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- Australian Christian Lobby calls children of same-sex families “the new stolen generation”..!
- Warns that compulsory gay sex classes will be taught in schools…!!
- Warns that christians will be persecuted…!!
Friends of the Prime Minister, the so-called “Australian Christian lobby,” have issued a bizarre statement declaring that same sex marriage could lead to a new “stolen generation,” and would inevitably lead to children being taught the “mechanics” of gay sex acts in school sex education classes.
In a rambling statement, the Lobby’s managing director Lyle Shelton said that Kevin Rudd’s overnight change-of-mind ignored the consequence of “robbing children of their biological identity” through “same-sex surrogacy” and what it calls “other assisted reproductive technologies”.
“Marriage is not just an affectionate relationship between two people regardless of gender,” Mr Shelton said. “Marriage has always been about providing stability and biological identity for children wherever possible.
“What Mr Rudd has not considered is whether or not it is right for children to be taken through technology from their biological parent so that ‘married’ same-sex couples can fulfil their desires.”
Mr Shelton’s concerns over same sex marriage range beyond his fear of robbing children of their identity.
He also fears potential backlashes against the church.
“Wherever same sex marriage or equivalents have been legislated, Christians have been pursued by activists,” he said.
Look out Christians. We’re coming to get you!
“Christian businesses have been closed down, public servants and even pastors hauled into court and fined for exercising their conscience,” said Mr Shelton.
“No government has the right to create these vulnerabilities for the church-going twenty per cent of the population in order to allow the point two per cent who will take advantage of this to redefine marriage,”he said.
But not every Christian sees it that way. Reverend Ben Gilmour, a minister at Paddington Uniting Church in Sydney, describes Mr Shelton’s comments on the so-called new stolen generation as “fear mongering”.
“I think that that kind of statement really victimises any child who may not have been brought up in a heterosexual marriage,” Rev Gilmour told The Gutter Trash.
“It’s an abusive thing to say.”
Rev Gilmour said Mr Shelton’s comments about churchgoers being “vulnerable”were laughable.
“I think the argument of playing the victim is a bit rich,”he said.
“I would say there are lots of Christians who do not support the ACL. My community in Paddington would say they don’t support it.”
The ACL appears to have developed an unusual PR policy of linking same sex marriage to other social issues.
In a statement last year, it said smoking was healthier than gay marriage.
It concluded its statement today by saying that “all major Australian church denominations officially oppose same sex marriage.”
God bless them.
- Kevin Rudd declares his support for same sex marriage
- Gillard looks like a stupid cow yet again
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has thrown his support behind same sex marriage in a blog post on his website.
“I have come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage,” Mr Rudd said. “I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage.”
Mr Rudd said any marriage equality legislation brought forward should not place any requirement on churches or religious institutions to conduct same sex marriages.
The former PM and current backbencher’s announcement marks a significant shift for Mr Rudd.
In September 2012, Mr Rudd voted against gay marriage legislation introduced by fellow ALP backbencher Stephen Jones.
Mr Rudd said that the move had come after a lengthy period of reflection on the issue, including conversations with people of faith such as a “capital G God botherer”, who had confessed he was gay and asked whether Mr Rudd had changed his position on same sex marriage.
“Some will ask why I am saying all this now. For me, this issue has been a difficult personal journey, as I have read much, and talked now with many people, and of late for the first time in a long time I have had the time to do both,” he wrote.
“I have long resisted going with the growing tide of public opinion just for the sake of it. Those who know me well know that I have tried in good conscience to deal with the ethical fundamentals of the issue and reach an ethical conclusion.”
Mr Rudd said his political enemies would interpret his announcement as a political manouevre.
“My opponents both within and beyond the Labor Party, will read all sorts of political significances into this,
That’s a matter for them. There is no such thing as perfect timing to go public on issues such as this.”
Mr Rudd said he would not be taking any leadership position on the issue nationally.
Many Christians would not agree with his stance, he said, but he had never accepted the argument from some Christians that homosexuality was abnormal.
“People do not choose to be gay,” he said.
- Craig Thomson’s Latest Cash Grab: you do know that we’re paying for it?
- Denies he’s doing it for the money
- Still surviving on $60 in the bank (apparently)
Craig Thomson claims that he is the underdog when he recontests the seat of Dobell as an independent, but insists he is not running in the election for the money.
If Mr Thomson loses his seat on September 14, he stands to gain up to six months’ pay in a resettlement allowance that can be paid to MPs who are defeated at an election.
Craig Thomson was suspended from the ALP last year but says it has been his decision to quit the party and contest the election as an independent.
He told Gutter Trash reporters earlier today that his constituents in his NSW Central Coast seat had “urged him to stand again” and his family have also supported the move.
