Your Handy Neighbourhood Guide to Bigots and Homophobes

Want to know where the bigots and homophobes are in your local area?

Well, thanks to the efforts of the Australian Christian Lobby, we now have a handy guide. Aren’t those folks at the ACL just peachy?

If you want to know who doesn’t give a flying fuck about high rates of gay youth suicide. If you want to know who fails to support the concept that all Australians should have equal rights. Or, if you just want to know whether making a donation to your local church is likely to result in a national boycott of your organisation [a la Gloria Jean’s Coffee or America’s Chick-Fil-A], look no further!

Here is a list of 19 of Australia’s denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders who have urged the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act so that marriage and all the benefits which flow from it are only available to couples of different genders:

  • Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
  • The Most Reverend Peter Jensen, Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney, ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
  • Pastor Tim Jack, National Leader, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
  • Pastor David McDonald, National Chairman, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE AUSTRALIA
  • His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC, Archbishop of Sydney, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
  • Pastor Mark Connor, Senior Minister, CITYLIFE CHURCH
  • Reverend Dr Margaret Court, Senior Pastor, VICTORY LIFE CENTRE INCORPORATED
  • Very Rev Dr Michael Protopopov OAM, Australian & New Zealand Diocese, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
  • Pastor Bill Vasilakis, National Chairman, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
  • The Right Reverend David Jones, Moderator General, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
  • His Grace Bishop Suriel, Diocese of Melbourne & Affiliated Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
  • Very Reverend Father Tadros El-Bakhoumi, Diocese of Sydney & Affiliation Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
  • Commissioner James Condon, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY EASTERN TERRITORY
  • Commissioner Raymond Finger, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY
  • Pastor Ken Vogel, General Secretary, Australian Union Conference, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Graham Nelson, Senior Minister, LIFE MINISTRY CENTRE
  • The Most Reverend Denis Hart, President, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
  • Reverend Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, AUSTRALIAN BAPTIST MINISTRIES, BAPTIST UNION OF AUSTRALIA

Church Leaders:

