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A Tremendous Win for Faith, Family and Freedom

Oct 14, 2015

It is not every day you get to proclaim good news and do so with great relish. But today is one of those days, with some terrific news coming in from a great culture warrior who has been through the wringer for the past few years because of militant and hate-filled homosexual activists.

I refer to a very welcome court case win for Bernard Gaynor of Queensland. For daring to stand for truth about the issue of homosexuality he has gone through a few years of hell, and has just now been finally vindicated. The court has basically tossed out the case.

gaynor 2Of course all this has taken a huge toll on him and his family, and it has been very costly for him as well. Imagine having to spend over $50,000 to defend yourself against these vexatious and patently false charges put forward by the militant homosexual lobby.

Bernard has just released this email about the court decision, and it is worth repeating here in full:

Victory!
There really is no sweeter word to describe it.
As you may know, anti-free speech campaigner and homosexual activist, Gary Burns, has waged a war on my website for almost two years now. He has lodged at least 28 anti-discrimination complaints against me because he does not agree with my view on family and morality. As a result, I faced numerous fines of up to $100,000 and even the prospect of jail if I refused to apologise to this radical activist.
But all that has been swept away today.
The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has ruled this morning that Gary Burns’ complaints are to be dismissed. The full ruling can be found here: www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/561c6365e4b0517a972816a4
In a nutshell, the NCAT accepted the argument we put forward on 4 September, 2015 that there is no jurisdiction in New South Wales to hear complaints against residents of Queensland.
As a result, Gary Burns’ complaints have been dismissed. It is a victory for free speech. It is a victory for morality. And it is a victory for common-sense.
Consequently, today is a day to celebrate.
Obviously, I must thank my legal representation. They have been steadfast, resolute and powerful. They have also been subjected to the most defamatory and vindictive slurs from Gary Burns. This victory is a testament to their courage. Others facing Gary Burns’ complaints have not been able to find a single firm in New South Wales that would represent them. I was very fortunate to find legal representatives with strong moral character, in particular Robert Balzola.
I would also like to thank all of you for your encouragement, assistance, support, prayers and donations. Without your help, today would not have arrived. This particular fight has cost over $50,000 (with bills still coming) and it is one that I could not have afforded on my own.
So this is just as much your victory as it is mine. In fact, it is something even better: it is a team victory and it is a victory for all Australians.
After taking time to celebrate today, I will return to this battle because it is not yet completed. The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board must face scrutiny: even now it has accepted additional complaints against me that I have ‘victimised’ Gary Burns for publishing his emails bandying my address about with Islamic organisations. It really is incomprehensible.
So there is still work to be done because there is a totalitarian bureaucracy running amok in New South Wales that refuses to accept that it is subject to the law. Even worse, it is aiding and abetting a person who has no qualms in deliberately jeopardising the lives of others.
In addition, Tess Corbett is now facing contempt proceedings in the New South Wales Supreme Court instigated by Gary Burns because she has refused to apologise to him. Tess is a Victorian grandmother and readers of my website have previously rallied to help in her legal fight. The good news is that today’s ruling is a huge boost for Tess and it should result in the dismissal of those proceedings.
Finally, I must thank God for His great goodness. He has answered our prayers and He is the source of all goodness.

Thank God indeed. It is a truly wonderful – if rare – win. It is a win obviously for Bernard Gaynor. It is also a big win for common sense. And for freedom of speech, religious freedom, and for democracy. Too often these rulings go the other way, so it is great to see this particular win.

But this case should remind us of just how fascist and tyrannical the militant homosexual activists are. Indeed, as Bernard reminds us, things are certainly not over with here. Much more needs to be dealt with. There is ongoing litigation and attacks to deal with, along with future ones as well.

The truth is, the homosexual lobby is ever on the prowl, seeking to attack, vilify, entrap or take to court anyone who dares to resist its agenda. They want the whole world to bow down to their perverted view of things, and they will go after anyone who takes a contrary point of view.

Thus we must not rest on our laurels here, or go back to sleep. There is an ongoing need for vigilance and prayer cover. Those who stand for truth in the public arena are always at risk and can at any moment be dragged to the courts by the militants as well.

So this is an ongoing struggle – one we must never relent on. Those bravely fighting the good fight on the front lines must remain on their guard. And those behind the scenes need to daily keep in prayer such culture warriors. This is ultimately a spiritual battle requiring very real spiritual intercession and prayer cover.

But in the meantime we can all celebrate with Bernard. He is a champion who has endured more than most of us can imagine. For the moment we savour the victory. It is worth enjoying and celebrating. But first thing tomorrow it is back to the battlefront.

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19 Responses to A Tremendous Win for Faith, Family and Freedom

  • WOW, that is fantastic news. Thanks to Bernard for being a warrior for Christ. Also thanks to everyone who supported him and his family. This is an amazing win for commonsense, decency and morality. Our prayers have been answered by an amazing God. While we have many Warriors in public life, us foot soldiers also need to keep doing our bit, we cannot be complacent.

