In the May edition of VoxPoint Family Voice Australia addresses some of the issues that confront Australia's youth.
Dr David van Gend, president of the Australian Marriage Forum, wrote our in-depth VoxBrief on 'The dangers of redefining marriage', with regard to the damaging effects on our kids. Creating a family through adoption or surrogacy is not only unnatural, but the testimonies of adults raised by gay couples show that it's harmful.
We are told that we need gender education to combat bullying, but the evidence shows that people are more likely to be bullied for physical, racial or economic reasons, not simply because of homosexuality.
Dr David van Gend states, 'in my experience as a GP, never once has [an LGBQT person's] depression or distress been due to the "bigoted opinions" of straight society. It always has been due to something private and personal.'
Scientific studies have discredited the idea that gay people are 'born that way'. Even the pro-gay American Psychological Foundation admits: 'No findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.'
But it's not merely marriage that many LGBQT people want changed: it's monogamy.
Australian gay activist Dennis Altman said, 'One of the things about gay male culture is that it is not a monogamous culture... There are virtually no longstanding monogamous gay relationships. I happen to think that this is a good thing.'
Granting the right for gay marriage would mean a change to the very fabric of society. Children have been damaged by no-fault divorce, but now a redefinition of marriage has the potential to change the healthy, child-rearing purpose of monogamous marriage.
Punished for speaking out
Senator Cory Bernardi of Adelaide has been punished for speaking out against the controversial Safe Schools Coalition program that prematurely sexualises 12 year olds. His electoral office was trashed and he was strongly criticised by Labor leader, Bill Shorten. Senator Bernardi urges people to take action and 'fight back' against programs that teach toddlers they can choose their gender and requires primary students to consider sex partners (same and opposite sex).
Hot on the tails of the Safe Schools Coalition, the Andrews' Labor government is implementing a new compulsory program called Building Respectful Relationships. This is not about 'relationships' however, so much as about reinforcing the hypersexualisation of our youth. Year 8 students are to be asked to study advertisements for sexual partners, as if 'hooking up' is the norm.
This program also promotes other sexualities and trangenderism theories.
What can be done?
You can help Family Voice by contacting your elected representatives and getting the word out to parents who may be concerned. To help you to vote responsibly in the forthcoming federal election, the Family Voice website has the results of a recent survey of candidates.
Senator Bernadi is right – a 'fight back' is necessary.
VoxPoint is the national magazine of Family Voice Australia. You can access more information by visiting www.fava.org.au.
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