Volume 20 Issue 1
Ephesians 5:11 Do
not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness but instead
even expose them
Note: most of the underlined text are
links for you to "Click and Lobby"
Musachi Vitamins stops
We asked readers to express
their concerns regarding the advertising of Musachi vitamins in
Australian Penthouse. Those that did so received a letter from
Musachi - stating they have ceased advertising in the
publication! This is thanks to your action.
OFLC Success Story!
Last year the OFLC Review Board
responded sluggishly to the French porn film (Baise-Moi) fiasco,
banning it only after a four-week cinema release. In The AFF
Journal we asked readers to write to the OFLC and request that
the Board simply observe their own guidelines in future.
Acting according to their own
censorship guidelines, the OFLC has banned the film Ken Park,
which is the latest work of apparently underage-sex obsessed
filmmaker Larry Clark (see article below). On appeal, the ban was
subsequently upheld by the Classification Review Board.
but OFLC takes flak for sensible
decision support needed!
The ban has provoked nothing
less than hysteria among intellectuals and advocates
of artistic license at any cost. In the most extreme example,
Sydney police had to physically intervene when SBS Movie Show
co-host Margaret Pomeranz attempted to illegally screen the film
free of charge to an audience of 400.
Classification Review Board
Member Maureen Shelley explained the reason for the ban on
ABCs Lateline (July 3): Our guidelines state
that as a general rule you cannot show actual sex in R
it's actual sex then it should go into X. If you then look at the
X guidelines, they say you can't allow fetish. There's a fetish
it's autoerotic asphyxiation. So, it doesn't fit R, it
doesn't fit X, there is only one place for it to go, which is
The OFLC has handled
the film Ken Park with uncharacteristic wisdom, yet continues to
face a ridiculous amount of bile for simply conforming to their
Not over yet
Among the public figures who
expressed outrage over this totally sensible ban is NSW Premier
Bob Carr, who asked for the issue of Film Festivals censorship to
be put on the agenda of the Attorneys-General meeting in August (The
Mercury 14/7/03). Atty Gen Daryl Williams office
states that no matters of censorship were officially
discussed at that meeting, which gives us time to contact
our Attorneys General before their next get-together.
The current film classification
system is national. Anti-censorship campaigners are pressuring
the Govt to radically alter this system and make film
classification regulated by the individual State and Territories.
This would create opportunities for infiltration of
Classification Boards. It is based on the concept of relative
truth that each of us must construct our own
morality. On the contrary, Australias film classification
system currently claims to be guided by community
standards. This gives pro-family individuals around the
country the power to pull the OFLC up when it outrages those
are obviously not reflected by persons such as movie reviewer
David Stratton, who called the film unquestionably
important and relevant. The Daily Telegraphs
Piers Akerman rightly commented: [the film] may well deal
with such important issues as parental abuse
but does the
narrative need to be so explicit to explain these issues?
1. Write to Atty Gen Darryl Williams and your State Attorney General (click and select your State) about keeping national
guidelines for film classification.
2. Write to the
OFLC. Commend them for actually following their own guidelines
and assure them that Australians do not want to welcome the
highly toxic movie, Ken Park, into the community. The OFLC - the
ones who place Australian Penthouse and other pornographic
publications in a category legally accessible to children of all
ages - has acted responsibly in this instance of banning Ken Park
and should be congratulated. Please thank them. OFLC, Locked Bag
3, Haymarket NSW 1240 ph 02 9289 7100 fx 02 9289 7101 email email@example.com
While you are at it please ask
them why they continue to place The Picture People and other
pornographic magazines in a category legally accessible to our
children. These magazines contain ads for sexual services and
pornographic material with virtually all of the order forms
stating that you must be over 18 to order the material. Isn't it
clear to the board that such a magazine is only intended for
those over 18?
3. Send one of
these magazines to your state Member of Parliament and your
Premier. Ask them if they would allow their own children or
grandchildren to have unrestricted access to such trash. If not
why does the law in your state allow it to be sold to, displayed
to and accessed by your children. AFF is extremely interested in
their reply! Tasmania is the only state that restricts these
publications. Why don't you get your state to do the same? Write
to: [Your Member or Premier], Parliament House, [Your Capitol
About Ken Park
According to an article in The
Australian of 18 June, "Ken Park's film-makers have few
qualms about depicting explicit sexual activity". Scenes
include detailed depictions of immoral and/or highly dangerous
sexual acts involving young adult actors playing school-age kids.
The scenes have been thoroughly described in newspapers around
the country, but I will refrain from describing them here. Clark,
the films director, has been candid about his habit of
casting actors who appear as young as possible. In the case of
one of his earlier films, he raved about his find of 25-year-old
actress Natasha Gregson Warner, enthusing that she looked only
12. It is particularly disturbing to note her participation in an
explicit scene in that film.
Can you believe all of the
issues our children are going to have to sort out?
