Todd Bentley has been denied a visa for entry into Australia by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. A message on the Fresh Fire USA website states:
The Australian Tour is currently on hold until further Notice. Australian Immigration has denied Todd entry into the country at this time. We are however doing everything we can to get an answer for the denied entry. We have sent all the required documents and are awaiting approval from Australian Immigration to be allowed to come to Australia and Minister. Please continue to stand with us as we are not giving up.
To gain a visa for entry to Australia there is a character test, which could be the problem for Bentley as he has been in prison for more than 12 months and been convicted of sexual assault.
A person will not pass the character test where:
• they have a substantial criminal record
A person is deemed to have a substantial criminal record if they have been:
• sentenced to a term of imprisonment for 12 months or more
• sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (whether on one or more occasions), where the total of those terms is two years or more
If Bentley is full of prophetic vision, why didn’t he know that his visa application would be rejected. Similarly, one of the churches Bentley was scheduled to appear at was Jubilee International Church in Sydney; Jubilee claims to have “a deep culture of prophetic worship”, so why didn’t they know that Bentley wouldn’t be coming? I know a woman who says she goes to Jubilee every Sunday morning, yet she didn’t mention in advance that Bentley wouldn’t be appearing.
I am an Australian. I love my nation. And I think Australia is the best nation in the world. I also believe that us Aussies down under are among the best in the world. But enough of my boasting for I can hear you say, put your money where you mouth is! So….
Here are some pics of the best harbour in the world…. and of course, some of the best people in the world. At least it is from my perspective.
Well… until now…
Scientists have caught the process of evolution in action as a species of Australian lizard abandons egg-laying for live births.
The variety of skink, which is snake-like with four tiny legs, has been found laying eggs along the coast of New South Wales.
However, the same yellow-bellied three-toed lizard living in the colder mountainous region is giving birth to offspring like a mammal does. (here)
God is still creating… contrary to the deists…
A petition to the Australasian Federal Convention
The preamble of the Australian Constitution, proclaimed in 1900, recognizes the existence of God.
Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established
Commonwealth Of Australia Constitution Act
One of the many submissions made to the late 1890s Australasian Federal Convention that formulated the Constitution was from the West Australian Christian Endeavour Union, who suggested that God be recognised more prominently in the Constitution. Their petition read:
Members pray that you will insert a clause in the Federal Bill, recognising Almighty God as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
Petition No. 9 | National Archves of Australia
In these increasingly politically correct times, I wonder how such a statement about God would be received today if it had made it into the Australian Constitution.
Australian passports will now have three gender options — male, female and indeterminate — under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people, the government said Thursday.
‘X’ now a gender option in Australian passports – Travel – News – msnbc.com
Good for Mark!
It’s Sept 11 here in Australia. I wrote a piece on my blog about my confusion, pain and unanswered questions about Sept 11. My prayers and sympathies lay with all who are affected by terrorism and war.
Image via Wikipedia
Australia is to remove the birth of Jesus as a reference point for dates in school history books.
Under the new politically correct curriculum, the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era).
The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, yesterday condemned the move as an ‘intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history’.
I love this quote:
‘Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization,’ he said.
via Australia goes all PC with a ban on BC: Birth of Jesus to be removed as reference point for dates in school history books | Mail Online.
First, Australia was founded as a penal colony, hence Mark Stevens. Second, if you track the history of it, BC and AD were created in the 6th century and made it into English in 1708. So, hardly the stuff of foundations.
Further, while I do believe that all human history turned and still turns on the birth of Christ (more so the death, but okay…), the dating system is off.
Anyway, I blame Mark Stevens for this.
Interesting enough, the some of the this technology – especially that which was used in Egypt – was manufactured in the U.S.:
For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice’s giants: Iran and China.
Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees – including an increasing number of democracies.
In recent weeks, Turkey, Tunisia, and Australia have all made headlines for their various plans to introduce new filtering schemes. Though each country’s plan differs, they all have similar focus: curbing access to obscene content.
But while blocking obscenity may reflect the will of the people, such filters nonetheless have implications for freedom of expression.
Web censorship moves West – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.
This is the video of the story on 60 Minutes Australia where Fred Phelps, of Westboro Baptist, says he has a map of Australia that looks like a weenie. And that he hates Australia, and pretty much everything else in the world.
Just kidding. Phelps hates Australia.
“Australia is Sodom in the Pacific. And we got a map of it, shaped like, kinda like a fat weenie. You know how an Australian map looks right in the big middle of the ocean. Well we got Sodom written across it S O D O M. … Absolutely you’re doomed. … England and Australia are past any hope. They’ve spit in the face of God for the last time”.
Pastor Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church.
60 Minutes, Australia. 22 May 2011.
One of the Catholic Clubs in Sydney
In the late 1970s when my brother applied to join the local licensed Catholic Club in suburban Sydney, he needed a reference from his Parish Priest. To join you had to be a practicing Catholic and show your reason for joining was furthering the aims of the club – being supporting the Catholic Church. Back then the local club sponsored trainee priests at the seminary. The club had poker machines (slot machines) like all licensed clubs in Sydney, but they did not consume the club. In the past 25 or so years poker/gaming machines have come to dominate licenced clubs in Sydney, including the Catholic Clubs. And now you don’t need to be a Catholic to join a Catholic Club. Just pay the $5.00 or $10.00 membership fee and you’re in. Most of the large clubs now have multi-player machines that have large jackpots, and machines that are electronic versions of casino games like blackjack and roulette. The Australian government has recently announced plans to impose curbs on gaming machines in clubs and hotels, including limiting bets per play to $1.00, and requiring players to pre-commit to how much they are prepared to lose in the machines each day. Not surprisingly the Club industry is outraged. In a recent issue of the Jesuit magazine Eureka Street, editor Michael Mullins writes that the Catholic Clubs should take a moral stand and publically support the proposed curbs. And he argues that gambling is a modern form of slavery for problem gamblers, and is therefore against the seventh commandment.
The Catholic Catechism agrees, stipulating that while games of chance are ‘not in themselves contrary to justice’, they ‘become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement’. … The Catholic Catechism says:
‘The seventh commandment forbids … enterprises that for any reason — selfish or ideological, commercial, or totalitarian — lead to the enslavement of human beings … It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive value or to a source of profit.’
Mullins claims that the clubs have the official backing of the church. If they still have, then the Catholic Church needs to apply some pressure to the clubs to ensure they show some social responsibility.
Catholic clubs donating funds to children’s sporting groups and other community organisations is, on the surface, ok. But if a substantial amount of that money has come from the pockets of problems gamblers, then it is not ok. Not at all.
Moral challenge for Catholic clubs | Eureka Street