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Aussie Cricketers: “If We Get Covid, So Be It.”

When Covid-positive Tahila McGrath was cleared to play at the Commonwealth Games, readers of The Age clutched their pearls despite her firm adherence to the safety measures in place to minimise risk of spreading the virus. Then the cricket team won…

Cricket is played by a small number of people spread out in a vast paddock — a social distancer’s dream.

This, however, did not stop Covid bed-wetters at The Age newspaper reacting with shock when they learned an Australian who tested positive for Covid was allowed to play at the Commonwealth Games.

Australian allrounder Tahila McGrath was cleared by the International Cricket Council to play despite testing positive for Covid-19 before the T20 final against India.

Precautions Taken

McGrath wore a mask when around her vaccinated teammates in the dressing rooms, and she avoided on-field celebrations at the fall of a wicket.

None of this mattered to The Age, where reporter Tom Decent expressed disbelief that McGrath was “allowed to not only play, but bat, bowl and field”.

Perhaps she should have played without batting, bowling, or fielding. But, of course, then she wouldn’t have been playing!

As McGrath was about to go out to bat, The Age reporter tweeted:

“Just in: Tahlia McGrath has tested positive to COVID. However, she’s still playing the women’s cricket gold medal match. Found out before the game. She’s listed to come in next. This’ll be interesting…”

Those interested to see if the Indian players would suddenly catch the Covid from McGrath as she took guard were disappointed. McGrath faced just 4 balls for 2 runs before being caught. And that was all the Indian fielders caught.

Outrage

Readers of The Age were outraged. They described the decision to let McGrath play as “a global embarrassment”, “disgusting”, and a “PR misstep”. Some suggested Australia should be disqualified from the tournament.

One wrote:

“It’s a mockery of a disease. She shouldn’t have played. Remember, international sports also sends messages to millions watching.”

The Australians most certainly sent a message. When they won the match (and the gold medal) McGrath stood about 5m from the rest of the team as they embraced in celebration.

Team Spirit

But then, according to The Age, the unthinkable happened:

(Warning: You should not read the next paragraph unless you are vaccinated, boosted, and double-masked)

“After about five seconds, it all became too much for McGrath. Protocols went out the door as she lunged at her teammates, grabbed them with open arms, and soaked in a moment she deserved to be a part of.”

Outrageous! Did everyone survive? Will there be a Royal Commission? Where were the Victorian police?

Fast bowler Megan Schutt told The Age it was important that McGrath was part of the victory celebration and so the players decided:

“Screw it. If we get Covid, so be it.”

McGrath included in victory

Don’t these Australians read The Age? Have they not listened to Daniel Andrews? Or to Mark McGowan? Or to Dr Kerryn Phelps? Did they learn nothing from the past two years?

Why were they not cowering at home in fear of the sniffle rather than winning gold medals playing the game they loved?

Listen to it again:

Screw it. If we get COVID, so be it.”

Paint the Aussie girls’ faces blue and call them Braveheart. That is the voice of freedom. Young Australians deciding for themselves that they would rather get Covid living their dreams than hide themselves in quarantine collecting masks and booster shots as life passes them by.

It’s about time Australians realised the Covid scare is over. It’s time to let everyone get on with life.

And while we’re talking about sport and Covid, for goodness sake, let Novak Djokovic play the Australian Open in January.

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What Will Your Children Say About You?

As fathers, we will leave a legacy for our children, whether good or ill. Start working on your legacy today, that your children may have a brighter tomorrow.

I can remember, as if it were yesterday, the last day I spent with my Dad. We had an enjoyable day together meeting with business leaders in the Sydney CBD. Three days later, the police knocked on my door to notify me of my father’s passing.

I was shocked at my own expression of grief and how long I took to get over his death. I wrote about it in an article titled, “You Are Never Ready to Lose Your Father.”

My dad was 74 years of age when he passed, which was the average age of death for a man in 1984, so arguably a good innings, but still a shock. It is 38 years down the track, and I still miss my Dad.

My Dad was a massive inspiration to me. Thankfully, I have been able to pass some of that inspiration on to my own children.