A legal system that says
prostitution and homosexuality are OK.
A parliamentary system that
lowers the age of sexual consent for homosexuals and allows them
to adopt children.
Political 'leaders' who approve
harmful, illegal drugs.
Pornography displayed to our
children as art.
Pornographers allowed to sell
and display smut magazines to kids of all ages.
Government 'leaders' who lie
repeatedly and treat those who put them in office and pay their
salaries with utter contempt.
How bad does it have to get
before we all do something?
If it is good to sell smut
magazines to children then continue to allow it.
If it is good for our daughters
to become whores then continue to allow legal prostitution.
If it is good for children to
accept homosexuality as normal then continue to do nothing.
If it is good for immorality and
promiscuity to be advocated, promoted and encouraged via the
television airwaves then continue to do nothing about it.
If it is bad then, for our
children's sake, do something to stop it.
Remember, faith without works is
At AFF we have been 'doing
something' for over 20 years. Sometimes we win and sometimes we
lose but at least if we fail, our children will be able to say
that we were sincere in our concern for them and that we
Our society, as complex as it
is, can be changed with simple tactics. To keep fighting this
'winnable war' we need help from ALL of our readers - it
doesnt have to be a burden on anyone.
When AFF began Australia used
its 15,16 and 17 year-olds as porno centrefolds, Australian
Playboy enjoyed a prosperous circulation rate and was sold in the
largest retailers, Dial-a-Porn servers were nation-wide,
pornographers portrayed women as schoolgirls and used "child
magnets" (material unique to childhood entertainment) in
Now none of these things occur.
These, and many other victories, did not just happen.
Somebody had to do something.
There is still a lot to do.
Can we count on your support to
help us do it?
The letters we suggest that you
write are important dont put it off!
Go ahead, make a difference!
August 2003 Smartpad (computer
accessory; Please express your concern they were also in
our last issue!) Seiko; Managing Dir Mr Russell Martin; PO Box
369; Cordell Park NSW 2200 ph: 1300 788081 Click to Email
and (its getting
increasingly difficult to find reputable advertisers!)
system speakers) Managing Dir Mr Martin Moelle; Level 22,
20 Napier St; Nth Sydney NSW 2060 ph 1300 305835 Click to Email
Condom machines & homosexual
role-play:Coming Soon to a School Near You?
Condom-vendors in schools
The Australian Capital Territory
(ACT) government was handed a report by a "bipartisan"
committee recommending condom vending machines be placed in
secondary schools. The committee chairwoman Kerrie Tucker claimed
(reported in the Weekend Australian 26-27 April) that
because the children wanted "peer-led" sex education
(imagine peer-led maths, literature, nutrition or any other
school subjects), condom machines should be installed.
Democrats MLA Roslyn Dundas told
the Canberra Times that the ACT govt's refusal to
install condom machines was "outdated".
Safety in condoms
Rubber Chemistry and
Technology and The Journal of Testing and Evaluation
(2 well respected international trade journals), The Journal
of the American Medical Association, the British Journal
of Family Planning, The New England Journal of Medicine,
Social Science Medicine and a host of additional
scientific bodies all mirror St Vincent's Bioethics Centre in
Melbourne which warns, "It is misleading to promote safe sex
with a condom".
Such studies are dangerous to
ignore. Do the Democrats dismiss all this scientific data as
"outdated", or only when it is applied to the health of
These and many other studies are
documented in AFF's booklet "It's Not Gay". We'll be
happy to send you a copy - perhaps you can get the Democrats to
listen to you.
Toxic Sex-Ed in SA
A new sex education course
currently being trialed in 14 high schools around South Australia
(before a planned introduction into schools all over the country)
unabashedly promotes homosexuality and never mentions abstinence
as an alternative to pre-marital sex.
This course (known as
SHine) also includes student role-playing of
homosexual relationships, taking children from revulsion
[of same-sex sexual activity], through tolerance and acceptance,
to celebration, nurturing and finally seeing it as
indispensable and admirable.
Festival of Light
reports that doctors, teachers and MPs have addressed large
protest meetings since April in SA and Today Tonight (14
May, Channel 7) interviewed parents who are upset about the
content of the course. Yet Education Minister Trish White and the heads of both SHine and the Dept
of Education and Childrens Services have declined all
invitations to address community concerns at the protest meetings
1. Contact the ACT government and congratulate them on
their wise decision to keep dangerous condom vending machines out
of the schools in the ACT. ACT Legislative Assembly, GPO Box
1020, Canberra ACT 2601 Ph (02) 6205 0439 Facsimile: (02) 6205
2. Write to Mike
Rann, Premier of SA and ask him if he has looked at SHine. Tell
him that it should be withdrawn immediately from SA schools. If
the program is deemed successful in SA, there are
plans to sell it to the rest of the country, so those who do not
live in SA should write to him as well and ask him to put a stop
to it. Premier Mike Rann, Parliament House,
Adelaide SA 5000
Since so many of our 'leaders'
think there is no right or wrong it is up to us to point them in
the right direction.
