Stealing from a Child: The Injustice of “Marriage Equality” by David van Gend (Connor Court Publishing, 2016) is a book worth buying and reading in preparation for the long war of attrition that will be waged against the 38% of Australians who voted against the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual couples.
David van Gend, a family doctor in Queensland, is President of the Australian Marriage Forum. The opening paragraphs of his book give a good overview of its contents and approach:
This book is about what happens if we enshrine a lie at the heart of our culture.
If the law says that two men can “marry”, that is an idea with consequences. For if we redefine marriage, we redefine parenting and we redefine family. It is no small matter to revoke the definition of “family” in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—”the natural and fundamental group unit of society”—and replace it with a genderless fiction.
Lesbian social historian E.J. Graff exults that “same-sex marriage is a breathtakingly subversive idea,” but we, the public, are assured that nothing will change. This book takes a hard look at the changes that will come with this subversive idea: how it redefines marriage and family for all of us; how it breaks a child’s bonds of kinship and identity; how it usurps parental authority over their child’s education; how it eats away at core liberties of speech, conscience and religion; how it serves that century-long ideological quest to deconstruct the natural family and subjugate it to the authority of the State.
Those of us who once thought that “marriage equality” was just about marriage now realise we were wrong. For the serious lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and queer (LGBTQ) activists, it is about capturing the legal high ground from where the entire “rainbow agenda” can be implemented. This ranges from imposing radical “Safe Schools” gender theory on our kids (Ch. 5) to passing laws that let cross-dressing males use girls’ bathrooms (Ch. 8); from bankrupting bakers who don’t want to write a gay “marriage” slogan on a cake (Ch. 11) to prosecuting pastors for teaching traditional values on marriage (Ch. 10); from removing “mother and father” from birth certificates to changing “husband and wife” into “partner 1 & 2” (Ch. 9). Worst by far, laws for “marriage equality” force future children to miss out on their mother or father while telling them it doesn’t matter (Ch. 1).
G.K. Chesterton said, “this triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilisations that disregard it.” I do not want to see our civilisation further decline or our marriage culture further decay because of a “breathtakingly subversive” falsehood at its heart. Hence this book, a defence of the timeless truth of “father, mother and child”.