There have been mixed reports in the media concerning the possible outcome of the pending survey concerning so-called same-sex “marriage”. Some have said that the gap is slowly closing between the “Yes” and “No” campaigns. This is despite, or perhaps a consequence of, the thuggish manner in which advocates of the proposed redefinition of marriage have conducted themselves in recent weeks. Others claim that an overwhelming majority of ballots have already been returned, and that this suggests an ultimate “Yes” victory. The truth, of course, will be revealed in November.

Whatever the outcome will be, what the “Yes” campaign represents is a frightening portent of things to come, especially if the politically correct lobby remain unchallenged by concerned citizens such as you. As far, we have seen people bullied at work, businesses boycotted, famous Australians being erased from popular landmarks, individuals harassed and assaulted in the streets, all for promoting the traditional view that a marriage should be between a man and a woman; a view that is both legal and in line with centuries of our civilisation’s history.

So much for the “tolerance” that the “Yes” campaign keeps calling for!

If that wasn’t enough, almost all facets of popular culture are being politicized. It is impossible to avoid the homosexual lobby’s propaganda in the public square – it seems to be saturating everything, from billboards advertising services and products that have nothing to do with marriage, universities pushing an agenda instead of teaching young professionals, to TV shows and now even sporting events. But it must be remembered that this is part of a script that was written years ago.

In Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen’s 1989 book After the Ball: How America Will Conquer its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s (Doubleday) the authors write:

“We can extract the following principle for our campaign: to desensitize straights to gays and gayness, inundate them in a continuous flood of gay-related advertising, presented in the least offensive fashion possible. If straights can’t shut off the shower, they may at least eventually get used to being wet.”

Australians are beginning to see through the faux-egalitarian rhetoric of the Yes’ists for what it is: actual bigotry that is disingenuously wrapped in the language of fairness to mislead a well-intentioned public. There have been reports of ballots going astray and of some households receiving multiple ballots in the mail. Sarcastic and malicious commenters on social media have boasted of voting on behalf of others. Some have misunderstood the question, others have felt pressured to vote against their conscience. None of this is in keeping with first-world democratic standards.

In this environment, it is easy to be disheartened. But the premature triumphalism of the “Yes” campaign should not be a reason for those who are concerned about the direction our country is taking to resign themselves to the possibility of failure. We are the silent and moral majority, and only a passive mindset will condemn us to defeat. Serious changes have been pushed through governments across the West by active minorities in the not-so-distant past; the tragedy of Ireland’s referendum is a classic example. Likewise, no change to law or policy is certain if there is an organised resistance to the thuggery we are witnessing.

Let us learn from the mistakes of those who have failed elsewhere, so that we can succeed here. Now is the time for people of faith and good-will to recommit to the fight to protect marriage and the family. Similar far-left initiatives pushed by PC radicals have failed in countries like Croatia and Slovenia. In Slovakia, a majority of voters also declared they wanted to protect the traditional definitions of marriage. Such outcomes are not outside the realm of possibilities for Australia as well!

The fact of the matter is this: only those who can unequivocally demonstrate their commitment to the good and true will prevail. The coming weeks therefore offer an opportunity to live the values that we all represent and promote. You have an opportunity to become a leader in your immediate community. Here are some things you can do:

·        Make sure that you have VOTED NO and that your ballot has been returned using the envelope provided by the ABS.

·        Speak to your family and friends. Do not be afraid. Those with conviction and courage will shape the future of our country. There is no reason why you cannot be one of those people.

·        Express your concerns about how the “Yes” campaign has conducted itself and what this means for the future, should the extreme left get its way.

·        Make sure that those who agree with you do not miss their opportunity to have their say. Many people are being complacent – this includes many people who agree with us and would otherwise VOTE NO if they were compelled to by law.

·        Remind those who agree with you to VOTE NO, remind them why this is important, remind them that this fight is not lost, and remind them that their vote is ESSENTIAL.

This is a history making moment for our country. Everybody’s say is important. If we allow radicals to dominate the decision making process of core social policy, we will have failed as people who value liberty and truth. Such values are worth fighting for, and that fight is being fought right now. Do not forget that future generations will hold you responsible for the outcome of this survey.

This is your chance to be part of the “No” campaign and protect the rights of ordinary Australians to speak freely, to have and express independent and dissenting views without the fear of being harassed at work and assaulted on the street. This is your chance to support the traditional definition of a core social institution that has served our nation and civilisation so well, and served it for millennia.

In November this year, when the ballots are counted and the vote declared, what will you be able to say was YOUR ROLE in this important time, when Australian society stood at a crossroads?

10 October 2017

Media inquiries:  Rev. Fred Nile MLC:               (02) 9230 2478

The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC

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