All you apologists who are
and whining that this is just Court's "private opinion" and that she is free to express her beliefs are missing the mark.
Hmm. I hope you don't count me in into this category. I just wonder whether renaming the court is the adequate action. I just think that a venement statement from Tennis Australia, and even better, other PTB (governmental?) as well, would be even better, but like I said, pretty impossible to properly deal with religious nutcases, as they seem to be pretty oblivious to any scientific factualities concerning this matter. Sadly so.
The idea that what Court said is just a private opinion that should just be ignored is
. Activists in various countries are trying as hard as they can to stop suicides among LGBT youths, and it has been documented that the kind of hate speech spewed by public figures
like Court in the name of her deity is one of the root causes of the self-hate and despair these young people feel. To argue that renaming MCA to censure one of the sports' most prominent Aus. legends for her CONTINUED hate speech would somehow be a blow against free speech is laughable. No one would be stopping Court from continuing to speak her bigotry by renaming MCA; they'd just be sending the counter-message that many people vehemently disagree with her brand of idiocy.
I see all kinds of religious leaders (n)uttering the same kind of
all the time, nothing is being done against that either. As soon as one throws the factor 'religion' in the ring, it appears they become immume to any rational reasoning, and discussion becomes void. That is bad enough as it is, but there are even societies/cultures/PTB on this planet claiming that homosexuality among their circles doesn't even exist
, as they claim it's a so-called form of 'western decadence'.
Ignorance and repression, that's what it's all about, and all in the name of 'religion'. Damn.
I much prefer the idea of ticketholders going to MCA with rainbow flags and/or banners protesting Court's words. If people can wave their flags around in the stands in a show of jingoistic d-ck-waving, surely a rainbow flag or a "Court Doesn't Speak for Me" banner would be perfectly acceptable.
I would really like to see that happening. Judging on the number of gay folks among tennis fans (at least this forum indicates that there are plenty
), one would hope that the gay society in Australia will be able to summon enough fans to make it happen. "OCCUPY", I say!
If they are so weak they they commit sucides because of comments someone made, they probably don't deserve to be here anyway. This planet has over 7 billion people already. I doubt they'll be missed.