The Stolen Degeneration

The stolen generation were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The reasoning being that aboriginal children were less likely to survive and half casts were more likely to be able to assimilate into the white man’s society.

Today we are hearing a similar argument from Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney. He seems to be arguing that being a homosexual is a health hazard and children that may be considering this as a lifestyle should reconsider it for health reasons. In other words they should assimilate into the heterosexual way of life.

It took about 135 years for the federal government to apologise to the Aboriginal Stolen Generation and that only occurred when the older generation, Prime Minister John Howard departed and his younger generation predecessor, Kevin Rudd took his place and gave a long overdue and remarkable apology in February, 2008.

Although Peter Jensen says that he could be wrong, he thinks that he is right and I believe that he is unlikely to change his mind in thinking that homosexuals are degenerates and need to be saved from themselves and their unhealthy lifestyles. Previous and even present generations were unable to admit their culpability and past wrong doings, citing that they were doing it for their good. Can you tell me Peter why you would be any different?

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2 Responses to The Stolen Degeneration

  1. Dr Philip Selden says:

    Dear Des

    Thank you for you email to the Archbishop and the link to your blog. He has asked me to reply on his behalf. He was glad of the opportunity of appearing on QandA, and this has obviously created a lot of interest.

    While you and he do not agree on some matters, he is glad that the issues have been raised in a careful and respectful manner. I trust that you will continue to think about them, and hope that you may see the wisdom of what the Archbishop is saying.

    Yours sincerely

    Dr Philip Selden
    Diocesan Registrar and
    Archbishop’s Executive Officer

    • Dear Philip
      Firstly thanks for replying to me email and blog posting.
      I trust that you and Peter Jensen will, as you put it, “..continue to think about them (points of disagreement) and hope that you may see the wisdom in what I am saying”

      I also hope you can see how condescending such a statement can seem to the other when reflected back at you.

      Let’s just say that we agree to keep an open mind on this subject and that you be willing to consider that homosexuals just might not be the degenerates that you, Peter Jensen and the Anglican church seem to think at present. Whatever flaws you may consider gay people have, I am sure that you will agree that the only people that can cast the first stone are those without any.

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