  • Reverend Father Abram Abdelmalek, Parish Priest, HEAD OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WA
  • Pastor Gloria J Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
  • Senior Elder Barry K Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
  • Pastor Andrew Allinson, Associate Pastor, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
  • Pastor Faamanuia Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Ruta Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
  • Pastor David Alston, LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, A FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH
  • Pastor Craig Anderson, Senior Pastor, PLENTY VALLEY CHURCH
  • Reverend Matthew Anstey, GOLD COAST CHRISTIAN FAMILY
  • Pastor Keith Applegate, KENMORE BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Andrew Appleton, LOGAN CITY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Father Matthew Attia, ST GEORGE CHURCH KENSINGTON, NSW
  • Pastor Ray Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
  • Anne Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
  • Reverend Father Paula Elkomos Balamon, POPE SHENOUDA COPTIC CENTRE, LONG POINT NSW
  • Reverend Peter Barber, ST ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TOWNSVILLE (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIAN IN QLD)
  • Pastor Russell Barker, ROCKY CAPE FAMILY CHURCH, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
  • Pastors John and Jenny Barnes, HOUSE OF THE ROCK CHURCH, GISBORNE
  • Reverend Father Arsanious Barsoum, THE APOSTLE & ST ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
  • Reverend Father Youhanna Bastawrous, ST MARY & ST MERCURIOUS CHURCH, RHODES NSW
  • Reverend Jay Beatty, CHUWAR BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Barry Benz, GATTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastors Brian and Annette Bernays, C3 CHURCH TAMWORTH
  • Pastor Lorenzo Berry, HERVEY BAY & MARYBOROUGH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
  • Reverend Stuart Bonnington, SCOTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FREMANTLE
  • Pastors Paul and Trischa Botha, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
  • Reverend Noel Bowditch, Rector, THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF BURNIE
  • Pastors Mark and Rina Bowhay, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
  • Father Anastasios Bozikis, GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF ST GEORGE, BRISBANE
  • Pastor B.E. Bramblet, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH QLD
  • Reverend Andrew J Bray, Immediate Past Moderator PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA & Interim Moderator, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GEELONG
  • Captain Dale Brooks, Corps Officer, Northside Corps, THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY
  • Pastors Roger and Linda Brown, MORNING STAR MINISTRIES, QLD
  • Pastor Philip Brown, PORT CITY CHURCH
  • Elder Ken Bruce, COC BASSENDEAN
  • Reverend Tony Burgum, FERNTREE GULLY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Philip Burns, BENDIGO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Pastor Gordon Busse, CALOUNDRA CITYLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Cameron Butcher, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BALLARAT
  • Reverend David Butterfield, JIMBOOMBA BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Murray Campbell, Lead Pastor, MENTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Mike Cardy, LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH, LANCELIN
  • Reverend Greg Carle, KANGAROO FLAT BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
  • Pastor Bruce Chant, Executive Pastor, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
  • Pastor Geoff Charles, SPRINGWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastors Charmayne and Steven Chinnery, SIGNS MINISTRIES
  • Pastor Steve Christian, TOOWOOMBA NORTH CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Malcolm Clard, MERREDIN CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Josh Cocks, BEAUDESERT BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Greg Coleman, Associate Pastor, DESTINY CHURCH, CABOOLTURE
  • Pastor Dean Comeford, GYMPIE COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Reverend Kerry Connell, Executive Pastor, SOUTH BANK BAPTIS CHURCH
  • Pastor Peter Constantine, RIVERCITY FAMILY CHURCH
  • Pastor Ken Conwell, BEENLEIGH & DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
  • Pastor Tim Cooper, LIFEHOUSE CHURCH, MAITLAND
  • Pastor Andrew Corbett, LAGANA CHRISTIAN CHURCH
  • Pastor Dermot Cottuli, Tasmanian State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC)
  • Reverend Warren Crank, NORTHREACH BAPTIST CHURCH, TOWNSVILLE
  • Pastor Mike Cronin, Australian Missions Director, CRC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
  • Pastor Daron Crothers, C2C Minister, LIFESTREAMS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOUTH PERTH
  • Pastor Greg Cumming, KING’S CHRISTIAN CENTRE, GOLD COAST
  • Pastor Shayne Cunningham, COASTWIDE CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Pastor Millin Curtis, CONNECT CHURCH CABOOLTURE, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
  • Pastors Nigel and Margaret Darch, THE LIFE CENTRE CHURCH, BROADBEACH, GOLD COAST, QLD
  • Pastor Paul Dare, MUNDUBBERA BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Michael Dasey, GUNGAHLIN ANGLICAN CHURCH
  • Thomas Davenport, National Leader, DADS IN FAMILIES FOUNDATION
  • Reverend Dr Max Davidson, MALYON COLLEGE
  • Pastor Fred Davis, ACACIA RIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Kevan Denny, SUNNYBANK CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Reverend Father Mina Diskoros, ST. ABRAM CHURCH MACQUARIE FIELDS, NSW
  • Reverend Bruce Docker, ANNERLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Chris Downes SILVERDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Reverend Jonathan Downs, Assistant Pastor, CALVARY CHAPEL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, CANBERRA ACT
  • Pastor John W Downs, General Superintendent, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
  • Reverend Dr Mark Durie, Vicar, ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAULFIELD VIC
  • Reverend Tim Dyer, KILSYTH SOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Bill Eckersley, DALBY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Barry Edwards, LONGREACH BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Very Reverend Father Augustinos El-Antony, ST. ABU NOFER CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
  • Reverend Father Misael El-Antony, ST. MARY & ST. SIDHOM BESHAY CHURCH, DURAL NSW
  • Reverend Father Stephanos El-Antony, ST. MOSES THE MIGHTY & ST’S MAXIMOUS & DOMADIOS CHURCH, GOULBURN NSW
  • Reverend Father Moussa El-Antony, ST. MINA & ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, COOPERS PLAINS QLD
  • Reverend Rowan Evans, Associate Pastor, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
  • Pastor Karl Faase, GYMEA BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Christian Fandrich, REDEEMER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
  • Pastor George Ferguson, WATER OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, MOUNT ISA QLD
  • Reverend Geoff Findlay, WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BELCONNEN
  • Pastor Dom Fiocco, WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
  • Reverend Peter Francis, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
  • Pastor Peter Frogley, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
  • Pastors Steve and Grace Fuhrmann, GOOD NEWS CHURCH, BUNBURY
  • Reverend Father Hanna Gad, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANSIOS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
  • Reverend Father Basilios Gad, ST. PAUL & ST. REWAIS CHURCH, COLAROY NSW
  • Reverend Dr Chris Ganter, ROCKHAMPTON BAPTIST TABERNACLE
  • Pastor Steven Gellatly, MURGON DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Larry Gibb, CHURCH OF CHRIST, KALGOORLIE WA
  • Pastors Paul and Robyn Glazbrook, COVENANT FAMILY CHURCH, SA
  • Pastor Garth Grant, MONTMORENCY COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Reverend Father Abdelmessieh Guirgis, ST. MARY & ST. BAKHOMIOS CHURCH, KIRRAWEE NSW
  • Reverend Geoff Haase, CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE
  • Very Reverend Father Pavlos Hanna, ST. ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
  • Pastor David Helyar, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN SA
  • Pastor Barry Henderson, TOWNSVILLE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INC.
  • Pastor Damien Heres, DREAMBUILDERS CHURCH, SMITHTON
  • Pastor V.L. Hinds, TAMAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
  • Reverend Paul Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Reverend Tracy Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Pastor Patrick Humberston, CORNERSTONE CHURCH
  • Reverend Matt Hunt, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
  • Pastor John Hunt, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, QLD/NT
  • Reverend Father Athanasios Ibrahim, ST. MARY & ST. COSMAN & DEMIAN CHURCH, HARRIS PARK NSW
  • Pastor Adrian Iles, AGNES WATER BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Dr Paul Inglis, UNITING CHURCH COMMUNITY MINISTER, QLD
  • Reverend Rob Isaachsen, Founder, TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE
  • Reverend Father Jonathan Ishak, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
  • Very Reverend Father Rafael Iskander, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
  • Pastor Paul Jackson, PARK RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Lance Jackson JP, GLEN INNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Pastor Debra Jenkins, APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL FAITH CHURCH
  • Pastor Royree Jensen, RIVER OF LIFE CITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Stephen Jobe, M CITY CHURCH, MARYBOROUGH QLD
  • Pastor Roy John Johnston, NCCC
  • Reverend Kim L Jones, LIBERTY FAMILY CHURCH, GOSFORD NSW
  • Elder Norman Kalagayan, JESUS IS LORD CHURCH, CANBERRA
  • Very Reverend Father Antonios Kaldas, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL & ST. BISHOY CHURCH, MT. DRUITT NSW
  • Reverend Charles Kennedy, ULVERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Peter Kentley, Convenor, RIVER OF LIFE CONFERENCE
  • Very Reverend Father Macros Khela, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
  • Rueben Kositsin, SLAVIC EVANGELICAL FULL GOSPEL CHURCH OF TASMANIA
  • Pastor Candance Lahr, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
  • Reverend Grant Lawry, CANTERBURY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Reverend Clinton Le Page, DONVALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Reverend Murray Lean, CITY NORTH BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Dr Morris Lee, GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Gary Lockyer, KNOX COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Dr David Loder, General Superintendent, QUEENSLAND BAPTISTS
