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Godless Corporations, Rampant Discrimination, and the Blackmailing of Christians

Apr 27, 2016

Two weeks ago one of the more frightening things you will hear from a powerful activist was uttered. It was notable both for its audacity and its contempt of most Australians. I refer to a really sinister remark by homosexual activist and Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce. Let me quote from an April 15 Sydney Morning Herald article:

Mr Joyce and [SBS chief executive Michael] Ebeid told an Australian Marriage Equality breakfast last May that marriage equality was an important issue for corporate Australia – because it would help retain or attract gay and lesbian talent to Australia, and could even boost productivity by reducing people’s prejudice. “That’s why marriage equality is very important for corporations, so that people don’t feel that they are a second-class citizen,” Mr Ebeid said.
Mr Joyce met his partner Shane Lloyd 15 years ago in Melbourne. In the past year, the boss of Australia’s national carrier has assumed a more public role in the debate about marriage equality. “It’s really about equality,” he told Fairfax Media last year, and observed “how important it is for a business leader … to express our views on things”.
Following a successful referendum on same-sex marriage in his birth country of Ireland, Mr Joyce was profiled by LGBTI magazine Star Observer. At that point, almost 600 Australian companies had pledged their support for marriage equality, including Qantas, Virgin and the major banks. “If you’re unhappy with a company that’s involved with the campaign you won’t be able to bank and you won’t be able to fly anywhere,” Mr Joyce said.

joyce, alanWhile this is all quite concerning, it is that last sentence that really should set off alarm bells. This is a threat. This is blackmail. He is telling everyone who does not support the radical homosexual agenda that they can basically drop dead.

He had the gall to say that anyone who disagrees with his agenda will not be able to fly or bank! Now either this is hyperbole, or he has some inside knowledge that we are not privy to. Does he know what other airlines and banks are saying on this? Is there diabolical collusion in all this?

Talk about a conspiracy theory. If even just some of this is true then it is shocking indeed. Here we have an amoral and immoral corporate world joining together to wage a war against faith, freedom and family. They are threatening everyone who affirms traditional marriage and family (which means billions of people around the world), telling them they have the power to keep them from flying or banking.

This is fascist blackmail. This is homosexual totalitarians run amok. This is the end of freedom, democracy and Christianity if these evil tyrants get their evil way. It is one thing for a small business owner to decide what products it might sell, and to whom. It is one thing for services to be offered based on some agreed upon values.

But this is no small business. This is a government airline with huge monopolistic powers. For a corporate giant like this with government backing to make such despicable threats to anyone who dares to differ is the height of Big Brother statism.

And recall what he actually said: “It’s really about equality, how important it is for a business leader … to express our views on things”. Oh yeah, well what about my equality? What about my right to express my view on things? What about the equality of millions of Christians and others? What about their freedom to share their point of view?

It seems that some are far more equal than others. Shame on the gaystapo elite. And then we have this interesting little fact: back in 2013 Qantas and Emirates formed an alliance. And in order to keep Muslims happy, Qantas banned pork on all European flights.

Oh, so Qantas is happy to discriminate in favour of Muslims and against everyone else. Um, where is the equality there Alan? Where is the right of non-Muslims to express their view on things when creeping sharia is now rampant at Qantas?

And tell us Alan, does Emirates approve of your pro-homosexual blackmail? Are they thrilled about your pro-sodomy policies? It will be interesting to see how all this pans out. And while we are on the topic of discrimination, it turns out that Qantas has long had policies of sex discrimination.

For example they have had a policy of not allowing adult male passengers to be seated next to unaccompanied children. This was challenged by civil libertarian groups who accused Qantas of discrimination. Hmm, so let me get this straight: Joyce thinks it is wrong to discriminate on the basis of sex when it comes to homosexual marriage, but for some reason he is quite happy to discriminate on the basis of sex in other areas. A bit of consistency here would be nice Alan.

