Clearly then, laws that disregard the principle that all human life has intrinsic value, in all states of disability and dependence from fertilisation to life’s natural end, come into this category, and party policies that exhibit this disregard should not be supported.
A critical example of this is Labor’s policy supporting the extension of abortion – even late-term abortion – to be available through all public hospitals, free of charge, for any reason – even including “sex selection” of the baby. Labor also supports the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide.
This is Principle 1 . There are zero choices other than save or kill. Saving the mother’s life is not a factor in deciding yes/no, as labour can be induced without deliberately choosing to kill the baby first. See the Dublin Declaration and many of the submissions by Medicine with Morality.
Principle 2. Legal compelling of participation in evil once the evil itself has been legalised – one evil on top of another.
As we have seen with Section 8 of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, doctors can be compelled by law to participate in the abortion process either by performing it, or by referral to a doctor who will perform an abortion. In this, permission has become compulsion.
Another example of this is the proposed law to criminalise so-called “conversion therapy” assisting a person who wants to change sexual orientation. Therapists (no definition yet, so it includes doctors who may be involved in counselling) are only permitted to reinforce the person’s present orientation, not assist in variation. Clearly, such should be left to the ethics of the various therapists’ organisations and, of course (!) the patient’s/client’s wishes. How dare a government say it is illegal for someone to seek counselling for change?
A further example of this control is the charges laid on parents who will not affirm their child’s wish for sex transitioning. Also see: “What is Child Abuse?”
Principle 3. Crushing by law of the freedom to discuss and debate the issues concerned by “anti-discrimination”, “religious vilification” and “hate speech” legislation. Labor wants to further expand the limitations on freedom of speech.
Principle 4. Educational indoctrination by the state of “gender fluidity”; acceptance of homosexuality as a valid lifestyle with implied experimentation to find out; choices regarding virginity (at least two); and access to pornographic and sadomasochistic sites with instructions on how to hide from parents. Labor’s policy even includes funding for “gender-affirming” treatments, including chemical castration and mutilating sex-change surgery such as bilateral mastectomy. As a result of this ideology, we are now seeing a significant rise in the number of children presenting with gender confusion.
Principle 5. The further erosion of parental values by the compulsion (yet again!) of private schools – that are chosen for their values – to accept teachers that do not accept those values.
I submit all the above are very clear choices influencing voting, choice between right and wrong, good and evil, all influencing a world safe for our children.
Principle 6. A little less clear, as it may involve parental vs government responsibilities, are issues where government could ensure a safe place for our children, for instance clean-feed internet as a default that needs overriding.
Other issues that influence voting are those that involve the “how” rather than the “yes/no” (rightness/wrongness) of the issue, addressing societal injustices:
Indigenous health, housing and education
Refugee intake, particularly for peoples suffering religious persecution and genocidal threat
The management of asylum seekers entering illegally
World nutrition and poverty.
While the needs may be clear, there is disagreement as to their resolution and the quantity of relief. The relief of world poverty can be through non-government aid organisations or government (I prefer the former and its methods of distribution), and there are competing strategies to protect our own industries and future vs development of the nation in poverty. Christian mission and aid agencies have been at the forefront of relief and development.
Less clear however is the issue of “climate change”, despite it being made into a critical electioneering issue. Yes, of course emissions should be reduced and forests conserved. But there is appropriate disagreement as to the severity and impact of the problem and its causes, whether suggested methods of control will be effective, and whether they will have other negative effects and international implications that affect our future economy and industry. As with other contentious issues, people who wish to debate the current mantra are simply dismissed as “climate deniers”.
I applaud all who work for the marginalised in and out of our country and all who work as stewards of creation. I applaud efforts to have good enshrined in party platforms. These matters however, with their varying solutions, pale in comparison to the former principles when it comes to the ballot box. They involve the “how” rather than the “yes/no”.
Remembering, with respect to a world safe for your children, the words of Jesus:
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Psalm 2:10 NIV.
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