An Australian Christian group has spoken out after an obstructive protest was held at one of its events by LGBT activists.
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) held an event at a Melbourne hotel with speakers discussing transsexualism and Australia’s “Safe Schools” programme.
The group was recently targeted with what appeared to be a car bomb.
Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the ACL, described the forceful obstruction of the public as “the latest example of intolerant bullying by rainbow political activists”.
Shelton continued: “The ACL has no problem with peaceful protest. We live in a democracy and we too support freedom of speech and freedom of expression. But physical force and intimidation should never be part of protest in a civil society.
“Quite frankly, we are tired of the threats and intimidation. By all means protest and engage our arguments in a civil manner. But the bullying must stop”, he added.
The hotel venue also came under fire for associating with the ACL, receiving harassing phone calls and online threats.
The ACL put on the event to help the public “understand the consequences of teaching contested gender ideology” to children.
One of the speakers, paediatrician Dr John Whitehall, has more than 50 years’ experience treating children.
He warned against the promotion of ‘gender fluidity’ which he described as a “dangerous fad” and a “fashion trend fuelled by the ideologues and fuelled by the media”.
Dr Whitehall argued that international evidence shows a vast majority of children who question their gender will end up identifying with the sex they were born with.
Safe Schools programme
Last month, New South Wales announced that school children bullied for their race, weight or appearance will now receive support previously limited to LGBT pupils.
The state made the announcement as federal funding is set to be removed from the Safe Schools programme.
The controversial LGBT-focused initiative included support for gender fluidity, featured graphic descriptions about gay sex and claimed “virginity is whatever you think it is”.