Australian Politician Implies that Christianity Has No Place in AustraliaPosted: May 26, 2013
Gay intolerance reached heightened levels in Australia during May 2013, when Australian politician Penny Wong reportedly criticised the Australian Christian Lobby, claiming that they hold views that have “no place in modern Australia.”
To understand the context of her comment, it’s necessary to grasp the historic practice that is referred to with the term “Stolen Generations”. This practice involved removal of native Aboriginal children from their families and the raising of those children mainly amongst caucasians, on the grounds that the children would then receive better care and education. The practice continued for many decades of the 20th century, and ended around the 1970s, with an Australian Prime Minister ultimately apologising in 2008 for the abuses and heartache that had occurred.
In May 2013, the conservative Australian Christian Lobby reportedly stated that same-sex marriage would create another stolen generation. They stated that support of same-sex marriage “ignored the consequence of robbing children of their biological identity through same-sex surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technology”. Finance minister Penny Wong herself is raising a daughter with her lesbian partner, and it was in response to this statement that she reportedly said that the Lobby hold views that have “no place in modern Australia.”
Similar comments were made some months later by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, when he said that “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay… if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York.” And the year following, similar levels of intolerance were expressed by Canadian politicians.
Wong’s and Cuomo’s expressions of intolerance would not be representative of a large proportion of Australians, Americans, Canadians or politicians in general. But what does the future hold? As public sentiment changes to increasingly approve of same-sex marriage, will tolerance of Christian perspectives decrease all the more? Some media reports of the above dialogue already describe the Australian Christian Lobby as “ultra-conservative”. Will Christian perspectives ultimately be outlawed in western countries?