The crushing forces of wokeness continue to ruin sport – and everything else:
One of the clearest signs of creeping totalitarianism is when everything is politicised. Nothing is left outside of the broad sweep of politics – especially secular left PC politics. Nothing can remain neutral: everything must be brought under the control of stifling woke uniformity. There can be no real diversity allowed.
After all, genuine pluralism and diversity means we respect real differences and allow for real debate. But crushing wokism is not interested in debate: it wants everyone to bow the knee to the latest hard left orthodoxy. And of course forcing everyone to subscribe to all things homosexual has long been a part of this.
I have written plenty of articles about this over the years. Instead of allowing sport to be sport, it has been heavily politicised for decades now. You simply cannot go to many sporting events on the weekend to relax anymore. You will be made to endure the latest radical agenda item – or else. You are NOT there to be entertained – you are there to be indoctrinated.
The recent move by the Australian Rugby League to force their players to have a homosexual pride jumper is just another example of this politicisation on steroids. While many players seem to be OK with this, there has been plenty of media coverage about seven brave players from the Manly Sea Eagles who are refusing to go along with this idiocy in Thursday night’s game against the Sydney Roosters. These players have cited religious reasons why they do not want to be wearing these politicised jumpers.
Hmm, it seems we have learned nothing at all from the sad Israel Folau saga – among others. Stomping on individual conscience and freedom of belief is still alive and well in Australian sport. You WILL comply or else. And the real idiocy and hypocrisy of all this is the old broken rhetoric about “inclusion” and “diversity”. That is the spin the ARL is putting on this:
ARL boss Peter V’landys has rejected the assertion that arguments over the Manly Sea Eagles’ pride jersey were ‘political’ in nature, saying ‘the game will always be there for everyone’. “But as far as the game is concerned, we pride ourselves on being inclusive.”… Nine’s Danny Weidler told Today that the core issue behind the controversy was that the playing group was not consulted.
The ARLC boss said he was ‘heartened’ by the fact that some of the Manly seven had reportedly changed their minds, and said that the idea that the players were themselves being excluded was off-base. “If you don’t want to be inclusive and you don’t recognise that we’re all human beings and we’re all the same, then you’ve got the right to stand down and not play,” V’landys said. “But the game will always be there for everyone.” https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/manly-sea-eagles-pride-jersey-player-boycott-scott-penn-peter-vlandys-comments/8c8d9b9a-20c8-4743-a586-d97a4056a516
Um, inclusion for SOME. As Ben Davis of Caldron Pool rightly said in response: “If you don’t want to be inclusive of people with different beliefs by abandoning your own different beliefs we won’t include you. Because the game is for everyone, except people with different beliefs. What a dunce.”
Quite so. And it is always the Christian who is disallowed any of his own beliefs and concerns. They must go along with whatever brainless woke policy is being pushed. Everyone else is to be respected and tolerated, but not Christians.
Thankfully various others are speaking out about this madness:
Daily Telegraph and Fox League journalist Paul Kent has blasted Manly for making a ‘marketing decision’ and failing to consult the players before deciding to unveil a pride jersey. The club unveiled the jumper – called Everyone in League – on Monday to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in the NRL, making the Sea Eagles the first team in rugby league’s 134-year history to wear a pride jersey.
Manly players were set to don the jumper, which features Rainbow colours replacing the traditional white piping on the maroon background, at Brookvale Oval against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday night. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley have stood down over the pride jersey.
All seven players are said to be opposing to wear the jersey on religious grounds. Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler reportedly told the players he understood they were put in a difficult decision and supported their decision not to play. It is understood the players were upset about not being consulted by the club, a move Kent described as a ‘marketing decision’ by Manly. ‘The players only became aware they were wearing this jersey this morning when they read it in the newspaper,’ he said on Fox League’s NRL 360 on Monday.
‘Because of their own cultural and religious beliefs they have an issue with it and it’s to be dealt with and has to be dealt with fairly quickly. Manly did this without any consultation of the players, they did it without board approval, it didn’t get raised at board level. It’s basically a marketing decision and they just assumed that everything was OK.’
Manly will reportedly hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday in an attempt to try and resolve the situation, which has left them in a precarious position. Kent added the fallout from the jersey unveiling was an ’embarrassing look’ for Manly, suggesting the issue was of their own making. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/nrl/article-11045971/Paul-Kent-SLAMS-Manly-making-marketing-decision-Rainbow-jersey.html
Peter Downie, National Director of Family Voice said this about the issue:
These players are the new ‘ambassadors’ for common sense for mainstream Australia. The issue is not just about religion but about being ‘forced’ into promoting the dangerous ‘rainbow ideology’ to appease a minority of the Australian community and players. If this stupidity goes ahead then will there be a Christian jersey day or a Jewish jersey day? The mandating of wearing a pride jersey is a slap in the face of Christians and those who don’t support sport being used for politics. Please call on the Manly Sea Eagles to reject this woke tokenistic gesture of the pride jersey and keep politics out of sport.
They have a form you can fill in to send to the manly club: https://familyvoice.org.au/campaigns/tell-manly-stick-to-footy
And commentator James Macpherson put it this way:
Effectively the religious players have been told … You will celebrate diversity by doing exactly the same thing as everyone else or you will not be included in inclusion round. Ironically, the gay jumper is called “Everyone in League”. Good on the players for insisting that they will not wear a gay straight jacket.
What could be more inclusive than both gay and religious islanders having the right to play for the Manly jersey, which they already do. Why should either party be made to feel marginalized for the other? But where’s the diversity and tolerance if everybody is forced to publicly support a particular point of view, and zero dissent is permitted? That isn’t inclusion, it’s fanaticism.
What LGBTQ activists fail to understand is that no-one cares about the sexuality of players, and no-one wants to know. As long as the players put the football over the try line no-one and kick it through the uprights, no one much cares whether they kiss a woman or a man after the game.
Ironically, it is the gay activists making an issue of sexuality, not the religious players. It’s more than 20 years since star Manly player Ian Roberts became the first rugby league player to come out as gay. That no-one is interested in the players’ sexual preferences these days shows how far we have come. To continue banging on about homosexuality is regressive, not progressive. We agree with gay rights activists that sexuality doesn’t matter. Now just play football. https://blog.canberradeclaration.org.au/2022/07/26/rugby-manly-lgbt-jumper/
But expect the homosexual juggernaut and the woke PC juggernaut to continue to move forward, crushing anyone who dares to think differently. Hey, gotta love all that inclusion and tolerance.