Tuesday, October 12, 2010

VCAT verdict :: gay discrimination and the brethern

I've been following this case for a while, from the ABC::

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has upheld a discrimination complaint made by a gay support group against a business run by the Christian Brethren church.
WayOut claimed it was barred from hiring the Christian Youth Camp's Philip Island Adventure Resort in 2007 because of its stance on homosexuality.
The resort has been ordered to pay the group $5,000 in compensation.
Interesting the Brethern used as their big gun Dr Peter Adams from Ridley College to no avail, from The Age::

Judge Hampel rejected the evidence of Christian Youth Camps' expert witness theologian Dr Peter Adam on the basis that "his independence and impartiality in respect of the evidence he gave was seriously compromised".
"He became, in my view, an advocate for the cause for which he had been retained and in which he believed," Judge Hampel said.

For me as a Christian the issues was supporting people with their sexuality. Certainly I would imagine Jesus supporting, and not discriminating any sexuality or culture. It will be interesting how the Brethren promotes its camp sites now...

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