Opinion: SSM move puts religion under threat

Religion under threat
Religion under threat

Denise Cahill laments that self-involved activities have squeezed out religion (editorial, August 15).

Religion is still core to the origins of our existence and provides a cogently constructed avenue for confidence about our destiny after death.

It will never entirely go away.

However, the decline in religious observance across the western world has created a moral weakness in which the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual (LGB) lobby is trying to foist same sex marriage (SSM) on society.

SSM will give the LBG lobby increased leverage in the law to silence the voice of churches.

The Catholic Archbishop in Tasmania, Julian Porteous, has been subject to an anti-discrimination complaint after affirming standard Catholic doctrine on marriage.

Other preachers across Australia have been subject to official complaints.

Exemptions for religious practitioners in a SSM bill fail entirely to protect the free exercise of conscience of the church laity and others who hold religious beliefs.

Exemptions are tenuous and can be struck down by the stroke of a pen.

Should SSM be enacted, religion will be under threat not only from busy lives, as Denise Cahill highlights, but also from thought policing.