But I am not alone in my concerns. Angela Shanahan also weighed into this and she is well worth quoting from:

Now the spectre of this type of corporate fascism is upon us again. There is a vast difference between maintaining responsible and ethical standards in business practices and foisting views about controversial social policy issues on to clients. And who is paying? Are corporations involved in this campaign using corporate money to push the same-sex marriage agenda?
According to Telstra, it has taken a survey that shows most of its clients and the public support this. Whose money was used to pay for that survey? Why, when Telstra’s performance as a reliable telco is so poor, have we had to tolerate surveys on same-sex marriage? How much shareholder money is spent at Qantas or Telstra or any of the other companies to push this agenda? Who organises these strategies, the numerous corporate breakfasts addressed by Joyce and other chief executives?
Then there is Facebook, that wonderfully democratic conduit for “free for all” opinion and friendly exchange of views? Think again. Facebook is shamelessly, systematically censoring opposing views on same-sex marriage.
The censoring of a post by an academic pointing to the virulent nastiness of supporters of same-sex marriage is not the only case. Family Voice Australia, which opposes same-sex marriage and supports the natural family, had all of its posts on the subject in June disappear. Complaints to Facebook met a stony silence.
Later Family Voice Australia posted on a story about a US town whose council had banned the annual nativity scene, and the people rebelled. But according to spokeswoman Ros Phillips: “When we paid Facebook to boost our post, they took our money — but then refused to boost it on the ground that it did not meet their standards!” Phillips says some other attempts to boost posts have met a similar fate. This simply proves that some people are more equal than others in the online world.
These are just some of the questions that come to mind about this campaign. But the most important question goes back to Joyce’s remark that if you are unhappy with a company supporting same-sex marriage you will not be able to bank or fly anywhere.
In other words, if you don’t support this campaign even tacitly by spending your money with this firm, in effect you will be held to ransom. Of course Joe Public has no choice in any of this. We bank Commonwealth, we fly Qantas, we shop at David Jones, presumably adding material support to a controversial campaign that is the subject of a future plebiscite, that we may or may not agree with.
How democratic is this corporate campaign? Is the public being manipulated into a foregone conclusion on the plebiscite? What business does business have in getting involved in a matter of social policy and sexual morality that is the subject of a plebiscite? Joyce claims to support the campaign because he thinks it will encourage diversity. Frankly, as shown by his exalted position at Qantas, there is no lack of diversity in Australian corporations.

Yes exactly right. And there is one more very frightening dimension to all this. To the biblical Christian, warning sirens should be going off everywhere. They would be familiar with the warnings found in the book of Revelation. They would realise that the evil Mystery Babylon and other nefarious forces discussed in the book appear to be a political, economic, social and cultural forces.

They will utterly control how people live, and this will be a decidedly demonic system. I speak in more detail to this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2015/09/19/babylon-its-fall-and-the-mark-of-the-beast/

And in Revelation 13 where we read about the two beasts, we also read about the mark of the beast. Whatever exactly all this entails, it certainly has a corporate, commercial and financial aspect to it. As we read in verses 15-18:

The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Wow, the ability to buy and sell is taken away from those who remain faithful to Christ and refuse to bow down and worship the demonic agendas of those opposed to God, morality and truth. Hmm, sounds exactly like what Joyce and others are talking about.

This is real serious folks. When you get misotheists with this much power and influence making these sorts of ugly threats to all who reject their godless sodomite agenda, then you know things are getting really bad. It remains to be seen how all this pans out, but it sure is not looking good.

Of course some of us have been warning about these things for years. As I wrote in the article I linked to above:

One can see how this will continue to get worse, and we can certainly see already how more and more institutions, corporations and government bodies are forcing people to comply with the homosexual agenda and the spread of Islam. Many people are losing their jobs or being fined or even jailed for refusing to go along with these agendas. Obviously all three types of penalties and punishments [fines, imprisonment and job loss] will greatly impact our buying and selling abilities. So I often wonder if part of the mark of the beast might be tied up with where the West is now headed in this respect.

