By CARL KATTER
Finally, reason and leadership prevail.
I was greatly disappointed when, earlier this year, the Prime Minister confirmed she would be making the keynote speech at the Australian Christian Lobby’s (ACL) national conference.
There are a few reasons why the news left me so very disappointed.
The ACL are fundamentally an extreme fringe organisation whose sole purpose is to facilitate and perpetuate hate against a small minority group: the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community; a community that has had a long struggle throughout modern history to gain the basic rights that others in our society take for granted.
To the majority of moderate and progressive Christians, the ACL are irrelevant but this does not stop them from facilitating the misconception that they represent all Australian Christians.
Let’s be clear, this is a group that is exclusively motivated by hate. They have no other agenda than that of denigrating, stigmatising and perpetuating a broad range of lies and hate fuelled dogma directed at the LGBTI community.
Now, back to the Prime Minister and her speech.
Yesterday, the ACL’s Managing Director Mr Jim Wallace made the startling – and nonsensical – claim that homosexuality was as dangerous to your health as smoking.
The Australian reports:
Mr Wallace said smokers were owed “a big apology” as the lifespan of a gay male was reduced by up to 20 years, half that of a smoker.
“The life of smokers is reduced by something like seven to 10 years and yet we tell all our kids at school they shouldn’t smoke,” he said.
Not surprisingly for reasonable people everywhere, this is another damaging, wrong and unfounded statement from a right wing fringe group.
There has been a history now of the ACL quoting irrelevant and biased studies to stigmatise gay Australians. This is indicative of their desperation.