The ABC and the virtue of hypocrisy

Aren’t we lucky to have Aunty ABC.

It’s renowned for its objectivity in reporting and unbiased manner.

And that is why its approach to two similar stories is starkly different.

When Barilla Pasta hit the headlines recently for refusing to advertise its food with pictures of homosexual men and their surrogate children, the ABC report gave the gay militants a good run.

A very good run.

Online petitions in Europe were mentioned. Three of them. Plus a petition started by a lesbian in the United States named Beth Allen. She was also quoted and two ‘gay rights’ groups were given coverage.

All of these individuals and organisations were described in a ‘positive’ way, with an emphasis on their support for ‘equal rights’. There was no mention anywhere that the pro-gay militants might be displaying ‘heterophobia’.

And, of course, not one traditional family or conservative group was mentioned or given an opportunity to speak.

The story was overwhelmingly about presenting the concerns of those who wanted to boycott the ‘bigots’ at Barilla Pasta. And, after reading it, one had the distinct impression that the only person in the world who didn’t want homosexual families plastered all over pasta packaging was the Barilla chairman.

I particularly liked this quote from the Washington DC-based Human Rights Campaign:

“Now, more than ever, consumers are sending a message that they are watching to see if the business they patronise, understand and honour issues important to them”

The message is loud and clear. If a food company from a Christian country decides that homosexual advertising is likely to put people off their dinner, human rights groups are going to get a good run at the ABC.

Given the fact that the ABC will report negatively on a company that is deemed ‘anti-gay’ simply because it won’t make rainbow coloured pasta to meet the whims and fancies of homosexual activists, you’d think there would be a media frenzy over halal certification.

Yet companies are lining up to pay for religious certification from organisations that follow the teachings of Mohammad. And he didn’t just say he believed that pasta packaging adorned with homosexuals was a bad idea. He commanded that homosexuals should be executed.

And don’t take my word for it. Take it from those who recorded his actions, like Sunan Abu Dawood.

“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.”

Book 38, Number 4447.

And in Islamic countries that is exactly what happens.

Homosexuals are executed in Iran.

Homosexuals are executed in Saudi Arabia.

Homosexuals are executed in Iraq. By the good guys that we are now fighting with.

And the Sultan of Brunei has just decreed that homosexuals can be executed there too.

And every time a company signs up for halal certification, a percentage of the profits go towards spreading the message of the prophet. It doesn’t really matter whether it goes to those who spread it with an AK-47 and a suicide vest or to those who just lobby for the friendly mosque and Islamic school down the road.

They all spread the same message.

You know, the one that says homosexuals should be killed. The disagreement is just the manner in which it should be done. Some say stoning. Others say burning. And others say they should be thrown head first from the highest pinnacle (and then stoned).

Of course, this can’t be done yet in places like Australia. It is in the ‘Meccan’ period, where Islam is not in control. First, Australia must be made like ‘Medina’, where Islam flourished. And halal certification fees are simply a means by which ‘Meccan’ Australia is transformed into ‘Medinan’ Australia. And when we get there, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Mardi Gras won’t be part of Sydney’s annual calendar.

So how did the ABC report the story about Australians who campaigned to have Fleurieu Milk abandon its plans for halal certification?

Did this unbiased organisation take the same approach as it did to Barilla Pasta and fill its report with quotes about righteously aggrieved consumers sending a message to companies that they need to understand and honour the issues that are important to them?


Instead, the ABC failed to mention one group concerned about halal certification or the reasons why this concern exists.

It failed to mention one individual concerned about halal certification.

It failed to mention any of the petitions that had been set up to express this concern.

But it did give an Islamic spokesperson an opportunity to rabbit on about ‘Islamophobia’.

And it portrayed opponents to halal certification as aggressive, harsh bullies.