Make no mistake about it. A war has been declared against God and against God’s people. You are either with God or you are against him. You either side with the one true living God, or you side with the humanist militants as they wage war against freedom, against faith, and against family.

Wake up folks! The end of freedom and democracy seems to be much closer than we first imagined.

www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/church-told-gay-ceos-at-qantas-sbs-to-stop-supporting-marriage-equality-20160414-go6xxj.html
www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/angela-shanahan/samesex-marriage-corporate-bosses-push-questionable-agenda/news-story/5480ec8a7ab5eabbba2a3d9275ee82b9

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19 Responses to Godless Corporations, Rampant Discrimination, and the Blackmailing of Christians

  • Just got to know about this, alarming indeed.
    Thanks for highlighting this.

  • So true Bill, big corporations are closing their doors to Believers. It has been a long time in the planning, they are now beginning to show their hand. We have had this in the EU for years, if not decades. “Ordinary people” are treated with contempt! This IS the Brave New World of 1984. It is ALL about power and control, and Pride of course, my way, i.e. NOT God’s way, is the right way and you had better fall into line, or else…

    Blessings, Naomi

  • Yes I would agree 100% that the doors are being locked down for Christians and it will be very easy in a digital age and almost cashless society to switch off bank and internet access, stop trade, to Christians who openly oppose the anti-Christ in its various manifestations.
    Christians need to get their head around this, that if they refuse to bow the knee to the anti-Christ movement they will be excluded from normal commerce. That is what scripture says will happen, as you reminded us, and we can see the tentacles of this prophecy begin to wrap around the world with many cheer leading corporates.
    Look at the list of Stonewall Diversity champions. Almost all the Universities and large corporates in the UK are signed up top Stonewall’s Queer Theory, which is now a subject of academic study in some UK Universities.
    www.stonewall.org.uk/get-involved/workplace/diversity-champions-members
    www.stonewall.org.uk/get-involved/workplace/global-diversity-champions-members
    Also in the UK, many of the large corporates now have pro-same sex marriage TV and Website adverts. Lloyds Bank use an image for two men embracing for “Getting Married” – I have complained. The image is now number 4 on their main image slide show on the home page “He Said Yes”. It was number 1. www.lloydsbank.com/. Yuck!
    What we need to learn as Christians is that we are not activists as presented in Obama’s Masterclass to Students recently in the UK www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36119704. That is a carnal approach, based on compromise, which is condemned in scripture. You can’t be half for God or compromise with man for God!
    Yes we are called to rebuke evil in whatever the Spirit lead, and that is where our strength lies. This is not activism. It is declaring and standing by God’s truth no matter what the cost. That’s what the Church in Acts did and that is what the Old Testament heroes of faith did. Activism is not scriptural. Christians need to think about it.
    [Zec 4:6 KJV] 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
    This is what we need to meditate on.

  • Will they employ this threat on Muslims? I have a bridge to sell you. Even though homosexuality is routinely punished in many Islamic countries – with fines, deportation, prison or even death – it’s clearly only Christians who will be excluded. (That aspect gets even weirder considering the deal Qantas has with Emirates and its stops in Dubai.) The irony is they backhandedly tell us what is true in the way they support all that is dark, in a similar way to Satan acknowledging the authority of scripture (Deuteronomy, to be specific) in Matthew 4.

    Do a search on the internet and you will find loads information for those living a homosexual lifestyle about, for example, how to modify your behaviour travelling to U.A.E. to specify twin beds when booking a hotel room, but how awful if a baker somewhere in your own country declines to bake a cake! The double standards are almost beyond parody. Genuflect 100% there, be a narrow-minded bigot in the West over the smallest matter. Got it.

    The mind-numbing aspect of this is that these people actually think they are doing good. They truly believe what they are doing is morally right! In the midst of their hatred, tyranny, bullying, anti-science, anti-life, anti-family, anti-moral, anti-freedom, intolerance, exclusivity, threats and blinding hypocrisy, they truly think this is an excellent trajectory for the future. It’s getting to the point where they could not be more upside down.

