The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is set to host its national conference at the Wesley Mission on April 23 and LGBTI advocates are planning a protest of the event which will host guest speakers including members of right wing US anti-gay group the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The ACL were instrumental in the recent gutting of the Safe Schools program – spearheading a campaign and lobbying politicians to shut down funding to the anti bullying program.
Cat Rose, Co-convener of Community Action Against Homophobia said:
“The Australian Christian Lobby successfully tore shreds off the Safe Schools program through a campaign of bigotry and fear mongering. They may like to pose as moderate Christians but this conference shows exactly who’s in bed with who. We want to give the ACL and Scott Morrison the protest they deserve.”
The ACL’s conference will present both local and international speakers including Eric Metaxas, US author, public speaker and radio host who is outspoken in his cricticism of LGBTI people and a proponent of ex-gay therapy. Also speaking at the conference is Jeffery J Ventrella, a prominent US lawyer from the Alliance Defending Freedom and Blackstone Legal Fellowship who argue anti-gay marriage cases. Australian treasurer, MP Scott Morrison – an opponent of same-sex marriage is a guest speaker as is Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine.
Patrick Wright, co-convener of CAAH said the ACL is giving a platform to a posse of hard right extremists.