Democracy on its way out?

Many forms of Gov­ern­ment have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pre­tends that democ­ra­cy is per­fect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democ­ra­cy is the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those oth­er forms that have been tried from time to time.… This is…

Senate Passes Same Sex Marriage

Prime Minister M. Turnbull stated before and during the SSM plebiscite that religious freedom was more important for him than legalizing same sex marriage.  Unfortunately, he has proven to be an untrustworthy leader. In the whole discussion in parliament it is for him more important to pass the bill to legalize same sex marriage, than…

Conservative MPs move five amendments to SSM bill

Conservative MPs in the Liberal Party are preparing amendments to the bill to legalise Same Sex Marriage. These amendments are intended to protect certain human rights for those who support ‘traditional marriage’. How quickly things can change. Same Sex Marriage is not even legalised yet and already now we have to defend the rights of…

Celebrating 60 years of reformed education

Rejoicing, recounting, remembering, reflecting! What an evening it was! The convention centre in Perth was packed with 2300 voices praising God in song and words! I don’t think I ever heard that many voices at once singing in unison from the psalms and hymns: Come thank the LORD, his goodness praising (Psalm 118), O LORD…

Outraged all the time: why Christians can’t be

Lots of stories go around on the internet, on Facebook and other social media, or are being forwarded by email, preferably to all the contacts in your address book. Those articles, which speak about dreadful things government authorities and other organisations are doing, whether it is in the USA or in our own country or…

Princeton scientists announce discovery of “sex chromosome”

Reformed Perspective runs an interesting article written by Rob Slane, about a discovery by scientists at Princeton University. These scientists published findings which could forever change the way we think about biological sex. Until now, it had been assumed that the sex of a person was determined by how a person felt. But now researchers…

Marriage under attack

ARPA Australia reports some  other marriage-related news: • The WA Education Minister, Sue Ellery, has backed the board of John Forrest Secondary College for writing a letter to tennis legend Margaret Court in which they told her she could no longer be a tennis mentor and role model for students because her views “concerning family…

No consensus on protection of religious freedoms

With same-sex marriage set to be legalised, there is still no consensus on how religious freedom will be protected. Some conservative politicians (including Mathias Cormann and Peter Dutton) are pushing for religious freedoms to be protected in separate legislation and debated next year. A second group (including Matt Canavan, Scott Morrison, Eric Abetz and Andrew…

WA: Faith-based schools under threat

As was predicted, the legalization of same-sex-marriage (which still has to happen) will not be the end of the crusade of the gay-movement against Christianity. Now they are going after the faith-based schools. Australians are not allowed to have different opinions than theirs, and what is the best way to change the opinions of future…

Euthanasia in Victoria, not in NSW

(Reported by ARPA Australia) Victoria will become Australia’s first state to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide, with a bill passing the state’s upper house 22 votes to 18 after a marathon 28-hour sitting. From 2019, Victorians who are deemed to be terminally ill with a life expectancy of less than six months will be able…

Surprising Responses to Euthanasia Bill

The ABC (20 October 2017) reports that Victoria’s controversial voluntary euthanasia legislation was passed in the Lower House of Parliament 47 votes to 37.  The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will now go to the Upper House. The ABC states: “In most cases — estimated to be about 150 a year — the lethal dose would…

Canada: Maoist Struggle Session at Wilfrid Laurier University

Another example of political correctness killing democracy and turning it in a Maoist dictatorship, is what happened at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Even the leftist media took note and realized that things have gone too far. It is certainly telling that a newspaper like ‘The Globe and Mail’ sees the need to…

This is Democracy: MP under fire for his convictions

Australia boasts to be a democracy, a civilized country, a free country with freedom of expression and religion. However, with the Yes vote prevailing in the Same Sex Marriage Survey, this is all going to change. The first example of this we can witness in the way the liberal MP Andrew Hastie has been treated….

The Devil’s Ministry of Propaganda

It is a year ago now that Mr. Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States. A lot has happened in one year. We notice that, still, the mass media are out in full force to vilify Mr. Trump. They do whatever they can to show him as the worst president ever. One…

Same Sex Marriage Approved: What Now?

On the 15th of November it was announced that more than 61 % of the Australians who voted in the Same-Sex-Marriage survey voted in favor of allowing same sex marriage. It is sad and a sign of the direction into which our society is heading. However, this should not come as a surprise for us….

Electric cars: an inconvenient truth

Now in the age of the worldwide fight against global warming, electric cars are being promoted as one of the answers to the emission of carbon dioxide. Global warming has become for many a new religion and everything must be done to worship the god of global warming, whether it makes sense or not. Let…

Facebook and Goebbels?

Friday, I posted an article about Facebook, in which I quoted Sean Parker, a former Facebook executive, giving a warning that social networks have the power now to alter society and not for the better. One day after that, the Canadian ‘National Post’ ran an article in which this same Sean Parker is being mentioned,…

The Supreme Court as Reformed Synod?

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema ARPA lawyer John Sikkema appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada last week, making arguments as an intervener in the so-called “Wall” case. That’s the one where the Supreme Court has been asked whether secular courts have authority to intervene in matters of ecclesiastical discipline. The arguments are being heard…

Persecution in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the countries where Christians not only face persecution from the people around them: neighbours and the media, but also governments willfully ignore bullying against Christians and don’t protect them from attacks on their lives. Voice of the Martyrs reports that five Christian families in rural Pakistan have gone nto hiding after…