Bullied Into Silence In The Public Square. Legislated Into Silence In Our Churches, Christian Schools and Charites: You Need To Know What Bill Shorten’s Plans Are For Religious Freedom In Australia.


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This blog is potentially one of the most important blogs I have ever written.

I encourage you to read it and if you agree and too are concerned, share it around so Australians know what the Shorten Government would do to religious freedoms in our nation.

I have been deeply concerned for some time as an Australian Christian leader, of the eroding freedoms we have to express an opinion in this nation:- Particularly an opinion this is biblically based and incongruent with the apparent acceptable opinion of society that is strongly promoted by the leftist media and left side of politics.

I have written multiple blogs on the topic as I am concerned that the erosion of these freedoms we see in the public square, we ultimately lead to an erosion of these freedoms in the church.

Bill Shorten has now confirmed that it is the intention of his government, should he win the May 18th Election, to severely curtail the religious freedoms of this nation.

In a letter that the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison wrote to The Australia Prayer Network (full transcript following), Mr Morrison spoke of changes to the Anti Discrimination legislation and Mr Shorten’s plans to extend these changes across churches, mosques, synagogues, monasteries, convents, prayer groups, faith study groups, theological colleges, and all others.

The most concerning of statements in the letter is:

Mr Shorten’s Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018 risks an unprecedented encroachment on religious freedom in this country. The effect of these changes would be to censor what can be taught in religious bodies and dictate how these bodies teach their faiths.

There is agreement across the Parliament to remove the provision of the SDA that currently permits religious educational institutions to discriminate against students on the basis of their identity. Our Government wishes to repeal it. However, the Liberal National  Government cannot support the idea that the teachings and practices of temples, synagogues, churches and mosques across Australia should suddenly expose those bodies to lawsuits under anti-discrimination legislation.

For those reasons, we sought Mr Shorten’s support for a Government Bill that would remove the right to discriminate against students while also protecting faith-based schools from legal action on the grounds I have described. The Bill would keep the current protections for other religious bodies such as churches, synagogues and mosques.

Mr Shorten refused this offer.

When the Government of the day can dictate to a Preacher what comes from his platform – Churches that preach the full gospel of Jesus Christ  will be all sorts of trouble.

When are we as Christians going to realise we are being closed down: Bullied into silence in the public square. Legislated into silence in our Churches, Christian Schools and Charites?  We need to understand this legislation involves even things like Homegroups. The Government wants to police and censor what is being discussed at your church’s bible study groups. If Bill Shorten becomes Prime Minister and these changes take place, the churchscape as we know it, will change. And this won’t be a positive change.

Ten years ago I said from the Platform of Nowra City Church, there is a day coming in Australia in the not too distant future, where I could be sent to prison for declaring Jesus is the way the truth and life and no one comes to the Father but through Him. Under a Shorten Government…..that day becomes a whole lot closer.

Its time we spoke up….whilst we still can. Write to your local MP. Write to Bill Shorten. Write to Scott Morrison.

And vote intelligently on May 18th.

Anyway, that’s what I think

Peter Pilt

– Australian Prayer Network – https://ausprayernet.org.au

clip_image002A LETTER FROM THE PRIME MINISTER CONCERNING OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES

Posted By Australian Prayer Network On 22/01/2019 @ 11:32 pm In Australian Newsletter I Comments Disabled

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I write to you on a matter of great concern to Australians of all faiths.

As you may be aware, late last year I released our Government’s response to the Religious Freedom Review, chaired by the Hon Philip Ruddock. I was also pleased to announce our plans to legislate a Religious Discrimination Act, to protect Australians of faith from discrimination. Our Government will also establish the position of Freedom of Religion Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. The new Commissioner will be dedicated to safeguarding the rights of religious Australians.

However, those are not the reasons for this letter. My reason for writing is a matter that is perhaps of even greater importance to you.

In October last year, the Government made a commitment to address the issue of discrimination against children in schools on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Government proposed legislative changes that sought to remove discrimination against children while also upholding the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Importantly, the changes we proposed would protect the right of religious schools and religious institutions to continue to teach and act in accordance with the tenets and doctrines of their faiths.

We hoped to reach a bipartisan solution.clip_image005

Instead, the Leader of the Opposition introduced a Bill into the Parliament that would, for the first time, apply the full force of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) to all bodies established for religious purposes: churches, mosques, synagogues, monasteries, convents, prayer groups, faith study groups, theological colleges, and all others.

Mr Shorten’s Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018 risks an unprecedented encroachment on religious freedom in this country. The effect of these changes would be to censor what can be taught in religious bodies and dictate how these bodies teach their faiths.

