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The Rainbow Ringwraiths

Apr 5, 2017

Totalitarians and fascists have always sought to demonise their opponents, in part by marking them out from the “normal” majority. They are clearly identified one way or another as recalcitrants, and treated accordingly. Simply consider how Jews fared as the Nazi regime occupied various European countries: being forced to wear a yellow badge in the form of a Star of David.

Millions of our young men gave their lives to fight these totalist regimes and to preserve our cherished freedoms. But a new totalitarianism is descending upon the West, and it comes in the form of the militant and totalitarian rainbow activists.

lotr ringwraith 2This site has documented hundreds of cases of pink fascism at work, and every day a new horror story emerges. I have recently discussed how various corporations are pushing the activist agenda, and how those who refuse to toe the line have suffered as a result.

A few days ago Sydney’s Catholic archbishop Anthony Fisher spoke out against this very thing:

Businesses should not use their commercial power to hold managers, employees, customers and the broader community to ransom on matters unrelated to the purposes of the business. The CEOs and managers of corporations have additional responsibilities to shareholders to pursue only the proper purposes of the company and to maximise profits within reason.
In our polity, corporations enjoy various privileges such as legal personality and perpetuity, limitation of liability, corporate tax rates, protections of intellectual property and bankruptcy law, et cetera, on the understanding that they will use those advantages only for their well-understood commercial purposes, and not so as to become a Fifth Estate governing our democracy.

He is exactly right, but things have gotten even worse since then. Just yesterday we heard of yet another attempt by the corporate world to ram homosexual marriage down our throats:

Some of the country’s biggest businesses have upped the ante in the crusade for marriage equality by asking Australians to wear a specially designed “acceptance ring” until same-sex marriage is legalised. Led by accommodation provider Airbnb and supported by Qantas, ANZ, Fairfax Media and Foxtel, the Until We Belong campaign has been billed as the “most public declaration for marriage equality” so far.
The initiative calls on Australians to signal their support for same-sex couples by committing to wearing the ring, created by designer Marc Newson.
Airbnb Australia country manager Sam McDonagh said the campaign would involve the distribution of “hundreds of thousands” of the distinctive black metal rings to its hosts and guests, business partners and “key influencers”.
Qantas staff and cabin crew would wear them, he said, while Google Australia has also provided rings for its 1300 staff to wear. “Our goal is to build momentum around the issue of marriage equality and spark those conversations about acceptance,” Mr McDonagh said.
The move is likely to fire up the debate about the role of corporations as lobbyists for contentious social causes, which has attracted criticism from some conservative politicians and religious leaders in light of the recent public hounding of brewer Coopers into pledging support for Australian Marriage Equality.

Critics will claim that this is voluntary, so what is the big deal? But they are being either naïve or disingenuous here. The pressure which will be brought upon those who refuse to go along with this will be enormous. Will the recalcitrant be denied promotions, be singled out for harassment, or even unfairly dismissed for not being part of the “corporate culture”?

One can already see the growing discrimination and opposition those not taking and proudly wearing the ring will experience. Thankfully many folks have already spoken out about this worrying new development. Sophie York of the Marriage Alliance said this:

Almost every day, Marriage Alliance hears from an employee who has come under pressure at work to participate in an activity or donate funds to support the push to redefine marriage. Now we see big corporates giving away free jewellery to those who take the pledge, while providing an easy way to identify those who disagree with the company agenda. We know activists will stop at nothing — even accessories — to target people for demise.

Miranda Devine also entered into the debate:

As one Qantas employee said in an email: “I’d hate to be a Christian flight attendant explaining to their manager why I wasn’t intending on wearing the ring… or to a gay colleague on the other end of a cart doing a meal service. Talk about a bad initiative for crew cohesion and its impact on service, let alone safety.
“Of course Qantas would say they’ll never force someone to wear the ring. But the spokesperson and the CEO are not the ones at a safety critical coalface being forced to deal with the potential fallout of rainbow ideology being shoved down people’s throats and potential conflict in an environment where teamwork is critical.”
An employee of one of the big four banks, who is “constantly bombarded” with same-sex marriage propaganda, also expressed concern that: “As a Christian, this puts employees like me in the position of having to justify my faith against my employment… A sad state of affairs in a country where freedom of religion was once a prized right.”
The ring brands the non-wearer as a “bigot”. It’s dressed up as being all about “love”, but the implied threat is that any employee of one of these corporate cheerleaders who doesn’t wear the ring will be branded a “marriage-denier”, ostracised, and denied promotion.