As Shannon Alder wisely said,

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”

My daughter-in-law lost her Dad in March 2019. She misses her Dad so much. He was a salt-of-the-earth man with some colourful language to boot. He was a brickie, so he always got straight to the point.

As a fellow tradesman, I wrote a tribute piece to his passing titled, “A Man Called Mick.” At his funeral, this is what my daughter-in-law said about her Dad.

“Even though we were loved, Dad always made it really clear to us that Mum was his favourite, he called her his sweetheart. They were like two peas in a pod.

  • Cuppa every afternoon (beer in summer). Mum put it in the freezer 30min before Dad got home. If we came out the front, we were told to go away. It was their time to chat and catch up.
  • Every Valentine’s Day, Dad would pick Mum a rose from the garden and make her a cup of tea and put it next to her bed before leaving for work.
  • He always said that the best thing about his day was seeing Mum when he got home.
  • Mum would tuck Dad into bed every single night. Even when they weren’t on speaking terms, Dad would still let Mum know he was going to bed, and she would tuck him in.

The truth is, Mum and Dad really loved each other, for better or worse.

The four of us (my brother & two sisters) got together this week to talk about what we wanted to share about Dad. We had so many stories, so many funny times and great memories, but more than anything it was some of Dad’s simple character traits that we really loved and will miss the most.

Dad had a strong presence that always made you feel safe.

He was full of integrity, and taught us about responsibility, honesty and a good work ethic.

We all knew that honesty and telling the truth was important. You could get away with a lot of things in the Robbins household, but if you got caught lying… *whistle*… LOOK OUT

Dad always made sure we were ok... We had great Dad. And we know we did…

We have put together some photos of Dad’s great life, so get your tissues out.”

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I came across a great article by Nick Saban called “The Story of My Dad.” Nick’s story reminded me of how we miss our own dads. I will let you be the judge.

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss and think about my Dad. His passing at forty-six years of age seemed unreal and was devastating to our family; yet he is always with me in spirit, in my heart, and in my mind.  

We had a unique relationship because he was my Dad, my boss, and my coach. I loved him very much and want everyone to know that I wouldn’t be the person I am nor have had the success I’ve enjoyed without the experience of Dad in my life; he was my champion! 

He set a standard of excellence and provided a set of values and direction for my life that I still follow today.

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The last conversation I had before Dad died of a sudden heart attack was just after the start of my first season as a GA in 1973. I told him I wanted to be a coach like him and he gave advice, as always, “I’m happy you want to be a coach, however, the expectation, no matter what you choose to do, must always be to do your best and to be the best.”

I promised him I would always try… that was the last time we spoke. I am so thankful I had my father as an example of uncompromising values, standards to live by and, especially, his love for me and compassion for others…

Dad’s headstone recalls his legacy, “No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child.”

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As fathers, we all leave a legacy.

What will your children say about you? That’s why I write to you every week. Give it your best shot before it is too late!

Yours for Leaving a Legacy,
Warwick Marsh

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Soccer Star: Deserted by Courage, but Still Standing for It

Editor’s Note: Suzanna Bowdey at The Washington Stand reports on US soccer player Jaelene Daniels‘ sacrifice of her lifelong career dream due to her principled stance, refusing to kowtow to politically correct politicking in her sport.

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On Jaelene Daniels’s Twitter page, there’s a single pinned tweet. It says, “If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.” “Unashamed,” she added below. The post is from 2016, a year before the soccer star made coast-to-coast headlines for refusing to wear an LGBT pride jersey. It was a decision that cost Jaelene a spot on the US Women’s National team — ending a longtime dream. “I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” she said. Five years later, that conviction hasn’t changed.

Daniels plays for a North Carolina team that couldn’t be more appropriately named: the North Carolina Courage. But unfortunately, the team named “courage” refuses to tolerate it — at least where religious freedom is concerned. Daniels, who’s more than familiar with the harassment that comes with standing your cultural ground, was asked by management to participate in the team’s Pride night last Friday. Along with a pre-game LGBT festival, players were told to wear a special transgender and rainbow-themed jersey. Daniels, in keeping with her longtime convictions, refused. The team, in a familiar overreaction, benched her.