Focus on - Homosexuality
Foreword: by Christina Sonnemann
Homosexuality. It seems to be
everywhere these days from Levis billboards to
PG-rated comedies. Its presented to us as cute, fun,
caring. When we question or oppose this representation of it,
were blamed for everything from youth suicide to drug abuse
to homicide. Its terrible to see young people being drawn
into this lifestyle and its terrible to see older people
playing house together; looking for a church or a
baby to make them feel complete (and woe to the church leaders
who are all too happy to legitimize their lifestyle). However, I
see hope in this quest for meaning.
It takes bravery to speak the
truth in love in todays climate but homosexuals need to
hear it desperately. They need to hear about Gods grace.
Equally vital: young people need to be encouraged to really seek
God and study the Word on this issue.
As a 21-year-old, I know how
easy it is to be sucked into an attitude of desentisation about
homosexuality and sexual sin as a whole. Occasionally I am amazed
at the difference between my parents generations
no-nonsense view of homosexuality to the struggling and
squeamishness with which my peers handle it. I believe that
fidelity and obedience to Gods plan for sexuality is my
generations greatest challenge.
For this reason I urge parents,
youth leaders, pastors and grand-parents to take up this issue
with young people. A fleeting same-sex temptation can cause young
people to feel doomed or predetermined to sin. It should be
handled like any other temptation: For we do not have a
high priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but One
who has been tempted in every way as we, yet without sin.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of
grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in
time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16.
Its also important for
young people to realize that the natural world bears witness to
Gods Word. Homosexuality is not only wrong, its
destructive, harmful, tragic and deadly. Several articles, update
and reports on different aspects of the homosexual issue follow.
The enemy is truly coming in like a flood in our
time, and future generations will judge whether or not the people
of God raise[d] up a standard.
AFF Director to Address International
Conference on Homo-Fascism
AFFs own Jack Sonnemann
has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker at The First
International Conference on Homo-Fascism. One speaker each from
the UK, Australia (Jack!), South Africa, Canada and the USA will
address a gathering restricted to Pastors, Elders and Ministry
Leaders during this two-day conference in the US (October 9 &
We quote from the Conference
brochure: Fascism is a political system whereby all
opposition to, criticism of, and dissent from the government is
disallowed and crushed. Fascism is a philosophy that tolerates no
deviation from an established norm, that being the dictates of a
powerful elite. Fascism is opposed to the eternal, unchanging,
objective law of God and is based on subjective desires and goals
of those who have the power to crush their opposition. In many
Western nations, a form of fascism has taken root and presents a
clear, present, and growing danger to Christian liberty and the
Church of Jesus Christ. This force for evil may justly be
referred to as 'homo-fascism' due to the fact that those
espousing and driving it have as their goal to demonize,
marginalize, and silence any criticism of or opposition to
homosexual acts and the sodomite agenda. Already Christians in
many countries are being arrested for preaching what the Bible
teaches concerning homosexual acts. In some cases, special
tribunals have been set up to punish such individuals. In
America, the machinery of tyranny is likewise being put into
Please pray for Jack, his fellow
speakers and the attendees.
Legally Blonde 2
Dont be fooled by the PG rating
this is NOT a film for your youth group.
The upcoming sequel to the
bubbly hit film Legally Blonde is surprisingly subversive. In a
bizarre plot-twist, the lead charac- ters pet Chihuahua,
Bruiser, is outed as a homosexual dog during the
film. He and a male rottweiler consummate their relationship soon
after meeting and in the next scene are together in the park
decked out in black leather-and-stud bondage gear. Bruisers
sexuality becomes a recurrent theme thanks to the
Director of the film, Charles Herman-Wurmfield, who (himself a
homosexual activist) added gay jokes to the script.
The films basic message is that moral ideals are based on
ignorance and that stodgy conservatives can be liberated by
experiencing certain things firsthand.
Herman-Wurmfield is notorious
for his first directorial effort, the ground-breaking Kissing
Jessica Stein, as the first mainstream Hollywood film to
deal sympathetically and humourously with young lesbian
experimentation. (World Magazine, July 19)
Let Hollywood know (click and use reply
form at right) the public is not interested in preachy homosexual
propaganda as a substitute for family entertainment:
local youth group as well as encouraging friends and family to
choose another movie for their Friday night.
There are a few interesting
advertisers online at www.thepinkdirectory.com, the Sydney areas homosexual business
directory. They certainly have a right to advertise there
as we do to let them know that since we dont want our money
going to promote homosexuality we will have to take our business
elsewhere as long as they do.