  • Reverend Albert Loder, BUNDABERG BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Dr David Logan, ARMIDALE COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Wayne Lyons, HIGH STREET CHURCH, QUEANBEYAN
  • The Ven Peter MacPherson, Archdeacon of Box Hill, Senior Minister, ST. ALFRED’S BLACKBURN NORTH
  • Very Reverend Father Yacoub Magdy, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
  • Reverend Father David Mahrous, VIRGIN MARY CHURCH, CALAMVALE QLD
  • Pastor Slawomir Malarek, EDENS LANDING SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Allan Male, CHURCH OF CHRIST, BOONDALL QLD
  • Very Reverend Father Luke Malik, ST. MARY & ST. MARINA CHURCH, PENRITH NSW
  • Reverend Father Shenouda Mansour, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILDFORD NSW
  • Pastor Eric Marquez, JESUS IS LORD, CANBERRA
  • Pastor Ed Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Jenny Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Russell Matthews, Associate Pastor, WINDSOR ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Colonel Wayne Maxwell, Chief Secretary, THE SALVATION ARMY, AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TERRITORY
  • Reverend Dr Edgar Mayer, LIVING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
  • Pastor David McAllan, ECHUCA COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Stuart McClelland, President, FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
  • Pastor Garry McDonald, METRO CHURCH
  • Reverend Ian McIver, CALOUNDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
  • Pastor John McMartin, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
  • THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN NSW
  • Lewis C McMaster, Director, EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS & MINISTRIES INC.
  • Pastor Tim McMenamin, SANCTUARY PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST, NAMBOUR
  • Pastor Sandy McMillan, ST. AIDAN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA
  • Reverend Frank Meijer, FAITHPOINT, SHELLHARBOUR NSW
  • Very Reverend Father Michael Michael, ST. MARY & ST. MINA CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
  • Pastors Gary and Gloria Middleton, HOLYROUND MINISTRIES, WA
  • Alexander Minchenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, SYNDEY NSW
  • Pastor Don Modarelli, NORTHERN BEACHES PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEACON HILL NSW
  • Pastor Duncan Moody, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
  • Pastor Rod Morris, ST. STEPHEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, GREYTHORN NORTH BALWYN
  • Reverend Vivian Morse, WYNYARD BAPTIST CHURCH, TASMANIA
  • Pastor Lyall Muller, GLADSTONE CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Reverend Gary Mulquiney, KAMBAH ANGLICAN CHURCH
  • Reverend Father Augustinos Nada, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
  • Reverend Father George Nakhil, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANASIOUS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
  • Leonid Nehoroshev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, GOLD COAST QLD
  • Dr Haydn Nelson, RIVERVIEW CHURCH, PERTH
  • Pastor Larry Nelson, GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH, WANNEROO WA
  • Reverend Doug Newman, ST. PAUL’S, SPENCE ACT
  • Pastor Wayne Nichols, HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTRE & GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
  • Pastor Jenny Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Steve Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Rob Nyhuis, SOUTH EASTERN CHRISTIAN CENTRE
  • Pastor Jonathan Oastler, CITILIFE CHURCH TOOWOOMBA (CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE)
  • Reverend David O’Brien, WAVERLEY BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
  • Pastor Maurie O’Connell, HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH, JERRABOMBERRA
  • Pastor Eddie Olsen, TUMUT VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
  • Pastors Tim and Sharon O’Neill, Senior Leaders, NEW DIRECTIONS, LAUNCESTON TAS
  • Pastor Mark Oommen, VICTORY LIFE CHURCH, BROOME
  • Pastor Phil Oster, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
  • Pastor David Palmer, BELIEVE CHURCH, QLD
  • Reverend Neil Pattemore, FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN FAMILY
  • Pastor Ruth Peckman, TOOWOOMBA COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Minister Greg Peisley, PITT TOWN ANGLICAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Geoff Pengilly, NORTH BELCONNEN BAPTIST
  • Pastor Randy Perkins, NORTHPOINTE BAPTIST CHURCH, GUNGAHLIN ACT
  • Reverend Stewart Pieper, GLADSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Peter Pilt, Senior Pastor, COC, NOWRA NSW
  • Pastor Andy Pitt, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
  • Pastor Matt Prater, NEW HOPE BRISBANE
  • Pastor Stuart Quarterman, Campus Pastor, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
  • Father Peter B Quin, ST. IGNATIUS PARISH, TOOWONG
  • Very Reverend Father Georgious Ramandious, ST. GORGE & PRINCE TADROS CHURCH, LIVERPOOL NSW
  • Reverend Dr Andrew Reid, Lead Pastor, HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH, VIC
  • Reverend Steve Roberts, ALBION PARK ANGLICAN CHURCH
  • Reverend Brian Robertson, CORAL COAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, A BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY
  • Reverend David Rock, CHURCH BY THE BAY, PORTARLINGTON
  • Pastor Steve Rodda, HORNSBY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Bob Rogers, STAFFORD HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
  • Pastor Len Rossow, GENESIS CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
  • Pastor Moa Sailor, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEULAH CHURCH
  • Very Reverend Father Tadros Samaan, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILFORD NSW
  • Reverend Ashley Saunders, IPSWICH BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Richard Schoenmaker, MT EVELYN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
  • Pastor Darryl Schwarz, SPIRIT SONG CHURCH, HORSHAM VIC
  • Reverend Father James Sculy, THE FOUR INCORPOREAL CREATURES CHURCH, NINGI QLD
  • Reverend Craig Semple, PHILLIP ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Graeme R Semple, MOOLAP BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Ian Shelton, TOOWOOMBA CITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Malcolm Shooter, DUBBO CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE & GILGANDRA CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
  • Reverend Ian Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Reverend Diane Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Pastor Gifford Smith, WITHCOTT CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Very Reverend Father Moussa Soliman, ST. ABRAM CHURCH, PEAKHURST NSW
  • Pastor Victor Soo, REACH COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Treverendor Springate, CHRISTIAN VICTORY CENTRE, WARWICK QLD
  • Pastor Jenny Spyve, RIVERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Pastor Sean Stanton, CANBERRA CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE, ACT
  • Pastor Dale Stephenson, CROSSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Keith Stevenson, HERVEY BAY BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Don Stewart, BUNDAMBA & SPRINGFIELD OASIS CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Ron Stocks, CALOUNDRA CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Reverend Peter Sweetman, BRIDGEMAN BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Gregory Tarasenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ORANGE NSW
  • Pastor Carneliu Telegaru, RISING SUN INTERNATIONAL, CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN QLD
  • Reverend Stephen Thomas, STANLEY RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Reverend Peter M Thompson, VISION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
  • Church Elder Bruce Thomson, TUGGERANONG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ACT
  • Reverend Peter Tuchyna, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA INC. IN ACT
  • Pastor Richard Utber, NOWRA BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Reverend Russell van Delden, ARUNDEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Reverend Nico Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Reverend Marcel Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
  • Ivan Vinaev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ADELAIDE SA
  • Pastor Trevor B Vinnell, SOUTHLAKES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INC.
  • Pastor Glen Vonhoff, CHURCH OF CHRIST, MURGON
  • Very Reverend Father Samuel Wadie, ST. MARY CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
  • Reverend Father Mattaous Wahba, ST. MINA & ST. ANTHONY CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
  • Pastor Myles Waldron, MACKAY CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Reverend Neil Walthew, Rector, ST. PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, WANNEROO
  • Pastor Simon Ward, ARANA HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
  • Pastor Keith Ware, BYFORD BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Neil Warner, THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, BURLEIGH HEADS, GOLD COAST QLD
  • Pastor John Warwick, WA ACC STATE PRESIDENT
  • Reverend Father Yastos Wasef, ST. MARY & ST. JOHN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
  • Martin Weatherston, Authorised Marriage Celebrant, ZEBULUN HOME FELLOWSHIPS, WA
  • Reverend John Westendrop, Moderator, CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
  • Reverend Geoff Westlake, CHEERS NEIGHBOURS NETWORK
  • Pastor Graham Wheat, COOMERA CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
  • Pastor Rodney Whitford, WESTERN PORT CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH, TYABB VIC
  • Pastor Bruce Wilding, WONDAI BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Nathanael Wood, SEAVIEW CHURCH
  • Pastor Anthony Woodward, CANNON HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
  • Pastor Martin Woodward, SOUTHERNLIFE CHURCH INC. NSW
  • David Worboys, Warden, ST. MARTIN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, NSW
  • Pastor David Wright, CAIRNS FAMILY CHURCH, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
  • Hank Wurtz, HATERITE (CS: ??? Hutterite, surely!) CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, DETENTION RIVER TAS
  • Very Reverend Father Bishoy Yassa, ST. MARY & ST. ABU SEFEIN CHURCH, CONCORD NSW
  • Reverend Father Gabriel Yassa, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL CHURCH, MT. DRUITT NSW
  • Pastor Li Fang Zhou, CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH IN CANBERRA

