Wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "Mr Abbott, get your rosaries off my ovaries" does not amount to the religious vilification of Catholics, a Victorian tribunal has ruled.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has struck out a case brought by pro-life campaigner Babette Francis, who had sought to have the T-shirts banned.
The T-shirts were produced by the YWCA during last year’s public debate over who should control access to the RU486 abortion pill and refer to federal Health Minister Tony Abbott, a practising Catholic.
One of the T-shirts was worn in federal parliament’s upper house by Greens senator Kerry Anne Nettle.
"I do not think that the sale and distribution of T-shirts containing it (the slogan) incite hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of Mr Abbott, Mrs Francis or any other Catholic," he ruled.
I still say requesting a Catholic to keep their Rosaries off their ovaries has got to be the easiest request ever made of any of us. While I think it is a bad idea to spend time trying to ban t-shirts with contemptuous slogans in the first place it certainly seems that the slogan does indicate contempt. What in effect the slogan says is that Mr. Abbot should not be allowed to pray the Rosary to end abortion. That he should have no religious freedom to practice his beliefs.
On another note when is the YWCA going to officially change their name? Shouldn’t it be Young Women’s Pagan Association or some such name? Just what do you have to do to earn a radical feminist badge?