Moira Deeming

An Open Letter to John Pesutto MP: Let Women Speak!

25 March 2023

3.5 MINS

Moira Deeming is an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Her denomination’s leaders have just penned a fiery open letter to Victorian Liberal leader John Pesutto.

It looks likely that Moria Deeming is going to be expelled from the Liberal Party by the opposition leader, John Pesutto. Deeming’s ‘sin’ leading to her expulsion was simply to help organise an event called Let Women Speak! which was subsequently gatedcrashed by neo-Nazis.

For an excellent review of the whole political fiasco, watch this video:

 

All this comes in the same week the world athletics governing body announcing a ban on transgender athletes. Ironically, Mr. Pesutto may very quickly find himself out of a job – and on the wrong side of history.

Moreover, in a stunning act of hypocrisy, the Victorian Liberals are continuing to exhort people on social media to support International Women’s Day with the hashtag #EmbraceEquity.

Moira Deeming

‘We Urge You to Change Direction’

As an active member in good standing within the Presbyterian Church of Australia, Deeming has received support from both state and national leaders of the church. The Moderator General, Dr. Peter Barnes, published an open letter stating that the “accusation that she is a Neo-Nazi or has associations with such like is unfounded, indeed ludicrous, as you would know.”

The letter from the Moderator General then went on to state, “In this whole episode, there has been an obvious lack of due process. You made haste to appear as her public judge, jury and executioner”, before then encouraging Mr. Pesutto to urgently “change direction”.

Moira Deeming

A Second Open Letter

In another open letter, Rev. Peter Phillips, the moderator for the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, and Rev. Christopher Duke, Convener of the Victorian Church and Nation Committee, went even further. In the additional letter to Mr. Pesutto, they wrote:

Our church shares the concerns expressed by Mrs Deeming and others at the Let Women Speak rally, that the safety of women and girls is being jeopardised through the erosion of women’s rights — in particular, the right of access to female-only toilets, change rooms, shelters and correctional facilities — through the aggressive promotion and adoption of transgender ideology in Victorian institutions and law.

It seems unwise to us in the extreme, and sets a deplorable precedent, that Mr Pesutto, and his three colleagues who co-signed his March 20 letter to Mrs Deeming, should be so intent on expelling a democratically-elected sitting member of parliament from the Victorian Liberal parliamentary party on the basis of (a) a tenuous connection between Mrs Deeming and Ms Keen’s supposed association with Nazism, (b) reliance upon questionable sources of information as evidence of Ms Keen’s supposed association with right wing extremists, including discredited allegations derived from Wikipedia, and (c) ill-conceived reasoning about Mrs Deeming’s response to the unexpected appearance of neo-Nazis at the Let Women Speak event.

Mr Pesutto’s move shows alarming contempt for (a) the democratic processes through which Mrs Deeming won pre-selection to represent the Liberal Party and then her seat in the Legislative Council at the 2022 Victorian Elections, (b) Liberal Party members and the people of the Western Metropolitan Region who voted for her, (c) the concerns and rights of women and girls, which Mrs Deeming so eloquently and courageous defends, and (d) the freedom of speech which the Let Women Speak participants were exercising.

Mr Pesutto has justified his actions and claimed that he is a progressive Liberal and that he intends to represent all Victorians. He is wrong on both counts.

A ‘Radical Departure’ from the Liberal Party’s Values

Their open letter goes on to argue:

There is nothing remotely progressive about exposing women and girls to situations in which they are likely to feel embarrassed, unsafe, or exposed to risk of abuse. There is nothing remotely progressive about allowing the desires of the powerful — in this case, biological males who identify as women — to trump the rights of those who are vulnerable — in this case, women, and girls.

 And in pandering to the radical left, by denying the reality and relevance of biology to the detriment of the safety of Victorian women and girls, he alienates and most certainly does not represent, the common-sense views of the majority of Victorian voters.

We urge Mr Pesutto and all Victorian state Liberal MPs to reconsider their intention to expel Mrs Deeming at the meeting of the party room on Monday, March 27, 2023. Failure to change course would represent a radical departure from the Liberal Party’s proclaimed values and completely alienate many thousands of Victorian voters already increasingly dissatisfied with the party’s direction. Surely many Liberal voters will reconsider their choices next election should this expulsion occur.

