See also follow-up article on the Australian Christian Lobby here: Defending the Indefensible
No matter how much Brigadier Jim Wallace, CEO of the Australian Christian Lobby, may deny his organization’s theocratic ambitions; no matter how much money the ACL pays a PR company to ‘position’ it in the market-place as ‘moderate’; the undercurrent of extremism keeps shining through brighter than a 60 watt halo on a plastic statue of the resurrected Christ.
Today, ANZAC Day, Brigadier Wallace has chosen to tweet the following message:
Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!
I’m not even going to dignify this with a comment. I’ll just let the public speak for itself:
@JimWallaceACL You’re a right tool. Turning today into another platform for your bigotry? I don’t think the ANZACs fought for that, either.
@JimWallaceACL You are a dill
@JimWallaceACL u and ur christian faith makes me sick 2 the stomach! Dont tell me what my grandparents fought 4. u dont have a fucking clue
Pretty sure that the Anzacs didn’t fight for trolling lobby groups with more pwer than they really should have. @jimwallaceacl
@JimWallaceACL I know what my grandmother fought for because she told me: “To keep that totalitarian bullshit in Europe where it belongs.”
no @JimWallaceACL, it wasn’t. They fought for freedom, for everyone no matter their sexuality, race or religion
and I’m sorry @JimWallaceACL but being a pompous old windbag is not winning you any friends. Go show some love for your fellow man.
Fuck You @JimWallaceACL you ignorant prick – The Australia they fought for was for EVERYONE. That’s what makes our nation great. Turd.
@JimWallaceACL My father didn’t fight in N Guinea for wowserism or for a turd like you to ransack his ghost & imply he was anti-gay & racist
@JimWallaceACL Christians like you give the rest of us a bad name. So much for those silly commandments Jesus gave us – love one another.
And I would suggest @JimWallaceACL that they didn’t fight for ignorant, bigoted, racist, irrelevant, old men like you.
Will the Prime Minister speak out against this? Will the ACL do the Christian thing and send this homophobic old bigot into early retirement? Will the Australian Army strip him of any honours for his bigotry towards serving men and women in the ADFS? Don’t hold your breath.
Faced with this onslaught of negative publicity Jim tweeted about an hour later:
“Ok you are right my apologies this was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean too much to me to demean this day, not intended.”
Well, of course it was intended! ANZACS obviously didn’t mean enough to him to stop him from using them to make a cheapshot at homosexuals and Muslim Australians. Not good enough Jim and the apology is an abysmal fail.
And then, in what is becoming Jim’s typical response to plead ‘victimisation’ when he is the aggressor he says: he expected people to take “advantage” of his comments on Twitter to “score a point”…
No Jim, it was YOU trying to score points by exploiting dead soldiers and presenting a warped, divisive and bigoted view of what they fought for. The public just responded to this self-serving assault on our national day of remembrance. Shame.
And as the day wore on the spin from our friend Jim would have put Warnie to shame. Now, apparently, Jim is the victim and he was simply ‘misrepresented’. Keep digging Jim, you’ll soon be in China.
I have posted a follow-up article on the historical lineage of the Australian Christian Lobby’s ‘Christian values’ here: Defending the Indefensible
Jimbo’s bigotry makes the news and blogs:
From 2005 and oldie but a goodie: A bunch of theocrats: Brig. Jim Wallace and the Australian Christian Lobby – Bruce Baxter