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Commencing on first Saturday in Feb. 6th 2021 at 4pm. members are invited to pray the Rosary every first Saturday of the month outside Maryknoll Post Office to help fellow-Australians become aware of the new laws that have been, and are being introduced into every State throughout Australia that concerns all parents. We have noticed that Christians can be persecuted and put in jail for praying. This will effect your natural rights as parents. Being a human issue the first step is to target Christians disguising the fact that it effects every parent whether you are Christian or non-Christian. The natural rights of ordinary citizens are taking second place to the rights of the State.





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Information will be regularly posted giving details. In the meantime, The Australian Family Coalition posted this recent summary:


Dear Reader,

We almost didn’t know where to start this email.
It’s a longer-than-usual report, but we thought it was crucial to update you on what’s happening around the country.
You’re not likely to read much of this in the media – at least, not without their spin.

Radical abortion-to-birth bill progresses in SA
In a late-night session that lasted until around 1.20am, the SA upper house of Parliament voted in favour of the shocking abortion-to-birth bill.

Labor MLC Clare Scriven and Liberal MLC Nicola Centofanti valiantly led the charge to lessen the potential harm of the bill, including putting amendments to:
  • restrict the ease with which late-term abortions could be accessed;
  • preserve conscientious objection for medical professionals; and
  • ban sex-selection abortions
All of these and more were shot down, often after acrimonious debate.

The final vote was 12 to 9 in favour of the bill, which now heads to the lower house in the first week of February 2021.

It’s worth noting that the 12-9 result was better than we had hoped for. This should encourage SA supporters ahead of the lower house debate.

SA supporters can also be proud of their efforts. Numerous MLCs pointed to the 4000-4400 contacts they had each received from the public: emails, phone call, letters and visits.

Nearly 3400 AFC supporters emailed their MLCs prior to the vote – and we have no way of knowing the number of letters sent and phone calls made (which were many) – so your efforts account for the overwhelming bulk of correspondence to parliamentarians.

WELL DONE AND THANK YOU!


We’ll be in touch with SA readers again soon with more particulars and further steps for action.


Religious freedom at risk in Victoria
The Victorian Labor Government has rushed its Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill through the lower house of State Parliament.

This is relevant to those in other states too, especially Tasmania and SA, which are headed for similar debates soon.

The Victorian bill purports to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy”, both in secular and faith-based settings. But there is no evidence of any problem that needs fixing.

So-called “conversion therapy” is a name that conjures up images of violence and harm – but, in reality, is nothing more than a convenient label by which to attack freedom of religion and belief.

If passed, this shocking legislation would ban any “practice or conduct” towards a person even if undertaken with the person’s consent aimed at “changing or suppressing the sexual orientation or gender identity of the person”.

BUT, people would still be permitted to participate in any practice that “supportive of or affirms a person's gender identity or sexual orientation”. This includes conduct aimed at supporting gender transitions and expression of “gender identity”.

Similar legislation elsewhere has been described as a “stay gay bill” – but in opening the Pandora’s box of “gender identity”, this bill goes much further.

Parents should be alarmed. Any attempt to even counsel or pray with their own children over matters of their sexuality or gender could see them charged with an offence.

And churches and faith organisations are specifically targeted.


Aside from secular services such as psychiatric therapy, the bill prohibits “carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer-based practice, a deliverance practice or an exorcism.”


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The penalties for breaching the legislation are serious.

For more serious offences, individuals face up to 10 years’ jail, a fine of up to $198,264, or both. For organisations, the fine rises to a maximum of $991,320.

And it gets even worse. People outside Victoria can commit an offence if they counsel or pray for a Victorian over any matter of sexuality or gender.

Ultimately, the bill is less about preventing the “suppression” of sexuality and gender identity than it is about suppressing churches.

It will potentially make criminals of parents if they discuss, counsel or even pray with their own children on matters of sexuality or gender. This is abhorrent.

Sadly, the bill passed the Victorian lower house yesterday – to the cries of “bigots” and calls for Christians to change their beliefs and get with the times.

The bill now goes before the upper house.

…and in South Australia too

SA Attorney-General Vickie Chapman (who commissioned the abortion bill) is also overseeing a consultation into the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

It’s allegedly aimed at creating “a better balance between equality and religious freedom rights”. You can probably guess what that means.

The proposal is to remove most of churches’ remaining ability to “discriminate” in matters of sex, sexuality, or gender identity.

It strikes at the very heart of religious freedom, parental rights, and freedom of association.


Changes would affect many church-run services including children’s education (at all levels), health care, aged care, and foster care placement.

You can imagine just some of the issues these changes could create for faith-based bodies:
  • Schools forced to outline their policies in writing in order to choose who they employ – with no guarantee this would even work (e.g. if an existing teacher entered a same-sex ‘marriage’ or sought a ‘gender transition’).
  • Schools unable to respond to children ‘transitioning gender’, with students and teachers compelled to use ‘preferred pronouns’ – and consequential effects on bathroom use, school sports, accommodation, etc.
  • Schools increasingly unable to keep sex-ed programs in line with their beliefs – and even their teaching about the nature of marriage and family more broadly.
  • Foster care agencies unable to favour married couples over singles, or man-woman couples over same-sex couples.
  • Women’s shelters unable to accept or employ only biological females.
  • Hospitals unable to refuse provision of gender reassignment surgery or related hormone treatment, nor IVF to same-sex couples.

