I am without speech

Dropped by Bill Muehlenberg’s CultureWatch today to find this post sulking about ‘judicial activism’.  Of course, ‘judicial activism’ means any decision made by a judge which is unpopular with the religious right:

Religious Right Guide to Court Decisions

Judicial Activism

Bill provides a list of what he considers to be examples of judicial activism within Australia and halfway through the list we come to this:

…in December, The Australian High Court declared that homosexuals who might suffer persecution overseas were entitled to refugee status in this country. In a 4-3 ruling, the Court declared that a gay Bangladeshi couple could win the rights to be refugees. It was a world-first ruling, and will likely have ramifications in other similar cases.

Let us all hope that Muehlenberg, or someone like him, never ever find themselves in charge of asylum seeker applications…

Bill: So, on what grounds would you like to claim asylum here in Australia?

Asylum seeker: In my home country I live in constant fear of persecution.  I could be unjustly imprisoned or even killed.

Bill: That sounds awful!  Are you persecuted for any particular reason?

Asylum seeker: Because I’m gay.

Bill: Oh, I see.  Well in that case…


~ by Sammy Jankis on November 2, 2008.

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