The consequences for freedom of speech carried through the same-sex marriage political movement has come into sharper focus this week, according to Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are Shannon Malloy, a gay journalist at NewsCorp, or Margaret Court, a tennis great and Christian pastor, if your views don’t align with the politically correct view of marriage you are out," Mr Shelton said.
“Whatever side Australians are on in the debate about redefining marriage, all of us have got to ask ourselves what side of the freedom of speech debate we are on.”
While not agreeing with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s view on redefining marriage, Mr Shelton respected his position and supported his decision to impose a no-fly ban on the Christian who assaulted him with a pie.
“People like Margaret Court, who is my friend, are also entitled to take their travel business elsewhere. We must have a free society.
“I will still be travelling with Qantas while continuing to publicly advocate for preserving the definition of marriage. I would expect that Mr Joyce, while disagreeing with me, has the good grace to allow me to continue patronising his airline.”
Mr Shelton welcomed Tennis Australia’s decision to hold firm against renewed pressure to remove Margaret Court’s name from the Margaret Court Arena.
He also welcomed the Prime Minister’s defence of free speech and Pastor Margaret’s right to express her views.
“Because same-sex marriage law will trigger anti-discrimination court cases against anyone expressing a dissenting view, it is vital that the people of Australia resolve the issue through a people’s vote.
“I hope the Senate will look at the consequences of redefining marriage and allow all Australians a say.
“It doesn’t matter if you make beer, are a Catholic Archbishop, a gay journalist or a board member of a Christian educational charity, if you are on the ‘wrong side’ of the debate there are consequences.”