The following respectable
businesses are listed alongside Rent Boy Australia,
Escort Shop and Sydney Hunx Escort
include: St George Bank Home Loans Gail
Kelly, CEO St George House; 4-16 Montgomery St; Kogarah NSW 2217
National Australia Bank Home Loans Mr
Charles Allen, Chairman, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000; ph 132265
Westpac Bank (3 ads: Home Loans,
Investment Advisors, Finance) Mr Leon Davis, Chairman;
Westpac; 28th Floor; 60 Martin Place; Sydney 2000
Thank Mr Howard
Please write to the Prime
Minister and thank him for his comments that marriage is between
a man and a woman.
Mr John Howard,
Prime Minister, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Click and Lobby
Send a copy to
your Federal MP at the same address or Click and Lobby
Same-sex adoption: a dangerous deception
The Tasmanian ALP government,
spearheaded by Atty Gen Judy Jackson, is set to allow the
adoption of children by same-sex couples. Besides the grave
consequences to Tasmania, this also is significanct for every
State, as all of Australia's State governments are run by the
The Tasmanian Law Reform
Institute asked for public submissions, then rejected over 1,000
submissions that were against same-sex adoption. AFF (along with
many organizations, pro- and anti-family) sent a submission to
the Tasmanian government on this important issue. However, the
govt seems to be relying on the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute
(whoever they are) who have recommended open slather same-sex
adoption. The Institute members, like so many of Tasmania's MPs,
remind me of the saying, "Don't bother me with the facts,
I've already made up my mind!"
Because of the enormous public
outcry against same-sex adoption the Tasmanian ALP government
plans to 'water down' the proposal and pass it anyway. The
Tasmanian Parliament is scheduled to pass a wa- tered-down,
unwanted proposal. Does that make sense? If it is a good
proposal, pass it. If it is a bad proposal, turf it. Simple as
One Tasmanian MP told AFF
Director Jack Sonnemann that he had never received as many pieces
of mail and as much communication as he had on this issue -the
vast majority being vehemently against the same-sex adoption
proposal. That being being the case, we'll see if Tasmanians live
in a representative society where leaders' represent those
who pay their salaries. After all, government is beholden to the
people, it has NO other source of power.
Science or political
correctness? Once again, science is being ignored. Just like the
Canberra Democrats with their pro-condom stand, the Tasmanian ALP
government is ignoring the well-reviewed scientific studies that
prove the negative health consequences of same-sex
relation-ships. It seems as if they are willing to sacrifice the
health, safety and well being of our children on the altar of
political correctness. Our children are not clamouring to be
adopted by same-sex couples.
Let's examine a few specifics: The
Journal of Social Science Research, Sexually Transmitted
Infections, Nursing Research, Journal of
Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of
Interpersonal Violence and numerous other scientific studies
document several shocking facts about lesbian households.
Research studies show that lesbians are more inclined to mental
health problems, suicide, problem drinking with frequent
drunkenness, verbal and physical abuse, HIV risk behaviours and
drug abuse than 'straight' households. Sounds like a great place
The scientific data documenting
the negative health consequences of male homosexuality is even
more alarming. According to their own surveys, Human
Papillomaviros Virus (HPV), a collection of 70+ types of viruses
of which more than 20 are incurable STDs infecting both men and
women, is "almost universal" among homosexual men. The
American Sociological Association, The Centres for
Disease Control, the International Journal of
Epidemiology and International AIDS conferences have joined
the vast amount of scientific data proving just how unhealthy
same-sex situations can be.
All of the above studies and
many more along with websites, internet addresses, press releases
and a host of documentation are available from AFF. Ask for our
samesex submission to the TAS Parliament. This includes AFF's
"It's Not Gay" booklet.
Homosexual author Urvashi Vaid
is quoted in Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men
as saying, "We have an agenda to create a society in which
homosexuality is treated as healthy, natural and normal." If
there were no predetermined social agenda to perhaps the health,
safety and well-being of children would be paramount.
It is not our children who are
ignoring the credible, well-respected, scientific research that
documents the proven negative health consequences of
homosexuality. Ask any competent childcare professional if
children's best interests are being looked after by placing them
in the permanent custodial care of same-sex households. It would
appear that our wimpish political 'leaders' agree with the
homosexual agenda at the expense of our children's health.
The website of the Gay
and Lesbian Rights Lobby of NSW states, The
provisions of the Adoption Act make it impossible for same sex
couples to adopt in NSW
In contrast, Western Australia
changed its laws in 2002 to ensure same sex couples could
It's time the law changed in NSW too and adoption is
set to become one of the big issues for us in the run-up to the
2003 state election and beyond.
They have committed their time
and resources to attaining these ends have we?
Australia-wide before its too late.
the Prime Minister, and any and all of your
State and Federal MPs and object in the strongest possible terms
to any moves towards same-sex adoption proposals. Dont let them believe that the door
is now open for such legislation! Homosexual Law Reform packages
are before NT and SA Governments including lowering the age
of consent. Click and Lobby!
new research by Dr Judith A Reisman
This important study is now
available in Australia. AFF has been given Dr Reismans kind
permission for reprint rights. This is an illuminating study into
the tactics activists are using to attract young people to a
bisexual/homosexual lifestyle. See order form, below.
