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House of Commons to Vote on Banning Therapy to Help Those with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction

November 19th, 2013 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality, Take Action! Comments Off

By Sharon Slater, Family Watch International

The House of Commons will vote this Friday, November 22nd on a bill that would deny therapy for individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) who seek this help. This will be the second reading for the bill, “Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill 2013-14,” and we are strongly urging you to contact your MP and ask him or her to vote against it.

There are many reasons to reject this bill, including the fact that it violates the fundamental international human right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The bill is based on false claims that therapy for individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction is ineffective and even harmful. However, there is overwhelming evidence that therapy for those dealing with unwanted SSA has helped many people, and a number of them have reoriented to a heterosexual orientation.

Dr. Michael Davidson, one of the most knowledgeable and effective defenders of patients’ rights to therapy in the UK, has laid out the case for opposing this bill in detail in an excellent book, Out of Harm’s Way: Working Ethically with Same-sex attracted Persons. This book, and two companion volumes, are available on Amazon UK. Copies of this book have been delivered to all MPs and Members of the House of Lords.

Family Watch also has put together an extensive policy brief showing why adopting such legislation, which has already been enacted into law with respect to therapy for minors in two U.S. states, is irresponsible, unwarranted and will be harmful. The policy brief is available here. We have also written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and several other government officials explaining why this bill should be rejected.

We strongly urge you to contact your MP as soon as possible and ask him or her to vote against this bill. You can find contact information for your MP by going to the Find Your MP page. When you contact him or her, we suggest you make several general points:

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Petition: Eliminate free internet pornography sites

June 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Pornography, Take Action! Comments Off

Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Hardcore on-line pornography is freely available to people using the internet in the UK on an increasing variety of internet devices. Many people, both young and old can become entrapped by this. This can lead to addiction. Often in newsworthy cases involving abuse or murder of children, there is an association between the perpetrator of such crimes and an addiction to extreme pornography – presumably from a gradual descent from so-called soft-core pornography.

I want the government to close-down any internet site that allows any free access to sexual content. Any person wishing to access such material should be required to enter their debit/credit card details before accessing any part of their website. Any "free" areas of such sites should not contain any sexually explicit images.

Sign petition here


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Write to the French Embassy in London to demand the release of Nicolas

June 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Legislation, Take Action! Comments Off

by John Smeaton, SPUC

French pro-life/pro-family colleagues have contacted SPUC and asked us to highlight the fate of Nicolas Bernard-Buss (pictured), a young protester against same-sex marriage, who has been sentenced to two months in prison for the alleged crime of "rebellion" and other questionable offences. His case seems to be one of the worst of a large number of similar cases of police persecution directed against the hundreds of thousands of French people who have protested in recent months against same-sex marriage. Here are some links with further information:

La Manif Pour Tous demands the immediate release of Nicolas and the end of systematic repression against opponents of Taubira's law

Read here

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Safermedia campaign to safeguard children

June 19th, 2013 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Pornography, Take Action! Comments Off

A rare opportunity for you to make a real difference to strengthen the Government’s arm and demonstrate the strength of public opinion
 
There are two simple actions you can take today: A. join the Sunday Times campaign and B. send an email to the Culture Secretary Maria Miller:
 
1. Sunday Times CAMPAIGN to Safeguard Children
The grim statistics:
  • 36% of the internet is pornography
  • 1 in 4 search queries is about porn
  • A third of all downloads are porn
  • Online porn makes $3,000 a second
  • Latest child victim is 16 year old Charlie Booth who shot himself after receiving a police warning for sexting a girl.
Following on from their Symposium last week, The Sunday Times has also launched a campaign to safeguard children from online pornography.
 
This is intended to increase public pressure on the Government as it goes into talks with the search engines and ISPs: there was a Summit hosted by the Culture Secretary Maria Miller yesterday.
 
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Pray for Marriage today outside Parliament

June 3rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Parliament, Take Action! Comments Off

From Christian Concern

Come and join us today and tomorrow as we gather to pray outside Parliament as the House of Lords debates and votes on the Marriage Bill.

Please note the revised times owing to a change in the timing of the Lords' vote.

Today (3rd June): 12pm – 2pm as Peers prepare to debate the Bill

Tomorrow (4th June): 5pm – 7pm as Peers prepare to vote on the Bill

Old Palace Yard – opposite the Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Today there will be a specially constructed "human wedding cake" on display!

Click here to download an amended poster with the correct time and dates.