Let Moira Deeming Speak!

If Moria Deeming is expelled on Monday as expected, then it may well signal the beginning of the end of conservative support for the Liberal Party in Victoria. It is also an indication that freedom of speech and freedom of association are in the final stages of death in this country.

Most tragically, it signals that Christian women not only no longer have a place in the Victorian Liberal Party, but that they are not allowed to speak – the one thing they sought to do at their weekend rally.

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11 Comments

  1. Warwick Marsh 25 March 2023 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Very imporant article!!!!

  2. Cai 25 March 2023 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Perhaps God has something else/better for Moria ….where she can speak out with out being silenced. ?

  3. Derek Keating 29 March 2023 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Thanks Mark,
    How important to state and stand by the truth.
    What an appalling role most of the media has played in this corruption and attack on democracy.
    It’s time for all Christians to wake up to what is happening around us and not be like the proverbial frog in water that is being boiled.

  4. Lois Hodgson 29 March 2023 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Isn’t pl Mr Pesutto’s – UNVETIFIED AND FSLSE accusation seriously needing an APOLOGY – if not LEGAL confrontation …. It is not arrogance …not UnChristlike – to challenge an issue that is stopping a struggle for righteous treatment of
    those needing protection – AND …HIS LIEs …slander re bring a Nazi sympathiser SLSO need Public apology or – legal confrontation ….

  5. gail Petherick 29 March 2023 at 9:29 am - Reply

    May God vindicate Moira’s clear conscience…as she has done nothing wrong and has no links to any Neo Nazi party. The media and those who are in opposition to such a wonderful woman of God who is standing for righteousness, have hit below the belt in an all time low act of hypocrisy. Moira helped with an event- that stood for women’s safety and rights (eg she stood on the right to have only girls and women use the female toilets). The fact some other group gate crashed the rally and now the media and even her onw Liberal party believe she in some way was on their side or had affiliation with them is clearly a set up and a way to put pressure on her to leave. The reason the media and Libs are now saying out is due to the ‘wok’ culture and as Moira is standing for righteousness and goodness and to protect females and they can’t bear that. The forces of darkness want to have women share facilities and this places them at risk…Is it a crime to try to protect young girls and women from harm? Moira has done what she should- spoken out and now is labeled by those who are standing for no standards, no protection of girls and women.

  6. Jimbob 29 March 2023 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Again cherry picking the scriptures. 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

  7. John Hutchins 29 March 2023 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I completely support Moira Deeming and the letters of support from the church community. I would hope that most other churches would do likewise.
    The Liberal Party of Victoria and across Australia, have lost their way. I would sincerely hope that the conservatives left in the LNP would stand up against the radical left, or throw their lot in with a party who uphold pro family and moral values.

  8. Jillian Stirling 29 March 2023 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    The Liberal party of Victoria owe Moira Deeming an apology and complete reinstatement.

  9. Chris Gregory 29 March 2023 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    You stupid stupid politicians. Moira is doing what the Liberal party stands for (or used to!!) Standing up for the rights of all people. Liberals used to be the conservative party. Maybe it’s time to bring together all the conservatives still in the party, combine with One nation and Clive Palmers Australian party and form a proper right wing conservative group to stand up against the very (liberal as in US politics) left side. Trying to appease both sides of politics and their so called ‘progressive’ (meaning ‘regressive’) policies will never be popular. Sitting on the fence is a dangerous place to be. If you stand for nothing you will fall for everything. The far left Labor communists will continue to breakdown all freedoms and decency in society as they continue to push against principals we have all accepted as normal behaviour. Pessuto and his cronies need to make up their minds. Either they are Conservative and retain conservative values, or stand down and join the other side.

  10. Lawrence Wallace 29 March 2023 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    What an encouragement to see that some stand is being taken to confront injustice and lack of truth that is pervading our society in an insidious manner. The hypocrisy that exists over this whole matter is a major embarrassment to all who have stood against the courage of Mrs Deeming. The only way forward for such a stand is for a genuine public apology.
    Respectfully submitted

  11. Col Nicholls 29 March 2023 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for standing with Moira Deeming, we pray she will 0vercome this situation and keep being a strong Christian and stand for a woman to be a woman as per the teaching from Gods word..Romans Ch1..
    Blessings Chaplain Col Nicholls

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