Amfortas, is a Knackered Old Knight residing just about as far south as you can get before running into Antarctica. An Australian now, he was born and bred an Englishman but has stood on a town-hall stage, raised a hand and said ‘G’Day’.
A stellar RAF career of 20 odd years saw him elevated to the astonishingly high rank of Air Vice Marshal for all of ten minutes very early on and from which the drop back down was swift and far. Despite the setback he eventually retired as a modestly successful Officer in the early 80’s. The Knighthood that came with the short-lived field promotion has yet to be taken away by the Queen.
Another modestly successful career as a psychologist followed for the next 25 years, only to see a further career change to Hermit. “It is a job”, he says, “ and someone has to do it”.
Fame and a very short mention in the Guinness Book of Records came from taking snaps of people parachuting from great heights from an aircraft ill-equipped for such a venture. From above. He preferred to jump from quite a bit lower and did so often and well. He also was awarded the first place and a medal for Clout Shooting (Archery, knackered old shyte’s division) just a decade ago. This was almost as gratifying as flying faster than sound, which he has done twice, without any award at all.
A Catholic life of poor adherence saw a growth in devotion in recent years, and frankly, between you, him and God, not before time! But he is a traditionalist almost by natural bent. Amfortas loves the Traditional Latin Mass though struggles with his first year latin grasp which was repeated in his second year a very long time ago. Edepol. Magnum Pilae Igneum.
He can be found most days behind the bar of the Knight and Drummer Tavern, a place for Saints, Heroes and sinners alike where he dispenses fine ales provided by the Great Supplier. http://parzivalshorse.blogspot.com.au/ The Tavern has its own Crypt and Holy treasures. Private messages can be placed in the Tavern’s post-box.
A respect for the social fabric is tempered by a fine sense of judgement and foolhardiness which sees him defying immoral and anti-Christian Laws . He may be found every week outside the Hobart Abortuary saying his Rosary, despite the threats of jail. Fines are no good for one so poor. The police no longer even tell him to ‘move along’ as he moves very slowly anyway.
Having completed a business degree and a graduate certificate in Journalism, Eleni worked several years as Staff Editor and freelancer for Prison Fellowship Victoria then went on to work as a Policy Researcher for the Australian Christians Party. Her decision to stand for Australian Christians as a candidate was born from increasing alarm at Western society’s steady erosion of Judeo-Christian values in every facet of governance and public life.
Eleni explains her convictions for Christians standing the public space. “There is a minimisation in public discourse of Christianity’s enormous contribution over many centuries to societal, educational, scientific and governmental reform through its patient but passionate pursuit of excellence in justice, inquiry, truth and freedom. While the media and political elite’s vitriol at ‘traditional’ values is constantly and loudly broadcast, they fail to offer any meaningful, believable alternative. What will their system look like for the ordinary Australian and families on a day-to-day basis? Most importantly there is a rush to take down the ‘old guard’ without discerning what might be valuable to hold on to for the next generation. So often there’s a sense that true liberty is gradually being replaced with antagonism, derision and silencing of unpopular opinions.”
She further contends that religion and faith still inform the lives of the greater portion of Australians and believes the time is right for honest, passionate and informed individuals to fill the political and public arena.
To contact Eleni, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter has had a varied involvement in the Church in Australia, undertaking contract research for over ten denominations and groups since 1987. He has also maintained an active ministry in a local congregation (along with his wife Colleen), and volunteers in a community church based care centre. At present he is also vitally involved in the confessing movement within the Uniting Church in Australia; the Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC): http://www.confessingcongregations.com/, and has responsibility for co-ordinating visitation, pastoral support and contact with ACC members and congregations, as well as editing the ACC Magazine ACCatalyst. His research interests include the reporting of religion in the media, weddings and marriages in Australia, and the representation of religion in Australian film, and ethics and decision-making in contemporary Australia.
Neil is an evangelical Christian, an Associate Professor in law, a father and a grandfather. He has qualifications in both law and theology and teaches “Law and Religion” as an elective to later year law students.
