By Situation Theatre 14/10/2018
The Federal Government will protect gay children from religious discrimination but gay teachers, well they can burn in hell.
A virtue ethicist would emphasise that passing laws to stop discrimination against children based on their sexuality would demonstrate at least two of the cardinal virtues: prudence and justice.
A consequentialist would say it’s morally right to ban discrimination against gay students because the consequences of not doing so are harmful to the expelled student, their family, as well as reflecting poorly on the school itself.
A Kantian would say introducing legislation to respect a basic level of equality accords with a range of universal moral imperatives such as “don’t be a dickhead” and “seriously, stop being such a bunch of homophobic bigots”.
A Wentworth by-election ethicist like Scott Morrison would say passing a law to ban such discrimination might help him pick up a few extra votes in the crucial electoral test next weekend.
Now that’s a man of principle; the principle of naked self-interest.