We can disagree on marriage
To argue against a certain view does not equate to hate, and it can stem from love.
Read on -->>www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/with-respect-we-can-agree-to-disagree-on-marriage-act/news-story/19424048ff3b72e2dd25ba203146dfab
Millions of Christians are Preparing to Pray for Australia, for Marriage, Family, Children and Freedom Every Day Throughout October 2016.
Australia is a great country in a world of increasing chaos. This did not just happen by accident. The foundations which have allowed this are currently under unprecedented attack from within. We are stewards of the Australia we have been blessed with. Blood has been spilled to pass this legacy onto us, and we have a duty to preserve it and pass it on to the next generation.
The forceful rainbow/gender confusion ideological movement imposing itself on our society, demanding that we accept their divisive and destructive ideas about marriage, family, gender, politics, governance, education, finance, democracy, freedom (ideas which are inimical to the ones found in our foundations), and submit to their attempted takeover of our society, want us to go quietly.
If we do, we will wake up being unable to speak freely, educate our children freely, raise our children freely, associate freely, worship freely, and eventually vote freely and maybe even travel freely, own property, invest, create and prosper.
This rainbow movement will not stop at marriage. Authoritarian movements never do. They can sense victory and are doing everything they can to remove the people's vote (plebiscite) on marriage. Knowing that they have stacked the parliament by stealth and intimidation (who in parliament are brave enough to publicly go against the gay media and political mob?), they want to force through a parliamentary vote. They know the stakes are high. They also know that the people will possibly put an end to their attempted coup in a plebiscite.
If they gain power they will take our freedom. Churches will become centres of "hate" speech. The Bible will become "hate" literature. Preachers will be imprisoned if they preach on certain sections of the Bible. This has happened before.
Ultimately they can't win though. This gender confusing, anti-marriage, anti-family, man-centred, anti-God, authoritarian social experiment is doomed to fail, just like it did in socialist Russia in the 1920s, and the only true hope for men will continue to be found only in Jesus Christ. Thank God for that!
God's people are not to be silent. Like Jesus clearing the traders from the temple, we too are allowed to get a bit animated now and then. John Calvin once said, “Even a dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” This rainbow movement will impose itself on our society until we are subjugated and prevented from being free to fulfil the Great Commission in a free land. Why would we let that happen without some resistance?
So, what to do?
The best thing to do, and our first priority, is always to pray. We acknowledge Jesus is Lord of all and so we must seek His mercy on our land. We can also then act in other ways too. Contact politicians; start blogs; actively post, re-tweet and share on your social media; print out your own heartfelt defence of marriage, family and children and letter box drop it around your neighbourhood.
Millions of Christians around Australia and the world are preparing to spend the whole month of October 2016 in prayer and fasting to ask God to protect and preserve our free Australia. Please join them.
From the Canberra Declaration ministry: "To give you insight and encouragement in your courageous decision to pray and fast for marriage and family you can download this free e-book by John Piper called "A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer."
Use this Link: http://document.desiringgod.org/a-hunger-for-god-en.pdf?1446646561
To give you some inspiration for your own marriage download this free e-book called "31 Days to a Better Marriage." Use this link: http://cdn2.hotholyhumorous.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/31-Days-to-a-Better-Marriage-Ebook.pdf
To gain some insight into the powerful benefits of marriage between a man and a woman from the social sciences download this free e-book called "21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters." Use this link: https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/2009-21-REASONS-WHY-MARRIAGE-MATTERS.pdf
We pray that this will be a time of renewal of your love for God, family and extended family. We ask that His love may overflow to them as you participate in this time of prayer."
May God bless Australia and keep us a land of freedom and light in an increasingly lost and dark West.
An Attack on Religion and Speech
By: John Stonestreet
Published: September 29, 2016 6:00 AM
Is the writing on the wall for religious freedom in this country? Just ask two Arizona calligraphers.
