A representative of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), has blamed the rhetoric used by some left wing politicians, as contributing to the van attack on its headquarters.
We are in the early aftermath of the attack, so to already draw such blanket conclusions, might have come a touch too soon.
However, it would be nice to see the Left show some added class in their opposition to the ACL, given the environment of extreme hostility.
Moreover, Australians across the political spectrum, should unequivocally condemn this attack as an attack on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and our way of life.
“Australian Christian Lobby van attack: Lyle Shelton links explosion to extreme- left Mps”, The Canberra Times, December 22, 2016:
Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton has linked federal politicians to an overnight car explosion at the organisation’s headquarters, accusing left-wing MPs of using incendiary language and failing to condemn death threats.
But hours after Mr Shelton made the claim on Thursday, ACT Policing released a statement saying they had established the actions of the 35-year-old male driver “were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated”.
Asked to respond to the police statement, Mr Shelton said: “It’s all very sensitive, we don’t know the motives of the person last night, we hope it’s not related and the police, given their statement don’t seem to think so, but for us, it comes in the context of the abuse, the death threats and the threats of violence we have experienced this year.
“Obviously I respect what the police have to say. I’m not sure how they can know for sure, given the man was pulled from a burning wreck last night. I certainly hope that’s the case.”
The vehicle exploded outside the lobby’s Canberra headquarters at about 10.45pm on Wednesday. Police said the driver, who is being treated in hospital, isn’t able to speak further due to his injuries.
Earlier Thursday morning, Mr Shelton said the attack “appears to be deliberate” and in response to “things that we’ve been saying in the public square”.
“And obviously someone didn’t like that which we stand for, which we’ve advocated publicly,” Mr Shelton told ABC radio.
He said death threats have occurred amid the same-sex marriage debate and “also our advocacy on behalf of children who we think it’s harmful to be taught the so-called Safe Schools gender fluidity program”.
The ACL and other organisations cancelled an event at a Sydney hotel in September following claims of threats from same-sex marriage advocates.
They have regularly clashed with leading advocacy groups like Australian Marriage Equality. Alex Greenwich, the co-chair of AME, called the van incident “shocking and saddening”…