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The Canberra Declaration?

By johnboy - 26 July 2010 42

There’s a lot of internet noise coming my way over the “Canberra Declaration” made on Friday.

Christian Today explains:

The declaration was drafted by over 20 Christian leaders, and it follows on from the 2009 Manhattan Declaration and the 2010 Westminster Declaration in stating that when Christian values are respected and allowed freedom of expression, not just confined to so-called sacred spaces but in the public, the society is richer and healthier.

Three areas are drawn into particular attention is the religious freedom, marriage and family, and the sanctity of human life.

Hundreds of leaders are expected to sign the Canberra Declaration in the coming weeks.

There’s a website they’re still working on if you’re interested.

What’s Your opinion?


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The Canberra Declaration?
chrisi 12:56 pm 26 Jul 10

and here’s another pearler from the website:

http://www.canberradeclaration.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=18

Apparently people who live together unmarried are the main cause for society’s woes…. with these unholy folk consequently having children being “more than 10 times more likely” to have a broken family by the time the child is 16, and if they do eventually get married are more likley to divorce anyway. Damned if you, damned if dont it seems ;).

chrisi 12:41 pm 26 Jul 10

Im sorry, but I just had to take the time to read this ‘declaration’ in the hopes that the “freedom of expression” they are seeking is just that. Unfortunately it isnt.

In reading the declaration at their website http://www.canberradeclaration.org.au, it seems just a little bit hypocritical.

It revolves around 3 principles, Religious Freedom, Marriage And Family, Human Life… which are very noble until you read the fine print. Then it gets scary… very scary.

Anyone who signs this declaration is against legislation that prevents- discrimination, hate crimes, and relgious and sexual vilification. Their arguement is that these laws can restrict their right to express their religious views. Absolutely rediculous proposition.

Anyone who signs this declaration is of the view that the only family unit that can provide protection, education, love, support, and nuturing is that provided by a married man and woman… in fact this declaration proposes that the child is “guaranteed” these family benefits soley because each parent is of a different gender.

Anyone who signs this declaration is of the view that the church is ultimately responsible for your life, not you. Those that share this view are against abortion, euthanasia, and some reproductive technologies. They “insist on the right of all persons… to be protected” from such medical intervention, even when those people might actually want it. They are using the word “protect” when what they are really saying is “controlled by a 3rd party”.

And do you know what the really scary thing is here? Almost half the population of Australia is prepared to vote in a man who believes in each and every one of these far right wing ultra conservative points made in this declaration. God help us if Abbott gets in (pun very much intended).

Thumper 12:41 pm 26 Jul 10

Ah, the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft.

Second only to the Jamaica Inn Smugglers Museum as the worst, and i really do me worst, museum in the world.

Having said that, the witchcraft museum is pretty cool, as is Boscastle in a Doc Martin Cornish sort of way.

Bosworth 12:27 pm 26 Jul 10

“when Christian values are respected and allowed freedom of expression, not just confined to so-called sacred spaces but in the public, the society is richer and healthier

Three areas are drawn into particular attention is the religious freedom, marriage and family, and the sanctity of human life.”

Translation:

We want the Government to enforce our opinions upon others.
Specifically, we want the Government to impose conservative christianity upon the population, discriminate against the gays, and outlaw abortion under any circumstance.

screaming banshee 11:04 am 26 Jul 10

“You are free to do what we tell you” – arm waving nutbags!

Three areas are drawn into particular attention is the religious freedom, marriage and family, and the sanctity of human life. Wouldn’t that be four areas?

Pommy bastard 11:01 am 26 Jul 10

You have to be careful you know, look at Boscastle. They had a museum of witchcraft there, and then they took on a woman vicar. God was so displeased with this he sent a flood of biblical proportions to ruin the village…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boscastle_flood_of_2004

Of course, they repaired it.

Hells_Bells74 10:44 am 26 Jul 10

Skid – you have been instrumental yet again in this case. Keep it up!

As long as there is ‘freedom’ from religion, we’re pretty right. It’s okay to chose it, lose it or never have it.

I have no time for these sneaks.

p1 10:39 am 26 Jul 10

The problem with Christian values is that they are not terribly universal (even amongst Christians) and are at times mutually exclusive.

Spectra 9:49 am 26 Jul 10

Three areas are drawn into particular attention is the religious freedom, marriage and family…

I trust, then, that they will be fully in support of my religious beliefs which allow gay marriage? Or is the the whole “freedom to believe what we tell you to believe” type of “freedom”?

Antagonist 9:41 am 26 Jul 10

“… when Christian values are respected and allowed freedom of expression, not just confined to so-called sacred spaces but in the public, the society is richer and healthier.

Society is richer and healthier when the values of ALL PEOPLE are respected and allowed freedom of expression, regardless of their religion.

Pandy 9:41 am 26 Jul 10

I blame an antheist Prime Minister for the decline in moral values in our society.

Would never happen in the US of A

Skidbladnir 9:36 am 26 Jul 10

Tolerance, not so much.
Australian Institute for Christian Values (aka Australian Christian Values Institute) share a Research Director with Salt Shakers, Jenny Stokes.
Peter & Jenny Stokes at ACVI (two thirds of the way down)
Peter & Jenny Stokes at Salt Shakers

Jenny Stokes is something of an active contributor to the various causes of Catch the Fire people.

I could do deeper muckraking on everyone else with the group’s elements, but frankly I have better things to do.

Fender 9:20 am 26 Jul 10

Tolerance from an extremist group? Yeah right. My god is better than your god and he plays guitar and wears cool threads. Mmkay.
Gotta love blind faith. Crackpots.

colourful sydney rac 9:15 am 26 Jul 10

Society is richer and healthier when people think for themselves rather than follow the teachings of Jesus, the purportedly magic jew; Mohammed; the Great Green Arkleseizure or any other mythical beast.

georgesgenitals 9:07 am 26 Jul 10

Seems like a declaration of tolerance more than anything. If this helps people to accept others, then great.

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