Prominent Christians have criticised Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace over comments he made on Twitter on Anzac Day.
“Just hope that as we remember servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for — wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!” Wallace tweeted.
After a barrage of criticism, Wallace later apologised for the timing of the comments but not their content, tweeting, “Ok you are right my apologies this was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean to [sic] much to me to demean this day, not intended”.
At least two prominent Christians turned to Twitter to express their displeasure at Wallace’s comments.
“It’s so sad that people who should know better have to use ANZAC DAY to pick on people they don’t like. It’s unchristian in the extreme,” Uniting Church minister Reverend Bill Crews tweeted. Crews is the founder of Sydney youth and homeless charity the Exodus Foundation and is the minister at the Uniting Church Ashfield in Sydney’s inner west.
Emmaus Baptist Community Church minister Simon Moyle responded to Wallace’s comments with three tweets. Emmaus Baptist is in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg.
“For what it’s worth, I’m a Christian leader and @JimWallaceACL doesn’t remotely speak for me or any other Christians I know,” Moyle wrote.
“Jesus said, ‘Love one another in the same way I have loved you.’ JimWallaceACL isn’t showing that kind of love at the mo. He can do better.
Appearing on Sunrise on Tuesday, Wallace compared himself to swimmer Stephanie Rice who he said had been unfairly persecuted after using the word ‘faggots’ in a tweet. He said he had only been using Twitter for a matter of weeks.
According to Twitter, he posted his first tweet on February 3, 2010.
Meanwhile, the people at Equal Rights Victoria have produced a YouTube video in response to Wallace’s comments and the ongoing government allowance for churches to legally discriminate against those who don’t share their beliefs..