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LET YOUR YEA BE YEA AND YOUR NAY BE NAY

There are questions which we cannot avoid and from which we cannot hide in a fog of rhetorical questions and vague allusions. Basically, there is the question of whether single-sex cohabitation is a sin which separates people from the Church, or not. By Sergei Khudiev The article by Archpriest Robert Arrida ‘Response To Myself’ is of interest, but not so much ... Read More »

Hypocrisy: Gay Bakeries refuse to advocate traditional marriage but Christian bakeries have to advocate gay rights

  13 GAY BAKERIES REFUSE TO MAKE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE CAKE WITH THE MESSAGE: ‘GAY MARRIAGE IS WRONG’   Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man’s request when he asked if they’d make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read “gay marriage ... Read More »

Religious instruction scrapped from curriculum

Victorian schools will scrap special religious instruction from class time, with changes to the state’s curriculum throwing the future of the controversial program in doubt. The Andrews government has ordered that the weekly 30 minute program move to lunchtime and before and after school in 2016 to make way for new content on world histories, cultures, faiths and ethics. Classes that ... Read More »

A Fundamental and Dangerous Misunderstanding of Marriage

To say that the institution of marriage is undergoing an unusual crisis in our times would be a commonplace observation. Sociologists, psychologists, educators and all institutions that are involved with marriage and family are speaking to us sufficiently. However, in expressing their pessimistic views about marriage, they all begin from a starting point completely different from that of the theologian. ... Read More »

Not convinced by the hype, Australians want a more informed debate on changing the Marriage Act

Despite years of relentless media and celebrity championing of same-sex marriage, Australians still think it is a low order issue and want more informed debate. This morning’s release of a Sexton Marketing poll that found same-sex marriage ranked 13th of the political issues people were most concerned with. Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said ACL-commissioned polling by JWS ... Read More »

Australian Marriage Alliance Media Release: “It’s Not Marriage”

SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ DISCRIMINATES AGAINST KIDS As Federal Parliament reconvenes, in a week that will see yet another same-sex ‘marriage’ Bill tabled, the Australian Marriage Forum has placed a full page Ad in The Australian, challenging the injustice of so-called “marriage equality”. “It is time to take the gay lobby down from their moral high horse”, said Dr David van Gend, ... Read More »

STATE FORBIDS PASTORS CALLING HOMOSEXUALITY ‘SINFUL’

The U.S. state of Kentucky has begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counselors in its youth division, insisting that they refrain from calling homosexuality “sinful” and dismissing those who cannot bend their religious faith to accommodate the state requirements. The policy was uncovered by Liberty Counsel, which has sent a letter to Bob Hayter, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile ... Read More »

Nothing equal about this debate

THE homosexual marriage lobby likes to claim it plants its rainbow-coloured flags firmly on the summit of the high moral ground. Diversity has been its catch cry. But it is quick to stiffly opposing viewpoints. Like those of the new Marriage Alliance. The group, launched last weekend, supports the Marriage Act and wants to start a proper debate on same ... Read More »

UK MP calls for anti-terror laws be used to silence dissent on same-sex marriage

Calls this week by a UK Government MP for anti-terrorism legislation to be used to silence believers in traditional marriage should serve as a warning to Australian parliamentarians about where this political agenda is heading overseas. Mark Spencer, the Conservative MP for Sherwood recently said in a letter to a constituent that controversial new Extremism Disruption Orders should be used ... Read More »

Labor decision to expel supporters of man-woman only marriage signals new era of intolerance

Labor Party decides for Zero Tolerance The Same-sex marriage debate entered a new phase of intolerance with Labor voting to expel parliamentarians who advocate man-woman only marriage. In two parliaments time, Labor MPs and Senators who vote against redefining marriage will be expelled from the Party. Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said this was devastating for the millions ... Read More »