Australian Capital Territory Senator Zed Seselja will vote ‘no’ in the Turnbull government’s voluntary, non-binding, postal plebiscite because he believes that Christians and other religious people could be persecuted for their views on marriage and sexuality if the law is changed1. Statements like this are enough to make you consider that Seselja might have some form of mental impairment. However, he did state that he would vote ‘yes’ in the free vote in parliament if the postal plebiscite resulted in a majority favouring same-sex marriage.
He stated that in other parts of the world religionists can find it difficult when marriage is redefined, and that: “They can find there is persecution when they argue their view of marriage and sexuality. We should be protecting those kinds of things.”1 There is a simple way to avoid any perceived persecution, and that is to stop telling people they are not fit to have the same rights as you; that they are somehow inferior or less worthy of demonstrating to others their love for someone. The religious also need to realise that civil law trumps any wacky religious belief. I have never seen Jews or Muslims pontificating on street corners that the rest of us are scum because we like bacon. They can do what they like with regard to such products; they just cannot tell me what I should not be allowed to do, just because of some weird religious belief about cloven hooves and cud2.
The vague drivel uttered by Seselja is simply a religionist’s diatribe against giving other people rights he already has. Like many people of a religious bent, he thinks he has the right to tell others how to live their lives, just like the Taliban wish to do in Afghanistan. Senator Seselja seems unaware that giving someone a right that you already have is not an attack on you3.