September 14th 2013


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EDITORIAL: Major challenges face an Abbott government

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Five lessons that Labor must learn

MARRIAGE DEBATE: Media's reaction to 'child equality' election campaign

SOCIETY: Same-sex marriage and social change:
Exceeding the speed of thought

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The folly of a US-led Syria strike

ENERGY: Affordable, clean way to achieve fuel self-sufficiency

SCHOOLS: Educrats trying to change their spots

CHINA: Long jail term looms for 'crown prince' Bo Xilai

UNITED STATES: White House and media ignore upsurge in racial violence

LIFE ISSUES: Does an unborn child feel pain during an abortion?

LIFE ISSUES: Dr Nitschke reveals euthanasia's dark side

HISTORY: Must we be slaves of time and place?

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CULTURE: The forgotten art of dressing well

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News Weekly, September 14, 2013

Creating a fatherless generation

Sir,

The media have recently reported how Australian tennis ace Casey Dellacqua and her partner Amanda Judd have celebrated the birth of a baby boy. It is right to celebrate the birth of a child. Yet it is with sadness that I see that this baby has seemingly been deprived of his father.

Every child deserves to have a father. Our society must focus on the family unit and support it, as it provides stability and nurture to children who deserve to be born into normal unions of marriage as God intended right from the beginning (Gen. 1:27, 28; 2:21–24).

If we continue to dismantle the traditional family unit as old-fashioned, archaic and no longer even necessary or relevant, we will create a fatherless generation.

Indeed, the lines are becoming increasingly blurred as the march towards partnerships, even gay marriage, is fuelled by minority voices rising in opposition to these long-held, cherished and respected Christian beliefs which many cultures also believe.

For the person who has been born with no exposure, or even acknowledgement, of their natural father, there will always remain questions as to their identity and background. It is noteworthy that television programs about people searching for their true identity rate particularly highly among the viewing public.

Personally, I have nothing against Casey Dellacqua or her “partner”.

I simply want to champion the rights of the family over the rights of the individual to engineer social norms and produce children into their relationships.

Love is essential, of course; but love from a mum and a dad is balanced and healthy.

As a patron of the Australian Family Association, I really want to see a society where traditional family values are still celebrated and every child has the best possible start in life.

Rev. Dr Margaret Court, AO, MBE,
Victory Life Centre,
Osborne Park, WA

 

The Greens’ camouflage

Sir,

A striking aspect in any assembly of members of the gay community is the absence of children. It has been suggested that gays want their same-sex union to be called marriage, because they crave what marriage offers, but which no same-sex union can give them.

Marriage is essentially about children and the parents who have given them life. That’s a family. The Greens Party’s social policy of promoting same-sex “marriage” is intended to eliminate the true meaning of marriage.

But it is the family that drives the economy. Families buy houses, cars, clothing and food, and create the need for services such as education, health, energy and transport.

Every euthanasia bill introduced throughout the parliaments of Australia (state and federal) has always been a Greens bill. And if the Greens/Labor abortion bill recently introduced in the Tasmanian parliament is any indication, the Greens want to muzzle any opposition to their proposals, despite our federal Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and religious expression.

It was only because of Greens senators’ support for the June 25 amendment to the anti-discrimination bill that it became law, thus removing all exemptions from aged care facilities regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status, even of the frail in aged care.

Behind the camouflage of environmental issues, the Greens seek to conceal from an unsuspecting electorate their intention to take Australia down a road of moral and ethical demise. The retention of values on the fundamentals of marriage, family and human life is a very good reason to say, “That’s why not”, to voting Greens.

Peter J. Young,
Greta, NSW

 




























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