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Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski met at a Starbucks café in north Phoenix in January 2015. Both were Christians, and both were artists. They decided to go into business together, combining their love for Jesus with their love for making beautiful things. Soon they launched Brush & Nib Studio, a for-profit art business that sells hand-drawn invitations and paintings.
According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a leading Christian legal-defense organization, “As Christian artists, Joanna and Breanna had a simple goal for their studio: to recreate the beauty God placed all around us and to share that beauty with others. And this goal made it natural for Joanna and Breanna to focus on artwork for weddings.”
Well, this combination of Brush & Nib’s Christian conviction and its focus on weddings created a problem for Joanna and Breanna—as it already has for bakers and wedding photographers who believe marriage is between a man and a woman and cannot, by conscience, participate in wedding ceremonies between homosexuals.
The city of Phoenix has passed an ordinance which, according to ADF, “requires Brush & Nib to create invitations and other artwork for same-sex wedding ceremonies. It also prevented Brush & Nib from explaining to customers and the public why they could only create art consistent with their beliefs about marriage.”
This is what’s known in some circles as a two-fer, violating not only their religious freedom but also their freedom of speech! Not only that, but the law said that for each day business owners such as Joanna and Breanna were in violation, they would be liable for a $2,500 fine … and six months in jail.
These two Christians face fines and jail for standing up for what they believe. At the same time, no one would think of the government penalizing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for standing up—or in his case, not standing up—for what he believes. Why the inconsistency?
Phoenix is just the latest city to enact a “human rights” ordinance that is, in effect if not intent, marginalizing Christian citizens from living out their deeply held beliefs in the public square, forcing them to consent to the new sexual orthodoxy, not only in deed, but now also in word.
It’s only been five years since President Obama publicly changed his mind and announced his support for “gay marriage.” It’s only been a little over two years since then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, bowed to blackmail from the National Football League and vetoed SB 1062, which would have protected Joanna and Breanna from being forced to violate their convictions.
In case there’s any remaining doubt, this is not just another random, isolated event. As the recent comments by Martin Castro of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reveal, religious freedom is no longer considered a good thing but instead code language for hate. “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom,’” he wrote, “will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or any form of intolerance.”
Such contempt for religious liberty is growing. In the case of Joanna and Breanna, Judge Karen Mullins of the Superior Court in Maricopa County denied their request for a preliminary injunction against the Phoenix ordinance, calling their position “absurd.”
Jonathan Scruggs of ADF, which is representing Joanna and Breanna, replied, “Artists shouldn’t be threatened with jail time and other penalties simply for making art that is consistent with their beliefs.”
Joanna and Breanna are considering an appeal. They deserve our prayers. And groups defending our most precious freedom—groups like Alliance Defending Freedom—deserve our support. Come to BreakPoint.org to learn how you can do just that.
Further Reading and Information
The Freedom Two-fer: An Attack on Religion and SpeechThis case makes it even clearer how crucial it is that we participate in the defense of the rights guaranteed to us in our Constitution and our laws, freedom of religion and speech. Support organizations that protect and champion our rights and freedoms. Some of those are listed below.
ResourcesAlliance Defending Freedom
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix
Client story | ADFlegal.org
Christian Calligraphers Lose First Court Battle Over Same-Sex Invitations
Amber Randall | The Daily Caller | September 20, 2016
Are American Christians Really ‘Persecuted’?
