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According to a government review agency in Australia, religious groups in New South Wales will be allowed to maintain their anti-gay discrimination policies even if they receive taxpayer dollars.

Here's what a report by the NSW Administrative Tribunal said about the ruling:

The ruling, made in the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, has been hailed by the Catholic Church but has outraged civil libertarians, who are demanding religions no longer be exempt from anti-discrimination laws if they receive public money. The Council of Civil Liberties suggested more children might end up in orphanages because church-based service providers could now knock back couples who did not conform to their beliefs. … Cardinal George Pell welcomed the decision and said churches must be able to choose who they wanted to use in the provision of services.

And here's what a spokesman had to say about it:

"From the liberal point of view, there will be parts of the church that will be disappointed with this decision. Generally though, the more conservative side of the church will be happy with the decision."

This is awful! Do U really want to be associated with this, New South Wales?

Think about it.

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53 comments to “Shame On You, Australian Churches!”



  1. 1

    ALL OF THESE JACKASSES HAS TURNED THE CATHOLIC RELIGION INTO A MONEY BUSINESS AND IT IS DISGUSTING….. THEY TOOK EVERYTHING FROM THE BIBLE AND TURNED IT INTO WORDS THAT BENEFITS THEM AND FOOLS THE PEOPLE ..
    I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THERE JUDGEMENT DAY WHEN GOD ASKED THEM WHY, NOW THAT I WISH COULD BE ON REALITY T.V….
    FUCKERS,
    I HOPE THEY ALL ROT IN THEY'RE OWN HELL !!!!!



  2. 2

    why are YOU butting into what australia does MARIO??? The Catholic Church is NOT GOING TO CHANGE ITS STANDING on GAYS. That said, and I am not Catholic, but the Catholic Church has so many programs that help so many people. If the Australian Gov't takes away its public funding, how many families will be hurt by that? and OH, that CIVIL LIBERTY GROUP SUGGESTED, SUGGESTED MARIO, more children MIGHT end up in ORPHANAGES, not will. The ONE EXAMPLE was a gay couple who were denied being foster parents by a Methodist Church foster group AND THAT DIVIDED THE METHODIST CHURCH OVER THE DECISION! CL Bullsh$t as usual to deride the catholic church.



  3. 3

    also Mario/perez/whoever-WHY DON'T YOU PUT DOWN WHAT THE ARTICLE IS ABOUT?????? gays adopting and being foster parents and possibly, POSSIBLY BEING DENIED, so that is why the CL is demanding that PUBLIC FUNDING be taken away from the churches who might, MIGHT deny them. One example, not a Catholic Church and THAT CHURCH IS BEING DIVIDED BY ITS DECISION… so, TAKE AWAY ALL THE FUNDING FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES AND ANY CHURCH THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN GAY COUPLES ADOPTING AND KIDS WILL END UP IN ORPHANAGES. MORON.



  4. 4

    HEY PEREZ WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK WHAT YOU APPROVE OR OR NOT? YOU ARE MOST LIKELY A CHARTER MEMBER OF N.A.M.B.L.A. AND HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU THINK APPROVE OF THAT? THIS IS A CHURCH. IT IS A RELIGION. BELIEVE IN IT OR NOT. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT THEN MOVE ON. EVEN THOUGH YOU DO LIKE LITTLE BOYS, LIKE A LOT OF THEM DO, YOU AREN'T THE POPE, SO WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU TO DISAPPROVE?



  5. 5

    As much as I'm a total advocate for gay rights, these are religious groups. They also have a freedom to uphold as well, and as much as we don't like it, we have to honor it.

    That said though, reasons like this are the reason why I'm an agnostic. Sure I think something is out there, but why do I need to join a group to tell me what it is and who I should and shouldn't like.



  6. 6

    Oh, shut up.

    I live in NSW. Personally, I believe it is absolutely NOT YOUR PLACE to dictate how a church runs their affairs. It's a moral position, Perez. People have a right NOT to agree with homosexuality. That is our RIGHT. Should we be hateful and blatantly discriminate? No. Are we allowed to hold a negative opinion of homosexuality? Yes. That is our right. You can only push your agenda so far down our throats. I commend the catholic church (and yes, they have a lot of things to answer for) for one thing - not buckling on their beliefs to appease the gay community.

    I see more straight-hate from my gay friends these days than gay hate. Ever had a gay man call you a breeder? I've seen this - AND SO MUCH WORSE - from gay men in regard to women. Disgusting, simply disgusting, behavior from gay men toward women. THAT is hate. Are we allowed to call gays back on their bullshit? No way. That is called 'discrimination'. But gays hating on us is considered fair game, even funny.

