Jan 26


I am feeling completely demoralised after Margaret Courts latest foray into gay rights.

Court, an Australian sporting hero, now a minister in her own church that she founded, is using her sporting status as a platform to launch an all out attack on me and people in our community.  (That’s everyone, not just the gay community)

We live in a world of moral values. Even those without faith know what is right and what is wrong. We all have a conscience and so many people get trapped in the pattern of saying something is right when deep down they know it isn’t.

It’s that attitude that can harden hearts. People suddenly justify the immoralities around them. We have taken the easy way out. Minorities are now making it harder for the majority. They are increasingly taking everything that is good in society and pushing it to the side.

Looking back, you can see that there has been a steep decline, especially when it comes to the issue of sexuality. There is so much scripture within the Bible that points to what we see happening now. We are losing that sense of discipline.

These three paragraphs are saying that I know deep down that my sexuality is wrong.  I’ve hardened my heart and as a minority, I’m making it harder for the majority.  I’m taking everything good in society and pushing it aside.  Think on that for a few moments…    There is a steep decline in moral values, and it’s because of the homosexuals.  The bible says so.

I can tell you now, I am a principled man with a very good set of ethics and I don’t lack discipline of any sort.

Let me be clear. I believe that a person’s sexuality is a choice. In the Bible it said that homosexuality is among sins that are works of the flesh. It is not something you are born with. My concern is that we are advocating to young people that it is OK to have these feelings. But I truly believe if you are told you are gay from a young age, soon enough it will start to impact your life and you will live it. If somebody is told they are gay they often start to believe it.

A choice?  You think I chose this?  You think I want to be the victim of such outright abuse?  You think that I deliberately chose a sexuality that I knew would be a rocky road because of attitudes coming from religious people that I’m a sinner?  You think that because somebody told me I was gay at primary school, that’s what ‘made’ me gay?

At this point I have a hissy fit, yell and scream a lot and hurl all sorts of abuse at the likes of Margaret Court.  I am not part of some ‘minority’ out to change the world.  I want acceptance and to live with all people in our community.

The article by Court was printed in the middle pages of today’s Herald Sun, it had a two page spread with the headline “Priority is to protect marriage”.  On the right of the article was this small piece by Doug Pollard.

There is so much to pull apart from Court’s vitriolic writing, I don’t even know how to start.  The Herald Sun should hang it’s head in shame for printing such an obviously inflammatory and vilifying article that has the potential to cause great harm.

My sexuality is not a threat or a danger to the next generation.  My sexuality is not a choice.  My sexuality is not something that needs to be cured.

I can’t begin to describe the feeling of disgust and revulsion that I feel after reading this article.

2 Responses to “Court and teh Gays”

  1. Ainslie says:

    hi Gregory,

    I too read the article this morning with utter dismay.
    Yes, there will always be offensive bigots such as Ms Court but why is an Australian paper allowed to print such, inflammatory, discriminatory and offensive material?
    I am not a gay person, I do have gay family and friends, regardless, I was extremely offended by her complete rubbish. The points she made were very lacking in intelligence nor were they founded on any facts and will go a LONG way towards furthering public discrimination against the gay community.
    Our community as a whole has much to lose by such damaging, intolerant opinions.
    And they will cause much distress to many people on an individual level.
    A “steep decline” – really??
    I think our country has come a long way and it’s present values and morals, whilst being far from perfect, are the best they have ever been.
    Does she not know her history?
    The steep decline begins with people like her being given public credence by “papers” such as the Herald Sun.
    I feel very sad that you have to read and be subjected to her personal, narrow-minded and hate-full views.
    Makes me sad too.

  2. Assaf says:

    I agree with you Gregory. What surprises me most, though, is that the reverend Court ignores that she herself couldn’t have risen to her professional heights without civil rights. The freedom of women in every field of modern life were a result of difficult struggles, many of whom used exactly the same sources and rhetoric as she uses. If her own reasoning was accepted a hundred years ago, she would not be a Tennis legend and certainly not a clergywoman.
    To put it in her words, she should have thought about it before choosing to be a woman.

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