He blogs at “Law and Religion Australia”: click here to visit Neil’s website.
Richard, a 73 year old married man with 7 daughters, 2 sons and and 19 grandchildren, has been heavily involved in the pro-life cause in a voluntary capacity since the 1970’s. Richard was Political Action Chairman of “Right To Life Victoria” from 1978 to 1985 and has, from 1980 to the present time, spread the pro-life message on hundreds of occasions through his speaking engagements within the State of Victoria, particularly to Church congregations. A Labour Market economist by profession, Richard ceased full-time work 20 years ago so that he was in a better position to join up with a former school colleague, Dave Forster, who is the founder of the Melbourne Helpers, in witnessing for life daily outside abortion businesses.
Rissa Hann is a conservative, Christian, wife, mother and writer in the culture wars.
Rissa has studied and worked in nursing, welfare, disability care and Christian counselling. After the birth of her only child, Rissa left work to become a fulltime wife and mother and in her spare time continued her work with her local church. During Rissa’s work with the church she took on Pastoral duties, set up and ran a 24/7 prayer room, and evangelised on the streets to individuals and at community events. During this time Rissa also became aware about abortion and other political issues of the day.
Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when her son was 4 and also looking after her son who has special needs, Rissa realised she would need to cut back on much of the external and physical work that required her to be out of the home, and after paring back on everything outside of the home, just over 2 years ago God rather unexpectedly changed the direction of her life and she began to speak out on and write in the “culture wars”. Rissa is now an avid online writer on Facebook and when she gets the time, on her website rissahannonthelookout.com.
Rissa is a cultural and political activist and commentator on the current issues of our day, in particular those issues which are anti-Christian, anti-family, anti- children and anti-life, issues which are gradually eroding our freedoms as both conservatives and as Christians. Issues which if left unchecked will be putting our nation, Australia, and people in every sphere of our society in jeopardy.
Issues which if they continue along the road they are currently taking, will more than likely see the demise not only of Australia, but of the West, and most certainly of the basic freedoms conservative Christians possess at this time.
Please feel free to join Rissa on her journey on her Facebook page under “Rissa Hann”, or look up her website if you would like to read more of her articles and posts.
Les is a retired geneticist who worked several years with the dairy industry. When he first learned genetics over 50 years ago, geneticists all regarded the unborn as a stage in the life of a person. His interest in pro-life work began in 1973, when the McKenzie-Lamb bill was presented in Federal Parliament to legalise abortion in the ACT. Fortunately it failed, but the pro-abortion advocates did not stop.
Les took part in the annual Right to Life Annual Walks in Victoria for over 20 years, coordinating several of them. In recent years, his pro-life involvement has been more sporadic. Les produces an email newsletter for his Hoppers Crossing parish group, which contains a strong pro-life message.
Greetings Brothers, Sisters and Comrades.
My major papers are on the dodgy monthly unemployment figures and their deadly effects and (2) Saving Working Class Education from the Educational Left (the Joan Kirnerites). Both are available via email@example.com
Other, short papers are on The Bubble Zone and Abortion on Demand.
My two guiding principles and golden rules are: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ hopefully and The golden rule of life? The people who have the gold, rule.
I spent most of my working life in the old Commonwealth Employment Service before having to get out because I spoke about the REAL unemployment effects and their deadly effects. Additionally, I was also forced out of the Education Department for being a whistle blower. My above paper elaborates.
Bill Muehlenberg, who was born in America, lives in Melbourne. He is married to an Australian, Averil, and has three sons.
He has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), a MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston), and is working on a PhD in theology.
Bill and Averil spent five years in Holland working as missionaries with Youth With A Mission.
He is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria. He was formerly the National Vice President of the Australian Family Association. He was formerly the National Research Coordinator at Focus on the Family.
He currently continues an independent ministry in pro-faith and pro-family activism. He is head of an apologetics/ethics ministry called CultureWatch, started in January 2006. This interactive blogsite features over 3,300 articles and 52,000 comments.
