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It’s time to call game, set and match on airtime for Margaret Court

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Sexual abuse can cause innumerable physical and psychological problems to those subjected to it, including homosexuality, if you subscribe to the views of tennis racquet-waving representative of God, Margaret Court.

In her interview in today’s The Sunday Mail, the three-time Wimbledon winner suggests that one of the things that causes gays and lesbians to be as such is sexual abuse, because, from her experience, “many, many of them have been abused.” Them? They’re people, Margaret, not carnivorous plants intent on overtaking the planet. As well as sharing this nugget of genius, Pastor Court has previously alluded to a belief that homosexuality can be cured, as if it was some influenza-like affliction.

As twisted and ludicrous as her views are, we shouldn’t be surprised: after all, this is the woman who tells us that the Bible “is our TV guide to life”. Really, a television guide? Can it tell me what’s on at 8:30pm on Monday? It is The Simpsons or Dexter?

I recently published a piece called ”When should free speech and personal beliefs take a back seat to the greater good?”, in which I defended Margaret Court’s right to free speech. That post was about freedom of expression and when the line should be drawn, not what she actually said. This article is about her opinions and what she’s said. Game on, my serve.

Television guide, or bible in disguise? Does the Bible show cleavage and have a crossword? Source: adrants.com

Why are the mainstream newspapers continuing to devote so much column space to this woman and her skewed views? Not only are they continually reinterviewing her and getting updated comments (Author’s note to media: her views will never waver, even in the face of evidence and common sense), the Herald Sun published her 975-word rant that’s about as balanced as me attempting a handstand. It isn’t an insightful, engaging piece. It’s nothing more than a sermon: a one-dimensional, religious vociferation that should have been trapped inside the walls of her church, and serves no benefit to the wider audience than to demonstrate just how unaccepting and uncompromising Margaret Court is. To the editors: are the increased sales and website hits generated by the controversy that she spews forth worth making your publications look like the personal journal of a bigoted, Bible-wielding sexagenarian? That’s right, Margaret, I said sex. While I’m not married. I also masturbate and count several of them homo folks as my friends. Strike me down.

In her article, she affirms that “a person’s sexuality is a choice”, and that the Bible states “homosexuality is among sins that are works of the flesh”. Is that the same Bible that says women shouldn’t speak in the church? I guess one way around that little doozy is to start your own church. Is there a chance I’ve misinterpreted the scripture? Yeah, the Bible’s funny when it comes to interpretation and ignoring the parts that don’t align with your personal agenda.

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (New International Version)

My favourite part of the piece is where she suggests that, if Australian society continues on its wicked path (a path that apparently includes wanting to treat people equally, regardless of their sexual preference) into damnation, “God will take his hand off our nation and the lights will go out”. No, Pastor Court. The Almighty doesn’t make your lights go out: that’s the lovely people at Synergy when you fail to pay your electricity bill.

With this publication in the Herald Sun, Margaret Court has gone beyond expressing herself freely. She’s now publicly preaching to the masses, aided by newspapers that seem happy to print narrow-minded, prejudicial and discriminatory opinions in the guise of newsworthy stories.

Here’s the thing, Margaret: you aren’t the self-appointed beacon of light for humanity. Those of us who believe that someone’s sexual orientation or lack of religious conviction doesn’t make them less of a human being are sick of you using your public profile pulpit* to continually tell us we’re all damned. Sure, we recognise your right to voice your opinion, but please use your inside voice. Inside your church, where people want to hear your views. Hell, I’ll even throw $10 at the Victory Life Centre if you just shut the fuck up.

* Author’s note: try saying that five times quickly while drinking vodka and juggling kittens.

Yeah, that's the face of someone with a rational perspective. Source: Herald Sun

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  1. Well played. Pastor Court has met her match.

    icedteawithlemon

    January 29, 2012 at 22:05

    • I’d like to think so, but I look terrible in a tennis skirt.

      Thank you for your feedback, and welcome to The Dissemination of Thought.

      disseminatedthought

      January 29, 2012 at 22:16

  2. Excellent post! Margaret sounds quite like Michele Bachmann. Michele’s crazy eyes give her away when she tries to sound normal which isn’t very often.

    sandylikeabeach

    January 30, 2012 at 01:08

    • Yeah, there’s something incredibly disconcerting about Michele Bachmann’s eyes.

      I think the Margaret Court slips into the crazy opinion scale somewhere between Bachmann and the crack addict standing on the corner in his boxers, screaming about the Apocalypse.

      disseminatedthought

      January 30, 2012 at 10:53

  3. That’s the face of someone who needs dental work.
    I thought we Americans were the fucked up ones with our Michelle Bachmans and Sarah Palins. I didn’t know Australia was just as bad. I’m literally tired of this way of thinking. It exhausts me. Why do people constantly try to explain and reason another person’s feeling and beliefs to match their own? ‘oh they’re just gay because they were abused, go pray your gay away and you’ll feel better’….. ARGH!
    For the record, I’m straight, Christian and white and probably fit every demographic of these numbnuts that spout this bullshit- and I completely and wholeheartedly disagree with their every word.

    Well done Mr. Thought.

    Frugalistablog

    January 30, 2012 at 02:44

    • You aren’t the only one who finds it exhausting. My neck hurts from continually shaking my head when I read another article professing that homosexuality can be cured, like it’s a 48-hour virus, or that it’s a choice, like deciding between a latte and a caramel macchiato. Some of these evangelical churches should have taglines that say, “If you’re different from us in any way, we can cure you!”