K. A. Ellis | Christianity Today | August 22, 2016
Obama Administration Says You’re A Bigot If You Live Your Religion
Nicholas Senz | The Federalist | September 19, 2016
Available at the online bookstoreThe Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today
James Tonkowich | Saint Benedict Press | July 2014
September 30, 2016
One. This is an all-or-nothing war, and we have everything to lose if we do not engage: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/09/30/yes-homosexual-marriage-impacts-every-single-one-us/
Two. Come hear Dr Gabriele Kuby, German author of The Global Sexual Revolution: The Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom. Sunday, 2 October, 2-4pm. St Philip’s Church Hall, 60 Junction Road, Blackburn North RSVP: Saturday, 1 October - Mob. 0438 088 681 https://www.facebook.com/events/720329671439657/
Three. She is also in Ballarat that evening: http://www.ballarat.catholic.org.au/_uploads/nwart/files/Pastoral%20Ministry%20Office/Gabriele%20Kuby.pdf
Four. My review of her important book is found here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/09/15/review-global-sexual-revolution-gabriele-kuby/
MARRIAGE BOOK BANNED BY PRINTER: MELBOURNE LAUNCH THURSDAY NIGHTAfter a sold-out launch in Sydney last night, the national book tour for Dr David van Gend's manifesto against same-sex 'marriage' goes to Melbourne Thursday night. A capacity crowd at Sydney's Hellenic Club on Hyde Park listened to State Labor MP the Hon. Greg Donnelly introduce STEALING FROM A CHILD: THE INJUSTICE OF 'MARRIAGE EQUALITY'. Dr van Gend, a family doctor …
ALP’s anti-plebiscite drive reflects audacity of hate.
Jennifer Oriel 28th September 2016
There is something rather dangerous about the gay marriage debate — and it is not homosexuality or marriage.
It is the view widely held by our political Left that liberal democratic precepts can be overridden whenever they interfere with politically correct ideology.
Not content merely to deny the democratic mandate of millions who endorsed the same-sex marriage plebiscite by voting the Coalition into power, Labor is sowing civil hatred as social order.
The abysmal and divisive new ethos of Labor is the audacity of hate.
I think it would be fair to surmise that the opposition’s legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus doesn’t suffer from an excess of modesty.
But even so, his idea that the government should “win over” Labor by compromising on the plebiscite bill is remarkably arrogant. The government has an election mandate to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Labor’s denial of it constitutes a repudiation of the will of the people.
Having lost its election campaign to deny people a vote on marriage reform, Labor has swung into attack.
It is reframing the plebiscite debate by exploiting fear and manipulating emotion. In one short week, Labor has succeeded in reframing the founding principles of liberal democracy as manifestations of hatred — all in the name of love, of course.
In Labor’s grand lexicon of doublespeak, public reason, active citizenship, and the human rights to free thought and speech, freedom of association and religion are mistranslated into forms of hatred. And the citizen who seeks active participation in democracy by advocating for the same-sex marriage plebiscite is, by extension, hatred personified.
Increasingly it is the case that whenever a question of social reform arises, the political Left reverts to the audacity of hate to coerce people into conformity.
Its default position is to mob and vilify dissenters.
It acts as though Australia were a country under democratic socialism rather than liberal democracy.
Like revolutionary socialism, the democratic model holds socialism as the only end of democracy, but its tenets are introduced using the state and associated institutions rather than militant revolution.
During the past week, the socialist Left position on gay marriage has been promulgated by Labor, the Greens and the state media institutions that consistently prosecute the Left party line: SBS and the ABC.
In news and on current affairs programs, the ABC has so aggressively campaigned for the socialist Left’s anti-plebiscite position, it appeared there was no alternative. And that is perfectly consistent with the one-party-rule ethos of democratic socialism.
But it just happens to run counter to the Australian people’s will — namely, the democratic mandate for a plebiscite endorsed at the federal election.
Whenever a pro-plebiscite voice is raised, the Left howls it down in a chorus of contempt. Predictably, Christians and conservatives are the principal victims of the Left’s pre-emptive moral infallibility. For example, when it looked as though Stephen O’Doherty, chief executive of Christian Schools Australia, was winning the plebiscite debate on ABC’s The Drum, host Julia Baird interrupted to prosecute an anti-plebiscite line in unison with the other panelists.
Tony Jones, the host of ABC’s Q&A, so routinely interrupts politically incorrect panellists that the online forum Catallaxy Files holds bids for “interruption lotto” before each show.
The tendency of the political Left to contort democracy whenever it conflicts with politically correct ideology is evident also in its main counter-argument to the plebiscite, which actually constitutes a rationale for it.
Anti-plebiscite politicians and commentators believe they can relieve Australia of the people’s will by appeal to representative democracy.
