After Kevin Rudd’s gay-hatin’ sister Loree declared today that she was going to QUIT THE LABOR PARTY when it eventually decides to stop supporting discrimination against gays and lesbians (nobody really understanding what she was doing in a party which has “social justice” as part of its aims in the first place), Jim Wallace of the Australian “Christian” Lobby had this to say:
In a democratic society there must be freedom to support and advocate for marriage remaining between a man and a woman without being accused of inciting hatred, being ‘homophobic’, bigoted and now anti-Semitic.
Of course. In exactly the same way as in a democratic society there must be freedom to support and advocate for black people being sent to different schools, just as it was in decades past, without being accused of inciting hatred, being ‘racist’ and bigoted. And there must be freedom to support and advocate depriving women of the vote, just as it was for centuries, without being accused of inciting hatred, being ‘sexist’ and bigoted. And there must be freedom to support and advocate prohibiting Roman Catholics from having any role in government, just as it was a few hundred years ago, without being accused of inciting hatred, being ‘religiously intolerant’ and bigoted.
Why should someone advocating for discrimination against gay people on the grounds that their relationships are only second-class be accused of contempt for gay people? What’s bigoted about that kind of bigotry? Why should someone who suggests there’s some kind of DIABOLICAL GAY CONSPIRACY coming to OPPRESS CHRISTIAN FOLK be accused of inciting hatred?
It just doesn’t make sense.
ELSEWHERE: Fred Clark (yes, him again) on how it came to be that opposition to homosexuality – not even mentioned by Jesus – came to be a defining characteristic of the modern “Christian” Right.
UPDATE: The NSW branch of the ALP appears to be the problem, last weekend at their state conference refusing to endorse marriage equality despite their colleagues in other states doing so.
UPDATE #2: I doubt it’ll be approved, but left this comment under the Wallace piece:
Yeah, you don’t “hate” gays. You just see them as inferior people with second-class relationships who need to be discriminated against by law.
By SECULAR law.
There is no way that removing the gender specifications from the Marriage Act that Howard put there in 2004 will affect you Christians in the slightest. You’re not going to have to marry gay people in your churches any more than you presently have to marry Hindu people or Muslims. You’re not going to have to get gay married yourself.
Basically, it’s got nothing to do with you. There are tens of thousands of non-Christian marriages that take place around the country every year: the Marriage Act is for all Australians, not just Christians.
And frankly, there’s no argument you can run against marriage of gay people being equally recognised by the law that you couldn’t also have run against any previous civil rights issue. All you have is “tradition”, which is the same argument run against women having the vote and ending racial segregation.
Just leave gay Australians alone. Let them have the same protections under the law the rest of us enjoy. And concentrate on the stuff that Jesus actually talked about.