So my overall bad mood continues today. My apologies in advance, I promise it will lift soon. But today I need to get off my chest how I feel about our Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos. A man I’ve never heard of before but who goes straight to the top of my list of ignorant stupid dumb people – and you know I hate nothing more than dumb.
The man is obviously an idiot.
When presented with the opportunity to denounce a ridiculous law that allows private schools to expel gay students simply for being gay, he instead backed it with some waffling excuse about the ‘delicate balance’ between discrimination and ‘practicing their own beliefs’.
I know it is an election year but surely commonsense still has a place in politics???
Here is the story, and big thanks to Sydney’s Queen of Publicity who brought it to my attention. She is a very smart woman that QoP.
There are two glaring statements in the story that make me want to vomit. The first is the insinuation by the AG that the church has the right to discriminate – against children. Because of how they were born!!! Surely we do not have to go through this tired, boring debate again. How many times does it have to be disproven for it to sink into the minds of ignorants like AG. Homosexuals are born homosexual! We do not decide it as a lifestyle, we do not make a conscious decision to suddenly ‘switch teams’. What makes me gay is the deep-seeded, primal, fundamental attraction to people of the same sex. No different to how hetero's feel about the opposite sex. No one taught me that as a belief or doctrine, its how my mind and body functions. Ask any gay or lesbian! Therefore, why the hell does the church have the right to discriminate against gay kids, at an age when they are most vulnerable, and why the hell does the AG allow them?
Secondly, and I quote here…
Recent research shows that young same-sex-attracted people are up to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers and that 80 per cent of the verbal or physical abuse they experience occurs in schools.
Heartbreaking. It does not take a genius to see the connection. But yet private schools and politicians are not prepared to change an out-dated law that so blatantly discriminates against gay kids. The message being “there is something wrong with you and, if we want, we will get rid of you because you are different”. No wonder gay kids are having such a hard time when such an example is being set by community leaders.
And let me just highlight…
Brigadier Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby has no qualms about the law. The head of the influential Christian pressure group said a church school should have the right to expel any openly gay child. “But I would expect any church that found itself in that situation to do that in the most loving way that it could for the child and to reduce absolutely any negative affects”.
Because booting the poor kid from their school because of how they were born couldn’t possibly have any negative effects.
Makes me so unbelievably angry.