These, ladies and gentlemen, are the modern day equivalent of the racist bigots who quoted scripture to oppose civil rights and inter-race marriage during the 1950s and 60s. These are the 21st century equivalent of the clergy who opposed women’s rights and suffrage. These are the equivalents of the nineteenth century men of the cloth who spouted scripture in defence of slavery.

Discrimination has always been easily defended by resorting to scripture and God knows the church has rarely taken the lead in attending to the marginalisation and suffering of minorities.

As American suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton said:

“From the inauguration of the movement for woman’s emancipation the Bible has been used to hold her in the ‘divinely ordained sphere’ prescribed in the Old and New Testaments.

The canon and civil law; church and state; priests and legislators; all political parties and religious denominations have alike taught that woman was made after man, of man, and for man, an inferior being, subject to man.”

In 1823, Richard Furman, slave holder and leader of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, advised South Carolina’s governor with all the self-righteousness of the signatories above:

“The right of holding slaves is clearly established by the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example.”

During the fight for Civil Rights, a group of eighty ministers in Arkansas put together a statement similar to that now touted by the ACL. This one, however read:

” … [w]e believe that the best interests of all races are served by segregation …We resent the implication by certain liberal ministers that it is un-Christian to oppose integration. We believe that integration is contrary to the will of God … is based on a false theory of the ‘universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man.’ We believe that integration is not only un-Christian, but that it violates all sound sociological principles and is not supported by Scripture or by biological facts.”

Such despicable views and all promoted by exactly the same kind of self-righteous, Bible thumping, jack-asses who are now braying about protecting ‘traditional’ marriage.

Thank God we didn’t listen to the misogynists of the church when it came to women’s liberation.

Thank God we didn’t listen to the racist Bible-bashing bigots who argued against the end of slavery and racial segregation.

What kind of world would we live in today if these narrow-minded numpties had had their way?

And thank God the above list of homophobes and bigots is not representative of the majority of Australians or even the majority of Christians.

Such list-making only serves to preserve for history those who stand in the way of progress, those who oppose equality, those who favour exclusion rather than inclusion, and those who stand for hate instead of love. We have seen it historically, and, here again, we see the same pitiful palaver played out again before our eyes.

Let us hope that lily-livered, weak-kneed, morally bankrupt politicians will not be swayed by this shameful document for there are many wonderful Christians and churches out there who DO support equality and same-sex marriage. Yes! There are many Christians who put compassion and caring above dogma. That (at least according to the Bible) is what Jesus did. Isn’t emulating Jesus supposed to be the whole damn point of Christianity?

Still, I guess the ACL and their homophobic friends have done us all a favour. Until now, it’s been rather difficult to tell who are the ‘good’ Christians and who are the self-righteous, fundamentalist, uncaring bigots. The ACL just made it a lot easier to identify them.

And, as for those caring Christians, they deserve a lot more recognition. Here are some of them:

The Victorian Council of Churches, while not necessarily giving blanket support for same-sex marriage has certainly distanced itself from the obsessive homophobia of the Australian Christian Lobby and their ilk.

In Queensland recently, a new group has been formed to counter the ACL’s regressive policies. Headed by the The Very Reverend Peter Catt, the Dean of St John’s Cathedral, A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia).

Blackwood Uniting Church minister, Leanne Jenski (with her partner, Rev. Susan Wickham) formed the Christians For Gay Marriage lobby group noting, “Be assured there are many Christians out there who stand in solidarity with us.”

Also to be lauded is Christians 4 Equality. Among others, this group includes broadcaster, Exodus Foundation founder and Ashfield Uniting Church minister Bill Crews and Rowland Croucher of John Mark Ministries, one of the most influential Baptists in Australia.

Standing against the ACL’s homophobic position on gay marriage, Crews wrote:

“Today in Australia we all live in a secular non-discriminatory society. Gay couples should be as free to marry as any other human couple. If people wish to be married within a religious or spiritual institution’s framework then they should accept the rites and rules of that institution. However it is the state that legitimises all marriages.”

Similarly, Croucher says:

“How can I, a heterosexual who’s been very happily married for 50 years, tell anyone else they don’t have the right to form a loving, committed, lifelong union and enjoy the fruits of marriage as I have done? Marriage is not a club to be restricted to some – like the Gospel, it is a blessing to be shared.”

Other Christians 4 Equality clergy who have taken an opposite view to the ACL’s view on marriage are Lilydale Baptist Church pastor Matt Glover, Uniting Canberra minister Roger Munson, Fr Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Church at Dulwich Hill, Anglican priest Chris Bedding and Tasmanian Uniting Church minister David Hunnerup.

More clergy who support same sex marriage are listed here  as signatories to a letter calling on Australians to show their support for marriage equality by making submissions to the Senate Inquiry and the House Representatives inquiry into same-sex marriage:

The point is this. The ACL’s list is not representative of Australian Christianity – it is representative of Australian bigotry.

In fact, statistics show that the majority of Australian Christians do support marriage equality – and politicians would do well to remember that.

Chrys Stevenson

* I have highlighted representatives of the Salvation Army in the list above. Readers may care to note that the Salvation Army has a shameful record of homophobia and this list confirms it is still rife in the Australian chapter of the organisation. You may wish to reconsider where you direct your charitable donations.

