Boston urologist Paul Church – sacked for pointing out the health risks of anal intercourse
“Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson’s column defending religious freedom in today’s Australian is a breath of fresh air. Unlike gay activists such as Rodney Croome, Wilson does not condemn those who disagree with him as bigots,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today. “Nevertheless, Wilson’s proposed gay marriage compromise fails to adequately protect fundamental human freedoms – not only religious freedom, but freedom to speak the truth.
“For example, his proposal would not prevent recent injustices like the sacking of a respected Boston urologist because he resisted pressure from his hospital to take part in the city’s Gay Pride events, citing serious health risks associated with anal intercourse.
“These risks are part of the reason sodomy has been considered a perversion across many cultures throughout history. Legalising gay marriage effectively gives sodomy an honoured status, on a par with procreative vaginal intercourse – an affront to many in our community, whether or not they are ‘religious’.
“Fundamental freedoms are under threat even without legal gay marriage,” Ros Phillips said. “As Angela Shanahan pointed out in her Weekend Australian column last Saturday, Hobart’s Catholic Archbishop could be hauled before the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner after allegations by Rodney Croome and others that Tasmanian Catholic schools have been teaching students Catholic doctrine on marriage!”
Ros Phillips said Article 26(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives parents the prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children – but in countries where gay marriage is legal, this right is rapidly being eroded.
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