You can also share this short video to invite people to come along today and tomorrow.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Change of Time for Prayer Gatherings

May 31st, 2013 Jill Posted in Marriage, News, Take Action! Comments Off

From Christian Concern

PLEASE NOTE – Due to a change of date for the House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, the times and dates of the prayer gatherings are now:

Monday 3rd June: 12.00-14.00 (as Peers prepare to debate the Bill)

Tuesday 4th June 17.00 -19.00 (as Peers prepare to vote on the Bill)

The Government has delayed the vote until the next day (Tuesday) because it didn't want a vote on the first day back after recess. The media are saying that it's possible the Bill could be defeated on Tuesday.

So PLEASE NOTE that the gathering on Monday 3rd June from 17.00-19.00 has been CANCELLED.

Please come along if you can!

Buckingham Palace – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali to speak

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Rally for Marriage in Trafalgar Square, 2pm to 5pm, on Palm Sunday, 24 March

March 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in Marriage, Take Action! Comments Off

You may remember that in January around a million people – including many thousands of students and young people – demonstrated on the streets of Paris against their government's proposals to redefine traditional marriage to include same sex couples. Hundreds of the demonstrators were UK-based French residents who boarded the Eurostar to Paris to join their compatriots.

What is less well known is that on the same day a further 600 French residents refrained from travelling to Paris but demonstrated instead outside the French Embassy in west London.

These UK-based French protesters are now organising another London demonstration, but this time in Trafalgar Square. As before, they are planning this to take place on the same day as the next Paris demonstration, Sunday 24th March, at which 2 million protesters are expected to march along the Champs-Elysees!

The UK-based protesters have invited other non-French UK residents to join them in Trafalgar Square, and to make this a joint protest against both the UK and the French governments' plans to redefine marriage.

We think this is a great idea and, along with other UK organisations such as Christian Concern, Anglican Mainstream fully supports it and plans to be there.

Please encourage your churches, families, friends and contacts to join us and make a loud statement to the UK and French governments. Anglican Mainstream will supply the posters. Just turn up. If you can, bring young children for a family-friendly outing and as a visible sign against the sterile adult-centred nature of same sex marriage.

There is a poster for the demonstration enclosed and details on this website.

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Marriage rally outside the French Embassy this Sunday at 12 noon

January 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in Marriage, Take Action! Comments Off

The French government intends to legislate in order to allow same sex marriages. This will enable adoption by two persons of the same sex. The intended statute will get rid of the words "husband", "wife", "father" and "husband" from the French civil code, the statute governing the laws of marriage in France. Through full adoption by two parents of the same sex, a child will by law be treated as being 'born' from them and thereby deprived of a mother and a father. The French have not been consulted on this issue. However, a large number of them (70 percent according to official polls) would like to see a referendum organised on this issue. There will be a large demonstration taking place in Paris next Sunday, whose purpose is to request a full debate on this issue. In support of this, French Londoners will gather in front of the French embassy (58 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7JT) in London. Other Londoners wishing to support this initiative are welcome to join. This is meant to be a peaceful gathering which rejects any form of homophobia.

Placards may be downloaded here (pdf) (33 to choose from!)

 

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NB: Radical EU Resolution Must be Stopped

December 10th, 2012 Jill Posted in Take Action! Comments Off

From Family Watch International

No matter where you live, we are urging you to help us stop the European Parliament (EP) from advancing a dangerous measure disguised as a resolution on fundamental rights. This motion will be debated Tuesday evening and voted on by all EP Members on Wednesday morning. As noted below, we have a simple, one-click method to send a quick email to 52 key leaders in the European Parliament.
The following are specific serious problems with the resolution:
  • Encourages Member States to criminalize and characterize opinions against homosexuality as “hate speech” and calls for an inappropriate expansion of criminal offences to include expressions based on “homophobic or transphobic intent.”
     
  • Promotes the legalization of same-sex marriage and abortions where not already legal. (Abortion is a competency of Member States, not European Union (EU) law, and thus not the European Parliament.
  • Encourages liberalizing laws regulating comprehensive sexuality education. (Click here to see the serious problems with this kind of education.)
  • Calls on Member States to protect “the freedom of those without a religion not to suffer discrimination as a result of excessive exemptions for religions from laws on equality and non-discrimination.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Petition: Right to decide to reduce homosexual feelings where posible, using professional help

October 7th, 2012 Jill Posted in Healing, Homosexuality, Petitions, Take Action! Comments Off

Ideological decisions to refuse adult individuals seeking professional psychotherapeutic help to reduce unwanted same-sex attractions, are a violation of personal autonomy and personal rights. No credible, incontrovertible evidence exists to prove that homosexuality is inborn, and is unchangeable in all cases. Married men, who wish to stay in their married relationships with a woman, should not be denied the opportunity to reduce homosexual feelings, if that is their desire. Professionals should not be penalised for assisting them, when this is the genuine desire of their client and a reasonable personal goal.

