AUSTRALIANS’ right to freedom of speech is on the line, according to Queensland doctor David van Gend, after a commercial printer refused to print his new book on the same-sex marriage debate.
In Stealing From A Child – the injustice of ‘marriage equality’, the Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr van Gend claims “to lay bare the subversive ‘genderless agenda’ that comes with genderless ‘marriage’.”
Dr van Gend was told by printing firm Opus Group that it refused to print the book “due to the subject matter and content”.
“It is a shock to find a commercial printer acting as a censor for the gay lobby,” Dr van Gend said.
“That has a chilling effect on free public argument in a free society.
“However it is within their right as a private company to discriminate against people like me on ideological grounds. I accept that.
“We are not like some people who would take anti-discrimination action. We do not think those sort of laws are worthy of a free society and we do not use them.”
Dr van Gend’s publisher Connor Court has used a temporary digital printer to produce 3000 copies to cover early orders.
Dr van Gend is now on a national book launch tour ending in Canberra on October 10, the day the plebiscite bill on same sex marriage is due to be debated in parliament.
Ahead of the maiden book launch at a community hall in Brisbane on September 23, Dr van Gend received email threats of disruption and violence.
About 40 protesters arrived at the venue, but caused no disruption to a meeting of about 150 people.
Dr van Gend explained the title of the book by saying “Injustice against the child is the central offence of so-called ‘marriage equality’.”
“We steal a child’s birthright to have a mum and a dad when we establish motherless families and fatherless homes as an ideal in our law,” he said.
“We know some kids already miss out on their mum or dad by some tragic event, but we should never impose that loss on future children, which a law on same sex marriage would do.
“We also steal from a child when we steal their childhood through corrupting and confusing sex education programs like Safe Schools which impose adult concepts and indecent material on our children.
“Right now parents can push back against these programs but once same sex marriage is the law of the land parents will have no power to push back.
“Vote for same sex marriage and you will get Safe Schools on steroids.
“We also ‘steal from a child’ when we strip away the child’s entire moral community by intimidating priests or pastors into silence by anti-discrimination law or by harassing any of the adults in her life – her parents and teachers and community leaders – who might care to take a stand against LGBT dogma.”
Dr van Gend said he wrote the book “to encourage many people”, but he understood it would also “enrage many people”.
He said a Queensland Member of Parliament messaged him to say: “I couldn’t put it down. It’s a clarion call to the complacent – it is a wonderfully kind and persuasive read”.
The book is available from Connor Court Publishing or Amazon.
By Emilie Ng