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A Hate-Speech Whirlwind


Australian tennis great, Margaret Court, has become the centre of a hate-speech whirlwind.
She apparently wrote an open letter to a newspaper, announcing she was boycotting the airline Qantas because it’s CEO has been using his position to promote a pro-same sex marriage message. In addition to announcing her boycott, Court allegedly criticised a young Australian tennis player who is in a Lesbian relationship and raising children within that relationship.

In response some have called for a boycott of the tennis arena named in honour of Margaret Court.

 

A few thoughts and observations:

If Court chooses to boycott Qantas for the reasons she stated, she has every right to do so.
If Court chooses to be public about her choice, spelling out the reasons for it, she has every right to do so.

If she did publicly speak out and criticise the Lesbian tennis player personally– I think that wasn’t only very unwise, it was irresponsible and not her place to do so. (“What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside”. 1 Cor 5))

As for those calling for the boycott of the tennis arena – again that is their choice to do so, but would their reaction be hurting Court in any way – or just be hurting others (competition organisers, spectators, other players with less profile than themselves) who have no connection at all to Court’s comments?

 

I’ve followed some of the commentary arising out of this situation and have seen the same kind of responses that always seem to dominate any discussion associated with homosexuality and homosexual marriage. Responses regularly bring up claims of young homosexuals suffering and being driven to suicide because of hate speech directed against them.

 

And yet in ironic hypocrisy, ALL of the hate speech I’ve seen in those “discussions” has been directed against Christians and others who don’t support a homosexual agenda. Extremely aggressive, abusive hate speech, sneering and railing against “Right Wing Religious Nut Jobs” and applying similar pejorative descriptions to those holding different views for religious (or other) reasons.

 

Personally I don’t take a hostile position against homosexuality and homosexual marriage within a secular democratic society. (Homosexuality within the church is a different issue. Refer again to the quote I gave earlier from 1 Cor 5: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.”)

It’s not our place as Christians to try and enforce Godliness upon the nations where we live. Followers of Jesus are strangers here, living in foreign (often hostile) territory representing God’s kingdom as His ambassadors. It’s not our role to change the nature of the Kingdoms of men. We are placed in those Kingdoms to encourage others to flee those Kingdoms to find refuge in the Kingdom of God.

 

Those who choose to remain outside of God’s Kingdom will answer to God Himself later.

 

 

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See comments section of these articles for countless examples of hate speech, and see who it is directed at.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/31/andy-murray-ramps-up-pressure-with-call-for-swift-resolution-to-margaret-court-furore

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/18/penny-wong-says-marriage-equality-fight-proves-need-for-separation-of-church-and-state

 

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6 Responses to “A Hate-Speech Whirlwind”


  1. 1 Marleen
    May 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Another irony is that the tables seem to get turned with the boycotting to apply monetary pressure. I agree that if the tennis player wants to personally boycott pretty much anything, she has that right.

    But calling on others to join in is sort of a stunt (as far as supposed connection to faith goes). And lately in the United States, we see more financial pressure at the ready to support gay equality.

    Additionally, when we see so much clout invested in money, we see also that more and more people can forgo the matters in life that entail so much of our money — like children and spouses.

  2. May 31, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for that scripture, Tim ! It says everything Christians need to know about what our reaction should be to the world’s “homosexual agenda.” And calls out those who manipulate Christians to react in the world’s ways, physical violence and “political activism.”

  3. June 1, 2017 at 8:10 am

    And calls out those who manipulate Christians to react in the world’s ways, physical violence and “political activism.”

    And could I add blatant lies – an example of which is the video I address here:

    https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/a-lesson-in-deception-and-manipulation/

  4. 4 Marleen
    June 3, 2017 at 4:51 am

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/thom-yorke-breaks-silence-on-israel-controversy-w485142
    It’s well over a month until Radiohead wrap up their 2017 A Moon Shaped Pool Tour at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19th, but it’s already shaping up to be the most controversial show of their career. They’ve performed in Israel eight times – most recently in the summer of 2000 – but this is the first time they’ve visited the country since the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement began in 2005.

    The movement calls for a complete cultural boycott of Israel until Palestinians are granted the “right of return” ….
    ……

    “I’ll be totally honest with you: this has been extremely upsetting. There’s an awful lot of people who don’t agree with the BDS movement, including us. I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with ….
    [Theres a lot more to this article.]

    ……”

  5. 5 Marleen
    June 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I want to add a couple of thoughts.

    1) Legal sanctions put in place by a government like the United States are different from a personal or organized religious take on what morality should be in a country. I take that seriously.*

    2) Within society, I see a differentiation not only between the government (or a secular government) and the higher standards people of faith ought to have for themselves [which, unfortunately, are often lower standards instead], but I see it as moral to let people live free.

    [3) I’ll give an example. If a religion says women are to “submit” (and this manifests as either they are the property of their husbands or all men are superior to them, or whatever else is dreamed up in these situations), I say (and would say strongly) such attitudes and “rules” are abominable to enforce (and it would be difficult in a discussion to be “nice” despite vitriol being like a serving of what the men dish out).]

    * One should not break these for business or personal gain.


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