What does 'homophobic harassment' REALLY mean?
In short - the Brumby Labor government has promised homosexual groups they will "strengthen harassment laws" if they are re-elected.
Homosexual groups in Victoria have advised the Labor government they want a 'sexuality vilification' (they're calling it 'homophobic harassment') law that stops people 'offending' or 'insulting' homosexuals.
And they want NO EXCEPTIONS for churches...
Have we got your attention?
If so, please read on to find out MORE...
We'ver included an overview of what the Brumby Labor government is planning to do in this area. PLUS an excellent article by Cameron Spink - our Resistance Thinking co-ordinator - on the issue called 'Harassing the Truth'.
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Recently we reported that the Victorian Labor government, led by John Brumby, had made an election promise of giving $2.5 million in funding to the homosexual community (Read more on our website).
They also promised to 'review the adoption law' with regard to same-sex adoption. They plan to send it to the Victorian Law Reform Commission - however they've ALREADY asked the VLRC to review adoption for homosexuals - the VLRC RECOMMENDED homosexuals be allowed to adopt - see VLRC report - click here.
Labor has also promised to "strengthen homophobic harassment laws".
What does that mean?
In effect, it means a VILIFICATION LAW based on 'sexual orientation'.
You already know the trouble that Victoria's vilification laws, based on race and religion, have caused. The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act says people can't "engage in conduct that incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of, that other person or class of persons." (Sect 8, RRTA)
But the homosexual groups want MUCH MORE than that . . .
An official government advisory committee on homosexual issues has told the government that they want a law that prohibits people from any conduct that a 'reasonable person' "would have anticipated that the other person would feel offended, humiliated, intimidated, insulted or ridiculed".
They say that the 'inciting hatred' type of law doesn't go far enough!
[The Report is called 'With Respect: A strategy for reducing homophobic harassment in Victoria' - Read the Report - click here. The relevant recommendation is No 14 (see Page 9) - the discussion of the various options and their chosen option is on P 43 - 47.]
NO EXCEPTIONS for RELIGIOUS BODIES!
That's right. The Advisory group is asking the Labor movement not to give ANY exceptions for RELIGIOUS discussion of homosexuality!
They actually mention "calculated sermons" as a specific example of homophobic harassment!
They do say, well, if an exception is considered, then it should ONLY be for "religious instruction"!
So now you know.
The Labor government is promising to bring in a VILIFICATION law based on sexuality.
The homosexuals are putting in an AMBIT claim - asking for laws to prohibit 'insulting and offending' and asking for NO exceptions for churches. Who knows what a Labor government will actually do? If the Greens have the balance of power, the 'worst-case scenario' could eventuate!
Harassing the Truth
Cameron Spink has prepared a paper outlining this situation, complete with links. He highlights what happened during the debate on the RRTA - when the original proposal included 'insulting and offending'... that was removed because of a public outcry - but we STILL ended up with the vilification law!
Read the article on the Resistance Thinking website.
Please read it.... YOU need to know WHAT is being proposed BEFORE YOU VOTE!