Same-sex marriage and transgender advocates move into Sport and Recreation
22 August 2016
At Christian Federation we have identified Ten Key Domains that make up society and also help influence how a society progresses. Over several decades, in the absence of Christian leadership in these spheres of influence, other agenda-based groups have stepped into this vacuum. These agenda-based groups have then over time established themselves, unchallenged, in each of these Ten Key Domains and have attempted to influence society’s norms and thinking. Political correctness is an offshoot of this “long march” through the institutions.
Sport and Recreation is one of these Key Domains at the heart of our Australian culture and community. Lobby groups representing homosexual and transgender interests have attempted to infiltrate this Key Domain in several ways. One went as far to describe the AFL as the “country’s church”.
This month, the first (and we hope last) AFL Pride Match between St Kilda and Sydney was held at Etihad Stadium to promote same-sex ‘marriage’. Players wore rainbow socks and rainbow numbers on their jerseys. The rules were even altered on their behalf to use rainbow flags instead of the traditional white flags used by the goal umpires (very symbolic of what they intend for the Marriage Act!). Questions are being raised by football club members and families who bring their children to watch the role-model footy players play football, not politics and ideologies.
We at Christian Federation also question how one small interest group, the homosexual lobby, have been given a special privilege to appropriate this social capital for their own end in a sport that ordinary community people worked so hard over many years to build. We ask if the homosexual lobby will stay in football and invest money and resources, or just move on to the next domain after it serves their purpose.
Token gestures like “raising awareness” at Pride Matches do little to confront and address former injustices nor promote repentance healing and restoration. We all need Jesus Christ who transforms lives, communities and nations.
Any dissenting views about the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda being imposed onto public sports matches have been immediately shouted down as “homophobia”, especially in the media. One newspaper headline read: Homophobic flyers left on car windscreens at AFL grounds after first Pride game revealed but never disclosed the content of the so-called “homophobic” fliers so that the reader could judge for themselves.
Here are two statements from the flyers:
“Two men cannot replace a child’s mother. Two women cannot replace a child’s father.” “Saints, Swans and the AFL. Who do you think you are? By support for the same-sex attracted agenda with a Pride Game you are saying that you don’t support natural marriage.”
The Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen, who identifies as Christian and works with church groups to understand homosexual issues, described the flyers as “ugly” and urged the community to get behind the initiative. “I’ve never felt safe at the football, so this is the first time that I’m taking my eight-year-old,” she said.
Purple Bombers president Jason Tuazon-McCheyne said: “The AFL is the country’s church and up until recently gay and lesbian have not been included in that church. Now there are exciting and meaningful events being created at a grassroots level that is making the AFL a safer place.” -
“Safety” is another hot-button word often cited to silence opposition in politically correct arguments, because no good person can argue against safety.
St Kilda, the team who initiated the Pride Match, lost by 70 points by the way.
St Kilda have also lost paid-up members of their football club over the Pride Match, not because of “homophobia”, but because they did not sign up for the promotion of political ideologies in the game they love, football.
Tom Elliot on 3AW Drive also spoke what many were quietly thinking but too afraid to speak out loud. Tom says when he goes to the footy, he wants is to simply watch the footy.
“Footy is simply that, footy, why make it bigger than what it is?”
“I don’t want to be lectured, I don’t want a political message.”
“I don’t care if it’s about indigenous culture or gay players or multiculturalism or women’s issues or whatever.”
“Since 2004 male-to-female transgender athletes have been allowed in the Olympics after surgery and two years of hormone therapy. But they will be allowed in the Rio Olympics without surgery, as long as their testosterone levels have been below male levels for a year.
The advantage male-to-female transgender men have over women in sport is a hotly debated issue, particularly in contact sports.
In 2014, male-to-female transgender, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Fox (then aged 39) overpowered female opponent Tamikka Brents in three minutes. The fight was brutal. Brents suffered potentially career-ending injuries including concussion and a broken orbital bone requiring staples.
Afterwards, Brents said: “I’ve never felt so overpowered in my life.
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor. I can only say I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female.” (The Federalist, January 27, 2016)
The reality that physical differences do exist between males and females, in the end, overrides any gender-based ideology. Even so, from the above example – it is possibly only a matter of time before the AFL is confronted with men transgendering as women wanting to invoke this policy in order to play in the women’s league with an extra competitive edge.