2,000 Years of Persecution

An Empty Arena at the Open? pic – Vic Tourism

No, I will not leave Margaret Court alone. “Loves” us, indeed!

Down the centuries Christians have tortured LGBTI, crucified us, broken us on the wheel, burnt us alive, persecuted us as witches and devil worshippers, called us possessed by demons, forcibly exorcised us, drowned us, castrated us, starved us, beaten us, tried to rape us into heterosexuality, imprisoned us (often for life), humiliated us, stolen our children, denied us any relationships, separated us from our loved ones and families… what more do you want before you realise that, apart from a few honourable exemptions, Christians, especially the “devout” variety, are seldom our friends?

And before anyone starts saying “but that was history”, right now we are being hunted, bashed and killed in Russia and much of Eastern Europe, encouraged and financed by Putin and the Russian Orthodox Christian Church; in many parts of Africa, by the Anglican and Pentecostal Christian churches (Sydney Anglicans are in cahoots with many of these through GAFCON); in the Caribbean; and many other places around the world. And let’s not forget, transgender women are being murdered more or less with impunity across the USA, right now, every single week, intersex babies are being mutilated by surgeons in the name of “normalisation”, and lesbians raped to turn them straight.

Even now Christians in Africa, the Philippines and Asia insist AIDS is our fault and a just punishment from God: in various countries they refuse to fund preventative treatment, block the distribution of condoms, arrest us if we attend clinics for treatment. In the name of Christ.

The richest anti-LGBTI Christian organisation in the world, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), has financed cases and provided lawyers to prevent the decriminalisation of homosexuality in many of the aforementioned African countries (like Uganda, whose government has been subverted by rich Christian evangelicals),as well as the Indian subcontinent; they have done likewise with bathroom bills, parenting bills etc in almost every American state.

The Australian Christian Lobby, with ADF help, has set up their own legal offshoot to fight us through the courts here. Lyle Shelton has just attended a World Congress of Families, funded by anti-gay Russian oligarchs among others.

Extremist Christians have tentacles reaching into the Trump White House, and into the Australian LNP. The Alliance praised Tony Abbott to the skies and flew him to the US at their expense and paid him to address them on his efforts to block marriage equality.

The Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches work together to attack us across Europe, and, in conjunction with countries like Saudi Arabia, at the UN.

Some Christian sects and some Christian individuals are our friends and supporters, but there is a vast, and vastly wealthy, Christian machine devoted to crushing us worldwide.

And they believe exactly what Margaret Court has been fool enough to let slip.

Never forget, marriage equality in Australia is only one little local skirmish: there is a worldwide war being waged on us right now. Not just by extremist Muslims, but by extremist Christians too.

The difference is, the Muslims are outside throwing bombs at the wall. The Christians are at the Cabinet tables in Russia, America… and Australia.

Let us be quite clear. The Christian religion has been responsible, and continues to be responsible, for the direct and indirect murder and suicide of countless LGBTI people, for around 2,000 years. They are the demons, the Antichrists, the devils, the Hitlers, the Communists.

They have 2,000 years to atone for. To do penance for. To apologise for. To make restitution for. I suggest Ms Court and Mr Shelton get down on their knees right now and start praying for our forgiveness. And MS Court better add in a few prayers for players and spectators alike to turn up to “her” arena, or it’ll be empty come the Open.

Countries where it’s illegal to be gay, many of which are nominally Christian.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)