Marriage, the Media and Miracles
The marriage wars in Australia continue unabated, with a fully compliant mainstream media doing much of the work for the homosexual activists who are bent on destroying marriage. When the various secular left minority groups have such a stranglehold on the MSM, then trying to get truth out into the public arena becomes a difficult task indeed.
But we must seek to do so. We must do all we can to fully engage in these battles, on every level. That means getting informed, lobbying, speaking out, contacting politicians, attending rallies, holding meetings, etc. But at the end of the day it will be through hard-core prayer and intercession that these battles are ultimately won.
Yesterday I wrote an article about all these issues: the marriage wars, the need to engage, and the vital place of prayer and fasting. I refer you to that piece as a backdrop to this article.
I mentioned in that piece that we must pray as a champion for marriage and children appears on a hostile ABC show, Q&A. Katy Faust, along with atheist Brendan O’Neil were the only voices of sanity on a typically stacked panel – and audience. They did a superlative job, and prayers were clearly offered – and answered.
But there was even more good news and obvious answers to prayer going on last night. Before Q&A even appeared, perhaps the biggest miracle of the night was what occurred on Media Watch which appeared just before Q&A last night.
This is a leftist witch-hunt show, which regularly bashes Christians and conservatives. The various hosts over the years have all been lefties who push the secular left ethos of the ABC. So what took place last night was as surprising as it was unique. The show actually got it right for a change.
It was about how the pro-marriage side is being censored in the MSM. It actually made our case on this! Incredible. Between all the heat the ABC has been getting lately for its rampant bias, and all the prayers going up, things have actually changed just a bit. Amazing! The program began this way:
Media equality on marriage equality? Do both sides of the marriage equality debate get equal billing in the media? And now to something else that was big last week … and that’s the debate over same-sex marriage … where opponents of marriage equality are having difficulty getting their message out to the media.
Paul Barry mentioned how the few media outlets that did run pro-marriage ads were roundly attacked for doing so:
Whatever happened to freedom of speech? And was the ad really so offensive? Take a look at the TV commercial it ran from Marriage Alliance and judge for yourself.
“VOICE OVER: So it’s time to step back and consider all the issues around same-sex marriage, like how it will affect sex education in schools or how it will affect children. We could even lose certain rights, since changing the meaning of marriage has unintended consequences. — Marriage Alliance Ad, 9th August, 2015”
All pretty mild, surely? But Fairfax and Channel Nine, who also published the ad, ran into similar flak, including this broadside from Mamamia.
“The ad’s inaccurate claims are offensive. They are untrue. They are inviting hate. And they are being aired to hundreds of thousands of Australians on free-to-air television. That’s why today, we’re asking: Why on earth did the Nine Network agree to air these ads? — Mamamia, 11th August, 2015”
The ad in fact makes hardly any claims at all and in my opinion to say it’s inviting hate is ridiculous. But by then, other media had already decided to ban it, with Channel Seven, Channel Ten, 2DayFM, The Australian Radio Network and Nova all refusing to give the ad an airing. So how did they justify this? Well, Ten refused to comment … While Seven told Media Watch unconvincingly:
“We could not accommodate the booking and scheduling request. — Simon Francis, Director Corporate Affairs, Seven West Media, 13th August, 2015”
He asked if the pro-marriage side is getting a fair hearing:
We don’t think they are. When Canberra Airport lit up in rainbow lights last Sunday to support same sex marriage, it was front page in The Age and The Canberra Times next morning and also big news in the Sydney Morning Herald. And it scored almost fifty mentions on radio and TV.
But on Monday, when opponents of gay marriage piled flowers on the lawn at Parliament House it got just 14 mentions on radio and TV, one story on News.com.au, and this brief report on page 6 of the Adelaide Advertiser.
Sure, the airport was a better story. But the overall media coverage of the debate has also been skewed. For example, none of the commercial TV stations covered the launch of the Marriage Alliance campaign.
And major one-on-one interviews on radio and TV have also been out of kilter
With two key spokespeople for marriage equality, Rodney Croome and Christine Forster, scoring 32 interviews between them in the first 12 days of August. And by our count, two key speakers against – Sophie York and David van Gend – scoring a grand total of only 12. Amazingly, the ABC has not interviewed Sophie York from the Marriage Alliance even once – despite 16 interviews with Forster and Croome.
He even quoted David van Gend of the Australian Marriage Forum: “No-one ever rings us. We send endless media releases … I don’t want to pester anyone, but we’re here.” He then concluded with these words:
And just before you pile into me on Twitter if you’re not already doing so. I am a supporter of Marriage Equality. But, as we’re constantly being reminded, this is a conscience issue and an important change that’s being proposed, and surely both sides of the debate have an equal right to be heard.
Wow. Mind-boggling. The ABC for perhaps the first time in decades actually giving our side a fair run. I am flabbergasted. As I say, they must be feeling the heat, and, more importantly, there must be some heavy-duty prayer and intercession going on here.
As to the Q&A show, it was the usual stacked deck, but as I say, Katy and Brendan did a superb job, outnumbered as they were. In typical ABC fashion, they had various pre-arranged folks in the audience with their emotional personal stories and gotcha questions for the two conservative voices.
Katy was not even allowed to give her personal story about how she fared raised by lesbians, while other pro-homosexuals were giving lengthy runs to push their side with emotive stories. One guy spoke of his abusive dysfunctional heterosexual family, and how it became all sweetness and light when he moved into a homosexual household.
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