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Sky god worshippers unite against gay marriage

By johnboy - 21 October 2013 151

The Australian Christian Lobby has rounded up a new “Abrahamic Faith Leaders” grouping to all agree that we have to live our lives the way they tell us to:

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.

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151 Responses to
Sky god worshippers unite against gay marriage
IrishPete 8:28 pm 21 Oct 13

Deref said :

poetix said :

This makes me both angry and a little ill.

rAmen to that.

Although this is absolutely hilarious.

neanderthalsis said :

All together now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DiBZmz8CDE

Wait…it’s not supposed to be serious is it?

“Comments are disabled for this video.” – says it all really…

IP

gasman 8:03 pm 21 Oct 13

Lets not forget all the other Traditional Values of the Abrahamic religions (a.k.a. bronze-age dogmatism)

Money cannot be lent at interest to your brother, only to foreigners (Deuteronomy 23: 19-20)
Eating pork is forbidden (Deuteronomy 14:8)
A man must marry and have relations with his dead brother’s wife (Deuteronomy 25:5-6
A seducer must marry an unengaged virgin whom he seduces (Exodus 22:16-17)
A raped, unengaged virgin must marry her rapist and they can never divorce (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
Tattoos are forbidden (Leviticus 19:28)
Slavery is fine, as long as the slave is from a foreign country (Leviticus 25:44-46)
Sex slavery is also fine (Exodus 21:7-11)
Beating a slave is fine as long as he survives for 2 days (Exodus 21:20-21)
Polyester and any fabric blends are banned (Leviticus 19:19)
Divorce is banned (Mark 10:8)
Men without testicles are not allowed in church (Deuteronomy 23:1) seriously!
Can’t eat prawns, lobster, mussels (Leviticus 11:10)
If your wife defends you in a fight by grabbing the attackers testicles, you must cut off your wife’s hand (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)
Withdrawal method of contraception is banned (Genesis 38:9-10)
Witches need to be burned (Exodus 22:18-20)
Women must not speak in church (I Corinthians 14:34-35)

I’m not really sure why the signatories have picked out the mostly harmless proposal of gay marriage when there are so many more issues to get hung up about.

milkman 7:46 pm 21 Oct 13

Looks like gay marriage has united Christianity and Islam.

Well done.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:40 pm 21 Oct 13

Is this a list of the biggest dirtbags in canberra?

c_c™ 7:23 pm 21 Oct 13

Based on the Census data, 70% would be a stretch I’d say but not by much nationally. That’s religious identification though, not participation. And there’s a lot of stats around that show a large portion of Christians don’t agree with Church doctrines on a range of things, from homosexuality to the prohibition on women in senior church positions. So it’s a disingenuous number.

In the ACT though, only 57% identify with Abrahamic religions so their figure’s become all the more disingenuous, for the ACT is not typical of Australian trends often.

Really to get figure like what they’re quoting in the ACT, you’d have to go back to the mid 1960s/70s, or if they really wanted to make a point, go back to 1911 when 97% of FCT residents were Christian.

Proboscus 6:56 pm 21 Oct 13
Pork Hunt 6:46 pm 21 Oct 13

PorkChops said :

“Seventy percent of Australians identify with an Abrahamic religion – Christianity, Islam and Judaism.”

Really? Or do they mean sixty one percent of Australians were christened at birth into some religion that they don’t follow or just pretend they do when it comes to enrolling their child at a private school. My mother wrote on the Census that she was a Catholic but she hasn’t been inside a church for decades and no longer believes in God.

Why did she not simply tick the “No religion” box like I do?

Thumper 6:32 pm 21 Oct 13

I don’t have a problem with them opposing gay marriage, yes, they are wrong, but I don’t have a problem with them articulating what they believe.

Time is moving on and they will have no choice but to accept it in time…

Mike Crowther 6:05 pm 21 Oct 13

The issue for me is very simple. ‘Pastor’ Danny, George ‘I was just giving the bloke some court support’ Pell and Rabbi Cowan do not live here. Nor do they vote or pay any taxes in the ACT. (Tax and religion in the same sentence! Who’d have thought?) So the ACT government should grant them precisely zero input into our legislation. It is simply none of their frigging business. Now if our local god-botherers want to dissent, that’s fine. But my experience having chosen to make Canberra my home many years ago is that most residents of this territory (including religious types) generally enjoy a live and let live attitude. Take your sectarian poison somewhere else. We don’t need it.

PorkChops 6:02 pm 21 Oct 13

“Seventy percent of Australians identify with an Abrahamic religion – Christianity, Islam and Judaism.”

Really? Or do they mean sixty one percent of Australians were christened at birth into some religion that they don’t follow or just pretend they do when it comes to enrolling their child at a private school. My mother wrote on the Census that she was a Catholic but she hasn’t been inside a church for decades and no longer believes in God.

Deref 5:27 pm 21 Oct 13

poetix said :

This makes me both angry and a little ill.

rAmen to that.

Although this is absolutely hilarious.

neanderthalsis said :

All together now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DiBZmz8CDE

Wait…it’s not supposed to be serious is it?

poetix 5:05 pm 21 Oct 13

This makes me both angry and a little ill.

Erg0 4:57 pm 21 Oct 13

That is some weaselly wording right there. They can’t convince their own congregations to unite behind them in opposition of gay marriage, but they expect the government to listen to them?

ScienceRules 4:54 pm 21 Oct 13

Nice that the bigots are self-identifying now (not that there was ever really any doubt) for future reference.

Oh and by “for future reference” I simply mean so we can point at them and laugh when none of their doom and gloom predictions come true.

neanderthalsis 4:46 pm 21 Oct 13
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