Dr Augusto Zimmermann, a law lecturer at Murdoch University in WA, has written an article on the loss of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.
As Augusto states, “Already examples from all over the world reveal that legalisation approving same-sex marriage may infringe the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. Some people have been on the receiving end of quite severe persecution, as well as protracted and expensive legal action, for holding the time-honoured opinion that marriage is only between a man and a woman.”
Augusto explores the current situation regarding marriage in Australia. Regarding the proposed plebiscite, he writes, “Although the federal government has committed itself to holding a plebiscite so that the people will be allowed to decide the matter, I wonder how this can actually be achieved when advocates of the traditional view are effectively prevented from expressing their opinions by intolerant activists and anti-free-speech legislation.”
Augusto refers to a number of the cases where people have been taken to Tribunals in Australia because of statements they have made about homosexuality. He quotes Bernard Gaynor, who said “The process is the punishment”.
He asks if the other side is really ‘tolerant’, before concluding,
“As a society we really need to ask whether we should undermine the rights of one group in order to protect or promote the interests of another. A real democracy, and we must never forget this, implies that controversial issues will be resolved democratically by the people only after a truly open and robust debate has taken place.”
A very good overview of the religious freedom issues we currently face regarding the normalisation of homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage’.
Article: Farewell, religious liberty, farewell, conscience, News Weekly, 13/2/2106.
Every child comes from and needs BOTH a mother and a father. Same-sex "marriage" intentionally keeps either a mother or a father from the child. Government should protect the child through upholding traditional marriage.
There is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to speak, so please speak up and defend children, truth and freedom. Craig Manners
“What the world needs most is a voice that courageously speaks the truth, not when the world is right, but a voice that speaks the truth when the world is wrong.” Fulton Sheen
True marriage offers true equality for children. Every child comes from and needs BOTH a Mum and a Dad. Every human being has dignity and deserves respect. All sorts of relationships can be respected at law without having to change marriage laws. In fact that has been the case legally for many years. The simple fact remains though that not every relationship is marriage.