No pride in groupthink that tears us apart

No pride in groupthink that tears us apart. By Peta Credlin.

The compulsory wearing of a rainbow pride jersey by Manly players in Thursday’s NRL game against Easts shows clearly who is and who is not discriminated against in modern Australia.

The players who don’t want to wear the jersey — because of their religious or cultural beliefs –can’t play. Simple as that. All because the club’s management made a unilateral decision to force everyone to wear the jersey because they just assumed there’d be no opposition to turning the players into billboards for identity politics….

On full display here is the gulf between woke Australia and the rest of us: the class of academics, senior bureaucrats, public company executives, sports franchise owners and media personalities to whom traditional Christian beliefs (but not necessarily other faiths) are mostly incomprehensible; and those vast swathes of the population, including the working-class people who play and follow contact sport, that politically correct enlightenment has, as yet, largely passed by….

Online polls of readers across this newspaper and others on Wednesday showed overwhelming support for the players’ right to refuse to wear the pride jersey.

These players weren’t objecting to playing alongside someone wearing a pride jersey, they were objecting to being forced to wear it themselves because that’s when the brand would become personal. Would there be a similar outcry against an Indigenous player objecting to the Australian flag or a game on Australia Day – I don’t even need to answer that for you, do I? …

What was once a request for acceptance by various minorities has steadily morphed into a demand for recognition, celebration and even deference.

It goes too far, because pushback is not allowed by the left, which simply cancels those who disagree.

The Mocker:

If only there had been some way for the club to ascertain how the players felt when this policy was just a proposal. If only had someone twigged that half the team belong to an ethnic and cultural demographic that is deeply conservative and religious. And if only there had been some precedent in Australia to alert the club how players from that group would react.


Manly’s self-imposed problem goes far beyond the issue of players’ conflicting religious beliefs.

In adopting these colours, it also gives comfort to the ideologies they represent. For example, does the club believe that subjective beliefs trump science? Does the club agree with activists who hold that biological lesbians refusing to date trans-women are hateful? What happens to a player who publicly states it is nonsensical to claim that some men can give birth?

The football club has no right to impose its political views on its players.

hat-tip Stephen Neil