Australian Christian Lobby head sorry for attack on gay marriage, Muslims
April 25, 2011
THE head of the Australian Christian Lobby has apologised "unreservedly" for saying Australian soldiers did not fight and die for gay marriage and Muslims.
Former SAS Brigadier and Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace wrote on Twitter: "Just hope that as we remember servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for - wasn't gay marriage and Islamic!"
He later apologised on Twitter, posting: "Ok you are right my apologies this was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean to (sic) much to me to demean this day, not intended."
When contacted by the Herald Sun Mr Wallace said he was sorry to have posted the comments today.
"I unreservedly apologise for sending that out," Mr Wallace said.
He said he was moved to tweet about Australia and his beliefs after talking to his father, who served in World War II.
"I'm sitting here with my 96-year-old father, a veteran of Tobruk," he said.
"He's telling me he can't recognise the Australia he fought for."
Mr Wallace and the Australian Christian Lobby have campaigned against gay marriage in the past.
He said he expected people to take "advantage" of his comments on Twitter to "score a point", but said he meant no offence on a day that means a lot to many Australians - including him.
"I had no intention to offend anyone on Anzac Day," he said.
"Anzac Day means a lot to me. I spent 32 years in the defence force."