Self-anointed saint supports Gay Marriages

From my inbox in time of the coming Easter:

To Members, Friends and Associates of St Michael’s,

Very recently six Catholic Bishops have made a public statement and plea, that gay marriages be outlawed on the basis it would undermine family life or damage society.

Many at St Michael’s express a more accepting stance on the issue of Gay Marriages and do not agree with this recent statement. If you agree with Dr Macnab and others at St Michaels, would you please express your opinion and make it public. Pass this link onto others or ‘Like’ this in your facebook. At no other time in history has the actions of one individual had such significant power. Please make your voice heard.

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Kind regards,
St Michael’s Uniting Church

Francis Macnab, the reverend minister of one of the largest non-denominational congregations in the heart of Melbourne, is responding to one of the major issues of our times– gay rights or equal gender marriages.

Unorthodox and heretic, he has long debunked the divinity of Christ as well as the authority and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures.

In 2010, Andrew Bolt noted Macnab as a self-proclaimed saint aligning himself with Florence Nightingale and Martin Luther King Jr.

Even my own children couldn’t help but laugh at the effrontery:

A stamp postage of Francis Macnab (Photo: Herald Sun)

Dissident Uniting Church minister Francis MacNab has posted a giant billboard over the Monash Freeway with pictures of Florence Nightingale, Martin Luther King and himself as model leaders.

Dr MacNab, minister of St Michael’s in Collins Street, launched his ‘’new faith’’ in late 2008 with another controversial freeway billboard: ‘’The Ten Commandments, the most negative document ever written.’’ He rejects the idea of a divine Christ and a personal God….

’Every morning I drive past and think ‘what an impertinence’,’’ said commuter Geoff Slattery, a Catholic.

Photo at the link. More on MacNab’s self-canonisation on his website. Just who is in his “liberal and progressive” congregation?

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“Flower Power” induces same-sex marriage bill

Two private bills that will pave the way to legalising same-sex marriage in Australia have been introduced today, the ABC reported.

Labor MP Stephen Jones signalled he would introduce a private at the ALP’s conference in December. This will be the second bill following last week’s indication that Greens MP Adam Bandt and Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie would put forward a separate bill.

Same-sex supporters take the streets of Australia

This is a groundbreaking development on marriage equality in Australia following oppositions from the conservative religious and political groups. Edward Santow, chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, also expressed apprehension of any proposed same-sex legislation saying it ”is bound to fail” if not thoroughly discussed in a forum or parliamentary inquiry, the Sydney Morning Herald in its Opinion page said.

However, few days before Valentine’s, same-sex activist group GetUp! urged supporters to mobilise a campaign to soften the hearts of the nation’s federal politicians.

Employing a romantic tactic to soften the hearts of parliament members, GetUp! in partnership with the Australian Marriage Equality, asked followers to send roses to their favourite MP to remind them to review same-sex marriage. “What better way to remind our political representatives of where we stand on Valentine’s Day than to spread some love, and show them that in matters of the heart, we’re united for equality?”

The group has intended to ”flood” the offices of political representatives with roses as a “reminder that Australians believe that two people who want to make a lifelong commitment deserve full and equal recognition before their family, friends and the law,” the group said.

Earlier today, 3000 roses arrived in the Parliament House in Canberra. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abott received 500 each, Nine News reported.

Supporter can continue to send flowers through the group’s Chip In To Send a Rose page.

Gay rights protest in Australia

The roses on Valentine’s are only a prelude to a more intimate petition. In the coming few days, GetUp! also plans to send “three wonderful same-sex couples” to dinner with the prime minister.

Optimistic  for the passage of a bill on marriage equality, GetUp! said Valentine’s Day is the most auspicious day to send love and to be united in love. “We’re closer than ever before to real marriage equality in Australia. So this Valentine’s Day, we’re not giving up on love, and we’re not letting our politicians give up either – not until marriage equality becomes the law of the land, “the group said in an email.

GetUp! claims it was able to gather more than 150,000 petition signatures last year and rallied alongside more than 10,000 other supporters at the ALP National Conference. It also takes pride in the video production of “It’s Time” which has viewed by more than 5 million viewers and still counting.

The group has reasons to be optimistic. The group said the ban on same-sex marriage has been lifted in California. In time of the Valentine’s Day around the round, the Hufftington Post also reported that the state of  New Jersey has already passed a bill to recognise same-sex marriage– a move move that supporters called a “civil rights milestone” and Washington  became the seventh state in the US to enact a law reconizing same-sex marriage on Monday.

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