Happy Gay Christmas: ACL fires Martyn Iles

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Image: Martyn Iles, Facebook

HAPPY GAY CHRISTMAS! Right in time for WorldPride 2023, the anti-LGBTQIA+ Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) fires Managing Director Martyn Iles.

The ACL’s termination of Iles exposes infighting in the organisation keen observers have noticed for years.

Say it loud, say it proud, HAPPY GAY CHRISTMAS!

Iles announced his firing in a Facebook post.

“I hasten to add that there is no question of misconduct. Rather, the Board has reviewed ACL’s strategic direction and decided I am not the right person to lead the revised strategy, which focuses more primarily on political tactics, less on the gospel. Having heard this articulated, I absolutely agree with them that I am not the right person for that vision. I have always been a preacher first, a politician second (or third……).”

The Australian Christian Lobby describes itself as seeking “to bring a Christian influence to politics.”

However, that could only be true if the Christian Bible was just thousands of words dissing the LGBTQIA+ communities. Because that is the true focus of the Australian Christian Lobby.

As Christine Milne, then leader of the Australian Greens, said in 2012, the ACL’s “whole focus is to attack the gay community.”

ACL infighting and Drag Queen Storytime Suicide

Former Australian Senator Brian Greig posted to Facebook, “Truth is [Martyn Iles] was sacked for turning the ACL into a personality cult around him, cutting other ppl out, stealing the limelight and hyper-controlling all communications.”

As usual, Brian nails it.

Dictators cannot afford holidays. Things always go to shit for people who monopolise power when they go on vacation. Martyn Iles should have learned from Scott Morrison’s experience.

In January 2020, Martyn Iles scheduled a heap of posts on the Australian Christian Lobby Facebook page. He then flew to the US, hired a convertible and spent two weeks cruising the hi-ways and bi-ways.

In his absence, a protest occurred at a Drag Queen Storytime event in Brisbane followed by the suicide of the protest leader. Anti-LGBTQIA+ haters leapt on the issue with uncommonly gay abandon. But the Australian Christian Lobby was MIA. No one else enjoyed posting privileges.

Others within the organisation saw an opportunity the undermine the position of the now-dismissed Managing Director.

ACL sources offered material for QNews articles

The following month ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis organised a ‘gay conversion therapy’ talkfest at Queensland’s Parliament House. The live-streamed event had little to do with conversion therapy and everything to do with trans-bashing.

I recorded the event and prepared a series of articles on speakers at the event, using screen captures as illustrations. Suddenly someone from within the ACL, whose identity I verified, contacted me with high-quality, high-resolution images from the event to better illustrate the stories.

I decided if the Australian Christian Lobby saw an advantage in my articles, I should discontinue the series.

Later, other sources from within the organisation made contact, sharing dirt on speakers at the event. Most of the scuttlebutt checked out.

So, one faction tried to use QNews to promote the event. Another saw a queer platform as the ideal vehicle to undermine the event.

As Brian Greig forecast yesterday, watch Wendy Francis.

Update: as predicted, it’s Wendy! and the shit is hitting the fan!

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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  1. Mr Rimmer
    25 February 2023

    Sorry, I don’t really care about this Martyn Iles fellow. But I feel it needs to be said that the Christian Bible doesn’t actually discriminate against LGBTQIA+ communities. Instead, it disses everyone equally. Every time the Christian Bible lists homosexuality as a sin, it is always part of… a list!

    It is always a part of some list including other sins that everyone else is guilty of. No one is spared. Paul quotes David to sum it up in his letter to the Romans:

    “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

    Paul then writes: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

    In short, the Christian Bible teaches that we are all EQUALLY in need of a Saviour–One who loves so much that He gave up His life, even for those who mock & spit at Him, then & now.

    Hate on Christianity all you want. But please don’t base any of your hate on what isn’t true.

    Christians have persecuted us throughout the ages because they were taught twisted versions of what the Bible actually says. Maybe this is our opportunity to lovingly show them what their Bible actually teaches?

    Grace, Peace, Love, Blessings!

  2. 25 February 2023

    Well this is wonderful news. Martyn Iles is a horrible little man who was working for a horrible organisation.
    I was on the mailing list for ACL (because I’m strange like that) and I received a constant stream of verbal diarrhea from him.
    I also received just as many posts asking for money. Funny how that works.

    • Jane
      26 February 2023

      A dreadful little cretin. If Evangelicals want their message out there, find someone who understands what Jesus was about.

  3. Mark Whiting
    26 February 2023

    Hmm, Could this mean the beginnings of the downfall of the ACL for once, or am I seeing this the wrong way, like Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship? Either way this is good news, Iles gone, now let’s see if Wendy Francis falls as well, after all the ACL’s main purpose it to attack the GLBTQI+ Community and nothing more, well they’ve never helped the homeless or the poor, and I doubt they’ll serve in a Soup Kitchen to feed the homeless, probably because the Soup Kitchen might have a few Gay People working there as well hmm.

  4. Jane
    26 February 2023

    The LGBTQ+ communities became the national piñata of the ACL. No real policy on poverty, war, literacy, low income families, healthcare, etc. just hell and how those three drag queens who read in a library once we’re going to get their own special hell room….

  5. Cool Pete
    2 March 2023

    I have the honour of being blocked by the Australian Christian Lobby on Facebook for seeing through their bullshit. I saw Martyn Iles on 60 Minutes when they had a story about gay conversion therapy, and I wasn’t impressed with him. Something that must never be forgotten about gay conversion therapy is that it was devised by the same person and goes on the same principles as ABA for autistics.
    Gay conversion therapy makes a complete mockery of the claim by some Christians that God’s love is a gift, as it demonstrates that God’s love is conditional.

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