Local councils and businesses may also wish to make good use of the list above. As Gloria Jean’s Coffee found to its detriment, donating to homophobic hate groups is very, very bad for business. In the case of Gloria Jean’s it resulted in a nationwide boycott, a great deal of very unpleasant media and a harrowing blow to the organisation’s reputation – both with customers and franchisees.

If you’re a local business person or perhaps, sit on a local council, the ACL’s list may just have saved you a great deal of trouble. Next time a church asks if you can donate something for their local fete, fundraising drive, etc, it might be a very good idea to refer to the ACL’s handy neighbourhood guide to bigots and homophobes before risking your company’s or council’s reputation by supporting them.

46 thoughts on “Your Handy Neighbourhood Guide to Bigots and Homophobes

  1. Leftymatt

    Chrys,

    A hearty congrats on pointing out the odiously regressive views of the Salvation Army. Their positions on drug law reform are similarly loathsome.

    No thinking progressive should give even a shilling to these tiresome uniformed devil dodgers.

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      1. chase

        Gladly,In the western world everyone is entitled to an opinion
        I am reminded of a gentleman from Holland who visited Australia last year.This person was giving lectures on the supposed dangers of Islam.Personally I do not agree with this fellow and do not see Islam as a real threat to our country.But What I saw on television horrified me,it was a mob of unruly people outside the venue the gentleman was lecturing in terrorizing him for voicing his opinion.I do not normally resort to labeling people or calling them names because I find it a sign of weakness but To me that was a form of tyranny and bigotry absolute.Gladly,Debate all you like and argue all you like, that’s good but if our freedom of speech is removed we will never get it back.

  2. Fred

    wow, wow What a medieval lot of thinkers. What next burning at the stakes. Why does none of the above believe in a good kind, compassionate God who created all this diversity & celebrate.

    Instead selfrighteously bring insult by selectivness, petty & cruel demonising gays & other minorities
    for ” I am the Lords selfproclaimed mouthpice ” I am better than our Lord for I have written the Bible
    and am using it for my benefit. Halleluya so that.

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  3. Abbie Noiraude

    Um…wondering the fact that no “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” (aka Mormons) are not mentioned. Since the most powerful nation on earth is considering voting into its highest office an LDS follower I think it vital that you include in the ‘bigots’ the Mormons.
    Thanks for your research and exposed list…love your work.

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    1. Eva Brych

      Not surprised. Many in the ACL list would probably consider Mormonism a cult, the Book of Mormon a fraud and not want to be associated.

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  4. Eva Brych

    Like a mighty tortoise
    Moves the church of God
    Brothers we are treading
    Where we’ve always trod
    We are all divided
    Many bodies we
    Strong in laws and doctrines
    Weak in chariteee..

    Onward Christian Soldiers etc.

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  5. Louella

    I have a young friend who married into the Salvation Army and works hard to support gay members and improve conditions for them within the church. I think it’s frequently the case that the problem lies with those higher up, rather than the grass roots church goers. (I still refuse to donate to them.)

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  6. Phil Browne

    Sadly this sort of crap from the religious right is disturbing, but not unexpected.

    Once again, I love your work Chrys and appreciate your research on the topic. I suspect they will keep giving you lots of ammunition and we will be hearing lots more from these very sad unChristian people.

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      1. chase

        Gladly,would you agree to a group of males who argued it was their right to share the female toilets at your work place because they thought it was nicer and more comfortable there. If you disagreed with their request then by your admissions on this forum it would make you a bigot,right?,they would call you a racist and holler equal rights for all.
        If we do not have boundaries dear chaos ensues

  7. johnnyp76

    It certainly is a problem, but one can understand why, from a theological perspective. There is no easy way out of homophobia from a biblical point of view, unless one jettisons the OT. But then the NT has its equally ‘odious’ opinions.
    http://skepticink.com/tippling/2012/10/02/christianity-and-homosexuality-part-1/

    At least Christianity is more malleable than Islam! As human rights progress in line with societal morality, it is religion which is left behind.

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    1. Darryl Stott

      Definition of a bigot “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.” You brand me this because I believe the best thing is to not change the Marriage Act? Hmmm…

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      1. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: Assorted Rants on Religion, Science, Politics and Philosophy from a bear of very little brain Post author

        Yes, Darryl. I brand anyone who does not support full equality for all Australian citizens a bigot. What would you call those Americans in the 50s and 60s who so noisily opposed racial integration while waving about their Bibles, shonky scholarship, and cries of ‘tradition’ to try to mask their racism? Of course they didn’t think they were bigots (I’m not racist, but ….). They rationalised their opposition to equal rights for all by saying the Negro population were unhealthy, dangerous, poorly socialized, biologically inferior, didn’t really want to be equal etc. in order to rationalise their deep-seated hatred. The same kinds of people are now using exactly the same kinds of strategies against full equality for the LGBTIQ community. It is unconscionable, it is petty, it is based on no reasonable evidence, and yes, Darryl, it is plain, unvarnished bigotry. Further, may I point out that the aim is simply to change the Marriage Act BACK to what it was before John Howard changed it in 2004? We are talking about undoing a long tradition of … 8 years. And now, Darryl, I’d thank you to leave my blog. I do not tolerate bigots in my social circle, in my home, or here on my blog. And if that’s intolerant, I’m very, very proud to be intolerant.

      2. chase

        The gay marriage debate does not really bother me because homosexual unions and heterosexual marriage will always be two completely different things.God defined marriage, it is unique to the Isaelites and Christianity,sure other cultures had unions similar to marriage but these unions had no spiritual meaning.The meaning of marriage is to reflect the relationship of CHRIST and the church.
        Darryl I am a passionate believer of free speech for everyone and your post here is a shot between the eyes and has exposed the true fascists and bigots out there,well done.

    2. chase

      Firstly there is not such condition as ”Homophobia”the term is only used by simpletons.Secondly homosexuality is not a human rights issue ,that’s nonsense homosexuals are just human beings with a preference for same sex partners and enjoy all rights heterosexuals do.

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      1. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: Assorted Rants on Religion, Science, Politics and Philosophy from a bear of very little brain Post author

        Homophobia has come to mean people who oppose equal rights for homosexuals. Homosexuals do not have the same rights as heterosexuals as our law currently denies them the right to marry the person they love. Homosexuality is not a lifestyle choice. If you believe that sexuality is chosen, consider: when did you choose to be heterosexual and could you choose to be attracted to someone of the same sex?

