It has been interesting this week to see the LNP in Queensland water down the Civil Union Act because of pressure from lobby groups like the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and the President of the LNP, Bruce McIver a devout Christian.
According to ACL’s website:
The vision of the Australian Christian Lobby is to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business and relate to each other as a community.
The ACL aims to foster a more compassionate, just and moral society by seeking to have the positive public contributions of the Christian faith reflected in the political life of the nation.
ACL’s strong opposition to same-sex marriage is lamentable. Jim Wallace writes in The Punch – Gay marriage is threatening our freedom of faith, well no it isn’t. While, according to Jim, the LGBT population is small, that doesn’t mean they do not have equal rights to marriage. By the way Jim I think you forget that marriage is not an immutable religious institution.
I’d also like to point out that outside the Catholic faith which 25% of the Australian population are affiliated with, 22% of the Australian population (4.8mil) do not affiliate with any religion (2011 Census). How much of the Christian population does the ACL claim to represent? and how much influence do they have?
It’s concerning that along with Bruce McIver the Qld Government has amended the Civil Union Act to Registered Relationships (some seeing this in the same way as registering a dog – insulting) to ‘appease’ the Christian constituents. With people like Bruce McIver in charge of the LNP, Campbell Newman will find it very difficult to refuse any requests for change Bruce McIver might ask.
Deeply concerning …