Sign petition here

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Stop Funding Terrence Higgins Trust (Updated)

July 13th, 2012 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Take Action! Comments Off

A second petition concerning the Terrence Higgins Trust has been removed from the site after anonymous complaints to the Department that operates the petitions.  The only petition which remains is US based.  Read below why you should sign this petition.

SIGN PETITION HERE

NB: SINCE THIS PETITION WAS LAUNCHED THT HAS BEEN AWARDED YET MORE STATE FUNDING. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sign the Petition! NOM Announces Protest of General Mills

June 26th, 2012 Jill Posted in Marriage, Petitions, Take Action! Comments Off

From NOM
 
The DumpStarbucks.com petition helped begin a movement that is sending a powerful message to corporate America: Don't Mess With Marriage!
 
Apparently, General Mills missed that message. So, please, send it to them right now so there can be no uncertainty. Go sign our petition asking General Mills to reconsider their ill-advised decision to back the same-sex marriage movement.
 
We need you now more than ever as we are reaching a "line in the sand" moment—we cannot allow corporate America to throw its prestige, influence, power and money behind same-sex marriage.
 
 
 
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Take Action: Dump Starbucks!

March 25th, 2012 Lisa Posted in Take Action! Comments Off

We are urging customers across the globe to 'Dump Starbucks' because it has taken a corporate-wide position that the definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be eliminated and that same-sex marriage should become equally 'normal'. As such, Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers.

  • SIGN THE PETITION
  • USE YOUR VOICE
  • TELL YOUR FRIENDS (See here)
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Daily Telegraph poll on gay marriage

February 22nd, 2012 Jill Posted in Take Action! Comments Off

After a promising start, this poll appears to have become skewed!  Redress the balance and vote! 

Vote here  (Scroll down)

 

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Barnabas Fund launches Proclaim Freedom petition

January 31st, 2012 Jill Posted in News, Persecuted church, Petitions, Take Action! Comments Off

Barnabas Fund last week launched a petition as part of our 2012 Proclaim Freedom campaign, which seeks to put pressure on governments to take resolute action on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world.

Christians are one of the largest and most persecuted groups in the world, yet they are often neglected in Western governments’ foreign policy.

The Proclaim Freedom petition, which was launched at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Exeter, England, last Wednesday (25 January), calls on governments to pursue decisive policies aimed at putting pressure on states that persecute or condone the persecution of Christians, and assist other countries to improve conditions for all minority groups – especially Christians – within their borders.

Today, we are launching the online version. It can be signed online or downloaded and printed. Please promote this petition within your church and community.

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Action Alert – sex education in primary schools

October 20th, 2011 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Sex education, Take Action! Comments Off

From Christian Concern

Sex education campaigners, and some backbench Peers, want to make sex education compulsory in primary schools by forcing a vote at the Report Stage of the Education Bill on Monday 24 October.
 
At present primary schools are not forced to teach sex education. Yet if it becomes part of the national curriculum then highly explicit resources are likely to be widely used for children as young as five.
 
Please write to a Peer and ask them to (in your own words):
  •   Oppose any amendments which force sex education onto primary schools.
  •   Protect children from graphic material in the classroom.
  •   Protect the right of head teachers and governors to decide what is best for children at their schools.
You can pick a Peer to write to here 
 
The coalition, which does not support this measure, does not have an overall majority in the Lords and could lose the vote, so please help lobby on this issue if you can.
 
A guide with further details and examples of the graphic teaching materials used has been produced by the Christian Institute and can be found  here
 
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The latest scandal – abuse of parliamentary process

September 8th, 2011 Chris Sugden Posted in Parliament, Take Action!, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

The latest scandal – Abuse of Parliamentary Process

by Rev Lynda Rose

Yesterday in Parliament saw the debate of the much-hyped amendment by Nadine Dorries to the Health Bill, calling for it to be a legal requirement that all women seeking abortion be offered counselling.  At the beginning of last week, prospects for the amendment were looking distinctly hopeful, after Ms Dorries had a meeting with David Cameron – a supporter of abortion, but who admitted to being scandalised at the abuse of women under current practice.  Ms Dorries reported that he was so supportive, he actually suggested inclusion of the word independent, before counselling, in order to protect women from what might be seen as manipulative pressure by abortion providers, who might be thought to have a vested interest in the procedure going ahead.

