Last night’s special LGBTQI edition of ABC’s panel featured some pretty strong Twitter backlash against Reverend Fred Nile.
ABC copped a lot of flack for even including the well-known homophobe in the special panel.
Reverend Fred Nile is famous for praying for rain every Mardi Gras, putting forward the argument that marriage equality will lead to legalising bestiality and trying to vote down the 1993 Anti-Discrimination (Homosexual Vilification) Amendment bill.
Some of Fred Nile’s moronic, homophobic and just hateful comments during Q&A included:
“What worries me in some of the states in America where it has come in, and in the UK, the people who are now being persecuted are the Christians who don’t agree with same-sex marriage,” the Reverend told the audience.
“My observation is that teenagers are going through sexual development and [it] can be quite dangerous, I think, to promote homosexuality in schools to children,” he said.
Twitter responded to Nile’s comments with the hashtags: #deNile and #qandgay. Here are some of the best tweets:
well fred, one way to help stop violence against queer kids is to probably stop saying homophobic things in public #qanda
— Rebecca Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) June 18, 2015
Personally, I’m glad Fred Nile was thrown the lions…. the simply FABULOUS lions. #qanda
— Wyn (@WynRichards) June 19, 2015
Fred Nile on #qanda proved exactly why Fred Nile should not have been on qanda. Airing homophobic views is not a “debate” we need to have.
— Moira Cully (@mkcully) June 18, 2015
— Nick (@NSunners) June 18, 2015
Fred Nile, the man who has fought every advance of gay rights in Australia for all of those years…and failed every time. #qanda
— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) June 18, 2015