Tuesday, 22 October 2013

In Sodomite Canberra today..**

The Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory, Australia's national capital, is likely to pass same sex 'marriage' legislation today. [UPDATE: It has now passed.]

It is unlikely to last long, as the Federal Government has already signalled it will challenge it in the High Court; if that fails, it could also be overturned by the Federal Parliament.

Dictatorship of the minority

All the same, it is helpful that Christian (including Catholic), Jewish and Islamic leaders (calling themselves representatives of the 'Abrahamic faiths' have released a common statement opposing the move:

"Seventy percent of Australians identify with an Abrahamic religion – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. As leaders of several of these faith traditions, we have gathered to share our concerns about the ACT Government’s proposed same sex marriage legislation. We are concerned for the long-term risks of such a Bill for our society.

While affirming the inherent dignity of all human beings, our faith traditions also affirm the traditional concept of marriage between a man and a woman as being for the good of the individual, the family and society.

We invite the wider community to join with us in calling for the Bill to be subject to community consultation through the normal Legislative Assembly Committee process.

Imam Adama Konda, Canberra Islamic Centre
Arnold Cummins, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Pastor Sean Stanton, Australian Christian Churches, Canberra
Bishop Trevor Edwards, Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn
Pastor BJ Hayes, Canberra National Adventist Church
Monsignor John Woods, Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
Rabbi Shmuel Feldman, Rabbi for Canberra and Region."

How many will 'marry'?

Let us leave aside for a moment the broader effects of undermining traditional marriage, and just consider exactly how many people this proposed legislation is set to 'benefit'.

On the local ABC news last night it was claimed that 'hundreds' of couples would utilise the legislation.

Well if they do, they surely won't be Canberrans, since hardly any same sex couples have made use of the ACT's civil partnerships legislation since it was introduced in 2008.  In fact the last figures I've been able to find are to June 2011, by which time a total of 88 couples had registered.  But more than half of those were heterosexual couples, not same sex!

And that is not surprising really, since Census data released by the ABS a few months back show that same sex couples constitute only 1% of all couples in Australia, viz some 33,700 couples in total.

Canberra, it is true, has the highest proportion of such couples in Australia - but we are talking tiny numbers, 0.5% male couples and 0.6 % female.

So why is public policy being designed around the claims of a tiny minority?


A Canberra Observer said...

But why AFTER the bill has passed?

Why didn't they mobilise BEFORE.

Depressing all around.

Joshua said...

And why was it that it was passed by the votes of all the Labor, and the one Greens member, while all the Liberals voted against?

I find it increasingly difficult to justify voting for a Labor candidate on moral grounds.

Kate Edwards said...

Joshua - Whatever the (dubious) merits of Labor at a national level, where some at least exercize their conscious vote with informed consciences, at the local ACT level a vote for them is impossible, for they are bunch of wide-eyed pseudo-Green extremists.

This is the party that objected to a an inter-religious service to mark the start of the parliamentary year on the grounds that it violated the separation of church and state!

At the Federal House of Reps level, Canberra consistently votes Labor; but when it comes to our jumped up local council, the nutters the parties tend to put up on offer (on both sides) mean that the vote is consistently a tight split between the two major parties.

Canberrans didn't vote for self-government, and now that we've seen it in operation, I suspect a referendum would do even worse than the original result.

Mind you, it could be worse. We have about the same population as Tasmania, about the same quality of politicians, but at least we have a lot fewer of them to afflict us...

Kate Edwards said...

PS And yes the campaign against the legislation was pretty poor. But the outcome was always inevitable given the numbers in the Assembly, so perhaps not worth wasting a lot of effort over?

A Canberra Observer said...

wasted effort? In the context of that contest, perhaps. In the context of sending an unambiguous message to the faithful, no an opportunity, a 'teaching moment' even. But perhaps the inevitability of the specific contest meant many switched off.
Then, I doubt the resolve of many bishops and clergy on this issue.

One could become a millinerian ...

And Joshua, Kate is right, for any right thinking Catholic in the ACT a vote for Labour should be unconscionable. They are fundamentalist secularists.

Fr Mick Mac Andrew West Wyalong NSW said...

The Abrahamic Faiths have a herculean task ahead of them to recover a "place at the table" in Canberra's cultural/political/philosophical psyche. This is not only due to this legislation being passed, that is only a symptom of what is wrong.
Pride in the doctrines and teachings of the faiths will go a long way to recovery, but, as Pope Francis so wisely reminds us all, that if we approach such pride by making those doctrines and teachings an ideology, we will separate people from Christ.
As it stands now, the ideologues of Vatican II in our Archdiocese are responsible for surrendering the Catholic place at the table and everyone has been separated from Christ.
It will take a couple of generations to encourage that pride, but the venture has begun and there are some very good people working very hard in Canberra to do just that.
The rest of us should do penance for the souls that have been and will be lost while the recovery takes shape, form and becomes a reality. Those souls, the ignorant, the unwise and those very vulnerable ones led astray by all sides, are the ones closest to Jesus and he will be asking each of us just what we did to offer them a different way, the way of hope and faith.
God will have mercy on them, but will we accept that mercy, will we acknowledge our sin in letting them be led astray? That's for each of our consciences.