Gays are to blame for the drought, according to a letter from ‘Jesus’ delivered to Surry Hills locals.
Discrimination experts say the letter’s true author could face claims of unlawful vilification.
Gays are to blame for the drought
Surry Hills is one of Australia’s most progressive gay-friendly suburbs.
However, residents recently received a letter in their mail boxes, purporting to be from Jesus – The Messiah.
The letter blames gay Australians for the current drought, and for bad weather more generally:
“The recent hailstorm was your warning to turn from wickedness.
“Plead with your government, reverse your shameful marriage laws.”
The author fails to cite any actual evidence to support the claim that gay people can affect weather.
They do, however, take issue with last year’s “yes” vote for marriage equality.
And furthermore, claim that it is the reason Malcolm Turnbull lost his job as Prime Minister, describing him as “wicked”.
Sydney Lord Mayor, and outspoken gay advocate, Clover Moore, is also mentioned in the letter:
“Tell your mayor to humbler (sic) herself, lest I unleash my fury on her, for inciting such wickedness.”
The author also expresses displeasure at divorced people:
“Ban remarriage and unjustified divorce, or I will bring hail in a violent form of destruction and death and delight to brake (sic) your pride.”
Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Discrimination Claims, says the letter vilifies gay people.
“Unlawful vilification happens who someone incites hatred or ridicule by a public act of a group of people based on their sexuality,” he said.
“Certainly sending offensive letters to hundreds of residents could be considered a public act.”
The LGBTI Legal Service recently took action against 25 people for unlawful vilification for posting gay hate messages during the marriage equality debate.
Local man Nick, who received one of the letters from Jesus, posted about it on Twitter:
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