by Yuminya Anyupa Ken, Aboriginal Elder from Central Australia and one of the 70 Elders who presented the Uluru Bark Petition
Man and a woman marriage is sacred to Aboriginal people and to God.
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image …” (Genesis 1:26-27).
My name is Yuminya Ken and I come from Ernabella in the central deserts region at the top of South Australia. I am an older woman in my tribe, some might say elder. I speak our traditional language which is Pitjantjatjara and I believe God is watching us at this time. In the middle of 2015 Opposition Leader Bill Shorten introduced a bill into Parliament with the aim of legalising same-sex ‘marriage’ in Australia.
This was a cause of great concern to Peter Walker who is an Elder of the Bundjalung people who come from the northern rivers of NSW. Peter Walker is a man of God. He had visited Ernabella the place I live which is about 160 km as the crow flies south east of Uluru. So Peter Walker contacted me along with many other Aboriginal people about this issue.
Peter Walker believes that marriage between a man and a woman is sacred to Aboriginal people and has been so for thousands of years. He believed that it was important for Indigenous people to have say in this debate. As so many times the opinion of indigenous people is not taken into account.
So after much consultation between indigenous people from all over Australia the Uluru Bark Petition was born. The heart of the Petition states that marriage between man and woman is, and has always been, sacred to the oldest living culture on earth.
The Uluru Bark Petition was drawn up by a group of Elders to stand as a declaration for Indigenous Australia to unite together as an ancient culture.
The Uluru Bark Petition is only the second traditional petition ever handed to the government in the history of Australia. That makes this petition very significant in recognising and honouring Aboriginal people across the nation.
On 13 August 2015 the Uluru Bark Petition was presented to the government with 46 signatures. Over 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people came to Canberra to stand together as one with the declaration of the Uluru Bark Petition.
I, along with Uncle Pepaii Carol, a well-known Aboriginal artist from Uluru country, stood with over 70 Indigenous people who brought the petition before the Senate.
Senator Eric Abetz and Aboriginal Senator Joanna Lindgren received the Uluru Bark Petition. They thanked and respected those present who had made the trip from across Australia.
The story of God creating Adam and Eve and setting them in the garden and even the story of the snake is similar to many of our stories handed down from our elders. The Bible is tribal and tells the story of the tribes and kinship clans of ancient Israel and how their tribal history affected the world. It was from the tribe of Judah that Jesus came who was the Saviour of the world. Revelation 5:5 sums it up. “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”
You, O God, made man for woman not man for man or woman for woman.
Your story in Genesis is true. You are watching us…
And so we ask you to break the curse behind this proposal which will take us away from your plan.
Help us wake up and pray.
Help the church wake up and pray.
Help the people of Australia to vote NO.
In the Name of Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God. Amen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIORF1e2rfM – Uluru Bark Petition Short Documentary
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