Aug 11, 2017

‘Think of the kids’ homophobes silent on church child abuse

While peddling the smear that same-sex parenting harms kids, anti-marriage equality advocates stay silent on child abuse by churches.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Same Sex Marriage Australian Christian Lobby

ACL managing director Lyle Shelton

One of the grubbiest attack lines from marriage equality opponents is the regularly debunked claim that same-sex parenting harms children — which is still argued by the groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby despite the colossal pile of peer-reviewed evidence that no such harm can be identified. 

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9 thoughts on “‘Think of the kids’ homophobes silent on church child abuse

  1. Barbara Haan

    Lyle Shelton and his ‘mates’ are total hypocrites. Thanks BK.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    Lyle Shelton where were you when many of your Christian members were abusing children, what did you have to say about it? I know, fuck all! I doubt Jesus would piss on you if you were on fire.

  3. Aussie4real

    The God that these “Christian” people speak of is a God of love-a God that calls us to care and take some responsibility for our fellow human beings. It truly astounds me that these folk can preach the Christian gospel, go to church on a regular basis and never really understand that gospel, nor really understand what God’s love is all about. How much pain do they cause and how much judgement these folk indulge in- Judge not that ye be not judged Mathew 7.1

    1. David Donaldson

      That’s easy. If you go to church, you are released from having to think about anything. You are absolved from being thoughtful, just by being present. Several million Australian adults sail comfortably through life that way.

  4. simon hunt

    Great article Bernard. There’s also their unsubstantiated claims of child grooming in the Safe Schools program (which was thoroughly examined by a govt. inquiry); while they completely ignore the Connect Christian schools program, which was found to contain elements in breach of child grooming guidelines by a government inquiry. It’s not just that they ignore the needs of kids, it’s that they put their idea of the “church” ahead of children being raped in any circumstance.

  5. Ken Dally

    Child rape is a form of oppression and display of power and control. Of course they won’t speak out against tactics they approve.

  6. AR

    Religion is a curse but all religions condemn hypocrisy.

    1. David Donaldson

      Of course. They do not want competition in that line of their business.

  7. klewso

    There’s a certain sort of blindness that comes with zealotry – it’s not a virtue.

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