  8. Darryl Stott

    Ha Ha proud to be a bigot eh? At least that’s something you can be proud of! It sounds a lot like heterophobia . You described yourself very well.

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    1. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: Assorted Rants on Religion, Science, Politics and Philosophy from a bear of very little brain Post author

      Might be a little hard to be heterophobic – given that I’m straight, Darryl. It may not have occurred to you that just because you support equal rights for homosexuals and same-sex marriage it doesn’t mean you’re gay. Now, thank you for your contribution. My tolerance of you has ended. If you’re perplexed please read my moderation policy.

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  9. Harry

    This article lacks logic and I would suggest very judgemental. You group people, brand them then judge them. You probably have not met them personally, or spoken to them. You appear to be doing the very same thing you accuse them of doing.

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  10. Rev Boris Kleiner

    Hey all🙂 just got wind of this site, thanks for the mention, but, ain’t no big thing! The jst folks that want to get hitched, shit I’ll wed them all free and roll a fat one to seal the deal😉 Thanks again and keep the religious cranks in line. Good shit indeed! Rev Boris Kleiner P.S Legalise Cannabis, please😉

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  11. Chrys Stevenson

    Chase said above:
    03/01/2014 at 4:19 PM
    Gladly,In the western world everyone is entitled to an opinion
    I am reminded of a gentleman from Holland who visited Australia last year.This person was giving lectures on the supposed dangers of Islam.Personally I do not agree with this fellow and do not see Islam as a real threat to our country.But What I saw on television horrified me,it was a mob of unruly people outside the venue the gentleman was lecturing in terrorizing him for voicing his opinion.I do not normally resort to labeling people or calling them names because I find it a sign of weakness but To me that was a form of tyranny and bigotry absolute.Gladly,Debate all you like and argue all you like, that’s good but if our freedom of speech is removed we will never get it back.
    —————–

    Chase, as some long forgotten philosopher once observed, “Opinions are like arse holes, everyone’s got one.”

    Just because everyone has an opinion doesn’t mean they are equally valuable, true or benign.

    There is this quaint Christian belief that when you hold Christian bigotry and lies up for scrutiny you are somehow endangering said Christian’s ‘freedom of speech’. Because I refuse to publish the worst kinds of malicious homophobic comments here on my blog I’ve been told I am impeding the ‘free speech’ of those good Christians who don’t seem to care that their willful ignorance and dogged determination to maintain their own privilege results in untold psychological and physical harm to homosexuals – particularly teens.

    Freedom of speech means only that you have a right to speak publicly without being jailed. It doesn’t mean you have a right to be exempt from criticism. Nor does it mean that anyone has a responsibility to provide you with a forum to spruik your arrant nonsense.

    Please, don’t peddle the free speech bullshit here. People have a right to say whatever they wish and I will defend that right (up to a point). However, speaking publicly (and ignorantly) on any given subject implicitly invites others in the public square to criticise, tear apart, mock and expose those who unwisely choose to orate out of their backsides.

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    1. chase

      Their are a lot of lies and misconceptions on the subject of homosexuality that I would like to hold up to scrutiny and back up with evidence but I have a suspicion that my time on this site is short and my cord will be cut.
      You mentioned in your last post ”just because everyone has an opinion dosen’t mean they are equally valuable,true or benign” what did you mean by [THEY].
      Just one other thing dear, unless you are Kim Jong Un free speech is not bullshit,the purpose for a comments page is to comment, albeit in a civil and tolerant way.Good day.

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      1. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: Assorted Rants on Religion, Science, Politics and Philosophy from a bear of very little brain Post author

        You have a hide! You come onto my blog, patronise me, ignore my request to mind your manners, misrepresent my comments, compare me to a psychopathic dictator, then assert your right to do so by invoking free speech.

        You have no rights here. This is my personal blog. You have no more ‘right’ to come here and spew your nonsense than I have to come into your church or living room and start expounding my views on atheism.

        What a fine example of Christianity you are: rude, boorish, condescending and assuming privileges you have no right to. Fuck off.

  12. Chrys Stevenson

    Chase said (above): chase says:
    03/01/2014 at 5:06 PM (Edit)
    Gladly,would you agree to a group of males who argued it was their right to share the female toilets at your work place because they thought it was nicer and more comfortable there. If you disagreed with their request then by your admissions on this forum it would make you a bigot,right?,they would call you a racist and holler equal rights for all.
    If we do not have boundaries dear chaos ensues.

    —————
    Chase:

    1. My name is Chrys. It’s written very clearly at the bottom of the post and on my comment to you. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear is the name of the blog. You are not, as it happens, addressing a cross-eyed bear.

    2. Don’t patronise me. I am not your ‘dear’. See, I have boundaries, too.

    Your example is specious. Personally, if I had a workplace at which there were toilets I would be very happy to do away with ‘men’s’ and ‘ladies’ – I’ve actually never seen the point. Unisex would be fine with me. And if the ladies’ loos were actually nicer and more comfortable, I wouldn’t blame the lads from feeling they’d been hard done by.

    I have often used men’s loos and amenities blocks when the ladies’ loos were either fully engaged, closed for cleaning or (as happened once in Paris) the hot water in the ladies’ showers ran out, but the men still had plenty.

    Marriage is not like public amenities. Allowing same-sex couples to marry does not place a homosexual couple into your marital home. It does not require you to ‘share’ your marriage with them. It does not even require that you approve of their marriage. Australia is a secular state. Marriage is not owned by the church or its adherents. Marriage is a civil contract between two people who wish to spend the rest of their lives together (or as long as they can stand each other).

    In a secular state, civil institutions should be available, equally, to all citizens, regardless of race, sex, sexuality or other distinction.

    Most Australians reject the church as the venue for their wedding and opt for celebrants rather than religious officiants. It’s been a very long time since the church had any claim on marriage in Australia – that horse has bolted.

    The bottom line is that there is no cogent reason to exclude same-sex couples from access to civil marriage. It has no deleterious effect on others, it does not diminish your marriage in any way. It does not ‘encourage’ same-sex couples to have and/or adopt children – they’re making families anyway. Research confirms that having same-sex parents has no deleterious effect on children – there may even be some advantages. But research also suggests that the children of both same-sex and heterosexual couples benefit when their parents are married. So, by denying marriage to same-sex couples, you are also, effectively, denying an advantage to their children.

