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.
While 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.