Freshly Doug Monday

The God Section

Hello Monday Stirrers! Today’s selection of goodies majors on ‘Christian’ failings, reflecting a sabbath cruise around the web. All good stories to bear in mind when the current excuse for an Australian government tells us, as it soon will, that the churches must continue to be exempt from anti-discrimination law. The pic, btw, is of the 7 Gods of Japan. 

At last we have an important Anglican evangelical figure admitting that conservative evangelicals are repelled by gay people, that homosexuality is not a choice, and that God won’t cure it, even if omnipotence means He could. Well halleleujah: now, as you get ready for a new leader, what are you going to do about it?

Not much, it seems. Apparently there are so few of us in the UK that some Christians think we should be ignored.  The same argument has been advanced here by the Australian Christian Lobby. Try applying that logic to the Jews, or blacks, or any other minority.

The Catholic hierarchy’s pretend contrition has again been challenged: they always put their Church first, not their victims.   Some ordinary parishioners, sick of their ‘superiors’ failings, start a movement  to get ‘Catholics in the pews’ to repudiate the hierarchy and set up their own church.

Good reasons to do so include the facilitation of child rape, and the driving of GLBTI teens to suicide, according to the former President of Ireland.

And while we’re on the subject of Catholics, some handy hints here from the godboys themselves on how to get organisations to see things your way: cut off their income streams. Gays please note.

Over at the UN the Russians manage to ram through a resolution elevating irrational belief aka faith above human rights.

The Political Stuff

Ted Baillieu has been reminded that he said we could have a conscience vote on state gay marriage: now we won’t. Pretty typical.

California has outlawed ‘reparative’ therapy, but only for the underage.

The President of Malawi has gone back on her pledge to decriminalise homosexuality.

Alex Greenwich has been given a free ride into NSW parliament, as Labor decides not to stand a candidate in Sydney.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)