Thursday, October 13, 2016

Leaked Anglican Church Document Says Marriage Equality “Greatest Ever Threat To Religious Freedom”

From Australia-

The booklet, which was distributed to nearly 1,000 Sydney Anglicans on Tuesday, instructs church members on how to win arguments about marriage equality.

Churchgoers are told to warn friends and family of the negative social consequences of same-sex marriage, which the church claims include widespread adultery, divorce, child marriage, bigamy, polygamy, and women’s bodies becoming “slaves” to commercial surrogacy.

Bishop Michael Stead, chair of the Archbishop’s plebiscite task force, said the booklet is “moderate and reasonable and non-defensive, and not narky or hysterical”.

The booklet criticises both major parties for “only contemplating minimal protection for religious freedom”.

In its proposed legislation on same-sex marriage, the Coalition suggested exemptions for religious ministers and civil celebrants from marrying same-sex couples and exemptions for religious organisations from providing them service. The Labor party says ministers of religion are the only necessary exemption.

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