In a statement for the Freedom of Faith legal think tank, he said Australians should be shocked by Mr Thorburn’s treatment and called on the federal government to urgently implement a promised religious discrimination bill.
Andrew Thorburn is chairman of City on a Hill, a church that condemns homosexuality. Source: AAP / Dan Peled
“He has been pushed out of his new role solely because of the moral and religious views expressed on a church website with which he is associated,” Bishop Stead said.
‘True tolerance includes people of faith’
At a press conference on Tuesday evening, Essendon president Dave Barham said he “reference checked (Mr Thorburn) thoroughly” and “had no reason to think anything other than he was a suitable candidate”.