The LGBT Left – marriage equality advocates – claim a debate on gay marriage will unleash the haters. But these hypocrites meant themselves – and now threats by same-sex marriage activists have forced Christians to cancel a meeting.
A ferocious campaign against Christian groups planning to meet on same-sex marriage has forced them to cancel the event at a major hotel next week, amid claims of physical threats from marriage-equality advocates.
The Accor Hotels group confirmed late yesterday that the function had been abandoned after a social media storm triggered phone calls that “rattled” employees and left the company concerned about the safety of staff and guests.
In the first test of the “civil” debate promised for a plebiscite on gay marriage, advocates for the “yes” case were being blamed last night for the kind of “hate speech” that Bill Shorten and others have claimed would come from the “no” case.
A spokeswoman for the Mercure Sydney Airport Hotel said the campaign by marriage-equality advocates had forced the company to close the hotel’s Facebook page, sparked phone calls that disturbed hotel staff and escalated the problem to the company’s headquarters….
About 100 people were expected to attend from the Sydney Anglicans, Sydney Catholics, the Marriage Alliance and the Australian Christian Lobby.
Gay news website SameSame.com.au alerted readers to the event. Activist Pauline Pantsdown urged followers to stop the “dangerous, predatory” ACL. “Are children safe at Mercure and Accor hotels?” one post said. One follower declared it “utterly horrifying” that Accor would host the Christian groups while another accused the hotel of supporting the “hateful, deceitful and extreme” ACL…
Accor confirmed the campaign led to a number of “negative” calls to the hotel but would not confirm claims these calls included death threats…
A joint statement from the conveners said the hotel staff received “threats of violence” after the details of the private event were published on the internet. “We have chosen to reconsider our arrangements for the event next week due to our concern for the safety of the hotel staff, and our commitment to a reasonable and respectful debate,” ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said…
Marriage-equality advocates hailed the cancellation of the meeting late yesterday. Pantsdown accused ACL of “playing victim” and justified the campaign against the Christian groups “due to danger they pose” to LGBTI children and families.
“Pantsdown”, actually university media lecturer Simon Hunt, is using the classic defence of the totalitarian Left – viciousness of the Left is excused on the grounds that their enemies are (imagined to be) even worse. In other words, it is not the principle that counts but the side. This is the morality of the tribalist – the morality that leads to savagery and a combat that is ultimately decided not by reason but by force. In anyone this calculus is shameful; in a media lecturer it is a disgrace.
That Shelton is among the victims here is no surprise. Same-sex advocates, particularly in the media, have made him a particular target of their hate-speech – demonising and dehumanising him so thoroughly that their fellow-travellers, using the Pantsdown defence, will think him deserving of the most extreme reprisals.