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VIDEO: Forum with Queer Society at Sydney Uni…

A student made a very low-definition video recording of the forum from Tuesday this week (21st Aug), and the clip below has my attempt to capture the ‘heart of the matter’ against same-sex marriage for a very mixed audience of about 150 bods, lots of them eating in the Manning Bar and paying little attention. My spiel is from about 2min 20:

This was a worthwhile gig at short notice, in my capacity as president of the Australian Marriage Forum (www.australianmarriage.org). The Sydney University Union hosted this joint forum of the Queer Society and the Catholic Society of St Peter: I joined Patrick Langrell of Theology on Tap fame, and we were opposed by the present chief of staff to the Hon John Howard, Mr Patrick Bateman (a former ‘world debating champion’, I hear) and Pastor Karl Handof of the Metropolitan Community Church. Well chaired by Zach.

The debate was civil and a highlight was the acknowledgement by Pastor Karl that, indeed, he could not find any ‘homophobia’ in the two of us (although in discussions after the meeting there was a distinct sense of disappointment from the gay activists that we were not bigots from central casting). Karl’s obscure comment about me playing the cello in the Green Room?? We were there for lunch together prior to the forum, and somebody had left a cello in its bag. It needed tuning and dusting down, and I did the honours; nothing like a Bach suite to build bridges… And given my low-level cello playing, that is the only Green Room I am ever likely to grace…

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