Finally, Andrew Bolt says this:

This is ridiculous – and even oppressive. Bosses at big companies like Qantas and Google have “suggested” their employees wear black rings with a gap to show they support same-sex marriage. Or show that they have a future at their company, perhaps, because it’s not quite clear how this push for “tolerance” quite works now.
Cut&Paste nails it:
Gay marriage supporters unleash the power of the Ring! The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien, July 29, 1954:
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Yes there are some eerie overtones here of the Ringwraiths in action. This “voluntary” ring policy is simply more discrimination and bigotry in action. How long before those who refuse to bow the knee to the rainbow warriors are forced to wear yellow patches with the words, “I am a hateful bigot” or some such thing?

Beware the pink Nazgûl.

www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/catholic-archbishop-fisher-to-ceos-butt-out-of-samesex-debate/news-story/66f497d7a0258e7610953946293fd598
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/firms-ring-in-campaign-for-marriage-equality/news-story/0539ca1821754e570cd16a08dc7b6586
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/miranda-devine-if-you-dont-wear-this-ring-youre-a-bigot-what/news-story/e3d8097796866e7ecb98c8991dc5c0bb
www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/a-ring-to-bind-them-to-their-masters-will/news-story/6a710e43b48faea4d49b601cb160cdf2

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21 Responses to The Rainbow Ringwraiths

  • “Dare to be different” and set yourself in the forefront of Australian society!

  • The ring will help us identify and note those who support evil.
    We should all take note as to who wears the ring of evil.
    John Abbott

  • Prophetic clip from Seinfeld:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iV8X8ubGCc

    Regards,
    Roseanne

  • Great stuff! Many thanks for that Roseanne.

  • I watched that video, although my sound is up the creek at present. Yes….painful to watch and I’m sure many of us have “been there” in the past, in various circumstances. I had this sort of problem from a young age—being different from “the crowd”—and it’s not easy to keep going. But we have to, today, to uphold Christ’s teachings and God’s ways.

  • Dear Bill,

    For all the CEOs supporting Same Sex Marriage who claim they have a social responsibility, a simple question needs to be asked.

    What are you doing about Youth unemployment, Youth suicide, Aboriginal health, Homelessness, Poverty, Mental illness, Disabled people, Depression, Smoking, Alcoholism, Violence against women, Drug addiction, etc ?

    Same Sex Marriage as an issue fades into insignificance when you really look at the big issues facing our citizens old and young.

    Five million dollars on a pro-SSM campaign could be spent far more wisely to really help 10% to 15% of desperate Australians rather than 0.5% of the population who are gay and have a desire to marry.

    Not impressed. CEO’s a reality check is really advised,

    Philip Browne

  • What a wonderful symbol: the “acceptance ring” has a gap in it, because same-sex couples cannot unite as one flesh. LGBTIQ dictators have absolutely no right to covet the wedding rings worn by married couples, as wedding rings symbolise the one-flesh union of a man and a woman. The ring represents the woman; the finger, the man. Putting the ring on your spouse’s finger symbolises the act of consummation. Wearing it in public shows the world your commitment to a life-long, one-flesh relationship, based on natural sexual intercourse, which naturally produces children.

    “Same-sex marriage” is an oxymoron, like “married spinster” or “living corpse”. LGBTIQ dictators are now coveting, stealing and distorting married couples’ wedding rings, just as they covet, steal and distort God’s rainbow.

    As the arc of a perfect circle, the rainbow symbolises the natural marriage of a man and a woman, who unite as one flesh. The LGBTI rainbow is a straight line whose ends can never meet, because two men or two woman cannot become one flesh.

    LGBTIQ activists cannot stop anyone from saying this, as the above was printed in the Mercury on 4th March 2017, and so cannot be in breach of Tasmania’s restrictive Anti-Discrimination Act.

  • Sigh… in England Christians were not permitted to wear a cross until the European Court on Human Rights ruled against the British Courts decisions (www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/law/2013/jan/15/ba-rights-cross-european-court)… I doubt this would be the case for “gap rings”…
    I wonder what article or clothing would have been worn in the gulag archipelago to separate the righteous from those the government deemed “bigoted” against the system…

  • Hi BIll,

    Also sent to Ben Fordham 2gb

    “Hi Ben,
    Love your show.
    Australia’s CEO priorities seem to be out of wack to me.
    How can Australia’s top CEOs spend five million dollars on a pro-SSM campaign while Cyclone Debbie has wreaked havoc on 1,000’s of Aussies in QLD and northern NSW destroying their homes and livelihoods.

