Fanatics On The Loose

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In the fight for equality, the opposition is not exactly covering itself with glory

As the High Court hearings into this absurd postal survey get under way, the LNP is trying to lay the grounds for a recovery if it is knocked over. In that case, they suggest, parliament should authorise the full-on compulsory plebiscite proper. We may as well, the argument goes, because the campaign is already in full swing.

Liberal Craig Kelly told Fairfax Media the government should try to push the compulsory-attendance plebiscite through the Senate for a third time, arguing the mood had changed because Labor, the Greens and same-sex marriage advocates have now tacitly endorsed a public vote by campaigning in the postal survey.

As we used to say in my baby activist days, “Right on Brother!” Rivers of vitriol are already running down the gutters. Why stop it? Let It Flow!

Orthodox Church

A Greek Orthodox priest says – in a sermon, no less – that he keeps a shotgun handy to discourage any LGBTI folk who ask him to marry them. Father Eleftherios of Red Hill Orthodox Church said

“these people” (i.e. gay people) are “pitiful… My own granddaughter tells me ‘they are people, too’ and yes they are, and I love them but say you have a hamper full of oranges and one of those is rotten, all the oranges are going to rot… Gay people have this habit. Say if I have a habit, am I allowed to give it to other people?”

The Academic Pulpit

In the academic equivalent of the pulpit, The Conversation, a Catholic academic called for a form of #LGBTI segregation if we are allowed to marry. I have slightly edited the following extract, and applied the “Croome test”, swapping “mixed-race” for “same-sex”.

Suppose someone were to write…

To provide effective protection to conscientious objectors, legislation redefining marriage should:

  • permit individuals, companies and religious bodies to decline to facilitate a mixed-race marriage or related celebration;
  • protect the freedom of individuals to express their views about mixed-race marriages;
  • prohibit discrimination by government bodies, companies and individuals against conscientious objectors to mixed-race marriages.

…we should know we were dealing with a racist bigot arguing for racial segregation. But when he writes thus about us, he gets to post it on the respected academic website The Conversation. They must have really low standards.

Australian Conservatives

Corey Bernardi’s crew, the Australian Conservatives, are also racing over the edge into lunacy, suggesting the #LGBTI community are “useful idiots”  being used as cover for the introduction of a Marxist agenda, Muslim polygamy, child marriage, the legalisation of paedophilia, and anything else their American masters in the Alliance Defending Freedom has fed them. Yes, they went there: Kirralie Smith, one of the Bernardi anti-halal pack, posted this video.

Neo-Nazis

A hairsbreadth away we find the neo-nazis who placed those vile anti-LGBTI posters around Melbourne: posters that “Christian” campaigners said never appeared, alleging we either made them up, exaggerated their extent, or posted them ourselves. The ABC wasn’t fooled.

Coalition for Marriage

Add to that the hysterical (in all senses) claims that the advent of equal marriage will see schoolboys forced to wear frocks, and give them a choice of 63 possible genders! The fanatics are well and truly on the loose.

The Bright Side

Some Christians, though they get less press, are responding in a thoughtful and loving manner reminiscent of their figurehead. Scott J Higgins summed up the Evangelical case for yes on his blog, which I was pleased to republish here on the stirrer.

And the people of Bendigo have made this video in support: bless you darlings!

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he’s been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn’t won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too – the more the merrier – you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html

“Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe.” (Daniel Witthaus, “Beyond Priscilla”, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)