Open Letter to Essendon Football Club

I am completely bemused at the volte face of your Board in effectively enforcing Mr. Andrew Thorburn's resignation. To exclude a person with his credentials, experience and obvious commitment to your club because of his private religious beliefs is sheer corporate idiocy. It is also highly discriminatory and speaks most poorly about the Essendon Club.

If your views are an accurate reflection of your members, players and supporters, I worry for the future of AFL.

Every individual has a fundamental right to his own religious belief. To deny that right is crypto-totalitarianism. Australians have fought and died in wars against such warped ideologies: I myself served proudly in Viet Nam for the principle of freedom. As an academic I have argued my entire career in supporting the case for individual freedom of conscience and belief. These freedoms are fragile. Once lost they are hard to regain. 

We were once a free country. I urge you to reconsider your position on this matter. Endeavour to be Australian - be not afraid to admit one's mistakes.

Yours Sincerely 

Mordechai Brown 

Latest comments

08.11 | 06:21

The Australian community is in for a world of long overdue pain. It is wholly its own fault for which I have nil sympathy.

08.11 | 06:15

Thanks indeed for the comment. I do agree that we badly need to 'clean out the swamp'. Trump certainly stirred those fetid waters.

08.11 | 05:22

I agree with the general thrust of your comments but the Australian community believes the governments can deliver without pain and there will be a lot of pain up ahead.

07.11 | 11:17

Nice job on the essay John, but regardless of his positions, Dutton is too much a cretin of the past, he also looks like the walking dead. We don't need more career politicians, we need a Trump.

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