I was thinking of the new Civil Union Bill and perhaps, some of its implications.
The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) made their decision last year to force government to legalize same-sex marriage based on section 9(3) of the South African Constitution.
It states that "the state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth."
Based on one of the items mentioned in this section (sexual orientation), the government has now gone ahead to legalize same-sex marriage.
By using this list, it would now become fairly easy for someone to challenge the government in terms of this unfair discrimination based on any one of these items.
What would prevent anyone too young to marry to challenge the government on this principle of unfair discrimination? The government would be discriminating against such a person based on age. One of the grounds from the list!
Of course, the issue of marriage was an issue of fair discrimination. Just a pity the government is scared of the constitutional court and 4% of homosexuals.
It simply ignored the voice of its citizens!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I was thinking of the new Civil Union Bill and perhaps, some of its implications.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
It seems that those who prefer death to life, claiming to be 'pro-choice' as long as the choice is the death of a baby, are trying to force their views on those who are pro-life.
The Carleton University Students' Association have come up with a way of denying any group university club status if they oppose abortion. So, they are not really 'pro-choice.' It makes me think of Mr. Ford when he built his first car. When someone asked him what colours the car would come in, he replied that it would come in all colours as long as it is black.
In the UK these evil baby murderers are even less 'pro-choice.' There a British Member of Parliament needed to ask for extra security after abortionists sent her death threats.
So much for being 'pro-choice!'
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
So, the ANC went ahead and violated the consciences of its own people by "forcing" its members to vote "yes" for the Civil Union Bill.
Read the article by the Business Day here and a commentary of the issue by Defend Marriage here.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
In my previous post I wrote the following:
"The ANC claims to be democratic, however, when it comes to allowing their own members of parliament (MPs) to vote in parliament on issues that may need a vote of conscience, the ANC allows their members to vote whatever they like, as long as it is what they are told to vote! I will not believe for a second that every single ANC MP wants to go ahead with this ridiculously depraved law!"
Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating!
The ANC has now made it clear that they will not allow any abstentions or contrary votes to the party line on the Civil Union Bill for any reasons at all! What is the ANC party line? "Legalize same-sex marriage!"
The supposed debate of 14 November 2006 (today) on this issue in the National Assembly is purely for show. The ANC has no intention of allowing democracy on this issue. It is either the party line, or no line at all! With the ANC holding the majority seats, and now not allowing any dissensions from their own, this bill surely will become law.
Once again the ANC is showing South Africa, and indeed the world what they stand for! The ANC stands for a degenerate society. A society infamous for its immorality and depravity.
It is under the so-called liberators of the African people that more people (including Africans) are being killed every year than under the apartheid system.
It is the ANC that brought us abortion! The cold-hearted MURDER of babies. Since the inception of the abortion laws, about 500,000 children have been cut apart or burnt to death in their mothers wombs! If you think that crime kills many people a year (21,000+), then think again! Our laws are killing about 50,000 children each year. If that doesn't break your heart, then you are heartless and have no sense of right and wrong!
It is also the ANC that brought us legalized pornography. It has now been proven that sexual crimes are almost always preceded by the viewing of pornographic material. With this vile material freely available via disgusting magazines, the internet, cell phones, television and more, our youth is being subverted into becoming slaves to the sexual revolution. In this way boys are changed into animals driven by sexual urges and girls become sexual objects not worthy of love, but rather of being objects of animal desire and when that desire is no longer there, to be discarded like dirty, used up pieces of toilet paper! Indeed, through this method of changing the minds of boys and girls, we will soon run out of real men and real women!
Further, it is also under the control of the ANC that crime has spiraled out of control. Never in the existence of the South African Union or Republic has crime been as bad as since the ANC took control of government. Now, don't get me wrong. The previous government caused great harm to many people, and as a result they are not absolved from their own sins. However, the ANC has not brought in better government either.
Finally, now the ANC will bring us legalized sodomy!
The writer in the book of Proverbs 14:34 tells us that "righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." However, it seems to me that the ANC is not just any people! The ANC is slowly but surely subverting the morals of the nation to accomplish their final coup d'etat. They are reaching towards the conclusion of the revolution they started many years ago.
It seems that they have caught many off guard, and for all intents and purposes it seems that it is too late to reverse the trend.
It is for this reason that the masses MUST be educated as to the anti-value system of the ANC. It is only as the people of South Africa is educated on how the ANC treats the issues that they will rise up with righteous indignation!
Political and Cultural Commentary
with a Biblical Worldview
Monday, November 13, 2006
The South African Civil Union Bill (CUB) finally has a final version which has been accepted by the ANC.
