‘God is not happy.’ That’s the message delivered by Waikanae educationalist Deb Burton at the Kapiti Speakers’ Corner.
Mrs Burton, who is a committed Christian and a mother of three children, was speaking on the passing of the recent Marriage Amendment Bill making it legal for gays to get married.
She told a gathering of about a dozen at the weekend event that the gay community’s fight to secure the same legal right to marry as couples of the opposite sex has an ulterior motive.
‘Greater pool of sexual partners’ sought
She said this could be a desire to have their lifestyle recognised and accepted in order to encourage more participation and a greater pool of sexual partners.
Mrs Burton said the level of promiscuity amongst gays was much higher, averaging 50 per year.
She said most homosexuals were introduced to the lifestyle by older men and women.
“I am afraid for the young people in their uncertain teen years convincing themselves they have to choose this way of life. I am afraid they will be preyed upon more now that we have given acceptance of equality to gays,” she added.
She said recent studies had shown that homosexuals were more prone to psychiatric problems like suicide, depression, bulimia, antisocial personality disorder and substance abuse.
There was evidence to show this was caused by factors beyond the effects and pressures of social stigma on homosexuals, she alleged.
And Mrs Burton spoke of bible stories where God rained down fire and brimstone on cities given over to gay lifestyle.
“I am afraid for us; it is bringing us closer to the judgments promised for the last days, in the Book of Revelation. In our shaky land, with our shaky economy, and uncertain weather, we thumb our nose at God at our peril, she said.
“Like the prophets of old, I speak to warn us of the consequences of our permissiveness, and to let you know that God is not happy,” she said.
Mrs Burton’s views were subject to an attempted rebuttal by the Rev John Murray who said as a man of God for many years he had his own interpretation of the Bible.
He said the Bible and Jesus upheld the basic humanism of people and their need to be loved irrespective of colour, class or sexual orientation.
He said he was one, among many, who celebrated Parliament’s recognition of this after many years of discrimination.