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