Yet the zenith of representative democracy — the popular democratic election under a system of universal suffrage — yielded a yes vote for the plebiscite as a central feature of the Coalition’s election platform.
In recent years the appeal to representative democracy has been fashioned into a rhetorical tool of convenience to justify everything from policy reversals to unseating prime ministers. It is the default defence of those who seek a ready rationale for acting against the will of the people expressed in federal elections.
And it seems that appeals to representative democracy stripped of both genuine representation and democracy are especially popular among the members of left-leaning factions in both major parties.
Such appeals were used to unseat Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd and Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott.
However, hollow appeals to representative democracy threaten its future by subordinating the people’s will to party politics and replacing election mandates with polls.
They are the source of the growing democratic deficit — the vast gulf between the people and the elites — producing political instability across the West.
The government has a mandate to pass the bill for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
The mandate was provided by millions of Australians who voted for the Coalition in the July election.
Labor would have liked to win the election with its opposing campaign to legislate for same-sex marriage in parliament. But it did not win.
Having lost the popular vote, Labor seeks to subvert democracy by blocking the plebiscite.
The worrying implication is that the Left may actually loathe the people and mistrust democracy as much as its anti-plebiscite propaganda suggests.
Western freedom is under imminent threat. The enemy is at the gates, they have gained control of education, universities, media, political parties. It will be a long and draining battle to regain lost ground, but it will be done, as it has been done throughout all previous attacks.
Our forefathers fought bad ideas and ideologies last century so we could be free today. We have taken this freedom for granted. Please defend Australia against the bad ideological experiment of today, the anti-freedom rainbow ideology imposing intolerant changes on our society such as same-sex "marriage," homosexual promotion, recruitment and indoctrination at schools, and gender confusion.
Encouraging the normalization of homosexual sex acts, especially to children, by changing Australian marriage laws does not serve the public good in any way, nor does it benefit our nation's children.
Marriage is not a fad or plaything of selfish adults, politicians, media, radicals, militant homosexuals, Marxists and social anarchists. It is a foundation of good society. If we dismantle this foundation we dismantle much of what is good in our nation.
Defending marriage is defending children. Children need adults to protect them, to speak up for them, to make wise choices for them, to preserve the best world they can for them, to be good stewards of the present so the children do not suffer in the future. We need to speak up for children who need protection from harmful ideas, like the normalization of homosexual sexual practices and lifestyle, and who need both a mum and a dad. and a stable home.
If the law and resources of the state proactively require affirmation of homosexual behavior under threat of punishment, and silences a vast majority of citizens, we no longer live in a free country. The indoctrination of school children by the state, restrictions on what Christian and Jewish Australians can speak about in public, good citizens imprisoned and fined for speaking what they legitimately hold to be truth. Australia will no longer be young and free.
Road to tyranny is paved with Leftie assumptions
12:00AM September 27, 2016
When your news and views come from a tightly controlled, left-wing media echo chamber, it may come as a bit of a shock to learn that in the July election almost 600,000 voters gave their first preference to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. You may also be surprised to know that still deluded conservatives remain disenchanted with the media’s favourite Liberal, Malcolm Turnbull, for his epic fail as Prime Minister, especially when compared with the increasingly respected leader he deposed.
Perhaps when media outlets saturate us with “appropriate” thoughts and “acceptable” speech, and nonconformists are banished from television, radio and print, it’s easy to miss what is happening on the uneducated side of the tracks. After all, members of the better educated and morally superior political class use a compliant media to shelter us from the dangerous, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, welfare-reforming, climate-change denying bigots who inhabit the outer suburbs and countryside — the people whom Hillary Clinton calls “the deplorables”.
They must be vilified without debate, lest too many of us waver on the virtues of bigger governments, central planning, more bloated bureaucracies, higher taxes, unaffordable welfare, a “carbon-free” economy, more regulations, open borders, gender-free and values-free schools and same-sex marriage; the sort of agenda that finds favour at the UN.