“Jaelene will not be rostered tonight as she has made the decision to not wear our Pride jersey,” a Courage spokeswoman said in a statement before the game. “While we’re disappointed with her choice, we respect her right to make that decision for herself. We’re excited to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with our fans, players, and staff tonight and look forward to hosting our first ever Pride Festival before kickoff.”

Cowardly Leaders

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Daniels has been dissed by the Courage front office. When the team re-signed her in December, they actually apologised for it, acknowledging that her Christian beliefs were at odds with the league’s woke agenda.

The decision to offer Daniels a contract, the team insisted, “was not made lightly and included significant conversations between organisation leadership and Jaelene. The priority expressed in those conversations is the safety of our players and maintaining an inclusive, respectful space for the entire team. … We as a club acknowledge the impact this announcement has on our community,” the North Carolina Courage said in an unsigned open letter to fans at the time. “We’ve spent the past few days reading your messages and reflecting on our actions. We are very sorry to all those we have hurt, especially those within the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Faith with Compassion

While the team’s desertion must have stung, the soccer star never wavered, writing graciously on her social media, “I remain committed to my faith and my desire for people to know that my love for them isn’t based on their belief system or sexuality. I pray and firmly believe that my teammates know how much I cherish them, respect them, and love them.”

It was a classy and mature response from a woman who should be celebrated for standing on principle — but instead has been vilified, shamed, and abandoned by her own team. Obviously, the street of tolerance only runs one way in women’s soccer, as Megan Rapinoe is lionised for spitting on America and showered with endorsements for flaunting her same-sex attractions. One player is elevated for her convictions, the other is punished for them. Welcome to the hypocritical, hyper-politicised world of modern sports.

Sacrifice

While the soccer community gushes over Rapinoe’s “bravery,” the real heroes are the ones refusing to bend to the Left’s cultural orthodoxy. Like the handful of Tampa Bay Rays players who pushed back against the team’s LGBT uniforms in June, Daniels put biblical truth ahead of her professional career. Again.

Back in 2017, when Jaelene withdrew her name from the national team over the Pride dispute, she willingly walked away from every goal she’d worked to achieve. “The peace trumped the disappointment,” she explained, looking back. “I knew in my spirit that I was doing the right thing.” Now, a half-decade later, she’s fighting the same battles, knowing that if the sport she loves has to be sacrificed then it’s “just part of His plan.” As she said then, “Maybe this is why [I was] meant to play soccer. Just to show other believers to be obedient.”

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If Only Christian Rugby Players Were Edumacated

There appears to be only one acceptable narrative these days, despite the constant trumpeting of “diversity” and “inclusion”. A professor opines on the Manly rugby players’ apparent lack of education in progressive values.

If only the naive Manly Sea Eagles players who refused to wear the pride jersey Thursday night had education!

Yes, education is the key!

If Christian young people had education — by which I mean indoctrination into LGBTQ+ theory — then they wouldn’t be so, well, Christian.

And they would be free to reclaim their, er, our queer perspective.

Oh, but we love diversity! Diversity is wonderful. And it will be even more wonderful when everyone thinks uniformly, which is to say when everyone thinks like LGBTQ+ activists.

Now of course, the professor interviewed on the ABC’s The Drum didn’t put it quite like that. But anyone, with ears to hear, heard exactly what he said.

Whitewashed History

Pity those poor young Manly players espousing Christian views pushed on Pacific Islanders two hundred years ago by stuffy white colonising missionaries.

The Pacific was a gay wonderland before the arrival of frigid whites carrying their Bibles.

So the Manly players are not to be blamed for their outdated, bigoted views. They’re just poor Islanders needing education.

Or re-education, if you will.

Chair of Social Work and Policy Studies at Sydney University Professor Jioji Ravel told the ABC:

“Education is the key. It’s about being able to have a collaborative conversation with everyone.”

Well ‘conversation’ sounds okay.

But what kind of conversation?

