Euthanasia for children and dementia patients in Belgium

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition warns in its Jan 2013 Newsletter that a group of legislators in Belgium announced their intention to widen access to euthanasia. They will seek to extend euthanasia to children and to people with dementia or Alzheimers. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is organising a meeting on Feb 18/19 in Europe to establish EPC in Europe.

Also in Belgium, on Dec 14, 2012 identical twins who were born deaf died by euthanasia at the Belgium University Hospital in Jette, even though they were not sick, they were not yet blind, and they had lived a productive life together. They died by lethal injection. For response by the EPC click here.

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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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Compass Summer Conference 2013

The Compass Summer Conference in association with the Australian Christian Lobby, takes place 13-20 Jan 2013 at the University of Queensland. Nominations close Dec 14. For more info go to: www.compass.org.au

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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State Homosexual Marriage Laws Unconstitutional

Murdoch University senior lecturer in constitutional law and associate dean (research) Augusto Zimmermann reports in News Weekly (Oct 13 2012) that the push by Labor and the Greens to introduce same sex “marriage” laws in State Parliament is unconstitutional. He writes that any such legislation would be subject to disallowance by the High Court as the Australian Constitution gives the Commonwealth parliament authority to makes laws with respect to marriage. For the latest update on moves by the Greens and Labor to introduce state legislation see Submissions/Petitions below.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Threats to Freedom of Speech

On Oct 12-13 2012 Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and the Murdoch University School of Law is holding a conference on discussing the threats posed to freedom of speech in Australia and worldwide. Conferenence speakers and moderators include the Hon Christian Porter, Prof James Allan, Prof Joseph M Fermandez Prof Jürgen Bröhmer, The Hon Nick Goiran MLC, Dr Augusto Zimmermann, Dr Michelle Evans, and several others. Chris Berg, IPA Director and author of ‘In Defence of Freedom of Speech’ will be the keynote speaker.   For details and to register click here.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Kirby:Values shape Judges

The West Australian, May 16, 2012, pg11 “Mallard case troubles Kirby” reports on a speach made by retired High Court Judge Michael Kirby at a RMIT University lecture. Mr Kirby reportedly said “Judges sometimes don’t have a choice; the law is clear – that’s it.” “But very often, especially as you go up the hierarchy, judges are expected to deal with values and they do have a choice, therefore the values of the judges, wherever they are on the political spectrum, conservative or liberal, is a very important consideration.” Gleanings has previously reported that the Federal Govt is searching for two new High Court judges. For Gleanings story click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Murdoch Uni Mosque

Murdoch University is building a $6m Mosque and Muslim Cultural Centre. the former Worship Centre is to be included in the centre. For story from the MuslimVillage.com click here.

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POSTED 24 Mar 2012
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US Mosque 74% increase

The number of Mosques in the United States has increased 74% since 9/11, according to a report on the Muslim website MuslimVillage. According to the report researchers found a total of 2106 Islamic centres, compared to 1209 in 2000 and 962 in 1994. The report “The American Mosque 2011″ was led by Ihsan Bagby, a professor at the University of Kentucky. He said the findings showed that Muslims were carving out a place for themselves despite the backlash. New York had the greatest number of centres (257), Callifornia, 246, Texas, 166, Florida 118, Michigan, 77. Female conversion is on the rise. Wheras in 2000  32% of converts were female, in 2011 it was 41%. Bagby believes there are about 7m muslims in the US. For article click here.

 

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Infantcide Ok: Academics.

Alberto Giubilini, from Monash University, and Francesca Minerva, from the University of Melbourne, say a foetus and a newborn are equivalent in their lack of a sense of their own life and aspiration. They contend this justifies what they call ”after-birth abortion” as long as it is painless, because the baby is not harmed by missing out on a life it cannot conceptualise. For story click here.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Sexualisation of children lecture

UWA Winthrop Professor Donna Chung will speak on the sexualisation of girls at the free Grace Vaughan Memorial Lecture, to be held at 6pm, March 16, 2012 at the University Club Theatre Auditorium. attendess should email gvl@communities.wa.gov.au

Prof Chung is prof of social work and social policy. for more details click here.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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US Mosque 74% increase

The number of Mosques in the United States has increased 74% since 9/11, according to a report on the Muslim website MuslimVillage. According to the report researchers found a total of 2106 Islamic centres, compared to 1209 in 2000 and 962 in 1994. The report \”The American Mosque 2011\” was led by Ihsan Bagby, a professor at the University of Kentucky. He said the findings showed that Muslims were carving out a place for themselves despite the backlash. New York had the greatest number of centres (257), Callifornia, 246, Texas, 166, Florida 118, Michigan, 77. Female conversion is on the rise. Wheras in 2000  32% of converts were female, in 2011 it was 41%. Bagby believes there are about 7m muslims in the US. For article click here.

 

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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