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Monday, 19 November 2018 15:22

12 More Consequences of Redefining Marriage

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Just over a year ago, during Australia's debate about changing the millenia-old meaning of marriage, I wrote an article called, "55 Consequences of Redefining Marriage". Unlike most of my articles, which are read by only a few hundred people, this one has been read by over 12,000, with several thousand shares. This is evidence of just how concerned ordinary people are about homosexual unions being called 'marriage' and the massive repercussions that has for everyone. That article was a simple list of 55 examples of discriminatory laws, legal challenges, policies and persecutions taken from 13 countries where same-sex 'marriage' has been legalised. Now, twelve months on from that day when Australians learned that the majority of their conferes had voted to redefine marriage, it seems like a good time to revisit the topic. How many of those consequences have come to pass in this country? Were our fears unfounded?

Monday, 19 November 2018 11:33

"White" on the new blacklist

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A popular wedding magazine called “White” has announced today that it is closing down. The reason? The Christian publishers had been asked to carry articles featuring same sex weddings, and had politely declined to do so. The backlash on social media led to a number of advertisers withdrawing their custom, and some customers refusing to buy the magazine any more. In this post I want to comment on the legal issues around this incident, and another episode highlighted in the press today. A report in The Australian today notes the close of White magazine, and also the other episode involving someone in the “wedding industry”:

Friday, 16 November 2018 10:50

Silence is NOT an option!

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This message is so dear to my heart. It was given at the launch (4 Nov 2018) of ‘Christians In Politics’, a grass roots self-organisation of some Christians in Newcastle concerned about how we can be better informed about and involved in the future of our nation – our neighbours. Here’s what one person had to say after the event…  

This testimony was sent by a reader, and shows just how destructive long-acting hormonal contraceptives can be to a woman's health. As usual, my desire in publishing these testimonies is not to promote the practice of using contraception, but to alert women and men to the health risks involved in the use of these unnatural interventions. (More testimonies can be found here: ) Names have been changed and the text has been edited slightly for clarity - Kathy  

Sunday, 11 November 2018 08:09

More on the Melbourne Moslem Terror Attack

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Islam and terrorism go together like, well, Islam and terrorism. While non-Muslims can commit acts of terror, and while not all Muslims are terrorists, we do know that the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks since September 11 for example have been carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam. But the ‘M’ and ‘I’ words are hardly ever mentioned as each new incident of this occurs. Indeed, our authorities and the mainstream media are often loath to use the ‘T’ word as well. Usually, instead of speaking about terrorism, we hear about ‘lone-wolf attacks,’ those who are ‘mentally ill,’ and so on. The obfuscation, excuse-making, and cover-ups are getting to be as routine as the attacks themselves. Yesterday’s attack in Melbourne by a Muslim terrorist – the most recent of a string of such attacks – was yet another good illustration of all this. Our secular left media outfits refuse to give us the whole story of what is happening. For example, I just looked at a lengthy online ABC article on the attack, and there was no mention of the I or M words. mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-09/bourke-st-attacker-shot-after-car-fire-stabbings-one-dead/10483608?pfmredir=sm&fbclid=IwAR3IDRy0XLUqD3CnQ7rrSPaSdZiG-ZmAVUm8xA2WmFCN29vzKUt9oaE8NUA

Thankfully not all media outlets here are guilty of such cowardice and grovelling before the political ideology known as Islam. The Weekend Australian today had its front page devoted to this latest jihad attack, and the big, bold headline said this: “Violent Islam strikes Bourke St”. Well done. Queensland MP George Christensen was right to say this: “Thank goodness one Aussie media outlet isn’t afraid to say it as it is. This is not violent extremism, mental illness, disaffected youth violence or some other politically correct term: it is radical, violent Islam, plain and simple. If you cannot identify your enemy or their ideology, you will never defeat them.” Thank you Weekend Australian and thank you George. You offer us a breath of fresh air in a culture in which creeping sharia and stealth jihad are growing increasingly pervasive and untouchable. In my article on this attack yesterday I said I would offer updates: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/11/09/life-and-death-in-melbourne/ Here then are some further developments concerning this horrific attack, both coming from the Daily Mail:

