FRIDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Another third rail discovered in Australia

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OK, ambitious politicians, here’s a quiz for you. If you get the answer wrong, you lose your job. Are the following remarks a smart move in the same-sex marriage debate?

''It is another chip in the fabric of our social mores. The time has come to ask, when will it end? If we are prepared to redefine marriage … what is the next step? The next step … is having three people that love each other should be able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people. There are even some creepy people out there, who say that it's OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step? Will that be one of the things that say, well, you know, these two creatures love each other, maybe they should be able to join in a union?''

The answer is No. Linking bestiality and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Gay marriage defeated in Australia’s parliament

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Two attempts to legalise same-sex marriage failed in Australia’s Federal Parliament this week. On Wednesday, a private member’s bill sponsored by a Labor MP, Stephen Jones, was defeated by 98 votes to 42 in the House of Representatives. And today, the Senate defeated another bill sponsored by three Labor Senators by 41 votes to 26.

The governing Labor Party (ALP)allowed its members a conscience vote on the issue - meaning they were not bound to vote as a bloc - but Liberal-National Party coalition did not. Ten of the 17 cabinet ministers in the lower house voted in favour of the bill. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, Treasurer Wayne Swan and former PM Kevin Rudd were amongst the ALP members who voted against it. Two Liberal Party Senators were absent to avoid crossing the floor after making passionate pleas for gay marriage in the debate.

One of the most prominent supporters of gay… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Silly but sinister

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Public schools in Cranston, Rhode Island can no longer enjoy their traditional father-daughter and mother-son dances after the American Civil Liberties Union complained.

ACLU’s Steven Brown said:  “This is 2012 and they [public schools] should not be in the business of fostering blatant gender stereotypes.”

However, the ACLU  does support gender segregation in marriageand promotes depriving daughters of their fathers not just for one dance, but for their entire lives.  Ditto for depriving sons of their mothers.  A dance lasts a few hours.  Fatherhood lasts a lifetime.

The Daily Caller reports:

 The Cranston, R.I. public school system has banned father-daughter and mother-son events following a complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union.

 Although the federal Title IX anti-discrimination law does provide exemptions for such events, state law does not, but rather explicitly bans “sex discrimination in ‘…any and all school functions and activities,’” Superintendent of the Cranston Public School System Judith… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Gay actor says kids need their mother and father

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Rupert

Rupert Everett, left.

British actor Rupert Everett says he “can’t think of anything worse” than two gay men bringing up a child together -- an opinion that is probably held by vast numbers of people who would not dare to say so in public. But, thanks to the magic shield of celebrity, actors can get away with speech “crimes” that the rest of us would (metaphorically) hang for.

Being gay himself also deflects criticism -- Everett came out as a homosexual 20 years ago and has said that this damaged his acting career. His comments on gay parenting were made in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine last weekend (alas, The Times is only accessible to paid subscribers so we rely on The Telegraph here).

Everett, probably best know for his role as a gay man in the 1997 film My Best Friend's Wedding, says his mother, Sara, who was also… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Relentless march by French towards new definition of marriage

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The French government plans to present its same-sex “marriage” bill to the French Council of ministers next month. The justice minister Christiane Taubira has announced the government’s agenda to the main gay lobby group, the  Interassociative lesbienne, gay, bi et trans. The text of the proposed law is still in the process of being drafted.

From a statement made by a spokesman for the Interassociative, Nicolas Gougain, it is clear that some measures are being taken to avoid provisions which might alienate potential waverers among those who support the change in principle. The current draft does not make provision for access by lesbian couples to artificial procreation although the justice minister has said that “there was no fundamental opposition on that point and that she would follow the President’s and the Prime minister’s decision”.

Prime Minister François Hollande has already promised that lesbian couples would have access to artificial insemination and in vitro… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no - some hope!

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What is caught on camera when politicians think the cameras are no longer running, or caught on microphones in similar circumstances – or what appears in the drafts of a politician’s speech before his political judgement gives him time to sanitise it for public consumption - is always far more revealing than the air-brushed utterances we are generally fed with.

So it is with Nick Clegg who would like us to think he does not consider a very sizable proportion of his electorate to be “bigots”. Isabel Hardman took up the story in yesterday’s Spectator:

Nick Clegg is currently eating a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream called ‘Appley Ever After’ with gay marriage campaigners celebrating the government’s consultation on introducing civil marriage for same-sex couples. Things didn’t go all that ‘appley for the Deputy Prime Minister earlier today, though, when the Cabinet Office sent out what he later claimed was… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2012

Could British teachers be sacked for opposing gay marriage? Probably, says QC

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Teachers and chaplains who openly oppose the UK's Government's redefinition of marriage face being disciplined, or sacked for their views if the law is changed, warns a top legal expert. The detailed legal opinion from Aidan O'Neill, a senior QC and expert on civil liberties and human rights, commissioned by the Coalition for Marriage, concludes that legalising gay marriage will affect the lives of millions of ordinary people.

Mr O'Neill warns that the plans to tear up the centuries-old definition of marriage will have reaching far-reaching consequences, affecting schools, foster caring, adoption, the use of public buildings and even the careers of individuals. In the most alarming section of his assessment, he warns that teachers and chaplains who work in hospitals, or even the armed forces, could face being sacked under equalities legislation.

Asked about the affect of redefining marriage on schools, Mr O'Neill writes that if gay marriage became law in England and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2012

The real agenda - a war on children?

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Is the whole liberal agenda which proclaims itself as a War for Women in fact a War against Children? Include the anti-marriage agenda of Obama's anti-bullying spokesman and militant homosexual campaigner Dan Savage  and you have a very child-hostile culture indeed.

Frances Kelly shares her take on all this.

As Tim Shaughnessy notes, the Democrats’ mantra "war against women" is actually code for their war against children.

Since Obama wants to publicize a “war against women,” it’s good to identify the combatants. .. the war is really not about women or Republicans, but between those who favor abortion and contraception and those opposed to it.

Even pro-choicers would have to admit that abortion and contraception are ways of getting rid of unwanted children. They dodge the issue by suggesting it is just a “clump of cells,” but want these tools because they know… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Touching the third rail: gay health

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cancelled an appearance at an Australian Christian Lobby conference next month after its director suggested that the lifestyle of gays was as unhealthy as the lifestyle of smokers.

“To compare the health effects of smoking cigarettes with the many struggles gay and lesbian Australians endure in contemporary society is heartless and wrong,” said Ms Gillard.

The brief comment by ACL director Jim Wallace was made at a debate at the University of Tasmania in Hobart earlier this week. In response to a question from the floor after his speech, he said: “The life of smokers is reduced by something like seven to 10 years and yet we tell all our kids at school they shouldn't smoke. We need to be aware that the homosexual lifestyle carries these problems.”

Mr Wallace was debating Greens leader Christine Milne, a Tasmanian senator. Afterwards she declared that she was outraged by… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2012

All welcome

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Another day; another culture clash. On Monday, a group called the F Collective organised a protest outside of Notre Dame University, a Catholic institution in downtown Sydney. It wanted to protest a breakfast with a visiting “extremist” pro-life speaker from the US, David Bereits. According to F Collective’s blog, Mr Bereits is a dangerous man:

“He trades in guilt, lies and manipulation and has created a vicious and intimidatory campaign of “vigils” outside of abortion clinics in the States. His organisation is looking to do the same stuff here in Sydney. We want to show him that women in NSW have no patience for this rubbish.”

A crowd gathered outside with standard-issue placards and later on posed for a team photo:

 

I just thought it was worthwhile calling attention to one particular placard which was very mistaken.

 

Well, yes, actually, we would. Unlike… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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