Yet history is solid with evidence that this agenda will never deliver the promised human dignity, prosperity and liberty. Only free and open societies with small governments can do that.
Gradually, the masses are realising something is wrong. Their wealth and income growth is stagnating and their living standards are threatened. They see their taxes wasted on expensive, ill-conceived social programs. They live with migrants who refuse to integrate. They resent having government in their lives on everything from home renovations to recreational fishing, from penalty rates to free speech.
Thomas Jefferson’s warning that “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground” is now a stark reality.
The terms “people’s representative” and “public servant” have become a parody. In today’s world we are the servants and, if it suits, we are brushed aside with callous indifference. Like the Labor government’s disregard for the enormous emotional and financial hurt suffered when, overnight, it shut down live cattle exports on the strength of a television show.
Or like the NSW parliament passing laws banning greyhound racing in the state. There was no remorse for the ruined lives of thousands of innocent people, many of whom won’t recover. Talk of compensation is a travesty.
Or like the victims neighbouring Williamtown and Oakey air force bases, made ill from toxic contamination of groundwater. Around the world it’s known chemical agents used in airport fire drills cause cancer, neurological disease and reproductive disorders, yet the Australian Department of Defence simply denies responsibility. The powerless are hopelessly trapped between health risks and valueless properties.
Similar disdain is shown for those living near coal-seam gas fields and wind turbines. The authorities know of the health and financial impacts but defend operators by bending rules and ignoring guidelines.
If governments believe the ends justify the means, people don’t matter.
When Ernst & Young research finds one in eight Australians can’t meet their electricity bills, rather than show compassion for the poor and the elderly, governments push ruthlessly ahead with inefficient and expensive renewable energy projects.
This newspaper’s former editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell reveals in his book, Making Headlines, how Kevin Rudd, when prime minister, brazenly attempted to use state power to investigate “the relationship between my paper and him”. Rudd’s successor, Julia Gillard, wanted to establish a media watchdog to effectively gag journalists.
None of this is fantasy and it explains why people are losing confidence in the democratic system. Australians feel increasingly marginalised and unrepresented. They are tired of spin and being lied to. They know that data is often withheld or manipulated.
As they struggle to make ends meet, they watch helplessly as the established political class shamelessly abuses its many privileges. It appears its sole purpose in life is to rule, not to govern. This adds weight to the insightful contention by the Business Council of Australia’s Jennifer Westacott that Australia is in desperate need of a national purpose.
It’s no wonder, to paraphrase American author Don Fredrick, that a growing number of Australians no longer want a tune-up at the same old garage. They want a new engine installed by experts — and they are increasingly of the view that the current crop of state and federal mechanics lacks the skills and experience to do the job.
One Nation may not be the answer, but its garage does offer a new engine.
This is Australia’s version of the Trump phenomenon. Like Donald Trump, Hanson is a non-establishment political disrupter. However, unlike Trump, who may soon occupy the White House, Hanson won’t inhabit the Lodge.
This leaves Australia’s establishment and the central planners very much in control. It means we will remain firmly on our current bigger-government path, financed by higher taxes and creative accounting.
Nobel laureate economist FA Hayek observes in his book The Road to Serfdom: “The more planners improvise, the greater the disturbance to normal business. Everyone suffers. People feel rightly that ‘planners’ can’t get things done.”
But he argues that, ironically, in a crisis the risk is that rather than wind back the role of government, people automatically turn to someone strong who demands obedience and uses coercion to achieve objectives.
Australia is now on that road to tyranny and, with another global recession in prospect and nearly 50 per cent of voters already dependent on government, the incentive is to vote for more government, not less.
The left-wing media echo-chamber will be an enthusiastic cheerleader.
Laws teach. A law which promotes and protects something (homosexual sex) which billions of people around the world have always considered to be physically and mentally harmful will cause social havoc, division and confusion. It will restrict freedom of speech and religion. It will effectively silence and possibly eventually criminalize those who publicly disagree with homosexual marriage. It will enslave people in many ways rather than advance human flourishing and freedom,
What is the nature of marriage and what are the consequences for redefining it?
