Par­ent­ing is about val­ues, not re­li­gion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Gay Tay­lor, Mar­garet River

I took ex­cep­tion to Am­ber Pasco’s in­ti­ma­tion last week that a “yes” vote on same-sex mar­riage is tan­ta­mount to en­dors­ing evil, and is be­ing pro­moted solely by “the sex in­dus­try and big al­co­hol com­pa­nies”.

My LGB friends and rel­a­tives are widely rep­re­sented in a range of giv­ing and car­ing pro­fes­sions, in­clud­ing nurs­ing, dis­abil­ity work and aged care. They demon­strate out­stand­ing morals and val­ues to young peo­ple and the com­mu­nity as a whole, and I be­lieve Ms Pasco’s slur to be un­fair and ill-judged.

I was dis­mayed to re­alise re­cently I had known two cler­gy­men whose gen­uinely evil deeds were cov­ered up for decades as they en­joyed free ac­cess to gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren.

While I un­der­stand not all mem­bers of the clergy are in this cat­e­gory, it is im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore the fact that for hun­dreds of chil­dren, the most dan­ger­ous per­son for them to be around was a min­is­ter of re­li­gion.

I would cer­tainly pre­fer to have had my chil­dren looked af­ter by any of my fine gay and les­bian friends than any of these “godly” men.

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