Something’s Missing In The Discussion We’re Not Having

Many of the world’s most prolonged and heinous injustices have historically gone on unchallenged because they were concealed from public view. Only when a professional journalist was able to bring the injustice into public view was the injustice stopped. We think of U.S. forces freeing Jewish Nazi prisoners of war in the Buchenwald and  Dachau Concentration camps who were shocked at what they found. Their photographs appalled not just Americans, but the world.
Who can forget the 1972 Associated Press photographer Nick Ut’s photo of Kim Phuc fleeing naked across a Vietnamese bridge? When the 1973 Pulitzer Committee awarded Nick its prize, it signalled the end America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. These samples illustrate just how powerful images are.

Why Marriage Is Sacred

WHY MARRIAGE IS SACRED, by Dr. Andrew Corbett
If you want to increase your chances of being happy, wealthy, and healthy, get married! This is not some random wishful sentiment. The evidence is clear- people who are married are far more likely to enjoy these blessings than either single people, or co-habiting (de-facto) couples, but especially more so than divorced people.

Time For A Fair Go

Time For A “Fair Go”, by Stephen Baxter
A core value, deep in the Australian psyche, is that of giving everyone a “fair go”! Born out of the struggles of our convict past, a “fair go” protests against injustice, is suspicious of authority, and flaunts a larrikinism mocking conventional forms. It is the advocacy of a level playing field for everyone, along with the opportunity to pursue fair endeavours. Although not everyone receives a “fair go”, Australia has developed a multi-cultural and multi-faith society and identity, that values difference and diversity as foundational to what it is to be Australian.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom Of Speech, by Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Condie
Here is the “double-edged” sword of freedom of speech. We want Australian society to be a free society, where ideas can be freely exchanged. We especially want a society where ideas around faith and values, whether from our traditional Christians perspective, or from the newer religious philosophies or none, can be exchanged without fear of retribution.

Can Euthanasia Ever Be Dignified?

Euthanasia is acting upon the deliberate intention to prematurely end a person’s life. For this reason, it is also referred to as “Assisted Suicide”. There are two primary categories of Euthanasia and within each category there are two sub-categories. The primary category of euthanasia is distinguished as either (i) Active, or (ii) Passive. The sub-category is distinguished as either (i) Voluntary or (ii) Involuntary. Thus we have four general categories of euthanasia.

The Marriage Debate and Christian Freedom

We are at a critical moment in the history of our nation. Our society has gone through enormous social upheaval over the past 50 years. We have experienced many changes that have profoundly affected our way of life in Australia. Forces within society have sought to change the way we view sexuality, marriage and family. The Christian approach to these questions has been steadily rejected.

A campaign is now being waged with great determination to change the legal definition of marriage. What humanity has understood for millennia is now being called into question. Ten years ago none of us could have imagined that we would be where we are today. And we have to ask ourselves where will we be in ten years’, or five years’, or even two years’ time? Changing the legal definition of marriage is not the end game but one step in a program to radically change the nature of our society, and in particular human relationships.

Why We Should All Care About Our Liberties

Why should a Christian pastor care about free speech?  It’s got nothing to do with defending “my rights.”  I sent the following opinion piece to the newspaper… Last month, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner accepted a complaint against my church.  The allegations included things that I wrote on my blog in 2011 in defence of marriage. 

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