The embattled MP is facing civil and criminal charges relating to his alleged misuse of Health Services Union funds when he was national secretary.
He has repeatedly declared his innocence.
Mr Thomson said he arranged a meeting with the ALP’s NSW general secretary Sam Dastyari last week to tell him he would be standing as an independent.
According to Mr Thomson, Mr Dastyari invited the independent MP to stand for preselection in Dobell and raised the issue of redundancy entitlements if he was beaten.
”Sam made it clear that if I wanted to stand for preselection I could do so, and if the party didn’t preselect me, I would be entitled to redundancy,” Mr Thomson said.
”I didn’t feel in any sense that Sam was trying to induce me to take a particular course of action, he was advising me as to what I [would] be entitled to under different circumstances.”
On Thursday, Mr Dastyari appeared to contradict this account with the tweet:
”Craig Thomson’s membership of the Labor Party was suspended a year ago. You can’t contest a preselection if you are suspended.”
Earlier today, the Federal Opposition tried to force Mr Thomson to make a statement to parliament on the issue of ”inducements”, but Labor blocked the move.
Shadow attorney-general George Brandis later said he had written to Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus asking him to investigate the matter.
Senator Brandis referred specifically to a claim reported in a News Limited newspaper that Mr Thomson ”rejected an offer from the NSW Labor Party to allow him to be beaten in a Labor preselection contest – a move which would have qualified him for the politician’s equivalent of a six-month redundancy worth up to $100,000”.
Senator Brandis said that if this was true, then a person or persons within the ALP had sought to induce Mr Thomson to undergo a ”sham preselection process for the purpose of fraudulently increasing his severance entitlements”.
Senator Brandis suggested that this breached sections of the Criminal Code and Commonwealth Electoral Acts.
Mr Thomson said he was entitled to a similar payment regardless of whether he lost the Labor preselection or stood for Dobell and lost as an independent.
”There’s no material advantage in either of those things,” he said before insisting that “the money was not much of a consideration” for him.
”The money, all those options, haven’t been much of a consideration, which is why I went through with what happened with Sam Dastiaryi, they are not the motivations for me in terms of this.”
He acknowledged that he would be an underdog but said he could get some ”big wins” for the Central Coast simply by standing on September 14, particularly around the issue of water supply.
He added that his decision to stand also reflected his innocence when it came to allegations he had misused union funds.
”Someone who thinks they’re going to be found guilty or has committed a crime isn’t going to put their hand up to stand for public office,” he said.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told reporters in Canberra that the people of Dobell would ”express their views on September 14”, noting that Mr Thomson was suspended from the Labor Party ”some time ago”.
written and reviewed by TB Queensland…
STAR TREK – Into Darkness ★★★★
First up – I’m a fan of ST … not of 3D we watched it in 2D.
The film … great graphics … typical storyline for ST (that I won’t reveal) … really good characterisation of the (original) crew and integration with original characters and concepts … script was good for this type of film, few funny lines (I actually laughed) … plenty of action and I actually jumped a couple of times as ships were hit in surprise attacks (unusual for me, The Minister was amused!) … directing was tight … as was the editing …
Seemed odd not to be bombarded with foul language … a nice change …
Overall a good film – set up as either the pilot for a new TV series (I suspect) or a series of films … maybe both …
The audience sat through the titles at the end – mainly (I suspect) because of the revamped version of the original ST theme …
The Minister, commented on the way out – “I’d watch that again” … so from her … ★★★★
Ooops times up …
Note: Our only objection was the volume in the cinema … we had to put tissues in our ears … and I was advised last week that my hearing would improve with hearing aids!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!
Budget Night Bingo – the fun filled game for our resident alcoholics and red wine enthusiasts alike.
One thing is for sure, tomorrow night’s Budget will be a Budget like no other we’ve seen in living memory.
For some two years or more, the Gillard government has made much fanfare of delivering a budget surplus in 2013. It has been a core commitment since the last election and one that was designed to cement the Gillard government’s economic credentials. So much so, that only recently Julia Gillard declared that “failure is not an option” when it came to delivering upon this commitment.
In a matter of hours from now, the Government will officially reveal the 2013-2014 Federal Budget and confirm, by its own measure, its financial incompetence.
If, as Treasurer Wayne Swan would have us believe, the Australian economy is in tremendous shape, it makes his inability to achieve his own financial targets all the more glaringly obvious.
As a team Gillard and Swan are now beyond the realms of embarrassing, it’s shameful, and tomorrow night’s performance will be almost painstaking agonising to watch.
However, fortunately we have Budget Night Bingo to keep us entertained, and Tom and Evil Walrus have already got the ball rolling with Wayne’s talking points well in hand.
All we need to do now is stock up on the refreshment of your choice and wait for carnival of Canberra cadavers to take to the stage…