The homosexual issue is rife
with confusion and emotion. So much of it centers around one
question: are homosexuals born that way, or is it an
elective lifestyle? Just as homosexuals themselves have
perpetuated the myth that they comprise 10% of the population
(when 2-4% is more accurate) many homosexuals realize that,
although they claim they were born with hardwired
sexuality, their lifestyle is actually a choice.
Surveys in homosexual
publications reveal that great majorities were molested as
children (or had problems relating to their same-sex parent), but
its not convenient to publicize the same
findings in the mainstream media. This is because they know that
they will find support in their sin if they can convince the
well-meaning that God created them that way. The
reality is that God can set us free from all kinds of sin. This
is evident in the testimony of many former homosexuals who -
after repentance, salvation and forgiveness from Jesus Christ -
no longer experience same-sex desire.
Become a lesbian?
But I thought it was Genetically
relationship counselling body is urging lonely older
single women to become lesbians. [emphasis ours] Relationships
Australia spokesman Jack Carney said men's shorter life
spans, and pursuit of much younger women, meant women in their
twilight years were often forced to turn to other women for love
and companionship. Relationships Australia is a
non-profit counselling organisation funded by both federal and
state governments." Sunday Herald Sun 10/08/03
ACTION: Write to
your MPs, Premier and the Prime Minister and recommend (demand?)
that such brain-dead pseudo-counseling be denied future funding. Click and Lobby
Homo-Fascism in Tassie?
Leading homosexual activist
Rodney Croome, who is currently lobbying to get the Relationships
Bill through Tassies Legislative Council, showed his hand a
little too early (The Mercury 6/8/03) when he fumed to
the media over the Vaticans statement condemning same-sex
marriage. Distributing the [Popes] statement could
result in a $20,000 fine, declared Croome.
What! Isnt Rodney Croome
in favour of freedom of expression? It looks as if Mr Croome may
have revealed his true aim: the ruthless squelching of any
opposition (especially the gospel) all in the name of
diversity and tolerance, of course. Nice to know in advance how
Croome and his ilk plan to use any power they may gain as a
result of anti-vilification legislation
ACTION: write to
your Premier and MP and express your concerns about the possible
use of anti-vilification laws to inhibit free Sydney, NSW 1230
speech, specifically the gospel. Click and Lobby.
Crisis on Homosexuality in Uniting and
In recent weeks we have seen
various denominations in crises that concern us all. If one
member suffers, all the members suffers with it. 1 Cor
12:26 Our purpose here is not to report the sad news, which has
been done elsewhere, but to propose a course of action. We have
spoken at length to representatives from both denominations and
the truth is: your letters, faxes, phone calls and emails can
make a difference.
The Anglican Church in
Australia is (for the most part) taking a firm Biblical
stand on the issue of homosexuality. They need your letters of
encouragement for their stance on the ordination of homosexuals
and on same-sex marriage. Whether or not we see ourselves as a
whole with the many people who call themselves Christians, the
rest of the world views us as one.
The Rt Rev Dr Mouneer Anis,
Bishop in Egypt, said the election in the US of the first openly
homosexual Anglican (Episcopal) Bishop would seriously damage
Anglican relations with the Muslim world. Dr Anis expressed all
our sentiments when he said: "We cannot comprehend a
decision to elect as bishop a man who has forsaken his wife, and
the vows he made to her, to live in a sexual relationship with
another man outside the bonds of his marriage."
Meanwhile, the liberal wing of
the Anglican Church in America is likely to proceed with
blessings of gay "marriages". They are pushing for the
convention to pass a resolution to prepare a rite for same-sex
unions which, if it is approved, could be introduced after the
next convention in three years.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr
Peter Jensen, an outspoken supporter of Biblical standards, said
the Episcopal Church in the United States had "turned away
from the traditional teaching of the Christian Church". Please thank him for his
godly stand: Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen PO Box Q190, QVB Post
Office Ph:02 9265 1555 Fx:02
9261 4485 Click to email
And please thank
Primate Archbishop Peter Carnley GPO Box W2067; Perth WA 6846 Ph:
08 9325 7455 Fx: 08 9221 4118 Click for email link Scroll down to bottom of page.
Tasmanian Bishop John Harrower
has taken a strong stand in the face of Tasmanias new
Anti-vilification legislation and needs your letters of support and
prayers (encourage him to continue speaking the truth in love).
Bishop John Harrower Diocese of Tasmania GPO Box 748; HOBART TAS
7001 Ph: 03 6223 8811 Fx: 03 6223 8968 Click for email link and click on Sandra Fagan link.
Archbishop also condemned the appointment. Archbishop Peter
Watson; The Anglican Centre; 209 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
AUSTRALIA Telephone: (03) 9653 4220 Click for email link Scroll
down to bottom of page.
