Sunday Trading

On 22 February 2012, the Retail Trading Hours Amendment Bill 2012 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly and if passed, Sunday trading will be allowed for all retail shops from 11am until 5pm.

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action is calling for people to bring their concerns with Sunday Trading to their local member of parliament asking them to consider maintaining the Lord’s Day for God’s glory, and also because it is a blessing for society.

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POSTED 24 Mar 2012
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Tasmanian Surrogacy

The Tasmanian Surrogacy Bill is expected to be debated in Parliament in the next week. The Australian Christian Lobby is urging upperhouse members to reject the bill. ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown said that since the draft bill was introduced in 2012, it had fundementally ignored the ethical and moral implications of legalsing surrogacy.

For ACL report click here.

The Tasmanian Legislative Council Committee has recommended on Dec 1 that the Surrogacy Bill 2011 be amended to “better protect the interest of the child” by making written surrogacy arrangements mandatory and including a medical and social need test. The Tasmanian Bill allows for homosexual partners (unlike in WA) to have a surrogant child and the committee did not recommend changing this in line with WA’s laws. In her submission to the inquiry the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children Aileen Ashford urged the need to consider the interest of the child. She did not recommend that homosexual couples should be excluded from receiving surrogant children. View the press release.

See the Commissioner of Children’s submission

View the report recommendations

Action: www.makeastand.org.au is urging Tasmanians to write to their local MP and write a letter to the editor. For more on the issue and to write a letter using the makeastand website through the Kids Rights Count campaign.

As at March 25, 2012, 10,499 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to write to their local MP and to the Premier. They ask that people pray that Lara Giddings will be removed from the Tasmanian Parliament and that the majority of MPs will oppose her social agenda. For MP contact details: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/campaigns

 

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Philippines Pastor Deaths

MINDANAO, Philippines – The Philippines is a mostly Christian nation, but in the south, Muslim fundamentalists are trying to build an Islamic state. Christians there face persecution and even death. For report see article by CBN News’ Lucille Talusan, “Philippines Pastors Face Death for Ministry to Muslims, March 24, 2012.

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Muslim Persecutions of Christians

For a list of some of the persecutions of christians around the world in February 2012 read the latest newsletter from the Middle East Forum

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Kuwait Church Ban

Middle East Forum reports that a Kuwaiti Parliamentarian, Osama al-Munawer, is set to submit a draft bill which will ban the construction of churches in the country. Story click here.

For more on the Middle East Forum: http://www.meforum.org/

 

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Algeria Church Ransacked

The Middle East Forum February update says Armed men raided and ransacked a church formally recognized since 1958, dismantling the crucifix above the premises. The pastor and his family, trapped inside, feared that “they could kill us.” The pastor “has been repeatedly threatened and attacked since being ordained as pastor in 2007. In the summer of 2009 his wife was beaten and seriously injured by a group of unknown men. Then, in late 2011, heaps of trash were thrown over the compound walls while an angry mob shouted death threats. For story click here.

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Uyghur Christians

OpenDoors is asking people to consider in prayer the Ughur Christians, the Xinjiang region of China. They say a small group of about 400 christians exist among 8.9 million, mostly muslim, people. The Government approved churches in the region prohibt Uyghur’s from attending the church services which are attended by nearly all Han Chinese. Opendoors asks people to pray that more Biblical material in their language will find its way into the area.

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Canada Abortion Bill

Conservative MP Steve Woodworth’s motion (M-312) to debate the personhood of unborn Canadians in Parliament has tentatively been set for April 26. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Woodworth said the recent paper calling for “after-birth abortion,” otherwise known as infanticide, which said pro-abortion arguments should be extended to allow for the killing of newborn babies, highlights the need to reconsider the humanity of the unborn in Canadian law. For more click here.

ARPA Canada is encouraging people to sign two petitions and to use their EasyMail letter template.

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London beacon of Islam: Livingstone

Britain’s Labour Party candidate for mayor of London Ken Livingstone has vowed to turn the city into a beacon of Islam and educate Londoners about the Islamic faith, according to MuslimVillage. Livingstone, who was elected Mayor in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 before losing to Boris Johnson in 2008 said that if elected he wanted to spend the next four years making sure that every non-Muslim knows and understands the message of Muhammad. For story click here.

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Canadian Prostitution Laws

The Ontario Court of Appeal intends to release its landmark decision on the legality of the country’s prostitution laws on Monday. After deliberating for nine months, a five-judge panel of the court will decide whether or not prostitution provisions on the basis that they actually endanger prostitutes rather than add to their safety.

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