Australian Christian Lobby
For years conservative church leaders have portrayed gay people as bewitching devils out to seduce innocent passers by into a life of sin. Rainbow-clad monsters. But the surprising events of the last week have shown that some of them care more about homosexuals than they do about men in general, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, or people with genes that predispose them to cancer.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has joined the Australian Christian Lobby’s Jim Wallace in voicing his concern about the health risks gay people face.
And so what if they’re bandying about an utterly flawed life expectancy statistic to back up their stance? At least they care (well, on the face of it they care about gay men anyway – lesbians didn’t get a look in).
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Dear Mr Jim Wallace, head of the Australian Christian Lobby,
I think I know why so many gay men commit suicide.
Maybe part of the problem is it’s both deeply embarrassing and hard to articulate what it’s like to be the victim of homophobic abuse to someone who has never experienced it. According to the Suicide Prevention Australia, 200 gay teenagers commit suicide each year, that’s about one in every two days.
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Did anyone seriously predict that Australia’s first female, unmarried, atheist, living-in-sin prime minister would end up being the religious right’s best friend?
Yesterday, the Australian Christian Lobby announced that the keynote speaker at its national conference in October would be our very own Julia Gillard. The announcement came on the same day that anti-gay activists converged on the lawns of Parliament House for their annual National Marriage Day, which saw politicians from both major parties sharing a stage with some of the most notorious anti-gay fringe dwellers going around.
This raises a few questions. What responsibility should politicians assume when they choose to associate themselves with quite extreme religious groups? Where do they draw the line?
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You can say what you like about their brew, but you know things have reached boiling point when our two biggest mass-produced coffee chains go to war over something other than jumbo caramel low fat lattes.
Gloria Jean’s Coffee, which has 460 Australian stores in its portfolio, is in a bit of hot water over a $30,000 donation it made to the Australian Christian Lobby, which is fighting an increasingly bitter fight against the possibility of legalising gay marriage.
Sniffing the aroma, its competitor Starbucks just posted this on its Facebook site:
Starbucks Australia would like to publicly announce our proud support of Marriage Equality for all.
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In a recent Punch piece Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace reminded us of our unquestioned right to religious freedom. In fact he went so far as to label the push for gay marriage a threat to religious freedom.
As a gay marriage advocate let me say this: Mr Wallace is right, we desperately need to maintain religious freedom.
The only problem is that Mr Wallace didn’t argue for religious freedom.
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Re: Welcome to the ‘Homosexual Lobby’ and today’s vote on same-sex marriage in Tasmania.
UPDATE: The historic motion backing same-sex marriage has been passed by the Tasmanian House of Assembly, the Mercury reports.
Over the past few months you have either said, tweeted or endorsed the following: “Anzacs didn’t die for gay marriage”, “the global gay Gestapo…is brainwashing people”, “gay marriage will disrupt the natural order”, “gay marriage will lead to paedophiles marrying children”, and of course you came to Miranda Devine’s defence when she linked the London riots to Senator Penny Wong and her partner expecting a child.
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Should we allow the depiction of homosexuals in the media?
Well of course we should, shouldn’t we? The answer is pretty self evident. But then I have to ask – are depictions of homosexuals “sexier” than straight sex? You may have seen the news.com.au report that the Adshel company has pulled the “Rip and Roll” advertisements for HIV awareness for same-sex couples.
UPDATE: The CEO has just reinstated the advertisements, saying the company had been targeted by the Australian Christian Lobby’s orchestrated campaign, rather than a series of individual complaints as first thought.
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ANZAC Day is a day for commemoration and celebration of Australian identity, so long as we remember the gays and the Muslims were never a part of this.
Anzac Day has become much more than a day of commemorating a military campaign; it has become a national focal point through which we locate what it means to be “Australian.” While the notion of “Australian values” raises disparate and often romantic ideas of mateship, courage and loyalty, it is sometimes insidiously mobilised to express prejudices.
Jim Wallace, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, made this point painfully clear when he lamented over Twitter “that as we remember servicemen and women we remember [the] Australia they fought for - wasn’t gay marriage & Islamic!”
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It’s become something of a social minefield to admit you’re a Christian.
We tiptoe around the issue at gatherings, lest our peers assume we’ve secretly been judging them, or are about to kickstart a lecture on contraception.
There’s awkwardness around that Catholic priest joke they just told, and people excuse themselves before they hear the question “So have you found Jesus?”
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