A copy of an email I recently sent to The Australian Christian Lobby in retaliation to their constant campaigning against the rights of the Queensland LGBTI community.
Dear Members of The Australian Christian Lobby
I understand your persistence in promoting Christian values, however I find that in the process of doing so, you are losing the message that you intended through promoting inequality. One thing we can all agree on is “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” While some believe that Christ came down to die for their sins and others believed he was just a man who felt inspired to break the control of an oppressive dictatorship and in the process tick of a few controlling religious fundamentalists, those words are values that all should live by.
At one point I was actively involved in the church and even spent time at a non-denominational bible school. I will not deny that I class this as one of the fondest periods in my life and to this day I still retain some close friendships that I had during this time. However like so often in life, things change and people go down different paths.
I believe marriage is about two people madly in love who want to publicly admit their commitment to each other in front of their friends, family and whoever else feels the privilege to share that beautiful moment in a couple’s life. I believe the Marriage Act under governmental law should be inclusive for all couples no matter what race, sexuality, faith one might have.
I’m not talking about semantics, I am talking about the secular legal term marriage eg. The Marriage Act, that is not owned by the church. All citizens should have the right to equal treatment under the law. It is not illegal for people to be a part of a same-sex relationship, and because of this they deserve all of the rights, responsibilities, and protections of a secular marriage.
While I believe the church has total control to as to whom they bestow the sacrament of holy matrimony, they do not have the right to control the secular legal construct. We were given the right of civil unions in Queensland yet it is widely publicised and even Campbell Newman himself virtually acknowledged The Australian Christian Lobby in the reasoning for taking state sanctioned ceremonies away from an act that wasn’t just for same-sex couples but also heterosexual ones as well. Then last week without proper “in depth” consultation from all members of the community, civil unions were changed to register of relationships.
I am not a dog, or car, I am a human being. This now brings me back to what I was saying above, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate us treating your relationships in such a way, so why campaign to have ours treated this way. The Australian Christian Lobby also is about protecting the children. It seems to me the only children they are protecting are heterosexual ones.
Think of the emotional and physical damage the current government is inflicting on the LGBTI youth of Queensland. The message in schools is saying don’t bully, but our government says treat them differently. How is this upholding Jesus Christ’s most famous words “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
It is so easy easy for a heterosexual to say that people are not born gay. I ask you this, when did you choose to be heterosexual? I have been gay my entire life, however due to an oppressive society I felt like I had to suppress who I was. It was at the age of 21 that I accepted who I was. Yes I had relationships with girls, but for me personally they just did not feel right. And I’ll be honest inside it was killing me. I never chose to be gay, the only decision I ever made was to be myself.
Yours sincerely Chad St. James.