    You know what? Life isn't fair. Just stop trying to force your beliefs down everybody's throats. Everyone should just get on and live their lives. There are bigger things in this world to worry about than gay people. I'm a woman and we bear the brunt of discrimination every day - and no, the rise of feminism didn't really help at all. If anything, we've gone backwards in a big way.



  7. 7

    i totally agree with you on this one, fatback! why would any organization that discriminates against a portion of the population be entitled to any public funds, much of which comes from the group being discriminated against. it makes no sense. but then again i don't live in australia (thankfully) because i'd be outraged.

  8. Jen83 says – reply to this


    8

    I'm from NSW and how dare you put the religious judgment on something this long standing on all of us? Eat your own words, I find this to be "bullying". I'm all for gays but gays need to start being more understanding and know that there are a vast majority who just don't want to understand. That's horrible I know, but to bag out EVERYONE from NSW is basically saying it's ok to hate ALL gay people because one group pissed me off. So narrow minded and I thought that you had grown. Or maybe I should suicide because of your comments… that might get your attention.



  9. 9

    Regardless of what church or group believes what and what side you represent… either or has a right to their own opinions and morals that they feel need to be upheld. Not Catholic Just sayin! Acceptance goes both ways.



  10. 10

    look, I am SO tired of hearing these church bashing posts…this is RIDICULOUS. I GET IT, THE GAYS FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING DISCRIMINATED but i mean, wake up from your dream and realize the gays are being appreciated MORE than ever and are NOT being discriminated the way they would before. People are accepting the liberation of freedom for the gays but it is UNNECESSARY to put down MY RIGHTS and make ME FEEL LIKE MY CHURCH IS DOING SOMETHING WRONG! YOU HAVE YOUR BELIEFS AND SO DO I. ENOUGH…I WILL REPORT THIS AS A DISCRIMINATORY ACT TOWARD CHRISTIANS AND CATHOICS AND WILL MAKE SURE YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO POST ANOTHER ANTI-CHRISTIAN ARTICLE AGAIN IF I SEE ANOTHER ONE. Ugh…i wanna see more JAKE GYLLENHAAL and LESS DISCRIMINATION in ALL WAY, SHAPE AND FORM.



  11. 11

    Gays are the new "Nazi political castrati" demanding new rules to our civilization.
    -
    Mario didn't go to church last Sunday nor does he care about ever stepping into a church, nor does he want to be married when he'd rather screw a new man in a bath house every night.
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    It's all about breaking down our institutions so they're worthless and we can then pray to the Global Warming God and Big Government to save us.
    -
    Idiot tools for the Commies.



  12. 12

    I can see your "equality for all" kick doesn't necessarily extend to religious freedom. Nice.



  13. 13

    Heres the thing, the Bible is against being gay! so dont freak out because the church is standing up for what the Bible says!



  14. 14

    Perez, when are you going to get that the majority of religions don't support Homosexuality??? Are you just that fucking stupid? I think most people of faith have come a long way in not discrimating as it is not our place to judge. But why you think the church should suddenly turn away from it's core believes for PC is just beyond me! You hurt your cause more than you help it!



  15. 15

    Re: Liafaith! – i'm sure it also says something in there about sleeping with kids but the catholic church has an extensive history of dabbling in pedophilia & covering it up. i'm an atheist & its been my experience that religious nuts are the most closed minded people around all the while sinning & lying about it in the process. all you bible beating freaks need to give it a rest.



  16. 16

    "As much as I'm a total advocate for gay rights, these are religious groups. They also have a freedom to uphold as well, and as much as we don't like it, we have to honor it."

    We don't have to honor the corrupt stupidity of the Mary Worshiping Catholic Church! I don't "honor" any nonsense. And, more important. we, as tax-payers, shouldn't have to pay for it. If the Catholics want to hate people in the name of their superstitious nonsense, fine. But they shouldn't get tax dollars to do it.

    It is time all churches paid taxes.



  17. 17

    Catholic Church 'money maker' are the worst example for any human being in this planet … The simple the worst !



  18. 18

    Homosexuality is wrong. Plain and simple.



  19. 19

    if you're going to delve into gay issues constantly, despite this allegedly being a GOSSIP BLOG, can you at least look at other more serious political issues in the world? Poverty? War? Nobody wants to read about your gay shite anymore.



