Journalist Jane Fynes-Clinton, who lectures in Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast, has a BRILLIANT article in the Courier-Mail, criticising the intolerance of the ‘pro-same-sex-‘marriage’ brigade and highlighting the influence of social media...
“ REMEMBER school debating? Where both sides got a turn and the other team sat listening quietly and respectfully?
We need more of that – a version for mature, hopeful, civilised grown-ups.
The current debate over same-sex marriage is one-sided, volatile, even violent.
In the movement to open up and move forward, the side that supports the prevailing laws and conventions is increasingly silenced. And it is not only same-sex marriage that features this concerning trend. In the explosive social media spaces particularly, there are now some views you are seemingly not allowed to express – and by doing so are called a bigot. Oh, the irony. . .”
Jane also says,
“In Australia, social pressure is stifling free speech – the left is very vocal and crushes any chance of a dissenting, considered view.
People are entitled to recalcitrant opinions, even if we do not agree with them.
And the gay marriage debate in public forums is in no way balanced – as seen in the abandonment of ads calling for a mature discussion about the likely outcomes of gay marriage by commercial networks and the ferocious put-down of traditional marriage proponent Katy Faust on Monday night’s Q&A program. Considered, conservative, old-fashioned views might be unpopular in the madding crowd, but they are still valid. In a free country, they deserve to be heard.
As it stands, those who dare speak in support of the current marriage laws are shouted down before they are fully expressed.
Worse, intolerance rains down on those who express those views in ways unprecedented. They are threatened, vilified, verbally roughed up.
READ the articles in full… Social pressure stifling free speech as vocal Left crushes any chance of a dissenting, considered view, Jane Fynes-Clinton, Courier Mail, via SaltShakers.org.au 20/8/2015.
Every child comes from and needs BOTH a mother and a father. Same-sex "marriage" intentionally keeps either a mother or a father from the child. Government should protect the child through upholding traditional marriage.
Please Speak Up Australia. Defend Children and Freedom.
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