Last ditch attempt to protect freedom of speech and conscience?

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A British MP is going to table a bill in the House of Commons this week which seeks to protect “conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage”. The bill, being introduced by Edward Leigh, will seek to amend equality legislation to protect free speech. Among other things, it addresses the perceived threat to teachers and public workers who might find the Government’s attempt to legislate for a redefinition of marriage. It is now increasingly feared that anyone who holds that marriage is only properly defined as a bond between a man and a woman will face the dismissal or discrimination suits as soon as the Government redefines marriage to include unions between two men or two women.

What has now become clear is that Britain’s 2010 Equality Act, when combined with the provisions of the plans to legislate for a new definition of marriage, threatens the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience… click here to read whole article and make comments



Stormy weather on the horizon?

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It may be a pastoral letter – from a bishop to his church in a diocese in just one part of the world – but it speaks reason to reason and not just to faith to reason. What is more, it put questions to those who claim to be reasonable. Those questions have been asked before but have not been answered – they have just provoked abuse. The fear of many – and it is echoed in this letter -  is that this abuse will soon become judicial and violent, and the questions will still remain unanswered.

 Thomas John Paprocki is the Catholic Bishop of Springfield in Illinois. He has written to the Catholics of his diocese, but his message can resonate around the whole of the Western world which is now in the grip of the campaign for the redefinition of human nature and the institutions society has forged from within that… click here to read whole article and make comments



Kiwi “protect marriage” petition stands at 72,000

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A New Zealand parliamentary select committee hearing submissions on a bill to allow gay "marriage" has received 20,000 written submisisons (yea and nay) and a petition with 72,000 signatures affirming:  I support the definition of marriage in New Zealand being maintained as one man one woman. I oppose any attempt to redefine it.” (Total NZ population 4.4 million.)

Media coverage of testimony by Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ, has led to many more requests to sign up, he says. "We're still aiming for 100,000 and we'll be collecting signatures until the issue is resolved - one way or the other."

New Zealanders can sign the petition here http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/sign-the-petition

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Google in the dock?

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What is going on? Now you see it, now you don’t, now you see it again. Google has been involved in some sinister censorship – or perhaps they just blundered and then caught themselves on.

 We know that Google supports the campaign for gay “marriage” in the US – and presumably further afield as well – but we did not suspect that they would be censoring opposing viewpoints on the issue. Are they?

 Late this morning the Irish Times in Dublin ran an online story that YouTube had terminated, without explanation or prior notice, the account of the Iona Institute, an Irish-based think tank defending  the family, marriage, education and religion. Without giving any specifics the Institute got an email saying the the account had been closed “due to repeated or severe violations of our terms of service”.

 By mid-afternoon the Irish Times story changed: the account was back in good… click here to read whole article and make comments



Paris pro-family demonstration: biggest ever

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Paris demo

From the Iona Institute newsletter: 

LAST Sunday Paris witnessed what must have been the biggest and most extraordinary demonstration ever in favour of the traditional family.

According to an article in Le Figaro an astounding 800,000 people took part. It was fantastically well organised.

By design, the colours pink and blue predominated,to emphasise the two sexes. People were given pink and blue balloons, pink and blue banners, pink and blue shirts to emphasise that the sexes are different, that it takes a man and a woman to conceive a child and that children ideally should be raised by their own mother and father.

The demonstration told the world that marriage exists to recognise all of these facts and that permitting same-sex marriage would contradict them, deny them or  treat them as unimportant.

Without doubt it was the biggest, the best, and the most focused lesson… click here to read whole article and make comments



French homosexuals join rally against gay marriage

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French rally

Image: BBC website

There was a huge rally against same-sex marriage in France at the weekend. C-FAM reports an unexpected feature of the opposition -- something that should be kept in mind when various media report what the "gay community" etc says about certain issues:

Perhaps as many as a million people marched in Paris last Sunday and at French embassies around the world against proposed legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in France.  One of the surprises in the French campaign for traditional marriage is that homosexuals have joined pro-family leaders and activists in the effort.

“The rights of children trump the right to children,” was the catchphrase of protesters like Jean Marc, a French mayor who is also homosexual.

Even though France is known for its laissez faire attitude toward sex, pro-family leaders were quick to organize… click here to read whole article and make comments



Another fine mess…?

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One can only hear the words of Oliver Hardy to poor old Stan Laurel when we read a story like the one reported in the London Telegraph on January 9 last. Courts and judges are not only having to turn themselves upside down but also inside out to deal with the madness they are now being confronted with – and they are doing it all with a straight face. How long more can it last?

Two “divorcing” gay men are arguing with each other before a Canadian court, the one denying the “rights” of another because the jurisdiction in which they first registered their civil partnership does not recognise it as a “marriage” while the jurisdiction in which they now live does. With a straight face – although we have no photographs to prove it, - the Canadian judge ruled that it would be “impermissible discrimination”… click here to read whole article and make comments



Will the barricades be rising again?

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The French have a track record for going overboard on rational ideologies. The problem is that in their pursuit of those ideologies they can become quite irrational. So I suppose we should not be too surprised by the latest antics of France’s new socialist government. A few weeks ago, their stubborn insistence on their ideological new tax laws plunged them into confusion and now their intolerant threats to anyone who opposes their plans to introduce gay “marriage” by next June looks like stoking old hostilities into flames again.

 This latter is putting them on a collision course with the Catholics of France – and its citizens of other religions as well. The impending conflict may not end up with the blood-letting sparked in previous conflicts between ideological republicans, as when the revolutionary army descended on the Catholics of the Vendeé in the 1790s and massacred them wholesale. Nevertheless, the rumblings reported by Reuters… click here to read whole article and make comments



New polls show declining support for same-sex marriage in NZ

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yes-noThe following press release provides an update on the same-sex marriage issue in New Zealand, where a bill redefining marriage to include such unions is due for a second reading on March 20:

Family First NZ and the ‘Protect Marriage’ campaign is welcoming a Herald on Sunday poll today showing that support for redefining marriage has fallen from a previous high of 63% in a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll last May to just 53% now.
This echoes a similar slide in polling by Research NZ which showed support for ‘same-sex marriage’ dropping to less than 50%, down 11% from a similar poll in 2011.
“These results are energising our campaign to maintain the definition of marriage as is,
” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “We always knew that once we got past the slogan of ‘marriage equality’ and debated the real impact of redefining marriage, that New Zealanders would understand that there is no need for… click here to read whole article and make comments



A bad case of double think and double standards

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The weakness of any argument is often revealed in the reversion of its advocates to the ad hominem mode - which is just another way of avoiding the issue at the heart of an argument. While not exactly ad hominem, more a question of ad institutionem, the media onslaught on the mild but clear utterances of the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales over Christmas did little more than betray the shallowness of the gay case for the redefinition and ultimate destruction of the institution of marriage.

As the British media response group, Catholic Voices, points out on its blog today, "references to the threat to marriage in Archbishop Vincent Nichols' Midnight Mass homily were brief -- a matter of a few lines in what was mostly a gentle meditation on the meaning of the Nativity. He referred to "the love of husband and wife, which is creative… click here to read whole article and make comments


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