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VICTORIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES DRACONIAN LAW ON GENDER TRANSITION

By Australian Newsletter

The Victorian government’s Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 was passed last week by the upper house, 27 votes to 9. Not one of the reasoned amendments were passed, which leaves parents with children who are exploring their gender identity and, doctors, psychiatrists or psychologists who provide medical care for these children, at risk of complaints of change or suppression practice if they do not affirm and support gender transition. Children and young people presenting with gender dysphoria are left with only one treatment option – to transition gender. Prohibited actions under the Bill include “carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer-based practice”. The prohibition applies whether or not the subject consented to the prayer-based activity. The penalty is up to 10 years’ in jail or an enormous fine.

It is also of serious concern for any Australian writing, discussing, teaching or debating ideas and theories around sexuality, gender, transgenderism or biological sex. The concerns of the Victorian AMA, the RANZCP and the Law Institute of Victoria as well as of faith leaders were ignored. The Bill was also opposed by gay & lesbian groups, feminist legal centres among others. The Andrews government failed to listen to any voice of concern. Only two Liberal/National Party members voted against the bill with all others supporting the Labor Party in voting the Bill into law. In addition to the two Liberal members others who voted against the Bill were the Shooters & Fishers, the Derryn Hinch Justice Party (2), Sustainable Australia, the Liberal Democrats (2) and one Independent.

Source: Australian Family Association

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CALL TO TEACH SATANISM IN QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS REJECTED BY MP

By Australian Newsletter

A call to include Satanist lessons in Religious Instruction in Queensland State Schools is the latest stunt by former Sex Party candidate, Robin Bristow. Queensland parents have applauded Queensland Education Minister, Grace Grace, for her swift response. “Satanism has never been taught in Queensland schools, and it never will be on my watch.” It is very clear that Bristow has no interest in Religious Instruction, rather he is opposed to religion. Bristow has stated that he is not a believer in the supernatural. He regularly refers to his followers as the ‘heathen,’ again, the very definition of which is ‘a person who does not belong to a widely held religion.’ For the purposes of Australian Law, a religion must include belief in the supernatural and a belief or practice cannot be properly characterised as a religion if it is no more than a parody of a religion or a sham.

Australian Christian Lobby’s Queensland Director, Wendy Francis, has thanked Ms Grace for her ongoing support of Religious Instruction and her rejection of this attempt at parody of religious belief, something that is very important to the majority of Australian families.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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I4GIVE DAY LAUNCHED TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC DEATH OF 4 CHILDREN

By Australian Newsletter

A year on from the tragic car crash that killed three of their children, Danny and Leila Abdallah urged others to embrace forgiveness as they marked the anniversary of the four children’s deaths. Last Monday 1 February, i4give Day took place to coincide with the anniversary of the deaths of Antony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah and their cousin Veronique Sakr. In the aftermath of the crash, Mrs Abdallah told reporters “I think in my heart I forgive him” – referring to the intoxicated driver of the vehicle who pleaded guilty to four charges of manslaughter in October, last year. Now, in partnership with the NSW Government, Mrs Abdallah is urging others to honour the legacy of her children by incorporating forgiveness into their own lives. In an interview to launch i4give Day, she said “Forgiveness is very important, not only for us but for everyone.”

“Forgiveness is the way to healing” Mrs Abduallah said. Wearing a necklace with the initials of her deceased children, she acknowledged the outpouring of support from the public following their deaths. “Everyone was touched by it,” Mrs Abdallah said. The Abdallah and Sakr families hope that i4give Day will keep the memories of their children alive, and also be a chance for people to consider the power of forgiveness. Veronique Sakr’s mother Bridget said that she hopes the children’s deaths allow people to “mend bridges with estranged family members and move forward, to love each other in peace and harmony”. Mrs Abdallah echoed that sentiment. “We all get hurt in our life. But then the question is, ‘Is it worth it?’… the pain and regret that you have to live with for the rest of your life,” she said.

The family also spoke about the pain of their first Christmas following the children’s deaths. Mrs Abdallah said her family wanted to be left alone to cry and pray together. But for the sake of their surviving children, they had decided to put up a Christmas tree and get them two presents each. “One from Antony, Angelina and Sienna, sent from heaven. And one from Santa”.  In a radio interview on Christian station Hope 103.2, Mr Abdallah also revealed that the family’s faith has shaped their attitude of forgiveness. “Forgiveness is the core of our faith,” he said. “Christ forgave us for our sins, so who am I not to forgive?” “We choose not to have anger and resentment and bitterness.” Mr Abdallah said that he and his wife wanted to model forgiveness for their surviving children. “Kids don’t do what you say, they do what you do” he said.

“We choose not to have anger and resentment and bitterness. This is the biggest cross someone could carry. We’ve lost our kids. We had to accept the unacceptable.” But in the midst of their grief, Mr Abdallah said they have found peace in forgiveness. “You don’t know what Christ’s peace is until you forgive.” Mr Abdallah said that he hopes i4give Day will prompt the public to “reflect on their own lives and say, ‘These people were able to forgive in the most atrocious of conditions’. They can look at themselves and say, ‘What am I fighting over?’” Adding that forgiveness is not exclusive to Christians, he encouraged the greater public to think about their relationship with loved ones. “Ring each other and reconcile,” he urged. The i4give website will direct the public towards resources to help those dealing with grief, as well as trauma counselling services.

