Read this article – an opinion piece – published in the Herald Sun on January 25, 2012. Notice slap-bang in the middle a ruling of the Press Council that states, inter alia, (emphasis added)
The Council concluded that the newspaper was entitled to publish the article, even though it was likely to cause widespread offence, provided that it gave opportunities for prompt and extensive expression of other views.
Simply astonishing. Note what the person said.
Let me be clear. I believe that a person’s sexuality is a choice. In the Bible it said that homosexuality is among sins that are works of the flesh. It is not something you are born with.
The ruling continues
As the factual assertion about choice of sexuality was very probably inaccurate and potentially dangerous, the newspaper should either have edited it or published accompanying rebuttal (preferably from an authoritative source).
As far as I can see there was no factual assertion – the author is saying what she believes to be true and then asserts what the bible says on the issue. The only ‘authoritative source’ I can imagine is a Minister/Priest/Rabbi telling us that the bible says no such thing.
(HT: Chris Berg)