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Local Christian Lobby making the Canberra sex industry their focus

By johnboy - 18 July 2012 131

The Australian Christian Lobby has a new Territory Director here in Canberra called Richard Thackway and he’s written to his members letting them know the fundie goodness they’ve got planned for the election.

First order of business is a bit of what seems certain to be sex industry bashing:

Ms Vickie Dunne, MLA will be invited to canvas the policy positions of the ACT Liberal Party on ACT brothels (Attorney-General Simon Corbell was invited but declined to attend). Prostitution and its impact on those caught in the trade is an important issue for many Christians in the ACT. The community will have the opportunity to ask questions of Ms Dunn. The forum is planned for mid-September

Now the local sex industry has not covered itself in glory, but it would be nice to see a proper compliance regime brought in (with a few exemplary executions) rather than driving the industry back underground.

On another note it is frankly bizarre that the only religion based on a man known to have associated with prostitutes is so down on it.

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Local Christian Lobby making the Canberra sex industry their focus
LSWCHP 4:40 pm 18 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal.

Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at that conclusion if we were to leave religion (christian) aside for the moment?

It’s true that sex workers are always at risk, including STD, violence, demeaning discrimination.
But then so are other legal occupations within our society (taxi drivers come to mind as one of high risk).

Or did you mean the act of paying for earthly pleasure is a sinphysical gratification is a crime?

It’s immoral, tasteless and disgusting. Both the tarts and their clients are a blight on our society.

I don’t agree. What is tasteless and disgusting about two people engaging in sexual intercourse?

There may be bad things about the trade, such as exploitation of the workers, but that’s why I’d prefer it all to be in the open and tightly regulated, rather than forced underground.

colourful sydney rac 4:34 pm 18 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal.

Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at that conclusion if we were to leave religion (christian) aside for the moment?

It’s true that sex workers are always at risk, including STD, violence, demeaning discrimination.
But then so are other legal occupations within our society (taxi drivers come to mind as one of high risk).

Or did you mean the act of paying for earthly pleasure is a sinphysical gratification is a crime?

It’s immoral, tasteless and disgusting. Both the tarts and their clients are a blight on our society.

they are certainly a couple of rungs above jury duty dodgers.

poetix 4:30 pm 18 Jul 12

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal.

Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at that conclusion if we were to leave religion (christian) aside for the moment?

It’s true that sex workers are always at risk, including STD, violence, demeaning discrimination.
But then so are other legal occupations within our society (taxi drivers come to mind as one of high risk).

Or did you mean the act of paying for earthly pleasure is a sinphysical gratification is a crime?

Earthly Pleasure is my middle name. (Or names.) So far as I’m aware, it’s the only sort of pleasure around! I just think the lack of *mutual* desire involved in prostitution is very sad, and reinforces gender inequality. Money changes the equation quite significantly.

I explicitly said it should not be illegal, though. There are lots of things below a crime which are less than wonderful.

Pork Hunt 4:28 pm 18 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal.

Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at that conclusion if we were to leave religion (christian) aside for the moment?

It’s true that sex workers are always at risk, including STD, violence, demeaning discrimination.
But then so are other legal occupations within our society (taxi drivers come to mind as one of high risk).

Or did you mean the act of paying for earthly pleasure is a sinphysical gratification is a crime?

It’s immoral, tasteless and disgusting. Both the tarts and their clients are a blight on our society.

And that’s the way it’s been since time immemorial…

chewy14 4:21 pm 18 Jul 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Maybe they should first focus on stopping priests raping little boys? Just a thought…

Ah religious bashing, how refreshing.

fnaah 4:19 pm 18 Jul 12

“Both the tarts and their clients are a blight on our society”

Hey, fella. They’re both welcome in MY society. You know, the one we’re living in right now, that has laws to govern this sort of thing.

Your morality is NOT “our society”.

HenryBG 4:09 pm 18 Jul 12

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal.

Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at that conclusion if we were to leave religion (christian) aside for the moment?

It’s true that sex workers are always at risk, including STD, violence, demeaning discrimination.
But then so are other legal occupations within our society (taxi drivers come to mind as one of high risk).

Or did you mean the act of paying for earthly pleasure is a sinphysical gratification is a crime?

It’s immoral, tasteless and disgusting. Both the tarts and their clients are a blight on our society.

p1 3:34 pm 18 Jul 12

I wonder how many of the ACT’s practising prostitutes are also practising Christians?

I also wonder how many of the ACT’s prostitutes customers are practising Christians?

Jivrashia 3:20 pm 18 Jul 12

poetix said :

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal.

Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at that conclusion if we were to leave religion (christian) aside for the moment?

It’s true that sex workers are always at risk, including STD, violence, demeaning discrimination.
But then so are other legal occupations within our society (taxi drivers come to mind as one of high risk).

Or did you mean the act of paying for earthly pleasure is a sinphysical gratification is a crime?

poetix 2:54 pm 18 Jul 12

You also get the feeling that some ‘Christians’ find it a bit distasteful that ‘the bad woman’ was the first to see the resurrected Jesus. Like he should have called in at the local Gloria Jeans and said hello to the pack of bogan mothers whingeing about teenage girls wearing really short shorts or how refugees need to fit in with ‘our’ ways.

‘Oh look, it’s the Saviour.’
‘Can’t he get a proper haircut?’
‘Don’t worry ladies, that’s my next port of call. I’ll just have a frappuccino and then it’s snip-snip. Then back up to the right hand of the Father!’
‘Oh Jesus, you’re so funny. Glad to see you dumped that awful slut. Been on a cruise? It’s just that you’ve got such a tan.’

Or on the golf course…

poetix 2:04 pm 18 Jul 12

Protection of sex workers should be the priority. It’s not that Jesus would support prostitution, but it’s clear that he would want the full humanity of sex workers recognised and their rights protected. He was able to walk and chew (dates?) at the same time.

Doesn’t mean that paying for sex is a good thing, though, even if it’s legal (as it needs to be, realistically).

Dick Thackway is just too good a name! Somehow I think that this ‘Christian’ Lobby is really going to annoy me over the next little while.

Dilandach 1:53 pm 18 Jul 12

DrKoresh said :

Load of bloody hypocrites needlessly interfering in the lives of other people… Hang on, now I come to think of it they should fit in perfectly into our political landscape.

But seriously, unless they’re working in the interest of sex-worker safety (and I’m willing to bet my eternal soul they’re not) then they’re no doubt just seeking to re-criminalise it which won’t solve a thing.

These are people who hold others up to moral standards that they themselves ashamedly can’t live up to.

You’d think that cleaning their own house would be first on their priorities but apparently not.

DrKoresh 1:22 pm 18 Jul 12

Load of bloody hypocrites needlessly interfering in the lives of other people… Hang on, now I come to think of it they should fit in perfectly into our political landscape.

But seriously, unless they’re working in the interest of sex-worker safety (and I’m willing to bet my eternal soul they’re not) then they’re no doubt just seeking to re-criminalise it which won’t solve a thing.

colourful sydney rac 1:22 pm 18 Jul 12

Maybe they should first focus on stopping priests raping little boys? Just a thought…

fnaah 1:13 pm 18 Jul 12

“At present… I am operating as an environmental research scientist”

What an odd choice of word – operating. Not working. “Operating”.

One wonders if he’s trying to bring down the whole “science” thing from the inside.

(puts on flame-retardant suit)

Am I the only one who thinks that “religious scientist” is a contradiction in terms?

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