  • Splendid news!
    But as a reminder of the ongoing struggle:
    http://www.acl.org.au/2015/10/turnbull-urged-not-to-break-marriage-plebiscite-vow/

  • So can we take it that Burns cannot take the case to QLD ?

  • It is indeed wonderful news. I am so happy for Bernard and his family.

  • Hi Bill, I first encountered Bernard’s site about two years ago and have been intrigued and supportive of and by his plight in that time. Bernard notes “that there is no jurisdiction in New South Wales to hear complaints against residents of Queensland”.

    More than common-sense, decency and morality, this tells me it was a win for legal jurisdiction. However, it is still a good win.

    If Gary were in Qld and the complaints were at the Anti-Discrimination Board there, I doubt the outcome would have been the same.

    However, I will not look a gift horse in the mouth.

    I read an article from Melbourne of an elderly gay couple complaining they had to remove a gay flag from and apartment balcony. The letter from the Strata Body insisted the flag be removed. The gay couple insist this can only be homophobia. This is how the media is painting the picture. However, strata rules stay that there must be a consistency in the appearance of units in a complex. Therefore, if an IS Flag were hung there, it too would be required to be removed. Maybe even an Aussie flag. U

    What I find disturbing here is that Rule of Law is so much being misrepresented as Islamophobia, Racism, Homophobia and the like. It is this type of obfuscation that the unthinking people around us are falling for, hook, line and sinker, especially in regard to the SSM agenda.

  • Fantastic news to hear of your win and you couldn’t have had better representation than Robert. As for this malicious, mischief making Burns. I’d alert the Authorities that he is using electronic communications devices to threaten the safety of yourself and family. It is illegal to solicit or pass on a persons details to third parties when it could reasonably be believed that such persons could harm the said ‘subject’ person. This Burns needs to be taken to task. God bless and congratulations again,
    Howard

  • Sorry to rain on your parade folks, but it seems to me that the board did not dismiss the case as such; it merely ruled that it had no jurisdiction because Bernard lives in Queensland, not NSW. The bad laws which prevent freedom of speech under the guise of anti-discrimination remain in place.

    I was living in England when the first UK anti-discrimination law was passed in the late 1960s. This was aimed at discouraging the racial hatred directed at immigrants from the West Indies, India, Pakistan etc, and such a law seemed a good idea at the time. Of course it became a case of the slippery slope: within years, throughout the Western world, similar laws were passed to prevent discrimination against women, and later against homosexuals. The result has been the neo-Marxist war on freedom of expression, known by the quaint title of “political correctness”.

    Don’t get me wrong: I am very happy for Bernard. I have supported him prayerfully and financially and it is indeed an answer to prayer that he and his family have had this horrid and unjust burden lifted.

    I have always been opposed to these extra-judicial boards and tribunals. Justice should be in the hands of experienced and impartial judges and magistrates in the traditional courts of law.

  • Hi Bill – thanks for your support and encouragement during this battle.

    I note the comments above about jurisdiction and they are true. The bad laws still remain.

    But a victory is a victory and, more importantly, I believe that this victory has opened new doors to further attack these laws. This matter has not finished yet by any means and I do not intend to rest now that a chink in the armour has been exposed!

  • Thanks Bernard. Yes it is a lousy set of laws, you never should have been charged, and it may have been somewhat of a technicality. But the simple truth is, this heavy weight is now off your back, so that is great news indeed. Keep standing strong – you are a champ.

  • Great news but I am concerned that the ruling was based on jurisdiction issues rather than the right to critique human ideologies and practices. This means that should the case have been held in the right place the outcome may have been considerably different. I find it interesting that we live in a society where the right to criticise a world view or life style is very unevenly and unfairly applied. If a person’s political views, artistic preferences, views of history, science and philosophy et al is fair game why not one’s sexual preferences? I wonder how successful Christians would be in winning a case against someone who is critical of their faith?

  • This is such great great news. It is also an encouragement to all of us to make our stand against the militant LGBT group that seeks to destroy the freedom that our society has valued for generations.

    Keep up the good fight.

  • Yes that was my observation. it seemed the win was based on jurisdiction. While a win is a win I think I would have preferred a win that exposed the discriminatory character of Gary Burn’s attack. Nevertheless a win is a win and for that we can be grateful.

  • Great news Bill. Thank you for sharing it. I certainly hope for a similar outcome in Tasmania for Archbishop Porteous.

  • Exodus 14:13-14 (NKJV)
    13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
    14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

    2 Chronicles 20:15-18 (NKJV)
    15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
    16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.
    17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”
    18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.

  • I agree with Brian Pratt, that this does not seem to me to be a victory for free speech but a technicality about jurisdiction. The story would have been different if had lived in NSW.

  • Great news and a wonderful slap in the face for the fascists among us. The truth can never be suppressed. Bravo Bernard!

  • The homosexual prowls around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. Or was that the devil… Oh wait, yeah.

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