Opinion

Gay community’s lives matter

By Shepparton News

I must have been deluded to think a ‘‘yes’’ vote to marriage equality would put a stop to ridiculous debates surrounding the LGBTQI community.

Our country said it. As a nation we stood up with the majority supporting same-sex marriage.

But here we are again — back in the archaic-views versus modern morals boxing match.

Let’s just hope the general population does not end up getting knocked off our equality pedestal, like Conor McGregor in a Khabib Nurmagomedov-like Liberal party smackdown.

This week debate has circulated regarding religious schools, following a Liberal review into religious freedoms in Australia.

While the Attorney-General confirmed there would be no changes to the status-quo, former minister Philip Ruddock’s report did uncover the fact faith-based schools have always had the right to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.

I get it. I do.

Religion has been put first and foremost in society for far longer than LGBTQI people.

While being associated with the latter would see you imprisoned, being religious was the norm.

But like United States President Donald Trump says, ‘‘it’s a scary time for young men’’; it’s also a scary time for the religious.

Because, finally, they’re no longer in vogue. And is there any surprise about why?

Young people are engaging with issues such as equality, environmental matters, housing affordability.

We, on the whole, agree with abortion, same-sex marriage and a society which is equal; meanwhile, Pope Francis is busily likening abortion to ‘‘hiring a hitman’’.

Given Christianity was founded on the very ideal of accepting all, shouldn’t it accept LGBTQI staff and students in schools?

There is hope, with young Christians coming out and saying they disagree with the report’s findings.

There is no doubt there’s plenty of Christian people who also identify as LGBTQI.

I know of one and he’s so faithful he had a church shipped onto his property.

So why are we back here again, talking about LGBTQI people like their lives don’t matter?

It is as simple as this: our parliamentarians are getting more and more out of touch as a young generation rises up. The white-haired men sitting on their red and green chairs just do not get it.

Yes, there are some great politicians in there.

But largely we’re at the liberty of decisions made by the elite, while the working class sits back, powerless, shaking their heads.

If the debacle this past week with the Opera House and Alan Jones has shown anything, it is just that.

John Lewis said it best in his recent opinion piece (The News, Friday, page 13): ‘‘We’re tired of trickle-down politics — we need trickle-up politics’’.

Tara Whitsed is a News journalist.