The summary of the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee adoption of the bill is as follows:
"After some deliberation the Chairperson ruled that no further debate around the proposed civil union legislation would be allowed. Members would debate the Bill in the National Assembly on 14 November. Allaying Democratic Alliance fears, the parliamentary legal advisors confirmed that the Committee had followed the appropriate procedures in finalising the Bill. The Civil Union Bill was adopted with unanimous support from the African National Congress. The Inkatha Freedom Party and the African Christian Democratic Party opposed it while the Democratic Alliance, allowing their members a free vote, abstained from voting."
Now that the CUB has been adopted by the ANC, since others did not accept it, it will now move forward to the National Assembly where it will be debated before a vote to make it law.
The ANC claims to be democratic, however, when it comes to allowing their own members of parliament (MPs) to vote in parliament on issues that may need a vote of conscience, the ANC allows their members to vote whatever they like, as long as it is what they are told to vote! I will not believe for a second that every single ANC MP wants to go ahead with this ridiculously depraved law!
Unless a miracle happens, the CUB will become law very soon! With the ANC holding more than two-thirds of parliamentary seats, the vote seems to be going only one way! Ushering in legalized depravity.
I have written extensively on the homosexual issue here.
However, I would like to raise one more point. I do not believe that the homosexual agenda has anything to do with having the right to marry. It is about something bigger than their right to marry another person of the same sex. It is all about having their sinful lives validated by law. They are craving acceptance for their wicked lifestyles. The fact is that no matter how much acceptance they beg society for, it is not society they need acceptance from, but from God Himself.
Any acceptance from society for our sinful lives comes with empty promises. No matter how much society tells us our sin is acceptable, and that we are fine as a result; sinful, depraved lives are never acceptable before God. Real acceptance only comes as we humbly submit ourselves before Jesus Christ, and believe in the work He did on the cross of Calvary.
Society can no more promise acceptance for depravity, than it can promise us the moon and the stars! Promising acceptance for sinful lives is out of the jurisdiction of society!
And, that includes any law making body! No Supreme Court, Constitutional Court or Parliament can make what God has termed as an abomination, to be acceptable in His sight! It will remain wrong until Christ returns, and then those who have denied Him His rightful place in their lives will be condemned to eternal suffering in hell!
Is this harsh? Sure it is harsh! However, the fact remains that if I did not warn those who want to lead such depraved lives, then I will be guilty of not doing my duty before God. It is out of concern that we need to warn people who insist on living in sin, that they are walking the path that leads straight to destruction.
May this be a warning to all those who insist on living this homosexual lifestyle. Turn to Christ! Let Him become your refuge! Do not let the lusts of the flesh and of a depraved lifestyle be your hiding place. Rather, find peace and reconciliation with God through Christ!
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Although I am a South African, I have always been a supporter of the Republican Party in the United States of America.
I know, that makes me, as a non-US citizen, completely anti-Politically Correct (PC).
I read somewhere, just yesterday, an article in which the commentator said that voting for the Republican Party does not prove that you are a Christian, yet he simply did not have a clue how a Christian could vote for the Democrats. What he was trying to say is that he did not see voting for the Republicans as a litmus test for being a Christian, however, he had his doubts about a person's commitment to Christ if that person voted for the Democrats.
Until recently, I had the same doubts. However, my doubts have grown. My doubts are now starting to include the Republican Party.
In my estimation, the Republican Party has betrayed its constituents by allowing government to grow bigger, instead of keeping government small. The Republican Party has always been the party of small government while the Democrats have been the big-government party.
The Reps have also been a haven for moral conservatives (MC). By and large, conservatives of all types, especially evangelicals, have voted for them, while moral liberals (ML) of all types have voted for the Dems.
The amazing thing is that since Bush has taken over, the Reps have not kept to the wishes of their conservative constituency. They have become weak on homosexual issues such as same-sex marriage, with Condoleeza Rice making favourable comments about same-sex partners in public. That certainly violates the conscience of MCs! When leaders in the same party proclaim a divided message, then certainly the house is divided and it will fall! Jesus said that "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand." (Mat 12:25)
Furthermore, the amount of homosexuals working in the White House is more, even than in Clinton's years. This surely must speak volumes to the MCs. What is it with all the homosexuals in the party? How come they have such a large representation among the Republicans? Why are the Log Cabin Republicans (homosexual movement within the party) so prominent in the party? Has the Republican Party been high-jacked by the homosexual mafia?
