There are many causes and issues which I have an interest in. Two of my top three are undoubtedly opposition to the internet filter and support for same-sex marriage. I support both of these positions because they are both stupid, baseless policies and fundamentally wrong.
Both of these issues are connected by another characteristic: the false belief that these are Christian positions. But I’m a Christian, and I don’t support them.
The recent comments by our new Prime Minister have spurred yet another round of Christian bashing… simply peruse the many comments on the many stories and blogs and you will see comment after comment saying Christians this or Christians that, mixed with a little misconstruing of separation of Church and State. This is despite the fact that Julia Gillard is an atheist.
Again, I’m a Christian, I support same sex marriage. I’m a Christian, and I oppose the internet filter. It’s safe to say the Australian Christian Lobby doesn’t represent me.
There are many good Christian people in our community who also hold these positions. Christians who want to help but feel under siege; their opinion apparently invalid because some other group has defined what their position is based on their faith.
For both of these issues I think many Australians, whether they be people of faith or not, see them as superficial distractions designed only to deliver cheap votes and neither of them worthy of the continued debate. The only reason to keep these issues alive is to further exacerbate the Christian vs non-Christian divide that both sides of politics seem to be favouring as the latest wedge to divide our community.
Absolutely no one will be harmed by allowing same-sex marriage or dropping an expensive pointless filter. Just let gay people get married, and drop the filter, get over it, and let’s get on with things that are far more critical for our leaders to be paying attention to.
In the meantime, lay off the Christian bashing? Prejudice and stupidity has nothing to do with faith.
P.S. Before you ask… the third of my top three issues is regional development.