Monthly Archives: April 2011

Jim Wallace, Gay Marriage, Islam & ANZACs

Jim Wallace, head of The Australian Christian Lobby uses ANZAC day to spread Christian ideology. Apparently Jim feels that it’s appropriate to claim that the ANZACs didn’t fight for either Gay Marriage or Islam.

What the ANZACs fought to defend was our freedom and culture. Although our culture is tolerant of Islam and supports an individuals right to hold such beliefs it does not embrace all Islamic values, especially when those values come into conflict with our own. But a big part of the freedoms that our culture and society does embrace is the idea that people have the right to choose their own partner. Unlike many religious values a gay marriage does not conflict with anyone else’s rights and freedoms.

I don’t personally support gay marriage; I just don’t have any objection to it. In the same way I also don’t support any sports but I certainly wouldn’t object to anyone else wanting to play, watch or otherwise enjoy them. What I do object to however is assholes like Jim Wallace who think they have a right to interfere with other peoples choices when that choice doesn’t affect them or anyone else.

The day that Jim Wallace or anyone else can present me with evidence that a same-sex marriage is impinging on the rights and freedoms of others is the day that I will oppose it. Until then I have no objection.

Legal threats will get you nowhere.

You may or may not have heard about this shill for Homeopathy called Dana Ullman. He happily promotes the bogus medicine of Homeopathy and has even written some books on it; handy if you happen to run out of toilet paper.

But it seems Dana doesn’t like criticism

However such legal threats will do nothing to suppress criticism. Instead it would appear that a shitstorm is now brewing on Twitter. With more and more people openly accusing @HomeopathicDana (Dana Ullman) of being a “conman”. Apparently Dana had never heard of The Streisand Effect whereby an attempt to silence a critic backfires dramatically. Was Danas tweet supposed to be a legitimate warning? I don’t know but it failed miserably and now he will face the consequences of making it.

Don’t think you can attempt to silence legitimate criticism and get away with it. This is the Internet, using threat of litigation will get you nowhere.