    The only disadvantage I can see to the children of same sex couples is that homophobes and bigots are determined to paint their parents as ‘unnatural’ and deny their families the same rights and status as other Australians. The bigots and homophobes will spread their hateful views to their children who will carry them into the school yard to taunt those children whose parents happen to be gay and then, quelle suprise, the bigots and homophobes will shake their heads and say, in all seriousness, “Look! See! It’s unfair to let these people marry, see how their children suffer.”

    What was it Jesus said about hypocrites?

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  13. Johnsy

    This story is deceitful in every respect, the pro slavery party the democrats fought against the bible reading president lincon who wanted to free the slaves , Martin Luther king was black a Bible believer and fought for racial equality, people suffering same sex attraction are helped incredibly by exodus and other fine Christian ministries and 90% are going straight , you are I’ll informed pro anything my way or Ithrow a tantram liar

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    1. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: Assorted Rants on Religion, Science, Politics and Philosophy from a bear of very little brain Post author

      Oh, Johnsy, you’re going to have to come up with a better argument if you’re going to come on to my blog and call me a liar.

      1. The American Psychiatric Association, is the main professional association for psychiatrists in the USA has 38,000 professional members. That makes it the largest psychiatric organization in the world. The APA has made its position crystal clear on the efficacy of conversion therapy.
      In fact, the efficacy of gay conversion therapy is refuted by every major medical and mental health association in the USA, representing 477,000 professionals. These include the National Association of Social Workers and the American Academy of Pediatrics, In fact, Jack Drescher, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues, labeled reparative therapy as fraudulent, likening it to the fraudulent cancer cure, laetril. (See: http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/YouthInTheCrosshairs.pdf)

      2. In 2011, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Attorney General of the United States, Eric H Holder, acknowledged that “while sexual orientation carries no visible badge, a growing scientific consensus accepts that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable” In other words, the overwhelming majority of experts agree that conversion therapy does not and cannot work. (See: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/February/11-ag-223.html)

      3. Exodus International, one of the major proponents of conversion therapy, ceased its activities in June 2013 and issued a statement repudiating its aims and apologizing for the harm the organization had caused to LGBT people. Admitting that Exodus had a ‘99.9 per cent failure rate’ (See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-besen/2012-many-celebrations-few-setbacks_b_2388887.html) Exodus president, Alan Chambers said, “I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change.” Chambers admitted that even his own same-sex attraction persisted. (See: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2013/june/alan-chambers-apologizes-to-gay-community-exodus.html)

      4. Dr Robert Spitzer, one of the USA’s most influential psychiatrist once delivered a paper stating that some gay men and lesbians can change their sexual orientation. In 2012, Spitzer said: “In retrospect, I have to admit I think the critiques are largely correct. The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more.” He acknowledged that the paper was ‘fatally flawed’ and said he had asked for it to be retracted. Further he said: “I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy.” (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Spitzer_(psychiatrist))

      5. In 2012, the Pan American Health Organization, an international body, is the world’s oldest international public health agency. It is associated with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. In a statement in 2012, Paho director, Dr Mirta Roses Periago said:

      “Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure. There is no medical indication for changing sexual orientation.” She said that practices known as “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy” represent “a serious threat to the health and well-being — even the lives — of affected people.” (See: http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6803&Itemid=1926)

      The PAHO statement “notes that no rigorous scientific studies demonstrate any efficacy of efforts to change sexual orientation. However, there are many testimonies about the severe harm to mental and physical health that such “services” can cause.”

      So, Johnsy, the group you cite as doing ‘fine work’ in reparative therapy has closed down after admitting its own failure (99.9 per cent) and the harm it has caused. I have shown that the overwhelming majority of experts dismiss conversion therapy as ineffective and dangerous. Now, tell me, dear, who is the liar here?

      Big tip, Johnsy, don’t come on to this blog, call me a liar, spout a heap of bullshit and expect to get away with it.

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  14. Alicia

    What an awesome site! I am certainly going to NOT buy any Gloria Jeans coffee in future! Glad I read it. I was put off Christianity due to the bigotry and homophobia. It is refreshing to see that people can have religious beliefs and support gay rights. It was sad to see so many organisations and church leaders lobby to government to ‘keep the sanctity of marriage’ what a load of bollocks!

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  15. George Synonym

    What you fail to recognise, dear writer of this article, that calling those who uphold what God, the creator, has clearly declared in His holy word is an abomination as bigots, is that you, sorry to say this dear writer, are the real bigot, because you choose to disobey the creator and choose to live an abominable life.

    Sin has brought about this abomination of homosexuality and not God. In the beginning God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Consider this logic, if all homosexual men and all homosexual women were separated from society and from the opposite sex, as they so clamour not to be with, and placed on separate desert islands for 50 plus years, they will all die out. God said be fruitful and multiply. The natural process of that is through a married and loving relationship between a man and a woman,

    If my dear writer you are so keen to quote scripture, what does the following mean? What about Jude 1 verse 7 that clearly states the following:

    “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    The word Sodomy comes from Sodom. What about this verse, Leviticus 20.13:

    “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them”

    Why argue with the ministers that are following God’s word honestly? You cannot use slavery etc as an excuse to justify your abominable lifestyle, humble yourself before your creator and instead seek help to be cured of your condition. Truly, it is an abomination.

    The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1. 26-28 under the inspiration of our creator:

    “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
    And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

    If you do not want to serve God correctly, you will be left to your reprobate lifestyle. Those ministers that condone this lifestyle, are not true followers of God, they are unfortunately false witnesses.

    Finally, Jesus died for you. Come to Him and He will wash you white as snow, but you cannot remain in that lifestyle. Your choice dear friend.

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  16. Kyles

    Chrys,

    I applaud you for this article.

    For too long, people have let religion dictate how they should act and feel. For too long people have allowed religion to tell them how to think.

    What I want to know is…how would these naysayers feel if one of their children told them they were gay? Would they spout bible crap at them, or accept them as they are (and as God made them) – a human being??

    To those who say homosexuality is not genetic…I beg to differ.
    My ‘family’ has ten first-gen cousins…three are gay, four are bisexual.
    I grew up with a gay brother; our best friends – a brother and sister – were also gay.

    To the homophobes…
    GROW UP! We are human just like you. We live, work, eat, breathe, procreate. Our blood is the same color as yours.
    The only difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals is the gender of the person they share their bed with.

    Love doesn’t discriminate. People and religion do.