Make no mistake: these changes will be sweeping. And there was only a thin veneer of a consultation which closed on 27 November, with a bill now being finalised for MPs’ consideration.

Vulnerable at risk in Tasmania
Tasmania is now a few rubber stamps away from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

With the Premier and his deputy switching their votes in favour of independent MLC Mike Gaffney’s bill, the state's lower house has supported the measure, 17 votes to 7.

The bill had already passed the upper house, so all that remains are the consideration of amendments, a brief “inquiry” (into how the scheme should work, not whether it should) and the matter will be settled.

Thank you to all our Tasmanian friends for making your voices heard.

There is a constant need to remind people generally that euthanasia is not about "turning off the machine". It’s the deliberate ending of a life.

Overseas experience also shows that opening Pandora's Box leads to such awful practices as involuntary euthanasia and child euthanasia.

A similar debate will soon be had in Queensland – and SA copped not one, but TWO euthanasia bills last week.

Bills were introduced simultaneously in the lower and upper houses by Labor MP Susan Close and Labor MLC Kyam Maher respectively.

We have so much work to do to preserve – and restore – a culture of life in this country.

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Happy new year! We’re only a fortnight into 2021, but we’ve already witnessed some incredible happenings.

When drafting this first email for the year, I thought about drawing some conclusions from events in the US – to say nothing of the seismic shifts in social media and ‘big tech’.

To be honest, though, that’s not how I want to start the year.

I’d much rather start on a positive note.

Too often, our views (yours and mine – not simply those of this organisation) are characterised and expressed in terms of opposing something.

But that hides the reality of what we stand for.

Speaking personally, I believe that:

  • Life in all its stages is a wonderful gift and worthy of respect.

  • The family is the fundamental unit of society, not the extremes of radical individualism or the state.

  • True man-woman marriage provides the most stable foundation for families and security for the spouses and their children.

  • Western civilisation has bequeathed to us much good that we must preserve and work to restore.

  • The society we enjoy today owes a massive debt to theChristian faith – something that non-believers or those of other faiths should also be able to appreciate.

  • Our freedoms are worth defending.

  • Plus a whole lot more.
As we face the inevitable challenges ahead, let’s take time occasionally to remind ourselves of that profound quote from G.K. Chesterton:

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

Damian Wyld


Director
Australian Family Coalition

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Last night, something happened in the Victorian Parliament which affects all Australians.

The Andrews’ Labor Government successfully passed its so-called Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill.
The bill purports to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy”, both in secular and faith-based settings.

“Conversion therapy” conjures up images of violence and harm – something no one supports – but is really a smokescreen by which to attack freedom of religion and belief.

This shocking legislation will ban any “practice or conduct” towards a person, even if undertaken with the person’s consent, aimed at “changing or suppressing the sexual orientation or gender identity of the person”.

BUT, people would still be permitted to participate in any practice that “supportive of or affirms a person's gender identity or sexual orientation”. This includes conduct aimed at supporting gender transitions and expression of “gender identity”.

Parents should be alarmed. Any attempt to even counsel or pray with their own children over matters of their sexuality or gender could see them charged with an offence.

And churches and faith organisations are specifically targeted. Aside from secular services such as psychiatric therapy, the bill prohibits “carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer based practice, a deliverance practice or an exorcism.”

The penalties for breaching the legislation are serious.

For more serious offences, individuals face up to 10 years’ jail, a fine of up to $198,264, or both. For organisations, the fine rises to a maximum of $991,320.

Every single amendment moved last night – including one to exempt family discussions – was defeated.

The bill was ultimately passed 27 votes to 9.

This is shocking enough for Victorians – especially Victorian parents – but how is it relevant for those in other states and territories?

Firstly, the Victorian bill recognises no borders. Anyone who engages with a Victorian (either within or outside of Victorian borders) for the purpose of “changing or suppressing” will potentially be engaging in a criminal act.

Secondly, Victoria has in recent times been a “first mover” in terms of extreme social legislation. Consider its euthanasia and assisted suicide laws. Or its radical abortion-to-birth laws, carried way back in 2008.

If the Victorian Government feels confident enough to so drastically intrude into the private sexual lives of individuals, the prayer and counselling of churches and medical professionals, and even into the very family home, all Australians should be alarmed at the precedent this poses.

On a practical note, then: what is to be done?

For a start, those in other states and territories must be alert to any attempt to imitate this draconian and intrusive legislation.

And, as we’ve seen on a range of issues, having the best argument or even making the most noise is irrelevant if its fall on deaf ears. In that sense, we need better people in our parliaments.

Nothing much has changed since the 4th century BC, when Plato rightly said:
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
Definitely worth thinking about.

Finally, thank you to our many brave Victorian supporters who took action on this issue. Your efforts do matter and we stand with you.
Kind regards,

The Australian Family Coalition
 

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Due to Easter the Maryknoll Prayer Group will not be meeting this coming first Saturday, 2nd April.

It will be resumed on the first Saturday of May.

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