Anti-gay Catholic booklet sparks official Tasmania probe

Anti-gay Catholic booklet sparks official Tasmania probe

Tasmania’s Anti-discrimination Commissioner has launched an investigation into a homophic booklet produced by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference and authorised by Hobart’s Catholic archbishop Julian Porteous, above.

The anti-same-sex-marriage booklet, distributed in mid-2015 to thousands of Tasmanian families through the church’s school system, stands accused of being offensive and insulting.

Human rights campaigner and Greens lower house candidate for the 2016 election, Martine Delaney, lodged a complaint with the Anti-discrimination Commissioner who confirmed earlier this month that  an investigation would go ahead.

The Australian Christian Lobby is incensed by the investigation, wailed about attacks on free speech, called for further distribution of the booklet and wrote:

We must tell our fellow Australians that basic teaching about marriage and family is considered illegal by some in our community and that they are prepared to use the law to shut down other peoples’ views.

In the wake of the investigation, the ACL has asked supporters to fund a $200,000 “war chest” in defence of traditional marriage, ahead of a federal election in which the same-sex marriage debate is likely to feature heavily.


ACL’s Grand Imperial Poobah, Lyle Shelton, above, today sent an email out to supporters, asking for a gift to enable people to “understand what’s really at stake if the definition of marriage is changed.”

Your support today will help ACL build a $200,000 ‘war chest’ so we can get the message out, resource our team to present a voice for marriage, and equip churches for grassroots actions.

Marriage equality is likely to be a big issue during the next federal election, as the Coalition has pledged to hold a plebiscite on the matter some time after polling day. The form of the question, the timeline for its implementation if passed and whether or not the plebiscite’s outcome will be binding have all yet to be finalised.

Even if the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage, legislation will need to be passed by the federal government in order to change the Marriage Act, which currently restricts marriage to between a man and a woman.

Labor is opposed to holding a plebiscite, instead vowing to introduce legislation to change the Marriage Act within 100 days of winning office.

A crossbench bill to legalise same-sex marriage, backed by Liberal backbencher, Warren Entsch, is due to be debated in Parliament’s federation chamber on Monday.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

17 responses to “Anti-gay Catholic booklet sparks official Tasmania probe”

  1. L.Long says:

    “….asking for a gift to enable people to “understand what’s really at stake if the definition of marriage is changed.”….”
    AHHHH! absolutely nothing!?!?!?
    Well except for the fact that it exposes most religions as a pack of bigoted aholes! Bigoted delusional psychopaths trying to force everyone else to follow their BS rules?!?!

  2. Har Davids says:

    The basic teaching about marriage and family is considered illegal by some in the RCC community sounds like bull-shit to me. It’s either the law of the land, or the law of the ‘holy’ book and in my opinion the former trumps the latter, but I could be wrong there. Or do these morons insist on everybody following every piece of nonsense in their precious Bible: slavery, incest, infanticide, genocide to name just a few. Sounds like IS to me, so lock them all up.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    The church, asking ordinary people to cough up money to fund activities designed to protect its vast wealth and power? Whoever would have thought it?

  4. AgentCormac says:

    BTW, why is that bloke in the lead photograph dressed as a blackcurrant?

  5. Cooper S says:

    Who governs Australia? The rcc or the elected government. Perhaps the egregious sanctimonious Pell should get elected to PM then he can legislate to legalise the priestly rape of children.

  6. Barry Duke says:

    OK, time to bring the giant intellect of the Bishop of Sodor and Man, Robert Paterson, into play over the vexing issue of same-sex marriage:

    “There are a lot of similarities between gay marriage and marriage between a man and woman. I’ve often likened it to having a cup of tea and a cup of coffee. Ninety-nine per cent of those two cups is water. So in other words the two states are virtually identical. The difference is that one’s got coffee and one’s got tea in it. So what that means is that if I want a cup of coffee, I ask for a cup of coffee. If I want a cup of tea, I ask for a cup of tea. If you tell me that in future cups of tea will be called cups of coffee, I say: is that a matter of equality? Am I actually achieving equality by saying that x is the same as y when they are very, very similar but the one difference is that one is for people of the same sex and one is the people of different sexes.”

  7. Stephen Mynett says:

    I wonder if Bishop Sod takes milk and or sugar in his tea or coffee, if he does by his own idiotically childish analogy he is promoting a threesome or polygamy. As for those of us who have a shot of vanilla or caramel in our lattes the gates of Hades are most certainly beckoning.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    @Barry Duke

    What a staggeringly crass, muddled and truly amateurish attempt at an analogy from Robert Paterson. An object lesson in how to embarrass yourself in public!

  9. lucy1 says:

    yes, a weird analogy, not least because it can mean we have beverages (marriage) and some people like coffee and some people like tea and that is all fine.

  10. John Humpf says:

    If a man has riches he jealously guards it.

    If a man has religion he tries to force it on everyone else.

    Therefore, religion must be a worthless possession.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Tea and coffee couldn’t both be beverages, could they?

  12. Vanity Unfair says:

    This is, perhaps, the most depressing news I have read in months. It is, without doubt, a symptom of the greatest lapse in standards of intellect, behaviour and education that has been reported on this website. How can a great nation have sunk so low? Can the rest of the English-speaking world hope to maintain its standards if even the famously robust and indomitable Aussies have sunk to this level?
    Do they really spell “labour” without the “u”?

  13. AgentCormac says:

    @John Humpf

    Nice quote. I’ll squirrel that one away for future use if you don’t mind.

  14. jay says:

    While I can’t agree with their position, assuming it’s just a booklet outlining their positions, it’s really frightening that the government can criminalize ‘incorrect’ speech. Criticize, yes. Criminalize, no.

  15. dennis says:

    @Stephen Mynett
    I needed a wonderful laugh this morning, thanks

  16. Cali Ron says:

    John Humpf: Very nice. I will borrow that one for future use.