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Christian Institute: If marriage is redefined in Scotland, legalising polygamy could be next, a senior MSP has said. Labour’s Elaine Smith raised concerns about the proposals, saying there is “no logical reason” to discriminate against a relationship of three or more people if “love” is the driving force behind the legislation.
Rebecca Oas at C-FAM: Most countries in Asia and Africa object to homosexuality. Globally, 80 countries have sodomy laws. Less than 20 recognize same-sex couples, and only 14 allow persons of the same sex to marry.
NC Register: Dr. Helen Watt discusses the objective morality of new scientific research in genetics and embryology.
allAfrica.com: Polygamy and polyandry in our modern society have elicited varied reactions and perceptions. The practice of polygamy was common and widely accepted in ancient society, where society was governed by customary law. Modern society has opted for civil marriages in the codified statutes, and religious marriages. However, there are parties who still opt to conduct customary law marriages.
Tory Councillors believe redefining marriage will cost votes, conservative association memberships down
Christian Institute: Close to two thirds of Tory councillors believe redefining marriage will be a vote loser at the next election, a new poll shows. And reports from local Conservative associations show a rapid decline in membership, with gay marriage seen as one of the reasons.
Christian Institute: Parents should have the right to remove their children from school lessons about gay marriage, MSPs have heard. Michael Calwell, of the Family Education Trust, made the call during an evidence session in front of the Equal Opportunities Committee which is looking into plans to redefine marriage in Scotland.
AP: Serbia’s prime minister says a gay pride march scheduled in Belgrade on Saturday has been banned because of threats by right-wing groups against the participants.
BuzzFeed: John Berry, the new U.S. ambassador to Australia, was formally welcomed to the country by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by both of their husbands. Berry is the first out gay ambassador to a G20 country, and he and his husband arrive in Australia in the wake of the marriage equality candidate losing in the national elections.
UN News Centre: Countries attending the first ministerial meeting held at the United Nations on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals today reaffirmed their commitment to work together to combat discrimination and protect the rights of all human beings regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Russians are considering an increase to the divorce tax by some 7500% (from $13-$941 US)according to Forbes.com’s tax girl Kelly Phillips-Erb. The plan could render 19 billion rubles ($595 million US).
WorldNetDaily: HSLDA has been working with the a team from the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the family.
The Guardian: The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has asked for legal advice to see “precisely how far the ACT can go” with its new bill to legalise same sex marriage.
LifeSiteNews: Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s children were returned to them after a court hearing today, three weeks to the day after their four children were seized during a police raid. The Wunderlich children were returned after the parents promised they would send their children back to a state school.
Catholic Online: To our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed families through the Mystery of Marriage at Cana of Galilee and changed water into wine, that is, into joy and feasting, and to His Body, the Orthodox Church, the partnering of the same sex is unknown and condemned, and they condemn the contemporary invention of “mutual cohabitation”, which is the result of sin and not the law of joy.
Kathyrn Jean Lopez of NRO at Fox News: Not everything in the world is about sex and politics. That message may take the New York Times a few more homilies and interviews with Pope Francis to understand. The Catholic Church – or at least those preachers and teachers who are outspoken on matters concerning human sexuality, especially when catechetical discussions are turned into clashes in the public square for political or cultural reasons – is often accused of being obsessed with sex. But the obsession might just be the media’s.
Wall Street Journal (Japan): The bottom line: Although there’s little overt discrimination — legislated or popular — against “sexual minorities,” as Japanese officialdom terms them, there’s also little support for recognizing or legalizing unions between same-sex couples.
WorldNetDaily: An evangelical church in Scotland is being blasted publicly for promoting marriage on a bulletin board that had been designated for its use at a community center where it meets.
BuzzFeed: The struggle over LGBT rights in Peru has taken an ugly personal turn, with the leader of the country’s Catholic Church accusing a popular politician of pushing for civil union legislation in order to “justify his [sexual] orientation.” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, leader of Peru’s Catholic church, slammed Congressman Carlos Bruce’s decision to introduce the legislation on Thursday, along with other members of his legislative bloc.
