Feelings Trump Free Speech


Over here in the sunny Australian climes, we have been having a little battle regarding gay marriage. Ostensibly the battle is whether the definition of marriage should be altered from that of being exclusively between a man and a woman. But it’s really a battle as to whether people should even be allowed to discuss the implications of such a proposal. It’s a battle of whether feelings are more important than freedom of speech, and feelings are winning by a long margin.

The very act of debating gay marriage in a calm, reasoned, and respectful manner is now verboten as far as the gay mafia are concerned. A seven-minute video hosted by the Bible Society which depicted such a debate between gay conservative MP Tim Wilson and Christian conservative MP Andrew Hastie has set off a firestorm of abuse from gay marriage advocates in the last couple of days. I would like to show you the video, but it has comprehensively disappeared from the internet. The Bible Society itself has removed their own video.

I watched the video a couple of times before it was taken down. There was nothing outlandish about it at all. If anything, it was a little boring. Each of the MPs set forth his case and then the moderator asked each in turn to summarize their opponent’s argument. And all over a few bottles of Coopers beer.

Now, in response to enormous social media pressure (read about a hundred committed members of the rainbow offenderati brigade), Coopers has capitulated, cancelling its long-planned run of commemorative 200-year Bible Society anniversary cans and promptly signing up to the Marriage Equality Australia union mafia. They then released this cringe-worthy announcement:

I particularly like the part where Melanie Cooper attests to respecting everyone’s individual opinions and beliefs and then with her next breath proceeds to throw the Bible Society under the bus. The magnitude of the confected outrage demonstrates that marriage equality advocates possess no desire to win members of the public over to their position. Their sole purpose is to shut down all debate on the matter while publicly bullying and humiliating those that stray from their PRAVDA inspired line. The vitriol they employ is exactly the type of behaviour that they themselves warned would occur if a public vote on the issue was allowed. So it turns out that their warnings were accurate – they were warning us about themselves.

From an article in The Australian on the matter comes this little gem:

Melbourne activist Michael Barnett, who said he was a campaigner for human rights and equality, sent a trail of expletive-ridden tweets directed at the company: “Your statement is bullshit. My life is not up for a light-hearted debate. F..k you. F..K YOU.”

Apparently the debate between the two MPs was so terrible precisely because they were relaxed about it. The fact that they did not appear to take themselves too seriously is the only outrage tack that the gay mafia have been able to protest about in a semi-coherent manner.

But poor little Michael’s life is the real issue here. It appears that feelings are now more important then freedom of speech, which is fine I suppose while you’re in charge and able to dictate public speech codes. And the gay mafia are very indeed in charge. One only has to observe the behaviour of Coopers Brewery, a private family-owned business with no shareholders, to form a conclusion of who is calling the shots here.

And now a number of CEOs from major Australian banks and businesses have demanded that the Prime Minister legislate on gay marriage so “the government can get on with its core economic agenda”. Funny, it must have slipped past me that businesses have been hamstrung because the government is honouring its election promise to not legislate on gay marriage but instead allow the people to decide in a national plebiscite (to be honest, they haven’t allowed the plebiscite yet, but they have so far refused to legislate on the matter).

“Enabling loving, committed couples to be married, regardless of their sexual orientation, will contribute to a stronger economy and a more inclusive Australia,” the final draft of the appeal circulating through corporate Australia says.

I wonder how inclusive those CEOs would be of their own employees who don’t agree with their CEO’s “corporate social responsibility”? I dare say that any employee that voices the opinion that they are in favour of traditional marriage could well find themselves out on the street. It’s all inclusive as long as you go along with the agreed party line.

The Soviets had to fight a civil war, take control of government, and then terrorize the population into capitulating to their perverse ideology of class hatred and envy. A hundred years later and our businesses are queuing to sign up to the gay mafia brigade while they picket government to continue the process of radical cultural Marxism cunningly disguised as “inclusiveness” and “human rights” and “corporate social responsibility”. Lenin wouldn’t have been proud – he would have been lining up with cap in hand to get on the winning team.

Up until this week Coopers was known as a smart family-owned business spanning five generations that produced excellent beer. A true Australian success story. Now it is best known for not daring to toe the line on gay marriage and then buckling under. Are we really to believe that a family company with such a long association with the Bible Society now suddenly truly believes in gay marriage? I would lay a decent bet that they don’t – but they can’t say so. They have been forced to bend their heads to their betters – they know who wields the power in corporate Australia. More than that, they have been forced to disassociate themselves from their beliefs or risk ruination.

A sequence of events that should give many of us pause.

This article was originally published at https://pushingrubberdownhill.com/2017/03/15/feelings-trump-free-speech/ where Adam Piggott writes regularly and brilliantly.

