Me­dia go­ing to ex­tremes

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Antony Ault (Let­ters, “Chris­tians not be­ing given a fair go”, Septem­ber 9-15) raises for me an im­por­tant point about how the me­dia re­ports the views of Chris­tians on is­sues be­ing de­bated or con­sid­ered in the public do­main. I think the re­port­ing by the me­dia on many im­por­tant is­sues is lazy and sloppy be­cause they seek com­ment from groups (usu­ally only one group) that pur­port to rep­re­sent the Christian view. These groups tend to present an ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive view, which as a Christian I do not wish to be as­so­ci­ated with. I have a large num­ber of friends who come from dif­fer­ent church back­grounds and who, like me, de­spair at the views put for­ward as the of­fi­cial Christian view. The ques­tion of same-sex mar­riage is a good ex­am­ple. I dis­agree strongly with the view put for­ward by Antony Ault. His case for a “No” vote, like some oth­ers putting a “Christian” view­point, is based on pas­sages from the Old Tes­ta­ment, which are in­ter­est­ing but ir­rel­e­vant. If the ar­gu­ment is based on Old Tes­ta­ment teach­ing then all of the Old Tes­ta­ment must be given equal weight.

For ex­am­ple the Old Tes­ta­ment in­di­cates that it’s an abom­i­na­tion to eat shell­fish or to be in the pres­ence of a men­stru­at­ing woman. How ridicu­lous. The teach­ing of Je­sus (the ba­sis of the Christian re­li­gion) is con­tained in the New Tes­ta­ment. Je­sus was clear that we should not dis­crim­i­nate against any per­son or any group. This is a mat­ter of the right to marry. I and the peo­ple from my par­ish will be vot­ing “Yes”.

– Doug Lim­brick, Phillip, ACT

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