Hole 3:Margaret Court is even "more wrong; to suggest she is being persecuted for her views", Whitaker stated. The situation is more serious. In my view, Court has been bullied.
To bully is to "use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something" (Oxford Dictionary online 2017. s v bully). Mrs Court has been browbeaten and intimidated by the threat of tennis players to boycott the Arena named after Margaret Court at Melbourne Park for the 2018 Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.
She has been bullied by the threat that the arena named in her honour should be changed for the 2018 Australian Open.
Then there was the ridiculous statement by tennis super-brat and now commentator, John McEnroe, after Mrs Court's statement that "tennis is full of lesbians". McEnroe fired back, "This is true and who gives a f***? This is not true and who should give a f***? This is half true and should we really give a f***?" (Darren Walton AAP 2017)
Open lesbian and tennis great, Martina Navratilova, in my view, engaged in emotional abuse of Mrs Court in her "Open letter from Martina Navratilova to Margaret Court Arena" when she stated:
It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe. Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too). She is demonising trans kids and trans adults everywhere.
And now, linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil? This is not OK. This is in fact sick and it is dangerous. Kids will suffer more because of this continuous bashing and stigmatising of our LGBT community" (Navratilova 2017).
To the contrary, Dr Court tried to demonstrate from Scripture that heterosexuality is supported by scripture and not homosexuality.
Navratilova supported the change of name of Margaret Court Arena: "I think the Evonne Goolagong arena has a great ring to it". Would Robyn Whitaker endorse this?
Etihad Stadium vs Margaret Court Arena
Does Whitaker consider the former Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, should have had a name change between 2009-2018? It was sponsored by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the Islamic country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is now known as Docklands' Stadium.
Was she an advocate to change the name of Etihad Stadium during its sponsorship by UAE? Why not?
What is the Islamic view on homosexuality? The Muslim commentary on the Qur'an, Hadith, states in al-Tirmidhi, Sunan 1:152: [Muhammad said] "Whoever is found conducting himself in the manner of the people of Lot, kill the doer and the receiver". Another statement from the Hadith is: "Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If you find anyone doing as Lot's people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done." (Sunan Abu Dawud 38:4447).
Thus, Islam requires capital punishment for both the perpetrator and recipient of what the people of Sodom did.
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