Graham Young has a piece up at The Drum where he outs the complainant (or, at least, one of them).
And some gay readers claim not to have been offended by the article, but by some of the comments to the article. Gregory Storer, one of the activists who have been lobbying against us claims to have been offended by this comment …
Companies that have active polices about diversity, acceptance and tolerance are able to specify where their advertising money is spent. If the publication of an article goes against their policy, then sure, they should withdraw the funding.
I wrote to every advertiser I could find on the site, and in true fashion, most didn’t bother to respond, some responded and dismissed my complaint, others said the editorial decision was up to the site, and some withdrew their funding.
That seems fine, I suppose, although I prefer the approach Don Arthur describes.
If someone argues for view you find objectionable you should not call their employer and try to have them sacked, mau mau their advertisers into withdrawing support or try to have them arrested.
I followed the link to Gregory Storer’s home page. Despite his protestations, he is an activist. He ran for election to the federal parliament – nothing wrong with that – for the Secular Party. This does put a different light on things. Is he really annoyed by an online article few no-believers on either side had bothered to read even if they had heard of it, or is this a publicity stunt? For minor political parties all publicity is good publicity.
I also found a ‘great’ public finance proposal – Tax the churches.
The Secular Party of Australia estimates that the cost of religion in Australia is at least $30 billion a year.
Religious institutions receive many exemptions and benefits. They don’t pay payroll tax, stamp duty or GST.
It’s time to end the rort!
So is this about gay marriage or a broader assault on religion? Views of gay marriage are likely to bring religion into conflict with (other) modern values. Religion is a modern value too.
I have been wondering which way the debate would pan out. Would this advance the cause of gay marriage or retard it? Until I saw Storer’s home page I thought this would advance the case for gay marriage. After all it would highlight the arguments against gay marriage as being somewhat hollow and incoherent. But there is nothing like a ‘Christian’s being persecuted by secularists’ campaign to get the donations flowing and the base agitated. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Australian Christian Lobby isn’t stuffing donation appeal envelopes even as you read this.
Update: Gregory Storer responds here.
I think I’m just another guy annoyed about the ongoing apology by the likes of Young and his supporters to allow people to vilify gay people because of their sexuality under the guise of free speech.