Friday, 8 August 2014

Exactly what is a bigot?


Before yesterday, I would have classified myself as a quasi-fan of Mamamia. They post some interesting articles that are relevant to today’s society. However, they completely lost me with their recent post attacking the World Congress of Families (“WCF”) Conference taking place in Melbourne later this month.

According to the post, the WCF will be advocating the following:
  • Women who take the pill lose interest in sex and are more likely to be the victim of violent assault and murder.
  • Women who take the pill are more likely to engage in incest.
  • Social policies should not promote single-parenting which contributes to the decay of society’s moral values.
  • Abortion, divorce, single parents and LGBT people are responsible for promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, poverty, human trafficking, violence against women and child abuse.
  • The pill and other contraception can and has killed women all over the world. The pill also kills babies.
  • There’s a link between abortion and breast cancer.
  • The sole purpose of sex is for procreation and an expression of love between husband and wife in the covenant of marriage. All other sexual activity cannot satisfy the human spirit and leads to remorse, alienation and disease.
  • Vladimir Putin’s draconian homosexual vilification laws that send LGBT Russians to prison are a ‘great idea’ that the rest of the world should follow. Russia is the Christian saviour to the world and Putin is heroically preventing Russian LGBT people from corrupting children.
  • All forms of non-heterosexual sex is a sin and gay people should be converted to heterosexuality via Christian therapy.
Sounds shocking, where’s the link to the agenda and the WCF website so I can report them? Oh, Mamamia left it out. I wonder why? Maybe because the agenda looks like this:
  • Opening
  • Welcome to Victoria
  • The Importance of Fathers
  • Marching for the Babies
  • Natural Law and Conscience: Key to Freedom and to the Integrity of Marriage and the Family
  • The link between Abortion and Breast Cancer
  • Sexuality – a gift for Life
  • God’s creative purpose for planet Earth
  • Show me the Money
  • Euthanasia – Killing People, Killing Families
  • Pro-life and pro-family policies in the US and Russia
Looks fairly different doesn’t it? Essentially, Mamamia have made up what they think will be talked about at the conference and started an online petition to stop our politicians attending based on their made up agenda!
It’s a horribly amateur piece of journalism that has the potential to harm their reputation as an informed opinion source.
The hateful and intolerant attack on the link between abortion and breast cancer - which Dr Angela Lanfrachi will be talking about at the conference - is not only misleading to all women, it is potentially defamatory to Dr Lanfrachi, who is undoubtedly well-qualified to speak about the subject, even though she has been made the central figure in the media’s hate talk against any potential link. Some in the media are claiming that Dr Lanfranchi's research has been "debunked", a dangerous claim to make against anyone's professional work.
Given the associated backgrounds, Dr Lanfranci’s opinion on the matter would hold substantially more expertise than Mamamia’s, who’s unprofessional medical opinion is that the link is “abhorrent” and “complete bullshit”. It would also be heads and shoulders above The Project’s Carrie Bickmore who’s medical judgement labelled it an “outrageous claim” on last night's show.
Interestingly, in what was described as a “real game changer” in breast cancer research, a peer-reviewed study from China published in December 2013 not only endorsed the long-mooted link between induced abortion and breast cancer, but concluded that the risk rises with every abortion a woman has. The study, A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females was published in Cancer Causes and Control, an international cancer journal.
Recent research elsewhere supports the findings of the China study. A study in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine published in May 2013 found a six-fold greater risk of breast cancer among Indian women with a history of induced abortion as compared to non-aborting women. Commenting on these studies — which come from countries where the governments are very abortion-friendly, and have no interest in promoting the linkage — University of New York endocrinologist Dr. Joel Brind identified their findings as “of the sort of magnitude that has typified the link between cigarettes and lung cancer.”
You’d think that people like Carrie Bickmore and Mamamia's Mia Freedman would at least admit there might be a possible link and be interested enough as public commentators to look into the issue. After all, other medical experts are. Being women, surely they’d afford all fellow women the right to be given all the facts? Apparently not if “complete bullshit” and “outrageous claim” are anything to go by.
As an example of Maamamia's blatant media bias, I left a comment on their online article regarding the the Chinese and Indian studies. It was never published.
It’s a real shame, for all women’s sake, that they continue to push their ideologies onto everyone by attempting to silence those with a different opinion, all in the name of anti-bigotry and tolerance.
It’s probably apt to provide the definition of “bigotry”, given it was used in the Mamamia blog and is now the buzz word of many pushing their ideologies onto those trying to simply have a say.
According to my dictionary, “bigotry” is defined as follows:

“Stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.”

It’s possible, although highly improbable that Mamamia, The Project and friends don’t actually understand the definition of bigotry. I doubt it but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Their attempt to silence the WCF is a classic example of bigotry, intolerance and hypocrisy rolled into one.
Speaking of silencing, the petition to stop our politicians from attending the conference is another example of bigotry, intolerance and hypocrisy. Take another look at the agenda and you’ll find that the topics range from abortion to euthanasia to traditional marriage. All of these topics are currently heatedly being discussed at State and Federal Parliaments.
These issues divide opinions all over the world. Only a bigot would try and hijack the debate and restrict all people from making up their own minds. Given our politicians ultimately vote on legislation, it would make perfect sense to have them attend a conference that talks about the issues currently in Parliament. As Senator Eric Abetz said on The Project last night:
"It is important for people to come together and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern".
While the likes of Mamamia and The Project will try and have you believe that it is worth silencing a conference that aims to talk about current social issues that promote their own views, at their own conference, in a Democracy, I’d advise you think twice before signing any petition that advocates intolerant  bigotry.

All the best,
Dom Meese

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Dom

    I also tried to comment on the Mamamia site and provide a link to the conference program so people could make up their own minds. Unfortunately, it was not accepted for publication.

    People have a right to hear both sides of the debate !

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  2. Thanks Dom from me too.

    I was outraged at the news this morning, but I've got my little ones at home and couldn't sit down and write anything about it. It's a pity because it's precisely women who will need to dig in and find out if there's anything to this theory which has been around for years.

    I can't believe the arrogance of these people with their knee-jerk reaction to the very suggestion that there might be a link between breast cancer and abortion. A simple, quick Google search showed me that there are definitely recent professional studies suggesting some link.

    Where is the openness to another point of view, at the very least? Or if it is obviously not true, then please, people at The Project (or someone!!) do some proper journalism and show us the evidence and put the issue to rest.

    Don't worry, you'll still get the opportunity to stoush with Christians about something else :)

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  3. Thanks guys. Completely agree. Monica, the fact Mamamia didn't publish our comments further erodes their reputation.

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  4. Don't forget to challenge the politically correct, all powerful medico union .. the AMA .. surely they'd be happy to forward the evidence upon which they relied, when they so aggressively castigated Abetz?

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