“Same as a Paedophile”
Here’s a fascinating piece from “The Australian” newspaper
A PROMINENT Sydney gay activist plans to sue former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett over comments he made about the sacking of a bisexual trainer from a country football club.
Gary Burns, who successfully sued Sydney radio station 2UE over comments made by former 2UE announcer John Laws about homosexual men, says he will take Mr Kennett to the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal.
Mr Kennett, chairman of the national anti-depression body beyondblue and AFL football club Hawthorn, said in July this year the Bonnie Doon Football Club was right to dismiss bisexual trainer Ken Campagnolo because of his sexuality.
At the time, Mr Campagnolo was fighting his dismissal.
“The club felt that once this had been pointed out and you had this gentleman there who was obviously close to young men – massaging young men – it ran an unnecessary risk, and that’s why it decided it was best that he not perform those duties again. So the club was trying to do the right thing,” Mr Kennett said at the time.
“When you are in charge of a group of young boys, as this club was, as I understand it, it’s got to make sure.
“It’s the same if you have a pedophile there as a masseur, right?”
Do we know what the answer to this question is?Â That’s right – “no”.
Look at it from another perspective. Many of the best coaches of young female gymnasts are men, all the way up to olympic level. Would Mr Kennett ever suggest that these men should all be sacked because it is presumed that they would want to have sex with the girls they coached?Â Of course not, so why does he feel he can sack a man on the basis that he believes that since he is sexually attracted to men he would want to have sex with the boys in his care?
If there was evidence that this particular man had a history of paedopholic and ebophilic behaviour, then sacking him is justified. And, just to be controversial, if there was any evidence that men who are sexually attracted to men are more likely than not (read that very carefully before you come back to me on this) to abuse children then sacking him might be justified. But the simple fact of the matter is that neither of these things are true, so the sacking is purely down to homophobia. Campagnolo was sacked simply because Kennett feared that he would abuse children, but that fear had absolutely no basis in fact.
Such genuine homophobia (as opposed to what is sometimes called homophobia but is actually genuine conscientious theological objection) is something all christians should oppose.