In a church. A Baptist church. Yes, I spent six hours in a Baptist church yesterday.
And only made one highly offensive joke.
(involving Jesus’s urine and white wine)
I was pretty restrained.
I like parts of weddings. I like that people like to celebrate that they love each other. I can live through the religious bits. I try to learn about other people during them, try to ‘get’ what makes religious people tick. Try. I like that some people are able to celebrate their love how they want. I hate that some people want to dictate how others can do it.
What are my thoughts on this? As someone who will freely admit that she defers to her partner to make big decisions, but refuses to get married, let alone promise to stick with one person for life partly because the law in the country is screwy? And would NEVER swear on a bible because she’d get the giggles and get kicked out of the court?
Well, unfortunately for any good Christian boy who wants to marry me, I don’t see why men should be automatically considered to be the one in charge. We all have our own skills and strengths, and just because you think god thinks you should have the final say cos you’re a guy, well, sorry, that is SO not automatic in my world. Yes, we all have things we’re better at than others. But making decisions for a family doesn’t come naturally to many people, let alone assume the guy can do it because he is a male.
Anna Brown, convener of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, said the charity had also opposed gay marriage at a House of Representatives inquiry.
“Actively campaigning against marriage equality is counter to the principles of compassion and humanity, and these are the very values that motivate most Australians to donate to the Salvation Army,” she said.
“It’s difficult to reconcile how an organisation seeking to alleviate social disadvantage can play a role in perpetuating views … founded in prejudice (that) cause significant harm to the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian and transgender Australians and their families.”
My immediate thoughts? Aside from this is why churches shouldn’t be responsible for welfare, and it should be government/secular, I was also reminded that one of the current Nuffnang charity ads is selling mobile phone covers for the Salvos, in order to help fund youth services.
I of course, went straight to the social media to have a few words on it.
But two of my friends, Kel and Jen, put it well
Really sad. I wanted to believe they were a charity I could get on board with, but how many blankets do you need to hand out to the homeless to make up for the gay teenage boy who kills himself because of such social attitudes?
A family friend of ours used to manage ‘this way up’, the salvos furniture place that employs disadvantaged people. He had to leave a few years ago because after a change in the salvos leadership it all became less about really helping people in a practical way and more about ‘saving their souls’.
So, to the Nuffnangers out there, I call on you to disable charity ads while they are still running Salvation Army, or similar charities who are so conflicted over what their REAL mission is. And let the Salvos know where you stand.
I just read a post on currentaffairs.net.au in which the author has accessed the political donation details for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) for the 2010/2011 financial year.
Political Expenditure – Donation Details – 2010-2011
Australian Christian Lobby
4 Campion Street
DEAKIN ACT 2600
Donations where $11,500 or more was received for political expenditures:
With the ACL lodging a complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority that Sunrise was breaching their codes by supporting the ido.org.au campaign, in that they were not presenting news impartially, and also calling for the public to send messages to Sunrise’s sponsors condemning their support of a program supporting marriage equality. Fortunately, that backfired, with many more people contacting the sponsors to congratulate them for supporting Sunrise and Marie Claire and marriage equality :)
So, if you want another reason to boycott Gloria Jeans, then add to them sponsoring a lobby group that claims to represent the Christians of Australia, that lobbies against marriage equality.
Show the world that the hateful messages of the ACL are not acceptable in our society may not be heard over the frantic shrieking of the ACL, but the reasonable rest of the community can keep sending messages in the way that gets noticed. Financially.