The Hindu: Mr. Putin lashed out at the Euro-Atlantic countries for straying from their “roots” and sinking into moral decay by putting “an equation mark” between same-sex partnerships and mixed-sex multi-child marriages.
Christian Institute: The UK Supreme Court is set to consider a case that could force gay adoption on Northern Ireland – even though most of the public are opposed.
Wall Street Journal: The Thai government plans to introduce a landmark civil-partnership bill that will extend most marriage benefits to same-sex couples, a move that would put Thailand at the forefront of the gay-rights movement in most of the Asian-Pacific region.
AP: Putin on Thursday maintained that the law bans only “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” He argued that it is “no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities” and insisted that European laws allowing gay marriage contribute to population declines.
WorldNetDaily: The Wunderlich situation drew a dozen lawyers from all over Europe to a meeting in Frankfurt to discuss ways to bring attention to the situation, including Roger Kiska, of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which also has been integral in a number of homeschooling cases. “The right of parents to homeschool should be respected and ADF is committed to working along with HSLDA and others to protect this important freedom from being marginalized,” he said. “We have a variety of international tribunals we can look to besides the European Court of Human Rights which has been very antagonistic to homeschoolers and parental rights in general.
International Business Times: Nigeria is a nation deeply rooted in tradition and religion, major reasons why homosexuality is largely not accepted by the society. This, combined with the fear of the unknown, causes many gay women and men to disguise their sexuality for fear of persecution.
BBC: Parliament in France has moved to ban child beauty pageants on the grounds that they promote the “hyper-sexualisation of minors.
Donnelly said that a dozen lawyers from all over Europe gathered in Frankfurt to discuss other means for bringing attention to the problems faced by homeschoolers. Roger Kiska, Alliance Defending Freedom’s senior European counsel was among the attorneys gathered.
HSLDA: “The right of parents to homeschool should be respected and ADF is committed to working along with HSLDA and others to protect this important freedom from being marginalized. We have a variety of international tribunals we can look to besides the European Court of Human Rights which has been very antagonistic to homeschoolers and parental rights in general,” he said. “The act of these local authorities to take the Wunderlich children is unconscionable and those responsible must be held to account.” Donnelly was encouraged by the growing group of supporters for homeschooling freedom in Germany, including attorneys and family advocates from all over Europe, such as Andrea Williams from Christian Concern of the United Kingdom, Viktor Kostov of Bulgaria, and Vasillios Tsirmpas of Greece, both attorneys affiliated with Alliance Defending Freedom.
Christian Institute: A church group in Shetland which uses a local community hall has come under fire for displaying its support for traditional marriage.
The Guardian: The Australian Capital Territory government is set to legalise same-sex marriage by the end of the year and chief minister Katy Gallagher told Guardian Australia that she doesn’t expect the federal Coalition government to overturn the legislation.
The Australian: The prime minister-elect faces an immediate test on marriage equality, after the ACT Labor government announced on Thursday that it would introduce legislation to legalise gay marriage in the next sitting of parliament.
WorldNetDaily: A rally is being organized to coincide with a court hearing next week for four children who were taken from their parents by a German SWAT-style team armed with a battering ram because they were being homeschooled.
Christianity Today: Police skeptical that American Christians would adopt children who are not ‘good-looking’ or lack same ‘hereditary traits.’
Independent: TWO Christian groups are considering a private prosecution after Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to charge two doctors who agreed to arrange abortions of baby girls purely because of their gender.
Christian Institute: Parents in Scotland should be allowed to choose how, when and whether their children learn about gay marriage in school, MSPs have heard.
Christian Institute: MSPs have heard concerns from the Church of Scotland that they may have to stop conducting wedding ceremonies if plans to redefine marriage go ahead.
BBC: The health minister is set to take his fight against the extension of adoption rights to Northern Ireland’s gay and unmarried couples to the UK’s highest court.
