Presbyterian Church of Victoria Church and Nation Committee
Transgenderism and Culture
From the 1992 acclaimed movie, The Crying Game, the 1994 Australian movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and 1999 Oscar-winning movie, Boys Don’t Cry, to this year’s award-winning film, The Danish Girl, transgenderism has arrived. Popular culture has given us Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner, Chaz (Chastity) Bono and Chelsea (Bradley) Manning among a growing list of well-known transgendered personalities. Behind the cultural push stands social science arguing for gender flexibility in opposition to the traditional binary understanding of gender, driven by biology. This new gender theory is now widely accepted in academia and culture. It has become clear that transgender activism has followed a similar path as homosexual activism, using media, culture, education and anti-discrimination laws to secure the acceptance of the transgendered movement and the ‘queer theory’ that underpins it......
The Federal Election
October 10, 2016. 100 days after the Federal election. An ALP victory will mean marriage has been redefined, and homosexual marriage is a legal reality in Australia. The Presbyterian Church of Australia has already made it clear that homosexual marriage is not marriage.
In 2013, the General Assembly of Australia affirmed the biblical definition of marriage as a “lifelong union of one man with one woman, voluntarily entered into, excluding all others…” It further declared that “same-sex marriage will not contribute to the good of society but will reduce the respect in which marriage is held and further legitimise the production of children for same-sex couples when a child should as far as possible have a mother and father.”
As Christians, we have a duty to seek the good of our nation. Australia currently enjoys the benefits of a stable society built on marriage and family. To change this foundation and embed motherlessness and fatherlessness in public policy is bad policy, and weakens our nation’s foundations. Know the consequences of your vote at this upcoming federal election:
The Coalition policy is to ask you about homosexual marriage via a plebiscite post-election.
The ALP policy is to impose on you homosexual marriage by October 10 this year.
The Presbyterian Church understands that the moral matrices by which each of us evaluates political parties are often wider than one issue and weighted differently. They include concerns about social justice, equity, and morality when weighing the common good. However, redefining marriage is a once in a lifetime issue, and it is our belief it should be weighed accordingly, and considered carefully.
The Possibility of a Plebiscite
If the Coalition are elected, and a plebiscite is held, the Presbyterian Church of Australia believes it is a duty of all Christians to vote for retaining the current definition of marriage and therefore urges all our congregations to be actively involved in the campaign to preserve marriage as “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
Rt. Rev. David Cook
Moderator General, Presbyterian Church of Australia
Rev. Darren Middleton
Convener, Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Australia