An extraordinary attack on tennis legend Margaret Court by lesbian activist Kerryn Phelps underlines the Christophobia of some gay lobbyists.
Court is also the Senior Pastor of a megachurch in Perth, Western Australia, holds traditional views of marriage, and is opposed to the controversial proposals being put forward by the left of the Labour Party in Australia for gay marriage to be recognised as true marriage.
All homosexuals and lesbians must be aware of traditional Biblical understanding of marriage, and also of the opposition to homosexual and lesbian acts as interpreted by a large section of the world-wide Church, despite the liberal theology which is growing in acceptance even amongst Christians.
Liberal theologians tend to support the notion of reinterpreting scripture to be inclusive of gay relationships and marriage. This is still strongly disputed by many Christians, but the lobbyists seem to be getting through to those who are younger, and nominal Christians, who have been subjected to education and a concerted push which promotes the idea of what is now being termed ‘equal marriage’.
Margaret Court, obviously wearing her Pastor hat and not her tennis cap, has openly rejected the idea of gay marriage, saying it is not in keeping with accepted Biblical principles, and that gay marriage reforms would ‘legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices’.
Professor Phelps, former President of the AMA, has strongly condemned Court and called for protests at the Margaret Court Arena, named after the tennis great in recognition of her exploits in winning 24 grand slam singles titles amongst other doubles slams.
In so doing, Phelps has taken Court’s religious convictions and brought them into the sporting arena, where Court gained her reputation as one of the greatest sportswomen of all time. Now Phelps wants the arena to be renamed and Court’s name removed.
She has made political mileage out of a Christian theological position held by a person who is highly successful in both the sporting and ecclesiastical realms by using the sporting honour deservedly bestowed on Court as a weapon to attack Court’s Christian perspective on marriage.
But Court’s view should not come as a surprise to anyone, especially a lesbian activist like Phelps, who is purely taking advantage of Court’s sporting fame to promote her cause in the public arena, just as the Australian Open, which Court has said she’ll attend regardless of a proposed gay demonstration against her views, is about to get under way.
Phelps said, ‘Her views on homosexuality are so extreme that they really almost defy comment”, but, of course, there are any number of Christians who hold the same view, and who are opposed to gay marriage for exactly the same reasons Court has given.
In fact, as a Pastor and Christian leader, Court would be expected to both have a Biblical view and to express it publicly, especially from the pulpit, just as Phelps, as a lesbian activist, would be expected to have the opposing view and express it.
But would Phelps be required to lose her professorship, or medical qualifications for having an opposing view? That would be preposterous and unkind, since she earned her credentials and has been recognised for her organisational ability with high office in the medical profession.
Court’s views are neither extreme nor unusual for a Christian leader. This extraordinary attack on Court is an attack on all believers with a traditional understanding of scripture, on the Bible and on the freedom of each individual to have and express a point of view in a free country.
It is expected that some gay and lesbian activists will demonstrate during the Open in the Margaret Court Arena by waving rainbow flags, traditionally, for Christians, a symbol of peace, but hijacked by gay activists as their symbol.
Hopefully both sides can view the rainbow as their own and not allow prejudice to interfere with the recognition of the talent of one Australia’s sporting icons.