Today, May 17 we celebrate 2nd International Day Against Homophobia. This initiative encourages communities to do three things:
1 Take action to raise awareness of homophbia in the community.
2 Engage in a global awareness raising campaign.
3 Have this day included in national and international calendars.
Last year I wrote to the Catholic Bishops of Australia requesting that they include this day in their diocesan calendars.
This year I am posting this reminder to discussion forums and individuals with the request that more Australians endorse the "For an International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) Petition to UNO (United Nations Organization) and all States, Governments and Parliaments My passion for this campaign comes out of personal experience of the malice of individuals and groups who have misrepresented me in publications from the Lepanto League of Australia and the Festival of Light.
“I believe in getting into hot water - it helps keep you clean.”G K Chesterton
Poscript May 18
I published this item on a Catholic Discussion Forum where it was ignored by most participants, but managed to attract enough attention to justify its presence!! here are some typical good catholic responses to my post.
Do You think we could have a day against hetrophobia......NT
Posted by Herman on May 17, 2006, 3:46 pm, in reply to "International Day Against Homophobia"188.8.131.52
Oh Hear, hear ! Re: Do You think we could have a day against hetrophobia......NT
Posted by Eve on May 18, 2006, 3:46 pm, in reply to "Do You think we could have a day against hetrophobia......NT"184.108.40.206
Peace be with you Herman !
I'm so sick of the obssession that the homosexual posters have with homo.sex that is dipicted in almost all of their messages posted on this board !!!
Get a life homosexual posters and while you're at it, strive to make it Eternal
Tony, don't assume pwople are homophobic, you deny them their right to hate what is evil i.e.
Posted by Moses on May 18, 2006, 3:41 pm, in reply to "International Day Against Homophobia"220.127.116.11
homosexuality AND NOT homosexuals per se.
After all, God tells us in the Holy Bible to "hate what is evil". "No man can serve two masters" Tony and you shouldn't emotionally blackmail people into doing so either !!
We have the Right to Religious Freedom; the Truth is Tony, very few people actually fear homosexuals; only some men fear being raped or as homos. call it, being converted to your filthy way of life !!
People simply hate the Devil in homosexuals and also what homos. do which God says is evil !
It's in the Holy Bible Tony, read it for your self !!
Digest that, if you can !
Update May 24 Here we are, a week after the International Day Against Homophobia and our Prime Minister again voices his prejudice:
The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) has denounced comments made by John Howard in Ireland overnight that the campaign for relationship equality and gay marriage in Australia amounts to “minority fundamentalism”, calling the PM’s remarks offensive and out of touch with real Australian values.
A Newspoll conducted by the Australian Secular Party showed that most Australians support the recognition of same-sex relationships, and the removal of the widespread financial and non-financial discrimination against gays and lesbians”.
David Scamell added, “There is growing support within Howard’s Government for the recognition of same-sex relationships. When he returns from overseas, the PM must show leadership and start to properly remedy the discrimination that exists against same-sex couples”.
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