Advert

Latest

Iceberg Bigger Than New York City Breaks Off In Antarctica

Iceberg Bigger Than New York City Breaks Off In Antarctica

published at2 hours ago
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
News

Presbyterian Church Says Victoria’s Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Should Be Ignored

Presbyterian Church Says Victoria’s Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Should Be Ignored

Victoria's parliament passed new legislation this month that banned gay conversion therapy from being practiced in the state.

Operators who tried to change or suppress someone's sexuality could receive a massive fine or a decade behind bars if they're caught.

While the move was celebrated by many, it appears it surprisingly hasn't gone down well in the religious community.

The Presbyterian Church has indicated it shouldn't be forced to follow the new law and declared they don't have to adhere to rules dictated by the state parliament.

Advert

The moderator general of the Presbyterian church in Australia, Reverend Peter Barnes, told the Guardian Australia they should be allowed to stick to their own rules.

Reverend Peter Barnes. Credit: Anglican Church League
Reverend Peter Barnes. Credit: Anglican Church League

"Civil authorities have a God-given right to govern, I'm not questioning that, but its authority is not open-ended," he said.

"If the government passes legislation I don't think is wise, that's one thing. You're not going to please all people all the time. If I think they should lower taxes but they raise them, I still pay my taxes.

Advert

"But there are limits, and this legislation puts itself very obviously against scripture. It was a declaration of war against scripture."

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
News

Victoria Is Officially Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Not only does the legislation result in serious penalties if someone is caught, but it also empowers the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to investigate reports of suspected conversion practices.

News

Queensland Becomes First State In Australia To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

published at6 months ago

Victoria also sought to one-up the same legislation introduced in Queensland last year to include religious practices of gay conversion therapy, not just medical ones.

In the wording of the law, people and operators are banned from 'carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer-based practice, a deliverance practice or an exorcism'.

Advert

The Presbyterian Church's choice to not abide by the rule isn't surprising considering there were many religious groups who openly opposed it when it was being debated in parliament.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Bishop Brad Billings of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne said in a statement to AAP: "[The bill] has some potentially serious unintended consequences in respect to fundamental human rights such as the freedom of speech, the protection of religious belief and freedom of conscience.

"It potentially criminalises the provision of pastoral care and may limit the ability of parents to guide their children."

Advert

When asked whether Reverend Peter Barnes was calling for people to openly flout the law, he remained vague.

"I'm saying that and a lot of people feel the same way," he told the Guardian. "The official policy of the church is to preach the whole counsel of God - I was just saying that's what we signed up for."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Australia

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Former CIA Agent Explains How He Made Targets Fall For Him
published ata day ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

News

El Chapo's Wife Emma Coronel Aispuro 'Turned Herself Into Police'

published at2 days ago

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.