Di­vi­sive band­wagon

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION - MICHAEL QUILTY, North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

SOME say “sports and pol­i­tics don’t mix” but I be­lieve there are many in­stances through­out his­tory where the in­ter­ven­tion of pol­i­tics in sport has been used for sig­nif­i­cant so­cial change.

Prob­a­bly the most poignant ex­am­ple was the sport­ing boy­cott of South Africa dur­ing apartheid. This boy­cott ac­tion by world­wide sport­ing bod­ies, in­clud­ing the Olympic move­ment, was said to have played a cru­cial role in sen­si­tis­ing world opin­ion against apartheid and mo­bil­is­ing mil­lions of peo­ple for ac­tion against this despicable regime.

That said, I be­lieve it is im­per­a­tive that sport­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors should be care­ful about which po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies they choose to align them­selves with. Dur­ing the 1936 Ger­man Olympics, Adolf Hitler used this in­ter­na­tional sport­ing stage to suc­cess­fully pro­mote Aryan na­tion­al­is­tic pride. His­tory re­minds us of the tragic con­se­quences of mar­ry­ing sports and pol­i­tics for less no­ble causes.

Last week­end I turned on the TV to watch the Syd­ney Swans play the St Kilda Saints. To my dis­may, what was sup­posed to be a night of great AFL footy was awash with the colours of “Gay Pride”. I have ab­so­lutely no prob­lem with peo­ple choos­ing how they want to live their lives but what I do have a prob­lem with is the pros­e­lyti­sa­tion of this life­style and the po­lit­i­cal bag­gage this brings.

Make no mis­take, this is not some in­no­cent rain­bow wield­ing feel- good or­gan­i­sa­tion but a far­left po­lit­i­cal move­ment with many sub­ver­sive agen­das in their arse­nal with fam­i­lies and our chil­dren firmly in their crosshairs.

To their shame many com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Qan­tas, ANZ, Fair­fax Me­dia and Fox­tel have jumped on this di­vi­sive po­lit­i­cal band­wagon and my fear af­ter this week­end is that the AFL is also about to jump into this same sala­cious po­lit­i­cal bed.

TRUE COLOURS: The rain­bow pat­tern on the 50m line in the AFL Round 18 Pride Game. Pic­ture: AAP

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