In short, when the ABC reported on Barilla Pasta, the story presented the consumer advocates in a positive light and gave them plenty of space to speak. Those who held different views were not even mentioned. But when the ABC reported on Fleurieu Milk, it gave the consumer advocates no space at all and instead went and interviewed their opponents.

Biased? Absolutely.

Objective? Not at all.

That’s someone else’s ABC for you. It’s an organisation devoted to pushing the views of the intellectual elite. It’s an organisation that makes a virtue out of hypocrisy.

And it is not prepared to ask any of the hard questions. If it did, the ABC might start asking LGBT lobby groups why they whip themselves into a frenzy over a decision to advertise in ‘family-friendly’ way, but are completely silent when it comes to paying a certification fee that will further the spread of a religious belief that executes homosexuals.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. THE ABC is not the only broadcaster that is blatantly bias. Yesterday 2GB talk back host Chris Smith invited a Muslim Halal agent to tell us all how good halal was. When Kirralie Smith of Halal Choices phoned the shows producer, Ian Dodd, and asked if she could also sit in on the show and give an alternative view he told she was an idiot and if she had anything to say she could phone in like anyone else. Plenty of balance there!!!!!

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    • I’m not one who listens to call back radio but I’m aware of who Chris Smith is as he’s been on tele a couple of times expousing his view on all sorts of issues for everyone to take on board. I believe this issue is poor form & unAustralian & Smith should be made take responsibility for it. Everyone who does listen to Chris Smith, TURN OFF.

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      • Agree with you 100% Dave.

  2. Well we all know that if you are against anything at all and have the nerve to say your piece, you will be labelled a racist. It doesn’t matter that I may not want my food to be halal, because my thoughts do not matter, I may believe the animals being slaughtered are treated cruelly but again my thoughts (and the RSPCA have agreed this is a cruel practice) do not matter. The ABC is funded with my tax payer dollars and I do not think they are justified in beating their own drum and attempting to force their version of the truth down my throat. Why are they allowed such hypocrisy in the name of journalism? Why also in Australia do we need or want halal certified food to suit 2% of the population while the other 98% are forced to accept this? Oh yes I know, we are all racist and suffer from Islamophobia’. and need to be shown the true way, because obviously the way we have been muddling along before enlightenment, via the ABC and ‘some’ Islamic spokesman was wrong.

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  3. “It’s an organisation devoted to pushing the views of the intellectual elite.”

    Are you saying that anyone who does not believe in what the ABC is saying is stupid? Because thats what it sounds like.

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  4. Why are some complaining, when a company makes a business decision that helps struggling Australian families and pensioners, who are forced to pay more for products with halal certification? I would say the racist bigots are the ones condemning the company for it decision not those who support their decision? It defies all common sense and logic.

    It is now a crime to support Australians? Last time I looked this was Australia and the company deserve congratulations supporting needy Australians by removing an added cost the majority do not require. Well done! It should be about supplying a quality product without unnecessary costs to the majority of Australians. This has obviously been a smart business decision as the company can not keep up with demand. Unlike Cadbury who are now struggling with loss of sales for pandering to a minority. Very tired of this ‘VICTIM’ mentality when it is the rights of Australians which are under threat.

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  5. Political correctness is being used against peoples right to speak out! The real bullies are the people
    saying bigots, islomanicphobia! it is trying to shut people up from having an opinion of what they think is just or unjust or a scam, or just plain crooked extortion! I agree with Heth about the Hypocrisy of the ABC. There is no reason that companies need to pay a Halal tax ! Pure greed and bullying from these so called Halal certification boards! Listen to the people!

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    • Great comment Stella, absolutely spot on. The use of intimidation against those who raise these concerns is an all to common tactic used by the extreme left and the Islamic leaders here in Australia and around the world.

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  6. Thankyou Bernard, for covering this blatant “hypocrisy” of the ABC. I am one who supports “Halal Choices” and “Boycott halal ” and the amount of hypocrisy going on with the big companies and “halal certified” scam is unbelievable !!!!

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