Apparently it is now a criminal offence to annoy a catholic person. Police and emergency service workers have been given special powers to stop behaviour that “causes annoyance or inconvenience” to people visiting the pope and participating in Sydney’s upcoming world youth day. What a load of bullshit.
What can be considered “annoying”? Pointing out the obvious contradictions in their beliefs? Calling out their actions for being inconsistent with their supposed moral values? Peaceful protest? Distributing free condoms? What happened to turning the other cheek?
I am ashamed of my country. If I was in Sydney I would not let this stop me from protesting, in fact I assume it will cause even more people to join in the march. Show them how wrong they are, but do it peacefully; don’t give them justification for these ridiculous powers.
Sydney-siders, do you best. I might just get myself a plane ticket and join you.