      The way I see it (and please correct me if I’m wrong), the difference between you and the “numbnuts” is that while you have your faith and beliefs, you’re also willing to accept others and not discriminate based on, among other things, sexual orientation.

      disseminatedthought

      January 30, 2012 at 11:09

  4. cheers. I’ll strap on my jet pack,come over and we can pull a Michael Moore and form our own “Gay-team” – first stop – Court’s driveway.

    btw – wtf is up with Love’s rack? It’s like she’s got 3 heads.

    Cakes McCain

    January 30, 2012 at 03:00

    • Where the hell am I going to find a giant pink bus?

      Thanks for sharing this video; I love the “Buggery on Board!” sign on the Sodomobile. Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t seen this Michael Moore piece before, click above and check it out.

      Ah, the Westboro Baptist Church. I shared my thoughts about them when I commented on a piece published on The Seeking Pastor last year:

      “I liken the Westboro Baptist Church to roadkill: flattened by the tyre of common sense, baking on the blacktop and causing serious olfactory offence as it rots. But there is an upside. Eventually it will finish decomposing; the offensive odour will stop, and after animals carry its sun-bleached skeleton off into the desert, the only remnant of its existence will be the hate-filled stain left on the bitumen.”

      In regard to the JLH breast situation, I have no idea: they look bigger than her head in that photo.

      disseminatedthought

      January 30, 2012 at 11:32

  5. Brilliant! I’ve done a defence towards her..haha http://homosexuals-diary.blogspot.com/

    Michael

    January 30, 2012 at 04:04

    • It defies belief that she can’t fathom how ludicrous her comments are.

      Thank you for your kind words, and welcome to the nemesis of narrow-mindedness that is The Dissemination of Thought.

      disseminatedthought

      January 30, 2012 at 14:52

  6. Your going to hell now amigo, you realise this don’t you? 😉 Pastor Court will see to that because freedom of speech and religious beliefs can only be had if they align with the churches… Just remind which of the many many churches and versions of bible’s etc we are supposed follow though……

    mLr

    January 30, 2012 at 13:45

    • Probably, but at least I’ll be able to grab a fantastic vindaloo with all that fire and brimstone.

      You’ve gotta love the “eternal salvation is possible, as long as you agree with everything we say” approach.

      disseminatedthought

      January 30, 2012 at 15:02

  7. Just the way she’s clutching her bible in that photo makes me shudder. I will never understand why people need to inject their beliefs into other people’s lives.

    Could you please cover up your faith? It’s offending me.

    Adrienne schmadrienne

    January 31, 2012 at 00:48

    • Yeah, that photo is as creepy as fuck.

      I could have probably churned out a vehement, 3,000-word retort to her Herald Sun piece alone, but what’s the point? She’s about as malleable as a breadstick, and won’t change her discriminatory views for anyone. One part of her article I didn’t mention was:

      “Children need a mother and a father – stability from a male and a female – and I think we are losing sight of this.”

      WTF? What children need is to not be subjected to the one-size-fits-all opinions of a religious fanatic. Actually, we all need that.

      disseminatedthought

      January 31, 2012 at 08:51

  8. Great post!

    The Hook

    January 31, 2012 at 14:13

  9. The Bible says a lot of things. Believe me, I’m a progressive Sunday School teacher. And that’s not an easy thing to be in The Church.

    Sex before marriage is a mortal sin. So, I guess we’re all going to hell, huh?

    Now here’s one that we’re all going to hell for. Don’t wear clothes made of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19). From my Vicky’s secret to my toes, all the way down the pit she goes!

    Psychics, wizards, and so on are to be stoned to death. (Leviticus 20:27) So, anyone that’s picking up their horoscope everyday is on the s*** list.

    And those are just outdated things from Leviticus. Now, let’s take a look at why good ol’ Marge is going to hell.

    Commandment Four: Keep the Sabbath Holy. Ever work on Sunday, Margaret? That’s what I thought.

    Ever wear pants, Margaret? Deuteronomy 22:5: A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.

    My suggestion? Stop your bible beating unless you actually know what you’re talking about!

    LunaSunshine

    February 2, 2012 at 00:22

    • Damn it, I just pictured her without pants! My mind’s eye! It burns! It burns!

      Thank you for researching these passages and sharing them with us. Hell sounds kinda fun: a Victoria’s Secret-themed orgy of premarital sex. Bargain.

      disseminatedthought

      February 4, 2012 at 16:16

  10. WTF…pardon my language but am glad i haven’t read this Margaret’s stuff…coz believe me the greatest sin of all is to not treat people equally….

    littlemissobsessivesanatomy

    February 4, 2012 at 01:25

    • If you value equality, don’t read it: it will just piss you off.

      As far as Margaret Court is concerned, if you’re a boy who loves another boy or a girl who’s crazy about another girl, you don’t deserve to be treated as equally as a penis and vagina living in perfect harmony.

      disseminatedthought

      February 4, 2012 at 16:12

  11. She seems just like our (American) fundamentalist whack jobs. Aren’t you lucky!

    She mentions that people will become gay if they keep being told they’re gay. People should just start telling her she’s gay until she turns lesbian. Then her head will explode.

    I’m a problem solver.

    The Confluent Kitchen

    February 4, 2012 at 20:00

    • Isn’t that photo one of the scariest things you’ve ever seen?

      Maybe it is possible to turn into what people keep telling us we are: everyone who believes in equality and rational thinking keeps telling her that she’s a bigoted idiot, and she has become just that.

      Thanks for your contribution, and welcome to The Dissemination of Thought.

      disseminatedthought

      February 4, 2012 at 20:13


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