Important meeting within the
Anglican Church please send your letters of encouragement
before the 2nd ordinary session of the 46th Synod on 13, 14, 15,
20 and 21 October 2003. All of the above can be emailed from
their respective websites. These can be reached (eventually) by
going to the Anglican Church
National website, or more easily though the above links. You can
also email your local diocese
by Clicking Here.
Uniting Church in
Australia is a different kettle of fish.
The majority in the Assembly and Synods have bought the lie that homosexuals
are born that way contrary to both biblical
truth and scientific evidence, they see homosexuality as
who people are rather than something people
Your State Synod needs to hear
from you that homosexuality is a choice - one that God will
judge. They will be responsible for perpetuating a lie in
Gods name. Contact details (letters should be addressed to
The Moderator and the General Secretary of each Synod): Click links to email, or
Uniting Church Northern Synod 191 Stuart Highway,
Parap, NT 0820 PO Box 38221, Winnellie, NT 0821 Ph: 08 8982 3400
Fx: 08 8982 3499 Click and Lobby
Uniting Church Queensland Synod GPO Box 674
Brisbane 4001 Ph: 07 3377 9777 Fx: 07 3377 9717 Click and Lobby
Uniting Church Synod of WA GPO Box M952 Perth WA
6843 Ph: 08 9486 1577 Fx: 08 9486 1599 Click and Lobby
Uniting Church in South Australia GPO Box 2145; Adelaide
SA 5001. Ph: 08 8227 0822 fx: 08 8227 0470 Click and Lobby the Moderator and the General Secretary
Uniting Church New South Wales Synod PO Box A2178,
Sydney South 1235 Ph: 02 8267 4300 Fx: 02 9261 4359 Click and Lobby
Uniting Church Victoria 130 Little Collins
Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Ph: 03 9251 5200 Click and Lobby scroll down to the addresses of the Moderator and
the Secretariat under "City Office Staff"
Uniting Church Tasmanian Office 96 Margaret
Street Launceston Tasmania 7250 Ph: 03 6331 9784 Click and Lobby scroll down to email links for Moderator and Asst
Again, the above can be emailed
from their respective websites. These can be reached (eventually)
by going to the Uniting Church national website or by using the above links.
Whatever your opinion of any
specific denomination, we all have a responsibility to speak the
truth, to bring salt and light, into the situation, and to
encourage our brethren as long as it is called Today
Hebrews 3: 13.
Queer Eye to Hit Australia
"A gay reality show that
has become an unexpected hit in the US is set to screen in
Australia. Queer eye for the straight guy has been
picked up by the Seven network. The show broke ratings records
for US cable network Bravo and now screens on the giant
NBC network. The makeover lifestyle show centres on a team of 5
gay men whose specialities are fashion, food and wine, interior
design, and grooming and culture. Their weekly mission is to
transform a style-deficient and culture-deprived straight man.
Seven is yet to schedule Queer Eye for the straight guy." Sunday
Herald Sun 10/08/03 The Herald Sun misreported the Channel-it is NOT 7, but is on Channel 10!
Queer Eye has been the
subject of controversy in the US homosexual activists are
being encouraged to bombard several Southern US TV Stations with
mail after the Stations refused to air a segment of the TV show
that featured foul language.
You may want to
let Channel 10 know that we dont want or need this sort of
programme in Australia. Homosex is not cute, but
devastating. Write to: Channel 10 [address here soon]
Homosexual Newspaper Exults in
Role as New Smurfs
[AFF note: homofascists are
adept at muddying the waters but are often quite
honest among themselves; we equip you with the truth to combat
Blade, July 2003 Exerpted from
The New Smurfs
activist] STEVE WEINSTEIN
FUNNY THING happened after the landmark Lawrence v.
Texas decision by the [US] Supreme Court, which sweepingly threw
out all sodomy laws and suddenly made private homosex a legally
sanctioned leisure-time activity
the allnews channels and
newspaper reporters were reduced to rounding up the usual
suspects from the fringe right. You know, groups, like Family
Research Council and Focus on the Family. Sometimes
I think they only exist to offer sound bites
months New York Pride parade, there was also a sea change.
I can still remember in past years, horrified tourists running
away, while mothers shielded their childrens eyes from drag
queens in thongs, leather men in chaps and dykes on bikes. This
year, tourists were scrambling to take pictures and shake those
drag queens hands, to snap a photo for the folks back home
of the leathermans behind and to cheer those bikeriding
dykes. Rather than fleeing the mayhem, families were setting up
lawn chairs and hoisting their kids on Dads shoulders for a
better view of the pretty boys on their pretty floats.
