From Lyle Shelton: “Our political class has fallen victim to a culture that has lost its capacity to reason.
How a decision to sit was the biggest stand for truth at Labor’s conference
Labor’s 47th National Conference in Melbourne at the weekend marked the party’s end of tolerance for the natural family as the gold standard for children.
It’s been a slow burn but it is now official. The party’s capitulation to the sexual revolution and Greens’ social policy is complete.
After 2019, any Labor parliamentarian who votes to support marriage as one man and one woman will be automatically expelled from the party.
There is now no room in the party for an aspiring candidate for office who wishes to uphold the definition of marriage that is in the best interest of a child.
As Labor’s president Mark Butler put the motion, the ‘ayes’ were loud and proud.
“All those against?” A solitary “no” which sounded like WA Senator Joe Bullock rang out. I was sitting up in the bleachers so it was hard to tell for sure.
Earlier as Penny Wong, Labor’s lesbian Senate leader, rose to speak she was greeted with a sustained standing ovation.
One man, the former head of the Australia’s largest trade union, Joe de Bruyn, could not bring himself to genuflect before the rainbow regime.
It takes courage not to go with the crowd. It takes even greater courage to do this when the crowd are the people of the party for whom you have given your life.
Someone with an iPhone snapped Joe and put him on Twitter. His decision not to bow was ridiculed with almost 200 re-tweets.
What the mockers will never understand is how much courage that took.
Earlier in the conference, Labor voted to make it their policy to support access to assisted reproductive technology for same-sex attracted people.
Watch now for Australia’s prohibition on commercial surrogacy to begin to be chipped at.
There was no debate about the ethics of denying children their natural mother or father, a necessary by-product of ART.
The irony of all this was hearing on the radio on the drive to work this morning the victims of the forced adoption practices of the 1950s-1970s telling heart-wrenching stories of removal.
Do we seriously think a boy growing up with lesbians will never have an ache in his heart for his dad?
I see how my kids love and relate to their mother. There is a maternal bond that two men cannot fulfil no matter how much the law tries to pretend otherwise.
The Greens and Labor talk a lot about the natural environment for birds and plants. Labor’s conference said nothing about the natural environment for a baby.
And if you think I am being partisan, I am not. It is a Liberal, Warren Entsch, who is leading the charge to abolish husband and wife from the Marriage Act when Parliament resumes in August.
Our political class has fallen victim to a culture that has lost its capacity to reason.
Yes, it is a sad day to see the alternative party of government vote to expel anyone who wants to support marriage as the best environment for a child.
But we must use this seminal moment in Australian politics to wake ourselves up and resolve to re-build a marriage culture.
Doing this will require speaking. It will require challenging the assumptions of our friends who have put a rainbow wash through their Facebook profile.
Ideas have consequences. If bad ideas are the only ones prosecuted in the public square, as was the case at Labor’s conference, then we should not be surprised if viral ideas take root in our culture.
Truth always resonates with ordinary people but it can only resonate if it is spoken.
By remaining in his seat, Joe de Bruyn stood for truth.
We all need to take a leaf out of his book.