Religious Freedom Report

The long-awaited report Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century Project (FRB project) has been released. It was prepared by the Australian Multicultural Foundation for the Human Rights Commission.

For the ACL take on the report: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/03/freedom-of-religion-report-leaves-freedom-of-religion-alone/

For report: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/frb/Report_2011.pdf

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Fresh Start

Fresh Start Recovery Programme, assisting patients with heroin, opiate and alcohol addiction, has been acknowledged by the State Government with approval of a $1.5million grant. It is run by Dr George O’Neil. For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=138165

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Muslim Newspaper

The March issue of Perth-based Crescent Times includes an appeal for funds (pg4) to build Masjid Al-Rahman in the City of Gosnells. The Muslim Charity Community of WA is calling for funds to build a Mosque, classrooms, Islamic library and recreation area on the 6751 sq m property located on Mills Road.

It carries a story on page 8 called: Will the Muslim community vote for Fred Nile which calls for the Liberal Party to not preference the CDP because it has a “policy of no muslimisation of Australia”.

Pg 8 also carries an advert of the Social Justice Network which is fronted by Muslims that seek to win a seat in the NSW elections.

Pg 12 has a story on a new Al-Qaeda magazine for women that combines beauty tips and jihadist idealogy.

For the March issue of the Crescent Times: http://crescenttimes.com.au/

For more on the Social Justice Network: http://www.socialjustice.net.au/

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Church Gambling Taskforce

Australia’s major churches met at a national forum in Canberra this week to launch the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, urging for gambling reform. For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=25565

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Abortion Ethics

A new book called The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice by Dr Christopher Kaczor argues against abortion, using reason alone. “I appeal only to reason, science, and history in making a case that abortion is morally wrong,” the author said. For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=25470

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Youth Money

The WA Govt has $200,000 available for youth activities grants, the funding is for initiatives and activities that encourage youth participation and promote young people’s broad social health and wellbeing. For more and to apply: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/grantsandfunding/Grants/Documents/5k.HiRes.pdf

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Parenting Courses

Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney announced that more than 1000 parenting courses are available throughout the greater Perth area. Courses ranged from advice for parenting newborn babies to dealing with the challenges of adolescence; postnatal depression; conflict management; drugs and alcohol; mental health; and parenting in a stepfamily environment.

For media release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx?ItemId=137677

For course details: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/childrenandfamilies/parentingwa/Pages/ParentingCourses.aspx

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Curriculum Sub-Standard

Steve Blizard’s blog has an article which argues that the curriculum is substandard, PC and ignores Christianity. For article: http://steveblizard.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/curriculum-is-substandard-pc-and-ignores-christianity/

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Movies Reviewed

From movieguide.org

  • Red Riding Hood
    It ispoorly written, with an abhorrent story driven by lust, infidelity, lying, violence, debauchery, revenge, and Anti-Christian content. Very strong pagan worldview with the presence of dark occult magic and content, supernatural creatures, animal sacrifice, pagan burial scene moon-centered religion. For more: http://movieguide.org/reviews/movie/red-riding-hood.html
  • Limitless
    12 obscenities, three profanities and one obscene gesture; some very strong violence combined with plenty of strong violence. Strong mixed pagan worldview with some capitalist content. For more: http://movieguide.org/reviews/movie/limitless.html
  • Battle Los Angeles
    Very strong moral, patriotic worldview with a positive but brief reference to Jesus Christ, the Bible and Bible study; about 71 obscenities (many “h” and “a” words with one “f” word), 19 strong profanities (mostly GD but some JC words) and four light profanities; strong, intense war violence. For more: http://movieguide.org/reviews/movie/battle-los-angeles.html
  • Hall Pass
    http://movieguide.org/reviews/movie/hall-pass.html
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Muslims Courted

American evangelist Franklin Graham says that Christians around the world are in grave danger as the Obama administration seeks the advice of groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, who are focussed on destroying Christianity. “We’ve brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries. It’s like a farmer asking a fox, ‘How do I protect my hen house?’” For article and video: http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/franklin-graham-christians-muslims/2011/03/18/id/389992?s=al

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