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Marriage attacked and defended

By Bill Muehlenberg - posted Thursday, 18 August 2011

I am just back from another standing-room only event at Parliament House Canberra in support of marriage. Around 1000 people crammed into the Great Hall to celebrate and defend marriage against those actively warring against it.

The two-hour session featured a number of Australian speakers as well as one American guest. This was done to show our Parliamentarians and the nation's capital that Australians are sick and tired of the war being waged by a small, noisy and militant homosexual lobby against marriage and family.

A similar pro-marriage rally was held in 2004, and it too was a packed house. Back then we worked to amend the Marriage Act to ensure that marriage in Australia would be only between one man and one woman. Both houses of Parliament passed that amendment back then. But the homosexual activists never like to abide by the will of the people, and insist on pushing their agenda until they win. So this rally was called to resist this ongoing threat.


American speaker Rebecca Hagelin of the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC is a long-standing defender of marriage and family, and a well-known writer, speaker, columnist and radio commentator. She gave a stirring message on the importance of marriage and family, and how these institutions are being savagely attacked by the activist minority groups.

She rightly pointed out how these very small but noisy groups are acting like school yard bullies. Just as an entire group of school kids can be terrified, silenced and intimidated by a handful of bullies at school, so too have entire nations been bullied by the militant social engineers.

They seek to shout down, intimidate and silence anyone who dares to speak out against their radical agendas. And with many supporters found in the lame-stream media, they can effectively hold entire nations to hostage. They have simply bullied their way into prominence.

The miserable MSM complicity in all this is typical. Examples just this week already abound. On today's Sydney Morning Herald website we have a report about this important rally. What do you suppose they said about it?

You guessed it. The first thing they did was to misrepresent the attendance. It said that "several hundred people" attended the event. There is a huge difference between a thousand people and "several hundred".

But these stooges in the media are quite happy to blatantly push their agenda. They want to suggest that hardly anyone showed up for the rally, and that it is obviously no big deal. The truth is quite the opposite. The place was packed, with many people having to stand for the entire morning.


And they would represent a majority of Australians who are sick and tired of the way these radical agendas are being crammed down our throats. But the media simply wants to promote the agendas of the minority activist groups.

Consider another glaring example of this blatant media bias. Back in Melbourne this past Saturday I watched the ABC evening news. On it was a lengthy story about a pro-homosexual marriage demo. It was an event held in Canberra, and judging by the video vision, a mere ten or twelve people were there. Yet the ABC TV news ran this non-story for a full two minutes, maybe longer.

A handful of same-sex marriage activists will get a lengthy TV slot on a prime-time newscast. But did the ABC TV cameras even show up for today's rally? I did not see any. And if they were there, just what sort of coverage do you think they will give for tonight's news?

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Bill Muehlenberg is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria, and lectures in ethics and philosophy at various Melbourne theological colleges.

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