He is widely sought out by the media for comments on social issues, faith issues, and family issues. He has appeared on all the major television and radio news shows, current affairs shows, and debate programs.
He is the author of Dangerous Relations: The Threat of Homosexuality; In Defence of the Family; Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality, and several other books, and has many hundreds of printed articles and book reviews.
Bill is a part-time lecturer in theology, apologetics and ethics at several Melbourne theological colleges.
Bill and his family are members of Crossway Baptist Church.
Denis Strangman AM
Member of the Order of Australia (General Division).
Denis is a widower, whose wife died from a malignant primary brain tumour. He helped establish the patient and carer national support group, Brain Tumour Alliance Australia, and the International Brain Tumour Alliance (foundation chair 2005-2014). Denis is active in cancer, palliative care, and mental health advocacy, and is the Secretary of Friends of Palliative Care.
Denis is the former secretary to three different Senators, including Senator Brian Harradine (1976-1992). He is also a Life Member of the ACT Right to Life Association.
Denis has five adult children, and three grand-children, and is currently sorting through and shredding 50 years of activism. Anyone local want a black plastic garbage bag(s) of shredded paper, some shredded staples also, for their garden or chook pen?
You can contact Denis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
John has studied philosophy and theology deeply, and has a bachelor’s degree in theology. He is the author of three books, a number of pamphlets, and over 600 published articles. John is interested especially in the thought of St Thomas Aquinas, and its application to modern questions. He is also interested in fundamental economic questions viewed from a natural moral law aspect.
Teresa was blessed to be born into a large family in north Queensland. Her parents accepted children as God sent them – this was one of the first untaught, but rather ‘caught’ life lesson which imparted God’s truth and plan for love and life. Much prolife material was in evidence in the family home with her mother being an active member of a number of prolife organisations but Teresa recalls one particular moment that cemented an already entrenched love for God’s precious infants. Upon reading the Prayer of Spiritual Adoption in her church bulletin in her teenage years, her heart melted with a desire to protect preborn babies.
Marrying and having her own children, as they got older, Teresa stepped up her involvement with the prolife movement becoming the School Educator for Queensland Right to Life (now Cherish Life Queensland) for seven years before she was voted in as State President, a position she held for ten years.
Peter McCullagh is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (MD), Oxford University (D Phil) and a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP Lond.). He was a member of the John Curtin School of Medicine, ANU for 35 years undertaking research on the manner in which the immune system learns to recognise self during fetal life and the implications of this process for autoimmune diseases and transplantation in adult life. Apart from immunological research articles, he has had 4 books published 3 of which deal with bioethical issues.
Tiana is a mother of five. She has a bachelor degree in business with a double major in accounting and computing and was previously an Information Systems Auditor. Tiana is the founder and a director/executive of Women and Babies Support (WOMBS) Intl Ltd. Tiana’s journey to establish an organisation to help women and their unborn babies started through twitter. After hearing stories of grief from post-abortive women who felt abortion was their only option or that they weren’t well-informed, particularly about their unborn baby, she wanted to work for more women to have the opportunity to be fully informed on abortion and human development and to have good care and real alternatives to abortion available to them if they experience a crisis in pregnancy.
With the support of her family and friends, she founded the company in May 2013, then called Abortion Group Ltd. Soon after, the organisation launched a website called www.abortiongroup.com which continues to attract around 10,000 unique visitors a month. In 2015, the company changed it’s name to Women and Babies Support (WOMBS) International Ltd. Tiana hopes WOMBS will enable people and organisations to work together to promote the right to health of both women and children in pregnancy and offer more pregnant women real solutions to problems they face and reduce the prevalence of abortion.
Tiana loves meeting new people on twitter and tweets at @wombs_intl. She contributes to the blog at www.abortiongroup.com on issues that affect women and on abortion.
Hi. I’m Kathy Clubb, founder and editor of The Freedoms Project.
I’ve assembled some of the most passionate and dedicated culture warriors from around the country to help expose the tyranny of political correctness. You can find out more about me here: