More Revelations of Intolerance from SSM Activists

It’s been another big week in the marriage debate. Around the world, the fallout from countries that have legalised same-sex marriage is becoming more and more evident and the future of freedoms in these countries is looking bleak.

According to Huffington Post: "California has banned state employees from traveling on official business to four additional states that have passed anti-LGBTQ legislation." Would you believe that these states require people to use toilets that correspond with their biological reality and/or grant foster kids their chance at enjoying the equally valuable input of a Mum AND a Dad. How outrageous!

Canada is charging towards a totalitarian regime with yet another Bill restricting freedoms for those who support traditional, science-based views of gender. The Christian Institute reports: “The Bill adds ‘gender expression’ and ‘gender identity’ to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to existing hate crime legislation. Dr Jordan Peterson, of the University of Toronto, previously warned that [the Bill] could result in him being charged with a hate crime for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns.”

And according to RT: "Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran Church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse."

“We Social Democrats are working to ensure all priests will consecrate everyone, including same-sex couples,” Lofven told Kyrkans Tidning magazine.”

Imagine a “male only” political party hosting an event to celebrate a total lack of female representation in parliament. A baker is asked to create and decorate a cake to commemorate the occasion. The baker rightfully declines the invitation because he cannot, in good conscience, participate in an event that denies the equally important and invaluable role of women in Parliament. He would be lauded a hero for standing up for gender equality!

This same baker is asked to create a cake to celebrate a union that denies the equally important and invaluable role of a woman in marriage and family. He is vilified and fined. This is what is happening in the USA right now to bakers who are simply fighting to maintain their artistic freedom. These bakers happily bake birthday cakes for members of the gay community, but cannot, in good conscience, participate in an event that denies gender equality.

This article from Christianity Today highlights the issue: “Jack’s ability to make a living and run his family business shouldn’t be threatened simply because he exercised his artistic freedom. Artists speak through their art, and when Jack creates custom wedding cakes, he is promoting and celebrating the couple’s wedding,” said ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “He simply can’t put his artistic talents to use on a custom cake for an event so at odds with his faith convictions.”

Perhaps the most disturbing revelation of bullying and intolerance has come from our own shores where a SSM activist has once again published the family home address of ACL’s Lyle Shelton, along with current and former members of the ACL board.

“There is only one reason for publicising someone’s home address and that is to bully and intimidate,” Lyle said.

“ACT Police have advised me that there is little they can do and I should engage a private security firm to make recommendations about upgrading security at my house.”

Just days later, Christopher Pyne was caught out boasting that SSM is closer than we think. According to The Australian: “Malcolm Turnbull says he will not let any private member’s bill to legalise gay marriage be debated in the parliament if a plebiscite is not held first, as conservatives urge colleagues to return to the ‘main game’.”

If you value freedom of conscience, freedom of artistic expression and freedom of speech, you must speak up now, before we are all compelled, by the full force of the law, to “forever hold our peace”.

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9 Responses

  1. “According to Huffington Post: “California has banned state employees from traveling on official business to four additional states that have passed anti-LGBTQ legislation.” Would you believe that these states require people to use toilets that correspond with their biological reality and/or grant foster kids their chance at enjoying the equally valuable input of a Mum AND a Dad. How outrageous!”

    They haven’t banned travel. They just don’t want to fund it. A perfectly reasonable exercise of resources. You might raise legitimate questions about travel to other, worse regimes, but hypocrisy is not intolerance.

    “Canada is charging towards a totalitarian regime with yet another Bill restricting freedoms for those who support traditional, science-based views of gender. The Christian Institute reports: “The Bill adds ‘gender expression’ and ‘gender identity’ to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to existing hate crime legislation. Dr Jordan Peterson, of the University of Toronto, previously warned that [the Bill] could result in him being charged with a hate crime for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns.”

    I’m not in favour of hate speech laws generally, but gender identity is just one attribute in a long list. So where’s the singling out of LGBTI issues as being extra intolerant? The problem is stupid attitudes to hate speech, not specific LGBTI intolerance. Focus on the root, not the branch.

    “And according to RT: “Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran Church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse.”

    “We Social Democrats are working to ensure all priests will consecrate everyone, including same-sex couples,” Lofven told Kyrkans Tidning magazine.””

    This is a state church. State churches have to uphold state policy. The solution is to not have state churches. The Church of Sweden should disassociate from the state or accept they must uphold state policy.

    “This article from Christianity Today highlights the issue: “Jack’s ability to make a living and run his family business shouldn’t be threatened simply because he exercised his artistic freedom. Artists speak through their art, and when Jack creates custom wedding cakes, he is promoting and celebrating the couple’s wedding,” said ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “He simply can’t put his artistic talents to use on a custom cake for an event so at odds with his faith convictions.””

    This is due to anti-discrimination laws, not marriage laws.

    “Perhaps the most disturbing revelation of bullying and intolerance has come from our own shores where a SSM activist has once again published the family home address of ACL’s Lyle Shelton, along with current and former members of the ACL board.

    “There is only one reason for publicising someone’s home address and that is to bully and intimidate,” Lyle said.

    “ACT Police have advised me that there is little they can do and I should engage a private security firm to make recommendations about upgrading security at my house.””

    All the activist did was publish an already publicly available list of of information relating to ASIC registration. It’s not his fault if the documents included home addresses. I don’t think they should, but ASIC should fix it.

