White House turns

The White House hosted its first gay pride celebration June 29. More than 200 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender activists attended a party in the east room of the white house to mark Gay Pride Month in the USA. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/CIVIL_RIGHTS/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Celebrating-LGBT-Pride-Month/

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ACL Briefing

WA Pastors, Church elders and other leaders are invited to a briefing with ACL director Jim Wallace. The aim is to make Church leaders informed, discuss ways to inform and activate the church on key issues.
Wednesday 5th Aug @ 3:00-4:30pm

The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard

Lower level Cambridge Library, Floreat

RSVP by Wednesday 29th July to waoffice@acl.org.au or 08 9221 0655

Light refreshments will be provided

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Persecutions.Iraq

In the Iraq capital city Baghdad 6 churches were bombed in 24 hours killing at least 4 and wounding 32. for more: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/church.bomb.attacks.leave.four.dead.in.baghdad/23792.htm

Action: Iraq Christians request that we pray that the perpetrators of the attacks be converted by the Spirit that all officials will act justly and investigate justly. Source: Middle East Concern.

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Persecutions. Pakistan

In the village of Punjab, Pakistan 600 Muslims used petrol bombs to attack Christian homes. 117 homes were damaged.
Action: Sunday July 26 has been set aside by more than 300 pastors in Pakistan as a day of prayer for their country, reports Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs. For story: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/12973

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Persecutions. China

In China, the Government has rejected a Government-commissioned report by a prominent Chinese scholar, Yu Jianrong that suggested the Government offer legal standing to house church Christians. Instead the Government has reacted with raids, arrests, forced church closures and a ban on the Chinese Federation of Christian House Churches. The research, the first of its kind commissioned by the Chinese Government showed that there are between 45-60 million protestant house church Christians. A further 18-30 million attend Government approved Churches. On June 24 police detained church leaders in Shaanxi Province for 10days. On June 14, officials stopped a service and detained 6 Christians. Source: Intercessors Network.

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Persecutions. Iran

In Iran the Government has blocked satellite channels, interrupting signals particularly in the capital Tehran. Christian broadcasts have suffered. A Christian organization said they are uncertain how the signals are being blocked and say it seems to be new technology. For more:
http://www.mnnonline.org/article/12917

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International

The Australian Free Reformed Relief Foundation is holding a door collection in the Free Reformed Churches of Australia on July 26 to provide immediate relief in the Sri Lanka humanitarian crisis. 280,000 have been displaced by fighting in Sri Lanka.

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Hard divorce

Tony Abbott made the news when he said last week that divorce should be made harder in Australia. The Liberal Families and Aboriginal Affairs Spokesman, a Catholic, called for a return to the fault-based system of divorce discarded in 1975. The ideas are contained in his new book “Battlelines”. Former WA Premier Peter Dowding, who is a divorce lawyer, said Abbotts proposal was ludicrous.

For more: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25767454-29277,00.html

For Dowding: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/14/2625441.htm

For another take: http://blogocrats.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/the-monks-tales/

The authors of the report that came from the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness 2007, David MacKenzie and David Eldridge have argued that no-fault divorce has led to the emergence of youth homelessness in Australia since 1975. For more: <a http://apo.org.au/commentary/roof-over-every-head“>href=”http://apo.org.au/commentary/roof-over-every-head”>http://apo.org.au/commentary/roof-over-every-head

Meanwhile a US study in the Journal of Family Psychology has found that couples living together before marriage stand a higher chance of divorce. For more: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25784900-23109,00.html

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Marriage attacks

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that gay activists are strongly campaigning the ALP to overturn its support for marriage between a man and woman. It will be discussed at the ALP national conference at the end of this month. Rainbow Labor is proposing homosexual marriages. For more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/lifematters/pm-faces-stoush-over-gay-marriage-20090713-ditp.html

Action: ACL is calling on people to contact their Federal Labor MP letting them know you don’t support undermining marriage. (For more on attacks on marriage and ways to get involved see Submission 4 below)

For contact details House of Reps: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/mi-party.asp

Senate: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/senators/homepages/index.asp?sort=party

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Calvin’s legacy

A report in the Australian Catholic News argues that the Catholic Church manifests Calvin’s teachings as emphatically as, if not more than, Protestant churches. The report says that Calvin, like the Catholic Church forbid sex before marriage, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, drinking and gambling. He also supported excommunicating heretics. “Today, no denomination defends the fundamentals of Calvin’s theology of salvation more energetically than the Catholics. – Alan Austin, Online Opinion

For article: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=9180&page=0

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