Jan 13, 2012

Rainbow flags rule out love match with Margaret Court

If you support Australian values such as equality, fairness and mateship, whether you’re straight, gay or anything else, take along a little rainbow flag and wave it for the cameras, writes Doug Pollard, a broadcaster and journalist in Melbourne.

Margaret Court may well have been the finest female tennis player ever. The second woman in history to win all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year. An unequalled match-winning percentage of 91.74 (1177/106). No one can take that away from her. So revered is she in the world of sport they named a temple of tennis after her, the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.

I think we can fairly say she’s entitled to that. But it does grate on me, the way I imagine black people get cross at places named after Nigger Brown.

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59 thoughts on “Rainbow flags rule out love match with Margaret Court

  1. abarker

    “…preaching that every word of the Bible is inerrant truth, her church nonetheless has no problem ignoring those words that do not suit her.”

    So she’s a normal Christian then.

  2. SusieQ

    Tennis Oz are to be congratulated on their statement, as you are Doug, for explaining this issue so well.

  3. Scott

    Do you honestly think that homosexual kids are committing suicide and being bullied because of what an aging ex-tennis player has to say? If it was Sam Stoser, Benji Marshall, Michael Clark, Chris Judd or Lebron James saying these comments, I could understand the alarm. But it is Margaret Court, a woman of 69 who most people under the age of 30 would have problems picking out in a line up of grandmothers.
    Margaret was bought up in a different time. Her views are no longer the prevailing ones, but that doesn’t mean she is not entitled to them. So she does not agree with homosexuality. Well guess what; this is a view held by a large majority of people in the world over the age of 65. Thankfully, the crusties are on the way out as far as power goes. Generation X doesn’t put the same value on sexual orientation as previous generations, the Y’s even less so.
    All the protest is doing is drawing attention to the comments (so you could argue it is helping advocate her views), but hey, what ever is good for a few more column inches in the newspapers (or crikey blogs), right?

  4. zut alors

    The paradox is that many Christians aren’t so Christian.

  5. Mark from Melbourne

    Proof once again that being good at one thing doesn’t make you any more likely to be wise or right than the next person. The best way to deal with ratbag views is to give them no oxygen – unfortunately there are a whole lot of people who seem to be doing just the opposite..

    Well done TA for a considered statement.

  6. Flower

    I would suggest that “righteousness” to these asset rich Pentecostal leaders means right standing with God = the “broad” church of the Liberal Party whose fervent religious bullies never flinch from an opportunity to send evolution backwards.

    The Court women are known for seeking “benign” spiritual enlightenment in their gullibility since former Premier of WA, Richard Court and his wife Jo sought enlightenment from the Japanese AUM cult. The West Australian ran an article in 1994 titled: “How the Courts Commit Mahikari,” thus:

    “Court’s office confirmed Mrs Court is a member (of Sukyo Mahikari). Here one must only assume that the Courts, too, have fallen victims to the shadowy demented figures cowardly hiding behind the glossy facade presented by Mahikari.”

    Perhaps we should ask Margaret Court to comment on the revelations provided by Professor of religious studies at the U of North Carolina (and former Pentecostal Christian) Bart Ehrman, who wrote that half of the New Testament is a forgery. “The Bible not only contains untruths of accidental mistakes. It also contains what almost anyone today would call lies.”

    Tsk tsk Margaret Court. What say you? And do you have any peer-reviewed literature to substantiate your claim that marriage is between a man and woman, many who practise anal sex?

  7. david

    There is nothing normal about Ms Court…

  8. Crystal


    I go to the Australian Open every year. Where can I gat a nice little rainbow flag? Has to be better than that dumb kangaroo with the boxing gloves.

  9. Dogs breakfast

    I wonder what Dawn Fraser thinks about homosexuality and gay marriage.

    I’m surprised I haven’t read anything from her about it. She is the world leader in trading off some spurious sporting achievements to promote herself across any and every field of endeavour.

    Sorry, the story isn’t about her is it.

  10. AdamNeira

    Homosexuality is a result of traumatic conditioning in early childhood, i.e. Three and a half to eight y.o., most often repressed, and poor later life choices. There is no “gay gene”. Any community, city or nation that legalizes same sex marriage is cutting its own spiritual throat. Ancient Rome, Athens and Gomorrah were full of chic, urbane, intelligent, cultured people who thought they knew more than the Creator.

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