November 9th 2013

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EDITORIAL: Afghanistan after the Western withdrawal

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Bill Shorten and his carbon tax dilemma

ENVIRONMENT: NSW wildfires: State premier is ultimately responsible

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: China pivots towards Central Asia

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: No military solution in sight to end Syrian civil war

EDUCATION: Rediscovering the classical and Christian educational ideal

SOCIETY: Teenage sex: an issue for family or school?

SOCIETY: Radical homosexual activism's latest crusades

LIFE ISSUES: Tasmanian euthanasia bill defeated... for now

CLIMATE SCIENCE: How IPCC climate models exaggerate global warming

UNITED STATES: Name of Jesus banned from city cemetery

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: The 'inconvenient truths' unearthed by David Bird

VIETNAM WAR: Historical myths about General Vo Nguyen Giap


CULTURE: I tell you naught for your comfort

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Radical homosexual activism's latest crusades

by Bill Muehlenberg

News Weekly, November 9, 2013

Militant homosexual activism has been growing in ferocity and intensity by the day. It is staggering how so many governments, businesses and others have jumped onto the homosexual bandwagon, force-feeding the rest of society on its disordered agenda.

While I have offered plenty of examples of this in News Weekly and on my website CultureWatch, the following story certainly does take the cake.

It comes from California, a land known for its fruits and nuts. And behind it all is Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown. Read and weep:

“The governor of California has signed into law a bill that mandates insurance companies in the state to provide coverage for infertility treatments for homosexuals.

“As previously reported, AB 460 was proposed this past spring by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, whose partner died of AIDS in 1994. He asserts that some insurance companies are discriminating by denying coverage to homosexuals because they did not have ‘an opposite-sex married partner [with whom] to have one year of regular sexual relations without conception’.

“Current law requires that spouses try to conceive for one year, and may claim coverage if they remain barren after that time. ‘Reproductive medicine is for everybody’s benefit,’ Ammiano wrote in a statement following the signing of the bill this month by Governor Jerry Brown. ‘To restrict fertility coverage solely to heterosexual married couples violates California’s non-discrimination laws. I wrote this bill to correct that’.” (Christian News Network, October 23, 2013).

So let me get this straight: those who deliberately choose to engage in a sterile lifestyle are being discriminated against and thus need taxpayer-funded fertility treatment. Ol’ Jerry might as well pass a bill requiring those who have taken a vow of silence to be eligible for voice lessons.

Has anyone informed these California law-makers that two men can’t reproduce, just as two bowling balls can’t reproduce? Will they mandate fertility treatment for bowling balls as well to overcome “unjust discrimination”?

I am not sure which has reached rock-bottom first: our moral freefall or our utter stupidity. Can it get any worse? Sadly, yes. But wait — there’s more.

Check out this opening line to a story from Britain’s Daily Star: “A couple who rake in a staggering UK£53k [i.e., AUD$90,000] a year in benefits are demanding a bigger house from the council because they are lesbians.”

The story continues: “Civil partners Lisa and Carrie-Ann Beaney currently live in a single B&B room with their four children, and claim that they are too stressed to work because of homophobic bullying.

“Lisa, 30, quit her job in McDonald’s after just three months because it made her too anxious, while Carrie-Ann, 23, has never worked at all.

“And due to tough new benefit cap rules their housing payments were slashed and the pair were evicted from their £850-a-month rented home.

“However, their £608-a-week B&B room is paid for by the taxpayer, and makes up a £53,000-a-year benefits handout on top of income support and child benefit.

“The pair now want the council to give them a bigger house for their brood” (Daily Star, London, October 23, 2013).

Hey, I get bullied all the time for my views. Can I demand a bigger house as well? I get subjected to so much heterophobic and Christophobic bullying that, by their standards, the government ought to be offering me at least a mansion, and maybe a castle, in Bavaria as well.

And the sporting world is not exempt from this sort of nonsense. reports: “U.S. athletes who want to participate in the Olympics must now take a vow that they will not engage in ‘discrimination’ based on ‘sexual orientation’.

“USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the committee changed the rules last week ‘to address the legislation in Russia prohibiting advocacy of non- traditional relationships among minors,’ its anti-gay propaganda law.”

So the IOC is throwing a hissy fit over Russia, yet this same body was silent when the Olympics were held in Beijing. China’s reprehensible human rights violations mean nothing to the IOC, but pro-homosexual activism means everything to it, it seems.

However, not everyone is so keen about this idiocy.

The report continues: “Steve McConkey, a Christian pastor who ministers to top track and field athletes, says he worries that the new USOC rules may set the stage for discrimination against those whose religious beliefs oppose homosexuality and other non-traditional sexual orientations.

“‘The policies are set-up [to address] discrimination against gay athletes, but there could be reverse discrimination in the future,’ McConkey said in a statement, adding that it ‘is a matter of time’ before traditional morality is discriminated against by ‘the law of the land’.

“McConkey said he found it disturbing that the Olympic Committee took no similar action in 2008, when the games were held in Beijing, where Christians are jailed or even executed for their beliefs.

“‘The IOC allowed the Olympic Games to be in China in 2008 while hundreds were in prison for being Christian and the country has 100 million underground Christians,’ McConkey said. ‘They did not speak up about this, but now a sin category is added to non-discrimination policies.’

“McConkey summed up the difference in public reaction to the two host nations in one word: ‘Hypocrisy’.” (, October 25, 2013).



Heather Clark, “California governor signs law mandating ‘gay infertility’ insurance coverage”, Christian News (Christian News Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), October 23, 2013.

Andy Wells, “Benefits couple demand a bigger house because they’re lesbians”, Daily Star (London), October 23, 2013.

Kirsten Anderson, “U.S. Olympic athletes must promise to fight ‘discrimination’ based on ‘sexual orientation’”, (U.S.), October 25, 2013.
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