  20. 20

    I'm from NSW and i've personally met the guy in this photograph. He is an extremely homophobic, misogynistic, hateful and pathetic human being who scares me to death because he has somehow reached a position of influence and power within Australian society. That said i really don't need to be lectured by an American on the level of anti-gay discrimination in my state. This kind of discrimination is shameful and makes me furious and disappointed but i guarantee gay marriage is becoming possible in my religiously moderate country before it does yours perez.



  21. 21

    Re: unyversalone
    I'm not Catholic! im a nondenominational Christian! i think Catholics are nuts!
    and Christians arent closeminded!!!! and we're different than Catholics so dont group us together!



  22. 22


  23. 23

    Good for Australia! Nobody cares what you approve of Perez, you damn butt pirate.



  24. 24

    Truely. You are the worst person on Earth. And. Yah, I know. You love hearing it don't you? If feeds your ego. But. It's people like you who alter the opinions of others. Yes. I know. This is what your hoping will happen. There are plenty of people who are happy with their beliefs. And it has nothing to do with you. Those churches that don't cave to those foul mouthed individuals who look at them as the most horrible places on Earth because they remain firm in their decisions are the best ones. I know God wouldn't want anyone to cave in because some non believer feared something stronger and more powerful than him. Oh wait. That's right. Your not powerful. Forgot.



  25. 25

    SEPERATE CHURCH FROM STATE!!!
    i don't believe in the church and it's hipocritical, descriminating ways yet i have to suffer thru their shit 24/7! THEY DON'T PAY TAXES. THEY FUND RIDICULOUS BILLS THAT BRING HATE AND INTOLERANCE INTO OUR WORLD. PEOPLE, WHEN ARE YOU ALL GOING TO WAKE THE FLIP UP AND TAKE SOME ACTION!??!!
    SEPERATE CHURCH FROM STATE!!!
    SEPERATE CHURCH FROM STATE!!!
    SEPERATE CHURCH FROM STATE!!!
    SEPERATE CHURCH FROM STATE!!!



  26. 26

    Re: Atoaruta
    BY BELONGING TO A CROUP THAT DISCRIMINATES OF PEOPLE THAT DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR RIDICULOUS LIES THEN YOU ARE HATEFUL AND YOU DO DISCRIMINATE.
    and that's just a shame. We're all the same. LIVE WITH IT!



  27. 27

    It may come as a shock to you, Perez, but the Catholic Church doesn't give a rat's eardrum whether you approve of its dogma or not! Nor should it.

    And let me ask you one question. Would you be so free to express your opinion of the Muslim views on your lifestyle? Considering that if you insult THEIR religion, they're liable to plant explosives in your BVDs?



  28. 28

    Re: luvs2tango
    Commies??!! OK RED DAWN…
    do you even understand the concept of communism?? Retarded!



  29. 29

    The church can believe whatever they want, but why they give the church taxpayer dollars is beyond me. But that is for Australians to complain about not me.



  30. 30

    GAY



  31. 31

    I am just wondering why everyone must ALWAYS accept the gay lifestyle, but gays can't always support the religious lifestyle or anyone else's if they don't agree with gay equality?

    To me, you should say this sucks… but least we have that freedom HERE. Not every person and every organization in the world is going to support everything you do. It's life, you need to get over it eventually; you seem really hung up and insecure about everyone NOT accepted it. On the Tyra show the other day, she was talking about race and one of her guests said "Racism is part of everyone's life in some way or another, not just one race. So GET OVER IT. Why hurt yourself by stopping and dwelling on someone else's thoughts because they aren't the same as your own" and honestly… it fits for all things that people can be discriminated about. Not just race, not just your sexuality. I'm discriminated against because I have tattoos and piercings. I was once complained about to my manager by a man, he said "you shouldn't have a piece of SHIT with holes and ink all over her body working here. She's a freak!" right in front of me. I didn't even have that many. I had to go back to work after that… and get over it. It's not just gays, because that happens A LOT to people for all kinds of reasons.

    You need to start acting your age and rolling with life. I do every day and I face much more discrimination than you do at times. I'm 20 and I know how to LET IT GO.

  32. @v@ says – reply to this


    32

    How ironic, considering their history with priests and altar boys. I understand their not wanting to change their stand to cater to morphing cultural convenience.
    This is not unexpected. After all, the Catholic church doesn't treat women any better.



  33. 33

    Any organization that takes taxpayers dollars has no right to uphold discrimination like that. I'd be pretty pissed if I were gay and my tax dollars were being sent to something that is allowed to discriminate against me.