    The money should be spent more wisely to really help our fellow Australians in need rather than a tiny % of the population who are unaffected by this tragedy.”
    regards
    Philip

  • Love the Seinfield clip – Roseanne.

    I’m a little guy so Probably time for me to do some body building. HO HO

  • Where’s the old-fashioned “ring of fire”?

    Black rings remind me of a certain cult of the Black Sun favoured by the upper echelons of the Nazi SS…

    I would dearly hope my subconscious association of the two cases of “dark matter” is gravely mistaken, but the late Aleister Crowley may himself have also fallen for making the same association of black ring and Black Sun.

  • We are Airbnb hosts and guests. If we get one of these I’ll be sending it straight back without postage with a suggestion as to which “ring” they can insert it into. I suggest others might like to do the same.

  • Hi Bill, I’m having a little difficulty here. The difficulty is not with the concept of morality in business. The difficulty is with the way this is playing out.

    All businesses make moral judgements every day. They do and they should. The difficulty I have is finding the dividing line between what is proper and improper influence. Many of us thought that the “wedding cake” incident was well within the justifiable judgment call of the caterer, on the grounds of their personal morality. Gloria Jeans have made a stand by apparently donating to the ACL “Australian Christian Lobby”. Likewise, Coopers Brewery has shown support for Christian values by donating to Christian organisations.

    The influence with the wedding cake was only, proprietor to client, at the beginning.
    Do Gloria Jeans or Coopers make demands upon staff or customers? I don’t think so.
    I know from my business, that people with Christian values were much more comfortable with my business style than those who were looking to cheat. In over thirty years of business I only directly confronted one client about fraud, but I also had long term clients that were lesbian.

    If the ethos of the business/organisation is that only those who hold a certain religion or a certain set of beliefs/moral opinions, can work there, and that is made clearly and in detail from the beginning of the employment cycle; that’s fair. It is patently unfair for Qantas or AirBNB to require their staff/associates to comply with a moral choice as part of their relationship after it has begun. Breach of contract?

    It is OK for the Qantas board room to (unanimously?) support SSM, but how can they ever fairly project that support as part of their business ethos? I am at a loss to know. Even advertising the fact of their support for SSM has major problems. Perhaps they could say something like “As the board of Qantas we……., but we leave our staff the room to hold their own views on this issue”. Now that would work!

    I think that there is a fair bit of discussion to be had about this.

  • It would be better to wear those rings in their noses.
    A nose ring as a sign of slavery!

  • Bill I agree and thank you for your wise comments.
    One thing though. So many are using the term “rainbow” which the homosexual advocates have adopted to their own end. There is no legitimate link between a beautiful “rainbow” and the agenda of the homosexual movement. Equally there is no legitimate link between”gay” or, as it was generally understood 50 years ago to mean, happy, and the demeanour of that lifestyle.
    So why do we allow ourselves to use that language that this movement uses.
    I suggest that our language should never acknowledge the thought that the homosexual movement is one that brings happiness or that the beauty of a rainbow should ever be associated with the homosexual movement. It is abuse of language to convey meanings that advances the homosexual cause and I suggest that we who do not agree with the legitimacy of the cause, should not accede to the use of its language.

  • Thanks David. Yes your point is taken. Although it is true to say that over the years I have been criticised for every single word I have used on this topic, including the word homosexual! So I am in sort of a no-win situation no matter what terminology I use!

  • The $5.5 mil. is a huge amount of money that, of course, comes straight off the bottom line and out of the shareholders’ pockets. Hopefully the shareholders will have had enough of Alan Joyce’s shenanigans and the next time they have competent person standing against him, which they have in the past, they will vote him out and a more competent and moral person in. Something to pray for.

    On a Christian note I suggest the ring is just one way the mark of the Beast is being made visible.

  • Thanks for these helpful posts Bill. I shall disseminate them further.

  • It sounds like a harbinger for the mark of the beast.

  • This truly is disturbing.

    Are such moves by companies, also against Workplace Diversity and Inclusion policies?

    They ought to work both ways. Of course, they mean that people are not discriminated against because of their sexuality. They also apply to people’s religious beliefs.

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