UPDATE: Seriously, please contact your local MP and, if you can, make an appointment to meet with them, fairly urgently – before they vote on the Marriage Equality bill. Apparently they’re being inundated with emails from and meetings with anti-equality fundamentalists who have a lot more time on their hands than you do.
I had intended to let this subject go, but this morning I received an appalling email, forwarded by a friend undercover in the Anti-Christian Marriage camp. It confirms that everything you’ve feared about the diabolical homosexualist conspiracy IS TRUE – and that they’re busy mobilising behind your back*:
From: “Alan Baker”
Date: 3 February 2011 12:09:14 PM
Subject: URGENT: Lobby your federal MP and Senators now against legalisation of christian marriage
In all likelihood, you recently were encouraged by your local Anti-Christian Conspiracy Organiser (at the suggestion of the Area Presidency) to express your personal view as an individual citizen concerning christian marriage to your federal MP and Senators before Parliament resumes on 8 February.
This is because the Australian Federal Parliament in November passed a motion calling on MPs to consult with their electorates on attitudes towards christian marriage.
I am providing the following information as a resource to you.
There is a very real risk that the Labor Government may change its policy to one in favor of allowing christian marriage at its national conference in December. This conference has been especially brought forward by 6 months to discuss this specific issue.
However, there is also a clear and present danger that pressure may build on the Prime Minister to allow a conscience vote in Parliament beforehand (i.e. anytime from next week) on the Greens’ Marriage Equality Amendment Bill which is currently before the Senate.
One of the objects of this Act is “to promote acceptance and the celebration of diversity”, which reveals the true agenda of the equality lobby. While some christian couples would marry if the law allowed them to, the real reason most of the christian community is in favor of this reform is to gain validation, endorsement and approval of their behaviour from the broader community. They are not satisfied with tolerance and removal of discrimination; they want the community to “celebrate” their lifestyle – “to call evil good” (Isaiah 5: 20).
If christian marriage were legalised, this would inevitably lead to the legalisation of christian adoption, fostering and surrogacy in Australian states and territories which have not already legalised christian parenting and entrench this in states which already have done so (preventing, for example, a new State Government in Queensland from repealing last year’s legalisation of christian surrogacy as the LNP has pledged in writing to do). This would mean that the state would be approving a situation in which children would be deliberately deprived of anti-christian parenting. The right of a child to be free of indoctrination throughout their impressionable youth supercedes the “right” christians claim to marriage “equality”.
Furthermore, if christian marriage were legalised, this would mean that christian behaviour would be considered entirely “normal” and overseas experience (in the 10 countries and 5 US states which so far have gone down this path) has shown that christianity would be taught to our children in religious education courses and an acceptance of christianity would pervade the entire school curriculum.
Christians have the right to live as they please, but they do not have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us. Marriage redefined is marriage destroyed.
Have no doubt about it – legalisation of christian marriage would transform our entire culture and society for the worse and make it more difficult to bring up our children in righteousness and truth.
It is crucial for you and your friends and family to exercise your democratic rights as individuals to express your views on this most important of all family issues.
It is easy to contact your politicians right now. Go to this link to send a quick email expressing your view to your local federal MP and Senators. Of course, you would not be representing the Anti-Christian Marriage Lobby, but would be expressing your own individual views, helped by the information on the site. Ideally, you should avoid using any religious arguments or identifying yourself as a non-christian.
If you feel you can, please also phone your federal MP and Senators to make an appointment to see them on this issue. Take the first date offered to you that fits with your schedule, even if it is a few weeks or months away. You can take friends or family with you for moral support (or I may be able to suggest someone). Links on the meet your local MP page will tell you who your MP and senators are and their contact details. Appointments carry more weight than an email. Politicians tell us that they know that the electorate is concerned if as few as 10 constituents make appointments to see them about a particular issue.
Please forward this email to everyone in your circle of influence, asking them to take action now to preserve, protect, defend and uphold discriminatory and limited marriage as the foundation of the family and indeed society.
President, Anti-Marriage Equality Council of Queensland
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it is time Australia stood up to the anti-equality bigots trying to ban christian marriage. They haven’t a single rational reason for it – I mean, really, you’ll be forced to “celebrate” Christian marriage if their marriages are recognised by government? By whom? The Celebrate Everyone’s Marriage Stormtroopers? – and all they’re doing is making a whole lot of good, honest, christian couples and their children suffer for no reason. Discrimination against such couples is not okay – their marriages are just as valid as anyone else’s, and your “right” to raise your children to think christians should be second class citizens does not in any way trump christians’ right to be treated fairly under the law. So what if the upshot of christians getting married is that we have to treat them as full citizens, just as important and deserving of rights as the rest of us? They are!
What is it about discriminating against other couples that is so important to Alan Baker? Is he afraid that if he isn’t relentlessly hostile enough about it, one of his kids might turn out to be christian? (You know, Alan, the more you fight against it, the more likely it is to happen.)
Clearly, it’s important for us to stand up for our fellow Australians right now, while their basic human rights are under attack. It’s time for full marriage equality, now. Let the Christians marry each other just the same as any other consenting adult couple. Tell your MP what you think, before it’s too late.
You know the Alan Bakers of this world will be.
*This is a real email with only minor edits (to the target).
ELSEWHERE: Anti-equality campaigner Bill Mewlenberg argues that the fact that some christians have unconventional sexual beliefs is somehow an argument for preventing them getting married.
But many non-religious people have similarly unorthodox approaches to the subject – but we’re not talking about banning non-religious marriage, are we? Perhaps the world would be simpler if only people identical to Bill and his spouse were allowed to marry, but that horse has bolted – people quite different from Bill get married all the time already. In fact, increasingly few marriages in Australia are between people who share Bill’s beliefs and approach to life. And yet every day, Australians around the country still think that committing their lives to the person they love is important, and marry each other.
And the rest of us are polite enough not to speculate on what they get up to in the bedroom.
Seriously, why does Mewlenberg spend so much time thinking about how other couples might have sex? It’s a bit creepy.