Tennis champ targets… rainbow coloured people.

“Gay activists target outspoken tennis champ” – if we are to believe a NineMSN article today, Margaret Court is being victimised by an army of rainbow coloured warriors, whose “hatred” for her is completely unfounded.

The former tennis great is feeling “targeted”, over the Rainbows over Margaret Court Arena movement, the campaign that uses the arena in her name to show opposition to her views on the LGBT community.

This “political stunt”, part of a “hate campaign” against Court involves people waving flags and wearing rainbow coloured clothing.

… Sorry? Flag waving? And wearing coloured clothing? Oh dear, she seems to be easily offended. This is a woman who considers that anyone not heterosexual needs to be (and can be) cured through the glory of God and prayer. According to Court and her church, LGBT people have made their lifestyle choice, and due to these choices, the nation’s morals are in swift decline.

Wait, who’s being targeted here? I forgot. Oh – that’s right, Court. Right, so back to the “political stunt” of the hatred-filled flag waving. The article on the Nine News website is accompanied by a short video, Court telling of her transition from tennis glory days, to church pastor days, filled with glory. Gee, I wouldn’t like to see anyone using tennis to push their views on society.

This campaign is not filled with hatred, and in fact, even though Margaret Court’s arena is being used as the obvious site of protest, there is nothing but love and support being espoused by the rainbow coloured spectators. If it were a hate campaign, would we be seeing smiling, happy, loving people watching the tennis – the only thing distinguishing them from other spectators, the fact that they are wearing a rainbow coloured headband, or holding a colourful flag next to their Australian one?

Importantly, commentators on this issue need to realise that these protesters are not just openly LGBT people – this protest is for everyone, anyone, any person who values the right to choice of lifestyle, freedom from discrimination, and ironically – the right to not be targeted for their sexuality. Activists for this cause range from outspoken notable LGBT identities, to family members of a gay son, brother, uncle etc.

I was always told that if you can’t take it – don’t dish it out. I think Margaret Court needs to remember that.