One-Sided

“A conversation about how do you as a team effectively and proactively celebrate ethnic, religious and sexual diversity,” he said.

Okay, forgive me for butting in here, professor, but I think you’re going to have trouble persuading Christians to “celebrate” homosexuality and gender fluidity.

And I’m not sure that homosexual players are going to “celebrate” the Christian view of marriage as being between a man and a woman; or indeed that genderqueer players will “celebrate” the Christian view that male and female are fixed biological realities.

Couldn’t we just agree to celebrate football, despite our passionate disagreement on sexuality and religion?

Before the professor can continue to expand on the merits of “conversation”, the ABC host had a very important point to make. He interjected:

“There are going to be kids, queer kids, watching this who now know that a whole bunch of their players don’t support them.”

Oh yes, the kids! Will no one think of the kids?

There are gay and genderfluid kids all across the country this week in fear of their lives — perhaps suicidal — because seven Christians didn’t want to run around a footy field wearing a rainbow!

Seriously?

Religious Freedom

Why don’t they ever worry about the Christian kids?

You know, the Christian kids watching this who now know that if you stand up for your beliefs, you’ll be told by police it’s not safe for you to go to the football? (The Manly seven were warned not to attend Thursday’s game as their safety could not be guaranteed.)

What about the Christian kids watching this who now know that if they embark on a sporting career, they’ll likely be forced to choose between the game they love and their most deeply held personal beliefs on sexuality and gender?

The kids! Think of the kids!

Pffft.

Slippery Slope

But I digress. Back to the professor and his call for… what was it? … ah yes, collaborate conversation.

“I think this is an awesome opportunity for us to continue to have a shared conversation with Pacific community and the broader queer community and the whole community around mental inclusion of sexual diversity.”

Hang on a moment. Suddenly we’ve gone from a conversation about celebrating religion and sexual diversity to a conversation about “inclusion of sexual diversity”.

Having softened the audience up with his mushy rhetoric about “collaborative conservations” and “shared conversations” and “celebrating” this and “understanding” that, the professor came to his real point:

“Interestingly enough, prior to colonisation across all of our Pacific Islands, and our communities within, our sexuality was fluid.

“So we actually learned from white Western perspectives to have shame and stigma around our sexuality.

“So it’s an opportunity for even us as Pasifika communities to reclaim some of those queer perspectives from our Pasifika heritage.”

(Pacific Islanders also learned from white Western perspectives not to eat each other.)

The professor’s point was that these Christian Islander footballers are homophobic, but only because of white man’s religion. (Christianity actually began as a Middle Eastern religion.)

However, salvation is at hand. With a little indoctrination, they can quickly be stripped of their religious beliefs and become LGBTQ+ activists like the professor.

Hmmm… this “conversation” is sounding a little bit like “conversion therapy” to me!

The professor, who has worked extensively with NRL players across the competition, has been getting a good run in the media this week, describing the sexual utopia that existed in the Pacific before the arrival of Christianity.

He wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald:

“Before the missionaries visited our beautiful island homes in the period of colonisation during the 1800s, sexuality among many Pacific communities was fluid. Men would have sex with men without fear and shame. Sexuality was seen as an expression of connecting socially and relationally with others.

“Pasifika people need to be proud of our pre-colonial views of queerness and reclaim such views as part of our ability to love our neighbour as ourselves.”

“Love our neighbour as ourselves.”

Hmmm, that phrase rings a bell.

Let me think a moment…

Wasn’t that…

Yes. Yes it was! It was Jesus who said that!

It was the Jesus whom those white colonising homophobic missionaries imposed on Pacific Islanders in the 1800s who said “love your neighbour”, though I’m not sure Jesus meant that we were to love our neighbour by reclaiming our latent homosexuality.

Anyway, once these naive Islander lads refusing to wear the rainbow jersey get educated by the professor, they’ll be totally on board with gay genderqueer Jesus and will be able to truly celebrate diversity. And possibly love their neighbour in a very special way.

You know it makes sense. And if you doubt it, you’re just another bigot who needs edumacating.

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Smell the Diversity. Feel the Inclusion.