    • It is nonsense to say that State Churches, that is, Established Churches, must follow State policy. That is just not true of the Scandinavian Churches nor of the Church of England and the Church of Scotland, the two Churches in the UK that are “established” although in slightly different ways, the Queen being the Supreme Governor only of the former. As a liberal Anglican priest, but one who will never accept the legitimacy of SSM whatever a parliament or a plebiscite decides, I am appalling by the increasing intolerance of some SSM advocates. It was the reason why I ceased to attend a particular church where every week the bulletin referred to opponents of SSM as “homophobic”. AMF : more power to your elbow and God bless.

      • With respect Chaplain John the point about clergy of the Church of Sweden is that in acting as licensed marriage celebrants they are acting on behalf of the state.

        My understanding is that when same sex marriage was introduced in Sweden the Church of Sweden agreed to provide celebrants on the basis that an individual cleric would not be obliged to go against his/her conscience by celebrating marriage for a same sex couple.

        So the issue raised by the Swedish PM’s comments is indeed a very important one for Australia (and one considered in the Senate inquiry at the beginning of the year) but perhaps more so in relation to civil celebrants.

        Should the Anglican Church in Australia decide to ‘support’ SSM (which is obviously extremely unlikely in the near future) the question would be whether an individual priest/.minister would be given freedom of conscience .

        The question will almost certainly arise in relation to the Uniting Church and possibly other Protestant denominations.

        The way of avoiding the issue altogether (already seriously considered by the Presbyterian Church) is for Churches/denominations/faith communities simply to relinquish their rights to act as celebrants on behalf of the state.

        Personally I think that would be an excellent solution that would greatly enhance the opportunity to proclaim the Christian view of marriage as being different from the secular view of marriage.

        Knowing that as Christians we do not expect to be ‘conformed to the standards of this world’ does not of course remove our obligation to speak out on social issues but it does change the context in which we do so.

        I must say I find it troubling that there has been so little concern expressed about the precedent of compelling midwives to act against their conscience by performing abortions.But again I would assume that the recent case to which the Swedish PM referred did not set a precedent for midwives in private practice but simply involved those working within the public health area.

        I do also sometimes wonder whether our hypothetical Jack the Baker is equally troubled by baking a wedding cake for a known criminal/adulterer/sex offender/divorced person or anyone else who does not conform to his own moral standards in relation to marriage.I would be good to have some reasoned discussion on the finer points of what constitutes ‘co operation’ and where one might reasonably draw a line.Again some of this did happen during the Senate inquiry.

        • Margaret,

          Marriage in Danish law isn’t a religious institution but a legal framework for the life of a couple and this means they don’t need to be sexually faithful to each other or a lifelong marriage nor procreative or a good environment for children etc.

  2. Ash

    Imagine the plebiscite outcome strongly supports marriage and not same-sex couples marrying. Every week that passes increases the probability of this outcome due to the intolerance and hostility of the same-sex industry. Australians didn’t support the plebiscite for a Republic and they won’t support changes to marriage.

  3. IT WOULD SEEM THAT ALTHOUGH GOD IN HIS SOVEREIGNTY ALLOWS DISASTERS TO HAPPEN, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO ANSWERS TO THESE TRAGEDIES HUMANLY SPEAKING.

    THE ANSWERS ARE IN THE BIBLE AND IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST WHO TOOK OUR SIN AND SUFFERING TO THE CROSS.

    BUT THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION DOES NOT GET THROUGH BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED INTO SIN AND OUR HEARTS ARE DARK.

    UNLESS WE CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS FOR THEIR EYES TO BE OPENED TO SEE THE REAL CONSEQUENCES OF OUR UNBELIEF – ALL OF THESE WILL BE LOST

    THE WORLD GOES ON WITH INDIFFERENCE TO THE CREATOR AND SUSTAINER OF THIS WONDERFUL UNIVERSE, WITHOUT A THOUGHT FOR A RIGHTEOUS HOLY FATHER GOD.

    SO OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD IS HEADING FOR MORE DISASTER AND SUFFERING UNLESS WE REPENT IN THE MEANTIME.

    GOD’S ORDER FOR HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS PRESENTLY IS AN ABSOLUTE TRAGEDY – IT IS NOTHING LESS THAN EVIL AND POLITICIANS IN PARTICULAR CONSENTING TO SUCH UNNATURAL AND UNGODLY LIFESTYLES, WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE THEY ARE LEADERS OF THE PEOPLE IN THEIR NATIONS.

    GOD HELP US – HAVE MERCY UPON US.

  4. Harvard University recently issued a report on “young People Troubled by Romantic Relationships…” This report highlighted that parents needed to discuss with their children about romantic relationships which have often been viewed by other cultures as an illness or madness. The majority of western societies have now based a civil “registered marriage” practice on the idea of romantic relationships are loving, committed and form a lifelong marriage. However, the truth is people love the feeling of being in love and when this feeling ends often they search for the next person who makes them feel in love.

  5. To those who who seek to deny the GLBTI community the right SSM based on their supposed christioan biblical views” of marriage please give up your rights to diivorce except in circumstances permitted by the bible.

  6. There are those who are ignorant, those who are uneducated or illiterate, and then you have the fanatics. Guess where the SSM activists stand. In the face of overwhelming scientific, cultural and social evidence to the contrary, these normaphobics are having panic attacks and express their rage and hatred to all who oppose. SSM activists tolerance is a gross travesty.

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