I sent this off to the Sunday Age today.
Juliette Hughes’ by-line in her anti-World Youth Day article (“Tolerance? Not at God’s Woodstock” Sunday Age 6/7/08) identifies her as “a Melbourne writer and a Catholic”. Yet her article states that she does not belong to the 14% of “Catholics” who “darken the door of a church”. At the same time, she repudiates, slanders and ridicules the teachings of the Catholic Church in her article.
Not only does she stretch the definition of what it means to be “Catholic” to breaking point, but in the very article that purports to speak in the name of tolerance she demonstrates an intolerance towards the Catholic religion that comes dangerously close to running foul of Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
But of course, since she is “Catholic” that makes it all alright, doesn’t it?
We’ll see if it get’s published in next week’s edition…