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  18. Andrew Bush

    I note a few references to the Old testament and, by implication, to verses like “man shall not lie with a man as with a woman”. People see these verses as anti-gay or homophobic. They are not and were never a comment on what could be called “homosexual sexual activity”, (I am trying to use a neutral term here).

    These verses in the Old Testament arose out of a residual sense of guilt from when the Israelites conquered Canaan. This was done village by village and town by town and in some towns the Israelites simply slaughtered the men, women, and children, whilst in others they first raped the men, women, and children and then slaughtered them. These verses have absolutely nothing to do with, and bear no relationship to, sexual activity between two (or more people) who are of the same gender. It should be noted there have been a notable number of theologians who have carefully researched and written about the true meaning of these verses and I can’t list them all here. Let me name one and this is Professor Steven Patterson, (I think it is) who is the George Atkinson Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Willamette University in Salem Origen in the US, and has been a Director of the Westar Institute, now also based at the University.

    Regretfully, it seems to me that there are some, all too many, Christians who will interpret or misinterpret verses to suit their own purposes, rather than seriously research and understand the verses’ origins and true meanings.

    Andrew Bush.

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  19. Penny

    Good read. Thanks for sticking it to the SALVOS, about time they dropped the pious act.
    I had the misfortune of recently being engaged to the son of a very high ranking SALVO family. Im an atheist but thought they were okay with a divorced mum, since said son, a policeman and lay minister, was twice divorced himself.
    The engagement ring was quick but lots of stalling on the wedding ring – had to give me time to learn to fit in etc, pfft. What I learnt instead was the dubious history of some family members, assorted very unSALVO behaviour that everyone confidentally covered up with no shame or apology.
    The end was swift and brutal once the local school contacted myself and the police having discovered my fiance, the policeman/lay minister, had repeatedly indecently assaulted my mentally disabled little boy. He ran and hid while his family and church legals protected him. He stole a large amount of money and property from me, leaving me almost destitute.
    Meanwhile hes back suckling from mummys wealthy tit, a wealth I cant afford to fight. Coz you know, its okay to sin if you ask Jesus for forgiveness….repeatedly!!!

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  20. Andrew Bush

    Here we go again. People quoting the Bible, with absolutely no understanding of what a verse means, or the original cause of it being spoken, (i.e. initially part of the oral tradition) and then written in to the Old Testament. I refer in this comment to the words in the Old Testament “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman”, which so many bigoted people use to say any sexual activity between people of the same gender is wrong. This verse, and the several others like it, have absolutely nothing to do with gay sexual activity. These verses arose because, when the Israelite people conquered Canaan they did so by slaughtering at times every man, woman, and child in the villages and towns, and at times in raping first every man, woman, and child in the villages and towns and then slaughtering them. This caused a residual sense of guilt about the use of rape as a weapon of domination and war, which became considered wrong, and hence the verses along the lines above were written, to be against such a use of rape. There have been many theologians who have written on this subject, (and by many I mean hundreds), but let me refer the doubting Thomas’s to one, who is the George Atkinson Professor of Theology at the Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, USA, who’s name is Professor Stephen Patterson. It is worth noting that, when these verses are properly understand, as are their origins, there is no verse in the Old Testament that even comments on gay sexual activity. There is a comment, an ambiguous comment at that, in the New Testament written by Paul, or redacted in to his writings, that may refer to such sexual activity, but even this is uncertain. Incidentally, all of my university qualifications are in theology, except for one undergraduate degree in which I gained three majors in Religious Studies / Theology, (these being i) Biblical Studies, ii) The History of Christian Thought, and iii) Systematic Theology); but, not being allowed to take a fourth major in Religious Studies / Theology, I did my fourth major in Government / Politics, another area of interest of mine. I also attended and studied at two theological colleges, but found university study as having academic independence and integrity, whereas the theological college studies didn’t have anywhere near the same level of academic independence and integrity.

    Thus, those who wish to quote verses from scripture, out of context and not in harmony with the teaching of the whole bible, should first learn the context that gave rise to the verses they quote, and what the verses actually meant and continue to mean. This is Integrity!

    Andrew Bush.

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  21. unknown

    I am Christian. My parents are very religious. And I have in the past few years developed a different outlook on this subject. Would God who loves all his creation, never hates only loves. (He is a god of love) would he ever hate someone for “loving” someone else, despite who they are? When has loving another human being become a sin. Are we not saposed to live our lives and be a light to the world and love everyone as God does? Is this not our responsibility as Christians? We do not have the right to judge others. Only God can judge all we can do is love. Would these Christians with so much hate in their hearts for these people be able to look a parent in the eyes who had lost a child to suicide because of who they are. Would they blame these parents? People do not ask for such things. If they had a choice to avoid the hurt and discrimination would they not choose to be “straight”. We are not here to judge or bring pain upon society. We are here to be a light.. to be an example of faith, hope , and love. You may not need to accept it, but you have no right to judge. Be the Christian god longs for us to be. Fight with love, hope and peace. Share gods love..

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    1. Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear: Assorted Rants on Religion, Science, Politics and Philosophy from a bear of very little brain Post author

      I appreciate your previous comment, but this is extremely condescending and somewhat passive aggressive.

      You are perfectly entitled to your own beliefs. But, because I do not share your beliefs, I am certainly neither lost nor without hope.

      How would you like it if you were described thus because of your lack of faith in Allah, or Thor or some Wiccan a Goddess?

      And, please do not be so rude as to impose your prayers upon those who did not ask for them. Again, how would you feel if some Wiccan, deciding you were lost and without hope for not believing in their faith, elected to use your name in their incantations on an effort to bring you to their way of thinking?

      Of course, a pagan would never be so bad mannered, but you will appreciate the analogy, I hope.

      I thoroughly approve of you rethinking your religion and discarding its tendency to make narrow-minded, hateful, interfering bigots out of people.

      But now, instead of turning your attention to my short-comings, I suggest you learn about manners, humility and respect for those who do not share your views.

      You do not have permission to pray for me.

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  22. Jonathan Sharma

    Just out of curiosity, how come I don’t see anyone with the guts to rally openly (not in whispers behind closed doors) about having a march against radical militant religion that will gradually not only take over Australia as it is in currently in and the Europe and other parts of the world, but will also wipe the slate clean of anyone who stands against it, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it for sure would mince the above issues mentioned – you know what I mean. Anyone care to speak out or answer – THEM openly. . . ???

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