There is agreement across the Parliament to remove the provision of the SDA that currently permits religious educational institutions to discriminate against students on the basis of their identity. Our Government wishes to repeal it. However, the Liberal National  Government cannot support the idea that the teachings and practices of temples, synagogues, churches and mosques across Australia should suddenly expose those bodies to lawsuits under anti-discrimination legislation.

For those reasons, we sought Mr Shorten’s support for a Government Bill that would remove the right to discriminate against students while also protecting faith-based schools from legal action on the grounds I have described. The Bill would keep the current protections for other religious bodies such as churches, synagogues and mosques.

Mr Shorten refused this offer.

In this new year, please rest assured that the Government will continue to defend the right of religious bodies to teach and act in accordance with their faith.

I would appreciate if you would consider informing your community of the Government’s efforts on this issue.

Yours sincerely, Scott Morrison Prime Minister

Source: Letter issued by the Prime Minister to Christian Organisations

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9 replies

  1. Shorten is on dangerous grounds!!

  2. Thank you Peter,

    I agree. The following is about a book I came across recently. It’s on the same theme as your post.

    David Horowitz, who is about 80 years old, was a ‘red diaper baby’. That is, his parents were card-carrying communists and he was reared a communist.

    He was a leader of the New Left in the USA in the 60s and 70s and very involved with the Black Panthers.

    He got a friend of his to be book-keeper of a school he set up with the Black Panthers. She disappeared. Later it turned out she had been murdered by the Black Panthers. He was devastated. He realised he had been involved in evil. None of his ‘friends’ supported him. They sided with the Black Panthers.

    As a communist he had been trying to destroy America. After this, he decided he needed to learn about the America he had been trying to destroy. Now many people consider him to be the most effective opponent of the Left.

    His latest book is ‘Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America’.

    David Horowitz Warns ‘Dark Agenda’ Against Christians

    A Jew and famed author is warning Christians are in danger.

    He says they are targeted by secular leftists.

    They want to destroy Christianity in America.

    Persecution against Christians is already happening. It can get far worse.

    David Horowitz exposes the truth in his new bestseller . . .

    “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America”

    Christianity, once the backbone of America’s civilized “Judeo-Christian” society, is under cruel and relentless attack.

    Now a famous author and leading Jewish-American is speaking out.

    David Horowitz warns that left-wing activists, working in tandem with Democrats and radicals, are attempting to tear down our religious freedoms.

    They are waging a war against Christians in the courts and the media.

    Their goal: to destroy Christianity in America.

    Sounds unbelievable?

    Think again.

    Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America is David Horowitz’s extraordinary look into the left’s calculated efforts to create a godless, heathen American society.

    DAVID HOROWITZ
    is a noted conservative commentator and New York Times bestselling author of Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America. He is the founder and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles.

    Horowitz says these efforts must be stopped.

    He argues that even Jews — and anyone who believes in God — will be in danger if Christians are not protected.

    Already some extreme fringe groups are resorting to horrific violence to kill innocent, God-fearing worshippers, sometimes in their own churches.

    Horowitz is a New York Times bestselling author and leading conservative thinker.

    You have seen him on Fox News, Newsmax, CNN, and all the major networks.

    His Dark Agenda shows how liberals and their radical allies envision a new millennium in which Christianity is banished.

    Horowitz argues that Judeo-Christian values are at the very root of America’s democracy and success.

    Kill off such values and all of our freedoms could perish.

    Everybody could be in danger.

    In Dark Agenda, Horowitz tells for the very first time of his secret meeting with acclaimed social critic and notorious atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of the religion-bashing God Is Not Great, and the surprising things Hitchens revealed to him.

    Horowitz also reveals that the battle over abortion is much more than the right of “choice,” but about an agenda to stop Christians from advocating for their most basic rights.

    Today, Horowitz says Donald Trump’s “genuine love for his country” has galvanized Christians to fight the secular war waged against them — as the president has become a lightning rod for the radical left.

    Dark Agenda is making waves . . .

    Tucker Carlson Says:

    “I’ve been reading David Horowitz since college. He’s rarely wrong. Read this disturbing but vital book.”

    Mike Huckabee Says:

    “One of the most intellectually compelling and rational defenses of Christianity’s role in America. Delightfully readable . . .”

    Alan Dershowitz Says:

    “Horowitz exposes the intolerance of many atheists toward those who believe in God. As a Jewish agnostic, I think it is imperative that disbelievers not demonize believers . . .”

