the same time I have made a conscious choice to change the things that didn’t work. In the end, it’s not what happens to us in life that counts, but how we deal with it. As new parents, we not only have the responsibility but also the opportunity to make sure our own children have the greatest start to life we can give them. Mostly, this comes from bathing them in unconditional love.
Edited extract from Raised By Our Childhood Voices: One Father’s Journey to Raise Confident, Connected, Compassionate Boys, by Darrell Brown.
There is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to speak, so please speak up and defend children, truth and freedom. Craig Manners
“What the world needs most is a voice that courageously speaks the truth, not when the world is right, but a voice that speaks the truth when the world is wrong.” Fulton Sheen
True marriage offers true equality for children. Every child comes from and needs BOTH a Mum and a Dad. Every human being has dignity and deserves respect. All sorts of relationships can be respected at law without having to change marriage laws. In fact that has been the case legally for many years. The simple fact remains though that not every relationship is marriage.