Marriage is based on:
Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. It will legally discriminate against those who hold the traditional view of marriage, that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and potentially will outlaw the legitimate view of millions of people.
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In reality there is no "equality" for anyone by dismantling the two age-old institutions of traditional marriage and family, it is simply causing mass division in our society, and will irreparably harm thousands of children.
"Compromise where you can, but where you cant, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, NO, you move." (From Captain America-Civil War)
From the Canberra Declaration.org.au
We have seen many amazing things happen over the past six years since the Canberra Declaration came into existence on 23 July 2010. Over 69,000 Australians have signed the Canberra Declaration. Wonderful things have happened as a result of your emails, letters, phone calls, prayers and your personal activism.
Australia is the only country in the English-speaking Western world that still has marriage defined as being between a man and a woman. The Canberra Declaration community has played an important role in the battle for marriage in Australia and we believe will continue to do so. The greatest results have occurred as we have mixed our personal activism with our personal prayers.
The Canberra Declaration has been the greatest supporter of the National Day of Prayer & Fasting. This year the National Day of Prayer & Fasting was held on 7 February 2016, in the Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra. This was the very same day the Safe School's horror story began to unravel in mainstream media. This unravelling has not stopped. Is this a coincidence or is it divine providence? We believe the latter. Soli Deo Gloria!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjOoNL_0ZVs - 1.45min
You are a big part of that miracle. Therefore the leaders behind the Canberra Declaration and the National Day of Prayer & Fasting are working together to invite you to join us for our historic 'Battle for Marriage Webinar'.
During the 'Battle for Marriage Webinar' -
For those who join us and register for the 'The Battle for Marriage Webinar', a free copy of "21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters" will be available for download along with a free copy of "16 Reasons For Sexual Integrity".
Space for this one-time-only, live web-event is limited. You can join by phone or online. This invitation is going out to well over 25,000 people, so REGISTER NOW to claim your free spot in 'The Battle for Marriage Webinar'.
WHAT: 'The Battle for Marriage Webinar'
DATE: Next Tuesday 27 September 2016
TIME: 8PM-EST (7:30PM SA & NT, 6PM WA)
REGISTRATION LINK: https://ausheart.wufoo.com/forms/battle-for-marriage-webinar-registration/
Let us all expect God to do something great as we pray together to help launch the Month of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage from 1-31st October 2016. To receive a personal daily devotional by email over the month of October as we together pray for marriage and families, SIGN UP TODAY FOR DEVOTIONS at https://ausheart.wufoo.com/forms/prayer-fasting-for-marriage-devotionals/.
James 15:13 says, "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful result" (NLT). R.C. Sproul said, "Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us".
Join us on the webinar as we pray for marriage, outline our goals for the coming months and share how together we can make a difference!
New petition to Bill Shorten:
"The bigots and haters must be silenced. How dare they stand up for such a dangerous view on marriage. Man + woman! Silence them. Re-educate them. Fine them. In fact imprison them. Who says we need traditional marriage to perpetuate the human race? Dinosaurs. Close them down. Who says children need a mum and a dad? Haters! Gay sex should be compulsory for all if they want to use public roads, hospitals, schools, etc. Just make them believe or send them to Manus Island. Down with the bigots!"
Send all bigots to Manus Island
Please email all LNP politicians here and ask them to stand strong against the pressure from the left to capitulate and have a parliamentary vote.
"What will happen if the plebiscite legislation ISN’T passed?
Andrew Bolt has warned that the Prime Minister has not been forthcoming in saying WHAT might happen if the plebiscite legislation is defeated. Last Friday, Mr Turnbull said on 3AW, after making compromises on superannuation changes, “We may have to negotiate on all of these matters.”
If that includes homosexual ‘marriage’, then what happens if the plebiscite legislation isn’t passed?
|If a plebiscite is not held, would we end up with a vote in parliament? Andrew Bolt thinks it could lead to that… first presenting the issue to the Cabinet and then to the party room as well, and then a potential vote of parliament.
