to THE AGE Anna Krien is illogical in her claim that in their ‘no’ campaign the churches ‘should shut right up about the protection of children’ (‘Churches’ marriage-vote hypocrisy’, 18/10). The fact that a minority of church people have been guilty of child abuse does not mean that other church people have no ‘moral high ground’ from which to comment on the ways in which marriage, as currently defined, protects children. Nor can either group be equated with ‘the churches’.
Krien’s blanket assertions that the Safe Schools programme is ‘far from radical’ and is not linked to ‘marriage equality’ do not constitute a convincing answer to the detailed arguments and evidence that the ‘no’ advocates have placed on the public record. NJ, Belgrave, Vic