Manly’s flirtation with wokeball ends in a mess. The officials gave lip service to diversity, but really sought uniformity with modern secular norms.

It’ll be an inclusion game,” they said. “It’ll celebrate diversity,” they promised.

And so it was.

Except that the Manly Sea Eagles forgot to include their players when they planned it. And they assumed uniformity of thought among the playing group when they announced it.

The rugby league team bosses had been so busy congratulating themselves on their upcoming diversity pageant that they never noticed the diversity within their own dressing room.

Half the team were committed Christians, holding to a biblical view of sexuality. Who knew? Not the doyens of diversity at club headquarters who assumed everyone thought alike.

But worse, this was not the kind of diversity Manly officials had in mind when they planned their diversity parade against the Sydney Roosters.

To borrow a line from George Orwell’s Animal Farm: LBGTQ+ diversity good. Christian diversity bad.

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It seemed the Christian players didn’t want to promote homosexuality and transgenderism and whatever it was that the + represented.

To be clear, the Christian players weren’t objecting to playing alongside LGBTQ+ people, they just didn’t want to wear the rainbow — a Christian symbol now culturally appropriated by homosexuals to promote licentiousness.

And so Manly’s demonstration of diversity was now threatened by a handful of independent thinkers.

Why couldn’t the players who thought differently just get on board with the program, so that the club could go ahead and promote its willingness to embrace difference?

The last thing club management needed, when they were trying to showcase their love of diversity, was an assortment of beliefs.

A solution was at hand, though.

The club could choose, because of their commitment to inclusion and diversity, to stick with their traditional jumper. That would allow the entire team, in all its diversity, to be included in the game.

But not so fast.

How — without forcing other people to run around in rainbow jerseys under threat of being sidelined from the sport they love – would the suits in head office show off their virtuous commitment to inclusion and diversity?

It quickly became clear that the club could only demonstrate their love of inclusion by excluding half their players.

And so they did.

With those who thought differently successfully culled from the group, the Manly Sea Eagles were in a position to show off their diversity.

Manly coach Des Hasler

It was a tough sell. But coach Des Hasler did his best.

His 10-minute address to journalists — during which he used the words “diversity” and “inclusion” six times each, along with generous sprinklings of “tolerance”, eight apologises and a quote from Gandhi no less — seemed to do the trick.

As long as you didn’t think of the excluded players being excluded, Manly stood for inclusion.

And as long as you ignored the players unable to take the field because of their religious beliefs, rugby league was for absolutely everybody.

Look! A rainbow!

Threats

Meanwhile, police were warning the exiled Christian players to stay away from the game that was for absolutely everybody, because of fears for their safety.

According to news reports:

‘There were even fears protesters angry at the players’ stance could attempt to enter the ground and harass the seven stars. It was unanimously agreed the players would be told to stay at home.’

Just imagine if Manly wasn’t an inclusive club!

National Rugby League boss Peter V’landys

National Rugby League boss Peter V’landys told journalists that he respected the beliefs of Christian players.

But then he went on to caricature those beliefs:

‘If you don’t want to be inclusive and you don’t recognise that we’re all human beings and we’re all the same, well you have the right to stand down and not play.’

So inclusion and diversity round at the football boils down to this: it doesn’t matter how you actually behave toward other people — if you fail to wear the prescribed rainbow jumper promoting all things LGBTQ+, then you are guilty of inhumanity toward your fellow man.

Imagine how the seven players — sheltering in their homes from angry fans demanding they ditch their Christian principles in order to prove how inclusive everyone else is — must have felt hearing that.

We celebrate diversity, unless your diversity differs from the uniformity of popular culture, in which case we condemn your diversity as bigotry, because we were never really after diversity in the first place.

Can’t you just feel the inclusion?

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Report: U.S. Offers Russia Deal to Free Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan

The United States has reportedly offered the Russian government a deal to free two imprisoned Americans, WNBA star Brittney Griner and corporate security executive Paul Whelan.

Though details of the offered deal remain scant at this juncture, a source close to the White House told the Associated Press that the United States offered the Kremlin convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for Griner and Whelan. In April, the U.S. successfully swapped convicted Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshen in exchange for imprisoned Marine veteran Trevor Reed.