  • Gravedigger

    New product coming soon will be limited edition spine in a jar as the Cooper family appear to have no use for them. I’m sure Canberra could use all the spines it could get.

  • Earl Conner

    That’s a real shame. Coopers Pale Ale used to be my go to beer here in South Australia where it’s on tap everywhere. Now I won’t be able to drink it without tasting a hint of SJW piss…

  • Deplorable Steve

    Who will rescue us from the accursed poofterati??? How is it that perverts who dance the chocolate cha cha get to be outraged??? They lust after other men’s bums and they get offended??? What a weird world…

  • Karen Dwyer

    Every time companies capitulate in this fashion, it is like getting pushed into smaller and smaller and increasingly more crowded ghettos of the like-minded.

    Or to use another analogy:

  • Neil Aitchison

    It’s a beat-up. The homosexual activists are just being bullies and the more they brow-beat people into submission, the less we care about what they shrill about now because they do it all the time. The homosexual pubs that have boycotted Coopers Beer are also being boycotted by the drinkers that want Coopers Beer….so the pubs get a sting in their own sting. Such irony. By Coopers giving in to such bullying tactics rewards the perpetrators and emboldens them to bully more people who oppose their twisted view of reality. By winning the battle, they have lost the war. Homosexual marriage is now a thing of the past. Australians don’t want it and beating up on people like Coopers exposes homosexuality to be a devious, deceitful and destructive lifestyle to choose. The lesson we are learning from the homosexual, gender fluidity, rainbow saboteurs is to stay away from their ideology and political agenda – it’s devious, deceitful and destructive..

  • Karen Dwyer

    And sadly, the Bible Society of Australia are just as complicit. This article provides clarity:

    A quote from the same article is well worth noting (as is the term “sexual fundamentalists”):
    “In some formal sense, free speech will exist tomorrow morning, but in practice, a cacophonous minority have succeeded in shouting down reasoned and respectful speech. I remember one year ago referring to freedom of speech as the gordian knot of our time; well, today the sword has been taken out of its sheath and cut right through the ropes.
    Free speech is gone and what we have left is costly speech. To speak truth will cost. To suggest an alternative narrative, will have you branded as bigot, and more.
    Again understand, this is not about what is right and fair, or about what is reasonable and respectful, it is about conforming to the program of what Stephen McAlpine has termed, the sexual fundamentalists….” [Murray Campbell]

  • aussiegooner

    I have already informed Coopers by email that I won’t buy their products from now on. They have made the choice to bend over for the PC neo-fascists who populate Twitter. I made the choice not to buy their beer any more.

    I hope others who are sickened by their cowardice follow my example.

  • OneFatOzGuy

    This is exactly how Al Sharpton became so rich:

    1. Accuse an organisation of racism based on a single event that, if taken out of context, could be construed as ‘racist’.
    2. Arrange for everyone to gang up on said organisation until the organisation issued an apology.
    3. Only accept the apology if the organisation agreed to make organisational changes and a donation to a black charity.
    4. Rinse and repeat.

    Every company feared Sharpton because they knew that they’d have to publicly align themselves to whatever he said, in addition to making a ‘donation’ (ransom payment?), and promise that moving forward the organisation would ensure that more blacks would be given preference of opportunities.

    The problem with this approach is that they can only accuse one company at a time and must allow a cooling off period between accusations. People would get suspicious if Sharpton was accusing a different company every week of racism.

    The Coopers case will prove to be the first nail in the coffin for the rainbow mafia because it’s the first case of them beating down an otherwise innocent business for not towing the party line, a bit like the Christian bakery in the US that was fined for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding.

    These people know that they could possibly lose the issue if it went to a vote, purely because most people don’t like being told what to think. Civilization go in cycles, we’re just reaching the furthest point Left of center before the masses decide “this has gone too far”. The Left knows this, so they’re trying to get through as many structural changes as they can before it shifts full right.

    Either that or we end up in a Marxist hell hole where anyone who doesn’t say the right thing is jailed for hate thoughts, has their possessions seized and their children taken into ‘state care’ for reprogramming.

    • Karen Dwyer

      Interesting point re Mr Sharpton.

      Unfortunately, we seem very close to the rim of said hellhole, while those masses who have their eyes averted (in order to avoid eye contact with bullies in case they’re next to be picked on) shuffle us inadvertently but relentlessly over its edge.

  • entropy

    The Government should just pass a marriage equality bill.

    “Reaffirming that all Australians have equal access to the institution of marriage, being the solemnisation of the a relationship between a man and a woman.”

    Then, if the gay entitlement lobby ever has the integrity to ask for what it really wants rather than making false entreaties to unrelated notions like ‘equality’, we can have that discussion without their hysterical lies, propaganda and hate speech.

  • Dom Inic

    I have reconstructed the video from the full audio and some stills


    Judge for yourself just hoe offensive it was!