All posts tagged: The Salamanca Declaration

Amended Abortion Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

So the abortion bill has been tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament, with a few amendments. Don’t be deceived folks. The Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 is as ludicrous as ever and we need to remain vigilant in letting politicians know that the only thing this piece of legislation is good for is compost. Here is a summary of the changes: – Unfettered access to terminations to 16 weeks (instead of 24) and thereafter (to term) with sign-off of two doctors citing medical, psychological or socio-economic reasons. – Medical practitioners with a conscientious objection would no longer be fined for failing to refer to a practitioner known not to have a conscientious objection. However, counsellors would – up to 250 penalty units ($32,500). – Added to the bill is provision for special police powers including to detain and search, and to arrest without warrant, specifically targeting those who oppose abortion. That amounts to a radical infringement of freedom. (click here to see the amended bill) The good news is that the media is reporting …

The Church in Tasmania Stands for Life, Liberty and Legacy

BIG day today! Mega. I had the privilege of joining with Tasmania’s church leaders to present The Salamanca Declaration to the Honourable Mr Michael Polley MHA, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the steps of parliament. What’s the big deal, you ask? This statement unites the churches of Tasmania, representing more than 170,000 people of faith, to affirm the classical Christian values of life, liberty and legacy. At a time when these values are under relentless attack, that’s significant! Here’s the summarised version of The Salamanca Declaration: {Life} All human life is precious and the sanctity of life should be upheld regardless of race, gender, age, religion or stage of development because every human being is endowed by our Creator with equal and inherent dignity. {Liberty} Every person has the right to worship God individually and in a faith community. The worshipper has this liberty as a God-given freedom. It entails freedom of conscience, and freedom to speak, gather, worship and generally act in accordance with the beliefs of their faith community. Those with religious …