The following article is a re-post concerning the Australian Same Sex Marriage Debate from MercatorNet and is by Margaret Colwell Sep 22 2017
Everyone should be concerned over the growing discrimination, persecution and vilification of Christians which is occurring in Australia. Not only is the government failing to protect the human rights of Christians, but often it seems to be enabling discrimination and persecution through legislation and comments made by parliamentarians.
I believe we desperately need religious freedom provisions in the Australian Constitution to ensure that Christians are free to live out their beliefs safely and legally. The denial of religious freedom has always been a hallmark of totalitarian regimes; such oppression is becoming common in many countries now under the guise of anti discrimination laws. This has no place in a free country.
Allow me to document this controversial assertion.
As predicted, the debate regarding the redefinition of marriage has, as some predicted, unleashed a tide of hatred and bigotry. However, overwhelmingly, this has been squarely aimed at Christians. Listed below are numerous occasions where Christians have been the target of unwarranted discrimination, persecution and vilification. Hardly any of those people who vilified, harassed and assaulted Christians experienced any detrimental legal or social consequences for it. Most of them remain in positions of authority and influence.
- The opposition leader, Mr Bill Shorten, described traditional marriage supporters (most of whom are Christians) as ‘haters coming out from under a rock’.
- Two commercial television stations and SBS banned an advertisement backing traditional marriage.
- A printer in Victoria, McPherson’s, refused to print a book arguing against same sex marriage.
- A meeting at the Mercure Hotel of four Christian groups had to be cancelled due to physical threats by gay activists.
- Greens MP Adam Bandt described three politicians opposing gay marriage as ‘bigots scraping the bottom of the barrel’.
- Bernard Keane, political editor of Crikey, Called Lyle Shelton, of Australian Christian Lobby, ‘a nauseating piece of filth’, ‘a creep’, ‘a fact free hypocrite’ who was ‘obsessed with sex”.
- Fairfax columnist John Birmingham described opponents of same sex marriage as ‘weirdos’, ‘a sweating pig circus of morons and bigots’, wanting to ‘mangulate their hate boners in the marriage equality plebiscite’.
- A group of protesters vandalized Senator Cori Bernardi’s office and even menaced his childrens’ school.
- UNSW lecturer in art and design, Simon Hunt, alias ‘Pauline Pantsdown’ organized a hate campaign to sabotage a Christian event at a Baptist Church in East Melbourne registering 54000 fake attendees using obscene, blasphemous and insulting language.
- Professor Kuruvilla George, after signing a letter opposing same sex marriage, backed by significant evidence, ended up resigning from the equal opportunity board amid controversy over his views
- Coopers Brewery was the subject of a boycott because it supported the Bible society and its beer was being consumed in an advertisement depicting Liberal MPs Tim Wilson and Andrew Hastie respectfully debating same sex marriage.
- Margaret Court was vilified and harassed for expressing opposition to same sex marriage. Violent protesters disrupted a Liberal party function because she was a guest, spraying attendees with glitter and confetti. Even Margaret Court’s nephew, who runs the Margaret Court Academy, and the children attending the academy, have been targeted for abuse.
- The Tasmanian anti discrimination Commission ruled that the Catholic church had a case to answer for distributing a booklet presenting the church’s teaching on same sex marriage.
- The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission is now investigating Pastor Campbell Markham for his comments on same sex marriage.
- Christian Charities were permitted to keep their board members’ names secret because of harassment of board members by same sex marriage advocates.