Source: Hope 103.2FM

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ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST CHRISTIAN SERVICE IN AUSTRALIA TO BE CELEBRATED

By Australian Newsletter

At 6:30pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at St Philip’s Anglican Church, Rev Dr John Dickson will be speaking on the same text as Rev Richard Johnson preached on at the first Christian service held in this land, Psalm 116:12. ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?’ Rev. Johnson’s actual Bible and Prayer Book used on that occasion will also be on display. The Service will be Live Streamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/churchhillanglican/live  Please join early at 6:20PM AEDT. The current church houses Australia’s oldest parish. St Philip’s Church has associations with the spiritual development of the colony of NSW and with a number of prominent people including Governor Arthur Phillip, the Reverend Richard Johnson, Governor Hunter and Edmund Blacket.

The first two churches were named for Sir Arthur Phillip, but the current church was named in honour of St Philip the Evangelist. The foundation stone for this building (the third St Philip’s) was laid on 1 May 1848, that being the feast day of St Philip and St James. In addition to the celebration of the first Christian service, National Christian Heritage Sunday gives opportunity for Churches across Australia to celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia’s shores. Australia’s first minister, Rev. Richard Johnson, arrived with the first fleet on the 20th January 1788. Then, on 3rd February 1788, Rev. Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. National Christian Heritage Sunday is celebrated across Australia on the first Sunday in February each year. The date for 2021 will be Sunday 7th February.

For further Information on National Christian Heritage Sunday go to www.nchs.net.au  To read more about Australia’s early Christian history go to The_Hand_of_God.pdf (chr.org.au)

Source: National Alliance of Christian Leaders

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VICTORIAN PREMIERS CHANGE AND SUPPRESSION BILL RHETORIC DOES NOT FIT THE BILL

By Australian Newsletter

Editors comments:  We have devoted this entire newsletter to just one subject, such is the importance of the matter being reported on. The two articles cover the same subject , but from slightly different perspectives. Prayer is urgently needed if Victoria is going to be stopped from going down a path that has very serious implications for the free practice of the Christian faith in that state down the track.

The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Prohibition Bill 2020 passed in the Lower House in Victoria. No MPs were brave enough to oppose this government juggernaut. There are about 30 Liberal/National MPs and most of them understand how dangerous this bill is to parental rights and religious freedom. Yet they did not vote against it. This shows how severe the LGBTQ intimidation and misinformation really are. It will now be debated in the Upper House in early February. There will be no change to the outcome unless there is considerable uprising by the Church and by parents. To indicate what’s at stake, a child who is too young to drive or have a tattoo will be allowed to irreversibly change their gender. If a parent says no, they will be deemed ‘family violence offenders’ and will be subject to restraining orders and up to 10 years in jail.

Pastors will be severely restricted in what they can say or do when a LGBTQ person seeks their help. A same-sex attracted person who wants to live according to the Bible will not be able to request prayer or group support. “On what basis can the government impose restrictions on prayer?” Archbishop Comensoli rightly asks. Soon, praying for LGBTQ struggles could be a crime. All Australians are asked to please pray that MPs, churches, and parents will have the courage to stand against the LGBTQ agenda and protect our freedoms. There is a yawning gap between Daniel Andrews’ extreme rhetoric and the actual content of the Victorian Government’s ‘change and suppression’ bill, according to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). “If the Premier’s ‘change and suppression’ bill merely banned so-called ‘bigoted quackery,’ then nobody would stand against it,” said ACL managing director Martyn Iles.

“The Premier’s rhetoric is extreme and insulting because the Bill clearly bans perfectly innocent conduct by Victorians, including parents who want what’s best for their kids.” “A Victorian parent who does not think irreversible hormone replacement therapy is best for their child is not a bigoted quack, yet that is what the bill bans, on the threat of jail. “A Victorian who prays for someone at their request is not a bigoted quack, yet that is what the bill explicitly bans, on the threat of jail” Iles said. “If Mr Andrews wants to ban bigoted quackery, he should go back to the drawing board, this bill would jail parents, pastors and doctors for perfectly innocent conduct. If Mr Andrews truly believes what he says, then he must also believe that 73% of Victorians are bigoted quacks because polling is showing they do not agree with the bans imposed by this bill” said Mr Iles. ACL joins parents, church leaders and others in urging the Liberal Party and crossbench to reject the bill in the Legislative Council.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby

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PRAYER UNDER THREAT IN VICTORIA

By Australian Newsletter

Totalitarianism is becoming more of a reality each day in Victoria. The government wants to outlaw prayer for gender issues and penalise anyone, including parents, from providing wise counsel, even to their own children. Legislation before the Victorian parliament will make the act of prayer a criminal offence in some circumstances. Yet in an era when it is cool to self-identify as anything but a Christian, hardly anyone is making a fuss. The pretext for the bill is transphobia, a contagion for which the Andrews government believes the church is a super spreader. It will be illegal to counsel a person to change or suppress their chosen gender identity. Prohibited actions include “carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer-based practice”. The prohibition applies whether or not the subject consented to the prayer-based activity. The penalty is up to 10 years’ imprisonment or an enormous fine.

The government is encouraging anyone to do the dobbing, even if they are not personally affected and even if the parties involved consent to the prayer or counselling. It is not just church leaders who might find themselves in strife for failing to affirm a person’s sexual or gender identity. Parents are in trouble, too. The Human Rights Law Alliance warns that “parents who struggle with their 13-year-old daughter’s sudden presentation of gender confusion and who oppose chemical and surgical practices to transition appearance to that of a male, could be made criminals and face jail time”. There has been little publicity about the bill. Only the propaganda of the activists gets a voice while the consultative process remains heavily biased toward the ideological agenda. Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said Nick Cater expressed it best when he said.

We should be encouraging minors to seek a second, third or fourth opinion from doctors, priests, pastors and other professionals before embarking on a path that could alter their bodies irreversibly with a limited chance of improving their mental health. Yet the Victorian law will make it illegal to do anything other than pat them on the head. The issue here is not the maturity of minors, but the intellectual immaturity of adults who exploit teenage anxiety for ideological ends.

Source: Binary

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