A couple of days after that meeting, however, Mr Cameron apparently did a complete volte face, writing to Ms Dorries withdrawing all support.  On top of that, he then wrote to all Conservative MPs, telling them the government did not support the amendment, and urging them to vote against it; what has been described as tantamount to the imposition of a three line whip.

Why should he have done this, when only days before he had reportedly been so enthusiastic? 

The answer emerged the following day, in an exuberant tweet by former LibDem MP, Dr Evan Harris.  A long time proponent of abortion and campaigner against any right to real choice, Dr Evans crowed that he had been so incensed at news of the Prime Minister’s support that he had immediately gone to see Nick Clegg.  There, in words we can only imagine, he apparently pressured the leader of his party into withdrawing all LibDem support for the Health Bill, unless Mr Cameron in turn withdrew support for the amendment.  On the strength of that – again according to Dr Harris himself – Mr Clegg then went to see David Cameron … who in the interests of coalition solidarity, we are told, deemed it politic figuratively to withdraw the rug from under Ms Dorries’ feet.

What on earth was going on here?  How, in a democratic society such as our own, can an unelected individual apparently wield such immense influence that he can in a matter of hours reverse Government policy?  How can this be right? How can a private individual, who represents no one (indeed, one whom the voters have so recently positively disclaimed), be able to force a change, not just on the party which defeated him, but on Government policy overall?  

The answer would seem to lie with Lib Dem organization, which appears to vest the formation of party policy in non-elected party members.  In other words, it would seem the leader, along with all the party faithful, has to tow the party line!  This is scandalous.  No one unelected to represent us should be able to influence or dictate policy –  and especially not someone who was voted out of office because of the very same views that so appalled his constituents.

So please, if you feel similar concern at this patent abuse of democracy, write to your MP today, asking him or her to raise the matter in Parliament.  A specimen letter is included below, and please feel free to personalise and amend it as you see fit, if you would like to use it as a model.  But whatever, please do write, and ask others to write too.

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Act now to make your voice heard!

July 13th, 2011 Jill Posted in Religious Liberty, Take Action! Comments Off

From Christian Concern

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is conducting a survey on the protection of religious belief in equality law, looking at the concept of ‘reasonable accommodation’ in the workplace. This survey is vitally important and comes at a key time, as the EHRC have appeared to change their minds on religious belief due to the pressure that’s been exerted. So please take fifteen minutes to respond. The deadline is tomorrow.
 
 
Please emphasise (in your own words):
 
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New York Marriage Vote May Come Tomorrow – Have you called your Senator?

June 21st, 2011 Jill Posted in Marriage, Take Action! Comments Off

By Bryan Brown, National Organisation for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,
 
I'm in Albany, New York, where I had the privilege of standing with Rev. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms this afternoon as he delivered 63,000 petitions from New Yorkers urging their senators to oppose the same-sex marriage bill.
 
Although the New York legislative session was slated to end at midnight tonight, we've just received word that any vote on the same-sex marriage bill has been postponed until at least tomorrow—so it looks like we're headed to overtime.
 
Your phone calls are needed now more than ever.
 
There is no reason the Senate should even vote on this bill. Marriage belongs to the people of New York—not just 62 senators under intense pressure from donors, activists and lobbyists. Please call every senator on the list below and urge them to oppose the same-sex marriage bill and instead support a referendum that would give the people of New York the right to vote on marriage.
 
Tell them it's time to make sure the marriage question goes directly to the people. Let the people vote!
 
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Last chance to respond to Government Consultation on Civil Partnerships in Churches

June 17th, 2011 Jill Posted in Civil Liberty, Civil Partnerships, Coercion, Take Action! Comments Off

From CARE

You may have received a letter or email from Nola Leach, CARE's Chief Executive, this week informing you of the above Consultation on conducting civil partnership ceremonies in churches. There are now just 6 days left for emails/letters to be sent and every contribution counts. The consultation and response form can be accessed here. You might find it useful to read CARE's briefing on the subject which can be accessed here.
 
Prayer: Please pray that there will be no change to the law that could result in churches being taken to court for refusing to allow civil partnerships in their premises. Pray also that those experiencing same-sex attraction would know God's love and His best for their lives.
 
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