More hypocritical social justice bullying from Qantas

Caption: Alan Joyce is more than happy to take money from a brutal regime that outlaws homosexuality, while punishing rugby players for their opinions

It’s often said that if the left didn’t have double-standards, they wouldn’t have any. While this is obviously a broad generalisation (which could as easily apply to the right), it is notable that a shameless flexibility of principles is just one of the more odious characteristics of much of the modern left.

From championing the mediaevally patriarchal religion of Islam while simultaneously railing against the supposedly institutional sexism of the West, to endlessly screeching about “racism” while also spouting the most viciously racist anti-white prejudice, double-standards seem to be the left’s default setting.

Qantas chairman, sorry, chairperson, sorry chairperoffspring, Alan Joyce is the very avatar of lefty virtue-signalling. His company is one of the more obnoxiously loud-mouthed corporate PC bullies, and of course, he was one of the loudest (and deepest-pocketed) advocates for gay marriage in Australia. But, just as Qantas simultaneously hectors its staff about “gender inclusive” language while running an elite club called the Chairman’s Lounge, Joyce hypocritically threatens others for not enthusiastically flying the rainbow flag, even as he happily makes money from one of the most anti-gay regimes on earth.

Wallabies star Israel Folau was publicly pilloried for opposing gay marriage; now he’s committing the heinous sin of wrongthink again. During an Instagram q&a about his religious beliefs, Folau expressed the opinion gays would go to hell unless they repented of their sins.

Now, this is a view that many of us might take issue with, but it’s one that Folau is entitled to. Indeed, his ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ language is positively temperate compared to the incendiary rhetoric preached by the sort of ‘moderate’ imam who still gets invited to Malcolm Turnbull’s iftar shindigs.

But of course, Folau is of the wrong religion, so naturally, his opinion has been met with fire and fury, not least from the corporate PC preachers at QantasQuote:

Qantas is considering pulling sponsorship of the Wallabies if further homophobic statements are made by Israel Folau or other players…Qantas, whose deal as the major sponsor of the Wallabies runs through to the end of 2020, said it was alarmed at Folau’s comment.

“As a sponsor of Rugby Australia, we’re supportive of their approach towards tolerance and inclusion, which aligns with our own,” End of quote:

As always the SJWs’ approach to “tolerance” and “inclusion” is to only tolerate and include people who join in their groupthink.

Yet, at the same time as they’re threatening rugby players whose views don’t fall into line with Chairman Joyce Thought, Qantas is quite happy to do business deals with regimes whose views on homosexuality are so mediaeval that Folau is practically flouncing down Oxford St in rainbow short-shorts by comparison. Under Alan Joyce’s guidance, Qantas ditched its partnership with British Airways in favour of a massive, ten-year deal with the middle-eastern airline, Emirates.

Emirates is owned by the UAE, a regime whose abysmal human rights standards include the death penalty for homosexuality. Rainbow warrior Joyce could be sentenced to anything from imprisonment, lashing, chemical castration or death if he was caught consummating his relationship with his New Zealand-born partner in a luxury Dubai hotel suite.

Unlike the censorious hypocrites at Qantas, however, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has a far more principled approach to dissenting views: Quote:

“We’re all different people and have different religious beliefs and everyone is entitled to them,’’ he said. End of quote.

Now, there’s someone who could teach the rainbow bigots something about what ‘tolerance’ actually means.

 


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