Mardi Gras cause to Celebrate: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs said: “It has been 35 years since a group of pioneers marched along Oxford St to celebrate the contributions of gay men and lesbians to Australian society and make their fight for equality visible, ending in arrests and police brutality,” said Professor Triggs. “…. encouraging recent developments in our political sphere continue to prove that their efforts – and ongoing efforts since – are worth it.” For full press release click here. 

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Canadian MPs investigation Call Into 491 babies left to Die

A number of Canadian MPs have sent a letter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner, Bob Paulson, calling for an inquiry into possible breaches of the Criminal Code, relating to homicide. According to the Canadian Criminal Code, a child is considered to be a human being and a person after proceeding fully from the mother;’s womb. For letter and information from the ARPA Canada click here.

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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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Christian Persecutions

The Middle East Forum reports that St Paul’s church in Mardan, Pakistan was attacked in October by hundreds of Muslims. They set the church on fire. They then burnt down a nearby church-run school including a library containing more than 3000 christian books. Also in Pakistan, gunmen openned fire on the St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, killing at least 28 people. For story click here. 

In Egypt, the Kasr El-Dobora, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East was besieged on Sept 13 by people hurling stones and gas bombs. The first gas bomb was described as an error by police but more bombs followed. Worshipers locked themselves inside the church and put on masks to avoid gas poisoning. For story click here. 

In the Maldives airport officials seized 11 books about Christianity. 

In Bangladesh, a new report indicated that some 300 Christian children were recently abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. The children are sold to Islamic schools where they are converted to Islam. For story click here. 

Source: the Middle East Forum

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Tassie Prostitution

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that “Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.

“ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.

“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.” For full ACL story click here.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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People trafficking into Australia

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has released its second Trafficking in persons monitoring report and a research paper, People trafficking in Australia.

Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the Gillard Government was serious about tackling people trafficking which is why new laws to criminalise forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking were introduced into the Parliament.

“These reports show that people are not only trafficked for sex but for forced labour, servile marriage and domestic servitude,” Ms Roxon said.

Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins said the vast majority of trafficking victims were women trafficked for sexual exploitation (68% of police investigations and 81.4% of program clients).

For Govt press release click here.

For AIC report, Trafficking in Persons monitoring report: January 2009-June 2011 click here.

For AIC report, People Trafficking in Australia click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Tanzania riots

Open Doors reports that a crowd of 400 rioting Muslim youth attacked three churches on Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island over the last weekend of May, extensively damaging two church buildings and engaging in running battles with police. At least two Christian schools were temporarily closed due to security concerns and the St. Mtendae Catholic Church in the Kwamchina area – including a Church sanctuary, college, accommodation and a convent – was also set alight. Riots continued in the Mtandae area with police again using tear gas to try and disperse the crowd.

Action: Opendoors asks people to pray for the restoration of peace in Zanzibar, for the safety of Christians living there and pray for God’s wisdom upon the Christians during these times, that they might respond in a godly manner.

Action: Opendoors is seeking to raise $854,026 by the end of the financial year sotha they can continue to equip and support persecuted believers. To make a donation click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Lady Gaga tours Australia

In the last issue of Gleanings (May 22) it was reported that Filipino Catholic Bishops had called on their Govt to cancel concerts in the country by Lady Gaga.  Similar calls, by the Islamic community, to cancel her Indonesian concert were made. It was reported that Indonesian police refused to issue her with a permit to perform in Jakarta. For more on the Indonesian cancellation from Metro News Canada click here.   

Lady Gaga is now touring Australia where thus far no public calls have been made by Christians for the cancellation of her concerts.  She is in Perth July 7-8, 2012.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Christian persecutions.

The Middle East Forum reports in its list of muslim persecutions of christians that religious police raided a Methodist church event due to fears that muslims were being converted.The Armenian Evangelical Church in Tehran, Iran was ordered to cease to hold Persian services on Friday. The authorities warned that the church building would be bombed if the order was ignored. In Kenya, a band of muslims launched a grenade attack on a crowd of 150 Christians attending an outdoor church meeting, killing two. The muslims were said to be hyped into action by a muslim preacher holidng a rally only 900 feet from the Christian gathering. 

 

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Spirituality & Policing

On Oct 20, 2010 the St George’s Cath will host an after-work talk on Spirituality and Policing with the Rev David Cockram, priest with WA Police. To be held 5.15-6.30pm at the Burt Memorial Hall. For info: http://www.perthcathedral.org/Upcoming-Events/workers-coffee-and-spirituality-policing.html

For more info or to register: info@perthcathedral.org or (08) 9325 5766

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POSTED 28 Jun 2010
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