“We put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago to facilitate their release. Our governments have communicated repeatedly and directly on that proposal, and I’ll use the conversation to follow up personally and, I hope, to move us toward a resolution,” Blinken said.

John Kirby, a White House national security spokesman, told reporters that President Joe Biden personally signed off on the deal to free Griner and Whelan. “The president and his team are willing to take extraordinary steps to bring them home,” said Kirby.

“We believe it’s important for the American people to know how hard President Biden is working to get Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan home,” he added.

The last known public correspondence between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov occurred on February 22 before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Blinken said his recent request to speak with Lavrov stemmed from both the desire to free the prisoners and to negotiate with Russia on “a U.N.-brokered deal to free multiple tons of Ukrainian grain from storage and warning him about the dangers of possible Russian attempts to annex portions of eastern and southern Ukraine,” according to the AP.

“There is utility to conveying clear, direct messages to the Russians on key priorities for us,” said Blinken. “What we’re seeing and hearing around the world is a desperate need for the foods, the desperate need for prices to decrease.”

Griner has been imprisoned in Russia since February after authorities arrested her for having a vape cartridge infused with CBD in her luggage. She has since pled guilty to possession of an illegal drug and has pleaded with the Biden administration to help with her release. In recent weeks, the Biden administration has taken considerable heat for allegedly not doing enough to negotiate her release.

“It kills me every time I write to her, and she asks, ‘Have you met with him yet?’ And I have to say no,” Griner’s wife, Cherelle, said in a recent appearance on CBS Mornings.

I’m sure she’s like, ‘I’m going to write him and ask now because my family has tried to no avail, so I’m going to do it myself,’” she continued. “Everything about this is a calculation for me because I have to walk the fine line of harm versus help when it comes to my wife right now.”

Paul Whelan, a corporate security executive from Michigan, was sentenced by the Russian government to 16 years in prison for espionage, a charge he and his family have flatly denied.

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the reported prisoner set to be exchanged for the American pair, was sentenced to 25 years in 2012 for selling millions of dollars worth of illegal weapons. Russia, however, maintains that he was a victim of an aggressive U.S. sting operation while the judge who sentenced him told the Associated Press that he has served enough prison time.

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Half the Manly Team Walks Out Over Gay Jumper

Rugby league’s first ever inclusion game is so inclusive that it will include everyone … except Christian players.

Half the Manly Sea Eagles team are refusing to wear a gay pride jumper in Thursday night’s game against the Sydney Roosters.

The seven players are understood to be Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula, Christian Tuipulotu and Toafofoa Sipley.

All are deeply religious.

The Manly team had a rainbow jumper designed for players to wear in the game but the suits in head office forgot to consult with the players who will need to run around in it.

That’s how committed to inclusion they are.

When the players found out via the media that they would be wearing a jumper celebrating homosexuality, up to seven told management they would not be joining in.

If you’re unfamiliar with rugby league, seven players represent more than half the team!

At least Manly have enough players for one side of the field – the left wing.

Club officials now fear the boycott will split the club and wreck their bid to play finals football this season. Thursday night’s match is a must win for the team.

But don’t imagine the club will backflip on promoting gayness in favour of winning a game of football. They would rather lose the match than face the wrath of LGBTQ activists.

Wokeball now takes precedence over football.

It’s incredible that rugby administrators could be so out of touch with their own team that they did not appear to have considered how the deeply religious beliefs of half their players might be affected by a gay pride round.

Or perhaps they did know, but chose not to care. If you’ve not realised that diversity is a one way street, you haven’t been paying attention.

Social media slammed the seven Manly players, most of them Islanders, as bigots and as religious hypocrites.

Just on that, it’s interesting to note that Muslim AFLW player Haneen Zreika was allowed to sit out a gay pride game earlier this year with barely any controversy. In fact, she was widely congratulated for standing by her faith with dignity and a minimum of fuss.

And when Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja hesitated joining celebrations after winning the Ashes, his team mates were widely praised for delaying the traditional spraying of beer out of respect for his Muslim faith so that he could join them on the winner’s dais.

