With Australian same-sex marriage activists pressuring a Senate inquiry to support fines for people who disagree with them, the Trump Administration today signalled it would act to restore religious freedom.
The Washington Post has reported that it has obtained a draft executive order aimed at restoring freedom of religion for people who wish to publicly live out their views on marriage, biological gender, and human rights for the unborn.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said that while he had questions about President Trump’s character, the foreshadowed executive order and comments by both the President and White House press secretary Sean Spicer augured well for striking a better balance between freedom of religion and minority rights.
Mr Shelton said the Trump move would avoid legal action like that against Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous who was taken to the Anti-Discrimination Commission for expressing the Christian view on marriage.
“Since five US Supreme Court Judges redefined marriage in America, people of faith have been subject to legal action and have been forced to support ‘Safe Schools’-type ideology that casts gender as a social construct,” Mr Shelton said.
“Even without same-sex marriage legalised here, we saw a foretaste of what is to come at last week’s Senate hearings as Australia’s activists pushed to ensure that ordinary Australians who did not affirm same-sex marriage and gender theory would be punished under so-called hate speech laws,” Mr Shelton said.
“The reported executive order would restore the freedom of people in America to publicly live out their beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman and that gender is biological without falling foul of anti-discrimination laws,” Mr Shelton said.
“It is disappointing that Australian LGBTIQ activists are seeking to copy their counterparts in America in ensuring that dissenters to their politics are punished by law.
“Protecting freedom of belief on marriage is not about discriminating against people because they are same-sex attracted. It is about allowing room for people to live out their conscientiously held beliefs about marriage and gender without fear of legal reprisal.
“Whatever we think of President Trump – and there is much to be concerned about – it seems that his administration has a genuine commitment to restoring a better balance between freedom and the legitimate rights of the LGBTIQ community.”
Mr Shelton said all Australians should be concerned that same-sex marriage activists last week pushed the Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill to ensure that beliefs on marriage expressed outside of a church, a mosque or a temple would be subject to fines.
“President Trump promised to restore freedom of religion during the campaign. Many Christian voters held their noses and voted for him because they were tired of being in the firing line for their beliefs on marriage, human life and biological gender,” Mr Shelton said.