News Ltd continues its unwarranted attack on Michael, ignoring the substance of his activism. Piers Akerman is the latest bully to make shit up.
IT’S a sad truth that those who so recently claimed to be the bullied are now among the world’s greatest bullies.
Great way to start an article, an assertion, without any substance. Essentially saying that we, the GLBTIQ activists, that are being bullied by the media, are in fact the bullies. And we’re really good at it, we’re up there with the greatest of the world’s bullies.
None more so than the alphabetical jumble of the gender confused in their pursuit of the destruction of the ancient and revered traditional form of marriage.
Straight into it then, lets insult the GLBTIQ community, call it a jumble and tell us were confused and want to end the world! This notion that we want to destroy marriage is plainly and clearly stupid. Marriage will continue once marriage equality is here. How then will it be destroyed? Simply, it won’t. People will get married, some will have children, some will stay together, some will divorce, some will be happy, some won’t. There will just be more of us doing it.
To his great credit, Glenn Davies, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, called out the thugs running the so-called marriage equality and diversity campaigns and exposed them and their brutish standover tactics in an unequivocal article in The Australian on Friday.
Thugs? Brutish stand-over tactics? Davies is kicking up that some folk dare to challenge the status quo and question the authority of the church to set the tone of the debate. Apparently we should all just shut the fuck up and let archbishops tell us what to do. Davies uses this antiquated church office of privilege to tell the rest of us what to think and say. It’s been a long time since the church had any moral authority.
“Not only has this minority view tried to swamp the public debate with its introspective, authoritarian denial of free speech, it has struck at the heart of Australian democracy and the freedoms that we all cherish,” he wrote.
I really want to laugh. However, I think he is serious. For centuries the church has been claiming that we are deviants. We had no way to combat this absurd claim. We have been killed, locked up, vilified and abused. We are finding a voice, using it to point out that our treatment is not fair. For this he claims that we are swamping the debate! We are denying free speech. We are undermining democracy and freedoms. Like we somehow have superpowers to overturn our political system.
Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies spoke out against the “same-sex marriage campaign”.
The use of quotes around same-sex marriage campaign here tries to minimise the reality of the campaign. It isn’t something that is marginal or unbelievable. It’s real and happening, right now.
“This narrow-minded, freedom-restricting carping is what the same-sex marriage campaign has come to.
“At the beginning, the promise seemed to be innocent enough — change one word in the marriage legislation and there would be equality for all.
“Now, as people start to digest the magnitude of such a social change and the ramifications that would follow for families and the rest of the community when marriage is cut adrift from the significance of gender distinctiveness (the Safe Schools Coalition program is only one of these side effects), other voices are starting to speak up.”
Sigh. So much to do, so little time. We start by getting married, then we will begin on the social ramifications, we’ll make sure that your children will understand that they don’t need to be restricted to the narrow-minded version of the world that archbishops see, but that the world is truly diverse and you can be who you want to be and the world won’t end.
The archbishop cited numerous examples of the manner in which the homosexual marriage lobby had threatened its opponents and attempted to block debate on this issue with putrid campaigns designed to target Christians, in particular, but discourage all those who refused to fall into line.
Who on the homosexual marriage lobby has threatened anyone? We’re not blocking debate, we are leading it. Nobody is being shut down. That is such a laughable statement. Here are the archbishop, Akerman, the ACL and the whole of News Ltd speaking out. Just how are you being blocked? You wanted a debate? You got it. No longer does this debate have to be on the terms you want. I for one am sick of playing by your rules where you get to tell me how to do it.
He mentioned the forced cancellation of a meeting of church leaders last year in Sydney after staff at the planned venue were subjected to an extremely ugly campaign of harassment and threats.
Please refer to the centuries of harassment and threats perpetrated on the GLBTIQ community that still goes on today. The church leaders meet in a public place to discuss strategy on how to block our efforts for equality and we should just stand back and let it happen. Use Skype.
He pointed to the case brought against the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal when that archbishop merely supported the current laws on marriage, which also happen to be the view of his church — all churches — and that held by civilised nations for millennia.
The key word here is merely. It was so much more than that. It’s a clear example of the church flexing its control and trying to shut down debate.
Archbishop Davies also drew attention to the manner in which some so-called leaders in the corporate world had folded before social media attacks of online pests like serial protester Michael Barnett, whose vile Twitter feed opposing views contrary to his own gives the lie to his claim to be a supporter of “diversity”.
They’re not so-called leaders, they are the top management, CEOs and managers. You know, leaders. They don’t fold because someone sent a tweet. Seriously, you don’t get to be at the top by folding every time someone sends a tweet.
Our ABC showed its own weakness in this debate by posting an apology to Barnett on Thursday which said its program The Drum had “incorrectly” drawn a connection between the marriage equality debate and Barnett’s references to corporate commitments to “Pride and Diversity”, an employer program that campaigns for inclusion for the alphabet soup of gender identity.
Or… they realised they made a mistake. Go figure.
There is not the clichéd cigarette paper’s separation from the issues, they are indivisible, just two sides of the same coin, but the ABC hand-wringers, signed up members to the homosexual marriage and diversity push, rushed to collapse and apologise rather than simply telling Barnett it had fully embraced his agenda, even if it may not have agreed with his more abhorrent tweets.
They are very different issues, however, because both issues, diversity and marriage equality, are about the alphabet soup of gender identity I can see why you’re confused. It’s all to do with the gayz, so therefore all the same issue. We are just a single body of people who are all in the same soup bowl.
The Barnetts of the world have adopted the bullying tactics used by the climate change lobbyists, formerly known as the global warmists.
What? As far as a rift to change keys go, this is more like the band leaving the stage and being replaced by some kids with xylophones. I’ll have to cut a few paragraphs where he attacks climate change, racial discrimination and the colour of black.
Confronting ideas with ideas was once the goal of great universities and the foundation of the great civilising ideas that enabled the growth of the West.
Yeah, so here we are confronting your ideas of how the world should work. Just like it’s been happening. The world is round, it spins around the sun, around the huge galactic central point. It doesn’t spin around you and your keyboard. We’re busy pointing out that ideas are bigger than just doing things the way we’ve always done them. People are more diverse than you would like to acknowledge and they too have a place in our society to be recognised as fully-fledged citizens.
You know, we’re enabling the growth of the West. Whatever the fuck that is in a globalised world.