So what’s the difference with the Manly players? Why are they not congratulated for the courage of their convictions? Why is their faith not respected?

Simple. They’re Christians.

According to news reports, league bosses rejected requests for religious players to wear the traditional jersey.

The rainbow and traditional jumpers are so close in design that the only reason players not wishing to participate in promoting homosexuality could be denied the ability to stick with their normal jersey (henceforth known as the ‘straight’ jersey) is pig-headed ideology.

Effectively the religious players have been told …

You will celebrate diversity by doing exactly the same thing as everyone else or you will not be included in inclusion round.

Ironically, the gay jumper is called “Everyone in League”.

Good on the players for insisting they they will not wear a gay straight jacket.

What could be more inclusive than both gay and religious islanders having the right to play for the Manly jersey, which they already do. Why should either party be made to feel marginalized for the other?

But where’s the diversity and tolerance if everybody is forced to publicly support a particular point of view, and zero dissent is permitted?

That isn’t inclusion, it’s fanaticism.

What LGBTQ activists fail to understand is that no-one cares about the sexuality of players, and no-one wants to know.

As long as the players put the football over the try line no-one and kick it through the uprights, no one much cares whether they kiss a woman or a man after the game.

Ironically, it is the gay activists making an issue of sexuality, not the religious players.

It’s more than 20 years since star Manly player Ian Roberts became the first rugby league player to come out as gay. That no-one is interested in the players’ sexual preferences these days shows how far we have come.

To continue banging on about homosexuality is regressive, not progressive.

We agree with gay rights activists that sexuality doesn’t matter. Now just play football.

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Rugby Heckler Faces Five-Year Ban

Rugby Australia has threatened to ban a football fan for yelling abuse at England coach Eddie Jones on Sunday night. Next thing you know, they will ban star players for quoting the Bible.

Oh wait. They already did that.

A fan yelled, “You’re a traitor,” at Jones after England defeated Australia 21-17 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. For context, Eddie Jones used to coach Australia.

Jones reacted like an enraged gay activist reading Israel Folau’s Instagram feed in the middle of Pride Month.

“Come here and say it. Come here and say it. Come here and say it,” Jones kept shouting as he was held back from jumping the fence into the crowd.

Over-reaction

Rugby Australia could have tapped Mr Jones on the shoulder and suggested he try to be less sensitive. It’s a football game. Sledging the opposition is generally accepted as part of the fun.

But instead, Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos slammed the fan. He said:

“The offensive remarks made by spectators in the members’ areas towards England staff were unacceptable — and not representative of the values of rugby.”

The England coach threatening to fight a spectator in the crowd over a harmless bit of heckling, however, was perfectly acceptable.

According to a report in The Australian, they will seek to ban the mouthy spectator for five years! You get less time for physical assault in NSW.

So Rugby Australia will now not only referee player actions on the field, they will adjudicate spectator remarks off the field.

Throw in a Welcome to Country and the Australian anthem sung in an indigenous dialect that no one in the stadium understands and you’re as Woke as can be.

If only the Aussies knew how to win at rugby.

Someone called Eddie Jones a traitor for moving from Australia to coach the old enemy — er, our dear and highly respected friends in England, long live the Queen, but if not may Charles rule over us.

Who cares?

It’s a name; an insult. It’s not like it was a head-high tackle.

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Something has seriously gone wrong in this country when you cannot voice your displeasure at a sporting result without being tut-tutted by the language police.

A punter in the stand can’t even lob a juvenile jibe over the fence without being cancelled by authorities. Surely this isn’t the first time in sporting history that an opposing coach has been taunted by an impassioned supporter of the opposition.

Rugby boss Andy Marinos told the media:

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour… Rugby prides itself on values of respect and integrity. Please, cheer for your team with all that you have. But please, always show respect for others.”

Did Rugby Australia watch a video of the incident? The over-the-top reaction from Eddie Jones is what made the incident ugly.

On the plus side, it was more entertaining than the game itself. But I digress.