Another aspect in which the Reps failed its constituency is in the appointment of MC judges. It is no use blaming the Dems for their continued brattish filibusters. If all Reps moved as one man, then these things could have been avoided and more conservative judges would have been at the bench right now. But, the problem is when there are leaders in the Republican Party who do not run with the vision of the party, who lead committees and do not do justice to the party in those positions. Such a person is Sen. Arlen Spectre. In my estimation he is a closet Dem and should rather be true to himself and come "out!" As a Dem, that is!
The problem with the Republican Party is that it has moved sufficiently to the left, to simply be a shadow of the Democratic Party. That effectively makes the Republican Party useless.
What I see as a need in American politics right now is that there are basically two choices:
Maybe it was a good thing for the Republicans to have lost so badly. Perhaps now they will think of where they need to position themselves in American politics. It is no use in positioning themselves in left field since the Dems already occupy that space! It is also of no use to become moderates either. That is just a position in which leftists come to hide their true identity from the voters. There are enough people among the Dems that claim to be moderates, but simply stand there to hide their yellow underbellies! The Americans certainly do not need another party to be "moderate!"
In short, the Republican Party has lost its backbone due to capitulation to PC politics! Political correctness is simply a euphemism for "no moral backbone."
However, the church in America must not be too concerned. The universe did not come to a fall when Clinton ruled the US, and neither did the universe become a greatly better place while Bush ruled.
Political parties come and go. Even when they are around for one or two hundred years. They will come to an end.
Yet, on the other hand, Jesus did not tell us to seek political parties. He told us to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Mt 6:33) As Christians we have been influenced too much by the world to think that the correct party will make things better for us. That is demonstrably false.
For too long, Christians have sold their souls and their values for political parties. "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Mat 13:44) It is when we give up everything for the kingdom of God that we will find peace. It is in the advancement of the kingdom of God that change will come, not in the ideals of political parties.
Did Jesus promise us that He would build political parties and the political futures of countries? No! "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it," Jesus said! (Mt 16:18) No matter what the world tries in its desperation to live its debauched, depraved lives; it will not destroy the church. Many have tried and they have all failed. Christians have suffered persecution for millennia, yet the church continues.
King David put it in perspective for us, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7) Our trust is not in political victories, but in God alone. If He uses political parties to accomplish His will on earth, then that is the method He has chosen. Yet, our trust is in the Lord.
We should rather have Habakkuk's attitude. "(17) Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, (18) yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. (19) GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places." (Hab 3:17-19)
Am I saying that there is no place for political parties? No! They have their place in this world and God certainly makes use of the Godly and the ungodly to accomplish His purposes. What I am saying is that we should not lose focus of why we are on earth. The Westminster Confession of Faith in its Larger Catechism asks its first question, "What is the chief and highest end of man?" The answer to this is, "Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever." Our focus should be to glorify God in everything that we do (1 Cor 10:31). In glorifying God, we march forward with the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaiming redemption in His name to all mankind.
Friday, November 10, 2006
It seems that the ANC-led government prides itself on ignoring the voice of the people.
After hearings across the country, in which people from all walks of life could voice their opinions to special committees, I am convinced that the majority of people did not want same-sex marriage for South Africa!
However, the power-hungry-people-ignoring ANC simply forged the Civil Unions Bill ahead. The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs voted on this bill within that committee and gave it the go ahead. The interesting fact is that only the ANC members in the committee voted while others either abstained or voted against this depraved legislation. From what I have seen within the ANC is that ANC members simply have to vote party line and cannot vote their conscience. So much for democracy when there is none in the leading party!
The Bill as presented by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs can be found here.
1 December 2006 is indeed going to be a dark day for South Africa, when this legislation is supposed to take effect, ala our Constitutional Court inJustices!
I have written a few posts on the issue of homosexuality:
The gene and homosexuality
The gene and homosexuality - the sequel
Morality by Constitution?
Constitutional Court replaces God
Christians Living in a Politically Liberal World
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I attended the report-back of the 1st South African National HIV/AIDS Communications Survey 2006.
Several institutions, together with USAID and the South African government and its Khomanani program completed a survey on the understanding of HIV/AIDS among South Africans. It also included the sexual behaviour of South Africans. In this program of fighting HIV/AIDS in South Africa, several TV programs such as Tsha Tsha by Cadre and Soul City, and radio programs were developed. Other major players in this survey are USAID, Health Communication Partnership together with Johns Hopkins University. This survey attempted to find out how successful these TV and radio programs are.
