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Anti-gay message hits the road
A truck with mounted signage warning of the dangers of same-sex marriage to children and displaying a grown man embracing a young male child is making its way to Queensland to target ALP electorates with its anti-gay message.
Embarking on a ‘Queensland Election Prayer Rally Tour’, the billboard claims young children will be subjected to ‘homosexual sex-ed’ that it says is already happening in Europe and the US.
The truck will travel through Taree, Kempsey, Casino, Lismore, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, on its way to a major prayer rally at King George Square in the Brisbane CBD on March 22, two nights before the state election.
Spotted in Gosford yesterday on its way north, amateur images of the truck went viral on social media platforms with users overwhelmingly expressing disgust and outrage.
The truck’s signage directs readers to the Stand4Marriage.org.au website which is registered to Australian Heart Ministries and Warwick Marsh – the founder of the The Fatherhood Foundation.
Marsh was dumped as one of the Federal Government’s men’s health ambassadors in 2008 by then Health Minister Nicola Roxon over his anti-gay views.
Failed NSW Christian Democratic Party candidate Peter Madden is also involved in the truck’s tour. His website has been calling for donations to assist its journey and explains the inspiration behind its message.
“The billboard signage (9 metres x 3 metres) on the ‘Heal Our Land’ Truck, will send a very strong message as it travels to Brisbane and parks outside shopping centres in marginal ALP electorates to distribute the ‘Your Children at Risk’ document,” Madden’s website states.
“It is vital that we pray that God will have His way in Queensland in this election against the wickedness proposed by Anna Bligh and others (who have pushed hard for the evil agenda of homosexual marriage in Queensland, clearly aimed at Australian children and families).”
Queensland equal rights advocate Phil Browne slammed the Prayer Rally Tour as “vilification” and “derogatory and offensive to most Queenslanders.”
“[It] denigrates gays by promoting a skewed and inaccurate message,” he said.
“Brisbane is a peaceful tolerant city and Peter Madden is not welcome to promote misinformation, hate and division within the community.”
Browne called on Brisbane Lord Mayor Quirk to immediately cancel the planned prayer rally to show that Brisbane was a fair and tolerant progressive city.
Following the Queensland election, the billboard truck will return to Sydney the following Sunday for a Stand4Marriage rally in Hyde Park North on Sunday April 1.