The term "civil marriage" or "civil union" has become a euphemism for both the legal and social legitimation of homosexuality.
In the current public conversation the phrase no longer means the wedding of a man and woman conducted by a civil authority
- a town clerk or a justice of the peace or a judge. In that old sense of the term, of course, every legal marriage is a civil
one, because the ministers and priests and rabbis who conduct weddings according to the established rites of their respective
religions are at the same time acting with full civil authority to do so. The fact that so many of the fully sanctioned marriages
in recent years have turned out to be too casual and thin-blooded to hold out for very long against the trials of real life
is nothing to the point. For while the number of easy-come, easy-go marriages in our midst speaks to the failure of spiritual
education in this great, rich, lucky, but somewhat spiritually impoverished land, there has not until now been any kind of
real assault on what marriage is supposed to mean: one man, one woman, formally and officially joined in the hope of becoming
a real family.
Today what is being called "civil marriage" is a kind of trick of language, a term used as a political
euphemism for surrendering to the most recent demand of the homosexual rights movement.
No Constitutional Right to Free Speech?/Strange Bedfellows
The Age, Monday, Dec 20: "Freedom of religion is...specifically guaranteed by the Australian Constitution. The
freedom to worship as one chooses is entrenched as a right...The same cannot be said of free speech, for which there is no
constitutional guarantee." click for full article
Friday, Dec 17: Catch The Fire Ministries and co-respondents
Pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot were found to have breached Section 8 of the Religious and Racial Tolerance Act
2001. The judgement summary was handed down in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal today by Judge Higgins,
in favour of the complainant, the Islamic Council of Victoria.
In his summary Judge Higgins named statements said to be made by Pastor Scot at the seminar, and then concluded that Pastor
Scot vilified. Many of these statements were direct references from the Qur'an.
The truth is no defense against either vilification or defamation in Australia. I was
issued with Supreme Court writs several years ago for acurately quoting a letter from a politician.
It's time for something to be done.
#2 In a democracy, if the outcry is sufficient, almost anything can be changed. Click to write to the Attorney General Mr Philip Ruddock, your State Attorney General and the Prime Minister, Mr Howard.
If you are concerned that defamation and vilification be subject to the truth of a matter, let them know.
Ask them to tell you what can be done to change the law/act.
If you are concerned that your rights to express your beliefs as a Christian or to quote the Bible (on such subjects as
homosexuality, etc) are in jeopardy, let them know.
This is a timely issue - they are hearing from a wide cross-section of the community at this time because of the Gunns/Greens
writs*, so strategically your email or letter is important...now.
* On the same day the judgement against the Melbourne pastors was handed down, Senator Nettle (Green, NSW) said, "...This
is an attack on free speech and democracy." He was referring not to Pastors Nalliah and Scot, but to writs issued
against 20 Greens.
"This case is putting free speech on trial. If Gunns are successful in getting injunctions against
protesters then they will have effectively made political protest against corporations illegal.
"This suit is clearly
intended to bully into silence politicians, protesters, and anyone attempting to exercise their democratic right to speak
out," said Sen Nettle. full report
As seldom as we seem to have anything in common with the Greens, the fact that we are lobbying at the same time on similar
issues is a tremendous advantage.
That was the battle cry of Shepparton, Victoria's local community concerns group, The
Goulburn Valley Community Action Against Pornography.
Shepparton News, 30 Nov 2004, had pictured on its front page a large sign that reads,
"Club X No Way" and contains a headline that says, 'Passionate Plea Against
Canberra's professional pornography apologist Fiona Patten says "they were experiencing more protest in
Shepparton than they had in other areas."
The usual lies were spread out of Canberra about me (keynote speaker) but
the almost 1000 people at the public rally heard the truth about the clear link between pornography and rape!
invited to address the public rally, speak to youth and community leaders and speak in several combined church services to
help the women, children and families stop the application made for a Club X Mega Porn Supermarket in Shepparton.
leaders, Aboriginal leaders, church leaders, youth leaders, community leaders, families and individuals young and old all
came out to express their opposition to this super porno outlet. One excellent speaker has just been awarded the
Boy's Town "Father of the Year" award! The two aboriginal ladies were terrific! They simply stated 'we don't want
it', 'stay away from Shepparton', 'we were here first and we don't want you here' etc. They were great.
were honking by passing cars, trucks and semi's because two of Shepparton's young girls were holding a placard on the footpath
beside the public rally that said, "Honk Horn For No Porn"! Fantasic.
After being attacked in the media by the
porn professionals the TV and newspaper reporters at the rally I feel confiden t that I presented a clear and concise
picture of why I was there and what we stood for. Under my picture the paper's caption read, "National
anti-pornography campaigner Jack Sonnemann's message rang loud and clear at yesterday's rally - 'pornography causes rape'.
As pornography increases, more women in Shepparton will be raped and more children
will be molested".
I was able to quote from numerous scientific, peer reviewed studies that link pornography
with rape and no-one left the rally without that fact firmly implanted in their minds.
The Goulburn Valley Community Action Against Pornography is a committee made up of strong Christians and have stood up to the wimpish councillors in Shepparton. They have made
it very clear that the community does not want Club X, they have documented the proven causal relationship between porn and
rape, they have made newspaper headlines and television appearances. They have asked Club X to show how their products
will benefit Shepparton and of course no-one from Club X or Canberra's porn industry would debate me. They cannot defend
what they publish.
The Goldburn Valley community group has really done this right. Please visit their excellent
website at www.gvcaap.info and see how to protest if the mega porno supermarkets try to come into your city. Send them an encouraging email and
you can even contact the Shepparton newspaper and Council through their website. It's great!
Please pray for them - they are in the thick of the battle.
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