LifeNews: Christian Medical Fellowship has recently published a paper on ‘three parent embryos for mitochondrial disease’ which was strongly critical of this new technology on both theological and scientific grounds.
Telegraph: Only a minority of people now view marriage as the starting point for bringing up children, with support for that view almost halving in less than 25 years.
Malaysia Chronicle: Singapore Pastor Lawrence Khong of Faith Community Baptist Church talks about why he opposes calls to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, which bans homosexual sex, and how he became a pastor . . . And there is a difference between loving people, including homosexuals, and allowing the homosexual lifestyle to become normalised in society.
WorldNetDaily: Officials with MassResistance.com are reporting that an activist for the pro-LGBT agenda, Patrick Burke, addressed a meeting of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. t was during the “Out on the Playing Field” seminar that Burke said, “We’re going to have three weeks of sustained media presence there. We are going to have out LGBT athletes there. We are going to have very vocal and visible allies there. We’ve spoken with the Canadian and U.S. hockey teams. We’re going to be doing work with both of those teams.”
Guardian: Fifa’s new anti-discrimination taskforce is to urge football’s world governing body to pressure Russia and Qatar, the World Cup hosts in 2018 and 2022, to relax anti-gay legislation.
Christian Newswire: Dr. David Phillips, National President of Family Voice Australia, said the following day, “One of the reasons for such a clear defeat was Labor’s change of mind and support for same-sex marriage.” Kevin Rudd promised to legislate for homosexual ‘marriage’ within one hundred days of being re-elected.
AP: The head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC on Sunday to help “stop this campaign and this speculation” related to the anti-gay law that has been overshadowing preparations for next year’s Winter Games in Russia.
BBC: The US-founded sect says it believes in spanking children if disobedient. But it said a “small reed-like rod” was used intended only to inflict “pain and not damage” and was not abusive.
Australian PM Aggressively Advocates Marriage Redefinition, Twists Bible in Diatribe Aimed at Pastor | Video
Christian Concern: The Scottish Government will fast-track its same sex ‘marriage’ bill through Parliament over the next six months, with the aim of introducing the legislation by March 2014.
Hotels and the Pornography Plague: An Example of Moral Responsibility from Scandinavia | Robert P. George and Hamza Yusuf at Public Discourse
Robert P. George and Hamza Yusuf at Public Discourse: While many American hotel executives refuse to rid their businesses of pornography, Petter Stordalen, owner of one of Scandinavia’s largest hotel chains, is leading the way forward.
AP: “I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television late Tuesday. “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”
AP: Over the years the unions developed a virtual lock on teacher hiring and promotion. Almost every new teacher must go through a union to gain a school assignment, a practice that has spawned notorious levels of corruption, including the sale and inheritance of teaching positions.
BBC: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has delivered a strong defence of gay marriage on live television, days before the 7 September election.
Christian Concern: Traditionally, university regulations have required male graduates to wear dark suits with a white bow tie and academic bands, whilst women have been required to wear dresses or skirts.
IONA Institute: Jonas Himmelstrand, author and leading campaigner for the rights of homeschooling parents, and his wife have been fined by the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court for home educating their daughter for one year, the school year 2010-2011.
AP: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists said Tuesday they have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of this week’s Group of 20 summit in Russia.
The Age: The pentecostal Christian school chosen by Tony Abbott as the site of his education policy launch has decided to review its policy declaring homosexuality an abomination just hours after the Coalition visit.
LifeSiteNews: Chilean ex-president Michelle Bachelet, now presidential candidate for Nueva Mayoría (New Mayority), has declared in a recent interview that if elected she plans to follow her agenda on “homosexual or ‘egalitarian marriage’ and gay adoption” – a policy she plans to enact “little by little.”
LifeSiteNews: Although the University of Alberta already has unisex restrooms on campus, the university has agreed to create “all-gender washrooms” for transgender students.
