'Bigoted quackery': Fury at Court's Aussie Day honour
Jan 24 2021
"You might want to speak to them about why they think those views, which are disgraceful, hurtful and cost lives, should be honored", Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said Friday, via The Guardian.
"It's clear for everyone to see that making her a Companion of the Order of Australia has nothing to do with tennis", he tweeted. "Australia's top award shouldn't go to a racist, homophobe, or transphobe just because they were good at their day job", he said.
So I can't really offer a comment on something that is speculative."In the lead-up to Australia legalising same-sex marriage, Court publicly vowed she would stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest against its public support for marriage equality.Court has also claimed "tennis is full of lesbians", that transgender children were the work of "the devil", and has told Christian radio that a "gay lobby" was trying to "get [into] the minds of children" through Australia's Safe Schools anti-bullying program.Margaret Court arena, one of the prominent courts at the Australian Open's Melbourne Park tennis centre, was named to honour the 24-time grand slam victor". And I'll never change those views.
Clara Tuck Meng Soo said appointing Court as Companion of the Order of Australia "promotes discrimination" to LGBTQ people. "I can't comment on that", he said.
Court has previously called homosexuality an "abominable sexual practice", likened gay people to Hitler, claimed lesbian tennis players "recruit" younger athletes, and suggested transgender children are "of the devil". The tennis great made the comments at the Perth church which she set up decades back and where she is a pastor now. The Centre had distributed 75 tonnes of food to the needy since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Ms Court said.
In 2013, Ms Court wrote a letter to the editor in a newspaper lamenting the birth of Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua's child in a same-sex relationship. "And I think that is very sad".
"I teach the bible, what God says in the Bible and I think that is my right and my privilege to be able to bring that forth".
'I have nothing against people - I love the people.
LGBTI equality advocates have labelled Ms Court's elevation to the highest level in the Order of Australia as a "reward for prejudice", which would encourage further discrimination and division.
"Scott Morrison and Margaret Court need to understand that the rally is long over - and unlike in tennis, love always wins".
"All I know is over the last few years, I've never had anybody out in community come to me and say "we don't like you", or "we don't like your beliefs", I've had thousands come to me and tap me on the shoulder and say "thank you, we really appreciate you", Court told The West Australian. Many fans are even opposing the management's move as they don't agree with her views on certain matters.
Mr Andrews hit out at the decision, saying Ms Court did not exhibit the values or hold the attitudes supported by the majority of Victorians.