Well, now I’m all worked up.
This morning I got home from the gym, and over a cup of coffee I watched Jim Wallace from the Australian Christian Lobby and Kerryn Phelps, a gay rights activist have a debate on Seven’s Sunrise.
You can see it here:
During the debate Wallace begins to make a statement to compare the marriage equality movement to the Nazis of WWII, he says this:
I would like to just say that I think this whole campaign would do great credit to Joseph Goebbels, because what we’ve had, we’ve had the demonisation
To his credit, Kosh, Seven’s Sunrise presenter, prevents him from continuing that line of thought. But it’s too late, the words have been released and we get a glimpse at the true thoughts of an organisation the purports to show true christian values.
It’s easy to say that I shouldn’t get upset by these comments. However, the demonisation of gay people continues unabated in this country because the likes of Wallace are permitted to continue to speak out in such a reprehensible way. That’s not to say that I think he or the ACL should be gagged. However, the ACL does not represent all christians, in fact they probably represent very few christians. The media continue to call upon them as though they represent the whole of christianity in Australia. It’s near impossible to find out just how much support they have. In these days of modern communication everyone can pretend to be a big organisation with hundreds of thousands of supporters.
The media make Wallace the ‘go to person’ for comment on these matters, it reminds me of how they always asked for Bruce Ruxton’s opinion. You are always sure to upset people and drive your audience up. However, the ACL deserve as much media attention as the likes of Muehlenberg or Nalliah. That is, very little.
And it’s not just him.
Today Bob Katter on “The Circle” on Ten said that the whole issue of marriage equality was irrelevant, this is despite just 39% of his electorate being against marriage equality. He said that in his 39 years in Parliament only one person had raised the issue with him, he seems to have forgotten the 70 people who protested outside his Mt Isa office last year.
It also seems to have slipped his mind that he didn’t think it was that irrelevant when he stood up before a bunch of christians at Parliament house in August 2011 and said that equality should be ridiculed.
I’ve always known about the Jews and how they were killed during World War II. Until very recently, I didn’t know any Jews. Now through Michael I have a much better understanding of what the Holocaust means. The impact of it is still felt all these years later. I’ve sat with my partner and read articles and felt his repulsion when the Nazi tag is applied. I’ve seen how visibly upset and emotional he becomes when we see a movie about the Holocaust. It’s real. I can see it, I don’t fully comprehend, but I know.
extreme disappointment and dismay
Is Michael’s rather timid response on the Aleph website.
His personal Facebook pages says this:
Absolutely shattered by the news that Jim Wallace invoked Joseph Goebbels on Sunrise this morning. This is about love and marriage. We are not trying to kill anyone.
To read those words is cutting. It breaks me up. I don’t want to see anyone feel such a level of emotional discomfort, and while I can say all the right words, I can not change history. I can’t change what has happened to all those gay and Jewish people killed for no good reason at the hand of Hitler and Goebbels.
This is sickening beyond belief. For me, I struggle every time I read another news story that suggest that I’m evil, that I’m a pervert, that I’m not a good parent, all because I’m gay. As I’ve said so many times, I am resilient. Michael is also resilient. He draws from a strength that I’ve seen him use to get himself through some of the most trying times in his ongoing battle with the Jewish establishment. Others are not so lucky.
It’s for those others that I say to the likes of Wallace and Katter. Enough is enough. We are human, we hurt.
Express your point of view, but if your reason for objection is because you think I’m evil, or that Michael or myself are like a Nazi, then you’ve got a serious issue that needs checking.
Go get it checked.