LifeSiteNews: Representatives of 38 Latin American and Caribbean countries have signed onto a document that includes language urging the region to, “Ensure … the availability of safe, good-quality abortion services for women with unwanted and unaccepted pregnancies.”
C-FAM: A statement from civil society affirms the recently enacted Russian law, which imposes fines on individuals and groups that promote homosexuality among minors, as important steps towards fulfilling international obligations towards the family and minors. Organizations from around the world are “rushing” to offer their support according to Profesionales por la Etica, the Spain based organization coordinating the effort. In just one week 71 organizations have offered their support.
Huffington Post: This week in Multan, Pakistan, 36-year-old Farzana Bibi was allegedly dismembered by her husband for refusing to wear a niqab. Waiting until their three children had gone to school, he allegedly took a knife used for slaughtering an animal in the halal fashion to dismember her into ten pieces.
Christian Institute: A petition against plans to redefine marriage in Scotland has reached more than 50,000 signatures.
Guardian: Justin Welby says vast majority of under-35s equate his stance on same-sex marriage to racism and other forms of injustice
MSN.com: Lyla Miklos was probably thrilled to have won a gift certificate for a free haircut in a silent auction, delight that lasted juuuust until she tried collecting her prize. When she went to the Westdale Barber Shop in Hamilton, Ontario, for a cut, she was told “no girls allowed.”
John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews: Since the push for “gay marriage” started, people who opposed it have absolutely refused to engage in discussions about the moral liceity, or even the physical and psychological consequences of homosexual behaviour. Have you noticed? The one thing no one in the argument seems to want to do is really to talk about what we’re talking about.
AllAfrica: A gay rights activist is threatening to sue AG Githu Muigai and the NGO board over the government’s refusal to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
Politico: Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urging him to repeal laws restricting rights of LGBT individuals in Russia.
Weekly Standard: Last week, the New York Times ran a piece on the dire demographic problems facing Germany. The short version: Germans aren’t having enough kids, and as a result the economy is in trouble and there are all sorts of logistical problems . . .
The Independent: Responses follow The Independent’s disclosure that 40 schools had published policy statements echoing language of notorious legislation.
Christian Institute: Millionaire gay couple, the Drewitt-Barlows, have confirmed they have “launched” a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.
CBS News: In a news conference on Sunday, Mutko appeared to liken homosexual relations to substance abuse. “We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness and non-traditional sexual relations,” Mutko said.
AP: The cost of raising a child during the first 18 years of life rose 4 percent to 148,105 pounds ($230,376) last year, while average earnings rose 1.5 percent and safety net benefits rose 1 percent, according to the report from the Child Poverty Action Group.
Education Views: An organization that promotes homosexuality is distributing DVDs to each primary school in Scotland to teach “alternative families” to young children.
Spiegel Online: Germany is set to become the first country in Europe to introduce a third, “indeterminate” gender designation on birth certificates. The European Union, which is attempting to coordinate anti-discrimination efforts across member states, is lagging behind on the issue.
MA Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Tort Suit Against Minister Accused of Persecuting Ugandan “LGBTI people”
Art Leonard Observations Blog: Most significantly, Ponsor concluded, based on a review of international legal materials, “widespread, systematic persecution of LGBTI people constitutes a crime against humanity that unquestionably violates international norms,” and that a review of “applicable authorities” shows that “aiding and abetting in the commission of a crime against humanity is one of the limited group of international law violations for which the ATS furnishes jurisdiction.” Ponsor also found that persecution can be considered a crime against humanity if it is “part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population.”
Here and Now: A rapidly changing world is altering the lives of millions of women. In India, the rising economic wherewithal of a new generation of women is transforming an institution as old as the country itself: marriage.
MyFoxNY.com: It’s unrespectful to our country. It’s unrespectful to our citizens, because we are Russians. Maybe we are different from European people and other people from different lands,” Isinbayeva told reporters. “We have our home and everyone has to respect (it). When we arrive to different countries, we try to follow their rules.”