“As I have said repeatedly, the reason I am a liberal is because I believe in the right of every individual to live life in accordance with their convictions, beliefs, and conscience without government interference. This applies regardless of your gender, sexuality, faith and any other characteristics that make you who you are.
Heath said he had retained the law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler to assess whether he had grounds to file a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission about the “discriminatory treatment I received” as a prospective Liberal MP “based on my faith or assumptions about my faith. “. ”.
Liberal leader Matthew Guy said at the weekend that Heath would not be sitting in the Liberal Party room if elected to parliament in Saturday’s election. The Liberal Party said this decision was because Heath had withheld information about the extent of his dealings with the church network.
Victorian Liberal estate director Sam McQuestin issued a statement on Sunday saying he had reviewed all correspondence and available information about Heath’s shortlisting, following media reports.
“None of that information shows Ms. Heath’s current and recent engagement with Pastor Jonathan David and his organization,” McQuestin said.
“On November 11, I had a conversation with Ms. Heath to discuss the questions that Ms. Heath had received from 60 minutes.
“[Saturday] morning, it was clear that the responses Ms. Heath gave during that conversation were inconsistent with reports in Age Newspaper.”
Age It has been reported that as a teenager, Heath completed a year-long internship with David, a Malaysian preacher who leads the global network of ISAAC (International Strategic Alliance of Apostolic Churches) Pentacostal churches that includes City Builders. She has continued to receive leadership and spiritual training from him throughout her adult life.
In June 2021, Heath was filmed tuning in to an online conference led by David.
Guy condemned gay conversion therapy on Saturday but admitted earlier in the week that he had not personally asked Heath about his views.
At least nine senior Liberal members he had warned Guy and other party leaders that Heath posed a political risk to the party in elections, in which moderate Liberal seats are threatened by teal candidates.
Attorneys for Pastor Brian Heath and City Builders issued a legal letter Saturday night denying the church was “ultra-conservative,” “extreme,” or “part of a global religious network.”
“City Builders takes a run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mill approach to Christianity,” the lawyers said.
The lawyers denied that the church or its leaders opposed gay, trans and reproductive rights “subject to two requirements,” including that marriage must be “reserved for traditional families” and abortion must be “rare.” .
Brian Heath was quoted in a February 2021 podcast as saying he “could be in jail in a month” following the introduction of laws to outlaw gay conversion practices. His lawyers called this “hyperbole.”
The joint media investigation has interviewed several former members of City Builders, who say they were traumatized after church leaders tried to suppress their sexuality. former church member james dalton he claimed that church leaders subjected him to an exorcism and then sent him to gay conversion therapy, which has left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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