Of all the outlandish things I have read about the threat posed to society by gay marriage, this one must surely take the biscuit.
According to this report, Margaret Court, above, tennis-legend-turned Pentecostal pastor, warned Australians that voting to change the definition of marriage will affect Christian schools and freedom of speech.
There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.
Her warning coincided with news that her local tennis club had terminated her membership. After being dumped by the Cottesloe Tennis Club, she said:
I think it’s sad. You don’t have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself. It’s a sad day for our nation when it comes to that.
Club President Ian Hutton reportedly admitted that Court’s views on gay marriage were considered during the debate on her re-election to the club, though an issue for other members was her availability to attend club events.
Tennis West CEO Michael Roberts agreed with the club’s decision.
If you’ve got an opinion that’s very polarising, when you’re so firmly supportive or against something, then it’s going to have an impact on how you’re perceived in the community. Obviously, her opinions had played a part in it, there’s no doubt about that.
Cottesloe Tennis Club, whether they meant to or not, have made a bit of a social stand by making the decision.
Court has strongly criticised the push in Australian society to legalise gay marriage ahead of the national postal ballot on the issue. She said:
I sense at the moment you can put a Yes sign in the window, everything’s all right, but if you put a No sign you get a brick through your window. We already have 36,000 gay couples in this nation, that’s not a lot of people when you think about the 25 million. They already have civil union. They want marriage because they want to destroy it.
The dotty old godbotherer added:
Court has been criticised in the past by LGBT advocates who have taken issue with her claiming that tennis is “full of lesbians,” and for suggesting that allowing children to choose their own gender is the work of the devil.
Some say Christianity should not come into politics but we’re human beings. If we believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and it’s in this Bible, we should be able to say that.
But prominent evangelical figures, such as the Reverend Franklin Graham, have come to her defence.
Margaret is exactly right when she said, ‘No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life.’ Sin is a choice, but God’s Word is truth and never changes.
Meanwhile its reported here that an 18-year-old kids entertainer identified only as Madeline was fired from her Canberra on Sunday job for saying she would vote ‘no’ in the same-sex marriage because of her Christian beliefs.
She had been hired as a contractor and worked just two shifts for Capital Kids Parties in Canberra before she was “let go”.
Madeline had updated her Facebook profile picture two weeks ago with a filter designed by the Coalition of Marriage that said “It’s OK to VOTE NO”.
Capital Kids Parties’ owner, Madlin Sims, above, wrote her a private Facebook message on Sunday saying that:
Homophobic views being made public are detrimental to the business and don’t align with my personal values or morals as the owner of the business.
We have gay staff members, gay customers. CKP believes in equality for everybody.
In a public Facebook post later that day, Sims wrote that she didn’t want:
Homophobes working for me, especially in an environment with children.
In this report she said Madeline had recently posted online about how:
Australia was built on white Christianity and we need to respect those views.
Not only did I realise I had a homophobe but also a racist on my hands.