So far no word from Armidale’s Faith Groups on Violence and Bullying of GLBTI people and Kids

Of course the Christmas post is slow so replies by mail to the letter sent to them in the mail may not arrive for some time yet.

However of all the emails sent several bounced back because the addresses appear no longer in use and there was one automated response because the University Uniting Church Chaplaincy is currently unstaffed.

Still a lot of emails were sent. And so far no-one has replied. Why is that? Did we ask them to support Gay Marriage? No. (and we note that the Catholic Church is actually campaigning against Marriage for Intersex Transgender Bisexual Lesbian and Gay people!) Did we ask them to support federal antidiscrimination legislation? No. Did we ask them to support Equal Rights? No.

We asked nothing even so simple and easy as that. No we asked them to do something so simple, something without any conflict or even hint of such with the tenants of faith of any religions to our knowledge, something so totally basic that every decent person should have been able to do.

We asked them to say that bullying, harassing and committing violence against people and especially young people because they are ITBLG is wrong. We pointed out to them there is rising bullying of this group in schools. We asked the to speak out against it. We pointed out to them that this bullying and violence leads to high risk of youth suicide. We asked them to speak out against it for the sake of those kids lives.

We made sure that they could do this without fear of supporting equality or marriage getting in the way. So far we have heard nothing.

I hope the reply is in the mail. I hope they have already spoken against this in their sermons or planned to mention it in their Christmas Mass.

Because the alternative is too horrible to think about. The alternative would be that they support the bashing of ITBLG people, the bullying of ITBLG kids. Despite the calls against violence and for tolerance in their own religious texts. Despite some of these having responsibility for the safety of children and being in charge of schools where much of this violence takes place. Can they really want or be willing to let kids kill themselves from bullying for being ITBLG? Can they really be ok with their parishioners shouting out abuse at people in the street or physically attacking them?

Surely not? Surely the response is still coming?

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