    And if you want a good example of this in America, look at the Boy Scouts.



  34. 34

    Re: jcrhode – Hm. Go eff yourself, heterophobe.



  35. 35

    Re: Atoaruta

    I think grammar-phobe is more appropriate.



  36. 36

    Re: OrlandoLove! – how can you say that you're not close minded yet praise someone who said "homosexuality is wrong"?

  37. Zopo says – reply to this


    37

    Who says what is discrimination or opinion. A religion is an organisation if you don't like what the organisation stands for go somewhere else.

    At the same time I don't think there is anything wrong with trying to get your point across to the organisation that you feel is discriminatory, but at the same time you cant force people to have a particular view whether you believe is right or wrong.



  38. 38

    Perez… Last time I check you don't live in NSW or Australia for that Matter - SO STOP FUCKING PUTTING YOUR NOSE IN OTHER COUNTRY'S BUSINESS!!!!



  39. 39

    I am curious as to why Perez always singles out Christians and Catholics as opposed to Muslims and their anti-gay beliefs. If Perez lived in a Muslim country he would be executed-and that is a reality. Sharia Law is a much bigger threat to the gay community than be accepted within the Catholic Church.



  40. 40

    Get the fuck out of Australian politics, Perez. You feel free to call us out when YOUR country has it's shit together. Until then, piss off.



  41. 41

    first of all most of us dont even care about religion anymore nor any churches they their popularity has plummeted unlike in the USA. second the churches have been relying on government money since the 1950's. thirdly new south wales has had so much to deal with over the last few years due to churches and the government that were lucky we havent gone into ruins. hopefully when the churches and the government figure out that not many people like them we might be able to finely get some fair/equal laws.



  42. 42

    The catholic church has every right to do this, it's there belief and it should be respected. I'm gay and i don't see a problem with this. Saying bad things about the church is the horrible part, they may have discriminated against your beliefs but you should at least be the bigger person and try to respect there's. How do you expect them to respect your beliefs if you don't do the same for there's.



  43. 43

    i am an australian and a catholic. btw in the bible it never says god hates gays it says that two men or two women should not have sex. but it says the same about male/female couples, that they should not have sex unless they are married and trying to have a child. so even though i was broght up catholic i think they are using the bible as an excuse, because it also says that GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE. anyway, i think that this is horrible, that i am from new south wales and nobody i know here knows about this. and gay's should have equal rights. but do no turn to liberals side even though it says they are outraged they would do the same thing.



  44. 44

    oh please. You don't have to be condescending. I think it's fairly obvious that the majority of New South Wales doesn't want to be associated with something like that. I live in NSW and i am an atheist who happens to live next door to one of those giant money grubbing "churches". I can honestly say that the majority of people i know who are christian/atheist/whatever do not agree with things like this. We don't have groups like the westboro baptist church in Australia Perez. Maybe look at your own country before judging ours.



  45. 45

    Re: Atoaruta
    Loved, loved, LOVED your post Atoaruta.



  46. 46

    Re: Atoaruta
    Loved, loved, LOVED your post Atoaruta.



  47. 47

    Re: jezz678

    Except while they don't like your lifestyle they still love to take your money. Fancy that.



  48. 48

    It's fucked either way.

    The Catholic church does a lot for Australia, whether we agree with their views or not. They have a lot of standing, and we can't afford to lose that. Imagine if we lost the Catholic church - we would lose schools, hospitals and a lot of charities that support the public (both Catholic and non-Catholic).

    Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do for the greater good.

    But yeah, Pell is a jerk off. Pretty sure he was the HBIC at my holy communion. And you wonder why I disowned the church….



  49. 49

    Re: namara

    Hear hear!

    Don't taint all of us, Perez.



  50. 50

    I don't live in New South Wales, I live in Queensland. Personally, it's their choice, not yours Perez.

    I am only 14 and have absolutely nothing against the lesbian or gay community.



  51. 51

    I dont associate myself with ANY church because religion are a load of crap anyway.

    There are way more important things to be worrying about than this.



  52. 52

    Preze, a kind word of advice… You might want to do a bit of reasearch on how the Australian Govt, and how much POWER the Catholic church holds in the world before you make bitchy little comments like "Do U really want to be associated with this, New South Wales?".

    Of course we don't want this, but we have to deal with this. Sydney has one of the highest population of homosexual males per capita in the world. Do you think this would have happened easily?

    Think before you speak, Perez.

    Love, Shelly of NSW.



  53. 53

    Re: OrlandoLove! – you christians are wack jobs too.