#1082 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 7 June 2015
Mark Steyn is a Canadian-born writer and political commentator known for his conservative and often provocative views. This week he weighed in to the debate on sexual orientation and gender identity, observing that:
To the progressive totalitarians, “gender” is a social construct, so feel free to change your sex, but “sexual orientation” is immutable, so don’t even think of changing your orientation, because we’ve passed a law telling you to cut out all that pray-away-the-gay stuff.
Mr Steyn was highlighting the apparent hypocrisy of American political leaders, whom Robert S. McCain recently described as “decadent and depraved.”
In an era of over-the-top political correctness, the “progressive totalitarians” are winning the battles, though not necessarily the arguments.
Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and in particular the freedom to question dangerous and novel ideas relating to the expression of sexual diversity, are increasingly under threat today from those who stand to gain from having reasoned debate shut down.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.