Andrew also highlights the new politics we face, and writes about the closing down of the meeting organised by Christian groups this week.
Prior to the election, we wrote that, if the ‘plebiscite enabling legislation’ is defeated, then a likely scenario might be a ‘cross-party’ Bill, like we saw with RU 486…
Article: Vote on marriage equality reveals the haters of the Left, Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, 19/9/2016.
If link doesn't open, Google "Vote reveals the haters of the Left" or try here.
BOOK BANNING - Printer REFUSES to print book
In the latest attack on free speech, a printing firm in Maryborough, Victoria, has REFUSED to print a book opposing the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage. The book, ‘Stealing from a Child’, by Dr David van Gend, from the Australian Marriage Forum, is being published by Connor Court.
The printing firm is McPherson's, which is now owned by Opus Group, headquartered in Sydney.
A national ‘launch’ tour for the book starts in Brisbane today.
Click here for details of the national tour.
David van Gend reveals that the printers have had the book for TWO WEEKS, and had agreed to print it, but only told the publisher the DAY BEFORE the book launch that they would not be printing it!
The printer wrote, "Due to the subject matter and content of your book, unfortunately I have been instructed by senior management not to proceed with printing this title."
David van Gend said, “If they were trying to make it impossible for me to supply books for the national tour, they have failed, because the heavy early demand for books meant we had to run off a few thousand interim copies digitally at a different company and we will be able to supply demand for at least the next week, until we find a new offset-printer.”
AMF have issued a Media Release, with some insightful comments. David said, “I defy anyone to find a single word in my book that should not be printed. I can understand the gay lobby being worried about a book that so clearly exposes the harms of genderless 'marriage' and of the whole genderless package deal that comes with it, but they should not try to shut down our side of the debate by banning a book!”
David said, "I can only say to people, read the book and try to find anything that could justify this printing company acting as a branch of the Thought Police. Only today a Member of Parliament messaged me and said, "I couldn't put the book down. It's a clarion call to the complacent - a wonderfully kind but persuasive read."
Apparently, homosexuals are planning to 'infiltrate' and protest at the book launch - see report here.
The organiser said it was a "peaceful vigil" but added that "far left" groups and "militant unions" would be in attendance!
This report includes a very good 9 minute speech by Dr David van Gend. Well worth watching.
Read the Australian Marriage Forum Media Release: Censored! OpusGroup refuses to print Dr van Gend’s book
Buy the book – click here.
Or you can purchase one at any of the launch events.
Andrew Bolt posted a blog about the book banning – click here.
He also did a statement on TV - click here for it on the AMF site.
David van Gend writes, "Don't worry: the national book launch of STEALING FROM A CHILD: THE INJUSTICE OF 'MARRIAGE EQUALITY' will proceed and the books will be supplied by a company that wants to print books, not dictate what Australian adults can and can't read or discuss!"
As one commenter on Andrew Bolt's blog said, “What we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg in regards to what will happen if SSM is legalised ..They are already showing us their real colours.” Another said, “Based on this example, those who oppose SSM should have the right to refuse to have anything to do commercially with a SSM ceremony, like baking a cake, printing invitations, providing a venue. But don’t bet on it! One rule for them, another rule for us.”
"Unbelievable! Commercial printer acts as censor; bans book against same-sex 'marriage'
Pretending that governments even have the power to decide what marriage and family is, will only lead to more intrusive big government, not just in their attempt to further broaden the areas of our lives they try to regulate, but in the expansion of the bureaucracy required to clean up the consequential mess or fruit of undermining two of the foundations of society.
Such consequences could include an increase in health care, both physical and mental health, increased crime rates, child abuse, drug use, child poverty etc. etc., all leading to bigger government.
Intentionally changing the definition of parenting and encouraging children to be raised by two men or two women, the social engineering and sex ed programs will all create a generation of such confused and messed up children that the consequences will be horrendous.
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.