Satan, God & Rugger Buggers

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Ryan Stig (L) : pic by Napparazi

We’re quick to praise a sportsperson when they stand up for the LGBTI team. And rightly so. But we mustn’t ignore the ones who are still on the dark side. Especially when the administrators of every sporting code insist homophobia doesn’t exist in their sport, or doesn’t matter. Sorry guys, it does, and it does.

Newcastle Knights player Ryan Stig has written down his thoughts on male homosexuality (see pic below). Stig thinks gay men are all mad. Why would anyone in their right minds have homosexual sex, he reasons, when the outcome ‘a lot of the time’ is lifelong sickness and death? Self-evidently, we’re all bonkers.

It’s all Satan’s fault, he says. Just take a look at Ephesians 6:12:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

And he think’s we’re mad? But despite considering us crazy, he loves what he refers to as “gay people I call my friends”. I wonder what they call him? Yes, it’s that old chestnut – preemptive strike against accusations of homophobia – claim gay friends.

In the Gospel according to Stig, homosexuality is either a) a sickness spread by Satan, and/or b) a ‘lifestyle choice’, and/or c) a genetic thing, you know, like alcoholism. In spite of all this he loves his gay ‘friends’, to the point that he doesn’t condemn them any more than he would a cheating husband or wife. 

Such compassion, Such generosity. Such understanding. Canonise the man immediately. In fact, bring me the cannon, and I’ll do it myself. 

PS Can’t wait to hear what he thinks of lesbians. And what they think of him.

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he's been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn't won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too - the more the merrier - you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)