News Ltd’s resident banshees Angela Shanahan and Miranda Devine had a whack at the LGBTI community last week about Toowoomba GP David van Gend being reported to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland over an article in the Courier-Mail in June, in columns so similar they could have copied from each other in class.

Both held up van Gend as a martyr whose inoffensive views on the definition of marriage had seen him dragged before a star chamber by the rainbow mafia.

Neither Shanahan or Devine thought it worth mentioning that van Gend wrote the article as a spokesman for the Family Council of Queensland, an umbrella group for organisations including Family Voice Australia — formerly led by the Reverend Fred Nile.

Neither did they mention that van Gend claimed that homosexuality was a “potentially treatable psychological condition”, and that same-sex couples having children would amount to “a new Stolen Generation”.

Devine needed more martyrs so she bundled in Bill Muehlenberg and Australian Christian Lobby chief Jim Wallace for good measure.

Wallace, who turned to Twitter to attack the Australian Muslim community and same-sex marriage on Anzac Day this year, was caught out by this paper in 2009 claiming that pedophiles were mostly gay — while Muehlenberg is a man literally obsessed with homosexuality.

This year he has published a screed attacking the gay community at least once a week.

In a June article headed ‘Targeting and Recruiting Children’, Muehlenberg wrote, “Homosexuals cannot reproduce, so the only way they can continue is by recruitment. And there has been a sad history of older homosexuals recruiting younger people into their orbit”.

The tolerance of the anti-gay camp was shown in spades in the comments on Devine’s blog on The Daily Telegraph website.

“Thanks Miranda – it’s about time that someone said what a lot of us think but [are] unable to say because of the ridiculous laws governing anti-discrimination and those prisseys [sic] running this act,” wrote Beastmastaer of Sydney.

“If I call them faggots or dykes, there is every liklihood [sic] that I will have the A-D hit squad after me.”

“If the poofters win and marriage becomes just another word for sexual relationship, I will divorce my wife and create a new word for our relationship,” wrote BGCOOMA of Cooma.

“How about rights for threesomes, hetrosexuals [sic] and guys that want to marry their dog and cat for a bit of beastiality [sic],” wrote Gay Abandon of Brisbane.

It is a sad indictment of the culture at News Ltd that comments containing those slurs would be published by a daily newspaper in 2011.

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