The English coach should have smiled and waved. Winners are grinners and losers can please themselves, after all.

But worse than Australia losing a game of rugby is Australians losing the ability to engage in a bit of innocuous banter at the footy.

Australia is reaching peak Wokeness if a footy fan gets picked out of a crowd of 40,000, plastered across the news and banned from attending future games for five years for the high crime of daring to heckle a fellow countryman who now coaches the Poms (by which I mean our dear and highly respected friends in England, long live the Queen, but if not may Charles rule over us).

Anyway, I banned myself from the Wallabies after their treatment of Israel Folau. The recent singing of the national anthem in an obscure dialect confirmed I’d made the right decision.

As for the overly sensitive Mr Jones. He might like to take on board the old quip from American comedian WC Fields — “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to that matters.”

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‘Ridiculous’: John McEnroe Blasts Politicians for Denying Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Entry to the U.S.

Always outspoken tennis great John McEnroe is blasting autocratic politicians for denying tennis star Novak Djokovic’s bid to enter the U.S. because he is unvaccinated.

Djokovic recently returned to the top spot in tennis after winning his seventh Wimbledon title on Sunday. But, despite his high standing in the sport, he will be unable to enter America for the U.S. Open because he steadfastly refuses to take any of the coronavirus vaccines.

McEnroe finds the whole situation idiotic.

“These politicians are getting in the way too much,” McEnroe said, according to the New York Post. “They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy come in and play in the U.S. I mean, come on. This is ridiculous.”

“Whatever you think the government should or should not do, it’s a bummer for tennis,” he added.

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US President Joe Biden speaks while meeting virtually with governors in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., US, on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Ahead of his win at Wimbledon, Djokovic noted that at this point, he feels it is all out of his hands.

“I would love to go to States. But as of today, that’s not possible,” the top player said last month. “There is not much I can do anymore. I mean, it’s really up to the U.S. government to make a decision whether or not they allow unvaccinated people to go into the country.”

Of course, Djokovic stirred a major controversy early this year when Australian immigration officials refused to sanction his entry into the country on Jan. 5 to play at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the men’s singles against Nick Kyrgios of Australia during day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2022, in London, England. (Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

Djokovic had actually arrived in Australia, but officials sent the Australian Federal Police to have him deported back to his home country in Serbia.

The country later admitted that it botched the whole situation.

Still, the player appealed the decision to reject his visa request, but officials upheld their denial of entry, and he missed the Australian Open.

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Gavin Newsom Vacations in Montana Despite California’s Travel Ban

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is on a personal vacation to Montana despite California’s ban on state-funded travel to the state over its conservative social policies.

Newsom’s vacation was first reported by CalMatters reporter Emily Hoeven, who noted that Newsom’s office had not disclosed his destination before the trip, as it usually does.

The Fox News Channel also confirmed Wednesday that Newsom was in Montana, where his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, has relatives who own a ranch. The two were married there in 2008.

California applied a travel ban to Montana in 2021 after the state adopted legislation to protect women’s sports from males competing as transgender females. As California Attorney General Rob Bonta said at the time:

Montana is being added to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list as a result of House Bill 112 and Senate Bill 215. Signed into law on May 7, House Bill 112 prevents transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. Signed into law on April 22, Senate Bill 215 overrides existing state and local laws and policies that prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans. It threatens to, among other effects, allow businesses to refuse a broad range of services to same-sex couples because of their sexual orientation alone. Given the effective date for the new laws, Montana, pursuant to AB 1887, will be added to California’s travel restrictions list on July 1, 2021.

A total of 22 states are on California’s banned list, according to Hoeven.

Newsom’s office told Fox News that he was not violating the travel ban because his travel was personal. However, when asked whether any state funds were being spent to provide the governor with security and other support during his trip, the governor’s office declined to answer.

Newsom has been known to violate his own rules before. In November 2020, he famously dined with friends and lobbyists at the French Laundry restaurant in Napa after imposing coronavirus restrictions on restaurants in other counties.

Earlier this year, he took his mask off at SoFi Stadium during the NFC championship game to pose for photos, despite a local mask mandate for large events.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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