THE Will and Grace factor: Forget Sharon
Stones Basic Instinct femme fatale, S&M
slasher in Cruising; and the gender-variant serial
murderer in The Silence of the Lambs. Today,
were Eric McCormack, who plays Will [in TV show Will
and Grace] with as much flamboyance as John Wayne; or
were cute and cuddly sissies
We have become
the new Smurfs [emphasis ours]
trends have also contributed to this transformation. RuPaul made
mile-high black drag queens safe for Middle America. Ellen
DeGeneres has become the only major stand-up comedian whose
repertoire of four-letter words consists of jeez,
gosh and darn.
Nathan Lane and
Elton John are cute, cuddly and talented: Paul Lynde without the
snide curled lip.
To be sure,
plenty of people still hate us. But in many circles, its
become uncool to express it.[emphasis ours] In the most
recent issue of Esquire, in an article entitled 10
Things You Dont Know about Women, Lauren Weisberger
writes, Nothing you were thinking about saying about the
gay couple you saw in the supermarket is a good idea. Trust
me. In other words, dont even try to be cute or snide
about us, pal, or youll be sleeping on the sofa tonight.
has gotten so trendy that it was cleverly satirized in the film American
Beauty. In that hymn to suburban dysfunction, the blandest,
most boring people the only happy couple in the film
were the two gorgeous, successful gay professionals.
ME wrong: Theres still plenty of what commentators have
taken to calling the ick factor out there. The ick
factor translates as people believing either because
theyre true conservatives (that is, government
noninterference in private matters), Libertarians, liberals or
just people of good will that the government has no place
in our bedroom. But they also dont want to have to
think about what we actually do there. [emphasis ours]
Hence the ick: Gay men may have the right to have sex, but that
doesnt mean that anybody wants to think about what that
actually means, at least graphically
To counter the
ick factor, many of our spokespersons have taken the
virtually normal route. They talk of us as the family
next door, the couple down the hall, your sons and daughters and
nieces and uncles and teachers and firemen and
yeah, yeah. Im getting a little tired of being so
[expletive deleted] nice.
Finally, Internet safety that really
You can Bsafe Online
Click the above imagefor a free
trial of what has been called the "world's best Internet
family filter software".
Dr Don Wildmon from the American
Family Association personally introduced AFF Dir Jack Sonnemann
to the team of committed professionals who run Bsafe.
Don Wildmon recommends it wholeheartedly and says it even works
against "peer-to-peer (P2P) pornography".
On March 25 of this year the Australian
reported, "Internet trade in pornography on peer-to-peer
networks is being examined by the Federal Government following a
report that warns pornography is easily accessible." The US
General Accounting Office (GAO) found that "child
pornography was easily found and downloaded on (P2P) file sharing
networks." Prepared for the U S House of Representatives,
the report warns that pedophiles are using peer-to-peer.
The U S Government used a
popular filesharing program using 12 keywords associated with
child pornography. It found 1,286 files, of which 42% were
associated with child pornography and 34% were adult pornography.
A similar search by U S Customs using only 3 keywords found 341
images, of which 44% were child pornography and 13% were
classified as "child erotica". The agency also searched
using innocuous keywords and of 177 images downloaded, 55% were
At this writing Bsafe
is getting their info before a committee of the U S House of
Representatives. This is the World Wide Web and this is a World
Wide Problem and the US govt seems to be taking it seriously.
In Australia, Communications
Minister Senator Richard Alston's office says, "peer-
to-peer had not been brought up in submissions..." and says
"people can complain to the Australian Broadcasting
Authority". (The Australian, 25 Mar 2003)
Don't wait for the Australian
government to act. Don't wait months or weeks for the
Broadcasting Authority to investigate your thoroughly documented
written complaint. Don't wait until your children have been
violated by pornography. You can protect your family NOW by
clicking the above link and downloading the Bsafe
software for a free trial.
Bsafe is now
being used by such international organisations as Hewlett Packard
and is highly recommended by other Christian organisations like
Enough is Enough. Bsafe can even provide you with a webbased
email address free from spam, viruses, porn links and is
particularly useful to help protect your children from sexual
predators. This is the first - and only -filtering software
system endorsed by AFF and is perfect for schools, churches,
businesses, families and individuals.
Australians think nothing of
spending monthly fees for cable TV that are more than the yearly
cost of protecting their family online! What is the safety of
your family worth?
If at all possible...
Dont be tempted to save on
stamps. Each topic deserves its own short letter (or email!),
even if it means writing a dozen to the same person.
