While the world looks on appalled at the murderous antics of ISIS, other antics do not cease.
In Australia (in Tasmania, to be specific), the Anti-Discrimination Commission has called the Catholic bishops' conference to answer a case against them on the grounds that they distributed a booklet criticizing same-sex "marriage." This, the Commission agrees with a "transgender" plaintiff, constitutes a possible breach of the law through “conduct that is offensive, intimidating, insulting or ridiculing of Ms. Delaney and the class of same-sex attracted people.” I don't have a copy of the booklet, but I seriously doubt that "Ms." Delaney was mentioned anywhere therein!
No, what we have here is a direct attempt to tell Catholic bishops that they can't publish a booklet on a moral matter, because their views disagree with leftist orthodoxy and hence by definition constitute "discrimination." The term "discrimination" now acts as a portmanteau term for anything that offends homosexual activists, even when no discrimination in, say, employment or the offering of services is alleged.
The story also reports this:
All Catholic bishops and Archbishop Porteus have been given 21 days to respond to the commission’s finding and to decide on whether to seek conciliation.
Archbishop Porteus last night said he did not wish to comment “too widely” on the issue because of the legal nature of the complaint but said he would try to reconcile with Ms Delaney.
“In distributing the Pastoral Letter, ‘Don’t Mess With Marriage’, my aim was to assist the Catholic community in understanding the teaching of the Catholic Church, at a time when debate on this matter was widespread within the community,’’ he said. “It was not my intention to offend.’’
Archbishop Porteus, please, it's painful to watch you grovel in any way, shape, or form to these totalitarian bullies. Don't apologize!
I notice this:
Ms Delaney, who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman, said she was humiliated by the booklet which only paid “lip service” to showing respect to same-sex attracted Australians but actually sent out negative messages about them.
Bishops of Australia, this is the zero-sum game. Apparently the booklet contained some wussy language about how you want to "show respect" to people with perverse desires in Australia, whatever "showing respect" means. But it wasn't enough, was it? So you might as well not have bothered, right? Such language about "showing respect" is morally confusing in any event and has been a Trojan horse in many a parish, and it does nothing whatever for your image with the left. They are not satisfied unless you stop committing the thought-crime of disagreeing with them about the morality of homosexual acts and the speech-crime of saying so out loud.
I think that something this blatant will at least for now be stopped in the U.S. There's a lot to be said for the First Amendment, after all. This is absolutely brazen. It amounts to an attempt to tell the Roman Catholic Church in Australia that it literally may not publish that church's own teaching on a morally relevant subject. This complaint, and the Commission's presumption to be able to call the bishops to account, does not even pretend to any other basis--such as alleging a violation of election law, since a vote on same-sex "marriage" is upcoming in Australia. Nothing of the kind. It's a straightforward attempt to extort silence and squelch anything remotely resembling freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religious teaching in Australia.
But we Americans shouldn't get too smug, since leftists are good at using such pretexts if they cannot go directly for the jugular as they are doing in Australia. Employment law, for example, may be the downfall of any Christian organization that does not work as hard as possible to claim the protections of Hosanna-Tabor for its selection of its own employees. If employment law is considered to apply, say, to a Catholic parish, then the church's distributing a booklet of this kind might be deemed by some civil rights commission to "create a hostile work environment" for a homosexual or transgender employee.
Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Australia. And in the United States.