    In Dark Agenda, Horowitz reveals:

    The real agenda of the “New Atheism” and how they used a war on radical Islam after 9/11 to begin an attack on Christianity. (Chapter 1, Page 7)
    The true plan of “progressives” to substitute themselves for God. (Chapter 3, Page 29)
    The shocking way Congress scrubbed every mention of God from the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. (Chapter 4, Page 37)
    Why the left fights to keep prayer out of public schools, and how those efforts fly in the face of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson’s intentions. (Chapter 5, Page 32)
    How fanatical liberals helped create the religious right by frightening and offending Catholics and other religious conservatives. (Chapter 7, Page 60)
    Why Hollywood stars like Bill Maher, who belligerently states “religion must die in order for mankind to live,” are finding a huge following among the Democratic left and millennials. (Chapter 1, Page 6)
    The true story of how liberal activists created the gay liberation movement to challenge Christian ideals. (Chapter 9, Page 65)
    How Barack Obama has become the hero of the anti-God, anti-religious left. (Chapter 10, Page 75)
    The real story of Obama’s relationship with Saul Alinsky, a man who openly said Lucifer was his role model. (Chapter 10, Page 128)
    The true facts about Donald Trump’s faith — and the real reason evangelical Christians and Catholics are rallying behind him. (Chapter 12, Page 98)
    What happened when the Declaration of Independence was written and there was a disagreement over God! (Chapter 4, Page 27)
    The shocking and violent manifesto of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who even advocated using dynamite to promote “revolutionary solidarity.” (Chapter 7, Page 47)
    The mind-numbing reasons behind the secular left’s smug disdain for Christians. (Chapter 1, Page 5)
    The twisted logic behind the writings of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, whose book The God Delusion maintains that post-Darwinian scientific advances have rendered any belief in God irrational and unnecessary. (Chapter 1, Page 8)
    The true legacy of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder and president of American Atheists, who was a “calculating, truth-challenged, anti-American crackpot.” (Chapter 6, Page 39)
    How the left doomed the nomination of conservative Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, and why the Brett Kavanaugh nomination controversy is part of the growing persecution of Christians who hold office. (Chapter 7, Page 53)
    How radical feminists want a new “feminine” religion that will become a new mantra of morality. (Chapter 8, Page 59)
    The truth behind the Equal Rights Amendment — how its denial of any differences between men and women actually strips women of vital rights they already have, including those involving marriage and divorce. (Chapter 8, Page 60)
    The New Jersey middle school on trial for inexplicably trying to convert students to Islam. (Chapter 5, Page 36)
    How Obama’s leftist policies are continuing to radicalize the Democratic Party into an anti-Christian entity. (Chapter 10, Page 79)
    Why Trump’s “morally flawed” life does not bother conservative Christians. (Chapter 12, Page 94)
    How Hillary Clinton’s flawed ideology shapes the Democratic Party’s warped and unsuccessful campaigns. (Chapter 12, Page 96)
    How Sen. Kamala Harris is craftily pushing increasingly radical politics to steal the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (Chapter 12, Page 100)
    And there is much, much more in David Horowitz’s powerful new book.

    Dark Agenda brings vital insights into the war against Christianity and names the global radicals, leftist Democrats, and fat cats of Hollywood and Wall Street responsible for it.

    Finally, a clear and sensible American voice — one that is Jewish — stands up to the twisted rantings of the secular left.

    But he goes beyond what we know in Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America.

    David Horowitz makes an impassioned plea warning of the grave danger to our freedoms and our very lives if we let the secularists win and Christianity is destroyed.

    It can happen if we don’t fight them, he says.

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  3. I am extremely concerned that religious beliefs are being shut
    Down and children will be stopped from knowing god and
    What is right and wrong behaviour .
    You’re sincerely
    Michelle Alexander

  4. Michelle, I totally agree with you. David Horowitz urges us to fight back.

  5. I hope and pray that Christians understand they are under attack, and vote accordingly. Check out my letter to my Member of Parliament and be encouraged to write one yourself. http://www.hermitsebooks.com/rel001.htm.

  6. We are on the verge of loosing our freedom to be a Christian and giving the message of Jesus Christ unless we speak up, stand up & be counted. As a church we have allowed wickedness to prosper, because we have become a church practicing political correctness & accepted far too much of the world in our lives & thinking. We cannot allow this to continue by voting in a PM who wants to destroy Christian values & anything associated to Christianity. We desperately need our PM to bring Australia back to our Christian roots. I believe God has provided us with a Christian man to take that position so it is now up to us to pray him into that position as our PM and vote accordingly.

  7. Our 8 years old grandson is a Christian had to move to a public School at beginning of the year,He heard us talking about fasting on Sunday & told us he knew all bout fasting as the teacher told them it is called Ramadan,so they were taught about Muslims & Islam.???????

  8. If he gets in PETE we will get the rough end of the pineapple that’s for sure. It is a scary thought if Shorten gets in.

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