Does your State want to recruit women as
The Tasmanian and WA ALP
governments are preparing to give their approval for our
daughters to become whores by legalising prostitution. ALL
Australians should voice their concern at this lack of respect
shown to women in both States. Are they all hypocrites? I'm sure
neither Premier would want his own daughter (or wife) in a
brothel but they say it is OK for everybody else's. Doesn't that
mean he has one standard for himself and another for everyone
else? Isn't that like saying "do as I say -not as I
do"? Sure, prostitution exists -so does thievery, murder and
rape - but legalising it does not help either the victims or the
Former prostitute/brothel madam
Linda Watson - head of Australia's first and only refuge for
prostitutes - was in Tasmania as the guest of the Catholic
Women's League to warn ALP Premier Jim Bacon about the awful
effects of prostitution. She warns, "The Government will be
giving it a stamp of approval, normalising it, saying that's OK.
It is the wrong message." AFF agrees. Did Premier Bacon even
talk with Linda Watson? Anyone who thinks prostitution is a
normal, legitimate profession has no regard for the health,
well-being, safety or social position of women.
Several govt committees from
other states have studied legal prostitution across Australia.
They have found that the criminal element and drug culture are
still very much alive in legal brothels as well as illegal
intimidation, trafficking in women (sex slavery) and physical
abuse. Don't the ALP governments realise that you cannot have
legal prostitution without organised crime being involved? Even
if we entertained the patently absurd idea of a safe, carefully
regulated brothel what kind of message does gov-
ernment-approved trading-in-women send to the community? How does
this affect our young mens opinion/treatment of women? How
does it affect our young girls image of what it means to be
AFF testified before a
government committee from South Australia studying legal brothels
in the ACT. We were the ONLY group suggesting that it is not good
for our daughters to become whores. When this committee reported
back to the government in Adelaide they ruled in our favor and,
at the time, refused to give their stamp of approval to their
daughters becoming whores. When the ALP government in Queensland
legitimised "boutique brothels" (doesn't that sound
nice?) AFF Director Jack Sonnemann appeared on the Today Show
to voice the strong objection from families all across Australia
at the idea of normalising women-as- sexual-merchandise.
Federal Job Network
Recruits Prostitutes Several recent news articles have reported
job-seekers outrage at being referred to escort
agencies by The Federal Govern- ments Job
Network program. How many such job referrals are being
followed through by young people? Jack predicted this would occur
years ago and it appears to have come to pass. When prostitution
is legalized, what reasons to young men and women have for
refusing this legitimate form of employment?
your strong objection to
prostitution in Tasmania and WA. Contact Premier Jim Bacon, Parliament House,
Hobart 7000, and Premier Geoff Gallop, Parliament House, Perth WA 6000 and to
2. the Prime Minister and your Federal Senator and Federal Member of the
House of Representatives re: Job Network referrals.
The Wages of Sin, SA-style
What can we expect in changing
community values if prostitution is legalized? Pay an eye-opening
visit to the AIDS Council of South Australias website and follow links to one
of their programs, SA SIN
(Sex Industry Network). SIN uses pseudo-biblical imagery on their site (e.g. the S in their logo is
a snake) and promises to promote pride and empowerment
throughout the sex industry, acknowledge the
legitimacy and value of sex work and to generate an
exciting, energetic and dynamic environment in which sex workers
are treated with dignity and affirmation. SIN offers a
range of resources, The ever popular SIN Magazine
which includes tips for developing working skills,
The Male Project which includes advice not only for
the professional male sex worker, but for guys working for
favours and when the opportunity arises. Also disturbing is
their guide for new sex workers entitled The Wages of
Sin. Not surprisingly, they neglect to complete the quotation
Another aim stated on their
website is: to provide education about sex workers and the
sex industry to the broader community. Our community education
services include: Providing speakers and/or workshop facilitators
for universities, TAFE, organizations and community
Information packs and interviews for
Dont wait until your son
or daughter comes home with an information pack on
how working as a prostitute will bring them dignity and
write to the Premier Mike Rann and your MP
and express your opinions about government-funded bodies like the
AIDS Council of SA recruiting prostitutes (isnt that called
pimping?) Not many other privately owned businesses get such
assistance. Click here for MP's and select, in
turn, both House of Assembly (then MEMBERS) and Legislative
Coucil (then MEMBERS)
Please email your MP and Premier and express your concern
about SA SIN and ask that your State NOT follow suit.
Focus on the Family (USA) Praises
The PASSION, a new film by Mel
Gibson, is a vivid depiction of the last 12 hours before
Jesus death on the cross.
Under attack for the film,
Gibson got overwhelming support from the leaders of USAs
Focus on the Family along with hundreds of other religious
leaders in Colorado Springs in June. ..very impressed
the most powerful portrayal of the passion Ive ever
seen or heard about
historically and theologically
accurate were just a few of the comments. The Holy
Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just
directing traffic, said Gibson.
Problem: Gibson has not yet
found a distributor for Passion, which has tremen-dous
evangelistic potential. You can help bring it to a theater near
you by filling out the SUPPORT PASSION part of the films website.
the site and vote to show your support. A good response will
encourage wide distribution of the film; otherwise it may show
only at art house cinemas. www.passion-movie.com
Youth by Judith
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