The problem with the TV programs is that every single TV and radio program used in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in South Africa was made from a liberal worldview. What is this worldview? A worldview that sex before marriage is OK, as long as condoms are used!
The researchers have found that there is still a stigma attached to HIV/AIDS as a result of sinning. This they saw as essentially nonsense. This, notwithstanding the fact that the majority of infections are still related to illicit sex! How is this stigma simply nonsense? HIV/AIDS as a result of sinning is simply seen as a negative stigma that should be done away with.
In my opinion, this whole survey is meant to see how many people use condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS. It obviously does not see any other method of prevention as justified or even to be usable. In the Khomanani program, with all these participating TV and radio programs, a change of behaviour is seen as using condoms during sex instead of not using them. The researchers do not see that using a condom is not a change of behaviour, but simply a change of the packaging of the tools of the "trade," so to speak. A change of behaviour would be to stop having illicit sex outside of marriage!
In this workshop, the ABCs of HIV/AIDS is being referred to as the "traditional" method of prevention. This referral as "traditional" is used in a derogatory manner since emphasis is heavily on condom use. As a result, a lifestyle of free sex is condoned and even preferred. They may claim that this is not true, yet I still have to hear anyone of them come out strongly in favour of complete abstinence. Oh, yes, free sex with condoms is preferred!
I am not a statistician, but when the control group is 7006 people (ages 15-65) from a possible +-29,400,000, how can the results be used to correlate to a percentage of the 29,400,000? 7006 is only 0.024% of the 29,400,000. How can 0.024% be called a nationally representative group?
In reducing sexual partners to '0', many women discovered that their HIV/AIDS infections did not decrease. My question is, how many of these women were already infected? What else did they do to expose themselves to the virus if they were not infected already? Did they really abstain?
These programs wonder why virgins are being laughed at. Isn't it obvious? They perpetuate the idea of free sex (by just using a condom) and then wonder why virgins are laughed at. In fact, virgins should be laughing at those that are no longer virgins. Those that are no longer virgins are used goods. Like a second-hand car. The value has decreased! How can anyone be so stupid in this day and age to continue sexual activity when it is so easy to contract HIV/AIDS?
Among the 14 respondents in a set of interviews, it seems that they simply have no moral base. Among these 14 interviewees, only 3 of them have only had 1 lifetime sexual partner. The others range from 2 to 25, to not being able to remember how many sexual partners they have been involved with. These interviewees had sex for all kinds of reasons. Reasons such as:
- belonging to a group
- access to money and resources
- proving oneself
- passing the time.
Does this suggest any kind of moral knowledge of right and wrong? Certainly NOT!
This report suggests that these respondents
- have no morals and do not understand right from wrong, and
- have exceedingly weak characters. They seem not to be able to stand on their own feet and make decisions for themselves based on their own values, if such values do exist.
An interesting aspect of this survey is that it did not target, in my opinion, the group with the greatest risk of spreading and of being infected by HIV/AIDS: homosexuals. Studies have shown that homosexuals remain the most sexually active and deviant group of all sexually active groups. Why were homosexuals not targeted in this survey? It may be that homosexuals have become a preferred group in South Africa and the authorities decided not to target them specifically.
A comment was made that HIV/AIDS is not a simple epidemic. This is true. However, programs such as that led by Khomanani make it difficult for themselves by speaking with a forked tongue. On the one hand they proclaim the risk of HIV/AIDS with a primary method of spreading via sex, yet on the other hand they still say it is acceptable to have sex outside of marriage. Currently, there is absolutely no 100% sexually-preventable solution against HIV/AIDS except abstinence. However, abstinence is not abstinence when one abstains sexually between regular partners. Abstinence is only abstinence when sex is being abstained from all of the time until marriage. There is perhaps a problem with those who have been infected with HIV/AIDS before total abstinence, however, that does not prevent someone to abstain totally after infection until marriage and then taking the proper precautions after marriage to minimize the risk of infection for the marriage partner.
One speaker said that abstinence is not a viable message since many only get married later rather than sooner. What does the age of marriage have to do with sexual activity? The problem is that if we do not do something about the moral fiber of our nation and teaching people the most powerful word "NO," then our epidemic will not cease.
Of course, this would mean that our nation must be taught about morals, and this is (it seems) by definition unacceptable to groups like USAID and the government and its sex-propagation partners!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I am sorry for the cross-posting between my blogs today, but I just thought I'd tell you why I am particularly proud of my children today!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
In this huge gaffe by Sen John Kerry (D-Mass), even some Democrats did not want to go on the campaign trail with him anymore.