ALP candidate denies homophobic attack

Christian Kunde
Christian Kunde

A NEW South Wales Labor candidate has resigned despite denying reports linking him to Islamic extremism and homophobia.

Christian Kunde told ABC radio he is friends with Uthman Badar, the spokesman for Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, but denied News Limited reports that he likened homosexuality to incest during a lecture at Sydney University.

Mr Kunde gave a speech called Same Sex Marriage, an Islamic Perspective three years ago, but said it was not homophobic.

"I discussed the view of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain, I discussed the view of Christian lobby groups here in Australia and I discussed Islamic theological views and ultimately the conclusion that I drew was that we have no good reason for rejecting same sex marriage," Mr Kunde said.

He told the ABC he supported same sex-marriage.

"I think that homosexual people should be entitled to all the same opportunities that heterosexual people are," he said.

"It would be akin to you reciting Leviticus on air in a one-hour discussion about the topic, and then your view being taken as exactly verbatim what happens to be in Leviticus," Mr Kunde said.

Mr Kunde told the ABC that he stepped down so the matter would not distract from Labor's campaign.

Ironically, he had earlier wrote about newspapers' attacks on individuals.

'Ad hominem' no longer simply means attacking an individual in order to justify rejecting the argument; it now means rejecting the argument in order to justify ugly attacks on the individual.

READ MORE: Christian Kunde's piece on ABC Religion and Ethics site

Topics:  federal election 2016 homophobia

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