Divisions in the campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia have emerged, with the Salt Shakers Christian lobby group attacking the involvement of other faiths in the campaign.
“The involvement of speakers from other faiths [at the rally] seems to have been done to spread the message of opposition to homosexual ‘marriage’,” the Salt Shakers wrote in newsletters following the Marriage Day rally in August.
“However, the inclusion of a message from a Muslim imam, who praised marriage and the family, was problematic because Islam allows a man to have four wives.
“The appointment of a Mormon couple as ‘marriage ambassadors’ was also a great concern — one reason being Mormonism’s past views on polygamy.”
The Salt Shakers also expressed concern that some politicians who spoke at the rally said they had supported the removal of discrimination against same-sex couples by passing amendments to 84 Commonwealth laws, and that one supported civil unions.
Christians who tolerated LGBTI people were also singled out.
“The church in Australia flounders under the weak opposition we get from atheists, the pro-death lobby and the pro-homosexual lobby,” the newsletter read.
“As more and more people, churches, and even denominations, fear man more than they fear God the church becomes more like the world and Scripture is compromised for the sake of ‘peace’ and a desire to be ‘nice’ … Sadly, today the church won’t drive out anyone — instead we placate those defiling His laws, His values and His Creation order.”
The Salt Shakers have asked supporters to pray that Jesus visits Christians who tolerate members of the LGBTI community so he can ask them “Why are you persecuting me by endorsing sin?”
The Salt Shakers believe that gays and lesbians who remain celibate are as unacceptable as those who acted on their attractions, and asked supporters to pray “against the legalisation of same-sex relationships”.
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