VICTORIAN Liberal Leader Matthew Guy had a tête-à-tête with The Age’s Annika Smethurst last week for a column published on Friday: Liberals’ moderate line will be key to Guy’s success. It was very nice of her to give tips to the Liberals on how to improve their electoral appeal. First order of victory-bringing business, according to Smethurst, is to hold the far-left line on – you guessed it – homosexuality. The second priority is to banish “conservatives” and “church groups.” Even though the Opposition had promised Christian and other critics it would, when returned to power, amend legislation banning non-existent “gay conversion therapy,” Guy now gives an “iron-clad guarantee” the law will never be modified. The Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Act makes it an offence punishable by ten years’ imprisonment to change another person’s sexuality or gender identity. The law doesn’t apply to those mutilating people in Victorian hospitals. It only applies to those allegedly encouraging people to remain who they really are.
During the same ‘reform’ onslaught, the Family Violence Protection Act was also amended to make any family members who counsel their own kin not to ‘change’ their identities liable to prosecution for domestic violence. “Prayer-based practices” – a Soviet-cyborg phrase denoting prayer with the identity-troubled – were also made criminal. Both amendment bills were passed into law with the Opposition’s support. Only Liberal MPs Bernie Finn and Bev McArthur voted against them. All of their colleagues voted to jail non-compliant mums and dads, pastors and priests. On Tuesday, The Age reported that Mr Guy had ‘threatened’ Finn because of his ongoing criticism of the ‘conversion’ laws and for describing Victoria Police as “the Despot’s militia.” As George Christensen discovered, the Liberal wing of the Uniparty officially endorses violence against citizens.
Not only is left-wing extremism “charming,” as the very chirpy Guy told Smethurst, it also gives the state a “different personality.” This sounds like a clumsy old euphemism for intellectually retarded. No-one who has seen the derision showered on it from around the world over the past few months could disagree Victoria is different, or doubt whose personality now defines it. The hate-mongering tyrant isn’t done yet. In early September, the Andrews government announced its intention to pass a new law that will ban faith-based institutions from employing staff according to their own, partly religious criteria. They will only be ‘permitted’ to choose who is admitted to their training colleges and seminaries or appointed to teach their faith. Atheist men in dresses who want to teach P.E. to your children must be hired.
As Monica Doumit has observed, “this is just slightly more freedom than is available in Communist China.” Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes claims the government wants to close an “unfair, hurtful” gap in anti-discrimination law. She means the gap through which religious believers have hitherto escaped hostile nihilists and wedding cake trolls whose only utility to the left is to destabilise faith from within. Symes and Andrews couldn’t care less about a transvestite social studies teacher who didn’t get the job at St Scholastica’s Primary. Matthew Guy, meanwhile, has again failed to oppose anti-religious fanaticism backed by the Premier’s internationally notorious monopoly of violence. His each way bet on this issue in September doesn’t count.
The backdrop to the Red Terror in Victoria is the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill. Set to be introduced this month at about the same time as the Andrews bill, if passed it could override state Labor anti-faith laws. The extremist provisions in Queensland’s VAD legislation that mandate the commandeering of private property for euthanasia and ban conscientious objection, for example, could also be struck down. The gay lobby – in conjunction with the media, as always – is now running a campaign to scare off Coalition MPs. Haughty but now gentrified and predictable, the lobby’s creativity is long gone. In the current Weekend Australian Magazine, Greg Bearup tells a story whose plot devices are cookies from the same old cutter.
Two churchgoing gay men with hearts of gold meet through a dating app in their 50s, ‘marry’ in a civil ceremony and eventually find themselves at odds with the Anglican bishop (boo, hiss etc) for the obvious reason. Add luminous accolades from good old parish sticks, “blessings” from Catholic aunts, opinion polls, tut-tutting about “hard-right religious groups” and the boilerplate formula – at least to Bearup – is a winner whose implications are clear: Scott Morrison must drop his bill and back the Andrews and Palaszczuk governments when they start prosecuting parents and palliative care nurses. Why? Because a gay man who rejected his church’s doctrine on marriage wants to go on playing the organ for $25 a week. If the Prime Minister falls for this – as Mr Guy already has – religious liberty in this country will be dead.