    The prophet Isaiah spoke to this mentality about 2800 years ago:

    “Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
    who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
    who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.”
    – Isa 5:20

    The devil is having a field day with these folk, I pray that some will wake up before it is too late. That time cannot be that far away as they turn towards the kind of economic exclusion you quoted from Revelation above. That ‘old dusty bible’ they hate is turning out to have anticipated them long before they were born. What can be done for these blind people as they fulfil prophecy from 2000 years ago? They effectively believe the biological equivalent of 2+2=5 and consider it a moral good to force people to not just agree, but celebrate, whilst turning a blind eye to others; obviously they have the same father. Jesus will thankfully be putting an end to all this madness in the not too distant future.

  • The Great Falling Away is not only in the church.
    The false church just gives the issue a handy moral & spiritual base.

  • Yes this double biased standard is beyond reason & serves only the greater agenda; to destroy foundations of civility & common sense & to drive us all to anarchy & despair. Praise to God that I know Him & I know His Promise.
    If I can add that last night I saw on TV the ad about ‘stop the violence when it starts’. I am furious at this demonizing of young boy’s & pure misandry propaganda!! This ad is extreme & disturbing, being equivalent to hate speech, spiralling in the same direction as your article talks about Bill. Our God is my foundation & in Him alone I find peace.

  • Yes the only really good thing about Revelation 13 is that it is followed by Revelation 14.

    Thank you for helping to show that the Beast is not a person, only the number relates to humans. The seven headed, ten horned beast is far more insidious than that. While the Beast clearly relates to blasphemy and demonic power and human self worship the woman who rides on it relates to fleshly abominations and fornications.

    Rev 17:1 And one of the seven angels who had the seven vials came and talked with me, saying to me, Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot sitting on many waters,
    Rev 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and became drunk with the wine of her fornication, those inhabiting the earth.
    Rev 17:3 And he carried me away into a desert by the Spirit. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored beast, filled with names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
    Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet. And she was gilded with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.
    Rev 17:5 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
    Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with a great marveling.
    Rev 17:7 And the angel said to me, Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, that has the seven heads and ten horns.
    Rev 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to ascend out of the abyss and go into perdition. And those dwelling on the earth will marvel, those whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (MKJV)

    I guess the other good thing is that we can see that it is all occurring exactly as prophesied.

    Is very important to know the enemy, even though it “is not and yet is” and has an image created by the second beast (an illusion) and how it works even if there is little we can do physically (because we are prevented from taking up physical arms against those who worship the beast) except do our best to “make straight the way of The Lord,” or make things as ready for His return as best we are able and have as little to do with beast thinking and worship and blasphemy and unreality as we can. This is a time when great wisdom and faith is most definitely called for.

    May God bless us in and for our endeavors.

  • After Mr Joyce spoke those words there should have been thundering condemnation of them from the Prime Minister down. I wouldn’t want to suggest that on the whole our politicians are jellyfish, but if the cap fits…

  • When Joyce shut Qantas flights down he should have been charged with subversion as he was wrecking the national economy.

  • Just a few nights ago, we at home were discussing the issues about how large corporations seem to have all banded together to force homosexual agendas down everyone’s throats. Our question was why? why are they doing it? What’s in it for them? Is it actually all about using the homosexual issue to forcibly take control of all aspects of our lives? It certainly seems that way.
    Just noted James’ comment about Lloyds Bank. I’ve banked with them for over forty years. Just about threw up when I logged in to see “that” on the front page.
    One question I’d put to all, is this; if Christians are forced out of all aspects of buying and selling, how will we survive? Are we all going to be forced to violate our consciences in order to eat and pay the bills? No-one has actually come up with a solution (that I know of), so I’d be interested in ideas.