The brother of the knife-wielding Somali terrorist who stabbed three men, one fatally, in Melbourne’s inner-city has been revealed as an ‘ISIS sympathiser’ who allegedly planned to execute a major terrorist attack. Mohamed Khalif, also known as Hassan Shire, 31, was shot and killed by police after deliberately crashing a car filled with ‘barbecue-style gas bottles’ and rampaging through Melbourne’s Bourke Street with a long knife on Friday afternoon. In a press conference, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said Khalif was well known to counter-terrorism officials due to his relatives’ links to terror. Khalif’s 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali, was arrested in November of 2017 in relation to a foiled terror attack in Federation Square, also in the heart of Melbourne. Police allegedly intercepted plans late last year to attack Melbourne’s cultural arts precinct on New Years Eve 2017. www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/somali-born-terrorist-who-carried-out-bourke-street-attack-is-the-brother-of-an-isis-sympathiser-whose-bomb-plot-was-foiled/ar-BBPwqOa?ocid=spartandhp&fbclid=IwAR13-lBparhP5J2_kW_0_aNG8d-voazsehYjWi1ww_7j5CL2s-aaaSlQYy8
And a more recent update:
A house linked to the Somali terrorist who stabbed a man to death and injured two others in Melbourne’ Bourke Street before being shot by police has been raided by counter-terrorism officers. Heavily-armed officers wearing tactical gear and masks swooped on the home in Werribee about 8am on Saturday as they continue to investigate Hassan Khalif Shire Ali’s attack. The house is believed to be that of the lone wolf terrorist’s father, who also brought up Khalif’s brother Ali Khalif Shire Ali who allegedly plotted an attack on Melbourne’s Federation Square on New Year’s Eve. His family are inside the house and cooperating with authorities. Khalif’s wife, who police also believe to be radicalised, was missing on Friday night but has since been interviewed by police. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6373671/Police-raid-terror-den-linked-Bourke-Street-Jihadi.html
Also, Andrew Bolt has offered us a running list of other refugees who committed acts of Islamic jihad on Melbourne’s streets. And this is now becoming rather predictable:
Past terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees here: -Somali-born Yacqub Khayre [in June, 2017] murdered a worker at a Melbourne apartment block, held a woman hostage and shot three police after telling Channel 7: “This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda.” Before that: -Farhad Jabour, an Iranian “refugee”, killed police accountant Curtis Cheng while shouting “Allah is the greatest”. -Man Monis, an Iranian “refugee” and Islamist, staged the deadly Lindt cafe siege while professing support for the Islamic State. -Numan Haider, an Afghan “refugee” and IS recruit, stabbed two police in Melbourne. -Mohammad Ali Baryalei, an Afghan “refugee”, became a recruiter and fighter for IS. -Saney Edow Aweys, a Somalian “refugee”, plotted to attack the Holsworthy Army base.
Not all of these cases were in Melbourne – the Man Monis attack was in Sydney. But this is becoming all too routine and commonplace. We let in Muslim refugees, they act out their Islamic faith, and we scratch our heads and wonder why we keep seeing all this carnage repeated. Yesterday I quoted one legal expert who made the case for clamping down on this. I repeat part of what he said:
The problem is that we simply do not know who to trust amongst a religious group that largely despises our democracy, culture and laws, and that do not even accept the principle of religious tolerance and separation of powers. Although jihadists are not drawn exclusively from the first-generation Muslim immigrants, a large Muslim immigration to Australia invariably provides a larger recruiting ground for terrorists and other Islamist militants. Both the influx of asylum seekers from dysfunctional majority-Muslim countries and the constant influx of Muslim immigrants to Australia naturally exacerbate the threat of Islamic terrorism on our soil.
Surely our experience, and that over other Western countries, demonstrates that we need to rethink our immigration policies, and we need to start getting real about where the actual threats are coming from. Until we do, we will keep seeing more blood on our streets and keep wondering why so many innocent men, women and children must keep on being murdered – all to appease a violent religious ideology.
Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:33

McCarrick's Seminarians

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I happened to come across the article and found it to be so insightful that I asked the author, Maureen Mullarkey, for permission to reproduce it here. Maureen, an artist and blogger at StudioMatters.com, generously agreed; the original article can be found here. The following will mosty be of interest to Roman Catholics, but its main point can be applied across denominations, and indeed, across society: holiness, that is, the desire to perfectly align our wills to God's will, is rarely the goal of contemporary Christianity. Instead, holiness has been replaced by selfishness and worldliness and, frequently,  by a life of entrenched sin.  

Friday, 09 November 2018 06:41

Interview with Jonathon van Maren

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In addition to being an author, speaker, and blogger at The Bridgehead and other websites, Jonathon van Maren is part of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, an organisation best known for their pioneering use of abortion victim imagery. A few months ago, Jonathon approached me to give him a rundown of the Australian pro-life scene for his website, (you can read that here) so it seemed like a good opportunity to ask him to use the same questions to describe the landscape in Canada. I also asked Jonathan to elaborate on something that stuck with me from his book, The Culture War: in it, Jonathan wrote that addiction to pornography was holding men back from involvement in pro-life work.