“As a Christian, I do not agree with the idea of homosexuality. That’s the reality. I can’t put it any other way,” Mr Curtis told The Sunday Age yesterday.
“I certainly could never change my views that homosexuality is a perversion, because it is a perversion.”
Mr Curtis said he was not worried about offending anyone, and stressed that he was happy to represent homosexuals in Parliament. “I’d offer myself as a genuine grassroots candidate who would be delighted to represent them and who would have no favouritism or negative approach to any individual based on their lifestyle. I would love to represent them, I would love to represent anybody,” he said.
So, he’s not exactly a “conviction politician” in the model of John Howard then? Jeremy condemns this type of claim to broad representation, and rightly so. It is absurd for a politician to claim that he can “represent” the views and needs of a group of people he regards as perverted. I can only think that he means that he will push for the introduction of Government-funded education about the “gay lifestyle”, to discourage young people and try to encourage homosexuals to quit.
The robustness of this man’s knowledge and reasoning skills can be seen in his position on evolution as science:
He said that, if elected, he would be urging the Liberal Party to introduce intelligent design to state school science classes. Intelligent design is an assertion that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, and not by natural selection.
“I would be very much in favour of intelligent design being taught in public schools,” Mr Curtis said. “Just as the theory of evolution is taught as well — in my view regrettably taught in science classes, because I think it’s a theory and not a science.”
So, teach intelligent design in science classes, but remove evolution because it’s a “theory”. Apparently, where the predominant philosophies of science regard theory as being central to the acquisition of knowledge about the world, Curtis thinks theory has no role in science. Is there anything about which this man actually has accurate knowledge?