  • Chris, I believe God has never been taken by surprise and as Rev 12 precedes Rev 13, so the provision of a way of escape will most certainly precede the total exclusion of Christians, faithful Christians from the general economy.
    But this corporate fascism has not appeared over night. They have been gradually stitching up the market while Christians were blissfully asleep and enjoyed consuming the products they fancied at the time. I have this very bad emotional reaction when I hear “wake up”. Bill and others have been saying this for 20 years and I am slowly losing hope that any more are going to wake up. But God……
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • I shared this story yesterday with our 26 year-old non-Christian son, who happens to be visiting us right now. This morning he was on facebook, and told me this subject was trending, and he read out some comments from the ‘other side’. He sent me a link to the coverage on the Daily Beast website, which is well worth a read, and goes into even more detail about businesses which are signed up to the LGBT cause. Predictably, Christians(and presumably all who don’t support the LGBT agenda) are represented as ‘bigots’. www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/26/all-the-things-you-can-no-longer-buy-if-you-re-really-boycotting-trans-friendly-businesses.html

  • I hadn’t read the latest comments when I posted my earlier comment, but I’d just like to say in response to Ursula and Chris (and anyone else reading this) that I have been in Daniel for my daily reading lately, and just came to this part of verse 7 ch 12 yesterday which jumped out at me: “When the power of the holy people has finally been broken, all these things will be completed” NIV (“and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished” KJV). So I do believe that it is God’s plan for Christians to be ‘defeated’ in these last days, and that the LGBT agenda is one of the vehicles that Satan and his willing human and demonic cohorts are employing to bring about the demise of Christians. The best instruction for how we must respond is found in Revelation 13:10 “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints” NIV (or simply “Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” in the KJV), repeated again in Rev 14:12, and also in Rev 1:9. There are no instructions for Christians on how to stay alive when the ability to buy and sell is stripped away from us. Remember Satan’s victory is short-lived, and our future is certain.

  • Then of course we have the dispensational teaching on Daniel’s seventieth week; a seven year period of judgement and purging. The purging of ungodliness from Israel and the judgement and destruction of gentile (and Satanic) rule over the earth with the physical return of the King of kings, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    This necessitates the prior removal of the Church.

  • Hi Mary,
    I think you will happily find in the scriptures plenty on how to stay alive when satan’s minions do his bidding.
    Starting at Noah, he built an ark, while it was still dry, loaded it with food and provisions, then the rains came.
    Joseph, built wheat silos.
    David built grain silos.
    Jesus talks so many times about harvesting, storing, preparing.
    As well as spiritual, they are also physical.
    Be a wise virgin, store that oil.

  • Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.

    Who are the saints and martyrs of Jesus? I think we are supposed to be them? Are we ready?.

  • Could the thought be that if a bank or an airline supports SSM and because of that you won’t bank with them or fly with them then because they (for arguments sake) all support SSM there will be no bank or airline for you to bank with or fly with. Isn’t the thought really that the choice is yours. Didn’t St Paul distinguish between doing business with the world and doing business with Christians? At the end of the day the only thing that will defeat all this nonsense is that we call on the power of our all powerful God. Don’t raise the white flag; raise the one that is covered in the blood of Christ.

  • And further to my earlier comment – know for sure who the enemy is. Make no mistake about that. It is the only logical answer to all this confusion and lies. Otherwise none of it makes any sense.

  • Thanks for the article Bill, and to all who posted for the helpful comments.

    Without wanting to wade into a discussion about Bible versions, I do wish to note that my KIng James Bible reads of receiving a mark in the right hand and in the foreheads as opposed to receiving the same on the right hands and on the foreheads.
    This may be significant.

    Good points, Brendan. Now is probably a great time to seek out and walk in the old ways. Reviving some ‘ old standards’ in our music, like “Onwards, Christian Soldiers” – sung with gusto, would be a good start.

    And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads
    Rev 13:16

    Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
    Jer 6:16

    “Believers Hymn Book” with audio, is a neat App.

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