The proposed redefinition of marriage is the central life issue for Christians to consider in the lead-up to the federal election.
There will be serious consequences for churches and individuals if same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia.
The positions of the major and minor parties are clear. Labor, under Bill Shorten, has promised to hold a parliamentary vote very early in the next parliament. Mr Shorten has promised to deliver same-sex marriage by 10 October, 2016.
The Greens, under Richard Di Natale hold the same position. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal/National coalition are bound to hold a plebiscite on this issue soon after the election.
At the very least, the Libs are courteous enough to allow the Australian people a say on this controversial proposal. Labor has stipulated that there will be no exemptions for religions under their model for same-sex marriage laws.
This means that no dissension from the LGBTIQ agenda will be tolerated. Bill Shorten has dodged questions on exactly how he would restrict religious liberty. Most likely anyone publicly expressing the view that marriage is between a man and a woman will be fined under anti-discrimination law. Two weeks ago, Labor announced it would appoint a full time LGBTIQ discrimination commissioner to the Human Rights Commission.
This will cost taxpayers $1.4 million over the next four years. At the launch of the new “Rainbow Labor” group, Senator Penny Wong said this new watchdog would “ensure lesbians, gays, transgender and intersex Australians live in a safer, more secure and more inclusive society”. If I was working in the wedding industry, I would be very worried right now.
Christian venue operators, bakers, printers, limousine drivers, photographers and florists will all be fined and vilified for any failure to service same-sex weddings. Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale will force Christian churches to marry same-sex couples. Other religious denominations will be compelled to do the same. This rigid and unjust approach would see the churches resort to tearing up marriage licences.
The ramifications of legalising same-sex marriage will also be felt in our schools. The Safe Schools LGBTIQ indoctrination program will be implemented in all schools. The Greens are proposing to spend $32 million of our money over four years on Safe Schools. Religious schools will not be exempt from teaching this harmful program to children.
Parents who object will be told “hard luck!” The radical Marxist ideologues from Melbourne’s La Trobe University will be running their twisted form of sex-education in Catholic schools.
Students who are genuinely suffering from unwanted same-sex attraction or struggling with gender identity issues will not get the actual help that they need.
Make no mistake, the authors of the Safe Schools program have no regard for the pastoral care of same-sex attracted persons. These would-be social engineers see marriage, the family and our binary understanding of gender as control mechanisms of the State.
The Trotskyist mastermind of the Safe Schools program, Roz Ward, wishes to destroy marriage and gender. She envisages a glorious sexual revolution where our bedrock understanding of male-female marriage is smashed.
She would usher in a self-fulfilling golden era where all forms of sexuality, disordered or otherwise, are embraced by all. Ward is using same-sex attracted persons as pawns in her war on our culture.
It is increasingly difficult to understand why the Federal Government allows crazy neo-Marxists to design and implement political propaganda programs like Safe Schools when Department of Education protocols forbid such a thing. We only need to look around the world to see what has happened to religious liberty in other countries that have legalised same-sex marriage. In Canada, people who object to the same-sex agenda are taken away for “sensitivity training”.
Parents cannot take their children out of classes where queer ideology is being taught. Since the landmark ruling in the USA Supreme Court, priests and ministers can be compelled to act against their own conscience and marry same-sex couples.
The state can remove civil marriage powers from any religious practitioner who refuses to participate in same-sex weddings. Under a Labor/Greens government, marriage will be reduced to a loose emotional bond between any two consenting adults. Our understanding of the intrinsic links between marriage, sex and babies that have been gradually forgotten over the past 50-odd years will be further eroded. More children will be procured for same-sex couples through adoption and surrogacy.
The fundamental human right of a child to a mother and a father will be denied. When you are alone in your cardboard cubicle on election day, think carefully about the impact your vote may have on the very fabric of Australian society.