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